Those of you who follow along with the blog will know that Eden has been formula fed since day one. This is a decision we made as a family and is best for us, but making that decision opened up a whole catalogue of questions about which milk is best for baby.
When we were invited by Britmums to give Similac Follow on Milk a try, we jumped at the chance.
Eden has been on follow on milk since she turned six months. When choosing a follow on milk, our main considerations were balanced nutrition to support her weaning diet and a milk that she could tolerate easily. I have always been a little on the skittish side when it comes to choosing a milk as Eden had reflux when she was very small, so I’m always keen to avoid anything that might trigger the reflux again.I need the milk to reassure me that it provides everything that Eden needs for her age, as well as being easy to prepare and good value for money.
I like the packaging. I think it looks like a high quality product and the packaging contains all the information that a person might want to know about the milk. In the UK, Similac is exclusive to Boots and does draw the eye on a shelf of boxed products.It uses the phrase “happy baby = happy mum” on the reverse of the packet, which I think is something all parents aspire to. It also tells me all of the important ingredients, vitamins and minerals contained within the follow on milk. We were also sent some supporting information, which was informative and further reassured that Similac contains everything a baby needs to support weaning and healthy development from six months.
The follow on milk was easy to prepare. One thing I thought was a little odd, however, was that you add one scoop of formula per 60mls (2oz) of water. This means that if you want to make a bottle with an odd number of ounces, some will inevitably be wasted. I also had to dig out a knife to level the scoop, whereas a lot of other brands have something included to do this. Small things, but when making milk for a potentially crying baby, everything that saves time ad decreases contamination risk helps in the long run. The powder mixed easily into the water and didn’t require much shaking to disappear completely. The instructions on the packet were easy to follow and didn’t differ much from most brands.
Eden accepted the milk easily and snarfed down the bottle.With some brands she does tend to hesitate and dilly dally, so the fact that she took it right away is a testament to the quality. We didn’t have any unpleasant after effects either, which is good as she is a sensitive soul! I would likely recommend Similac Follow on Milk to other parents looking for a product like this. Personally, I think once we’ve finished up the can we will likely return to the old brand, but I would certainly consider Similac in the future as a high quality product that does exactly what it says on the tin.
Disclaimer – I have been sponsored by Similac to try Similac Follow On Milk/Growing Up Milk and write about it on my blog. All opinions are my own.
Important notice: Breastfeeding is best for babies and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both mother and baby. It is difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional for advice on how to feed your baby.