“ Brand: Milupa / Product Type: Baby Milk „
What is it and what's it for?
Aptimil Stage 1 Baby Milk is a formula used as an alternative to Breast Feeding. Aptimil have over 50 years of experience in Baby Nutrition. They have a team of peadiatricians, nutritionists and scientists who take inspiration from nature to develop the unique formulas, which help your baby get the nutrition he or she needs. At Aptimil you will also notice they have a range to progress with your babies own development. Which includes Stage 1: First Milk, Stage 2: Hungry Milk, Stage 3: Follow on Milk and then there 1+ Milk: Growing Up Milk.
Where to buy?
You can buy this from all major supermarkets such as Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tescos. However, you struggle to locate it at local shops such as Premier, Co-Op, Bells etc
What do you get?
With your tub of formula you get 900g of powdered formula, a unique built in leveller and your scoop.
How to Use / Tips for Use?
First you need to wash and sterilise all utensils according to individual manufacturers' instructions. Boil a kettle of freshly run water, now leave your kettle to cool for between 20 - 30 minutes. Measure your required amount of water (refering to the handy feeding guide they have printed on the box) into your sterilised bottle. Using your scoop provided level off the powder with the built in leveller. Add the correct measure of powder to the water (again this can be found on your feeding guide). Cap your bottle and shake well (I find approximatly 10 - 15 seconds) until all powder is dissolved. You can then cool your bottle under a running tap, check your temperature of the feed. Your bottle is now ready to feed your baby.
Value for Money
Although this is one of the more expensive milks for your baby at £7.90 per tub. It is one of the best available on the market for an alternative to breast milk and for weening your baby from breast feeding.
From the experience with my son I have found this milk excellent! He is rarely sick and has so far at 4 months old not suffered at all from colic. He is satisfied when he is fed and seems to enjoy this lighter milk.
I find this milk a brilliant alternative to breast feeding. Only downfall I have seen is the price difference, but there again you pay for quality!!!
I had never heard of Aptamil before I started researching formula milks while pregnant with my son. I started breastfeeding but was quite ill after the birth so after 3 weeks started mixed feeding to give myself a break.
My son has been on Aptamil since he was 3 weeks old. When I discussed mixed feeding with my h/v and told her he was on it she said that it was the highest quality formula and the most like breast milk. At first he did get a bit of an upset tummy but I think that was because I introduced it a little bit too quickly. After 24 hours we had no more problems. He didn't get constipated at all. I introduced it at room temp but you can warm it if you prefer.
It's quite a lot thinner it seems than other formula milks that friends/family have used. You can use Aptamil first upto 12 months of age, but they also do other varieties like hungry milk for those babies with bigger appetites.
I tried my son on the hungry milk at 17 weeks to try and delay weaning but it didn't agree with him so he went back on Aptamil first and got introduced to baby rice instead.
The list of ingredients on the side is frightening and very scientific. I think it's best not to look!
The lid has a space to slot the spoon into which is handy because it keeps it out of the rest of the powder.
It also comes as sterile ready prepared cartons in 200ml volumes which is excellent for when you are out and about and beats the hassle of carrying powder and water.
It costs around £7.49 in supermarkets and chemists with the cartons being between 58p and 62p depending where you shop. Although it's a little bit more expensive there isn't much in it with the other makes.
If I have anymore children I will definitely be using Aptamil again and would recommend it to anyone.
I have 3 children and on my first born i used SMA, but my other two children i breast fed for the first few weeks and then someone recommened that i try Aptimil as its supposedly the closest thing to breast milk. So i can honeslty say that i would now never use any other brand of formula milk for my child.
I know with my first born he ended up needing the "hungry baby" milk with SMA but with APTIMIL i managed to use this right up until my daughter was onto the cows milk. I never had to switch to the hungry baby milk with her and right now it seems to be satisfying my 4 month old no probelm.
Its a little bit more expensive than the other brands, about £1.00 to £1.50 dearer where i stay, but i would say its really worth the money.
It comes in a 900g box with a handy little scoop and even has a ridge inside the box to scrape excess powder off so you dont need to fiddle around for a knife.
This milk also comes in smaller cartons 200ml packs which you can purchase incase your going to be out and about or just for your own daily convenience.
Theres only 1 bad thing i could say about this milk, i find that when you feed your baby this formula, when they pass wind, it really really stinks, (more so than usual lol). Even if they have done the toilet a few times that day, the wind still really stinks regardless. A few mums have discussed this locally and we all agree that this happens, however my health visitor refused to commit herself to this theory and said that "she would never comment on any formula milk as the NHS promote breastfeeding, but yeah she had also heard that about this milk". So ill let you make your mind up in that respect.
All in all, i dont mind that my baby stinks if the milk is feeding her up and keeping her fit and healthy. Besides you can always blame the smell on your Husband/Wife/Partner etc lol.
I would recommend this to thousands of mums.Aptimil baby milk was the milk me and my husband chose to try are daughter on due to the fact i couldnt breast feed and aptimil stated they were the closest to breast milk.Aptimil do a good range of baby milk like infant milk with is suitable from birth onwards,follow on milk for babies 6 to 24 months,grown up milk for babies aged 12 months to 3 years and then they do milk for babies who suffer from low birth weight or food intolerance.However the price of this milk is alittle bit more expensive then other branded baby milk.Apitimil is availble at many supermarket but it is hard to get hold of the special milk.Aptimil have there own website which offers advise and also a telephone number.The baby milk comes in a cardboard container rather then a tin which is very easy to recycle and also provided with the milk is a free scoop with its ove leveler so this is no need to use a knife.
I'm writing this review to get across the point that every baby reacts differently to different formula.
My baby was on SMA Gold from birth. I never had any real issues with it apart from occasional constipation (by this I mean him not going for 2-3 days, not true constipation resulting in hard stools). However, all my friends who were breastfeeding or had gone from breast to bottle were all using Aptamil. It had also been recommended by a friend's mother who is a midwife, and when I looked up reviews online they were all singing the praises of Aptamil and saying how bad SMA Gold was. So when he was 4 weeks old I decided to switch as I thought it would be better for my baby.
Unfortunately switching was a bad move as Aptamil didn't agree with him at all. We had him on it for 6 days and in that time he turned from a contented, happy baby with the odd bout of wind, to a baby contorted in pain with excessive wind. The wind was so bad he was not sleeping well, and his poos were going right up his back with the force of it!
After 6 days I switched him back to SMA and he has been fine since.
This review is not to say Aptamil is bad because all my friends have a good experience with it, but to say that it isn't for everyone and if you are considering switching because it is supposed to be closer to breast milk then be aware of the reaction it MAY have.
I breast feed my baby for the first 3 months then he decided enough was enough and became difficult to feed I was advised to wean onto formula which I did. I started on SMA only because my mum used this for us. After about 2 weeks my son became constipated and my friend recommeded Aptimal to me. As my first I only wanted the best for him so I tried it and we haven't looked back he loves it and now at 8 months he is on the follow on milk. Aptimal is a lot lighter in colour then many of the other powder milks and seems to be better on their stomachs. All the people I have spoken to who use Aptimal say how it really agrees with their child. The powder is maybe a little more expensive then the other well known brands but does it really matter if its for the best interests of your child. You can also buy it in the ready made cartons which is great to have in your nappy bag for a just in case.
Most mums hope to be able to breast feed their babies and I was no exception. Unfortunately things didnt work out as id hoped and for various reasons I couldnt breast feed and after expressing breast milk for a month I needed to start using formula.
I chose Aptimil and to be honest didnt even consider any other brand. This was because this was the formula that the hospital used and the midwives recommended. That was good enough for me. I have never had an problems with the milk, my baby did not suffer any digestive problems and never became sicky.
Aptimil is really easy to use. It has a scoop and a leveller to get an exact measurement and you put one scoop to one ounce of water and just give it a good shake.
Aptimil do a hungry baby version of their milk but ive never tried it as I never needed to. There is also a follow on milk for age 6 months plus but my baby has done so well on the first milk I have never changed it and she is 10 months old now.
The main disadvantage with aptimil is the price. It is more expensive than the other formulas and i pay between £7.80 and £8.50 a tin depending on where I buy it. the reason it is so expensive I think is that it is marketed as being the closest milk you will get to breast milk (due to its composition and prebiotics) and so i dont mind paying a premium price but when youre using a tin a week its not cheap.
All in all im glad i chose aptimil and my baby loves it. It smells horrible ...but then I dont have to drink it !
Breastfeeding is always best - and I had no intention of giving Leah formula milk when she was born as I was determined to feed her myself. However, the best laid plans... as they say. There will always be some mothers who cannot (or choose not) to breastfeed, and although it practically broke my heart when I had to start giving Leah formula milk, at least I knew I was doing the best I could for her given my circumstances.
Aptamil First was recommended to me by the midwives in our local hospital, and because it was the first formula Leah ever had, I have continued to give her it as I saw no good reason to try any other kind. It's probably the most expensive formula milk, but she was happy with it and gaining weight properly and that was good enough for me.
Aptamil First is a whey based infant milk suitable from birth until 12 months. It's widely thought to be the closest to breastmilk (and advertised as such.) This is because it contains prebiotics - which would be naturally found in breastmilk. Prebiotics are basically food for the friendly bacteria in a baby's digestive system. It's important to encourage these friendly bacteria, as they help build the immune system and fight off infection.
Aptamil First also contains "Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids" (LCPs) which are important for the development of a baby's brain, eyes and nervous system. Although most formula milks now contain LCPS, only Aptamil contains them in the format which is closest to breastmilk.
The milk is easy to prepare. The powder form comes in 900g resealable tubs, which contain a leveller so that you can accurately scoop the powder without adding too much or too little. You simply drag the full scoop along the in-built leveller to get the exact dosage. You make up the milk with cool, boiled water and add one scoop per ounce of water, and then shake well. The milk keeps in refrigeration for up to 24 hours.
You can also buy Aptamil in ready-made 200ml cartons. These are great for travelling or for being out and about as the milk is already at room temperature, so all you need to do is pour it into a sterilised bottle.
Interestingly, in hospital we were given 100ml glass bottles of ready-made milk, to which you simply screwed on a sterile teat. I've noticed that these are not available to buy, and only seem to be for hospital use.
I noticed an almost instant change in Leah's nappies when I started giving her formula - and not a pleasant one. It's not just the milk itself that smells horrible, (all formulas do, to be fair) but the after-effects weren't pleasant either!
I've never liked formula milks and I don't think I will ever be really enthusiastic about one, but at least I don't burst into tears every time I give her a bottle now (I guess my hormones have calmed down.) However, although I found it emotionally tough, it was easy in every other way and at least by giving her Aptamil I felt I was giving her the best that was available on the market - it's the one recommended by doctors and midwives (when formula is necessary, of course.)
Aptamil is made by Milupa, and they also do a follow on milk for 6 months plus, as well as a hungry baby milk variety.
I currently pay between £4.99 and £7.49 for a 900g tub, depending on where I buy it!
I breastfed my second son until he was 10 weeks old. As I was returning to shiftwork, expressing breastmilk was not practical. I tried other formula milks, but he would only take 1 or 2 ounces at a time. My Health Visitor recommended Aptimil, as she had used it. She informed me that a lot of Health Professionals use this brand of formula milk. My son immediately took to Aptimil. I started him on Aptimil First (Blue packet), but as he is a 'hungrier baby', I soon moved onto Aptimil Plus (Purple Packet). Unfortunately the Plus caused my son to be constipated, so I moved back to the Aptmil First. I have spoken to a couple of people and they said this had happened to their babies also. Both milks have LCP's. I have now moved my son onto Milumil (Yellow Packet), which is a more gentle milk to help calm unsettled babies. He also loves this milk. The Milumil is less easy to find in the shops. Although you can buy it in larger Boots Branches and larger supermarkets. It is also cheaper than the Aptimil which is over £7 per packet.
I am currently breastfeeding my second daughter,but I havent always got the time to express off if I need to leave her,so on reading a few opinions on Aptimil I went and brought some. I had been given Lucy Cow and Gate and she would just drink 3 or 4 oz and then be hungry again when I got back to her.She has also refused the Cow and Gate and I have had to feed her while being at the gym,as they have a creche facility there. After leaving her with hubby to do the monthly shop,I was told when I came back the good news. She had drunk 7oz and had a burp then drunk the other 2oz without a whinge!wow,I thought.I went out again a few times now and the milk again didnt touch the sides,just straight down, so I think she likes it. Its really easy to make up. Just boil some fresh water in the kettle and let it cool for 20 mins or so.If you are making up a bottles then just add the desired amount of water into the bottles (eg 7 oz) and then add the same number of formula using the scoop provided. Please be precise and dont heap the scoops. Use a knife to level them off so the current amount id added to the water. Only use the scoop provided with Aptimil as the other scoops you get with other formula milks are slightly bigger. If you add to much formula, over time your baby could put on too much weight. If you put too little in, then your baby could fail too thrive.. so be careful. After adding the correct amount of formula to the cooled boiled water, you can put the teat on lid on and gently shake to mix the formula with the water. Do be careful, as it will leak out of the teat..so please dont do it with freshy boiled water. If you are still breastfeeding but just using this for the old time then follow the instructions above. On the other hand if you are leaving your baby to go back to work but still want to feed when you get home,it could be easier making the feed up in a jug. I did this with my first daughter.I only worked 15 hr
s a week but she was starting to use me as her dummy during the day. I didnt want to slop breast feeding..so i just weaned her onto formula during the day and feed her first thing in the morning and then before she went to bed. I made up a pint of formula, the same way as above but instead of doing it in bottles I did it in a jug. A pint is about 20oz..so if you add 20 scoops to the water and then stir it to mix it in you have milk for the day. You can use it for their breakfast or their drinks. If you find you need less than a pint, just alter it till you find the right amount. You can use cows milk in breakfast/cooking but not as a drink till a year. It can set off an allergy to cows milk if you introduce it as a drink before a year..so introduce it slowly into cooking and with breakfast cereal first. You can store formula milk in the fridge upto 24 hours in the fridge but dont keep it in the door, as this is the warmest part of the fridge. Slide it to the back of the fridge where it is the coldest. When you need it, just heat it up in a jug of hot water or in the microwave. BE VERY CAREFUL IF USING A MICROWAVE. The milk will heat up unevenly causing HOT SPOTS, so it is VERY important that you dont heat it for too long and that you shake the bottle before you test the temperature on the inside of your wrists. Leave the bottle to sit for a minute after testing as the microwaves are still heating the milk for this time. All you have to do now is feed you baby. I really feel that this is the best formula going and not just for breasfed babies either. It says on the packet it is the closest to breast milk as they have put in proteins and others that can only be found in breast milk. I know that all the hype about breast is best and that the proteins found in brest milk promote healthiness. I think that whatever way you choose to feed your baby s/he will thrive. I personally wanted to breastfeed bu
t using this formula milk has given me the freedom to go out if I wanted to.
After using sma with my other children i never even thought about changing when i had my 3rd little boy but after he was born we discovered he had reflux and was very sick after feeds he was also getting very constipated so we decided to try a differant milk.we tried aptamill and too our amazment it worked a treat he was still being sick but not nearly half as much.as he grow we also tried milumil which is designed for unsetteled babies but that again made him constipated.i would deffinatly recomened this milk to anyone having problems with a 'sicky'baby.the only down point to it is that it is a little more expensive but it is worth thoose extra few pennies as we got great resaults.
When I decided to give up breastfeeding my twins, we trooped up to Mothercare to buy all the equipment and milk. I hadn’t even thought of what brand I was going to use so asked the assistant for her advice she said she found certain brands made her children sick and Aptamil never had. One of girls suffered from reflux which and used to be sick after feeds so it was important that the milk would not aggravate this. It seemed to be a bit expensive to buy in the shops but then we found out that our local surgery sold it for four pounds. Our twins love it – the only problem is keeping enough in to meet their demands! On a negative note it is not so widely available as other brands. P.S. The other day I found ready-made cartons for the first time in Boots – handy when you are out and about.