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I started using a different brand formula powder when I moved to mixed feeding from breast milk. My son took it happily but soon became constipated. I assumed this was due to the move to mixed feeding. However, after further research, I decided to switch to Aptamil and this really helped (although didn't fix completely) the problem. My three children have all enjoyed Aptamil and the Aptamil follow on milk also. The tubs are easy to use with a handy section in corner for levelling off the spoon if you only have one hand free - such a small thing, but so helpful! The other benefit to using Aptamil is its availability. Even my local corner shop stocks it which isn't case for some of the other leading brands. Another advantage is the ready mixed cartons which allow you continue giving your baby the same milk even when you can't make up a powder feed. Whereas some brands make smaller cartons of ready mixed milk, the Aptamil one is a full 200 ml so you only need one per feed even for an older baby. Recommended.
When I was pregnant I always said I would breastfeed no matter what, unfortunately when it came around to it when my little girl was born, we had some big problems. I was absolutely heart broken at not being able to exclusively breast feed but when I got my head round it I realised that it wasn't about me, it was about my little girl being happy, content and being fed.
Whilst talking to a close friend of mine who'd recently had a similar problem and with my health visitor, I settled on the formula I thought would suit Freya and how she needed to be fed. Aptamil may not be as well known as Cow & Gate or SMA, but I was going on advice and recommendations on what would be best for Freya. Aptamil First milk is also a breastmilk substitute or for babies who are being combination fed.
Before I continue, there is quite a lot of bad judgement from a lot of women when I've spoken about Aptamil being a "breastmilk substitute", yes I know it's not "as good as real breastmilk" but for me it's close enough, and as I stated I had a lot of problems when it came to breast feeding so this milk was perfect for my little girl as I was combination feeding.
The milk powder is foil sealed inside a cardboard and plastic tub. The lid is securely fastened with a plastic clip in which you need to break to first get into the milk if this is broken when you purchase then do not use the powder. Inside is a foil seal and a yellow plastic scoop for you to measure the milk powder, I'm not sure if any other formula brands have this, but at the top of the tub there is a little "lip" which enables you to level off the milk powder so you have a perfect scoop and not a heaped one. This is brilliant as you know you are getting the exact amount needed for each scoop full for the feed.
The milk powder is very fine and pale in colour. On the side of the tub is instructions on how much powder is required for each feed with how many ounces of water. You can check how much your baby should roughly be having going by the age/weight ratio on the side of the tub, although every baby is different this information is just a guideline. My little lady is 13 weeks old and is currently on 6 scoops of formula with 6oz of water. When she was first born the formula would last a hell of a lot longer as she was only having a couple of bottles a day with just a few fluid ounces. Now she is up to 6oz, 6 times a day the tub obviously doesn't last as long.
One thing I found and I'm sure I'm not alone, is that when the water is too hot in the bottle the steam causes the formula to stick to the scoop. The problem with this is you aren't getting the perfect amount of formula into the feed (therefore I wait until the water is cool enough). However, if this happens to you the scoops can easily be washed/sterilised for future use.
I buy my Aptamil from Asda at the reasonable price of £8.97 for the 900g tub. Obviously if you receive milk tokens then it isn't going to cost you a penny but I still think it's a really good price and you know you are getting the best for your baby. The price obviously varies on where you buy it, I've seen it for as much as £13 in my local chemist so I think a supermarket would be your best bet.
My little girl is now only fed using Aptamil formula and has recently moved onto the Hungry Milk which is Aptamil number 2, which I will review another time.
Now my new bundle of joy is here no doubt my reviews will be revolved round him.
I was determined to breastfeed but only managed it for 5 days - after a section and him not putting on enough weight I switched to Aptamil and overhearing conversations in hospital that Aptamil was one of the current leaders in formula milk - Aptamil it was.
Aptamil First Milk comes in curved, rectangular, light blue, 900g box. The company who make Aptamil are "Milupa", there logo is situated in the top left hand corner in red and white.
The carton is clearly labelled as "Aptamil" with a cute picture of a cartoon polar bear.
First Milk is stated on the front.
With every new mother being a little neurotic Aptamil have thought up a few things to elevate this *the lid has a tamper evidence strip on the rim of the lid *build into the inside of the container is a leveller for making up accurate feeds *scoop storage in the lid so you can find it every time (if you have baby brain like me)
The box is very informative it provides -
- all the ingredients
- feeding preparation instructions
- feeding amount guidelines
- contact number helpline
A 900g tub of Aptamil First cost me £8.97 from Tesco which appears to be the cheapest place to buy it from. I am yet to see it on offer anywhere.
One container lasted me 10 day my little one is on between 2-4oz every 2-3 hours (wish it was this cheap to feed me)
My little Charlie seems to be thriving on Aptamil so I am very happy with the choice I made to use it. I can not rate it against other formulas as I have only ever used this one but he has not suffered with constipation or diarrhoea, feeds like a dream and since being on the formula has gained weight in the past 4 days he has gain 8oz.
My son was 11lbs when he was born and one of the first things that I said to my husband when I saw the size of him was "how am I ever going to be able to breastfeed him?" Despite my reservations, I had been keen to give breastfeeding a go while I was pregnant and so I attempted to breastfeed my son during my stay in hospital. It soon became clear that I was struggling, I was in an incredible amount of pain due to my son's very strong suck and he was a very hungry boy. Eventually I gave in and asked the midwife for some formula. I hadn't done much research into infant formulas while I was pregnant because I was planning to breastfeed, however, a friend had kindly given me a sealed carton of Aptamil a few weeks prior which she no longer required. I did study the carton at the time and Aptamil claimed to be the formula most alikened to breast milk, therefore, on this basis I chose Aptamil in the hospital over the other options of SMA and Cow & Gate.
Once I gave my son the Aptamil he quickly sucked away happily and as he ate more and more I felt content that my son was getting the nutrition he required. Once we got home my husband went to the supermarket to purchase additional cartons in order that we could stock up. All was going fine until when my son turned 2 weeks old he became badly constipated, as he screamed in pain we did all we could to try and ease his discomfort. For the next week or so my son continued to be constipated, fractious and upset and every day we had to do what we could to help him loosen his bowels. After reading various baby forums which had suggested changing formula, I eventually decided it was worth a go so I went to the supermarket and purchased some SMA. To our relief after feeding on SMA for only one day, my son's constipation eased and he returned to the calm and content baby that we had become used to. After that day we did not use the Aptamil again and have never looked back.
Once I changed to SMA I immediately noticed a difference in the weight of the milk, the Aptamil seemed very heavy in comparison and I concluded that my son must have been having difficulty digesting a heavier milk. I was not surprised at this given there is a history of digestive problems in my family. Although Aptamil was not the best formula for my son, every baby is different and so it is not to say that it might be best for another baby.
One thing I did like with Aptamil was the packaging. The formula is stored in a carton with a foil seal and a sealed plastic lid. Inside there is a plastic scoop and a handy plastic bar which allows you to level off the scoops - this seems very simple but I found it incredibly useful when trying to make up a bottle with one hand, whilst holding a screaming baby in the other! This is something that SMA does not offer and so I have to use a knife each time to level off the scoop and this can not be done with one hand.
Aptamil currently retails at around £8.99 for a 900g carton, it used to be the most expensive formula but it looks like the competitors have increased their prices. A carton would normally last around a week for a young baby. It also comes in 200ml ready to use cartons.
Like lots of mums here I did intend to breastfeed but for a variety of reasons stopped completely after 2 months.
Up until this point I was occasionally supplementing boob juice with the ready to feed cartons, but once I'd decided to stop breastfeeding I changed to powder as it was about 1/3 cheaper overall.
A 900g container is just under £8 in Tesco and most other shops, one of the more expensive formulas. As my baby had been on aptamil top ups since she was in hospital at a few days old, this was the natural choice. It was also recommended to me by my Health Visitor and I didn't want to upset her tummy for the sake of a few pennies.
The instructions on the pack are clear. As my baby didn't ever demand to be fed I just gave her what the packet said, by her age. She seemed to thrive on this and was content so I saw no need to change. Once I'd got into a bottle making routine it was second nature, and meant that my husband could get involved in night feeds. The packet is also easy to use, a nice storage space for the scoop and a built in bar to level off the powder. The only problem I found was the container, as it was cardboard, couldn't stand anywhere damp, unlike some of the other brands which are metal and therefore appear more robust.
I do regret not being able to breastfeed for a long time but don't regret giving my daughter aptamil as her food for 4 months - she was happy and thriving on it, couldn't ask for much more.
Following the birth of my daughter I was given Cow and Gate First milk whilst still in hospital. The milk seemed very watery and my daughter didn't take to it. I reviewed baby formula and decided to give my daughter Aptamil First. It's a lot thicker that other formulas and most reviews state that it's the closest to breast milk. My daughter immediately began draining her bottles and didn't lose any of her birth weight. She has continued to put on weight and is now a healthy 12lb at six weeks. She did suffer with colic in the first few weeks and I did swap her onto Aptamil Comfort. This is a little thicker and it helped with the colic. Aptamil state that if the colic eases then baby can be reintroduced to Aptamil First. I will continue using this product when I put her onto the Follow On Milk.
I was introduced to the world of Aptimal when we discovered that our baby was not putting on enough weight at his 6 week check up. We were told to supplement his feeds with formula. We had been told at our antenatal classes that health visitors were not allowed to endorse particular formulas, but that there were some that were thought to be far superior to others. Luckily, I had a friend whose health visitor was happy to flout this rule. She said that Aptimal was one of the best breast milk substitutes on the market.
This knowledge in hand we started out with Aptimal ready made cartons (also reviewed). These made life so much easier in the early days and we still use them now for some night feeds, when we go out and for when our baby decides to change his feeding pattern and cannot wait for the kettle to boil. We then moved onto the boxed powder and have never looked back.
The guidance on the packaging is very clear and helpful, regarding approximate quantities according to your child's age and weight. We were particularly impressed with the built in leveller to help ensure you do not measure your scoops incorrectly. The Aptimal helpline is also excellent - very friendly people who don't mind you asking stupid questions at ridiculous times!
I am a huge fan of Aptamil. I was so upset when my breastfeeding plans had to change, but seeing the difference this formula has made to him makes me so happy. It's easy to feel guilty when you have to supliment or if you cannot breast feed anymore, but when you see your child progressing so well and so quickly (after starting Aptamil baby put on 21oz in one week!) it is so reassuring. My baby absolutely loves the stuff and is never more excited than when a warm bottle is placed in front of him. This is the only breast milk substitute I would give to my son and whilst it might be more expensive and not as well known as other formulas on the market I think it is worth every penny.
I have initially started both of my children (now 34 months & 4 months) off on SMA Gold which I think is the best known formula food. There are many different makes and I initially went for SMA as it was what we were given in hospital, it was the only one I'd heard of and it seemed to be the cheapest. First impressions were good although after a week or two I found that both children were constipated so I decided to look for an alternative to see if it made a difference.
After having spoken to a few of my mum friends I chose Aptamil as it seemed to be the most popular alternative and it said it was the closest thing to breast milk. Don't get me wrong I truly believe that breast is best but I have not been able to breast feed with either baby, so Aptamil it was.
The first infant milk comes in a 900g container which has enclosed an information leaflet and a measuring scoop. They have also come up with a great idea in the corner of the box which is a small strip of plastic which you can level off the scoop with, the SMA pot didn't have this and it made life much more difficult. The price is approx £7.91 although when I bought one in the Co-op the other day it was well over £8.00 which is disgraceful. There is a law which states that you supermarkets aren't able to offer promotions on baby milk as they feel it will encourage people to stop breast feeding and you also won't get any loyalty points on it either. Aptamil First is also available in 200ml ready mixed cartons, which come in very handy if you're out.
Aptamil have been producing baby milk for over 50 years much to my surprise as I had never heard of it and believe that the Immunofortis which is their patented mix of special ingredients are similar to those found in nature which is why it is such a good option for breastfed babies.
Within about a week of using the Aptamil both children appeared much more settled and the constipation had cleared.
There are feeding guidelines on the side of the box although I think these need to be used as a guide only rather than a hard and fast rule. Both of my children have been very different eaters and my first child was on 8oz at 18 weeks where my second is only on 6oz.
I have been very happy with Aptamil and feel it is the best thing I can give my children as an alternative to breast milk which should be considered first if possible.
Having not been able to breastfeed, I decided to try this milk powder on a recommendation from a friend.
Although it is more expensive than some other brands on the market (at about £8 a tub - except the Co-Op where it is around £8.50!) it is definetly worth it. I have been told by other friends that their babies suffered with constipation, with Aptamil we have never had this problem.
The powder is extremely easy to use and you get a fresh scoop in every box. Each scoop is equivilent to 1 oz of milk so it is very easy to know how much to use (although I do sometimes get confused with how many I have put in during the night feeds when I am half asleep!!).
At the moment my little one is on 5 oz around every 4 hours and a box lasts approximately 1 week.
I would certainly recommend this milk to anyone who cannot breast feed.
Having breastfed my baby for three weeks and then that not working out due to lack of milk, I bottle fed him SMA Gold, he then developed really bad colic and SMA wasn't helping, I got recommended Aptamil and never looked back.
Aptamil is an infant milk for babies from birth, it was designed in Germany and is now available worldwide. Aptamil first became available in the UK in 1983 and is now a one of the most respected brands of baby formula.
Aptamil is a whey based infant milk and is designed to give your growing baby all the nutrients and vitamins he needs to grow and develop. It is suitable from birth up until baby is 12 months old although Aptamil does do two other varieties as follow on milks.
Aptamil is available in all major supermarkets and chemists and is found in a 900g carton which is recyclable and is priced at roughly £8.00, you can also buy it in 200ml ready made cartons which is great for when your out and about, these are roughly 80p each.
I have nothing but praise for Aptamil and I believe it helped my sons colic to ease. Although it is slightly pricier than other infant milks, this is the one I would use again.
After breastfeeding didn't work out as we planned we had to switch to formula and after a recommendation from a friend we decided to go with Aptamil.
It has 'immunofortis' which basically means that it has prebiotics in it, which makes it closer to breastmilk.
My daughter took to this straight away after being breastfed for 2 weeks so it can't have been too different in taste to my milk.
It did make her a little constipated for a few days but after talking to a few other Mum's it sounds like this can happen with whichever formula you decide to use.
I find it very easy to use as the tub of powder comes with a palstic scoop and a clever little bar across the corner of the tub to level the powder off in the scoop so you can measure it accurately. It is very important to be as accurate as possible and follow the indstructions on the side of the tin to prevent making your baby ill.
It works on the scoop per oz of water principle, which from memory of my sister being little is the same as it has been for years - so even Gran shouldn't get it wrong when measuring it out.
I find that it will disolve in room temperature water if you need it to but dissolves better in warm water.
One tub costs between £7.50 - £8 and lasts about a week.
Infant milk from birth onwards.