“ Brand: SMA / Product Type: Baby Milk „
I Breast fed my first 2 children and was hoping to do the same with my third Logan but it seems he had different ideas once he was born.He took to it for the first feed but that was it he was just not interested and as time went on I got worried about him the midwifes told me to try a bottle to see if he would take to that. Instantly he took to the bottle and that has been him ever since. Originally he was on sma gold but we found he was wanting a feed every hour we were told to up the amount of milk but this made no difference. After 3 weeks of near constant feeding we were told by a friend to try sma white for hungrier babies so we asked our health visitor about it. She told us it had a different type of wheat in it that takes longer for a baby to digest but it has no more nutritional value so if we wanted to try we were fine too. After we finished the sma gold tin we replaced it with the white. It cost £7.69 form boots the same price as the sma gold.It has instructions on the back how to make up the feed but as we had been using sma gold and it was the same we already knew what to do. After the very first feed we noticed a difference Logan lasted 2 hours before the next feed rather than 1. Then by day two he was going a full 4 hours through the day with every feed and amazingly he slept through the night for the first time. For the first 3 days his stools changed but they then settled down again after he had got used to the change in food. He is now four months old still on blue milk and will soon start solid food. He is still very settled with his milk and I believe it is due to this milk.This milk certainly seems to live up to its claim to keep babies satisfied for longer as it certainly has with my little man.I would recommend this milk to anyone who has a little one that constantly wants to eat and needs a little something extra to satisfy there hunger.
Sma are in my opinion the best formula milk on the market, I firs started using this 7 years ago with my first child and have used it with both of my other children, I originally started Jessie off on sma gold which is supposed to be the closest to breast milk but soon progressed onto this formula as it is specialised for hungrier babies and Jessie was feeding far too often on the sma gold. This milk is not designed as a first baby milk and is in no way intended to replace breast-feeding like the SMA gold milk is so I wouldn't recommend starting your baby off on this milk as it is designed for super hungry babies like jess to be able to delay the weaning onto solid foods until 6 months, I began using this milk when jess was around 8 weeks old as she was wanting twice the recommended amount of formula a day so my health visitor suggested this milk, the milk is designed to be thicker and stop your baby feeling hungry for longer, I noticed it was slightly thicker but still fed through my standard Tommie tippie closer to nature teats. You make the formula up in much the same way as you do first baby milk with one scoop of powder per ounce of water, This milk was relay good for filling Jessie up and delaying the weaning process but I did find that this along with Jessie umbilical hernia meant she had a lot of constipation so I did still have to use some pureed fruits with her to help her go to the toilet regularly. If you have a hungry baby that is feeding more often than recommended or is waking up during the night for feeds after previously sleeping through I would seriously give this milk a go
I've used formula as a bedtime top-up to breastfeeding, to help my baby sleep longer in the night, and this is the second brand that I tried. It is not called SMA White anymore, they call their formulas (formulae? surely not) the Gold System and this one is Extra Hungry. The tin is slightly different but it still has a blue lid and is still suitable from birth onwards. I originally used Aptamil because it is supposed be the formula which is closest to breastmilk, however I found it gave my baby wind and constipation. Not good. I switched to this one and have had no further problems. Another benefit for me - as a vegetarian - over Aptamil is that this one is vegetarian (Aptamil's omega-3 and -6 comes from fish oil). I am not bringing my children up as vegetarians, but I still prefer to use a vegetarian formula (can't explain why!). SMA is also Halal. The tin is 900g and, once opened, can be used for 4 weeks. This is a bit of a pain to begin with if you are combination feeding, as you only get through about half the tin in that time and have to throw the rest away. There is a chart on the side showing how much water and powder to use per feed, depending on the age of your baby, ranging from three scoops for a newborn to seven or eight for a baby of six months or more. The tin contains 214 scoops (it says this on the side - I'm not dedicated enough to count them!), so it will make a minimum of 26 feeds and a maximum of 71. There are full instructions on how to make up a bottle on the tin as well. This formula is also available ready-made in 250ml cartons, which are useful if you are out and about. The tin costs £7.25 and the cartons 52p (there may be a few pence difference between supermarkets).
With all my children I have used Sma gold. For my son this was great I never had to change his milk however with my daughter it was a diffferent story. I started her on sma gold and it was great until she was about 4 months old. She started being unsettled through the night and wanted to be fed sooner than she should have needed to. I had spoken to a friend who suggested that she may not be filling up and to try a thicker milk. I had always used sma so I wanted to stay with the same brand so I picked up this milk. I found my daughter wouldnt drink as much of the milk at first that I would have made with the sma gold but she was going the 4 hours between feeds and her sleeping routine had improved so I couldn't complain. It didn't seem to be that thick and my daughter didn't seem to struggle sucking it through the bottle. This cost the same amount as the gold at just over £6 a tin and you can buy it from any supermarket or pharmacy and even some local shops sell it now. I would recommed this to anyone who has an unsettled night sleeper or a very hungry child it does help settle them and fills them up sufficiently. It holds all the nutrients that the sma gold does that is essential for their development and the instructions for mixing are the same too all this is explained on the back of the tin. They do make these tins in two different sizes, so if you are not sure if it will work I would suggest to invest in the smaller tin to start.
Before my son was born I was adament that I was going to breastfeed, after all, everyone knows it's the best thing for your baby. However, he had other ideas! After two weeks of tears and sleepless nights, I developed a sever chest infection and was advised to stop breastfeeding while I was taking antibiotics. I felt a mixture of relieved and guilty! I then decided on SMA Gold after reading that SMA had been voted "Best Buy" in the Baby Milk category by Prima Baby readers. SMA Gold is a formula used to either replace or supplement breastfeeding. Although nothing can compete with the benefits of breastfeeding, it contains added Alpha-protein, a key protein that is found in breast milk and they claim that thhe levels of Alpha-protein in SMA Gold bring it closer to the protein profile found in breast milk. Whilst breastfeeding, my little one didn't sleep for longer than an our hour and a half at a time during the night. However after starting him on SMA Gold and giving him the recommended quantity, he started to sleep 2-3 hours. Bliss! However, when he to 5 to 6 weeks he seemed to regress, and went back to waking every 2 and a half hours. After talking to my health visitor she recommended trying SMA White. SMA white is advertised as being much more satisfying for hungry babies. You give them the same quantity of formula but the added ingredients mean that it fills them up for longer. It has been a god send for me and my baby. He is currently 7 weeks old and is now sleeping for up to 6 hours at a time during the night. He seems so much more settled, even when awake he is happy and playful rather than crying for more. SMA can be purchased in tins that need to be made up with water, or ready made cartons which are ideal when you are out and about. You can also buy an Sma Gold starter pack which contains 100ml ready made bottles and teats, which we found so helpful in those first few weeks, without the hassle of having to sterilise everything. Although breastfeeding is easier in that you don't need any equipment and you can do it virtually anywhere, plus it has the obvious advantage of being better for the baby, I have found SMA a life saver.
When i bought my little boy home i was unable to breastfeed so decided to feed formula to my him, i decided on sma and started on the gold packet but this was not satisfying my little man at all, so i went on to the sma white, this formula was a life saver it satisfied my little man straight away as it is for hungrier babies the tin normally lasts us around 1 and a half weeks making six 6oz bottles a day so you do get a fair amount out of the tin. The milk comes with a scoop to make the bottles with but this can sometimes be buried under some of the powder so it can be a battle to find it. The tins cost around £7.21 and can be bought from all major supermarkets and some petrol stations. The milk can still be used when weening and can be used from newborn. The tins are also useful to keep afterwards for little toys, craft or as partners tool tin.
When I was in hospital and the midwife asked how I was going to feed. I told them I was planning on bottle feeding. To which they asked which brand of milk I wanted to use. I used SMA gold with my first as it was the first brand of formula milk that came into my head and I guess the one I knew best. So I used SMA gold. It contained all the nutrients needed for my baby since I wasn't breast feeding. My baby seemed content on this for weeks and then I wanted to try and push him to sleep through the night. I was advised by a friend to try the SMA White for hungrier babies at night as this helped her daughter. I was initially told that this can lead to constipation as it is a bulkier milk. Anyway, I decided to use it once we had reduced to 5 feeds, with the final feed of the night being the SMA White at 6.15pm. It worked wonders. My son was more content and started after a few days sleeping through. Now , I'm not saying this will work for everyone and I am certainly not guaranteeing that this will cause your child to sleep through. I just wanted to point out why I liked it so much and why I bothered to try it. It can be used from birth but I would suggest leaving 8-10 weeks before introducing it to a new baby. My son did not suffer constipation as a result of it. At present it costs £7.21 , the same as the rest of the tins in the SMA range. As with the other milks, you have to prepare the feeds. It's approx 1 spoonful (spoon provided) to 30 ml freshly boiled water. All the details are displayed on the tin and the instructions are easy to follow.
I started my daughter on breastfeeding but after a while decided bottle would be easier. In the shops there are so many different types of baby milk it is hard to decide what to go for. SMA are one of the brands I had heard about so we decided on the SMA gold. SMA also happens to be cheaper than the other brands available, but I can't personally see how there would be a difference in quality. After about 2 weeks we switched to SMA White, which is for hungrier babies, as my daughter always seemed to be hungry even after a feed. The disadvantage to switching to this was the fact she had constipation for a while, but that was easily solved with a trip to the doctors. I will state, that once opening the lid on a new tin, there's a metal lid that needs to be peeled off (it does have a ring pull). Be very careful in doing so as my partner has been occasionally known to cut himself when doing this! It's very, very easy to make up a bottle, one level scoop of formula to an ounce of water which I asuume would be the same for most formulas. Other than the problem outlined above, I can't seem a problem with SMA.
this is the milk which my baby is currently on. he started on sma gold however this was not satisfying enough for him as he has quite a big appetite it costs the same as sma gold and is a lot more satisfying. you add one scoop to each ounce of water it is really easy and quick to make. it is infant milk which is adapted to suit hungrier babies. it suits babies from birth upto twelve months old. according to the tin it is a milk which is nutritionally complete suits hungrier babies and contains omega 3 and 6. if babies are very hungry this milk can help delay weaning until the reccommended time. it is best to make the babys feed up when required and not before so that it stays fresh. it is best to throw unfinished feeds away straight away as this improves hygeine. the milk is suitable for vegetarians and suitable for halal. Sma white can be added to food when the baby is old enough as it is easier on the babies stomachs than cows milk and they would be used to the taste. food should not be added to the babys bottle to try and fill them up for health reasons. Sma contains both milk and soybean products. The tin of food lasts around a week but will be different depending on the child. the food can cause constipation which can happen with any infant milk
More satisfying for hungrier babies.