Product Type: Milupa Aptamil kids equipment
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Aptamil, The Best For My Baby
Member Name: k2705
Advantages: Gentle on Jaydens tummy
Disadvantages: None with the milk, preparing can be a bit of a problem.
When Jayden was born I knew that I wanted to bottle feed him but didn't really have any idea about what type of formula to use and which ones were best. A few hours after he was born he was moved into the special care baby unit where he stayed for a week, due to low blood sugars he was fed hourly by a tube through his nose using a regular formula milk, when we were taught how to do this we discovered that the milk was a Cow and Gate brand. However after a few days he was moved onto being bottle fed but we found he would be quite sick afterwards, the nurses suggested we try a different formula milk as some brands suit some babies better than others. It was recommended that we give Milupa Aptamil a try as they said they had found this to be a bit gentler and light for babies, although I'm not sure if this is factual or just what they had discovered through experience, anyway we decided to give it a try. Jayden isn't the easiest baby to wind so most of the time he does bring a bit of milk up with his wind but he is so much better on the Aptamil formula milk which is what he has been on from a few days old, in fact Milupa formula milk was the only milk that I could drink as a baby as all of the others made me sick, this brand definitely suits him better that the others.
The Milupa Aptamil formula milk comes in a range of varieties, we use Aptamil First Milk for Jayden as this is suitable from birth, it comes in different forms we use both the powder which you mix yourself and the ready made cartons.
The powder comes in a large cardboard rectangle tub, this has a dark blue plastic lid which flips up and clips back in place, under this is a foil covering which needs to be removed. On the front of the tub is a small red rectangle at the top with the brand name Milupa written inside it in red, just beneath this is the name Aptamil, this is written in dark blue on a pale blue and white background. Right in the middle of the tub is a shield shape with information about the milk written inside and a polar bear curled up next to it. Right at the bottom of the tub is information stating that this is First Milk and suitable from birth with a large 1 next to it. On one side of the tub is a feeding guide written clearly within a table, just beneath this is instructions for how to make up the milk, these are accompanied with small pictures, there is further information about making up the formula just beneath this with a list of important ingredients included. On the opposite side of the tub is a table containing nutritional information along with a long list of ingredients, just underneath this is a section titled "Important Notice" this is more like the warnings section. The back of the tub has a guide at the top of it showing you how to open the tub and remove the foil covering, beneath this is a statement saying why you should choose Milupa Aptamil and contact information, along with other varieties of Aptamil in the range. The tub comes with a small plastic yellow scoop which is used to measure out the milk powder to ensure you get the correct amount.
The ready made Milupa Aptamil Milk comes in small rectangle cartons which are made from a thick pale blue card, similar to that of cartons of juice you can buy in the supermarkets. The cartons basically contain exactly the same information as the tub of powdered Milupa Aptamil Milk including the nutritional information, ingredients, obviously the instructions of how to make the milk is not needed, the front of the carton has the same information on it including the brand and name of the product along with the polar bear which is associated with Aptamil. The cartons have the corners folded down which need to be unfolded and one corner cut off with a pair of scissors in order to transfer the milk inside into your baby's bottles.
Milupa Aptamil (the powder)
Milupa Aptamil Milk powder looks very similar to regular powdered milk you can buy, it is an off white colour, almost cream coloured, when in the powdered form it doesn't really have a smell to it, however when it is mixed with water to form the milk it does smell of milk, however it has quite a sweet sickly smell to it, its not unpleasant or horrible but I wouldn't say it had an overly appetising smell.
Milupa Aptamil (ready made)
The ready made Milupa Aptamil milk is the same consistency as regular milk in that it is just a runny liquid, it has the same creamy off white colour that the milk powder has and the same sweet sickly smell to it. The ready made formula milk is basically the same as the powder form when made you just get more for your money with the milk powder.
Milupa Aptamil information
Milupa Aptamil is described as a breast milk substitute, the First Milk variety is suitable for your baby from birth, it is described as being nutritionally complete so basically contains everything that your baby needs to stay healthy and to grow. It contains what Milupa describe as a unique blend of GOS/ FOS which are special ingredients found in nature. Aptamil First also contains nucleotides and LCP's (Omega 3 and 6) this is something babies are unable to produce enough of themselves so they are included in the milk. I cannot list all of the nutritional information that appears on the side of the tub or carton as the list is just too long, however you can be confident that your baby will be receiving all of the vitamins, minerals, fats and other vital ingredients that they require in their diet to grow strong and healthy, the Aptamil First Milk is literally a complete meal for you baby .
The feeding guide appears on the side of the tub/ carton and gives you a rough guide of how much to feed your baby's between the ages of 0 to 12 months, for examples
* Up to 2 weeks - 90ml (3 Scoops)
* 2 - 4 weeks - 120ml (4 Scoops)
* 4 - 8 weeks - 150ml (5 Scoops)
* 8 - 12 weeks - 180ml (6 Scoops)
* 3 - 4 months - 180ml (6 Scoops)
* 4 - 5 months - 210ml (7 Scoops)
* 5- 6 months - 210ml (7 Scoops)
* 7 - 12 months - 210ml (7 Scoops)
These guide amounts of the packaging are just rough guides as to how much milk your baby will need at different ages, some babies will need more whereas others will need less. Personally I have found that Jayden always needs more than what is recommended, when he came home from hospital at a week old he was having the amounts recommended by the hospital which was up to 80ml of milk, however we were told to just make up the 90ml to make it easier so we could use whole scoops of the powder, however just a few days after he arrived home 80ml wasn't satisfying him and he ended up taking the whole 90ml but it wasn't long before he was on the next level up which was 120ml. Even now he is still on one scoop more that what is suggested for his age, he is obviously just a baby with a big appetite, whilst the tub suggests that these amounts are just rough guides I did check with my health visitor about what he should be eating and was advised to just let him guide us as to how much he needs and let him take what he wants, however it is handy to have this guide on the packaging so that you can keep a check on whether your baby is eating far too much or well under what they should be.
Preparing the Milk
Preparing Milupa Aptamil milk using the powder is very simply, obviously the first thing is to ensure that all bottle parts are sterilised you then do the following
* Boil freshly rub water in a kettle and leave to cool for 30 minutes, you should not used artificially softened or repeatedly boiled water.
* Measure the required amount of water into a bottles using the feeding guide (you should not add powder to boiling water due to the risk of scalding)
* Using the scoop add the powder to the water levelling it off using the build in leveller inside the tub (do not press or heap the powder)
* Put the cap on the bottle and shake to mix the powder with the water
* Cool under running water, checking the temperature before feeding.
Obviously there are no preparation instructions for the ready made cartons this is just for the tub of powered milk, however it is important that you follow the instructions carefully so that you do not harm your baby, there is a warning on the side of the tub in red lettering stating that powdered milks are not sterile so failure to following the instructions can make your baby ill. It also states that feeds should be made up as and when they are needed and that for hygiene reasons feeds should not be made up in advance and stored. Unfinished feeds should be disguarded as soon as possible and always within 2 hours, so this does give you a bit of time should your baby wish to come back to their bottle a bit later. After reading that the powdered milk was not sterile I was a bit worried in case I did something wrong which could cause Jayden to become ill, however after making up several feeds we soon got the hang of it.
Price and Availability
Milupa Aptamil First Milk in both the powder form and the ready made is widely available in most supermarkets, corner shops and chemists such as Boots and Superdrug. We purchase our 900g tub of powdered milk and our 200ml cartons from our local Tesco, the large tubs cost £9.49 and the cartons are 69p each. Personally I feel that the large tubs of powered milk are the best value for money as these last us a couple of weeks, however we do always buy several cartons each week as well as these are very handy for days out and early morning feeds. I do think that the cartons can work out quite expensive, they are not too bad value for money if you just buy a few for certain occasions, however if we were to just buy the cartons without the powder we would be spending double the amount of money compared to when we purchase the large tubs.
Personally I have been very pleased with the Aptamil First Milk and Jayden seems to enjoy it as well, I know that I can give this to him and know that he is receiving everything that he needs to grow and stay healthy, I did wonder whether he should be having water to drink in-between but was advised that it is down to personal preference, with the Aptamil milk he does not require water but some babies do like a drink between bottles, I have tried giving Jayden water but he really wasn't impressed and just screwed his nose up at it. As I have mentioned Jayden has quite a big appetite for a small baby and really tucks into his Aptamil milk, personally I think that it smells a bit too sickly and sweet, I have actually tasted it too once to see how hot it was and personally thought it tasted horrible but he seems to enjoy it and its not often that he leaves any.
Based on the two versions we buy, the cartons and the large tubs of powder, I have to say that the powdered milk is the best value for money, you can make about 2 weeks worth of bottles with this whereas one carton for us works out as one meal, obviously this depends on how much your baby drinks, Jayden drinks between 180ml and 200ml at the moment so using cartons would work out a lot more expensive. If I had one disadvantage with the Aptamil powdered milk it would be the fact that you cannot make bottles up in advance, Jayden's feeds about every 4 hours, if he does go 4 hours or a bit more between feeds its fine we can have the bottle ready for him, however if one day he is hungry earlier than 4 hours it can be a bit of a problem especially as you have to let the kettle cools for 30 minutes, if he is crying to be fed and we have to boil the kettle and then wait half an hour it just gets him more worked up and stressed as you cannot explain to a baby that they have to wait, being able to make the bottles (as my Mum used to with me) in advance would solve this problem as the milk would be there ready when he was, on numerous occasions this has happened and in the end we abandoned the kettle and give him a carton of milk. Also because you cannot make the bottles in advance night feeds, or in our case 6am feeds as he now sleeps through most of the time, are also a bit of a problem as no one wants to stand in the kitchen either in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning boiling the kettle and then waiting half and hour before you can make the bottle, again especially if your baby is crying to be fed.
When Jayden first came home there was no way this was going to work, if we used the powder he would either have to wait for his bottle when he woke in the night or we would have to set an alarm half and hour before he usually woke (hoping he woke at the same time) just to boil the kettle and then set the alarm again for half an hour later to make the milk, neither me or my husband fancied doing this which was why we purchased the cartons. Using the cartons means that when he was waking in the night and now when he wakes at around 6am we can just pour the milk in his bottle and its ready for him, he doesn't have to wait and there isn't a lot of messing around for us.
All in all I would definitely recommend Aptamil First Milk despite the disadvantages I have mentioned, this is not something that would prevent me using the milk as it is the same for all powdered milks, to overcome this we just buy the milk in different forms to suit our needs. I will certainly continue to use Milupa Aptamil milk for Jayden even when he moves on from the First Milk I will purchase him the next stage milk in this brand.
Summary: The best milk for my baby
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