Product Type: Milupa Aptamil kids equipment
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When breast doesn't work Aptamil does
Member Name: emmad5689
Advantages: Sophie loved it, powdered and ready to use, professionals recommend it
When I had my first daughter I wanted to breast feed however she didn't take to it and when she was about 5 days old the breast feeding specialist told me I would have to give her some formula as she was too weak to actually try breast feeding no matter how hard we tried.
It was the breast feeding specialist who recommended Aptamil to me telling me that research had shown that their milk was the closest to breast milk out of all the formulas available.
This is what the Aptamil website states about their products "We've been pioneering research into infant nutrition for over 50 years, and throughout this time we've gained a level of knowledge and expertise we're proud to share. We have around 300 scientists worldwide who are dedicated to research in infant nutrition, as well as a team of nutritionists, midwives and other healthcare professionals here in the UK who are all committed to providing the best support for babies and toddlers."
Aptamil can be bought as milk powder for you to mix yourself at home or as ready made cartons, obviously buying the powder is the most cost efective however to begin with we did buy a caouple of the cartons to see if we could give breastfeeding another try once we got her strength up. You can buy Aptamil at supermarkets and chemists such as Boots.
Our daughter took to the milk straight away and it was lovely to see her finally enjoying feeding, I gave breastfeeding another try in between her Aptamil feeds but she simply wasn't intersted which was a shame but as long as she was healthy that was all that mattered.
The cartons of Aptamil will cost you around 69p and holds 200mls so obviously this would cost a lot if you used them all the time however they are handy if you are going on a day out although the carton doesn't tear very well so you need to take scissors with you and it doesn't reseal if you don't use it all.
Aptimil do three different tubs of formula, first milk, hungry milk and follow on milk and they come in tubs of 900g for £9.49 so they are generally slightly more expensive than the other milk formula brands but there is not a large difference.
The tubs of formula are made of cardboard and have a foiled seal inside so that you know that the milk will be fresh and hasn't been tampered with, inside the tub you also get a small plastic scoop to make sure you measure the correct amount of formula to the correct amount of water. We found Sophie enjoyed her formula and after a couple of months she moved onto the hungry milk which sje also enjoyed. The milk was easy to mix and didn't clump at all so I was happy with it from the point of view of making it up and she was happy to drink it.
Aptimil also do powdered baby foods ans larger bottles of the follow on milk however we never used either of these so I have no experience of them. Sophie decided to bring herself off her bottles completely at just under a year old so we never got to the stage of the follow on milk.
When I had my second daughter I again struggled with breastfeeding and so turned to Aptimil again unfortunately it turned out she also had reflux and so had to have special milk but if she hadn't had this problem I would have happily used Aptimil again.
For all they say breast is best it isn't suitable for everyone and this in my opinion is a good alternative, I have two healthy children and I would recommend this brand to anyone with a baby.
Summary: Hopefully the best for my children