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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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Alcohol and Pregnancy

Australia’s national guidelines for alcohol consumption from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) suggest that you should not consume alcohol:

  • During pregnancy
  • At time of conception
  • Whilst breastfeeding

Regardless of the volume of alcohol that may be consumed over one week, research has demonstrated that any consumption may impact on the health and growth of your unborn baby.

1. What are the recommendations for alcohol in pregnancy?

You may wonder whether it is okay to consume alcohol while you are pregnant. You may know people who have, you may have had your mother or grandmother do so whilst pregnant. Guidelines have changed over the years and as research evolves, we come to understand more around the risks associated with alcohol during pregnancy to the unborn baby. According the NHMRC, they recommend the following:

  • Alcohol consumption should be stopped in both men and women at the time of conception
  • There is no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy
  • Higher levels of alcohol indicate higher risk of ill health in your baby
  • Consumption of alcohol before the time you know you are pregnant < 4 weeks, has lower risk association

2. What is the harm of drinking alcohol in pregnancy?

When we consume any food and drinks, the nutrients will pass through the blood stream which includes to the blood stream of the baby via the placenta. Alcohol is no exception. Alcohol can easily pass through to the blood stream of the foetus. This alcohol can potentially harm brain development, cognitive growth and physical development. This is also the same as if you choose to drink alcohol when breastfeeding, the alcohol can easily pass into the breastmilk affecting your baby in the same way. Some of the risks to the foetus associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth < 37 weeks
  • Miscarriage or Still birth
  • Mental and physical disabilities also known as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Cognitive deficits

In addition to the health of your baby, alcohol may also impact the health of pregnant women. Alcohol may impact on blood pressure, if drunk in excess may lead to dehydration.

3. What are some alternative drinks that can be consumed?

There are a number of beverages that can be consumed during pregnancy that do not contain alcohol. These may include but not limited to:

  • Water
  • Carbonated water
  • Milk or Milk alternatives
  • Occasional soft drink
  • Smoothies
  • Fresh juices

Summary: Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may increase the risk of adverse health effects that could last a lifetime in your child. The recommendation for pregnancy is to cease all alcohol consumption to ensure the health of you and your baby are maintained.

General Tips:

  • For both women and men, it is safest to stop drinking alcohol while you are trying to conceive
  • There is no safe level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy

If you’re having trouble reducing or stopping your alcohol consumption, talk to your healthcare professional for advice and support

Disclaimer: The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.