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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

Choosing an infant formula and toddler milk for your baby

All formula sold in Australia must meet strict regulations set by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code), including both powdered and ready-to-drink liquid form. The standards outline the minimum nutrient requirements for baby formula.

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important.
  • Baby 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.

Infant formula

There are a number of infant formula now available on the Australian market. If you choose not to breastfeed or partially breastfeed, it is important to understand the differences in formula types. Always discuss your options with a healthcare professional.

 

Formula

When to use  (once breastfeeding has been considered)

Cow’s milk formula

The most common form of formula given to infants is made from cow’s milk. Cow’s milk-based formula can be found as either a whey dominant or casein dominant formula. Casein and whey are two types of protein found in cow’s milk play their role in a baby’s digestion. Whey dominant formula often labelled as “Step 1” can be offered from 0-12 months when breastfeeding has been excluded or offered concurrently with breastfeeding. Casein dominant formula, often labelled as “Step 2” can be offered from 6 months of age when the digestive system is more advanced, providing earlier satiety in a baby.*

Soy based formula

Some babies are provided with soy-based formula when tolerance to cow’s milk is poor. This formula type should only be offered with guidance from a doctor or health practitioner.

Lactose free formula

Some babies may be diagnosed with lactose intolerance resulting in gastrointestinal discomfort. Lactose free formula should only be offered with guidance from a doctor or health practitioner.

Hypoallergenic formula

Hypoallergenic formula is formula that’s been carefully designed for babies with a high risk of allergies and should only be offered with guidance from a doctor or health practitioner.

Amino Acid Formula (AAF)

Amino Acid Formula is specially designed for the dietary management of cow’s milk protein allergy and other food-allergy-associated conditions and should only be offered with guidance from a doctor or health practitioner.

*It should be noted that there are some observed differences in bowel patterns between formula fed and breastfed infants. Breastfed infants often have lighter and softer stool compared to that of formula fed infants.

Toddler Milk

Toddler milk is a supplement drink offered to babies from 12 months of age as an alternative to cow’s milk. This supplement drink is often fortified with essential vitamins and minerals to support the growing needs of a toddler as they begin to walk, talk and increase their overall activity and developmental skills. Toddler milk is carefully formulated and can be offered in conjunction to a balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, meat, meat alternatives and other sources of dairy such as cheese and yoghurt.

There are several Toddler Milk drinks on the market that offer a range of added nutrients which can support the overall health of your child. Some key nutrients to look out for when choosing a Toddler milk include:

Key nutritional considerations in Toddler Milk

Nutritional benefits

Prebiotics

Prebiotic is a type of fibre found naturally in our foods that helps nourish the gut microbiome. The ‘gut microbiome’ refers to the billions of micro-organisms, which include bacteria that live in our gut which helps digestion, metabolism, immune function and brain health. Recent scientific studies show a healthy gut microbiome is associated with reduced chronic disease risk, allergies and mental illness. Our gut microbiomes are established very in early life. As we grow, factors such as genetics, environment and diet can change this balance of bacteria. Emerging research has shown that supplementing a diet with prebiotics such as Galacto-oligosacharides (GOS) can help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut[1]. According to Paediatric Dietitian, Susie Burrell, these benefits are critical early in life: ‘When introduced into the diet of infants, studies have shown that GOS improves digestive and immune health by stimulating levels of Bifidobacteria, an important and beneficial gut bacteria[2]’.

Omega 3 DHA

Omega 3 DHA is a long chain fatty acid which is important for the rapid development of the brain and eyes and helps to support the development of the immune system.  It can be difficult to introduce sufficient amounts of essential fatty acids such as DHA when a child is young particularly as they are mainly found in oily fish which is not often tolerated by the young palate.

Organic

Choosing organic ensures that your Toddler Milk is free from artificial pesticides, additives and preservatives. Organic cows are milked according to their natural milking cycle where they are not treated with synthetic hormones or treated with antibiotics. This provides assurance that only natural ingredients are used to make Toddler Milk supplement drink.

Vitamins and Minerals

Toddler Milk which contains essential vitamins and minerals will assist in maximising on your child’s overall health and development. Toddler milk that contains:

  • Iron, Zinc, Vitamin C, A & D will provide a healthy immune system
  • Iodine, Iron and Zinc will support brain development
  • Calcium and Vitamin D will support growing bones and teeth
  • Zinc will enhance the health of hair and nails

Key points

  • Breastfeeding offers an infant the best nutritional start in life.
  • Where breastfeeding is not possible, there are a range of infant formulas that are manufactured according to strict guidelines.
  • From 6 months of age, an infant will commence solids and by 12 months of age, a diet should consist of lots of variety, colour and texture. Offering your toddler a range of different healthy food and meal options (link to website recipes and Bellamy’s Organic foods) will help increase their acceptability and expose to new foods, whilst keeping them well nourished.
  • In addition, a source of dairy derived from cow’s milk or a supplement Toddler Milk drink can be offered at no more than 500mls per day.
  • Look for a Toddler Milk which is fortified in key nutrients such as Prebiotics, Omega 3 and key vitamins and minerals such as Iron and Zinc to ensure you are providing your child with a pure start to life.
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