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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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On nutrition. Baby formula: what’s in it and why?

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In this blog we thought we’d have a look at what’s in baby formula and how it got to be that way. It’s also interesting to see where some food products originated and how they have changed over time, partly as a result of science and partly as a result of cultural changes. Obviously, baby formula is an important one to look at because not only does it touch most families at some point but also because there is a huge variety available in Australia and it can be hard to choose one with which you’re comfortable.

Breast milk

At the outset let me say that this is not a story to promote baby formula over breast milk. At Bellamy’s Organic we believe that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby, if you can and if you want to.

Throughout history mothers who could not feed their babies, or who were in a position in society where it was fashionable not to, used what were termed “wet nurses”. These were women who had had children of their own and continued to “wet nurse” the children of others. Perhaps the most famous of these was The Nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The nurse was actually Juliet’s wet nurse! The prevalence of wet nursing decreased in the 19th century and was replaced by feeding babies mixtures that were based on animal milk. Feeding itself was a bit of a problem and although bottles with hard spouts go back thousands of years, it was not until Elijah Pratt invented the rubber nipple in 1845 that things got a bit easier! The practical soft teat we know today didn’t make an appearance until the 1900s.

Baby formula

First, some little-known stuff about the background of baby formula! In 1867 Justus von Liebig, one of the great German chemists of his time, developed the first commercial baby formula. (He also invented the beef extract that become trademarked as “Oxo” and the yeast extract that became “Marmite”). By around 1900 complex mixture formulas recommended that parents mix cow’s milk, water, cream, and sugar or honey in specific ratios to achieve the nutritional balance believed at that time to approximate human milk, reformulated in such a way as to accommodate the believed digestive capability of the infant!

In the 1920s evaporated milk appeared. By the late 1930s, the use of evaporated milk mixtures in the United States surpassed all commercial formulas, and by 1950 over half of all babies in the United States were reared on such mixtures! But by the 1970s these had pretty much disappeared. Thankfully!

Nutritionists continued to analyse breast milk in an attempt to develop baby formulas that more closely matched it.

Since the early 1970s, industrial countries have witnessed an increase in breastfeeding newborns and infants to 6 months of age. This upswing in breastfeeding has been accompanied by the later introduction of other foods (such as cow’s milk). This has resulted in an increase in breastfeeding and the use of infant formula between the ages of 3–12 months.

Today’s Australian Standard defines an infant formula as: “a breast milk substitute for infants which satisfies the nutritional requirements of infants aged up to four to six months”.

Nutrition

Formulas have come a long way. A modern formula, like Bellamy’s Organic Step 1 Infant Formula, is designed to be as close to breast milk as is practical. It’s made from certified organic cows milk. Protein in milk consists of two major classes: whey and casein. The main protein in cow’s milk is casein, so cow’s milk is casein-dominant and it has a whey-to-casein ratio of 20:80. Human milk is whey-dominant, with a whey-to-casein ratio of 60:40. As result, Bellamy’s Organic Step 1 is also whey-dominant so that babies can digest it more easily. It’s blended with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals so you can be sure you are offering your baby the best nutrition in accordance with world-class Australian Food guidelines and standards.

Vitamins

Specifically, we include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B3,  calcium pantothenate which is a form of vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin E (natural), folic acid, vitamin K1, d-biotin and sodium ascorbate which is an antioxidant.

These vitamins are essential nutrients for small growing bodies and help keep your child healthy. At Bellamy’s we do not add ingredients “to be different” or to create a “marketing fad”. We’re about giving your baby or toddler a pure start to life. That’s why we’re organic.

Why organic?

Obviously the most important thing about baby formula is that it must provide all the nutrition that a baby needs, but it also needs to be as “pure” as it can be.

Organic baby products, just like organic food in general, are a good choice when you want a natural product that hasn’t been produced with harmful chemicals. But it’s even more important that babies get an organic, pure start to life, without harmful toxins in their diets.

Organic baby products are particularly important, because there is evidence to indicate a significantly increased risk to the sound development of babies and toddlers, where they have been exposed to pesticides and other toxins in their food.

Ref: US Environmental Protection Agency/Pesticides: Health and Safety

Mindful Eating

If you’d like to know more about Bellamy’s Organic and the certified organic baby foods we make, click on this link.

 

Important Notice

Thanks for reading our blog. We hope you found this information interesting. 

The World Health Organisation 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 will 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.

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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.