What does it mean to be certified organic?

Organic Certification is a process that begins at the fundamental core of a Producer in how they sustainably manage, nurture and grow the land they take responsibility for.

Organic certification takes a minimum of three years where the grower, the land and the product needs to demonstrate that organic standards are being met.

Organic means the application of practices that emphasise the:

  • Use of renewable resources; and
  • Conservation of energy, soil and water; and
  • Recognition of livestock welfare needs; and
  • Environmental maintenance and enhancement, while producing optimum quantities of produce without the use of artificial fertiliser or synthetic chemicals.
  • Annual audits verifying all of the above.

The raw agricultural products from a system that has undergone the three-year certification process can then enter into a processing stream that in itself has been certified for the manufacturing of a certified organic product.

 

Where does your milk come from?

We believe the cows that make our milk are among the best-treated and cared for cows on the planet.  Feeding from lush green pastures and certified organic feed, our cows produce milk the natural way without growth hormones, antibiotics or synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

We only source the highest quality certified organic milk ingredients from dedicated and passionate organic dairy farmers across the globe that meets the strict standards of Australian certified organic practices.

What is the difference between Infant Formula and Follow-On Formula?

The primary difference between our Infant Formula and Follow-On Formula is the balance of milk proteins. Both formulas have whey and casein proteins but in different proportions.

Our Infant Formula is whey dominant with around 60% whey protein and 40% casein protein. Breast milk also has around 60% whey and 40% casein.  It is important that a baby who is formula fed from birth or under 6 months, starts with a whey dominant formula like our Infant Formula.

Our Follow-on Formula is casein dominant with around 55% casein protein and 45% whey protein. We change the balance because as casein is slower to digest than whey, it may keep baby feeling full a little longer.  Follow-on Formula is suitable for babies from 6 months to 12 months and may be more suitable for babies who are being weaned off breast-milk, or who are starting solid foods.

Once your baby reaches 6 months you can change your formula to our Follow-on Formula or you can continue to use our Infant Formula. Both will provide the essential nutrition requirements your baby needs however our Follow-on Formula may keep your baby feeling fuller for longer and better complement the introduction of solid foods. It may also be more suitable for babies over 6 months that are new to formula.

If your baby is satisfied with our Infant Formula and is over 6 months it is perfectly normal and safe to continue to use this up to 12 months.

We provide the two choices because each baby is different and mums and dads are best to make the decision on what is best for their baby.

Do your formulas contain all the nutrients my baby needs until 12 months?

All infant formulas in Australia must comply with a strict recipe as dictated by the Australian and New Zealand Food Standards (FSANZ) and must meet all the complete nutritional needs of babies for the first 12 months of their lives at least. Our formulas meet these standards and we pride ourselves in the quality of the products we create.

Why don’t our products contain ingredients from China?

Just like Australian Mums and Dads, there are many Chinese parents that use our products because they’re certified organic and made in Australia, furthermore our Chinese customers find it important that our products are classified as 100% imported into China. So we don’t include any ingredients from China in our products.

Where is your Palm Oil sourced?

We only use certified organic palm oil from sustainable sources in our infant formulas.  Our palm oil is from South America and is from the only company in the world that has a vertically integrated palm oil production system from seeder to farming, harvesting, mechanical pressing, and physical refinery and finally making of products including the palm oil. The palm tree plantation is committed to improve the living conditions of the local communities and is sponsoring the development of an additional 2,000 hectares owned by cooperatives of small farmers. This is important project of great social impact in the region and part of their commitment to organic farming practices.

We use palm oil in our infant formulas, which help to provide the correct fatty acid composition.  Palm Oil is used to supply palmitic acid.  Palmitic acid is a fatty acid which occurs in significant levels in breast milk and palm oil is the best source for supplying this fatty acid to formula.

We choose palm oil over other oils, because of its high quality, health conscious food processors and it does not contain excessive amounts of trans-fats derived from hydrogenation like in animal fats.

Our palm oil is not sourced from Indonesian rainforest and does not have any impact on orang-utans.

Can I receive samples of your formula?

Bellamy’s Organic voluntarily complies with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations, and the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas (MAIF) agreement, which does not support the sampling of infant formulas by manufacturers directly to parents or carers of babies.  Therefore, we are unable to supply you with a sample.

My baby is constantly constipated, could it be your formula?

Any changes in diet can cause changes in stool movements; frequency, consistency and colour.  In Australia it is a requirement that all formulas are fortified with mineral iron for healthy growth and development of babies. The added iron can cause some stools to be green in colour and may cause some transient constipation, particularly when compared against stools from breastfed babies.

Babies go through amazing transitions in digestive function as they grow.  Their tummy’s can be affected by all sorts of things including sickness, teething, and different and new foods or drinks being introduced.  All in all however, you know your little one best so if you are worried, you should seek advice from your medical practitioner.

What is the vegetable oil used?

The vegetable oil that we use in cooking our cereals and snacks is organic sunflower oil. The vegetable oils that we use in our formulas are organic palm oil, organic soybean oil and organic sunflower oil.

How are the cows fed that you source your milk from and do they take supplements?

We source our milk from cows that are fed and managed according to certified organic principles.

As the cows must be fed on certified organic feed and pasture, the living soil ecology of an organic system is important for maximum crop and animal health.

As a first step, where mineral deficiencies occur in pasture, amendments are made to correct the soil.

As a second step, to satisfy nutritional requirements, animals should have free access to natural mineral supplements (e.g. mineral licks, shell‐grit, and trace elements of mineral origin).

Soil tests and blood tests are used to indicate if amendments and/or additional supplements are needed.

Is Bellamy's Organic a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant?

The Australian Packaging Covenant(APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.

Bellamy’s has been a signatory since 2015, to see a full list of APC signatories click here.

Do your tins contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?

No, our Formula and Toddler Milk Drink tins do not contain BPA. Our formula tins are recyclable, with a BPA-free lid.

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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. 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.