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What is the difference between stage 1 and follow-on formula?
I've been given conflicting information about it, some say it's not necessary to switch, others say it's better because it has more vitamins and is designed for an older bub. Is it better for a bub over 6 months?
Why are we told not to use follow-on formula until 6 months when in America it is recommended from 4 months?
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When it comes to choosing between follow-on formulas and stage 1 formulas for your 6 month old, it really comes down to your preference. Follow-on formulas can be less like breast milk and more like cows’ milk. They have the same calories, but follow-on formulas usually have added vitamins, minerals and proteins. While these sound impressive, they are not necessary if a bub is starting solids and will be given a varied diet as they develop.
The recommendations that come with baby and toddler formulas and foods are often more about marketing than what is really necessary for little ones. When it comes to the differences between Australian and American recommendations, I cannot say for certain. I would presume that there may be differences in the formula contents and / or the regulations for baby nutritional products. Australia has very strict guidelines when it comes to baby foods and formulas – I would suggest following the recommendations given for our local products, and not be tempted to think that our bubs are just being left two months behind other countries.
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