Up to what age should a baby be breastfed?
The World Health Organization recommends that an infant should be exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life, and then continuing to breastfeed until the age of two years as part of a progressively diversified diet. However, each mother is the best person to decide how long she can or wants to breastfeed her baby, even past this age.
How can breastfeeding be combined with the introduction of other foods?
Breast milk is the most natural alternative for feeding infants and young children, so it can be perfectly combined with the introduction of new foods. In the beginning, only one feeding should be replaced with another type of food, and additional feedings throughout the day may be progressively substituted. Children often continue with their morning and evening feedings, even if their diet is already very diversified.
When is the right time to switch from a follow on formula to Blemil Kids 3?
It is recommended to use a follow-on formula like Blemil 2 until approximately the age of 12 months, and to begin the consumption of a follow up formula like Blemil Kids 3 from this age and until the child is 3 years.
What are the differences between infant formula, follow-on formula, and follow up formula?
Each of these formulas is adapted to the nutritional needs of the age group they target: Infant formula should be as similar as possible to breast milk. Follow-on formula provides more energy as well as certain vitamins and minerals like iron. In addition, certain follow-on milk products contain lactobacilli and bifidobacteria that help improve the intestinal flora of babies, as well as other nutrients present in infant formula, like nucleotides. Lastly, follow up formulas are a adapted to the degree of maturation of children from one year onwards.
Each of these milks is adapted to the nutritional needs of the age group they target: Infant formula should be as similar as possible to breast milk. Follow-on milk contains a higher protein and iron intake, and it provides more energy as well as certain vitamins and minerals. In addition, certain follow-on milk products contain lactobacilli and bifidobacteria that help improve the intestinal flora of babies, as well as other nutrients present in infant formula, like nucleotides. Lastly, growing-up milk is a transition product between follow-on milk and cow's milk, so its composition is an intermediate version of the two.
When can a child begin consuming cow's milk? Why should it not be given earlier?
International experts in pediatric food recommend delaying the introduction of cow's milk in a baby's diet until at least the age of one year, but preferably three years. Follow-on milk or growing-up milk can be used until then. The reason is that up until that point, the digestive and renal systems of babies are still developing, and the amount of mineral salts and proteins in cow's milk could be excessive. In addition, cow's milk is rich in saturated fat and contains very little iron and essential fatty acids.
When cow's milk is introduced, should it be fat free and calcium enriched?
Some pediatricians suggest using whole milk and others recommend semi-skimmed. In general, all pediatricians believe that calcium enriched milk is not necessary. Skimmed milk is not suitable because its low fat content makes it harder to absorb the liposoluble vitamins (like Vitamin D) and calcium it contains.
Can a child older than six years continue to consume Blemil plus 4 kids?
A child can begin consuming cow's milk as of the age of three years. However, there is no reason why children older than three or six years, respectively, should stop consuming Blemil plus 3 and Blemil plus 4 kids. These are excellent alternatives as part of a balanced diet in all the stages of life.
The latest trends in pediatric nutrition recommend continuing the use of a follow-on milk like Blemil plus 2 until approximately the age of 18-20 months, and to begin the consumption of a growing-up milk like Blemil plus 3 as of this age and until the child is 3 years, when cow's milk is introduced.
Laboratorios Ordesa has a wide range of infant formulas that are adapted to each growth stage and to special situations.
For additional information about Blemil infant formulas, please visit our products section. Our product advisor tool will indicate the more suitable formula for each age, range and indication. Please, consult your pediatrician if you have any doubt.
What are the general features of Blemil formulas?
Blemil is a range of advanced infant formulas. Their composition includes many of the compounds that are present in breast milk that pediatric research has found have beneficial effects on the growth and maturation of babies: bioactive serum proteins (α-lactalbumin), long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA’s) omega-3 (DHA) and omega-6 (AA), nucleotides, prebiotics, probiotics, and lutein.
Product dosage, preparation, and storage
Can a milk bottle be reheated without affecting its properties? How much time can pass from when a bottle is prepared to when it is consumed?
We recommend consuming infant formula immediately after preparation and avoiding storage from one feeding to the next. We also recommend not reheating bottles once they have been prepared.
A suggestion for when you plan to travel, go for a walk or visit the park: first boil the water (as recommended on the label), store it in a Thermos, and mix it with the powdered formula directly before feeding your baby.
What type of water is recommended for preparing milk bottles? Should the water always be boiled, even if it is bottled water?
Low-mineral waters are recommended for bottle preparation. If using tap water, it is recommended to boil it for up to one minute (this is not necessary with bottled water).
How long can a package of infant milk remain open before being consumed?
One month, as long as the products are stored in their original packaging, properly sealed, and in a cool/dry place.
Can infant formula be consumed after its expiry date?
We do not recommend consuming our infant formulas after their expiry date, although in most cases this does not pose a risk to the health of infants.
What is the correct dosage and bottle preparation method?
Regardless of the milk you use, the relation that must always be followed for preparing a bottle is one level dosage spoon of milk for every 30 ml of water.
You may consult the dosage tables that appear on all our infant milk packages.
Can Blemil infant formulas be used to prepare cereal purées?
Yes, the entire Blemil plus range can be used to prepare cereal purées with cereals that do not contain milk in its composition.