Helpful Guides

Annina Whipp: Achieving a Desirable Profile of Essential-Fatty-Acids in Infant Formula Using Cow’s Milk Fat Versus Vegetable Fats

Introduction This article will explore the evolution of infant formula (IF), outline current regulations on composition and examine evidence suggesting a potential association between the source of fat used in IF and infant health outcomes. The article will conclude with practical considerations for healthcare professionals (HCPs). The first 1,000 days of life provides a window […]

Katie Angotti: Complementary feeding – introducing foods to babies

Introducing foods is an important step in a baby’s development. Although milk remains an infant’s main source of nutrients throughout the first year, the introduction of solids is needed to learn how to chew, swallow and develop all the skills needed to feed themselves proficiently. This period of introducing foods has also been shown to […]

Katie Angotti: Encouraging responsive feeding in babies

Responsive feeding means recognising what a baby needs and feeding them in response to those needs. Babies are very good at communicating hunger, appetite and satiation (1). Supporting parents and caregivers to recognise the cues that babies give can help them to feed more responsively, regardless of which type of milk feeding they choose to […]

Katie Angotti: The importance of dietary fats during pregnancy

Dietary fats play an important role in our health, providing a concentrated form of energy, enabling the absorption of certain nutrients, and providing essential fatty acids that the body cannot make. This article covers the different types of fat in the diet, and practical steps to helping pregnant women include essential fats to support the […]

Helpful Guide: Breastfeeding Positions

When finding a breastfeeding position that works for mother and baby there are three very important factors: a comfortable mother, a position that enables mother and baby to be as close as possible, and supporting (holding) the breast so that the breast is not weighing heavily on the baby’s chin (especially in newborns). Establishing a […]

Helpful Guide: Preparing and giving a bottle of formula

All equipment that will come into contact with the water and formula powder being used to prepare a feeding must be sterilised to prevent risk of infection to the baby. This includes bottle teats and bottles themselves. All hands and work surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned as well.  The best practice is to make up […]

Helpful Guide: Weaning and introducing solids to a baby’s diet

The introduction of solids foods to a baby’s diet, based on NHS guidelines (Start4Life, n.d.) NHS guidelines are to wait until a baby is 6 months of age to begin introducing solid foods. Up until that age, breast milk or infant milk should be a sole and sufficient source of nutrition for a healthy term […]

Helpful Guide: When it comes to poo, what’s normal?

Poo can come in an array of colours and consistency.  There are various factors that affect the characteristics of baby poo: Whether it is meconium or not : meconium is the first form of poo a healthy term baby will have shortly after birth (generally between 24-48 hours), while for preterm infants it may take […]

Helpful Guide: Transitioning to formula (from breast, or another formula)

Formula to formula You can switch to the new formula immediately and prepare all the feeds with the new formula on Day 1. Feedback from parents using Kendamil has shown that switching to all Kendamil bottles within 24 hours is feasible. However, for some infants it might be easier on their digestive system to transition […]

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