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Formula milk stages - what's the difference?

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LazyDaisy6 Tue 07-Nov-17 09:24:00

I'm a bit confused about the different stages of formula!!
DS is nearly 8 months and I'm trying to get him to take the odd bottle. He's feeding too much for me to express plus he hasn't taken expressed milk from a bottle in the past anyway so I'm trying formula.
I've tried a few different formulas and bottles as he wasn't too keen but have now decided to just stick to one and persevere. What's the difference between Cow and Gate Stage 1 and Cow and Gate stage 2 follow on milk? Which one should I be giving?

Lules Tue 07-Nov-17 09:27:18

Not a lot. It's a marketing thing. You can get Boots points etc on follow on milks which is about the only benefit

angelopal Tue 07-Nov-17 09:27:45

Give stage 1. Follow on are just so they can advertise. Never bothered with follow on milk. Just went from stage 1 to cow's milk at a year old.

AfunaMbatata Tue 07-Nov-17 09:28:38

The follow on mills have more sugar in them.

LazyDaisy6 Tue 07-Nov-17 09:50:21

Ah of course, the marketing - didn't even think of that. I presume that's why they can give away freebies of follow on milk at baby shows etc.

I hadn't even though to look at the sugar - thanks @AfunaMbatata

Kattatty87 Tue 07-Nov-17 09:52:11

Stage 1 is more whey based and based on breast milk. It's easier for babies to digest so good for breastfed babies who may get constipated from stage 2. But yes also advertising!

Spam88 Tue 07-Nov-17 10:50:14

Best to just stick with stage 1.

Xansaf Fri 10-Nov-17 08:19:19

I don’t understand why people think follow On milk is a marketing thing. I mean they cost the same and people are still going to buy the milk aren’t they?

HopeAndJoy16 Fri 10-Nov-17 08:23:52

They aren't legally allowed to advertise stage 1 milk, nor offer any promotional deals/discounts
www.babymilkaction.org/ukrules-pt2a

Agree if you want to introduce formula juat stick to stage 1

Themummy76 Fri 10-Nov-17 08:26:08

I think the iron content also goes up?

eeanne Fri 10-Nov-17 08:26:45

I don’t understand why people think follow On milk is a marketing thing. I mean they cost the same and people are still going to buy the milk aren’t they?

It's because it IS a marketing thing. WHO recommends that countries do not allow advertising of any formula geared for babies 6 months and under. So the manufacturers created a different product for babies 6 months and older that they can freely advertise - stuck in a few more vitamins and sugar and voila.

Not all people would have been buying it anyway, the formula companies are hoping parents will be convinced that follow on milk is better than breast milk past 6 months giving them new customers.

thenewaveragebear1983 Fri 10-Nov-17 08:28:30

We kept Ds on stage 1 for far too long but his sleep definitely improved and he wanted less milk when we switched to stage 2. We did this after 1 year after realising that he couldn't tolerate cows milk in its pure form. I do think there's some difference in the formulation, but nothing significant. Perhaps as pp said, more iron? Different fats?

EgremontRusset Fri 10-Nov-17 08:31:48

Silly question probably but do you have a 6 month plus teat when you are trying to feed him? I realised DS was only refusing bottle because the flow was too slow.

LazyDaisy6 Fri 10-Nov-17 09:30:06

Ohhh thats interesting @EgremontRusset! I will have a look and try the next one up smile

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