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BLW question, not sure if i'm being a bit Fick!

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smoggii Thu 09-Jun-11 22:31:51

Hi,

We are due to start BLW in a couple of weeks and i know from reading the book that the main nourishment will continue to come from her formula feeds. However, should I move from 1st stage formula to 'follow on' or stick with first stage.

I ask because, for the first however long, she wont be taking in much food so i'm guessing she will need full nourishment as provided by first stage formula but i've read that her iron stores will be depleted and you can get this in 'follow on' confused.

Help!

DeepPurple Thu 09-Jun-11 22:36:17

There isn't much difference between the two. I stuck with the normal formula until she was fully weaned then I changed to follow on just because I had some vouchers for it!

BikeRunSki Thu 09-Jun-11 22:38:55

I did BLW and moved to "Follow On" at 6 months, because of the iron, then cow's milk at 12 months.

Jojay Thu 09-Jun-11 22:39:42

There's no rush to change to follow on milk, in fact it's not necessary at all.

Change if you want to, but don't feel you have to.

It was only invented by formula manufacturers as it is illegal for them to advertise infant formula. By having a product aimed at older babies, they are able to advertise it.

RitaMorgan Thu 09-Jun-11 22:40:37

The NHS line is that follow-on isn't necessary or recommended - it was basically just invented to get round the advertising ban. First milk is all that's needed til 12 months.

Although it does have more iron in it it's in a form that isn't easily digested and can cause constipation. Also has a higher salt content and contains a harder to digest cow's milk protein.

smoggii Fri 10-Jun-11 11:20:16

Thank you, knowing now that it's basically the same but with extra iron I think I might switch to follow on (once we've used up what we've got - i'm a stockpiler!!).

I will see if it causes any digestion problems and if it does switch back.

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