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.
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.
Infant formulas, or infant milks, are used to feed babies from birth and up to when complementary feeding is introduced at around the age of six months.
All the infant formulas on the market must meet a series of norms that guarantee their legal regulations that ensure that they fulfill minimum requirements in terms of safety, quality, and nutrients to make sure that they are suitable for feeding infants. However, aside from these minimum requirements, certain products are enriched in many other nutrients that are not mandatory but are excellent for babies because they help reproduce the composition of breast milk and provide infants with the beneficial effects of breastfeeding. For this reason, when selecting the infant formula to feed your baby, it is important to check whether it contains these types of compounds: omega-3 and omega-6 (DHA and AA) long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, nucleotides, fructooligosaccharides, etc.
Overfeeding is fairly uncommon in babies. If your baby consumes a greater amount of milk, the period of time until its next feeding will simply be longer. Keep in mind that children regulate their appetite naturally.
This will depend on the amount of breast milk that is consumed, the baby's appetite, and the evolution of his weight and size. Therefore, we recommend that you consult your pediatrician.
Follow-up milk or formula is used to feed infants that have started complementary feeding. At this time, new sources of nutrients are included in the baby's food, although infant formula continues to be a very important part of the daily diet. Follow-up milk is usually introduced at the age of six months, and it tends to form part of a baby's diet until the age of 1 year. At this point, it is recommended to switch to growing-up milk or to introduce cow's milk.
The best option is to follow your pediatrician's advice. This change tends to coincide with the start of complementary feeding or the introduction of foods other than milk (such as cereals or fruit) in the baby's diet, usually at the age of six months.
Although this is not the most suitable alternative, infant formula and follow-up milk can be mixed in the same bottle so your baby becomes accustomed to the second type of milk, as long as the proportion of one level measure of milk for every 30 ml of water is maintained. Another option is to use follow-up milk for preparing cereal purées without milk in their composition.
For infants without special needs (the majority of cases), the best follow up formula is the one that contains the nutrients present in breast milk that promote a baby's optimal development. Therefore, it is important for a follow up milk to contain nutrients that favor the maturation of natural defenses (the immune system), such as nucleotides; the development of vision and the brain, such as DHA, carnitine or lutein; and the maturation of the digestive system and healthy intestinal flora, such as fructooligosaccharides, bifidobacteria, and lactobacilli.
Most babies consume some type of follow-up milk at some point during their first year of life. The main reason why it may not be necessary to use follow-up milk is if a baby is exclusively breastfed until cow's milk is introduced, although this is fairly uncommon.
Sometimes it is not easy to switch from breast milk to infant formula, especially babies that change from breastfeeding to follow-up milk. Therefore, it is recommended to progressively switch from one type of milk to another with a transition period in which breastfeeding is gradually replaced with follow-up milk bottles, allowing the baby to become accustomed to the new type of food.
The latest trends in pediatric nutrition recommend continuing the use of Blemil plus 2 until approximately the age of 12 months, and to begin the consumption of Blemil plus 3 from this age and until the child is 3 years, when it is recommended to switch to Blemil plus 4 or to introduce cow's milk.
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-up milk provides more energy as well as certain vitamins and minerals like iron. In addition, certain follow-up 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-up milk and cow's milk, so its composition is an intermediate version of the two.
International experts in pediatric food recommend delaying the introduction of cow's milk in a baby's diet even until the age of three years. Follow-up milk or growing-up milk can be used until the introduction of cow's milk. 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.
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.
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.
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 most suitable formula for each age, range and indication. Please, consult your pediatrician if you have any doubt.
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) ω-3 (DHA) and ω-6 (AA), nucleotides, prebiotics, probiotics, and lutein.
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.
Low-mineral waters are recommended for bottle preparation. If using tap water, it is recommended to boil up to 1 minute (this is not necessary with bottled water).
One month, as long as the products are stored in their original packaging, properly sealed, and in a cool and dry place.
We do not recommend consuming our infant formulas after their expiry date.
Regardless of the milk you use, the proportion that must always be followed for preparing a bottle is one level measure of milk for every 30 ml of water.
You may consult the dosage tables that appear on all our infant milk tins.
Yes, the entire Blemil plus range can be used to prepare cereal purées with cereals that do not contain milk in its composition. In case of allergy to cow's milk proteins, lactose intolerance or diarrhoeic processes, talk with your pedriatrician.