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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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The baby formula milk debate: cow milk, goat milk or soy milk?

The debate about milk certainly stirs the passions. At Bellamy’s Organic we get a lot of comments about goat and soy milk and how much better it is for babies. So is that right? And if that is right, why is baby formula still overwhelmingly based on cow’s milk after all this time? After all, there are plenty of goats about! And what about soy? We thought we should investigate.

The first thing we should say is that milk of any kind that is drunk normally by adults is not suitable for babies under at least 12 months. Newborn babies especially have very particular nutritional needs, best served by breast milk wherever possible.

Goat milk

Goat milk itself is low in folic acid and vitamins B6, B12, C and D.  Raw goat milk should never be given to babies and young children.

Modified goat milk is now available as an infant formula in Australia for babies from birth.  However, there has been quite a lot of investigation into goat milk baby formulas in Europe and you should be aware that currently the UK Food & Drug Administration (FDA) quotes an EU directive that states: “Goat’s milk-based formula should not be given to infants under 1 year”.

Some mothers feed their infants goat milk based formula on the basis that their child is “allergic” to cow’s milk. However The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) made this observation on the point: “…EFSA also concluded that there was no convincing data, either in the literature or submitted, to support the belief that the incidence of allergic reactions is lower when feeding goats’ milk based formula compared to cows’ milk based formula. EFSA published its opinion on 12 January 2006, confirming its previous view.”

There are two points to note here. First, in reality, the percentage of babies allergic to cow’s milk baby formula is about 1.8 to 3.4% and second at least two-thirds of children who are sensitive to cow’s milk will also be sensitive to goat’s milk.

Note, though, milk allergy and cow’s milk intolerance are different conditions. Some children are intolerant to the proteins found in cow’s milk, but they can ingest goat’s milk without any complications.

So, it’s a personal choice, but although the composition of raw goat’s milk is different to raw cow’s milk it’s no “healthier” on any published objective measure we could find, and certainly not when it’s in baby formula.

Soy milk

Soybean formulas are based on protein soy extracts supplemented with specific amino acids to make them close to that of human milk. The fat content is derived from vegetable oils, and carbohydrates are provided by cornstarch and sucrose. Iron, vitamins and minerals are also added.

During the last decade, many more women have chosen to use soy-based formulas for their babies, at their own discretion. The move towards soy based milks has probably evolved because of the misperception that it is ‘better’ than cow’s milk, or that it may help colic, or that the baby is unsettled and possibly intolerant, or allergic to a cow’s milk baby formula. The research to date does not support these claims and healthcare professionals’ usually only recommend soy milk formula in certain circumstances, for example if the baby has a metabolic disorder such as galactosaemia, or the baby truly has a cow’s milk intolerance.

In reality, as we said above, the percentage of babies allergic to cow’s milk formula is about 1.8 to 3.4%. Some babies, between 0.5% and 1%, are also allergic to soy milk formula. Also, soy formula should not be used as a method to treat colic or general fussiness unless recommended by a doctor.

Mothers who are into soy themselves perhaps have a natural tendency to feed it in the belief that it’s “better” or “healthier”. However, as a general rule soy formulas should only be used on the advice of a healthcare professional.  The UK Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says in a report from 2011 “Soy-based formula should not be used unless prescribed by a GP”. Enough said.

Cow milk

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says cow’s milk based baby formula remains the closest to breast milk, which is known to be the best source of nutrition for babies.

Using cow’s milk as a base, the balance of the two milk proteins (whey and casein) are changed to make the formula whey-dominant, like human breast milk.

Cow’s milk-based formula can be fed from birth with confidence (although breast feeding is best if possible) because all formula for newborns is required to provide the complete and total nutritional needs when fed at the correct levels.

Bellamy’s Organic baby formulas are made with certified organic cow’s milk.  Our cow’s milk comes from herds which are reared without the use of pesticides, antibiotics or artificial fertilisers. Only milk from cows which graze freely on lush certified organic dairy farms is used in our formulas.

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If you’d like to know more about Bellamy’s Organic and the certified organic baby foods we make, click here.

The UK FDA report can be found at www.cot.feed.gov.uk/pdfs/tox201203.pdf

 

Important Notice

Thanks for reading our blog. We hope you found this information interesting. 

The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.

Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Baby formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.

A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding will reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.

If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • Breast milk is the best for babies. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
  • The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. According to recommendations from the Singapore Health Promotion Board, solid food should be given to babies only after 6 months.
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