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Follow on milk - your questions answered

Section: Weaning
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With over 40 years of dedicated research, the team at Aptamil Follow On Milk really know their stuff when it comes to follow on formulas. Here they answer some common questions to help you learn more about follow on milks.

Why do babies still need milk after they’ve started to eat solid foods? 

Babies grow quickly throughout their first year of life, so from 6-12 months it is still very important to provide sufficient amounts of nutrients to support this rapid growth and development. 

At this stage your baby’s diet still relies on their usual milk as a key source of nutrients, particularly in the early stages of weaning as the variety and amounts of foods eaten are relatively low. 

Aptamil Follow On Milk is nutritionally tailored to complement a weaning diet thanks to our blend of ingredients including Vitamins A, C, D and Iron as well as calcium for normal growth and development of bone. 

How is Aptamil Follow On Milk different to the other product stages and why should I consider feeding it to my baby? 

Aptamil Follow On Milk is tailored to complement a weaning diet from 6-12 months. 

From six months old, your baby has an increased nutritional need for iron as their natural stores start to deplete. 

The iron in Aptamil Follow On Milk helps support your baby’s normal cognitive development, making iron-rich foods an important part of their weaning diet.

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Does Aptamil Follow On Milk have vitamins added? 

Inspired by our 40 years of breastmilk research you can feel confident that Aptamil Follow On Milk has been especially developed to provide your baby with the nutrients they need alongside a weaning diet. 

It contains Vitamin D to support the normal function of the immune system, as well as Vitamins A, C, E and K. 

How much milk does a six-month-old baby need? 

At six months they are only just beginning to try solid foods. For this reason, your baby’s usual milk still plays a key role in providing your baby with the nutrients they need. 

On Aptamil’s Follow On Milk tub, we recommend 500-600ml per day based on NHS guidance. This is provided as a guide only and volumes will gradually reduce as your baby’s food intake increases to 12 months. 

What comes next after Follow On Milk?

Follow On Milk is tailored to complement a weaning diet from 6-12months. After your baby turns 1, you can move onto Aptamil Growing Up Milk 3 (1-2 yrs) which is tailored to support the nutritional needs of toddlers at this stage, enriched with Vitamins A, C, D and Omega-3 as well as Iron to support normal cognitive development. 

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Aptamil logoIMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best. Aptamil Follow On Milk should only be used as part of a mixed diet and not as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. Use on the advice of a healthcare professional. Use Growing Up Milk as part of a varied, balanced diet from 1 year.  

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