SMA® Nutrition Product range
In the UK and ROI the Government recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months (26 weeks) of life. Some mothers may choose to combination feed with breast milk and infant formula, whilst others may exclusively bottle-feed. Infant formula is the only recommended alternative for the first 6 months.
Ingredients of infant formula
Infant formula is specially formulated to support the adequate growth of infants under 6 months of age, when infants are not breastfed. Most formulas are based on modified skimmed cows' milk and have been designed to match, as closely as possible, the composition of breast milk.
Appropriate use of milks
Breast milk is recommended for the first 6 months of baby's life. The only alternative to breast milk is infant formula. If you’re using infant formula, after 6 months of age Follow-on Milk can be used to complement the weaning diet. The Department of Health recommends that cows' milk should not be introduced as a drink before 12 months of age.
The best way to feed a baby is to breastfeed, as breast milk provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness for your baby and also many non-nutritional benefits for both baby and mother. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional when deciding on your choice of feeding your baby. Professional guidance should also be sought on the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. If you do choose to breastfeed, it's important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Infant formula is intended to replace breast milk when mothers choose not to breastfeed or if for some reason they are unable to do so. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, will reduce the supply of breast milk. If for any reason you choose not to breastfeed, do remember that such a decision can be difficult to reverse. Using infant formula also has social and financial implications which must be considered. Infant formula should always be prepared, used and stored as instructed on the label, in order to avoid risks to a baby’s health. ● SMA® Wysoy milk-free formula is intended to meet the nutritional needs of babies and children who are intolerant to cows’ milk protein, lactose or sucrose. Soya infant formulae are not recommended for preterm babies or those with kidney problems, where medical guidance should always be sought.● SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk and SMA® ORGANIC Follow-on Milk are only suitable for babies over 6 months as part of a mixed diet. They should not be used as a substitute for breast milk during the first 6 months of life. The decision to start weaning or to use a follow-on milk before 6 months, should be made only on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian or pharmacist, based on baby’s individual needs. ● SMA® PRO Growing up Milk is suitable for young children from 1-3 years, as part of a healthy balanced diet and it is not a breast milk substitute. SMA® ORGANIC Growing up Milk is suitable for young children from the 12th month, as part of a healthy balanced diet and it is not a breast milk substitute. ● The following products must be used under medical supervision. ● SMA® Anti-Reflux is a special formula intended for the dietary management of bottle-fed babies when significant reflux (regurgitation) is a problem. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to 6 months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 12 months of age. If the baby’s reflux does not improve within 2 weeks of starting SMA PRO Anti-Reflux, or if the baby fails to thrive, the family doctor should be consulted. ● SMA LF® is a lactose-free milk based formula for the dietary management of babies and young children who are intolerant to lactose or sucrose, or who are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhoea, tummy ache or wind caused by temporary lactose intolerance. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to 6 months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 18 months of age. ● SMA High Energy® is a milk based formula for the dietary management of babies and young children with medically determined high energy requirements as identified by a healthcare professional. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to 6 months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 18 months of age. SMA High Energy® is not intended for use with preterm babies, for whom fortified breast milk or a low birthweight formula such as SMA Gold Prem® 1 is more appropriate. ● SMA® Breast Milk Fortifier is a nutritional supplement designed to be added to expressed breast milk for the dietary management of feeding preterm low birthweight babies. ● SMA Gold Prem® 1 is a special formula intended for the dietary management of preterm low birthweight babies who are not solely fed breast milk. It is suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition for preterm babies from birth. SMA Gold Prem® 1 is not intended for use with older preterm babies, for whom a special catch-up formula such as SMA Gold Prem® 2 is more appropriate. ● SMA Gold Prem® 2 is a special catch-up formula intended for the dietary management of preterm and low birthweight babies who are not solely fed breast milk. It is a nutritionally complete formula for use on discharge from hospital or when a low birthweight formula is no longer appropriate. It is suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition up to 6 months corrected age. SMA Gold Prem® 2 is not intended for use with newborn preterm babies, for whom fortified breast milk or a low birthweight formula such as SMA Gold Prem® 1 is more appropriate.