New formulation coming soon
The European legislation on infant, follow-on and specialist formulas has been updated (EU Regulation 2016/127, EU Regulation 2016/128). This means the nutritional composition requirements for formulas will change, and all manufacturers will have to update their formulas.
SMA® Nutrition has updated it’s formulas to ensure that the levels of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 oils are provided at the new levels and complies with legislation. These updated formulas will be changing from February 2020 onwards. But we know any change big or small even when for the better, can cause concern when it comes to your little human. Baby milk is one of the most heavily regulated and tested food products in the world, and we can assure you that the reformulated milks are safe for babies. We have worked hard to ensure that your baby should not notice any difference between the old and new milks.
In addition to the mandatory EU regulation changes, we have taken this opportunity to make further updates and improvements to our products. Aligned with our most up to date understanding of the key nutrients for babies; we will also be adding the oligosaccharide 2'FL to our SMA PRO® Follow-on Milks. 2’FL is the most abundant oligosaccharide found in breast milk.
Some of our products have already been reformulated to comply with the legislation. To find out which SMA® Nutrition products are affected please select a product range from the list below.
- SMA® ADVANCED milk range
SMA® PRO milk range
Yes, the SMA® PRO milk range has been updated to ensure that the levels of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 oils are provided at the new levels and complies with European legislation and to ensure they reflect our latest understanding of the best nutrition for baby. This includes SMA® PRO First Infant Milk and SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk liquid and powder formats. SMA® PRO Growing Up Milk is unaffected by the legislative changes. SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk* now also contains 2’FL which is structurally identical to the most abundant oligosaccharide found in breast milk. See more details.
*From February 2020
- SMA® ORGANIC milk range
LITTLE STEPS® milk range
Yes and no. The LITTLE STEPS® Follow-on Milk was launched already compliant to the European legislation nutritional composition level, so there are no further changes to this product. LITTLE STEPS® First Infant Milk has seen a small decrease in the Vitamin D levels to comply with the new legislation. We will be launching new LITTLE STEPS® Growing up Milk from March 2020 as well as liquid formats for LITTLE STEPS® First Infant Milk and Follow-on Milk. See more details.
Milks for allergies and intolerance
Yes and no. SMA LF® Lactose Free Formula has been updated to ensure that the levels of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 oils are provided at the new levels and complies with European legislation. SMA® Wysoy® Soya Infant Formula has seen a small decrease in the Vitamin D levels to comply with the new legislation. There has been no change to the recipe for SMA H.A® Infant Milk. See more details.
Milks for feeding issues
Yes and No. SMA® Anti-Reflux has been updated to ensure that the levels of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 oils are provided at the new levels and complies with European legislation. There are no recipe changes for SMA® Comfort Easy to Digest Infant Milk and SMA® Extra Hungry Infant Milk. SMA High Energy® has already been updated earlier in 2019, so there are no further changes to this product. See more details.
Products for preterm babies
Yes and No. The milks for preterm babies has been updated to ensure that the levels of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 oils are provided at the new levels and complies with European legislation. This includes SMA Gold Prem® 1 and SMA Gold Prem® 2 liquids and powder formats where applicable. There has been no change to the recipe for SMA® Breast Milk Fortifier. See more details.
Frequently asked questions
Why have the milks changed?
Our team of nutritionists are always looking to evolve our recipes to reflect our most up-to-date understanding of the key nutrients for babies. The recipes of our baby milks have been updated to incorporate both the new EU regulations and our most up-to-date understanding of the key nutrients for babies.
What are the EUDA regulations?
The UK and EU legislation sets the requirements for the nutritional composition of baby milks. The key purpose of the legislation is to ensure that baby milks and specialist milks from all manufacturers provide the appropriate nutrition and are safe to use. Based on the latest science available the legislation will require all manufacturers to adjust levels of some vitamins, minerals and other nutrients by February 2020.
What has changed in the baby milks?
The new EU regulation (EU Regulation 2016/127, EU Regulation 2016/128) will require us to make minor vitamin, mineral and other nutrient tweaks across our milks. One of the main mandatory changes required by new EU regulation is the levels of DHA* inclusion. DHA (Omega-3 LCPs**) has been recommended by the European Food Safety Authority for use in infant formula and is safe. Omega-3 LCPs form a key part of a healthy diet. Our current SMA infant and follow on milks already contain DHA* but you may notice an increase in the levels. These changes only apply to infant, follow-on and specialist milks. Growing Up milks are unaffected by the legislative changes. In addition aligned with our most up to date understanding of the key nutrients for babies; we will also be adding the oligosaccharide 2'FL to our SMA® PRO Follow-on Milks.
How can I tell which milks have been updated?
On updated packs there will be a sticker on the tin with ‘NEW FORMULA’ so it will easy to identify. You can also check in the product listing above.
When will the new formulations be available in store?
The new formulations will be available in store from the first week of February, depending on individual store stock levels.
What changes might I notice?
DHA is derived from fish oil. Due to the higher DHA content you and your baby may notice a slight change in taste and smell when changing from the previous formulation, this is perfectly normal. A change in stool consistency/frequency can sometimes happen when babies are starting or switching formula, this is also perfectly normal. You should keep your baby on the formula for at least 5 days to give them time to settle. If you have any questions, contact your healthcare professional or the SMA Careline®.
Are there any changes to the preparation instructions?
The preparation instructions have not changed. It is important to always follow the on-pack preparation instructions closely.
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 LF® is a lactose-free milk based formula for 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® PRO Follow-on Milk / SMA® ADVANCED Follow-on Milk / LITTLE STEPS® Follow-on Milk and SMA® ORGANIC Follow-on Milk is only suitable for babies over 6 months as part of a mixed diet. It 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 / SMA® ADVANCED Growing Up Milk is suitable for young children from the 12th month as part of a healthy balanced diet and 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® Anti-Reflux, or if the baby fails to thrive, the family doctor should be consulted. ●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. It is NOT a breast milk substitute. ●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 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.