Sunday, 9 February 2014

Why didn't I discover this before?

I admit this isn't the most trendy of posts, but I felt I must share my delight (yes, really, DELIGHT) in discovering Aptamil's Anti-Reflux formula. There. I said it. The truth is, every since tiniest Martini was born, he's struggled to keep down his milk - breast feeding or formula. It wasn't threatening his development or anything like that, but it wasn't overly pleasant for him to throw up after ever feed - and it wasn't doing much for my wardrobe either. Plus, the washing was killing me.

So, not massively a problem in the wider scale of things, but not pleasant. It's probably why I didn't do anything about it sooner. However, when browsing in the formula aisle of the supermarket (I really do like shopping, whatever I'm buying) I came across this specialist formula on the top shelf. To be honest, there's a whole world up there I didn't even know existed - lactose-intolerant, vegan (seriously?) and all manner of options for those that aren't buying the bog standard formula. So I thought I'd give it a whirl.

In short, it only bloody works. I'll admit to being a bit skeptical - it is a couple of pounds more expensive and I'm generally cynical about anything that's readily available to solve problems - probably down to bad experiences in the past. No matter. Basically, this stuff is like glue - it's super thick (if you're interested, that's the carob bean gum - it's often used to increase the consistency of foods) - and this helps reduce the regurgitation. It looks like this:

(Obviously I've used up most of this box.) But, basically, it looks pretty much the same as the No1 or No3 formula. The major difference you'll notice when you add it to the water is that it doesn't sink in - it sits on top until you shake it - quite vigorously. Then you leave it for 7 minutes to thicken up - and then voila. Dinner is served.

You'll need fast flowing teats with this - we use the X cut ones - unless you want your bundle of joy to suck really hard in order to eat. Like I said, it's super thick. 

The only down side is that it does leave the little one a bit constipated. A bit of online research leads me to believe this is a common problem. Now that our little man is also eating solids, it's not such an issue, but I do sometimes give him regular No3 formula in the evening to help loosen things up. Overall, I don't know why I didn't try this before. Could have saved on those washing bills...

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