Breast milk is quite the magic potion. The elixir of life that contains everything your baby needs in order to grow properly and develop in a healthy way. It is a like a superhero drink that nourishes and protects them against diseases in the first months of his life.
The industry and science developed baby formula that is quite similar to the breastmilk in consistency and composition, adapted to the different growth stages, in order to provide the best substitution milk possible.
But what does mother’s milk / baby formula contain that makes our babies miraculously grow and develop into little persons that can play, learn, speak, walk and be the sunshine of our life?
Water, proteins, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals – that's it.
We took the Holle Organic Infant Formula PRE and had a closer look...
100 g of Organic Infant Formula PRE contains approximately ..
60 g – carbohydrates, 26 g – fats, 11 g protein, 3 g – vitamins and minerals
Without water there is no life. It comes with the mother's milk (with around 80 - 85%); in your baby formula you have to add it. It contains almost all nutrients. Babies need a lot of water, way more than adults (in proportion). It's why the baby's kidneys are not completely developed and more liquid is getting lost over the skin and by breathing.
Carbohydrates are the fuel of metabolism and the support for growth. It fires up your baby's evolution. The nutritional needs of babies are higher than for adults, especially in the first year due the significant growth. They need up to 3 times more energy than an adult.
It's yummy and provides fatty acids. Half of the calories from breast milk come from fat. Holle Pre Infant formula contains between 26 – 28 % of fat. Important here are the fatty acids that are essential for the growth of brain cells, the vascular system, and other tissues. In our Organic Baby Formulas we find a mix out of different vegetable oils, such as palm oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil. And the combination provides our baby with needed fatty acids. Last but not least: fat makes the milk tasty. And even we adults know: the creamier the better.
Protein is for brains and muscles. Being a very important nutritional part of the infant formula, proteins provide around 10 percent of the energy for a baby. It is fundamental for the growth of the muscles, the bones and the brain and their function and development. That's why babies need even more proteins than adults. The organism breaks down the proteins into amino acids in order to create hormones, enzymes and important antibodies against infections and allergies.
A whole rainbow: Vitamin A,B,C,D,E,K, Calcium, Manganese, Fluoride, Selenium, Potassium, Iodine ….as you can see, our baby infant formula contains a whole rainbow of vitamins and minerals, just in a small amount, but exactly in the right one. Depending on the age and stage the composition is different, but always aligned with the babies needs. Here we have a look on the vitamins and minerals with the biggest impact:
Vitamin A promotes a proper vision and healthy skin,
Vitamin D helps to absorb calcium,
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and
Vitamin K supports normal blood clotting,
Vitamin C enhances the iron absorption and helps prevent scurvy and last but not least
Vitamin B- (incl folic acid) helps the immune and the nervous systems, a healthy skin and muscle tone, supports cell growth and regulates metabolism
As much as everything else mentioned above minerals are also important for the growth and development of your baby’s body and brain. Calcium for instance is important for strong bones and Zinc is essential for growth and the repair of the brain and for the immune function.
Now you know what is in your baby infant formula and makes it the best fluid food your baby can get besides breast milk, in order to grow up and blossom in a healthy way.
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At what age do babies stop drinking formula? Well, they don't have to stop at 12 months old, especially if they are a fussy eater and they’re not getting enough iron and nutrients from their diet.