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Your child’s first year of growth and development is the most important stage in its life. Breast milk provides your baby with the very best nutrition for the first six months. Both the WHO and Holle recommend a six month period of exclusive breastfeeding followed by giving your baby breast milk as part of a balanced diet during weaning.
Holle is committed to helping you give your baby the best. That is why we are devoted to giving you the highest quality, most natural baby food. Indeed, since the company was founded, over 75 years ago, we have only used the best premium quality organic ingredients. Our experience and expertise, combined with up to date scientific knowledge, form a reliable basis for a healthy start to life – right from the very beginning.
Breast Milk - Naturally the Best for Your Baby. Breast milk provides your baby with the optimum mix of nutrients. It can give your baby exactly what he or she needs at any particular time, whether according to your baby's developmental stage or even time of day. Breast milk contains all the essential nutrients and antibodies which are necessary for your baby's development, including a healthy immune system. Intensive contact with your baby through breastfeeding helps your little one to grow well and fosters a close and loving bond with you.
Holle recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and further breastfeeding during weaning time as part of a balanced diet, according to your baby's age.
The best start in life
Breast milk is ideal for your baby. Holle milk formulas are developed as closely as possible with breast milk in mind. In this way you can have a good quality, organic alternative for your baby if you decide not to breastfeed, or when you decide to stop breastfeeding. Our Organic Infant Formula 1 is especially formulated for very young babies and contains all necessary nutrients for the first six months of life. All our formulas are made using only milk from biodynamically raised cows. This pure Demeter quality and our strict quality control gives you the peace of mind of a healthy and tasty formula milk you can trust.
Holle Organic Infant Formula 1 can be given exclusively from birth for the first six months, or as a supplement to breastfeeding, as well as whilst weaning onto solid foods. During weaning Holle Infant Formula 1 is ideal as part of a mixed diet.
Baby Formula and Weaning
The time to start weaning your baby or to change from Infant Formula 1 to Follow-on Milk 2 depends entirely on your baby's needs. As long as your baby is happy and full after a feed you can continue to give your usual milk.
After 6 months of age you may start to wean your baby onto solid foods. This means that some bottle feeds are gradually replaced by purées and porridges. At this time you can also change to Follow-on Formula 2 without problems..
Follow-on Formula 2 is to be given as part of a balanced weaning diet of bottle feeds and purées and porridges and is not to be given exclusively. Growing-up Milk 3 is suitable for the increasing nutritional needs of older babies from about 12 months onwards.
Ideally, when you start to wean your baby you will also gradually reduce breastfeeding. This process usually begins at around six months of age. Since every child is, however, an individual there is no “perfect time” to begin weaning. Some babies are keen to start eating at five months; others don’t begin until they are seven or eight months old. It is, however, important that mothers remember to meet their own needs as well as those of the child.
Weaning Step By Step
Starting solid foods is a big step for your baby. Eating is a whole new experience – there are new tastes and flavours to explore, different sensations in the mouth and the rest of your baby’s body. It’s a lot for a little baby to cope with. Start slowly, give your baby and yourself enough time and introduce new meals step by step. A few teaspoons are enough to begin with.
Usually a baby needs around a week to get used to a new food. If you follow this suggestion it will be easier to spot any problems such as intolerances or allergies as early as possible. You may also note changes in your baby’s digestion or stools after introducing a new food. This way you can act quickly and substitute ingredients if necessary.
Purée and porridge meals are gradually substituted for breast milk or bottle feeds. Ideally, you will start at lunchtime, just before the milk feed, to introduce a few teaspoons of vegetable purée. Slowly increase the amount until the whole lunchtime breast or bottle feed is replaced. Over the months you will go on to replace the afternoon and evening milk feeds with either milk cereal or fruit cereal meals.
Weaning by Stage
From 4 Months*: First Weaning Meal: Vegetable Meal At Lunchtime
The first non-milk meal should be a vegetable purée. It is easier to start with carrot purée because it is mild, easily digested and slightly sweet in taste (alternatively use parsnip or pumpkin). Start with a few teaspoons of purée and slowly increase the amount. If your baby is happy with just one ingredient for a week or two you can add potato purée. Afterwards, you can add to the vegetable/potato purée some puréed meat two to three times a week.
From 4 – 5 Months*: Second Weaning Meal: First Solid Evening Meal
The next step is to replace the afternoon/evening milk feed with a milk cereal porridge. You can prepare the purée by using Holle Organic Baby Porridges with fresh full fat milk and vitamin C rich fruit juice. If you don’t want to use fresh milk you can prepare the milk porridge with either Holle Organic Baby Formula or breast milk.
From 5 – 6 Months*: Third Weaning Meal: Afternoon Fruit Porridge
Next, you introduce a milk free fruit porridge which substitutes the afternoon milk feed and pushes the milk porridge meal towards evening. At first you start with very mild fruit, e.g. apples, pears, bananas. To prepare the porridge just mix a Holle Organic Baby Porridge with freshly puréed fruit (or a Holle organic fruit jar).
From 8 Months*: Junior Meals
From about 8 months onwards your baby will be able to cope with slightly coarser food. Your baby’s food doesn’t need to be puréed quite so much and can contain small, but soft vegetable or fruit pieces. This change encourages your baby to chew.
From 12 Months*: Family Meals
From 12 months of age your baby will increasingly join in with your family meals (be careful when seasoning and sweetening).
* Every weaning meal replaces one milk feed (breast feed or bottle feed). If you have, as suggested, breastfed your baby fully for six months then the ages shown in the diagram will move forwards accordingly. The age in months shown is the earliest possible time to introduce solid foods. According to your baby’s development suggested ages may vary by 1-2 months. Variations from this table are entirely natural.
Joining Family Meals
Beginning with family meals
The time has now arrived. From 12 months of age and onwards you can gradually switch over to feeding your baby the same meals as the rest of the family. Most babies already have some teeth and, in addition to milk-based and porridge meals, will be able to join in with normal family meals. To begin with please, however, make sure that food is easily digestible: anything causing wind or which is very fatty or spicy should be avoided. This should not be a problem if you put aside a small portion for your child before the meal.
During the gradual transition to family meals morning and evening porridge meals can be halved. You could offer your baby a slice of bread and butter accompanied by fruit or vegetables. Porridge meals can later be discontinued completely. Lunch should consist of vegetables and potatoes/rice/pasta. Meat and fish are optional. This will gradually introduce your child to family meals and help him/her learn to feed him/herself.