Every mother wants her baby to grow up healthy and strong and what better way to do it than with breast milk? But sometimes the natural way of feeding is not enough or it is not possible. This is where baby formula comes in. On store shelves you can often see products from manufacturers Malyutka and Nutrilon. Which of the variants is safer and healthier for a baby?? Our experts found out that.
Nutrilon: Features, Varieties
Nutrilon nutritional formulas are available in a greater variety (taking into account not only the age of the child, but also the peculiarities of his body). Depending on your baby’s age, Nutrilon offers the following products:
Nutrilon 1 – suitable for babies from birth to six months of age;
Nutrilon 2 – suitable for babies from 0,5 to 1 year;
Nutrilon 3 – for children from 1 to 1.5 years of age;
Nutrilon 3 is for older children up to 3 years of age.
Now it is worth to understand the line of baby formula Nutrilon, each of which was designed specifically for the individual needs of babies:
Hypoallergenic / sour milk – designed for children who are allergic to animal protein;
Lactose-free – used in cases where a child is lactose intolerant (glucose syrup is added instead, which is very easy to digest);
Amino acids are a great option for children with severe allergies;
Antireflux – used when the baby is bothered by frequent regurgitation (has a thicker consistency than other Nutrilon products);
Peptic Gastro – used for feeding children with poor gut absorption.
Malyutka: features, varieties
Malyutka formula is available in a limited range of products. You can find 2 types on the baby food shelves:
Dairy – ideal for babies who have problems with the digestive tract;
Sour milk – suitable for babies with a painful tummy, frequent colic, intestinal disorders. It is a white/light-yellow powder that foams when diluted. Often prescribed for babies with animal protein allergies.
The manufacturer offers 4 options for milk formulas, depending on the age category of the child:
Malyutka 1 – for babies from birth;
Malyutka 2 – for babies from 0.5 year old;
Malyutka 3 – for babies over 1 year old;
Malyutka 4 – for kids over 1.5 years old.
There are two versions of the fermented milk formula: “1” is suitable for babies from birth, “2” – for children from six months. Sour milk Malyutka is prescribed both as an auxiliary food and on a permanent basis. It is an optimal choice for children with a poorly functioning gastrointestinal tract, not a very good appetite, with stool problems. It is the sour-milk product that is best given to a baby after he/she has had an illness.
The special characteristic of a sour-milk mixture is the use of a milk protein which has been modified by the lactic acid bacteria and is better digested than a regular milk protein. Malyutka formula is considered one of the most budget-friendly on the domestic market and, according to most mothers’ reviews, does not cause any side effects in babies, perfectly coping with its task.
Our experts compared the two products on a number of key criteria. Here is what they did.
Variety of formulas
The manufacturer offers a wide variety of specialized mixes
Only 2 types of specialized formula: dairy and fermented
The color reminds of melted milk and has a subtle odor of fish oil
It has a white, uniform color, with a slight smell of milk and a sweet aftertaste
Comes in cardboard, plastic and tin boxes. Weight – 350, 400, 450, 900 grams
Available in cardboard boxes and weights 350 and 700g
Almost 3 times more expensive than Malyutka, due to the country of manufacture. Manufacturer – The Netherlands, Germany
Produced in Russia, no duties or other additional costs. Hence the attractive price
Special preparation features
The water is added at a temperature of 40
You need water at a temperature above 40
How to choose the right formula for your baby?
When choosing a suitable option for baby feeding, it is advisable to pay attention to the presence of the inscription: “Adapted”. This means that the composition of the product is as close as possible to breast milk. It is important to keep in mind a simple rule: all babies are different and you should always keep in mind the peculiarities of each of them. Sometimes only expensive food is suitable, and sometimes an inexpensive product is ideal.
How do you know if the food is not good for your baby?? A number of reactions are possible:
Allergies – reddish spots on the skin, possible rash, allergic rhinitis. The baby usually becomes weepy in addition to everything else, as he is disturbed by the itching that accompanies the rash;
Digestive disorders – despite the fact that the baby was held “column” for a while, he does not stop regurgitation, stool problems are possible (diarrhea, constipation, colic);
Changes in weight – weight loss is possible;
Changes in behavior – possible sleeping problems, hyper/low excitability, tearfulness, etc.