Helping to build a nutritional foundation for life with SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk

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When you are a parent you always want the best for your baby, from the early days, to weaning, to toddlerhood.


As parents we constantly worry about our children getting the right food. Are they having enough milk? Are they eating enough solids? Are they getting enough vitamins? When weaning it can be difficult to work out if your child is getting the right amounts of nutrients and this is where SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk can help.



At 6 months we started weaning, adding solid food into F’s diet and with this came the uncertainty of whether he was getting enough of the nutrients and vitamins that he should be getting. SMA® Nutrition has come up with a helping hand in the form of SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk which is supported by 50 years of protein research, and is made using their exclusive protein process. SMA PRO Follow-on Milk is suitable from 6 months and over and is designed to complement the weaning diet. It contains Nutri-Steps®, a unique blend of nutrients including vitamin D, calcium, omega 3 & 6 and iron to help support normal cognitive development, tailored to help support babies’ nutritional needs and to help build a nutritional foundation for life.

I love making home cooked meals but when you are weaning it can be a struggle to work out how much your baby is eating, what nutrients they are eating and whether they are getting enough vitamins and iron. Even as an adult I couldn’t tell you how much iron or vitamin D I consume each day. So to have SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk to complement our weaning journey and to help ensure F is getting the nutrition he needs, is ideal for us.

At 9 months old we have done well with weaning and F loves meals such as pasta bolognese and fish pie (see below for recipes). We spoon feed F so know how much food he consumes, and boy does he consume a lot, but that doesn’t mean we know how much iron and vitamin D he eats in each meal.  SMA PRO Follow-on Milk is suitable for babies from 6 months and over and is designed to complement a mixed weaning diet. Recipes:

Pasta bolognese

Ingredients:

  • 500g mince
  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 12 mushrooms
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tins chopped tomotoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1-2 tsp oregano
  • 400g pasta

Cooking Directions

Put all the ingredients (except the pasta) in the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

Cook pasta just before serving according to instructions on packet. Once cooked add pasta to slow cooker. Stir and serve.


Add seasoning to adult portion if necessary. 

Fish Pie

Ingredients:

  • 6 large potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)
  • 25g butter
  • 25ml flour
  • 500-600 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Packet of fish pie mix
  • handful of frozen peas
  • Cheese

Cooking Directions

Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees.

Boil potatoes for 20 minutes, or until soft. Drain then add butter (optional) and mash.

Whilst the potatoes are boiling melt the butter in a separate pan.

Add the flour and cook for two minutes.

Take off the heat and gradually add the milk, whisking until smooth. Add parsley.

Put pan back onto heat and cook for around 10 minutes.

Add peas and fish pie mix. Stir together than put into the bottom of a casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle cheese on top.


Put in oven and cook for 30-40 minutes.

Our weaning journey

So how did we go about weaning this time?

With M we pureed all number of vegetables only for them to be snubbed or reluctantly eaten so this time we started solids with some baby porridge and rice.
Once he was enjoying these as meals we went straight for meals.

Rather than having bland dishes he ate what we ate. It meant I changed how I seasoned dishes but we all ate family meals. We spoon fed as I like to know what he is eating and how much. It also meant he tasted everything on the plate, letting him build up his tastes well.

At nine months we are yet to find a food that he does not like. He still prefers to be spoon-fed over finger foods and this suits me well as far less goes on the floor than in the mouth this way.

Pasta is a huge hit with him and he loves curry too!

Let's hope he keeps up his love for food, much like his sister, and eats well throughout his childhood.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breast milk is best for babies and breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible. SMA® PRO 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. 

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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