Is breast milk better than infant formula?
Human breast milk is best there is no doubt, so at Farmers Beta A2 we have modelled our formula on this ideal nutrition. Each and every carefully chosen ingredient of our formulas has been inspired by Nature.
What is infant formula and why are there different Farmers Beta A2 formulas? (Stages 1, 2 & 3)
Infant formula is a breast milk substitute. Farmers Beta A2 Infant Formula is scientifically formulated to provide balanced nutrition for your baby from the time of birth or when you transition from breastfeeding within their first 6 months.
Our Follow-On Formula is formulated to help nourish your baby from 6 to 12 months. As they grow, our baby’s needs change. That’s why our Follow-On Formula is made with carefully sourced ingredients tailored to your baby’s nutritional needs at this age.
After your child’s 1st birthday it’s time to transition to the Beta A2 Toddler Milk Drink. This formula is a tasty and nutritious milk drink to supplement your growing toddler’s diet. Sometimes toddlers are fussy eaters and this can affect their intake of adequate energy and nutrients. Where intake of energy and nutrients is inadequate, toddler milk may be used to supplement their diet.
Does your formula contain the nutrients (vitamins, minerals etc) required for my baby?
The great thing about consuming an Australian product is that we are highly regulated by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). This means our Stage 1 & 2 formulas must meet the complete nutritional needs of babies for the first 12 months of their lives. Our Stage 3 Toddler Milk Drink also meets the FSANZ requirements, however these requirements are slightly different for children over 12 months because it’s recognise that solid foods are also a part of your babies diet at this point. We are proud that our formulas absolutely meet these standards and provide the nutritional foundation for your baby’s growth.
Why choose Farmers Beta A2?
Our formula is gentle on delicate tummies and is made from real Australian milk containing only the natural A2 type of protein. Research suggests A2 milk maybe easier to digest.
Tell me more about the Beta Casein Proteins of milk and why it maybe helpful for my baby?
There are 2 types of proteins in cows milk, casein (approx. 80%) and whey (approx. 20%). Milk naturally can have two types of Beta Casein Protein, A1 & A2. We use milk from only A2 producing cows and therefore free from the A1 protein. We believe in doing so that our infant formula range will be gentler on your baby’s tummy.
Beta casein is 1 of the 3 main casein proteins and makes up approximately 30% of the total milk protein. The difference between A1 and A2 is ONLY one amino acid, which may affect how these proteins are broken down during digestion.
When you say easier to digest, what do you mean?
When a substance is easy to digest, it means the body can more readily absorb the nutrients from the food, this means the food bioavailable.
What does consuming bioavailable food mean for my baby?
Consuming formula that is rich in essential minerals and nutrients provide the vital building blocks for strong bones, muscles and brain development. Your baby’s natural capacity takes it from there …. and grow baby grow.
What are the ingredients in your Toddler milk?
Farmer Beta A2 formulas are based on cow’s milk, where the ratio of whey to casein is changed so that the combination of these protein types is closer to that of breast milk.
The lactose from the cow’s milk provides a source of carbohydrate. To this we add a blend of vegetable oils as an added fat source and include essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 DHA, that help support normal brain and eye development.
We also add other potentially beneficial ingredients, including nucleotides and prebiotics which may support the developing immune system or the development of healthy gut bacteria and so help support digestion.
The key thing to remember is that we are guided and regulated by the strict standards set by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). This can give you peace of mind …. It certainly does for us.
How do I read the Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) on your products?
All products manufactured by Farmers Beta A2 contain a standardised Country of Origin logo which satisfies the Government Labelling requirements where the average percentage of Australian ingredients used in that product are visible. All Farmers Beta A2 products are proudly Made in Australia and therefore has this feature on each of our CoOL logos on pack.
Why don't you source all your ingredients from Australia?
We have a commitment to support our Australian dairy farmers and proudly do so by sourcing our A2 milk from cows raise and maintained in this wonderfully pristine environment we get to call home. However, some of the components of our formula are unfortunately not available in Australia. We have some long-term projects in mind and we hope to be able to turn this around so we can say that our products are made from close to 100% Australian ingredients, but this will take time and significant financial investment. Any imported ingredients we use go through our stringent quality procedures and our Australian manufacturing site is certified to ensure high quality standards are maintained (HACCP). All our products undergo testing to ensure we meet stringent food safety and quality requirements and we do not release any product until all of these tests have satisfactorily met these requirements.
100% of our milk is sourced from A2 Australian Cows.
How should we make the switch to Farmers Beta A2 products?
It’s great that you have decided to switch to Farmers Beta A2 infant formulas and milk drinks, the key thing to remember here is to take a little time in the transition. There are slight differences to the taste of all infant formulas and toddler drinks, so we suggest that you switch between feedings using your old brand and the Farmers Beta A2 product for a few days, simply to allow a smooth integration of a the new taste. This gradual introduction will also allow time for your baby’s digestive system to adjust.
What are the benefits of breastfeeding and how long should I breast feed?
Please see our Breast is Best discussion page plus you might like to review the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) infant feeding recommendations
Is Farmers Beta A2 lactose free?
No, Farmers Beta A2 is not lactose free. It contains naturally occurring milk sugars levels (lactose) similar to that of other premium infant formulas made from cow’s milk.
What could be causing unsettled behaviour in my baby?
As parents I think we’d all like to have been given a ‘baby manual’ when our beautiful bundle of joy arrived! This is a tricky subject as unsettled behaviour in infants can be attributed to a good number of factors. We suggest that you gain the support and expertise of your doctor or the maternal health nurse in your district. The nurses can be a huge support for helping you travel through the challenges of parenting.
In terms of feeding, naturally occurring substances in both human milk and infant formula, including milk proteins and lactose, may contribute to an infant’s unsettled behaviour. Also excess wind build-up, feeding practices, constipation or other gastrointestinal issues such as reflux could be issues to be explored.
My child has been diagnosed with an allergy to cow’s milk (CMA), can we use the Farmer Beta A2 formula?
If your baby or toddler is diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy, you should consult your doctor or paediatrician before giving your baby ANY foods or drinks that contain ingredients which are derived from cow’s milk, and this includes the Farmers Beta A2 infant formula and toddler milk drink products.
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