Australian guidelines recommend exclusive breastfeeding to around 6 months of age(1). The NHMRC (2012) Infant Feeding Guidelines highlight that breast milk contains numerous biologically active components, including prebiotic oligosaccharides which resist digestion in the small intestine and promote growth of bifidus bacteria in the large intestine, inhibit attachment of pathogenic bacteria to intestinal and urinary tract mucosa, may provide important precursors for early brain development, and may be essential to reducing incidence of necrotising enterocolitis in premature infants(1, 2).
In addition, breast milk contains probiotics, which are key microbes thought to be beneficial to the developing microbiota and which lactating mothers appear to pass onto their babies during feeding(3, 4).
Diamond pro+ 1 Premium Infant Formula with Prebiotics & Probiotics is nutritionally complete, providing key nutrients essential to support infant growth and development including essential omega-3 fats (DHA and ALA), iodine and zinc and is formulated to support digestive wellbeing when exclusive breastfeeding is not possible. Prebiotic oligsacchardies provide substrate for an infant’s developing gut microbiota and promote softer stools(5, 6), and supplementation with the probiotic Bifidobacterium Lactis BB-12 has been shown to significantly reduce the number of episodes of gastrointestinal infections(7).
It is also based on a lower protein blend, where the total protein is lower than that found in leading competitor brands*. The Infant Feeding Guidelines (2012) state that lower protein infant formula is preferred(1), as higher protein intakes during infancy have been linked to the risk obesity in childhood(8).
The Childhood Obesity Project compared a lower protein versus a higher protein content formula (both within the recommended range) during the first year of life and found that infants fed the higher protein formula had a significantly higher BMI at 6 years and a greater risk of obesity (8). The researchers concluded that an ‘Infant formula with a lower protein content reduces BMI and obesity risk at school age. Avoidance of infant foods that provide excessive protein intakes could contribute to a reduction in childhood obesity(8).
Whilst a change in legislation is required to allow infant formula companies to reduce protein levels to those in breast milk (i.e. 1.0-1.1 g/100 mL), Diamond pro+ Premium Infant Formula has lower protein levels compared with leading competitors.
*compared with other leading brands
Milk Solids (Demineralised Whey Powder, Skim Milk Solids, Lactose, Whey Protein Concentrate, Vegetable Oils (High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Soy Oil, Palmolein Oil, Coconut Oil, Antioxidant [Ascorbyl Palmitate]). Prebiotics: Galacto-oligosaccharides. Dried Omega-3 and Omega-6 Oils (DHA and AA), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin) Taurine, L-Carnitine, Choline Chloride, Inositol. Probiotics: Bifidobacterium Lactis BB-12. Minerals: Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Chloride, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium. Vitamins: Vitamin (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D3, E, K1), Beta-Carotene, Folate, Biotin. Nucleotides: Cytidine 5’-monophosphate, Adenosine 5’-monophosphate, Uridine 5’-monophosphate, Inosine 5’-monophosphate, Guanosine 5’-monophosphate.
Contains milk, fish oil and soybean products.
|Age||Cooled, boiled water||^Level scoops of formula||+ Number of feeds per day|
|Up to 1 week||60 mL||1||5 - 8|
|1 week - 1 month||120 mL||2||5 - 8|
|1 month - 3 months||120 mL||2||6 - 8|
|3 months - 6 months||180 mL||3||5 - 6|
+This feeding guide is a general guide only and will not necessarily suit every infant. As with breastfeeding, bottle feeding according to need is appropriate. Infants will generally self-regulate intake according to appetite and will show signs of when they are hungry and full. For formula requirements, refer to the National Health and Medical Research Council Infant Feeding Guidelines (2012). Introducing solid foods at around 6 months is necessary to meet an infant’s increasing nutritional and developmental needs.
1 scoop of formula (8.8 g) + 60 mL of water = 66.7 mL total volume.
Cup feeding guidelines:
A cup can be introduced at around 6 months, to teach infants the skill of sipping drinks from a cup and encourage cessation of bottle use by 12 months.
Good bottle feeding practices involve not putting an infant to sleep while drinking from a bottle – as well as the risk of choking this increases the risk of ear infection and dental caries.
Ideally only one bottle of formula should be prepared at a time. If formula needs to be prepared in advance (e.g. for a babysitter or to take to a child care centre) it must be refrigerated (at 5˚c or below) and used within 24 hours. Alternatively, prepared sterilised bottles of boiled water may be refrigerated and used as required, first warming by standing bottle in a container of warm water and then adding formula. Refrigerated prepared formula should be warmed by standing the bottle in a container of warm water before feeding the infant. Using a microwave to heat infant formula is not recommended as heating can occur unevenly and burn the infant’s mouth. Information for parents and carers on bottle preparation can be found here.
Always wash hands with soap and water and dry them using a clean cloth. Clean the preparation surface thoroughly before preparing a feed.
Clean all feeding equipment in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Next, sterilise all feeding equipment by submerging bottles, teats and lids in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes, or use an approved steriliser.
Boil safe drinking water and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
Refer to the feeding guide on this can to check how much formula and water is needed. Pour the correct amount of previously boiled (now cooled) water into the sterilised bottle.
Use only the enclosed scoop. Fill scoop and level off using the built-in leveller in the can. Avoid compacting the formula.
Add the exact amount of formula to the water in the bottle. Always add 1 level scoop of formula for each 60 mL of water. Cap the bottle and mix thoroughly by shaking gently or swirling the bottle to dissolve the formula.
Check temperature of the prepared formula on the inside of your wrist before feeding. It should feel warm, but cool is better than too hot. Feed your baby immediately. Discard any feed that has not been consumed within 1 hour.