By around six months, babies are generally showing signs that they are ready to start solid food. These include sitting up, controlling their head, eyeing their parents’ food during meals and reaching out for food. First foods should be iron-containing foods, including iron-enriched infant cereals, pureed meat, poultry and fish (all sources of haem iron), or cooked tofu and legumes to meet an infants increased requirements for iron(1).
Vegetables, fruits and dairy products such as full-fat yoghurt, cheese and custard can then be added, but without added sugar, honey or salt. Other than recommending the use of iron-rich first foods, there are no recommendations on the order in which foods should be introduced or the number of new foods that can be introduced at a time. Slow introduction of solid foods is not necessary (1). Nutrient content is the most important factor including adequate amounts of iodine (110 mg/day), iron (7-11 mg/day) and zinc (3 mg/day), omega-3 essential fats (500 mg/day), protein (14 g/day), and other essential vitamins and minerals. Breast milk or infant formula continue to be the most important source of nutrition.
Diamond pro+ 2 Premium Follow-On Formula is nutritionally balanced to complement the introduction of first foods, whether an infant is being formula fed or fed a combination of breast milk and formula. It has been scientifically formulated to provide the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients growing babies need, including iodine and iron.
Iodine and Iron are minerals of importance during this rapid period of growth. Iodine is an integral component of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, which is required for normal growth and metabolism(2). It is also essential for healthy brain development and growth in infants and children, particularly while in utero and for the first year of life (3). Ensuring adequate iodine intake to support such growth is crucial as iodine deficiency is estimated to be the leading cause of preventable reduced mental ability or lowering of IQ(3, 4).
Iron status is a particular concern in infants after 6 months, as stores start to drop in exclusively breast fed infants and iron requirements increase around 35 times from 0.2 mg/day at 0-6 months to 7-11 mg/day at 6-12 months of age(5). Iron is a component of a number of proteins including haemoglobin, myoglobin, cytochromes and enzymes and plays an important role in muscle function, energy production and brain development. Haemoglobin is important for oxygen transport to tissues throughout the body(5).
Diamond pro+ 2 is nutritionally balanced to complement a baby’s first foods.
Milk Solids (Skim Milk Solids, Demineralised Whey Powder, Lactose, Whey Protein Concentrate), Vegetable Oils (Contains Soy Oil, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Palmolein Oil, Coconut Oil), Prebiotics: Galactooligosaccharides. Dried Omega 3 and Omega 6 Oils (DHA and AA), Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Choline, Chloride, Taurine, L-Carnitine. Probiotics: Bifidobacterium Lactis BB-12. Minerals: Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, 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 baby bottle/feeding cup and lid 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 bottle/feeding cup.
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/feeding cup. Always add 1 level scoop of formula for each 60 mL of water. Cap the bottle/feeding cup and mix thoroughly by shaking gently or swirling the contents 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 prepared formula that has not been consumed within 1 hour.