Mums have taken to Facebook to warn other parents about the changes to some of Aptamil’s formula milk recipes.
The formula powders with new recipes are:
- Aptamil First Infant Milk (Stage 1)
- Aptamil Follow On Milk powder (Stage 2)
- Aptamil Growing Up Milk (stages 3 &
Several parents have claimed that the new powders have been causing their little ones to become unsettled, lose sleep and suffer upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhoea for days in a row.
Apparently, these new formulas don’t dissolve quite the same as the previous recipe, and can leave clumps in the sides of baby bottles.
What mums are saying
1000s of mums have taken to the Aptamil Facebook page to share their experiences – both positive and negative – of the new recipes.
Mum Shirleen G said of the Growing Up Milk Stage 3: “Doesn’t want to dissolve, almost curdled looking bottles and an unsettled toddler! Not fun at all!
“Extremely concerned, obviously we noticed different packaging, but wasn’t aware of the ‘tweak’ in the recipe at all.”
Hannah T added: “Our daughter became poorly straight after she started having the new formula, however it was only this weekend that we realised what had made her so ill.
“We have since changed brands and I’m relieved to say that she’s finally getting back to normal.”
While Angel J agreed: “Had no problems with the old formula however with the new formula my child is being sick almost straight after a bottle and the milk curdles very quickly.
“I have followed the instructions exactly and still have problems with how the milk mixes.”
However, not all babies on the new formula have become ill, as Gemma D noted:
“Mine seems to be fine so far… Had no problems with the mixing or noticed any change in smell. Seems just the same to me.”
And Courtney W told the BBC of her 17-week-old preemie: “My son appears a lot more content and happy… he’s putting on a lot more much-needed weight.
“My only complaint about the new formula would be that there is 100g less in the tubs for the exact same price.”
And Siobhan D added: “Can’t say I’ve noticed much difference and I have twins?
“Neither have had any issues out the norm or been that unsettled to cause major concern… very strange?! ?”
What’s Aptamil saying about it?
The company behind Aptamil, the French brand Danone, have said they’re investigating all of these claims.
Danone also reminded parents that the mixing instructions for these formulas have changed along with the recipe.
Apparently, you now need to give them a good shake for about 10 seconds to make sure the powder is dissolved.
“We have updated the mixing instructions on our packs as this new formula requires parents to mix it up slightly differently, compared to the previous formulation – specifically, shaking vigorously for 10 seconds to dissolve the powder.”
It seems though that some parents have still had bother despite following the new mixing instructions.
So, Aptamil also noted on their official Facebook page: “We have continued to listen to parents’ concerns and feedback about our new formulations.
“We are very sorry to hear that parents are continuing to experience problems.
“As with any innovation, our formulas have been tested and clinical trials have shown that babies took well to the new formula and that it is safe to consume.
“We have changed our mixing instructions slightly and, with hindsight, we could have made that clearer.
“But nevertheless, we understand that despite following the instructions, some parents are still experiencing mixing problems.
“This is something that we are taking very seriously and we would like to assure you that we will investigate every complaint thoroughly.”
What to do if you’re using this formula
If you use Aptamil and all the news about baby vomiting has sent you into a panicky tizz – don’t worry too much.
There’s absolutely no need to panic. Simply double check the pack to ensure you’re following the most up-to-date mixing instructions.
And keep in mind that there are lots of formulas that HAVEN’T been changed:
- Aptamil First Infant Milk liquid (Stage 1)
- Aptamil Follow On Milk liquid (Stage 2)
- Aptamil Growing Up Milk liquids (Stage 3 and stage 4)
- Aptamil Hungry Infant Milk powder
- Aptamil Anti-Reflux powder
- Aptamil Comfort powder
- All Aptamil Profutura Milks
- Aptamil Lactose Free
- Aptamil Pepti 1 & 2.
If your baby has been sick following use of the new formula, we’d suggest you put in a call to Aptamil’s customer service line on 0800 996 1000, pressing option 0 followed by option 1.
Aptamil have said they’re available 24/7 to hear any concerns or take note of any complaints.
Finally, some families have reported that taking their baby off the new formula made a world of difference. You may decide to do the same, while the claims are being investigated.
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