Frequently Asked Questions

At SMA® Nutrition, we’ve dedicated over 90 years of research into baby nutrition.

This knowledge has helped us to create products that give your bottle-fed baby the optimum nutrition they need.

We understand that you may have some questions about our products. Don’t forget that you can always contact our SMA Careline® team for more information. They’re advisors and parents themselves, and are always on hand to give you specialist help and advice. Get in touch.

General

  • Which SMA® Nutrition products are suitable for Halal diets?

    SMA Breast Milk Fortifier
    SMA High Energy
    SMA Gold Prem 2
    SMA Extra Hungry
    SMA LF (Lactose free)
    SMA Comfort
    SMA Wysoy
    SMA Staydown
    SMA PRO First Infant Milk
    SMA PRO Follow-on Milk
    SMA PRO Toddler Milk

    If you have any questions you can call our SMA Careline® team on 0800 0 81 81 80, and ROI 1800 931 832, or contact us via Live Chat.

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  • Which SMA® Nutrition products are suitable for vegetarians?

    SMA Breast Milk Fortifier
    SMA High Energy
    SMA Gold Prem 1
    SMA Extra Hungry (powder only)
    SMA Comfort
    SMA LF (Lactose Free)
    SMA Wysoy
    SMA Staydown
    SMA PRO Toddler Milk (powder only)

    If you have any questions you can call our SMA Careline® team on 0800 0 81 81 80, and ROI 1800 931 832, or contact us via Live Chat.

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  • Why do your products contain fish oil?

    The safety and quality of our products are our highest priorities in manufacturing our SMA® Nutrition infant formula.

    We took the decision to include DHA (an Omega 3) from fish-oil in our formulas following years of clinical testing that showed babies given formula containing fish oil were no more likely to have reflux or any other digestive symptom.

    These tests were part of the evidence reviewed by experts on the benefits and safety of adding DHA to formula. Following this review, the decision was taken that all formulas must include DHA. This will be mandatory from 2020.

    The fish oil we use is a natural ingredient that has been highly refined and purified specifically for use in infant formula. As a natural ingredient, it provides a range of different fatty acids which are all naturally present in breast milk.

    Most infant formulas on sale in the UK and Ireland currently use fish oil as a source of DHA. If you would like more information on the ingredients in our formulas, please contact our Careline team on 0800 0 81 81 80 or via www.smababy.co.uk/careline.

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  • Can I use both powder and liquid formula in combination?

    Yes. You can use SMA® Nutrition liquid and powdered products together. Your little one is unlikely to notice any difference in taste.

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  • What do I do if the powder doesn’t mix well?

    If you are having difficulties and the powder is not mixing well, check that the water you are using is above 70°C.

    Please note that some of our products are made using cold water – always check the label for instructions.

    If you would like some expert advice, please contact the SMA Careline® who will be happy to help you.

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  • Can I make up SMA® Nutrition feeds in advance?

    We recommend preparing each feed in individual bottles as required. This reduces the risk of infection that can make your baby ill. If you have no choice and need to store a feed, it should always be stored at the back of the fridge and for no longer than 24 hours.

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  • How much do I give? My baby is always hungry

    On our product labels we provide a feeding guide. It is quite normal for babies to feed frequently in the early weeks. Their demand for feeding will increase in relation to their growth pattern. Your baby may be having a growth spurt, therefore the volume of feed he or she will take will increase to account for this too. Some babies do not feed little and often, every two to three hours can be perfectly normal.

    However, have a chat with your health visitor if you are at all concerned about your baby’s feeding needs as every baby is different.

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  • How would I know if my baby is intolerant to baby milk?

    The signs of lactose intolerance or cows’ milk allergy may be immediate or delayed after feeding, and may involve symptoms regarding your baby’s digestion, skin or respiratory system. If you believe your baby is showing signs of intolerance, contact your GP for further advice.

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  • I am going on holiday soon, are SMA® Nutrition products available abroad?

    The majority of SMA® Nutrition products are only available in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Therefore, for the duration of your stay, you would be best advised to take enough supplies of your baby’s usual milk with you.

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  • What is SMA® PRO?

    Over the past 90 years, SMA® Nutrition has invested in early life nutrition research. As a result, SMA® PRO was born. Inspired by the specific nutritional needs of babies, SMA PRO represents some of our most advanced formulas yet.

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SMA® PRO First Infant Milk

  • What is in SMA® PRO First Infant Milk?

    Nutritionally complete
    Contains GOS/FOS*
    Contains Omega 3 & 6 long chain polyunsaturates (LCPs)

    To see the full list of ingredients and nutrition information for this product please see the label or the information available on our product pages.

    *GOS/FOS = Galacto- and Fructo-oligosaccharides in powder formulation only.

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SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk

SMA® Nutrition has invested in early life nutrition research. As a result, SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk is born. Inspired by the specific nutritional needs of babies and 50 years of protein research, SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk represents our most advanced follow-on formula yet. SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk is to be used as part of a mixed weaning diet.

  • Why choose SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk?

    Made using SMA Nutrition’s unique protein process
    Iron to help support normal cognitive development
    Vitamin D and Calcium to support the normal growth and development of bones
    Omega 3 & 6 to support normal growth and development.*

    *The beneficial effect of essential fatty acids is obtained with a daily intake of 10g of Linoleic acid and 2 g of a-linolenic acid.

    To see the full list of ingredients and nutrition information for this product please see the label or the information available on our product pages.

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  • Can I mix SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk with weaning foods and use it in cooking?

    Yes, SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk is suitable to use in your baby’s favourite milk-based recipes or on cereals. See our weaning guide for some great recipe ideas.

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  • Now my baby is eating solids, what is the role of SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk?

    Milk will remain a big part of your baby’s daily diet all the way through childhood, providing important energy and nutrients. SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk contains of a tailored combination of nutrients including iron, vitamin D, omega 3 and 6, and GOS/FOS*.

    *GOS/FOS = Galacto- and Fructo-oligosaccharides in powder formulation only.

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  • What is the difference between SMA® PRO Follow-on and Toddler milks?

    Our SMA® PRO Follow-on milk contains iron because it is specifically designed for babies from 6 months of age. At this time, baby’s natural stores of iron have depleted, SMA PRO Follow-on Milk is enriched with iron to help support normal cognitive development.

    SMA® PRO Toddler milk contains more vitamin D per 100ml than our SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk, as by 1 year, your little one will be consuming more iron through the foods they eat as part of their diet. Vitamin D, which helps to support normal growth and development of bones, is a hard to get nutrient in the diet. A contribution to a toddler’s dietary intake of vitamin D can come from foods such as oily fish, supplements and fortified products such as fortified breakfast cereals. Two 200 ml servings of SMA® PRO Toddler Milk provide 108% of toddlers RI* of vitamin D.

    *2 x 200ml provides your toddler with 108% of Toddlers RI for Vitamin D. Reference Intake (RI) is the amount of vitamins and minerals required per day by young children to help meet their daily nutritional requirements

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SMA® PRO Toddler Milk

SMA® Nutrition has continually invested in early life nutrition research. As a result SMA® PRO Toddler Milk is born. Inspired by the specific nutritional needs of babies, SMA® PRO Toddler Milk is our most advanced toddler milk yet.

  • What is in SMA® PRO Toddler Milk?

    Vitamin D and Calcium to support the normal growth and development of bones
    Iron to help support normal cognitive development
    Omega 3 & 6 to support normal growth and development
    Iodine to help support normal growth of children

    To see the full list of ingredients and nutrition information for this product please see the label or the information available on our product pages.

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  • When is SMA® PRO Toddler Milk suitable, and for how long should I use it?

    SMA® PRO Toddler Milk is suitable from one year onwards. Your toddler can continue to drink toddler milk as part of a healthy mixed diet from one to three years of age.

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  • Can I give cow’s milk as well as toddler milk?

    Yes, Health Authorities in the UK and Ireland recommend that a toddler has two to three servings of dairy foods a day, including milk. From 12 months olds you can give your toddler full fat cows’ milk, toddler milk, or a combination of both.

    Two 200 ml servings of SMA® PRO Toddler Milk provide 108% of toddler’s vitamin D RI*, which is important to support the normal growth and development of bone.

    *2 x 200ml provides toddler with 108% of Toddlers RI of Vitamin D. Reference Intake (RI) is the amount of vitamins and minerals required per day by young children to help meet their daily nutritional requirements.

    To see the full list of ingredients and nutrition information for this product please see the label or the information available on our product pages.

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Important notice

The best way to feed a baby is to breastfeed, as breast milk provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness for your baby and also many non-nutritional benefits for both baby and mother. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional when deciding on your choice of feeding your baby. Professional guidance should also be sought on the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. If you do choose to breastfeed, it's important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Infant formula is intended to replace breast milk when mothers choose not to breastfeed or if for some reason they are unable to do so. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, will reduce the supply of breast milk. If for any reason you choose not to breastfeed, do remember that such a decision can be difficult to reverse. Using infant formula also has social and financial implications which must be considered. Infant formula should always be prepared, used and stored as instructed on the label, in order to avoid risks to a baby’s health. — 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 of life. The decision to start weaning or to use this product before 6 months, should be made only on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian or pharmacist, based on baby’s individual needs. — SMA® PRO Toddler Milk is suitable for young children from 1-3 years, as part of a healthy balanced diet and it is not a breast milk substitute. — SMA® Wysoy® milk-free formula is intended to meet the nutritional needs of babies and children who are intolerant to cows’ milk protein, lactose or sucrose. Soya infant formulae are not recommended for preterm babies or those with kidney problems, where medical guidance should always be sought. — These products must be used under medical supervision.SMA Staydown® is a special formula intended for the dietary management of bottle-fed babies when significant reflux (regurgitation) is a problem. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to 6 months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 12 months of age. If the baby’s reflux does not improve within 2 weeks of starting SMA Staydown®, or if the baby fails to thrive, the family doctor should be consulted. SMA LF® is a lactose-free milk based formula for the dietary management of babies and young children who are intolerant to lactose or sucrose, or who are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhoea, tummy ache or wind caused by temporary lactose intolerance. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to 6 months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 18 months of age. — SMA LF® is not suitable for those who are allergic to cows’ milk protein, or who suffer from galactosaemia or require a galactose free diet. — SMA High Energy® is a milk based formula for the dietary management of babies and young children with medically determined high energy requirements as identified by a healthcare professional. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to 6 months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 18 months of age. SMA High Energy® is not intended for use with preterm babies, for whom fortified breast milk or a low birthweight formula such as SMA® PRO Gold Prem 1 is more appropriate. — SMA® Breast Milk Fortifier is a nutritional supplement designed to be added to expressed breast milk for the dietary management of feeding preterm low birthweight babies. — SMA® PRO Gold Prem 1 is a special formula intended for the dietary management of preterm and low birthweight babies who are not solely fed breast milk. — SMA® PRO Gold Prem 2 is a special catch-up formula intended for the dietary management of preterm and low birthweight babies who are not solely fed breast milk. It is a nutritionally complete formula for use on discharge from hospital or when a low birthweight formula is no longer appropriate. It is suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition up to 6 months corrected age. SMA® PRO Gold Prem 2 is not intended for use with newborn preterm babies, for whom fortified breast milk or a low birthweight formula such as SMA® PRO Gold Prem 1 is more appropriate.

Important advice to mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.

 

 

 

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