What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is a way of providing nutrition to your infant and at the same time allows you form a tight bond over the first 3-6 months of life. Breastmilk is the most appropriate form of nutrition for newborns, because it provides all the necessary macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, protein) and micronutrients (vitmains, minerals) and other complex factors (eg probiotics, immunoglobulins, milk proteins) in a well-absorbed and easy to consume liquid form. These all combine to provide the necessary energy and nutrition that support all the processes that control infant, immunity, brain and eye development and major growth milestones.
What is infant formula?
Infant formulas are designed to provide an alternative source of energy and nutrients to infants. Many women are unable to support breast milk production (amount or duration), therefore they require a liquid product that provides all the necessary energy and nutrition to maintain good growth and development. Infant formulas are also used as a complementary form to breastmilk when it is either not available or starting to decline. Infant formulas are generally used over the first 6 months, but may be extended from 6-12 months depending on their infant's feeding habits.
What is toddler milk?
Toddler milk is used from 12 months onwards, to provide a supplementary source of energy and nutrients, when their current dietary intake may not be sufficient. For example, when infants are unwell, they may not be feeding/eating properly, or losing nutrients.
What is mother’s formula?
Infant nutrition begins before before birth. During pregnancy, a mother's nutrition status can have a direct impact on the normal growth and developemnt of their infant in the womb. Nutrients are transferred from the mother's bloodstream across the placenta, so maintaining an optimal supply of micronutrients during this time is very important. Mum's nutritional status also supports her own health and wellbeing during this time, to help manage the increasing burden of carrying the baby, the stresses of the birth itself, and the challenges of recovery afterwards.
Do your infant formulas contain all of the nutrients my baby needs?
Yes, infant formula is fortified with all of the majors forms of fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre energy required for healthy growth and development. The nutrient requirements for these process are the same for all infants, and their requirements are constant throughout their first formative years of life.
If my baby is on another brand and I want to make the switch to Little Etoile, what is the best way to do so?
Instead of sudden changing from one to the other, we recommend gradually reducing the amount of your current brand, and at the same time, gradually introducing Little Etoile. You can do this by gradually swapping serves over the period of 1 week. This will ensure that the overall amount of formula your child is getting is constant.
Do you provide samples?
We are unable to provide samples of our infant formulas as we comply with the MAIF (Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula) Agreement. Under this agreement, infant formula companies are not able to provide samples of infant formula to the general public. We recommend you talk to your healthcare professional for further advice.
How should I store formula?
Always secure lid well and store in a cool dry place. Use within x amounts weeks after opening.
There is palm oil in your formulas, is it sourced sustainably?
Palm oil is the richest source of palmitic acid, a key fatty acid found in breast milk. Our formulas contain a small amount that has been sustainably sourced by our suppliers, who are members of the round table for sustainable palm oil (RTSO). Additionally, our palm oil is in the form of palm olein that is more purified and also contains beneficial oleic and linoleic acid.
Does palm oil cause constipation?
There is no convincing clinical evidence that palm oil consumption is a direct cause of decreased feces production in infants and toddlers (constipation). Palm oil remains a key source of palmitic acid, a major fatty acid in breast milk. The the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) maintains their recommendation of palm oil as an essential source of fatty acids for infants.
Are your formulas gluten-free?
Yes, all our infant and toddler formulas are gluten free.
Are your formulas lactose-free?
Our products are derived from whole milk, so they do contain lactose, but not other forms of added sugar, such as sucrose or glucose. Lactose is the most abundant, natural sugar (carbohydrate) found in milk, including breast milk.
Where are your formulas made?
Our formulas are proudly produced in Australia.
Can I return or exchange your formula?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept returns or exchanges on our formulas so please select carefully. If you have any issues or concerns with the product you have recieved please feel free to contact us on x