Follow-on milk

Follow-on milk, also known as "second stage milk", is a specially developed infant formula for babies from the sixth month of life. It is intended as a supplement to solid food and supports the transition from exclusive milk feeding to a mixed diet.

Many formulas of follow-on milk contain prebiotics such as Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) or Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which promote intestinal health and support a healthy microbiome. These prebiotics serve as a food source for good intestinal bacteria and contribute to the healthy growth of the baby.

Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs): Unlike Pre and 1st stage milk, where the regulatory status of HMOs is still under discussion, their use in follow-on milk from the first year of life is approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This has led manufacturers of follow-on milk to advertise the addition of HMOs more openly. HMOs, especially 2'-Fucosyllactose (2'FL), are known for their positive effects on immune development and intestinal health.

Features and benefits of follow-on milk

Increased nutrient content: Follow-on milk is richer in certain nutrients such as iron and calories to meet the growing needs of the baby.

Adapted protein and carbohydrate composition: The composition in follow-on milk is tailored to the needs of older babies and supports the feeling of satiety as well as overall development.

Follow-on milk represents an important nutritional option for babies in the second half of the year, complemented by the integration of prebiotics and HMOs. It supports the baby's development during the transition to solid food and provides additional nutrients that are important for growth and development in this phase.