Partially hydrolysed whey protein
Breast milk provides a very fast gastric
emptying time that reduces the risk of
digestive disturbances. A similar pattern
can be obtained using formula containing
partially hydrolysed whey proteins.
If whey protein is partially hydrolysed it
will form smaller peptides.
These smaller protein peptides are more
manageable than larger protein molecules
for a baby’s immature GI system, making
the formula easier to digest.
In the immediate weeks after birth a young
baby’s body is often unable to efficiently
digest lactose, and this can cause discomfort
due to wind.
The symptoms of colic; fussing,
crying, and wind, can be difficult for both baby
Reducing the levels of lactose is one potential
strategy to help reduce the amount of wind
babies produce. For some colicky babies,
decreasing the concentration of lactose
in formula has been found to result in an
improvement in crying and wind.
SN-2 enriched fat blend
An SN-2 enriched fat blend structurally resembles
that found in breast milk and is well absorbed
As the fats are more easily absorbed, formula
using an SN-2 enriched fat blend is proven
to reduce soap formation in stools and help
make stools softer.
A recent study has also found that infants fed
formula with an SN-2 enriched fat blend spent
significantly less time crying than babies whose
formula did not contain the same fat blend.
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At SMA we understand that the first
few months can be hard for babies
with mild digestive troubles which in
turn can be difficult for their mothers.
That’s why for bottle-fed babies we
have designed our new SMA Comfort
Infant Milk to be easy to digest and
gentle on infant digestive systems.
Specially formulated, it contains
partially hydrolysed 100% whey
protein, an SN-2 enriched fat blend
and lower levels of lactose compared
to standard first infant milk.
Designed to be easy to digest,
SMA Comfort Infant Milk is also
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for babies.
Good maternal nutrition is important for the preparation
and maintenance of breastfeeding. Introducing
partial bottle-feeding may have a negative effect on
breastfeeding and reversing a decision not to breastfeed
is difficult. You should always seek the advice of a doctor,
midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian or
pharmacist on the need for and proper method of use of
infant milks and on all matters of infant feeding. Social
and financial implications should be considered when
selecting a method of infant feeding. Infant milk should
always be prepared and used as directed. Inappropriate
foods or feeding methods, or improper use of infant
formula, may present a health hazard.
big protein molecule
small, more easily digested peptides
90 years of breast milk research
The first few months of an infant’s life can be a stressful time for their
small bodies as they adapt to digesting a range of nutrients and they
will often experience mild gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances.
In fact, 55%of babies will suffer with symptoms such as mild
constipation, colic, and wind in the first 6 months of life.
New parents need support from healthcare professionals (HCPs) and
those using formula to feed their infants may be seeking alternative
infant formula solutions.
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Can infant formula innovation help digestion
in formula fed infants?
Modifying standard infant formula to help digestion
Adaptations can be made to standard first infant formula to respond to
these challenges in a variety of ways.