The type of protein in Neocate makes it different from other infant formulas. Neocate is based on free amino acids, which are the non-allergenic building blocks for all protein. The amino acids in Neocate give the formula its unique smell and flavour. Some parents notice their baby does not notice the unique smell or flavour, whereas other babies may take a little longer to get used to the change in taste.
Our top tips to get your baby started on Neocate are:
- If it is possible, you can try mixing Neocate with breast milk or the previous formula used. For example, 25% Neocate and 75% breast milk or previous formula, and then gradually increase the amount of Neocate and decrease the amount of the other formula. Ideally, try this over 3-4 days. This option may not be possible for all children, so we recommend you check with your healthcare professional first.
- You can also try changing the flavour of Neocate initially, and then gradually stop this practice. For example, try adding 1 teaspoon of golden syrup or 1-2 drops of pure, unpreserved vanilla essence (those that contain no sorbate) to 240ml of Neocate for the first few days and then gradually decrease the quantity, and then stop the addition altogether to eventually use Neocate by itself. (See picture below to help guide you on the suitable brands of vanilla essence).
- Another option if your baby is taking solids, is to try adding Neocate to suitable foods so your baby can get used to the taste. Some good ideas to try are custard or fruit purees. For some allergy friendly recipe ideas visit the recipe section.
Persistence is key; Research has shown some babies can take at least 15 tries before they accept a new taste (Ventura & Worobey. Current Biology. 2013; 23(9): R401-R408).
While it may seem like an impossible task to get your baby started on an amino acid formula, it is important to remember that it is normal to expect some babies to take a little longer to get used to the taste. However, it only takes a short time before you can expect to see an improvement in symptoms and your little one will also start to feel better and won’t associate the formula with pain or discomfort, which means bub will be more accepting of the formula in time. It just takes a little patience and persistence from you and your little one.
If you are concerned that it is taking too long for your little one to adjust to Neocate, please talk to your healthcare professional for guidance.
While it may seem like an impossible task to get your baby started on an amino acid formula, it is important to remember that it is normal to expect some babies to take a little longer to get used to the taste