SMA Gold is a breastmilk substitute that is made for babies of mothers who, for whatever reasons, opt to bottle-feed, formula-feed or combine-feed their children. It is one of the best breastmilk alternatives available in South Africa, as it is complete with the necessary nutrients that the South African baby needs to grow healthily. These nutrients include Omega 3 fatty acids and 6 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
SMA Gold infant milk powder contains the following ingredients:
Vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin, folic acid, manganese sulphate, potassium iodide, sodium selenate, biotin, L-histidine, ferrous sulphate, fructooligosaccharides, vegetable oils (coconut, sunflower, rapeseed, palm), lactose, demineralized milk, magnesium chloride, inositol, zinc sulphate, antioxidants, sodium citrate, L-phenylalanine, calcium citrate, emulsifiers, potassium citrate, galactooligosaccharides, thiamin, skimmed milk, and fish oil.
Prices of SMA Gold in South Africa
The type of SMA formula you’d buy for your baby depends on the age of the baby, as the product is made in different formulations for different age ranges. And it goes without saying that the formulations would vary in terms of constituents and price.
- SMA Gold First Infant Milk (0-6 months) 400g === R$234 – R$288
- SMA Pro 2 (6-12 months) 800g === R$270 – R$396
- SMA Wysoy Soya Infant Formula from birth 860g === R$432 – R$720
- SMA Pro First Infant Milk 800g === R$360 – R$432
- SMA Pro Toddler Milk 3 (1-3 years) === R$360 – R$540
PRICES LAST UPDATED: MARCH 22, 2022.
Bear in mind that breastmilk remains the best feed for your baby if he or she is still less than 6 months of age, and you really should not consider formula feeding within this period — unless the mother is HIV positive, or in other medically acceptable conditions such as galactosemia.
By opting to breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first 6 months of life, he/she will be fortified with a strong immune system that will help to fight against infections and diseases. Breastfeeding also helps to enhance brain maturation and overall development of your baby. And in addition to these, breastfeeding is free, readily available, convenient for the mother, and absolutely safe for your baby.
Formula-feeding on the other hand can be very expensive. Imagine that your baby consumes one tin of formula weekly that costs R$108. That’s a whopping R$432 per month, excluding the cost of diapers and other baby disposables. In addition, formulas do not contain antibodies: the substances that help to build up the body’s natural defense system. And with formula feeding, your baby is at higher risk of constipation as well as infection and diarrhea due to poor hygiene or improper storage.
If you must formula feed, then you must ensure the following:
- Buy the right formula for your child. Be sure to check that you’re buying the right one for his/her age.
- Always check the expiration date before purchase
- Ensure a high level of hygiene while handling baby formula. Wash your hands thoroughly before preparation. Also, be sure to thoroughly wash the feeding bottles and container used for preparing the formula. If possible, use a sterilizer for this.
- Avoid warming formula in the microwave because it heats irregularly, which can create hot spots in the milk that could burn your baby’s mouth.
- Don’t ever freeze baby formula, if you must preserve, use only the refrigerator compartment.
- Don’t give your baby formula that has been prepared for over 24 hours, even if it’s preserved in the fridge.
- Don’t force your baby to take more formula than he /she can take at a time.
- When preparing formula, strictly follow the preparation instructions displayed on the container. Formula that is too thick or too dilute can cause serious health problems for your baby.