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Like every other mom, Sarah Lahbati finds it a challenge to switch from breast milk to a milk product for her growing son Zion, but she does find comfort in knowing that because her baby’s health is everything, she has to read, read, read

READ THE LABEL From left: First-time mommy Sarah Lahbati; Ditas Sagarbarria, nutrition adviser for Nestlé Infant Nutrition, provided the guest with a better uinderstanding of the significance of how ingredients in each product are listed; and guest pediatrician and diplomate of the Philippine Pediatric Society Dr. Celeste Gomez

READ THE LABEL From left: First-time mommy Sarah Lahbati; Ditas Sagarbarria, nutrition adviser for Nestlé Infant Nutrition, provided the guest with a better uinderstanding of the significance of how ingredients in each product are listed; and guest pediatrician and diplomate of the Philippine Pediatric Society Dr. Celeste Gomez

Sarah Lahbati, first-time mommy to Zion, is facing the same struggle as all moms. When her little boy turned three, she, too, was confronted with the crucial task of switching from breast milk to formula.

Sadly, a child can never feed on breast milk forever. Just like everybody else, the child needs to grow up and switch from breastmilk to growing up milk and, eventually, to solid food.

GOT MILK From left: Event host Delamar Arias and Patricia Turcuato, Lead Consumer Marketing manager for NIDO Growing Up Milk

GOT MILK From left: Event host Delamar Arias and Patricia Turcuato, Lead Consumer Marketing manager for NIDO Growing Up Milk

Switching to growing up milk is never easy. With all the milk on the grocery shelves with promises to make your child grow into his/her full potential, how can you know if what you have in your cart is the right one?

“To ensure that your children get good bacteria after birth, you have to expose them to a lot of fruits, vegetables, real food, and nutritious food when they start eating. Nourish them with whole food, have a diet with a variety of meat, vegetables, and whole grains. You should also give them milk with probiotics, which help protect the immune system. It helps your child’s overall health so they’ll be stronger and less prone to sickness,” says pediatrician Dr. Celeste Gomez.

Your baby’s growing-up milk should contain just the right amount of sugar, vitamins, mineral, prebiotics, high levels of iron, vitamin D, calcium, protein, phosphorus, iodine, zinc, vitamin A, and other vitamins and minerals. These nutrients give great benefits to the growing years of your child.

When looking for milk, always check the label and its nutritional facts, even though they’re in fine print. Through the label, moms can verify nutritional claims, compare brands, and choose which one offers the best value for money.

When checking food labels, take a look at the ingredients listed from highest to lowest in terms of quantity. Watch out for health-sensitive ingredients such as sugar, salt, saturated fat, and sodium. Keep in mind that moderation is always the key to the prevention of obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle-related diseases.

Next is reviewing nutrition facts. It is important to go through each one to determine whether or not a particular food product meets the daily nutritional requirements of children, especially during their crucial years growing up. Knowing the nutritional content can determine if a child is eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Another good reason to check the label is to identify nutrients that are unique to a brand. Not all food products like milk are created equal, so choose the one that provides for your child’s needs, and more.

“The product label is the genuine source of information about the product. Information about the product would really best come from the manufacturer and the best way to get that is from the label. Make it a point to always check the labels so you can make smart food choices. It’s really very important to read food labels because it helps to know the nutritional value of the products you’re using. It also helps you make good nutritional choices and at the same time helps you decide how you can best regulate your intake of salt, sugar, and more,” says Ditas Sagarbarria, Nestle nutritionist.

Before switching from best milk, Sarah Lahbati did a lot of research, but she soon learned that it was as simple as thoroughly studying product labels.

“I always check everything, and even at a restaurant when we’re ordering food, I ask what’s in it. Some people think it’s too much but you do these things for your baby and you make sure that they’re healthy and they’re okay and you want to know that you’re feeding them well. I started checking the labels when I was pregnant. I became more aware and I wanted to give him all the nutrients he needed when he was inside me,” says Sarah.

Nido 3+ has just launched #CheckTheLabel, an educational campaign to encourage mothers to read and have a better understanding of food labels so they can make smarter and healthier choices for their child.

Developed by Nestle Research, NIDO 3+ is the only milk brand with Lactobacillus Protectus, millions and millions of live good bacteria that maintain the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut, which in turn help strengthen the immune system. The unique probiotic can be found in every glass of Nido 3+ along with other essential nutrients such as Prebio 3, indigestible fibers that serve as food for good bacteria to grow and survive; DHA, ALA, LA, and taurine to support proper brain structure; and high levels of vitamins A, D, calcium, and zinc to support overall growth and development.

Everyone else will have opinions on what is best for your child. But as the mother you know what’s best and it’s simple —#CheckMoMuna #CheckTheLabel

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