Even before I got pregnant, one of the things I am sure I wanted to do with my child is to exclusively breastfeed. My mom breastfed me till I was 5 years old. I would go home from school and rush to her just to feed. She said it made her less worried especially when I get sick because even if I do not eat, I would surely latch on her and get the nutrients that I need. I and my husband are firm believers of breastfeeding and we do not want to do it any other way.
That was the case until reality strike.
I got a call to report to work exactly on my girl’s 1st birthday. We had to adjust, pump and store milk for the little one. Everything was good for the first 2 to 3 months until my supply started to decline. With the recommendation of our daughter’s pedia, we introduced formula milk to our daughter at the age of 2. It was not an easy decision for us. I researched, asked moms for recommendations of what’s the best milk out there. I guess I’m looking for something that at least comes close to what a breastmilk can give. As a mom, this is my most important consideration in choosing a formula for my child.
Just this year, Abbott launched the new Similac Gainschool with 2′-FL HMO for children above 3 years – the first growing up milk in the Philippines to contain the immune-nourishing ingredient 2′-fucosyllactose (2’FL) human milk oligosaccharides (HMO).
With more than 15 years of pioneering research in HMO and more than 20 clinical and pre-clinical studies, Abbott has shown that HMO can play an important role in helping to build a strong immune system, reduce infections, and improve a child’s digestive health.
In one of the biggest breakthroughs in childhood nutrition in the last decade, Abbott is the first company in the world to include 2′-FL HMO in its growing up milk, for children above three years. In addition to supporting immunity development, Similac GainSchool is also the only growing-up milk in the Philippines with the clinically proven EyeQ Plus Nutrition System, which contains 10 essential nutrients with DHA, Lutein and Natural Vitamin E (NVE) that help support the development of brain connections for faster learning.
Who is Similac GainSchool® For?
Similac GainSchool with HMO is a unique milk supplement made for children above 3 years old with:
- Lactose Sensitivity
- Deficient Immune System
- Frequent Fussiness and Gas
- Allergies and Colic Due to Protein Sensitivity
- Frequent Spit-up
What Is HMO And What Are The Benefits of HMO Generally?
HMO is a prebiotic or a food for the good bacteria in the intestines. HMOs or human milk oligosaccharides, are a key nutrient with immune nourishing benefits. HMOs are the third most abundant solid component of human milk after fat and carbohydrates. Research has shown they play a fundamental role in a child’s digestive health and their immunity. While it is true that HMOs are prebiotics, it is more than that. It has three main mechanism in action:
It nourishes good bacteria in the gut.
These good bacteria help in fighting the bad bacteria and so infections are prevented.
It prevent bad or pathogenic microorganism from attaching to the intestinal walls.
HMOs prevent bad bacteria from gaining entry to the bloodstream
It acts as modulators.
This means that HMOs regulate the production of certain substances in our body so that our immune system can become strong in resisting infections.
Where is Similac GainSchool® Available?
Similac GainSchool® is retailing at all major supermarkets and hypermarkets nationwide, as well on Lazada.