Moving on to Similac Follow On Milk

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While Samuel has been a baby, I’ve been really happy to breastfeed him. He was exclusively breastfed, and that was great – we’re constantly told about the benefits of breastfeeding. But since I’ve gone back to work, I’ve been keen to stop. He’s had a year of breastmilk, and, to be honest, I’m finding it draining and exhausting. He still wakes 3 or 4 times in the night and can only be settled with a feed. It was time to stop. Enter Similac Follow On Milk.

How to stop breastfeeding when you're ready and move on to baby milk. Mother led weaning.

Why choose Similac Follow On Milk?

We were asked to try Similac Follow On Milk for babies aged 6 to 12 months. I know we could have put him straight on to cow’s milk in a few weeks time when he turns one, but I had already tried him on it and he definitely wasn’t keen. Plus, Samuel’s not a brilliant eater, and can easily have days where he seems to eat barely anything, so I was keen to give him the extra nutrition. Similac Follow On milk, which is palm-oil free, has omega 3 & 6, vitamins A, C, and D, calcium and iron.

How we introduced the milk

Here’s the thing. When I’d tried Samuel on formula before, he was really reluctant. In fact, he would completely refuse to take any kind of first or follow on milk in a bottle from me, although he would take it from someone else. So although I was really keen to finish breastfeeding, he was… not so keen.

I was apprehensive. We had earmarked half term as the date to wind down breastfeeding. Tim booked a couple of days off work, and we knew it wouldn’t matter too much if our nights were a bit more disturbed than usual as Samuel got used to the change. But then both Samuel and Tim got ill – Tim with a cold, but Samuel had some kind of sickness bug. The only thing he would tolerate was breastmilk. So my plans for ending breastfeeding were scuppered.

Once he was better, I thought I’d try him on the Similac Follow On Milk.

I initially tried him with a bottle. To be honest, I think all the cups were in the dishwasher! I had thought we’d go straight to a cup, but I wanted to get the timing right, and aimed to have it ready, at the optimum temperature, for when he woke up from his nap.

Well, there was no fuss, no issue and no fighting. He drank the whole bottle. Yes, you could say that the Similac Follow On Milk was a hit!

Compared to other baby milks, this is definitely Samuel’s favourite. He is really happy to drink it. Since we’ve been trying it, I’ve been able to replace each breastfeed with a small bottle (he’ll only drink 120ml at a time) every couple of days. The end of breastfeeding is in sight!

How to stop breastfeeding when you're ready and move on to baby milk. Mother led weaning. Similac follow on milk

Why do I want to finish breastfeeding?

I actually cannot tell you how relieved this has made me. I know breastfeeding is best for the baby and the mother, but I feel that we’d got to a stage where continuing breastfeeding, without an end in sight, was actually becoming detrimental. I was dealing with every nightly wake up. I was getting up with him almost every morning – even if I fed him and then went back to bed. That’s not too bad when you’re on maternity leave, but now I’m back at work, I can feel the exhaustion affecting my teaching.

There’s also the commitment to breastfeeding. If I go out for an evening, it’s great to know Samuel can have a bottle and settle back down to sleep if he wakes. It means Tim can be a bit more involved, and I can be a bit more flexible. Plus I don’t have to worry about nursing bras and accessible clothing… which is a huge bonus!

Knowing that Similac Follow On milk is tailored to support a growing child’s needs, I’m sure I am giving Samuel everything he needs. I was sent some additional information with the Similac Follow On Milk, which explains how the key nutrients support his growth and development which I found really interesting.

How to stop breastfeeding when you're ready and move on to baby milk. Mother led weaning.

How to prepare Similac Follow On Milk

The milk is really easy to prepare – you boil the water and let it cool for no longer than 30 minutes. Then you add 1 scoop of levelled powder per 60ml of water. That works really well for me as Samuel only drinks 120ml each time.

Then you shake the bottle or cup gently until it’s completely dissolved. If it’s still a bit warm, you can run the cup underneath cold running water.

How to stop breastfeeding when you're ready and move on to baby milk. Mother led weaning.

The product packaging is lovely. I know it sounds shallow but I love the colour and design of it. I also like the fact that the tin can be easily recycled. However, there isn’t a little clip to hold the scoop, so I had to dig around a bit in the powder to get it out, and there isn’t a leveller – you have to use a knife to level the milk powder flat.

We will definitely be sticking with Similac Follow On milk for the next few weeks and months as we wind down breastfeeding completely. My breastfeeding journey with both my children has been a happy one, and I’m ready to move on to the next stage now.

  • “I have been sponsored by Similac to try Similac Follow On Milk/Growing Up Milk and write about it on my blog. All opinions are my own.”

 Important notice: Breastfeeding is best for babies and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both mother and baby. It is difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional for advice on how to feed your baby.

How to stop breastfeeding when you're ready and move on to baby milk. Mother led weaning.


By Naomi


  1. Reply

    You have a good plan put together here. It is so difficult to combine breast feeding and working and this looks like a great solution. My girls refused all formula and I got worried about them missing out on nutrients so I tried to slip it into cereals etc. Wish this had been around 10 years ago. Great post.

    1. Reply

      Do you know, reading through other peoples’ posts, this milk seems to be really good for introducing to breastfed babies. So I’ll definitely be recommending it to other people. xx

  2. Reply

    Great to hear how you got on. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

    1. Reply

      Thanks for having me!

  3. Reply

    I’m so glad you’ve got some freedom back and are feeling more confident. It’s great to know they’ll take some milk when you’re not there.

    1. Reply

      Oh yes, it’s such a relief! And (this is a bit vain) I can finally wear tops and dresses that don’t have to be BF friendly! x

  4. Reply

    Lovely to hear it’s going well and that this is as good as the Growing Up milk, we tried. Great review! Following you on Instagram now 🙂

    Nadia – Scandimummy x

    1. Reply

      Ah, thank you for your follow – and for your lovely comment x

  5. Reply

    I found my son readily accepted the Similac straight away too, I think it has a mild flavour unlike some other milks which helps. Great you have found something to help you with the weaning x

    1. Reply

      Thanks, I am really pleased that he’s taken it!

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