4 Baby Formula Brands in Zambia For a Healthy Growth.

 Like in  any other nations  Zambia has shops that sell baby formulas. Baby formula is a form of nutritious food that is made specially to match the nutrients that are found in the breastmilk for good growth of the baby. Baby formula brands available in Zambia includes NAN OPTIPRO 1, Humana 1, Novalac Premium 1  and SMA Gold. I will explain the important contents and how to prepare the formulas in readiness for enriching your lovely child as a Zambian parent  or caretaker. Most baby formulas are packed in powder form as a means of preservation from spoiling.

Breast milk or formula should be your baby's exclusive source of nutrients for the first six months of life and the primary source (supplemented with solid food) for the first year. If you formula feed, know your options so you can buy wisely. Choosing formula depends both your baby's age and brand. though many brands are safe. Can you mix formula with breast milk?

Available Formula Brands in Zambia


NAN  formula

NAN OPTIPRO 1 is a premium starter infant formula that is nutritionally complete for healthy infants from birth. Infants over 6 months of age will need additional nourishment.

  • During the first year of life, nutrition is critical for your baby. NAN OPTIPRO 1 is tailored to ensure your formula fed infant receives balanced, high quality nutrition.
  • Starter infant formula. The age optimized protein source (whey dominant) is from cow’s milk.
  • Backed by more than 150 years of NestlĂ© expertise.
  • For hygiene and convenience, it is available in an innovative packaging format with a separate storage area for the scoop, and a semi-transparent window which allows you to see how much powder is left in the can without having to open it.
How to prepare Nan?

  1. Wash your hands carefully.
  2. Wash bottle, teat and cap thoroughly. Boil for 5 minutes. Leave covered until use.
  3. Boil drinking water and allow to cool until lukewarm (40°C)
  4. Consult feeding table. First, pour water into the bottle. Then, add powder using only the scoop provided. Level scoop using inner rim of can.
  5. Make sure the scoop is dry and suspend scoop on inner rim of can. Close lid tightly after each use and store in a cool dry place.
  6. Cap the feeding bottle, and shake well until powder is fully dissolved. Check temperature before feeding the baby. Feed immediately. It is safer to feed immediately after prepared.

To maintain the number of live cultures, the boiled water must be cooled down to about body temperature before adding the powder.

Use only the enclosed scoop. Using more or less powder than indicated will either lead to dehydration or deprive your baby of proper nutrition.

Prepare each bottle individually. Formula left in the bottle after a feed must be discarded.

Always hold baby while feeding, leaving baby unattended may cause choking.

Storing Nan 

Close the lid tightly after each use and store it in a cool and dry place. Must be used within 3 weeks after opening.

 Precautions For NAN

Breast milk is best for babies. Before you decide to use this product, consult your doctor or healthcare professional for advice.


be used if an infant has a diagnosed cow's milk allergy.

WARNING - Follow preparation instructions exactly. Prepare bottles and teats as directed. Do not change proportions of powder except on medical advice. Incorrect preparation can make your baby very ill.

Infants over 6 months of age will need additional nourishment.

2. Humana 1

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Humana 1 baby milk is given from the 1st bottle and for the entire duration of the bottle feeding:

  • as an exclusive food, if you are not breastfeeding
  • as a supplement, when breast milk is not enough
  • in combination with breastfeeding
  • in combination with any other baby milk
  • qualitatively adapted to breast milk proteins
  • digestible and easily absorbed due to its 100% lactose content (the main carbohydrate in breast milk) 

  • with omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids from 100% plant sources
  •  enriched with high quality long chain fatty acids nucleotides and prebiotic fibers for better development of the central nervous system, gastrointestinal system and making the immune system strong.

This formula promises natural perfect growth of your baby and the baby formula is GMO free.

3. SMA Gold baby formula

sma gold formula

SMA Gold is a  baby formulat that can be used as 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 Zambia, as it is complete with the necessary nutrients that the Zambian baby needs to grow healthily and strong. 
Most important nutrients includes Omega 3 fatty acids and 6 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.

SMA Gold baby formula milk powder contains: 

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, fructo-oligosaccharides, vegetable oils (coconut, sunflower, rapeseed, palm), lactose, demineralized milk, magnesium chloride, inositol, zinc sulphate, antioxidants, sodium citrate, L-phenylalanine, calcium citrate, emulsifiers, potassium citrate, galacto-oligosaccharides, thiamin, skimmed milk, and fish oil.

Important Ingredients in Baby Formulas.

As scientific research becomes more advanced, many formulas are now able to more closely mimic breast milk, plus several are made from non-GMO/organic ingredients. Most types of baby formula now include the following nutrients and compounds naturally found in breast milk.

Iron: Necessary for blood formation; supplementation can be helpful especially for premature babies
DHA: Essential for healthy brain, eye, and nervous system development
Probiotics: Necessary for healthy digestion through gut microbiome maturation, as well as immune support
Antioxidants: Can help decrease inflammation

Many formulas containing these nutrients and ingredients are also available in store brand baby formulas, such as NAN OPTIPRO 1, HUMANA 1, Novalac baby formula and SMA Gold.

4. Novalac Premium 1

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Novalac Premium 1 is a first milk formula that covers all the nutritional needs of infants from birth to 6 months old.

 Novalac Premium 1 contains ingredients that are naturally present in breast milk such as:

LC-PUFAS (DHA & ARA), Prebiotics (GOS) and Nucleotides.

Novalac Premium 1  is used in conjunction with a diversified diet that has been progressively introduced in accordance with medical advice.

Novalac Premium 1 is suitable for feeding infants from birth to 6 months if breastfeeding is not applied, and, as part of a diversified diet, its unique composition covers your child's specific nutritional needs.

Use instructions:

1. Sterilize the bottle, the nipple as well as all the spare parts.
2. Boil fresh water for five minutes and allow to cool at 40 ° C.
3. Measure the required amount of water into the bottle.
4. Measure the required amount of powder using the measuring cap inside the box.
5. Close the bottle with the lid and shake well until the powder is completely dissolved. Remove the lid and put the sterile nipple.
6. Leave the milk to be lukewarm (37oC). Check the milk temperature dripping a few drops inside your wrist. Feed your baby immediately.


Close the box after each use with the lid.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from light.
Use within 3 weeks after opening.
Do not use it after the expiration date indicated on the bottom of the carton.
Do not prepare the bottle in advance, but always before use.

Common Forms of Baby Formula.

There are three options for preparation methods to consider when choosing a formula for your baby.

  • Powdered: Powdered formula must be mixed with clean water. It can be purchased in large quantities, making it the most economical option, but it may be slightly less convenient than pre-mixed forms.
  • Liquid concentrate: The benefit of using concentrate is being able to make up a batch of formula and keep it in the refrigerator for 48 hours. It is slightly more costly than powdered versions.
  • Ready-to-feed: With zero mixing or measuring, ready-to-feed options are the simplest to use. Opened containers can be stored in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. These are the most expensive options.

Baby Formula Types available

In terms of formula makeup, all formula is designed to be similar to breast milk, but ingredients may vary. Plus, no two babies are alike, and that's especially true when it comes to feeding. What one of your children may have sucked down happily may be rejected outright by their sibling—or not appropriate for them altogether.

 The following are the basic types of baby formula:

  • Cow's milk-based: Suitable for most babies, these formulas are made from cow's milk that has been treated to make it more digestible by infants. Most cow's milk formulas also contain added iron. Examples: Enfamil Enspire, Gerber Good Start, Similac Advance, Earth's Best Organic, Honest Co. Organic Premium.
  • Gentle: These formulas have less lactose than regular milk-based formulas, making them more suitable for babies with some gas or fussiness. Examples: Enfamil GentleaseGerber Good Start Gentle Plus.
  • Lactose-free: These formulas are still milk-based, but lactose sugars are removed, so they are suitable for babies who may have lactose intolerance. Example: Similac Sensitive.
  • Added rice starch: These are for babies with excess spit-up or acid reflux, as added rice starch helps keep the formula down. Examples: Enfamil AR, Similac for Spit-Up.
  • Soy: This alternative is for babies with galactosemia, lactose intolerance, and milk protein allergies. Examples: Enfamil Prosobee, Earth's Best Soy.
  • Hypoallergenic: These are for babies with milk protein and soy allergies, as they feature pre-digested (hydrolyzed) proteins for easier absorption. Examples: Nutramigen, Pregestamil, Similac Alimentum.
  • Amino acid-based: These formulas are appropriate for babies with milk protein and soy allergies who don't tolerate an elemental formula. Examples: Neocate, Nutramigen AA.
  • Formula for premature babies: These options have more calories and added nutrients for premature and low-birth-weight babies. Example: Similac Neosure.
  • Next-step or toddler: Older infants and toddlers between the ages of 9 and 24 months can progress to this type of formula. Examples: Enfamil Enfagro, Nutramigen Toddler, Gerber Good Start Gentle Plus 2, Similac Go & Grow.

When do you switch baby formula?

Remember that the best formula is the one your baby will accept. Signs of a formula intolerance include:
  • Unexplained fussiness
  • Excessive gas
  • Diarrhea (which may be bloody)
  • Spitting up
  • Vomiting
  • Poor weight gain


If your child has problems with the formula, choosing the next type helps. However just changing the brand alone may not give the best improvement you are looking form, unless you change the type too. The best to do is mastering the bad symptoms the formula is showing on your child and seek help from the nutritionists. The above list of brands is not exhaustive  but the ones considered best for you babies. 

I just hope this writing helps mothers in Zambia to choose the formula for their babies. 

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