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What’s Yazoo No Added Sugar like?

Since the long ago days of weaning we’ve always been careful to ensure that the small boy has a couple of glasses of milk a day. Milk is full of nutrients I think are pretty essential for a growing boy (calcium and protein to help maintain bones, as well as vitamin B2). I’ve never been much of a milk drinker myself, but I’ve always enjoyed drinking milkshakes, the problem is they tend to be jam packed with sugar. We were sent some bottles of Yazoo No Added Sugar to put to the test, what did the small boy think?

Yazoo No Added Sugar

Yazoo No Added Sugar is available in three flavours: Strawberry, Banana and Toffee. It is available in 200ml bottles, as well as in packs of 4 from supermarkets. Yazoo No Added Sugar contains only naturally occurring sugars and no artificial sweeteners. It is also suitable for vegetarians. 

After school the boy enjoys a snack before we dash off to one of the many activities which occupy his time. Usually he will have a drink of milk and some snack, such as a piece of fruit, some yoghurt or a piece of toast. He’s a growing boy, he never stops and he’s got “hollow legs” just like his dad.

Yazoo No Added Sugar

The good thing about Yazoo No Added Sugar for me is that it’s not full of sugar and sweeteners, whereas most other ready make milkshakes are. They contain no more sugar than an equivalent amount of semi-skimmed milk. They are also ready made, so I don’t have to faff around making up the milkshake from a powder.

I also like that the bottles are just the right size, 200mls is a big enough drink for anyone. It’s a good size for trips out and picnics and doesn’t need to be refrigerated, though we keep a couple of bottles in the fridge for him.

Yazoo No Added Sugar is not a thick milkshake, which suits us. We always think thick milkshakes (unless you make them yourself with loads of ice cream) feel really artificial in your mouth. 

Yazoo No Added Sugar

The flavours are the kind of flavours he loves – strawberry, banana and toffee. I’m not sure why there isn’t a chocolate flavour (surely chocolate milkshake is the most popular flavour in the world?) but that is probably on their to do list.

The boy seems to enjoy all the flavours fairly equally, he perhaps has a slight preference for the strawberry and the banana over the toffee, but he will very happily drink all of them and give me a big milky moustache smile afterwards.

Yazoo No Added Sugar is available from a range of supermarkets including Morrisons and Tesco and cost around 50p per 200ml bottle (though I have noticed they are on offer in a lot of places right now).

For more information, visit the Yazoo website.

Note: We were sent some bottles of Yazoo to try out for reciew purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Why I bottle fed my baby and have no regrets

When I was pregnant I’d always planned to breastfeed. I’d bought myself creams and pads and did all the boob massages beforehand to encourage milk flow and all that kind of thing. Being a realist and did buy a cheap set of bottles, a steamer and 48 hours worth of formula milk just in case. I thought they wouldn’t go to waste if I could express some milk. I knew my baby could be bottle fed breast milk by his Dad.

As it happened my boy was born early in traumatic style and I had a condition which made breastfeeding incredibly difficult. Together we spent a week in hospital. During those long, hard days every midwife for miles around tried to milk me, to no avail. Not a drop could be found. We collectively gave up and resigned ourselves to having a bottle fed baby.

Why I bottle fed my baby and have no regrets

I really don’t give a tuppenny cuss if parents choose to feed their baby by breast or bottle. It’s really no ones business but your own. As a parent you’ve got to go with what works best for you and your family. If you can’t breastfeed, even with experts on hand to help you, then there is no point at all beating yourself up about it. Parenting throws enough guilt and anxiety your way and it’s not worth getting het up over.

Yes, I totally get the breast is best argument. But I look at my nephew and my son who are only 6 months apart in age. My nephew was breastfed and my boy bottle fed and there is no difference. They are both lively, happy, engaging, intelligent boys. Both healthy, cheeky and thriving.

Breastfeeding is an emotive subject. Something which everyone has an opinion on and one which is a real parenting hot potato. For me as with most things, my attitude is do whatever you want, but don’t pour scorn on those who do things differently. That’s just good manners and respect.

How did you choose to feed your baby – breast or bottle fed and would you change anything?