What has happened to Nestargel?

In a discussion group of my fellow mommies, one of them asked if any of us know why Nestargel had been discontinued in South Africa. A cacophony of answers came forth, as they do at these mommy gatherings. BabyYumYum is dedicated to supplying credible and factual information, so we went straight to the source for clarity. We also looked into what exactly thickened formula is and the available alternatives.

But first, what is Nestargel?

Nestargel is a thickener that comes in a powder form that can be added to infant formula (or expressed breast milk) to help thicken the feed. The thickener helps to reduce reflux and regurgitation, which is a very common problem suffered by both breastfed and formula-fed babies.

“The thickener helps to reduce reflux and regurgitation, which is a very common problem suffered by both breastfed and formula-fed babies.”

Why has it been discontinued?

We thought it best to quote official response received from Nestle’s consumer Care Adviser:
“Kindly be advised that the above product [Nestargel] has been discontinued … unfortunately, Nestlé South Africa will not be importing it anymore. We recommend that our consumers discuss further with a healthcare professional (HCP) a suitable alternative from the thickeners available on the market.”

What can you use instead of Nestargel?

Using a thickener or thickened formula is only advised after you have consulted your paediatrician or health care practitioner, and the brand options are a total minefield. There are also medicinal options (anti-acids, proton-pump inhibitors and prokinetics) that your healthcare practitioner could also recommend, which should only be used for short-term treatment.

If you have been advised to use a thickener or thickened formula, you have the following AR (anti-reflux) choices available on the market: S26 AR, Nan AR and Novalac AR.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and is based on personal experience and personal brand preference of the content author. BabyYumYum reserves the right to its opinions and fully supports the notion of promotion that breast is best in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) infant feeding guidelines. Breast milk is the best food for infants. Good maternal nutrition is essential to prepare and maintain breastfeeding. If breastfeeding is not applied, an infant formula may be used according to the advice of health professionals. Preparation and storage of any infant formula should be performed as directed on the tin in order not to pose any health hazards.

Also read:

Managing regurgitation and reflux in your baby
Formula feeding: Best kinds of formula for babies

Amanda Rogaly is the Founder and Chief Mommy of #1ParentingPortal, BabyYumYum. She is passionate about empowering parenting, leveraging her own parenting journey to educate and inspire others. She was inspired to create BabyYumYum for real parents who understand the stresses and challenges of life.