Ask the Nutritionist

Posted 7.16.10 | Christine Graham-Garo


My daughter just turned a year old, and I was wondering when I should transition her from Neocate Infant to Neocate Junior? Do I need to introduce it slowly, or can I just make the switch 100%?


Since your little one is now one, her vitamin and mineral requirements have changed. That’s why Neocate Junior is formulated a bit differently than Neocate Infant to meet her new needs. Neocate Junior also contains more calories (30 calories/ounce) than Neocate Infant (20 calories/ounce).

Before making any switch, be sure to get the go-ahead from your doctor. If your child is doing well on Neocate Infant, the transition should go smoothly. Some children are able to make the switch “cold turkey”, while others are more sensitive to changes in texture and taste and may need to be weaned onto it slowly. You can start with 25% Junior and 75% Infant, slowly working up to 100% Junior.

Another thing you can consider is using flavor packets (available in cherry-vanilla, grapefruit and lemon-lime), flavor straws or the chocolate and tropical versions of Neocate Junior to add some variety into your daughter’s diet.

Read Comments (8)

  • 2015-03-23 | Judy

    I am a dietitian in a pediatric long term care facility.  Do you have mixing instructions to bring Neocate Jr (unflavored) to 25 cal/oz?
    Thank you!

  • 2015-03-24 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Judy,
      Sure, we’ll send that to you by email! For other clinicians who stumble across this post and have similar requests, please email us (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or give us a call at 800-Neocate.

  • 2016-12-09 | Elaine Lanaris, RD/LDN

    how many calories per scoop, I need to concentrate my formula is it 40 kcal/scoop?

  • 2016-12-12 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Elaine,
      I’m not sure which Neocate product you’re referring to, but we’ll send you some resources by email! For other clinicians who stumble across this post and have similar requests, please email us (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or give us a call at 800-Neocate.

  • 2017-05-22 | Megan

    How many fluid ounces does 1 can of neocate junior make?

  • 2017-05-25 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Megan,
        Thanks for your question! They’re not all the same, but they’re close. Here are the volumes per can when you follow the mixing directions provided on the can:
      -Neocate Junior, Unflavored - 64 fl oz
      -Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Unflavored -  ~64 fl oz
      -Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla -  ~61 fl oz
      -Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Strawberry -  ~63 fl oz
      -Neocate Junior, Tropical or Chocolate -  ~60 fl oz
    If a healthcare provides different mixing instructions at a different concentration, these volumes would obviously be different. Hope this helps!

  • 2017-07-23 | Dalida

    My baby just turn 12 weeks he has bad GERD and vomiting they did ultrasound and x ray everything is normal they said it’s just reflux, they keep changing formula nothing help, i heard about neocate and I just bought it I would like to know how much should I give him. He weight 14 pounds,  with regular formula I am giving him 3 oz every three hours per the GI doctor. Can someone please assist me.

    Thank you,


  • 2017-07-24 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Dalida,
        We’re so sorry to hear that you and your little one have had such a tough time. Neocate infant formulas are the same concentration as most other infant formulas, when prepared as directed. Most infants will drink a similar volume of Neocate as whatever they’ve been drinking. However, it’s best to check with the GI doctor to make sure you know how they want you to mix it (sometimes they advise making it slightly more concentrated) and how often and what volume they recommend for feedings to start.
        Best of luck to you!

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