Breastmilk provides a baby with perfectly balanced nutrition, which is why both the Department of Health (DH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life and continued breastfeeding alongside the introduction of appropriate solid foods beyond six months1,2.
Some mums choose not to or can not breastfeed. In this instance, infant formula milks provide the only alternative to breastmilk. The Department of Health recommends that cows’ milk should not be introduced as a main drink before 12 months of age3.To support the changing nutritional needs of infants and toddlers throughout the different stages of their development, there are different formula milks available.
Feeds need to be prepared when required, as storing or freezing formula milk is not recommended. It’s always best to follow the instructions on-pack. Please note these instructions are for powdered milks only. Preparation instructions for specialist milks will vary. For follow-on milks and growing up milks: If you are bottle-feeding, the Department of Health advises to introduce a cup or beaker from about six months4.
You can download our guide on how to prepare a bottle correctly.