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Infant formulas

Man feeding baby with formula from a bottle Infant formula is made for babies up to 12 months old who are not being breastfed. If possible, try to maintain some breastfeeding as well as using formula.

The Ministry of Health recommends that you just feed your baby breast milk until they're around six months old. Continue to breastfeed while you introduce appropriate foods until your baby is at least 12 months old.

If you cannot breastfeed (or use expressed breast milk), then use an infant formula. When prepared cleanly and correctly, infant formula is a safe food that gives your baby all the nourishment they need.

You'll need to plan and organise well to formula feed your baby, to make sure you have what you need when you need it.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2021.


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