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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.

Until they're around 6 months old, the Ministry of Health recommends only feeding your baby breast milk. Then continue to breastfeed while you introduce appropriate foods until your baby is at least 12 months old.

If you can't breastfeed (or use expressed breast milk), then use an infant formula. When prepared cleanly and correctly, infant formula is a safe food that meets all your baby's nutritional needs.

Formula feeding your baby requires planning and organisation to make sure you have what you need when you need it.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created June 2020.

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