Use Formula – Never Cow's Milk

Use Formula – Never Cow's Milk

Only cow's milk formula for babies under 12 months.

Whole cow's milk is not suitable for babies under 12 months. Use breast milk or formula as the main drink until baby is a year old. Infants fed cow's milk before one year of age are at particular risk of developing depleted iron stores.

Most infant formula is based on cow's milk.

The Food Standard Code for infant formula requires that infant formula (under 6 months of age)  meets the complete energy and nutritional needs of a healthy full-term infant up to 6 months of age. Around 6 months of age, an infant should also be receiving complementary foods.

This page last reviewed 24 June 2013.
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