Sunday 16 January 2022



According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breastmilk is the ideal food for neonates and infants in the first 6 months of life. It provides all the nutrients in the right quantity for their optimum growth and development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses like lower respiratory diseases, diarrhea and pneumonia- the primary causes of childhood mortality globally. Economically, breastmilk is affordable, and readily available, which helps ensure that they get adequate nutrition. Aside the short-term benefits, breastfeeding contributes to a lifetime of good health. It reduces the likelihood to develop nutrition-related chronic diseases later in life.

Apart from breastmilk, the other milk that can be given to infants is baby formula. This type is specifically formulated for infants, 0-6 months or 7-12 months of age. No other type should be given to babies until one year of age.

When it comes to choosing an infant formula, no brand is best for all babies. When picking an infant formula for your babies, select the one that is specifically made for babies within the same age with your child.

When choosing an infant formula,

  •   Ensure it is fortified with iron and other nutrients needed for babies.

  • Make sure it hasn’t expired

  • Make sure it labelled for the same age range with your baby

  • Make sure the container is sealed in good condition. If there are puffy side/ends, rust spots or any leaks, do not feed it to your baby

If you’re thinking of switching infant formula brand, type or have any questions about an infant formula for your baby, talk to a pediatrician, dietitian or nurse.

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