Types of formula

There are two main types of formula milk – whey-based and casein-based milk – which are often referred to as first and second stage milks. Whey-based formula milk is suitable for babies up to the age of one year. Second stage, or follow-on, formula can be used for babies from six months, however, there is no evidence to suggest that casein-based or follow-on formula milks provide any nutritional or health benefit to babies over infant formula, therefore they are not required or necessary.  Cow’s milk should not be given to children until they are one year old.

For more information see statements on infant and follow-on formula and 'good night' milk products from the Scientific Advisory Committee on nutrition.

For up to date information on formula milks available in the UK  visit the First Steps nutrition website.


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