Eating well is essential for infants from the first day of life. Breast milk is the natural food for a human infant, and breast feeding ensures all the infants nutrient needs are met, encourages optimum development, resistance to infection and allows a close and loving bond to develop between mother and child.
In order to protect breastfeeding it is important that all those who offer advice to families have accurate and unbiased information about infant feeding, including clear information about infant formula. First Steps Nutrition Trust were the first charity to provide a clear and updated guide for health professionals which summarises infant formula available in the UK, and this is widely used by health professionals and policy makers across the UK. We also provide information on fortified milks for children over the age of 1 year and highlight why these milks are both unnecessary, and a potential risk to health, in our resource Fortified milks for children. In order to encourage health professionals to only use information from independent sources and avoid those that are sponsored by formula milk companies, we produce a regularly updated resource which highlights websites and organisations to avoid and promote the work of Baby Feeding Law Group and Baby Milk Action. New information supporting new and breastfeeding mums to eat well is also available on our website, and details of all these resources can be found below.