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Our report: Infant milks in the UK

First Steps Nutrition Trust provides a one stop shop for information on infant milks marketed in the UK. We provide information on the composition of infant milks, the claims made and the usefulness and safety of ingredients. We gather together all the information needed to support families who use these products to feed their infants.

Infant milks in the UK: A practical guide for health professionals
Infant milks in the UK

This September 2016 version of the report Infant Milks in the UK is now available to download and contains the latest information on milks available for infants and children in the UK, with clear independent guidance on their suitability.

This report provides information on infant milks marketed for over the counter sale in the UK, as well as background information on composition, ingredients, contaminants, regulations and the infant milk market.

This report is widely used by health professionals across the UK and is supported by UNICEF Baby Friendly, The Baby Feeding Law Group, The Royal College of Midwives, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and many others. We are grateful to Public Health Wales, The Scottish Government and The Public Health Agency Northern Ireland for funding this work.

To access the full report click here ...
The Infant milks in the UK report has been formatted so it can be printed out and placed in a ring binder.
What has changed since the last report?
If you have a master copy of this report in a folder that you want to update (see below for details) then you can access a list of the pages you need to print out to update this resource here.

Main changes?
We have added all the nutrients for all products in this report – this means that all the product pages are new, but we hope that this provides a better comparison between products. We have also highlighted all the ingredients used including the oil sources and the osmolality for all milks where available.

There are also changes to
the section on protein to reflect the new claims being made for lower protein and altered protein profile products (don’t get too excited, the claims are big, the evidence lacking) and some changes to whether products are suitable for special diets.

You can print out the whole report yourself, and if you want to buy a cover and binders, you can do so at
Create your infant milk folder 1
Create your Infant milk folder 2
Create your Infant milk folder 3

Infant milk composition
Infant formula - An overview

Infant formula - An overview

This report considers those milks that are covered by the infant formula milk regulations in the UK. It provides a more in-depth look at each milk and reviews the evidence that is given to support claims made. Infant formula includes the first infant milks about which healthcare professionals may be asked the most questions. We have given our opinions about the evidence they provide to back up claims and compared it with findings from accepted expert reviews.

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Cost of infant milks in UK

Cost of infant milks marketed in the UK

This report summarises the costs of all milks currently marketed for sale in the UK. There are considerable disparities in cost between products, and using ready to feed starter packs of infant milk is a particularly expensive way to buy formula milk. Despite marketing claims, milks that comply to regulations are similar in composition. The addition of unnecessary ingredients about which claims are made may burden a young child's metabolism – a simpler and cheaper formula with fewer unnecessary ingredients may be preferable.

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