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Welcome to the November newsletter

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Wednesday 26th April 2017

Our second annual conference will be held on Wednesday April 26th at Kensington Town Hall in London W8. The theme will be ‘Good nutrition in the first year of life’ and we are pleased to have Big Lottery ‘A Better Start’ as co-hosts for this event.
We will be having speakers and workshops to discuss:

  • New national recommendations from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on food in the first year of life.
  • New guidance and menus for early years settings in England.
  • A review of commercial baby foods marketed in the UK – how much do these support current infant feeding guidance?
  • A reflection on 2016 and infant feeding: have we made progress in ‘changing the conversation’ about breastfeeding? What next?
  • Are we thinking enough about inequalities when we support families with infants? Will Brexit uncertainty and rising food prices mean we need to reassess how we give advice on eating well?
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We will send have more details about the event and the programme in the next newsletter.

Infant milk news

A new infant milk is being launched in Aldi stores from November 28th. Mamia brand infant formula and follow-on formula will be available in 250 stores in the Midlands, North West and South East initially, retailing at £6.99 for a 900g tin. This will make it the cheapest formula on the market.

We are currently seeking information about this product and will update the infant milk reports as soon as we have this. We don’t know what the tins will look like yet – the brand is sold elsewhere with different tin designs. If anyone sees it then please do let us know, send a snap and any marketing information!

We are currently collecting other data for the infant milk report updates in early 2017. We are always keen to hear how the information we provide can be packaged to meet the needs of health professionals and the families they support, and hope next year to make information easier to find on a new website.

We would also like to do some work around cows’ milk protein allergy formula and recommendations, and so if you are a specialist in this area ( or know someone who is), have no links to formula companies and have any time for some freelance work, please get in touch.


Support our Campaign

Challenging information provided in advertisments to healthcare professionals by breastmilk substitute manufacturers

Follow the link here on this website and find out how you can write, email, tweet and lobby journal editors, professional associations, MPs, regulators and others to tighten the information that breastmilk manufacturers can give healthcare professionals in marketing material.

Good news?

CphvaIt was reported on twitter that it had been announced at the CPHVA conference in November that they would phase out funding from breastmilk substitute companies over the next 18 months. We are awaiting confirmation from the CPHVA, but if this is the case then we look forward to having a stand at the first ‘BMS influence free’ conference they hold.

Coming soon

Baby food in jars and pouches

Baby food jars and pouches unpacked

This report is now at edit and design stage and we hope to have it ready by the end of the year. This review of the spoonable baby foods marketed for infants by the 4 largest brands in the UK considers composition, cost and how they support  current infant feeding guidance.

This is timely as the Government strengthens advice on young children avoiding added sugars in the diet. The importance of getting food right from the start is highlighted in more and more research papers, where a diverse, home-prepared diet alongside breastfeeding in the second year of life remains the optimum option for encouraging a life time of good eating habits.

World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative

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In case you missed it the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) UK report was published in November 2016.

WBTi 2016 report

This report, launched in the House of Commons and supported by a number of cross-party MPs summarises the UK response to the WHO Global Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategy. It provides a ‘score card’ for the UK, and for each of the devolved nations, on how it protects, supports and promotes appropriate infant feeding, and provides recommendations for actions to fill the gaps.

You can download the report here:
If you want a hard copy then you can purchase a copy for £15 from:


First Steps Nutrition Trust is on semi-sabbatical over summer 2016, so queries will be answered, but may take a little longer.

First Steps Nutrition Trust offers information and resources to support good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years.

Our aim is to produce clear and independent resources to support people who want to know more about eating well before and during pregnancy, eating well for infants and young children, and food composition and food quality.

First Steps Nutrition Trust takes no industry funding. We are funded through charitable trusts and donations. We aim to provide a one-stop shop for useful and accurate evidence-based information on good nutrition from pre-conception to five years. To find out more about the Trust on our About Us page.

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First Step Nutrition Trust's newsletter is published regularly to promote information and awareness of the importance of good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years and to highlight the work of the Trust.
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