Home | About Us | News | Order Publications | How to Support Us | FAQ | Contact Us | Events
Eating well in pregnancy
Infant feeding
Eating well from birth to five


Follow us


Welcome to the December newsletter

Wishing all our supporters a very happy, healthy and
peaceful Christmas and New Year.

FSNT conference logo

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 the Big Lottery Better Start projects as co-hosts for this event.

EArly Bird tickets
Early bird tickets are on sale until the end of January 2017 for £99 from

We will have more details about the event and the programme in the January newsletter.

And if anyone has time over the holidays ...

The feeding products for Babies and Children (Advertising and Promotion Bill)

On Wednesday 16th November Alison Thewliss MP presented ‘The Feeding Products for Babies and Children (Advertising and Promotion) Bill’ in Parliament under the ten minute rule. The Bill seeks to ban formula milk companies from making misleading statements about their products. This Bill will have its second reading on 24 February 2017.

Alison is currently seeking opinion on what the Bill should contain. It would be helpful if as many people and organisations as possible responded to her request in order to demonstrate the strength of support for this Bill. More information and a response form can be found here:

Responses need to be made by 9th January 2017

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 2016 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

WBTi logo

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.

First Steps mother and baby

Contact us at:

Follow us on twitter @1stepsnutrition

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.
Registered Charity No: 114640