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Welcome to the July newsletter
sunshineSummer is upon us, and this will be our last newsletter until we return in September from our own summer recess. As some of you will know First Steps has secured permanent core funding from January 2018, and we are currently doing a review of all the work we do, and our overall mission. We are delighted that Sarah Weston has joined us part-time to support this review and work moving forward, and you can see a brief bio and profile of Sarah below.

In this newsletter we also have an updated Infant Milks in the UK report as well as updated reports on Infant Formula, and Costs of Infant milks. There are a number of new or reformulated milks on the market, but following a few queries we should point out that all the milks we feature in our reports are notified for use in the UK. It is useful to remember that whilst people may be reassured by higher prices, there is no reason for infant milks to be a high cost product.

We hope everyone gets some time off over the summer and we look forward to sharing our future plans as they evolve.

Sarah Weston

Sarah, who co-authors the First Steps Specialist Milks in the UK report, qualified as a Registered Dietitian in 2006 and has a wide range of dietetic experience in research, paediatrics and maternal health. Sarah was most recently at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked in community food projects and has a specialist interest in infant feeding having trained as a breastfeeding counsellor for the Breastfeeding Network.

Sarah joined the Trust part-time in June and further details of the work she will be taking over and her contact details will be in our September newsletter.

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

We have updated this report with information about new milks on the UK market, have updated the compositional data for existing milks where relevant.

If you have a hard copy and want to print pages to add to your folder, you can find a summary of all the sections we have changed here.

This month we report on a re-formulated SMA PRO Anti-reflux milk (previously SMA Staydown), include the new Castelmil brand milks into the main report and provide updated compositional information on Kendamil brand milks. There are also small changes to some other formulations and an update on evidence for efficacy of anti-reflux milks as well as updates on some new EFSA recommendations.

Infant milks - An overview
Infant formula - An overview

We have updated this summary of infant formula marketed in the UK with new products and information. This resource provides a more simple comparison of infant formula that might be useful when answering questions from families on how products compare. All these milks meet compositional and labelling requirements for use in the UK.

Costs of infant milks marketed in the UK
Cost of infant milks in the UK

This resource considers the costs of all milks on the UK market for sale over the counter. There is a considerable difference in cost between products. It is interesting to note that those infant milks that are the most cost-effective on the market are those that currently do not market or advertise their products.

It is important that health professionals can reassure families that more cost-effective infant milks are still required to meet compositional and labelling regulations, and all the milks included in our resources are notified for use in the UK. Making milks up appropriately and safely is a lot more important than choosing an expensive brand name.

The savings difference to a family food budget of choosing powdered infant formula from ALDI or LIDL (Mamia or Bebivita brands) compared to the most expensive widely available brand (Aptamil Profutura) to feed a 2-3 month old baby for a month (30 days) would be over £30. If a family chose to buy ready to feed Aptamil Profutura First Infant Milk in 200ml cartons they would spend an eye-watering £138 in a month.

Coming soon
We hope to get the newly updated 2017 versions of Making the Most of Healthy Start and Eating well: vegan infants and under 5s on the wesbite before we go on our summer holidays. We will provide links and highlight changes in the next newsletter.


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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