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Most infant formula is made from cow’s milk that has been treated to make it suitable for babies. Cow’s-milk-based infant formula is the only infant formula your baby needs. You should not feed your baby other formulas unless your midwife, health visitor or GP recommends you to. If you think a particular brand of infant formula disagrees with your baby, ask your GP, midwife or health visitor for advice.

In the UK there are a variety of infant milks for sale. These are marketed as:

  • Infant formula – milks which are the sole food for infants from birth.
  • Follow-on formula – milks to be used after 6 months of age.
  • Milks which are specialist formula.
  • Milks for children over the age of 1 year.

Hungrier baby milks and follow on milks are not recommended at any time only first milks should be given.

Not all milk is suitable for feeding babies. Here are some of the types you should not give to your baby under a year old.

  • Goat’s milk
  • Sheep’s milk
  • Soya milk (unless your midwife, health visitor or GP advises
  • Other types of drinks known as ‘milks’ such as rice, oat or drinks
  • Dried milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Condensed milk.

Other full-fat dairy products such as yoghurt or fromage frais can be given after six months, once your baby is used to eating solid foods.