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Welcome to the December newsletter 2017

Xmas Pear

In this newsletter we have details of the latest updated infant milk reports.

I think if we were reminded of anything from being at the Unicef UK Baby Friendly conference in November it was that there are many amazing, passionate people out there working hard to protect, support and promote safe infant feeding in this country.

Whilst times are challenging, we will do all we can next year to support those who work with families - and to challenge, where appropriate, health professional groups, Government and those in public health to respect the WHO Code of marketing of breastmilk substitutes and the WHA resolutions.  Not least WHA resolution 69.9 from 2016 which is clear that there should be no influence on health professional training, conferences, scientific meetings or health professional associations from anyone marketing foods for infants and young children.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year

Infant milks in the UK

We have made some small changes to this report so the information is correct as of December 2017.

Specialised infant formula in the UK: 0-6 months

We have updated the information in this report as well as some of the background sections to reflect new guidance and evidence.

We have also included a brief summary about specialised formula for treating cows’ milk protein and other food allergies as this is the group of specialised milks that is most frequently prescribed. We hope to do a resource specifically on this area next year.

We have included up-to-date costs for most milks in this category and the considerable price difference between some products may also support prescribing decisions.

There remain some anomalies in this area we also hope to tackle further, for example the lack of rationale for why many products are suggested to be made up at temperatures which will not kill any bacteria present in the powder.

Also updated:

Infant formula - An overview

Eating well; Vegan infants and under5s

Infant milks: A simple guide to infant formula, follow-on formula and other infant milks

Making the most of Healthy Start



Virtual no more

From January 2016 we are moving into an office in West London. We will let everyone know our new contact details in the New Year and our plans moving forward.


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, visit About Us

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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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