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Welcome to the February newsletter. We have updated our infant milk reports this month and a few highlights from the new information is outlined below. As a very small charity with no full time staff or offices, and a range of areas of work, we do our best to keep up with new products and changing product compositions, as well as new developments in ingredients or research relevant to breastmilk substitutes. We had hoped to have all the reports ready for the beginning of the month but the mauve report outlining Specialised Milks for infants 0-6 months and the document Websites and Organisations funded by the formula industry are still work in progress. We will have these, and news on all the updated practical resources in the next newsletter.

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

We have updated this report with information about new milks on the UK market, have updated the compositional data for existing milks where relevant and have included some new sections on ingredients that are emerging in the BMS market globally.

Infant formula - An overview
Infant formula - An overview


We have updated this summary of infant formula marketed in the UK with new products and information. We have also included SMA Wysoy in this publication as we have had a number of queries about soya formula recently. This resource provides a more simple comparison of infant formula that might be useful when answering questions from families on how products compare.

Costs of infant milks marketed in the UK
Costs of infant milks marketed 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. Making milks up appropriately and safely is a lot more important than choosing an expensive brand name.


A simple guide to infant formula, follow-on formula and other infant milks
Costs of infant milks marketed in the UK


These simple guides have also been updated and reports for use in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland can be accessed on the website. These are designed with simple FAQ for families and we are always interested to hear from health professionals about the sort of questions they are being asked by families about infant milks.



How Unicef Baby Friendly supports formula feeding parents
Unicef Baby Friendly statement - supporting formula feeding parents


Click here for the statement is here

This new statement can be accessed on the Unicef Baby Friendly website and outlines how BFI supports families who formula and bottle feed. It is a requirement for accreditation that staff support families who formula feed, and the statement also explains why families need independent information about milks rather than information from the breastmilk substitute industry.




And it really is coming soon ...

Our report on Baby food jars and pouches is almost finished – so we will be making that available as soon as we can. We will be presenting data from this resource at our conference in April – if you haven’t yet booked a ticket then we are selling out fast – so see below.

Unicef Baby Friendly statement - supporting formula feeding parents

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 ‘A Better Start’ projects as co-hosts for this event.

The full programme for the conference is now available here. Tickets can be purchased at


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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