This website is to help inform pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy teams, health visitors and community practitioner teams about infant feeding. It covers information on the rules and advice on breastfeeding, infant formula milks and weaning in order to help you answer parents’ questions, allay concerns and deal with uncertainties
This website is designed for healthcare professionals and people who work in community pharmacy or community practitioner teams only.
Breastfeeding is best for babies. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care. Foods for special medical purposes should only be used under medical supervision. They are suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition for infants from birth, and/or as part of a balanced diet from 6–12 months. Refer to label for details.
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