Breast milk is the best nutrition for infants
It provides an optimal balanced diet and protection against illness, particularly during the first 6 months, plus breast milk is convenient and free.
It’s important that mums eat a healthy, balanced diet while pregnant and during breastfeeding.
If you are considering an alternative to breastfeeding, please seek advice from your healthcare provider first and consider the social and financial implications including the cost of formula until 12 months of age before using an infant formula.
Deciding to partially or exclusively formula feed a breastfed baby may reduce the supply of your own breast milk and it may be difficult to reverse this decision and return to full breastfeeding.
When using infant formula, always follow the instructions for use carefully. Formulas should always be prepared and used as directed. Improper use of infant formula, such as the use of unboiled water, incorrect dilution or unhygienic bottles may cause your baby to become ill.