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Using breastmilk substitutes

If you are considering using infant formula, discuss this with your midwife, Plunket staff, other well child health provider, or lactation consultant.

Use an infant formula that is suitable for your baby’s age. The Ministry of Health advises that ordinary, unmodified cow’s milk should not be given to babies until they are at least 12 months old. This is because cow’s milk contains higher levels of protein and salt than are safe for a young baby’s developing kidneys. It also does not have the vitamins and minerals a growing baby needs, especially iron.

You should make up the infant formula as close as possible to feeding time.

For further information on preparing infant formula, the equipment required and sterilisation techniques (it is important to make up the infant formula correctly) consult your midwife, Plunket staff or well child health provider.

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