Homemade infant formula

Avoid using any kind of recipe for homemade infant formula.

For babies under one year old, it’s important to take care with what they eat. Their immune and digestive systems and vital organs have not yet fully developed.

A number of homemade infant formula recipes are spreading online. There is no guarantee that these are safe or nutritious enough to give to your baby. Homemade infant formulas may not provide the right nutrients for a baby. They might also contain unsafe ingredients, or could be prepared in a way that allows harmful bacteria to grow. This can lead to serious illness or even death.

Breast milk is the best option for babies.  For babies who are not being breastfed or receiving breast milk, the only suitable alternative is a commercial infant formula. All commercial infant formulas in New Zealand have to meet strict food safety standards. This helps make sure that they are safe for your baby to drink, and meet your baby’s nutritional requirements.

Where to get advice

If you have questions about feeding your baby, talk to your doctor, midwife, Well Child/Tamariki Ora nurse, lactation consultant, or dietitian.

For free information and advice 24 hours a day, ring Plunketline on 0800 93 39 22 or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

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