oa South African Family Practice - Infant formulas explained : review article

Volume 53, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Breast milk remains the best source of nourishment for infants, and as such all mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed. However, in exceptional circumstances breastfeeding may not be possible, and under such circumstances parents may seek a suitable alternative. Infant formula is the only product recognised by the Codex Alimentarius Commission of the United Nations as a suitable breast-milk substitute. Worldwide various infant formulas are available and deciding on a suitable formulation may seem daunting. Understanding the basics behind the composition of formulas may facilitate this decision-making process when selecting an appropriate infant formula.

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