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Types of Formula Milk Infant formula milks can be divided into 4 main groups and are available in liquid or powdered forms depending on the manufacturer. 1. Whey Based Formula Whey based formula is modified cows milk with a protein and chemical composition closely resembling breast milk. It is usually recommended as the first choice formula and can be used throughout the first year until cow's milk is introduced as a main drink. Examples include:
2. Casein Dominant Formula These are less highly modified milks and can be used from the age of 3 months. There is no scientific rationale to change from whey to casein dominant formula. Examples include:
3. Follow on formulas These milks can be used from 6 months of age as part of a weaning diet. They have a higher iron content, which is useful for babies at risk of iron deficient anaemia e.g. those who are slow to accept a weaning diet. These milks are not available on welfare foods scheme. Examples include:
4. Special formulas Special formulas should be used under a health professional's supervision.
There are tailor made formula preparations for babies born prematurely and
for infants who were small for gestational age ( lowbirthweight). These formulas
are designed to encourage rapid growth.



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