One of Australia’s leading medical experts is urging parents not to buy follow on formulas.
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One of Australia’s leading medical experts has declared follow on infant formulas ‘a waste of money’ and is urging parents not to buy the products.
The President of the Queensland Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia, Dr Paul Gardiner, is concerned about the rising prices of follow-on formulas after a widespread product shortage due to increased overseas demands.
Follow-on formulas are formulas suitable for six to 12 month old babies. They are also often labelled ‘stage two’ or ‘step two’ formulas.
Dr Gardiner blames the marketing of formulas, claiming “advertisements play on parental guilt (and emotions), making it difficult for parents to seemingly deny their children these products.”
He says “parents need support from their health professionals and reassurance to follow recommended advice,” citing evidence-based in line with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) infant feeding guidelines which proves many of the pricey products are not needed.
Stage one infant formula can be used up until the age of 12 months of age. After 12 months, it’s recommended children can drink full cream cow’s milk and continue to breastfeed for a healthy diet.
‘The NHMRC states “special complementary foods or milks for toddlers are not required”,’ Dr Gardiner explained.
In 1986 the World Health Organisation said follow-on milks were ‘not necessary’ and has repeatedly reissued the message since.
I personally think it is great if you have a fussy child that won’t eat anything, so you have that ease of mind that they are getting some nutrients. But in general it is really not required.
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