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In light of the recent concerns regarding the availability of infant formula, the National Nutrition Centre advises parents and guardians of children 0-12 months of age (infants), to prioritise breastfeeding.

Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition from 0-six months of age and an important source of nutrition, following the introduction of complementary foods at six months until 12 months of age.

In cases where mothers are unable to breast feed or breastfeeding is discouraged for medical reasons, an age-appropriate infant formula is the only recommended alternative to breast milk.

Persons who are unable to find their preferred brand on the local market should select an alternative, which is similar to the previous formula used. Parents or guardians who are unsure of appropriate alternatives, should contact the child’s healthcare provider.

It is important to note that information received thus far indicates that there is no shortage of infant formula on island. Consumers may experience limitations in obtaining specific brands but the general supply on island is adequate based on usual trends.

Parents and guardians are discouraged from hoarding and stocking up on large quantities of formula as this could deplete available sources, especially for vulnerable groups.

It is emphasised that infants who are not being breastfed should receive an age-appropriate infant formula mixed as directed on the container. This is the only recommended alternative to breast milk.

Parents and guardians should NOT replace breastmilk or infant formula with cow/goat’s milk; soy, rice or oat milk; rice or barley water; baby cereals; porridge or cooling teas. This practice can lead to malnutrition and other nutrition-related problems.

National Nutrition Centre

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