Moving on from first formula?

Here are some common questions about “follow on”, toddler and cows’ milk.


My baby is 6 months old.  Does he need follow-on formula?

No, this is not needed.  In fact the World Health Organisation states these milks are not needed, and recommends first formula milk for the whole year.  Follow on milks are expensive and heavily advertised, but have no nutritional advantage.

The most important thing to remember is that past 6 months your baby needs a good variety of foods to complement their formula.  And when your baby is taking less than 500 ml of formula each day, you should give vitamin drops – you can get these using Healthy Start vouchers or with minimal cost at your pharmacy.


When can I use cows’ milk as a drink?

After 1 year of age it is recommended to drink about 400 ml of cows’ milk or formula.  Cows’ milk can be used before 1-year-old if it is in cooked food.


Are toddler milks and growing up milks better than cows’ milk?

No.  They contain more sugar than animal milk, and less nutrients such as vitamin B2, calcium and iodide.  Offering these sweetened drinks to young children increases the risks for tooth decay and weight issues later on.