So Many Choices: Understanding the Changing US Infant Formula Landscape

Jessica L. Kalia, DO, FAAP, IBCLC
Founder/CEO of Preemie Pediatrics and Newborn Care, PLLC

Jessica Kalia is a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist. She focuses on follow-up care of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates, especially their growth and neurodevelopment, as they make the transition from NICU to home.

Americans have many more infant formula options than ever before. Formulas must be safe, economical, easy to use, and provide optimal nutrition for their baby. All medical providers caring for infants should be aware of the nutritional differences in formula products. Providers should counter the misinformation that parents find on social media and be a trusted resource for families. As healthcare providers, you can help parents navigate the supermarket formula aisles and online options to make the best choices for their infants.

The attached article discusses the current landscape of increased formula options in the US marketplace, describes current US regulations and guidance for infant formulas, and lists differences in nutrients and marketing terminology between US, US-manufactured “European style” and imported European formulas.

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