Baby formula

manufactured food designed and marketed for feeding of infants
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Baby formula, infant formula or just formula (American English) or baby milk, infant milk, false milk, or first milk (British English), is a manufactured food designed for feeding to babies and infants under 12 months of age. It is usually prepared for bottle-feeding or cup-feeding from powder (mixed with water) or liquid (with or without water).

An infant being fed from a baby bottle

The U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) calls infant formula as a good substitution of breast milk.[1]

Ideas about safety: There have been some cases where the use of powdered infant formula (or PIF) has been associated with illness or death, because of infection with Cronobacter sakazakii and other microorganisms that can get into that infant formula, when it gets made. Between 1958 and 2006, there were several dozen reported cases of C. sakazakii infection worldwide. The WHO believes that such infections are under-reported.[2]


  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What is an infant formula.
  2. World Health Organization. Guidelines for the safe preparation, storage and handling of powdered infant formula. Geneva, 2007.