Page 17: Highly technical formulations
Unlike generic milk for adults, infant milk formulations are present in different ranges and specialties. Designed for every age and need, they must be closely adapted to the physiology of each child.
A milk for each age
The range of infant formula milks are available in :
- Milk 1st age (0-6 months)
- Follow-on milk (6 to 12 months)
- Milk of growth (from 1 to 3 years).
Specific milks for physiological disorders
Depending on the needs of the child, there are anti regurgitation milks, anti diarrheal milks, milks suitable for all types of allergies, etc.
A complex composition
A high end technology is required to develop an infant formula milk from a given nutritional profile. The formulas are much more complex than in conventional milk. They cover about thirty different ingredients (sugars, fats, minerals, vitamins ...), which makes the choice of the right ingredients, meaning the right suppliers, a vital point.
Microbiological standards applied to infant formula milk are more stringent than for common dairy products : they require an almost sterile product.
Nutritional standards (link to page 19) for infant formula milk, which are already high compared to other foods, will become even more stringent in the future.