Infant formula ingredients
Babies are the most vulnerable population and they deserve the very best. Their diet plays a huge role in ensuring a healthy start to life, not only to support growth and development, but also to ensure optimal health outcomes later in life. Human milk is specifically suited to infants, both in its nutritional composition and in the bioactive factors that promote growth and healthy development. Arla Foods Ingredients supports WHO’s recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. However, not all mothers can, or have the opportunity to breastfeed, making it important to give them the best alternative. The selection of an infant formula is, therefore, one of the most important decisions a parent or guardian will make on the child’s behalf.
We are committed to bringing infant formulas closer to providing the best alternative to human breast milk by identifying, developing and documenting the benefits of bovine milk ingredients that can narrow this gap. Understanding and identifying essential components from human and bovine milk is important to develop the best nutritional strategy for formula-fed infants.
Our primary focus areas when it comes to ingredients for infant and baby formula
- Cognitive development and performance
- Gastrointestinal health
- Allergy management and prevention
- Healthy development with low-protein formulations
At Arla Foods Ingredients, we have developed a range of scientifically documented ingredients that closely mirror key functionalities of human milk. When used in infant formula, these ingredients contribute to the healthy growth and development of formula-fed infants and babies.
Ongoing product development
Our driving force is our commitment to meet the needs of infants by creating the best ingredients for infant and baby formula. We continuously strive to improve our ingredient portfolio by investing in research and development of new fractions of milk proteins. We have also been the first to market with a number of milk-based innovative ingredients. For example we offer an MFGM ingredient with clinically proven cognitive effects, and we hold the patent for osteopontin, both important components of breast milk.
Arla Foods Ingredients supports the WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two or beyond in combination with nutritionally appropriate complementary foods.