Donations of Infant Formula for Australian Floods and Bushfire Victims

The floods and bushfires in Australia have created a critical situation and extremely difficult circumstances for those families affected. It is important that proper nutrition is maintained for all infants and the Infant Nutrition Council and its members are pleased that they are able to respond to requests for donations of infant and/or follow-on formula.

The federal Department of Health and Ageing and the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula (APMAIF) have endorsed company donations of infant and follow on formula when these donations are requested by health care professionals.

The Infant Nutrition Council appreciates and fully supports the fact that everyone will be doing their utmost to assist breastfeeding mothers during this time as breast milk provides the best nutrition for infants. We stress that donations of infant formula will be provided through health care professionals for those babies who are not currently being breastfed and who rely on infant formula. For those breastfeeding mothers who need assistance, information and advice can be obtained from the Australian Breastfeeding Association on 1800 686 268.

It is very important that carers using infant formula are advised about ensuring that the water used in the formula preparation is safe. A copy of the Infant Nutrition Council Guideline for the Safe Preparation, Storage and Handling of Powdered Infant Formula is available on this website.

Health Care Professionals working with relief agencies who need supplies of infant or follow-on formula should contact the Infant Nutrition Council at info@infantnutritioncouncil.com or by telephone on 02 6273 8164. Your request will be processed as quickly as possible.

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Release date: 8 January 2013

Breastfeeding provides babies with the best nutrition and is preferred whenever possible. Professional advice should be followed before using an infant formula. Introducing partial bottle feeding could negatively affect breast feeding. Good maternal nutrition is ideal for breast feeding and reversing a decision not to breast feed may be difficult. Infant formula should be used as directed. Proper use of an infant formula is important to the health of the infant. Social and financial implications should be considered when selecting a method of feeding.