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Home modified animal milk for replacement feeding: is it feasible and safe?

Author: WHO
Year: 2006
Resource type: Article

www.who.int/child_adolescent_health/documents/a91064/en/

This document reviews the experience with the use of home-modified animal milk and possible ways to improve its nutritional composition. It indicates that home-modified animal milk should no longer be recommended for replacement feeding for infants aged less than 6 months, except as a short-term stop gap measure in situations where a suitable breast-milk substitute is not available.

For discussion on modified animal milks also see in this library: BMS EXTRA TIME FOR PREP: Recommended replacement milks for infants of HIV-infected mothers appropiate in the South African context? PAPER Papathakis P & Rollins N  Bull of WHO, 2004, 82(3): 164-169, which concluded:

No home-prepared replacement milks in South Africa meet all estimated micronutrient and essential fatty acid requirements of infants aged <6 months. Commercial infant formula is the only replacement milk that meets all nutritional needs.Revisions of WHO/UNAIDS/UNICEF HIV and infant feeding course replacement milk options are needed. If replacement milks are to provide total nutrition, preparations should include vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, as a source of linoleic and additional vitamins and minerals.

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WHO (2006). Home modified animal milk for replacement feeding: is it feasible and safe?. www.ennonline.net/homemodifiedanimalmilk