What should I look out for in a follow-on formula?
When in doubt, choose a brand with lower protein content, says German paediatrics expert Berthold Koletzko.
The reason: Studies have found that babies who consume too much protein in their first year tend to be overweight by the time they start school. Obesity is linked to increased risks for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
Dr Koletzko was in Singapore recently to share his findings about early nutrition with doctors and the media, in an event organised by the Nestle Nutrition Institute.
But, of course, breast milk is still the best. Kids who were nursed for at least six months reduced their obesity risk by 20 per cent, he adds.
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