The Early Limited Formula Study

Investigator: Valerie Flaherman, MD
Sponsor: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

Location(s): United States


Recent public health efforts focus on reducing formula use for breastfed infants during the birth hospitalization. No previous randomized trials report the effects of brief early formula use. The objective of the study was to determine if small formula volumes before the onset of mature milk production might reduce formula use at 1 week and improve breastfeeding at 3 months for newborns at risk for breastfeeding problems.