Our office has participated in research for a 30 cal infant formula that is heading to the market in 2021. Nutricia is calling the formula Fortini. Link to website: Fortini (I have no financial ties/interest to this product or company).
I think having a commercial high calorie infant formula is advantageous and overcomes some of the limitations of concentrating infant formulas. Advantages:
- This formula will eliminate problems with incorrect mixing and contamination. Despite careful oral and written instructions, many parents incorrectly prepare high calorie formulas
- This formula, compared with concentrating a standard formula, is likely to have improved tolerability (less hyperosmolar) and better nutrient balance (eg. proper protein content)
The main potential disadvantage is going to be cost. I do not know the cost of the new formula but would be surprised if it is not significantly higher than concentrating a standard formula. At the same time, if the formula is able to improve tolerance and improve poor growth, there could be ‘downstream’ savings with less medical intervention/hospitalizations.
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