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Expanded NESTLÉ® GOOD START® Formula Education

When it comes to feeding your baby, breast milk is the ideal choice. But, if you choose to supplement or discontinue breastfeeding altogether, you can feel good giving your baby NESTLÉ GOOD START infant formula. Since developing the first complete infant formula over 145 years ago, Nestlé has continued to develop unique ingredients and processes. NESTLÉ GOOD START is made with 100% whey protein, and uses a unique process to partially break down the whey protein into smaller pieces. So NESTLÉ GOOD START has small proteins for small tummies. It's our goal to give your baby our very best infant formula, important for your baby's health.

While all infant formulas in Canada meet strict nutritional standards, not all formulas are the same. When choosing an infant formula for your little one, make sure you read the label first. To make things easier, we’ve created this Expanded NESTLÉ GOOD START Education Page to help you to understand the benefits of each ingredient, what it is and what it does, to help you make the best choice for you and your baby. This will help you to choose the right infant formula based on your baby’s nutritional needs and age.

The first formula choice may make a difference. Learn more about the GOOD START difference here.

NESTLÉ GOOD START Infant Formula Ingredients

Whey protein

Whey protein is one of two main protein sources found in cow’s milk; the other protein source is casein protein. NESTLÉ GOOD START cow’s milk based formulas were the first infant formulas to be made with 100% whey protein that is partially broken down.

NESTLÉ GOOD START has small proteins for small tummies with proteins that are, on average, 10x smaller than routine intact cow’s milk formula.

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Probiotic B. lactis (Bifidobacterium lactis)

Breast milk contains Bifidobacterium1,2,3. They are the most prevalent type of naturally occurring cultures found in the digestive system of breastfed babies4.

NESTLÉ GOOD START Probiotic‡ is our closest formula to breast milk. Probiotics are part of what gives breast milk its naturally protective qualities. That’s why we added Probiotic B. lactis to NESTLÉ GOOD START. It’s the first formula to contain it, because we believe babies deserve it.

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GOS (Galactooligosaccharide)

Oligosaccharides are found naturally in breast milk. GOS▵, a gentle fibre, is a form of oligosaccharide that we are now adding to NESTLÉ GOOD START with Omega 3 & 6***. NESTLÉ GOOD START is the only infant formula with GOS and 100% whey proteins that are partially broken down, a combination that is easy on baby’s tummy*.

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Soy protein

Soy, from the soybean plant, is another protein option for infant formula. Soy-based infant formulas are generally recommended only for babies avoiding cow’s milk based infant formula for cultural or religious reasons. 

Who should choose a soy-based protein infant formula?

Always make sure you discuss your decision to introduce a soy-based infant formula with a healthcare professional first. Healthcare experts recommend the following as potential candidates for soy-based protein infant formulas:


  • Cannot consume dairy for cultural or religious reasons
  • Galactosemia 


  • Family history of allergy
  • Cow's milk protein allergy or sensitivity

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Partially hydrolyzed (sometimes referred to as “broken down”)

NESTLÉ GOOD START made with 100% whey protein, partially broken down, may help to reduce the possibility of developing an allergic reaction due to whole cow’s milk proteinsᵝ. Our unique process offers the first and only routine infant formula to have on average, 10X smaller proteins for small tummies.

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Omega-3 & omega-6

These fatty acids are two of many important nutrients naturally found in breast milk, and include DHA and ARA.  DHA (omega 3) can be found in salmon, fatty fish oils, and enriched eggs. ARA (omega 6) is found in meat, poultry, fish and eggs. DHA and ARA (omega 3 & 6) contribute to your baby’s normal physical brain and eye development. Look for NESTLÉ GOOD START products that contain DHA and ARA (omega 3 & 6), nutrients found naturally in breast milk5.

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Calcium helps your baby build strong, healthy bones and teeth. When babies reach around 6 months of age, their calcium needs increase. To keep up with their expanding diet, consider a second stage infant formula such as NESTLÉ GOOD START 2 Probiotic, NESTLÉ FOLLOW-UP® or NESTLÉ GOOD START 2 ALSOY® enriched with calcium and specifically designed for older babies.

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Iron is a factor in your baby’s healthy red blood cell formation and important for the prevention of iron deficiency. Healthcare experts recommend choosing an iron-fortified infant formula6. All NESTLÉ GOOD START Stage 1 infant formulas are iron-fortified.

When healthy term babies are born, they have plenty of iron stored in their little bodies (courtesy of mom). After 6 months of age, however, this iron begins to deplete so he needs extra iron in his diet.  NESTLÉ GOOD START Stage 2 infant formulas are enriched with iron to complement the expanding diet of older, growing babies.

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Nucleotides are some of the many important nutrients found in breast milk. Nucleotides are part of the building blocks of every cell in your baby’s growing body - helping in normal growth and development. NESTLÉ GOOD START Stage 1 infant formulas*** contain nucleotides within levels recommended by healthcare experts7.

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* All infant formulas are designed to be easy to digest.
B. lactis is a member of the Bifidobacterium family. B. lactis contributes to healthy digestive tract flora. There are 130 million B. lactis in each 100 ml (3 fl. oz.) bottle.
Galactooligosaccharides. Contains 3.4 grams of GOS per litre.
*** Excluding Good Start Alsoy formulas.
Unlike other routine formulas for healthy, full term babies, NESTLÉ GOOD START with 100% whey that has been partially hydrolyzed does not contain whole milk protein and therefore may reduce the possibility of an allergic reaction due to these proteins. Not to be used for the treatment of cow’s milk protein allergy. All sources of whole milk proteins should be avoided.


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2 Martin R et al. Appl Environ Microbiol 2009;75:965-9
3 Gronlund MM et al. Clin Exp Allergy 2007;37:1764-72
4 Yoshioka H et al. Pediatrics 1983;72:317-21.
5 FAO/WHO Joint Expert Consultation. Report of a joint expert consultation: FAO Food and Nutrition Paper No. 57,Rome, 1994. 49-55.
6 Canadian Paediatric Society. Iron needs for babies and infants. 2012.
7 Koletzko, B et al.. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2005; 41:584-99.