12 Best Formula Milk for Baby 0-6 months in Malaysia for 2021: Price and Reviews

If you are looking for the best formula milk for your baby who is from 0 to 6 months old, you are in the right place. Breastmilk is nature's perfect baby food. But if you can’t breastfeed, or if you’ve chosen not to, formula milk is the next best thing. Scientists and medical experts have spent years developing high-quality formula milks that will provide your baby with the nutrition he/she needs.

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When you’re deciding which formula is right for your baby, you will need to take several factors into consideration. Think about her health and dietary needs, her age, and the cost and preparation time of different formula milks. It's best to choose milk formula as your doctor recommends, as per baby's requirements.

That said, it's also important to educate yourself in order to have a better discussion with your doctor. Our guide to formula milks will help you to choose the right type for your baby.

Check out this comprehensive guide on baby milk powders, before you decide on which formula is right for your baby and to help you make sense of the many options out there in Malaysia.

As a summary, there are three different types of formula:
  • cow’s milk-based formula
  • hydrolysed protein formula
  • soya-based formula
It’s most likely your baby can have cow’s milk-based formula, unless there’s a health or dietary reason why she can’t.

You might also come across the terms 'step 1, 2 and 3' for baby milk powders: 
  • Step 1: Sometimes labelled simply as “infant milk powder”, this is suitable for babies from birth to 6 months in general. Some 'step 1' formula brands may label their step 1 formulas as suitable from birth to 12 months.
  • Step 2: Also known as “follow on milk powder”, Stage 2 is for babies from 6 months old and up.
  • Step 3: Contains more nutrients and calories, for toddlers 1 year old and up.
In Malaysia, Lazada offers guarantee on milk formula products. If you have bought a milk formula powder with the guarantee badge (below) but you think that the product is not authentic or has less than 7 months away from expiry (short expiry product), you are entitled to a 300% reimbursement (3 times your money back).



Price Comparison of Baby Milk Powders in Malaysia 2021

The sheer number and variety of baby milk powder options by itself is already overwhelming, let alone the prices. Fear not, we’ll cover the average price of most major milk powder brands in Malaysia so you can be less cluttered when it comes to decision making. 

Most of the baby milk powder brands come in various sizes i.e. 400 g, 600 g, 900 g and 1.8 kg. Therefore, we will show you the average cost on a per 100 gram basis in order to make the comparison easier. For example, if you are buying a 600 g size, you will need to multiply by 6 the price per 100 g in order to get the estimate price. 

For this article, we will cover only milk powder for Stage 1. The prices were taken from Lazada and Shopee which have some of the best deals for baby milk powders. 

Here's the list:

1. Similac Step 1 (200 g) x 12 boxes > Shopee (RM 278.00)

2. Anmum Infacare Step 1 650g: RM 10.31 per 100 g >  Lazada

3. Similac Step 1 (1.2 kg): RM 11.25 per 100 g > Lazada

4. Similac Step 1 (900 g): RM 11.50 per 100 g > Shopee (RM 103.50)

5. Enfalac A+ Step 1 (2.4 kg): RM 11.71 per 100 g > Lazada (RM 281)

6. Enfalac A+ Step 1 (1.8 kg): RM 12.18 per 100 g > Lazada (RM 217.90)

7. Nestle NAN HA Step 1 BL (800g): RM 12.62 per 100 g > Lazada 

8. Bellamy's Organic: Step 1 (Non-GMO) (900 g): RM 12.86 per 100 g > Lazada

9. Enfalac A+ Step 1 (600 g): RM 13.20 per 100 g > Shopee (RM 79)

Editor's Reminder: Please do not decide based on price alone. Think about your baby's health and dietary needs, her age, and the cost and preparation time of different formula milks. It's best to choose milk formula as recommended by your doctor in Malaysia. Every baby is different and unique. If you have already bought them or some of them may have been bought by your friends and relatives, please consult your doctor before giving it to your baby.

Note: The price may vary from time to time.

Best Formula Milk for Baby 0-6 months in Malaysia 2020 / 2021

There are just too many different brands for baby or infant milk formulas in Malaysia. We have trawled through the reviews, Google search results and milk powder comparison information available on blogs and forums, and shortlisted the best for you. Here are the best baby milk powders you can buy online in Malaysia today.

Many of the products do go out of stock fast on Lazada and Shopee. This list needs to be updated from time to time.

Enfalac | Enfamil Malaysia

Enfalac is one of the most popular brands for infant formula milk in Malaysia. Mead Johnson's Enfamil is the new name for Enfalac but in Malaysia, they are still using the name Enfalac. 

Enfalac, Enfagrow, Enfamil and Sustagen are all brands by Mead Johnson. According to a blog, the difference is Malaysia Enfalac is milk from Netherlands, packed in Thailand but Singapore one is directly manufactured and imported from Netherlands.

Aside from DHA and ARA, the Enfamil range also includes Vitamins C and E, choline, which promotes mental function and prebiotics to help good Bifidus bacteria grow.

The Enfalac / Enfamil brand has more than 2,000 ratings and is one of the top 5 best sellers in the baby and toddler formula category of Amazon Best Sellers. This milk powder is sold by Enfagrow which is the official distributor of Enfalac in Malaysia. As such, this milk powder is protected under Lazada’s guarantee of 100% authenticity. 

Enfalac A+ Step 1 - 600g

1. Enfalac A+ Step 1 (600 g) > Shopee (RM 79)

2. Enfalac A+ Step 1 (1.8 kg) > Lazada (RM 217.90)

3. Enfalac A+ Step 1 (2.4 kg) > Lazada (RM 281)

Enfalac A Review Malaysia: In Malaysia, the Enfalac brand has more than 900 ratings and reviews (4.9/5) on Lazada Malaysia, there is no doubt that the Enfalac A+ Step 1 is an excellent brand choice for your baby. 

Where to buy Enfalac A+ in Malaysia? You can buy Enfalac A+ in most supermarkets such as Giant or Tesco in Malaysia. Alternatively, you may also purchase the Enfalac A+ online, through marketplaces like Lazada and Shopee Malaysia. The price of these Enfalac products depend on the size, for instance, a 2.4 kg formula would have a higher price than the 1.8 kg or 600 g packaging. 

Do take note that there's a difference between the regular "Enfalac" and "Enfalac A+". Enfalac A+ and Enfalac are both cow’s milk based, iron-fortified infant formulas for feeding babies from birth to 12 months of age. Your baby's brain more than doubles in size the first year of life. That's why it's an important time to give him DHA, a type of Omega-3 fat and a building block of an infant's rapidly growing brain. Enfalac A+ contains a clinically proven level of DHA. 

Enfalac A+ is their closest formula to breast milk, contains a clinically proven level of DHA and a blend of 2 dietary fibres, GOS and polydextrose, shown to soften stools.

In contrast, the regular Enfalac does not contain DHA, GOS and polydextrose.


Abbott Similac

The Similac brand has more than 3,000 ratings and is one of the top 5 best sellers in the baby and toddler formula category of Amazon Best Sellers. Certified halal by JAKIM and is a popular brand in private hospitals.

Similac 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder is one of the more affordable brands and has all the necessary nutrients and more. However, the DHA content is less than in other brands.

Similac Gold is now with 2’-FL to enable your child to not only grow stronger but also build a good body defense system. With a stronger body defense, your child is able to learn fearlessly and faster with Eye-Q system which contains Unique Vegetable Oil Blend – For better DHA absorption, Lutein and Natural Vitamin E – To protect DHA from oxidation and a combination of nutrients - which enable more brain cell connections.

4. Similac Step 1 (900 g): Check Price on Shopee

5. Similac Step 1 (1.2 kg): RM 11.25 per 100 g > Check Price on Lazada


Bellamy's Organic: Step 1 Infant Formula (Non-GMO)

Bellamy’s Organic Infant formula is a Stage 1 to 2 (Step 1 to 2) milk formula which is suitable for newborn babies and up to 1-year-olds. As this formulation is specially developed for baby’s delicate tummy, it is easily digested and absorbed thereby reducing the occurrences of acid reflux. Made from NASAA certified organic cow’s milk and produce in accordance with stringent Australian Food guidelines and standards, you can be assured of its quality and nutritional value.

Bellamy's Organic Step 1 Equifina Infant Formula

6. Bellamy's Organic: Step 1 Infant Formula (Non-GMO) > Check Price on Lazada


Nestle NAN HA (Hypo-Allergenic)


If either parent is prone to allergies or has eczema, a smart decision would be to start out with a baby formula which is less likely to trigger possible allergic reactions or complications in your child. 

Nestle's NAN HA is a premium Swiss-made cow's milk formula that's designed to be nutritious for your baby. Suitable for little ones aged 0-12 months, this formula should provide them with nutrients vital for their growth and development. This formula is also a good choice for babies who are particularly sensitive or prone to allergies, as it is hypoallergenic and easy for babies to digest. 

7. NAN HA Step 1 BL (800g) > Check Price on Lazada 

The NAN HA brand has more than 500 ratings and reviews (4.9/5) on Lazada Malaysia.

Other than the HA (hypoallergenic formula milk malaysia) version, Nestle also has the NAN Pro Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder that contains probiotics for your baby’s gut health. However, based on the ratings on Lazada Malaysia, the NAN HA seems to be a more popular version among mothers.

8. Nestle NAN Pro Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder > Check Price on Lazada


Wyeth S-26 SMA Infant Formula Step 1 Milk Powder
In 2012 Wyeth Nutrition was acquired by NestlĂ© SA from Pfizer and operates as part of NestlĂ© Nutrition. The S26 SMA Step 1 has more than 1,000 ratings and reviews (4.9/5) on Lazada Malaysia.

9. S-26 SMA 1.2kg (Step 1) > Check Price on Lazada


Anmum Infacare Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder

 

You get what you pay for and Anmum Infacare Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder does have all the essential nutrients in good proportions. But in lower amounts than other brands.

With more than 1,400 ratings on Lazada Malaysia and a 4.9/5 star rating, there is no doubt that this is a popular brand among mothers in Malaysia.

10. Anmum Infacare Step 1 650g >  Check Price on Lazada


Isomil - Best Lactose-free Baby Formula


Isomil is a soy based formula formulated for infants with Cow's Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). If your little one is allergic to lactose, soy-based formula is your next best option. However, it's advisable to seek your paediatrician's advice first as babies are rarely born lactose-intolerant.

That said, the product has more than 500 reviews and a 4.9/5 star rating on Lazada Malaysia. 

Really worth to buy. Cheaper than the physical store and supermarket. I bought more than 5 times from this store. fast delivery and good in condition. Thanks to seller and despatch!

11. Isomil 850g (0 to 12 Months) > Check Price on Lazada

12. Isomil Plus for 1 to 10 year old (850g x 2) > Check Price on Lazada


Can I switch formula brands and if so, how do I ease the transition?

If you've been given free samples or have discount coupons for a brand of formula that's different from the one you've been feeding your baby, it's tempting to switch. In most cases, it's fine to change formulas provided you stick with the same type. For instance, the ingredients in all cows' milk-based, iron-fortified infant formulas (recommend for most babies) are essentially the same. The taste may vary slightly and your baby may balk when you switch, but you won't harm her by changing brands. 

Likewise, if your baby is on a pediatrician-recommended soy-based, iron-fortified formula, switching to a different brand of soy-based, iron-fortified formula won't harm her. But if your baby is on a special type of formula, such as a hydrolysate formula, or you're considering switching formula types, check with your pediatrician first.

You may be worried that switching formulas will upset your baby's stomach, but that's unlikely. All babies have gas – a lot of gas – so gas alone doesn't mean your baby is unable to tolerate whatever kind of formula you're giving her. Nor is it a sign of trouble if your baby's bowel habits change in other ways, such as frequency or color. If her stool suddenly becomes very firm, she may be constipated, in which case you should tell your pediatrician (Don't assume the constipation is due to iron-fortified formula and switch to a low-iron formula. Studies show that iron doesn't cause constipation or any other digestive upsets.) If there's blood in your baby's stool or she's vomiting and there's blood in the vomit, call your baby's doctor as soon as possible. These are signs of a true formula intolerance.

According to a baby specialist, switching from cows' milk-based formula to a soy-based formula without consulting with your pediatrician first, is not recommended. If you have a conversation with your child's doctor about the pros and cons of cows' milk formula versus soy, you'll then be able to make an informed decision together. Some parents worry that excessive gas or other bowel oddities indicate an allergy to cows' milk, but true cows' milk allergies are extremely rare. Incidentally, many children who are allergic to cows' milk-based formulas are also allergic to soy-based formulas, so they're not a cure-all.


What's the Difference Between Step 1 and Step 2 Milk Formula?

Stage 1 formulas are whey dominant just like breast milk which has a whey to casein ratio of about 60:40. This formula is suitable for babies up to one year old, and is easy to digest. Stage 2 formulas are similar to Stage 1 formulas but with a higher casein i.e. whey to casein ratio of 20:80. Casein and whey protein are both derived from milk. They differ in digestion times — casein digests slowly while whey digests quickly.


Conclusion

Breastmilk is still nature's perfect baby food. But if you can’t breastfeed, or if you’ve chosen not to, formula milk is the next best thing. Scientists and medical experts have spent years developing high-quality formula milks that will provide your baby with the nutrition he/she needs.

It's an important decision that's not easy to decide. When you’re deciding which formula is right for your baby, you will need to take several factors into consideration. Think about her health and dietary needs, her age, the ingredients and the cost and preparation time of different formula milks. It's best to choose milk formula as your doctor recommends, as per baby's requirements. However, it's also important to do your own research in order to better equip yourself with making the right informed decision.

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