Early Life Nutrition

Ingredient Index

All the key facts about our early life nutrition ingredients, in an easy-to-navigate index. Choose any category to get started.

HMOs

Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are non-digestible carbohydrates found in human milk. Some HMOs can be produced via fermentation technology using lactose as a substrate. Enhancing infant milk formula with HMOs* can support gut health, immune health and cognitive function in early life (Bode & Jantscher-Krenn, 2012; Bode et al, 2012; Bode, 2012)

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Aequival®2′-FL

  • Most abundant HMO in human milk

  • Stimulates growth of Bifidobacteria 

  • May reduce infection risk

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Aequival®LNT

  • Neutral non-fucosylated HMO

  • Stimulates growth of Bifidobacteria 

  • Reduced infectivity in vitro

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Aequival® 3'-SL

  • Acidic HMO containing sialic acid 

  • Sialic acid supports brain development

  • Antipathogenic effects in vitro

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GOS

Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) are a complex blend of non-digestible oligosaccharides derived from the enzymatic conversion of lactose. A large body of scientific evidence supports the influence of GOS on the composition of the infant gut microbiota when added to infant milk formula (Ben et al, 2008; Fanaro et al, 2009; Giovannini et al, 2014; Sierra et al, 2014). This helps explain why GOS is the most widely applied oligosaccharide in infant milk formula globally.

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Vivinal® GOS Syrup

  • Supports microbiota development

  • Improves stool consistency

  • Enhances mineral absorption

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Vivinal® GOS Powder

  • Infant food dry-blend grade

  • High purity, low in glucose

  • Facilitates recipe differentiation

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Vivinal® GOS Syrup Organic

  • Supports microbiota development

  • Certified organic in key markets

  • Suitable for organic infant milk formula

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Vivinal® GOS Easy Drying Syrup

  • Better drying properties, less drying capacity

  • Low in glucose

  • Easier to apply in challenging drying conditions

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MFGM

Milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) is a tri-layered membrane surrounding fat particles in milk, which contains bioactive proteins and lipids. MFGM offers potential immune and cognitive health benefits for infants (F. Li et al, 2019; X. Li et al, 2019; Timby et al, 2014, 2015, 2017)

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Vivinal® MFGM

  • Dry blend powder

  • Mild processing preserves bioactives

  • Supports brain and immune health

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Lactoferrin

A natural, iron-binding milk glycoprotein found in both human milk and cow’s milk. Lactoferrin has been shown to support the immune system during early life (Drago-Serrano et al., 2017; Kell et al., 2020).

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Vivinal® Lactoferrin

  • Supports viral and bacterial immune response

  • Can reduce risk of infections

  • Shows immunomodulatory effects

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Hydrolysates

Hydrolysates are proteins that are broken down into smaller peptide fragments or amino acids, making them more suitable for infants suffering from cow’s milk allergy or digestive discomfort.

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Hyvital® Whey EtD 100

  • Mildly hydrolysed whey protein

  • Designed for digestive comfort positionings 

  • May facilitate easier digestion

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Hyvital® Whey EtD 100 Organic

  • Mildly hydrolysed whey protein

  • Organic-certified

  • Neutral odour and taste

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Hyvital® Whey EtD 120

  • Mildly hydrolysed whey protein

  • Designed for digestive comfort positionings 

  • Low in bitterness

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Hyvital® Whey HA300

  • Partially hydrolysed whey hydrolysate

  • Designed for use in HA formulas (non-EU)

  • Low in bitterness

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Hyvital® Whey CMA 500

  • Extensively hydrolysed whey hydrolysate

  • Designed for infants with CMA

  • High heat stability, low in lactose

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Hyvital® Casein HA 300

  • Partially hydrolysed casein hydrolysate

  • Designed for use in HA formulas (non-EU)

  • Low in bitterness

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Hyvital® Casein CMA 500

  • Extensively hydrolysed casein hydrolysate

  • Designed for infants with CMA

  • High heat stability, low in lactose

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Micro-encapsulated LCPUFAs

Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) like DHA and ARA are well-known for their positive effect on brain and visual development (Koletzko et al, 2014; Koletzko et al, 2020) as well as supporting role in immune function in early life (Radzikowska et al, 2019; Richard et al, 2016). At FrieslandCampina Ingredients we offer LCPUFAs in a microencapsulated form. Microencapsulation technology prevents oxidation and subsequent loss of nutritional and sensorial quality.

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Vana®-Sana DHA 7N

  • Supports brain and visual development

  • Preserved nutritional and sensory properties

  • Increases shelf-life of final formula

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Vana®-Sana DHA 8A IF protein-free

  • Supports brain and visual development

  • Free of added proteins

  • Preserved nutritional and sensory properties

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Vana® Sana DHASCO 8 IF protein-free

  • Supports brain and visual development

  • Free of added proteins

  • Increases shelf-life of final formula

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Vana®-Sana Algae DHA 11 IF

  • Supports brain and visual development

  • Preserved nutritional and sensory properties

  • Increases shelf-life of final formula

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Vana®-Sana DHA 11N

  • Supports brain and visual development

  • Preserved nutritional and sensory properties

  • Increases shelf-life of final formula

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Vana®-Sana ARA 8 IF Protein-Free

  • Supports brain development

  • Free of added proteins

  • Preserved nutritional and sensory properties

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Vana®-Sana ARA 11N

  • Supports brain development

  • Preserved nutritional and sensory properties

  • Increases shelf-life of final formula

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Vana®-Sana ARA 20 IF

  • Supports brain development

  • Preserved nutritional and sensory properties

  • Increases shelf-life of final formula

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Nutritional lipids 

Fat is an important component of human milk, delivering approx. 50-60% of an infant’s energy needs. Dairy lipids, such as milk fat, ensure an optimal fat composition and structure in an infant milk formula as well as help to avoid potential gut discomfort (Hageman et al, 2019;Quinlan et al, 1995)

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Vivinal® Milk Fat

  • 100% dairy source

  • Diverse and complex fat composition

  • Naturally contains sn-2 palmitate

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Vivinal® Milk Fat blend 30

  • Blend of ~30/70% [milk fat/vegetable fat]

  • Palm oil-free

  • Naturally contains sn-2 palmitate [~31%]

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Vivinal® Milk Fat blend 65

  • Blend of ~65/35% [milk fat/vegetable fat]

  • Palm oil-free

  • Naturally contains sn-2 palmitate [~39%]

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Lactose

Lactose is a disaccharide, consisting of galactose and glucose. The primary source of carbohydrate in milk, it provides approx. 40% of the energy value to the infant (Holsinger, 1996)

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Lactopure® Refined Coarse

  • Energy source for infants

  • Unmilled crystalline lactose

  • Free flowing powder

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Lactopure® Refined Sieved

  • Energy source for infants

  • Unmilled, coarse-sieved crystalline lactose

  • Free flowing powder

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Lactopure® Refined Crystals

  • Energy source for infants

  • Unmilled crystalline coarse-sieved lactose

  • Free flowing powder

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Lactopure® Refined Sieved Fine

  • Energy source for infants

  • Unmilled crystalline lactose, smaller crystals

  • Fast dissolving

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Lactopure® Refined Powder

  • Energy source for infants

     

  • Milled crystalline lactose, particle size ~50µm

  • Fast dissolving

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Lactopure® Refined Fine

  • Energy source for infants

  • Milled crystalline lactose, particle size ~40µm

  • Fast dissolving

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Lactopure® Refined Fine Powder

  • Energy source for infants

  • Milled crystalline lactose, particle size ~40µm

  • Fast dissolving

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Demineralised whey

The casein:whey protein ratio in human milk is 40:60, whereas it is 80:20 in cow’s milk. Demineralised whey is commonly used in infant milk formula to rebalance the casein:whey ratio, while limiting minerals contribution. Demineralisation ensures flexibility for manufacturers regarding mineral content in the final product.

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Deminal® 90

  • Contains lactose and protein

  • Consistent composition

  • Heat stable (due to low mineral level)

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Deminal® 90 Liquid

  • Contains lactose and protein

  • Consistent composition

  • Reduced heat load during processing

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Deminal® 90 Organic

  • Contains lactose and protein

  • Consistent composition

  • Certified organic in key markets

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Whey proteins

Whey protein concentrates, a staple ingredient in many leading infant milk formula brands, have the unique ability to refine both amino acid composition and the casein:whey ratio.

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Hiprotal® Whey Protein 35

  • Provides essential amino acids

  • Consistent composition

  • Dry blend quality for easy incorporation

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Hiprotal® Whey Protein 35 L

  • Provides essential amino acids

  • Consistent composition

  • Reduced heat load during processing

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Hiprotal® Whey Protein 65 L

  • Provides essential amino acids

  • Consistent composition

  • Higher whey protein levels vs 35 L

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Hiprotal® Casein Whey 80

  • Provides essential amino acids

  • Consistent composition

  • Allows minimum regulatory protein levels

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Hiprotal® Casein Whey 80 L

  • Provides essential amino acids

  • Consistent composition

  • Reduced heat load during processing

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Hiprotal® Milk Serum 65 L

  • Mildly processed, directly from fresh milk

  • Preserved nativity of proteins

  • Allows minimum regulatory protein levels

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Base powders 

FrieslandCampina Ingredients offers the possibility to manufacture base powder solutions derived from fresh dairy milk collected at our member farmers. Our base powders deliver essential nutrients and can be tailored to the customer’s needs.

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Essential® Start IF

  • Manufactured from our fresh milk

  • Contains demineralised whey (Deminal® 90)

  • Whey protein to casein ratio of 57:43

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Essential® Start YCF

  • Manufactured from our fresh milk

  • Ideal for usage in young child formula

  • Carbohydrates: 100% lactose

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Essential® Enriched Milk Fat

  • Manufactured from our fresh milk

  • Whey protein:casein ratio of 60:40

  • Contains Vivinal® Milk Fat Blend 30

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Vana®-Sana MCT-70 IF

  • Contains encapsulated MCT oil

  • high-quality proteins and carbohydrates

  • Quick energy source for infants

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Vana®-Sana BM-50-135 IF

  • High in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

  • high-quality proteins and carbohydrates

  • Heat-stable and highly soluble

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Vana®-Sana BM-50-120 IF

  • high-quality proteins and carbohydrates

  • high-quality nutritional oils

  • Based on glucose

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Vana®-Sana BM-50-124 IF

  • high-quality proteins and carbohydrates

  • high-quality nutritional oils

  • Based on lactose

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* Not from human milk