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Growth of Infants Fed New Starter Formula

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nestlé Identifier:
First received: March 2, 2010
Last updated: December 2, 2014
Last verified: October 2013
The purpose of this study is to assess the growth of infants fed a novel starter formula containing synbiotics and different protein levels, compared to a standard starter infant formula, during the first four months of life.

Condition Intervention
Dietary Intervention Other: test starter infant formula Other: test starter infant formula with synbiotics Other: control standard formula

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Assessment of Growth of Infants Fed Starter Formulas With Modified Protein and Synbiotics

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Further study details as provided by Nestlé:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Weight gain will be assessed in grams per day, in the period of 14 to 112 days of life (4 months) [ Time Frame: 4 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Tolerance, morbidity, protein status, metabolic markers [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 297
Study Start Date: March 2010
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: standard starter infant formula
standard starter infant formula
Other: control standard formula
infant are fed 6 months with this formula
Experimental: test starter formula
test infant formula
Other: test starter infant formula
infants are fed for 6 months with this starter formula
Experimental: test starter formula with synbiotics
starter formula with synbiotics and adapted protein levels
Other: test starter infant formula with synbiotics
infant are fed for 6 months with this formula

Detailed Description:

Breastfeeding represents the "gold standard" for infant health, and efforts are being made to support breast feeding at both the international and local levels. After breast milk, infant formulas are the next best source of nutrition for newborn and growing infants. Science and industry are striving to develop formulas that mimic as close as possible the physiological responses to human milk. There are a multitude of factors that make human milk the physiologically ideal for the infant. Among these, two important factors are the level of protein and the presence of pre-and probiotics in breast milk.

The purpose of this study will be to evaluate growth of healthy infants fed a partially hydrolyzed whey protein formula with a level of protein closer to breast milk, with or without synbiotics, during the first four months of life as compared to the growth of infants fed a partially hydrolyzed whey protein formula with a standard protein level (standard formula). Additionally, the infant's digestive tolerance of the starter formula and frequency of morbidity will be investigated until 6 months of age.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 6 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy newborn infant
  • Full-term (> 37 weeks gestation)
  • Birth weight > 2500 and < 4500 g
  • 14±3 days of age on enrollment
  • Singleton birth
  • Infant's mother has elected not to breastfeed prior to enrollment
  • Has not received solid foods
  • Having obtained his/her legal representative's informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known or suspected cow-milk allergy
  • Congenital illness or malformation that may affect infant feeding and/or growth
  • Significant prenatal and/or postnatal disease
  • Any readmission to hospital (except for hyperbilirubinemia) prior to enrollment
  • Receiving prescription medication (with exception of treatment for thrush) or frequent use of over the counter medications except vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Has received oral or intravenous antibiotic therapy in the last 7 days
  • Has received probiotics in the last 7 days
  • Currently participating in another clinical study
  • Infant's family who in the Investigator's assessment cannot be expected to comply with treatment (feeding regimen)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01079208

United States, California
UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies/Pediatrics
San Francisco, California, United States, 94118
United States, Florida
Florida Institute for Clinical Research
Orlando, Florida, United States, 32822
United States, Nebraska
Midwest Children's Health Research Institute
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States, 68504
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Michael Cabana, MD, MPH Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California
  More Information

Responsible Party: Nestlé Identifier: NCT01079208     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09.04.INF
Study First Received: March 2, 2010
Last Updated: December 2, 2014

Keywords provided by Nestlé:
infant formula, synbiotics, probiotics, nutrition processed this record on September 20, 2017