15 Best Baby Milk Powder Malaysia 2020: Which Formula To Choose?

Babies need all the help they can get! Whether its breast milk or the best baby milk powder in Malaysia 2020!

Because babies grow tremendously (i.e. three times their weight) during their first year, it’s important to give them all the necessary nutrients. For healthy brain and joint development!

See reviews on the best formula milk you can get in Malaysia!

Formula Types

Breast milk is best (especially in the first 6 months) but understandably, sometimes there is not enough.

Or it’s not convenient (nor socially acceptable) to breast feed or use a breast pump!

Baby formula is made to contain the same nutrients breast milk does. But the base can differ which results in different types of baby milk powder:

1. Cow’s Milk Formula

Most baby formulas are made from cow’s milk. Albeit in a way that’s easy for infants to digest. 

With some additional ingredients in (i.e. fortified). Like iron or probiotic supplements.

2. Soy Formula

For the lactose-free (or vegan) route, you can buy a soy-based baby milk powder instead.  

3. Specialized Formula

And there are formulas (e.g. hydrolyzed formula) with predigested proteins to address allergies to protein in cow’s milk or breast milk.

Or for infants with skin conditions like eczema (e.g. hypoallergenic formula). 

There is even formula for premature babies!

Essential Nutrients In Formula

1. DHA & AA/ARA

These are types of fatty acids naturally present in breast milk.

They contribute to the baby’s brain and vision development. And thus, many commercial baby milk powders include them too.

DHA and AA are indicated separately on labels.

Where there should roughly be an equal amount of DHA and AA in your baby’s milk powder. To mimic breast milk as closely as possible.

2. Nucleotides

And to strengthen the baby’s immune system, there needs to be nucleotides. Also key in the development of digestive organs.

3. Choline

Only recently considered an essential nutrient for babies, the recommended amount is 125-150mg for babies between 0-12 months.

But only a handful of brands meet this.

It is important for the body’s nervous system and brain function as well as cell growth. The human body does not produce much of this on its own.

Adults can get it from meat, eggs and some vegetables. Babies get it from their mother’s womb or breast milk.

4. Prebiotics And Probiotics

What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

Prebiotics encourage the growth of probiotics in the gut.

Probiotics are live bacteria that are beneficial in keeping the balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria in your gut!

5. Vitamins Like A, C, D, E, And The B Vitamins

These are necessary for good skin and vision. As well as for a healthy brain, nerves and blood cells

Boosting the immune system and helping minerals like calcium absorb into the body.

Vitamin B9 is called folic acid. And it’s significant for red blood cell production. Besides this, it helps in developing the link between the brain and spinal cord too.

6. Minerals Like Calcium, Iron, Zinc

Calcium- for bone, teeth, nails, etc. And muscle and nerve function

Iron – for blood production

Zinc – has so many uses in the body! Cell growth and repair, immune system, to breakdown carbohydrates, etc

How To Choose The Best Milk Powder For Your Baby

1. Review The Product Label For Nutritional Ingredients

Check the product label that it contains all of the essential ingredients!

2. Select Based On Age

Not unlike picking out the best baby stroller in Malaysia:

Deciding which milk powder to buy depends on how old your child is!

As the ratio of ingredients will reflect the respective nutritional requirements according to age group.

Baby formula stages:

  • Stage 1 (Birth – 6 months old)
  • Stage 2 (6 months – 1 year-olds)
  • Stage 3 (1 – 3 years old)

3. Bring Your Child To A Pediatrician

If you suspect that your child is may have an allergy (or any other anomaly) to their current milk powder, consult a pediatrician on the next course of action.

It may also be that your baby is either having too much or too little milk.

Abnormal symptoms to look out for:

  • Slow or fast weight gain
  • Continuous crying
  • Vomiting
  • Loose skin
  • Less urine
  • Holding their legs up to their chest

Top 10 Baby Milk Powder Brands In Malaysia

Not in any particular order:

  1. S-26 (Wyeth Nutrition)
  2. Similac
  3. Enfalac/ Enfagrow/ Enfamil – all by Mead Johnson (same manufacturer for SUSTAGEN)
  4. Frisolac
  5. Anmum
  6. Isomil
  7. Nestle NAN Pro
  8. Mamex (Dumex)
  9. Pediasure
  10. Nutricia AptaGro

15 Best Baby Milk Powder In Malaysia 2020

Best Formula Milk For Baby 0 To 6 Months & 6 – 12 Months

Unless mentioned otherwise, you can assume that the milk powder listed here are all cow milk based.

1. Similac 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder

Certified halal by JAKIM and popular in private hospitals:

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

Similac 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder
  • Suitable For: 0 – 12 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA, AA, 2’-FL, Nucleotide, Omega 3 & 6, Taurine and Choline
  • Size: 1.2kg
  • Price: RM120
  • Price/kg: RM100

Similac Lactose-Free Milk Formula – Check Price

2. S-26 Gold SMA Infant Formula Milk Powder

Higher in iron and choline, but lowest in calcium compared to other milk powder brands for infants:

This cow and soy milk formula by local brand, Wyeth Nutrition (under Nestle) is suitable for babies up to a year old!

S-26 Gold SMA Infant Formula Milk Powder
  • Suitable For: 0 – 12 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA & AA, Alpha-Lactalbumin, Lutein, Oligofructose, Taurine, Nucleotides
  • Size: 1.8kg
  • Price: RM203
  • Price/kg: RM112.8

3. Enfalac A+ Infant Formula Milk Powder

Specialists like to recommend Enfalac A+ Infant Formula Milk Powder for newborns. As it is particularly high in DHD, calcium, ARA and folic acid. It too, is certified halal by JAKIM.

It’s one of the few brands that just about meet the minimum choline requirement (e.g. 122mg vs 125mg)

Enfalac A+ Infant Formula Milk Powder
  • Suitable For: 0 – 12 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: MFGM Complex, DHA, ARA, Choline, Dietary Fibers, Omega 3 & 6
  • Size: 2.4kg
  • Price: RM281
  • Price/kg: RM117 – 121.8

For easier digestion:

Enfalac A+ Gentlease Infant Formula Milk Powder – Check Price

4. Frisolac Step 1 Baby Milk Formula

Sold in 3 different sizes (400g, 600g and 900g), Frisolac comes all the way from Holland cow farms.

That put emphasis on their cows’ well being and preserving as much of the natural nutrients as possible!

This formula has one of the highest calcium and choline content among milk powder brands in this list!

Frisolac Step 1 Baby Milk Formula 900g
  • Suitable For: 0 – 12 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA & AA, Omega 3 & 6, Salic Acid, Dietary Fibers
  • Size: 900g
  • Price: RM109
  • Price/kg: RM121.1

For easy digestion:

Frisolac Comfort Baby Milk Formula – Check Price

5. 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!

Babies seem to like the taste of this formula. It’s less sweet and doesn’t appear to cause constipation or diarrhea either.

Anmum Infacare Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder 900g
  • Suitable For: 0 – 12 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA & AA, Omega 3 & 6, Nucleotides, Lutein, Vitamin E, Folic Acid
  • Size: 900g
  • Price: RM100
  • Price/kg: RM111

Step 2 (6 – 12 months old):

Anmum Infacare Step 2 Infant Formula Milk PowderCheck Price

6. Isomil Soya Milk Powder

Isomil by Abbott family is a 100% lactose-free soy-based milk formula that’s surprisingly high in calcium!

Additional ingredients include duo carbohydrates (for easier absorption), lutein (for vision) and prebiotics (FOS).

Isomil Soya Milk Powder
  • Suitable For: 0 – 12 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA & AA, Omega 3 & 6, Nucleotides, Lutein, Vitamin E, Folic Acid
  • Size: 850g
  • Price: RM71
  • Price/kg: RM83.5

7. Nestle NAN Pro Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder

Unlike other milk powder brands on this list, Nestle NAN Pro Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder contains probiotics for your baby’s gut health!

Specifically bifidobacterium lactis probiotic to reduce the chances of diarrhea! Yay for less mess in your baby’s diaper!

Nestle NAN Pro Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder
  • Suitable For: 0 – 12 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA & ARA, Omega 3 & 6, Nucleotides, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Probiotic, Nucleotides
  • Size: 1.3kg
  • Price: RM129
  • Price/kg: RM99.2

8. Mamex Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder

Except for a slightly lower content in iron and zinc (compared to other brands):

Mamex Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder still has a reasonable balance of nutrients. Including choline and calcium! With prebiotics too!

Mamex Step 1 Infant Formula Milk Powder
  • Suitable For: 0 – 12 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA, AA, Prebiotics GOS/lcFOS (9:1), Omega 3 & 6, Nucleotides, Taurine
  • DHA: 87 mg/100g
  • Size: 1.2kg
  • Price: RM108.9
  • Price/kg: RM90.75

Nutrition Comparison Table (0-12 Months)

Unit is mg/100g unless specified.

Milk PowderPrice/kgDHAAA/ARANucleotidesFOS (g)TaurineLutein (mcg)Folic Acid (mcg)CholineCalciumIronZinc
Similac 11005611257.61.6299176803805.44.5
S-26 Gold SMA112.895.395.320.23.936.48882.91242896.24.7
Enfalac A+121.88717315.83.131n/a871224005.14.1
Enfalac A+ Gentlease134.787173n/an/a31n/a821224206.15.1
Frisolac 1121.16363n/a3.146n/a8510542564.6
Frisolac Comfort125535314.432.940n/a9015538554.4
Anmum Infacare 11114444250.4431n/a70903904.73.8
Isomil83.550100n/a1.63485.275605327.86
NAN PRO 1*99.2616115.6n/a32n/a74463305.25.4
Mamex 190.75498618.95.939n/a751183654.33.6

*only NAN PRO 1 contains probiotic with 1 x 10^6 cfu/g.

Best Formula Milk For 1 Year Old And Above

Toddlers still require a lot of DHA, AA and folic acid. And the following formulas have a higher calcium and folic acid intake too.

Don’t forget to look into getting or replacing your current baby car seat so that it fits your growing toddler!

9. Enfagrow A+ Step 3 Vanilla Milk Formula

Enfagrow A+ Step 3 Vanilla Milk Formula puts bone development at highest priority with almost double the calcium content of the Enfalac A+ formula for infants!

While having a higher-than average percentage of DHA, folic acid, iron and zinc too! And, most kids will find the vanilla flavor delightful!

Enfagrow A+ Step 3 Vanilla Milk Formula
  • Suitable For: 1 – 3 Years Old
  • Key Nutrients: MFGM Complex, DHA, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Choline, Iodine, Vitamin A & Vitamin B12
  • Size: 1.7kg
  • Price: RM142
  • Price/kg: RM78.8 – 83.6

For easier digestion:

Enfagrow A+ Gentlease Step 3 – Check Price

10. Enfalac A+ Step 2 Formula Milk Powder

Step 2 of Enfalac A+ has both DHA and AA in ample amounts. Along with nucleotides, taurine, iron, zinc folic acid, choline and calcium!

From a glance though, you can see that it differs from Enfalac A+ in the increased calcium!

Enfalac A+ Step 2 Formula Milk Powder 900g
  • Suitable For: 6 – 18 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA, ARA, Choline, Sialic Acid, Dietary Fibers
  • Size: 900g
  • Price: RM93
  • Price/kg: RM109.2 – 113.6

11. Similac 2 Formula Milk Powder

Similac 2 reduces DHA, AA, nucleotides, taurine and lutein from Similac 1.

But this formula has more folic acid, calcium, iron and choline!

Similac 2 Formula Milk Powder
  • Suitable For: 6 – 18 Months Baby
  • Key Nutrients: DHA, AA, 2’-FL, Nucleotide, Omega 3 & 6, Taurine and Choline
  • Size: 900g
  • Price: RM93
  • Price/kg: RM103.3

12. S-26 Gold Progress Formula Milk Powder

Aside from choline and DHA, the nutrition balance in S-26 Gold Progress Formula Milk Powder is low compared to other brands.

It is however, sucrose-free. And its main selling point is αlipids™. With sphingomyelin and phospholipids. These are crucial for brain-nerve communication!

S-26 Gold Progress Formula Milk Powder
  • Suitable For: 1 Year & Above
  • Key Nutrients: αlipids, DHA, Choline, Lutein and Oligofructose, alpha-lactalbumin, Vitamins D and K, Calcium, Zinc, Vitamins A, C and E, Selenium
  • Size: 2.4kg
  • Price: RM177.7
  • Price/kg: RM74 – 84.4

13. Anmum Essential Step 3 Milk Formula

There is an abundance of calcium and iron in the Anmum Essential Step 3 Milk Formula.  And FOS and inulin for optimum absorption of nutrients in the digestive system!

The milk is sourced from New Zealand (Fonterra Trusted Goodness). Without any additional sugar!

Anmum Essential Step 3 Milk Formula
  • Suitable For: 1 Year & Above
  • Key Nutrients: DHA, GA, MFGM, Sialic Acid, Omega 3 & 6
  • Size: 1.5kg
  • Price: RM89
  • Price/kg: RM59.3 – 60

14. Pediasure Optiheight Milk Formula Vanilla

From the name of this milk formula, you can guess that it’s for helping your little one catch up to the height of his/ her peers!

By introducing Arginine & Natural Vitamin K2! Other than calcium!

It also happens to be gluten-free and safe for those with lactose intolerance! With probiotics in the mix, too!

Pediasure Optiheight Milk Formula Vanilla
  • Suitable For: 1 – 10 Years Old
  • Key Nutrients: DHA, AA, Omega 3 & 6, Calcium, Arginine, Natural Vitamin K2, Calcium, Probiotics, Dietary Fibers
  • Size: 1.8kg
  • Price: RM159
  • Price/kg: RM88.3 – 88.75

15. Nutricia AptaGro Step 3 Milk Formula

Nutricia AptaGro Step 3 Milk Formula contains prebiotics and probiotics in a milk powder formula without sucrose.

The DHA content in this formula is high. As is the folic acid!

Nutricia AptaGro Step 3 Milk Formula
  • Suitable For: 1 – 3 Years Old
  • Key Nutrients: Prebiotics GOS/lcFOS (9:1), Probiotics, DHA, Vitamin A, C & D
  • DHA: 89.7 mg/100g
  • Size: 1.2kg
  • Price: RM99.9
  • Price/kg: RM83.25

Nutrition Comparison Table (1 Years & Above)

Unit is mg/100g unless specified.

Milk PowderPrice/kgDHAAA/ARANucleotidesFOS (g)TaurineLutein (mcg)Folic Acid (mcg)CholineCalciumIronZinc
Enfagrow A+ Step 383.688n/a23.2n/an/a22010073094.8
Enfagrow A+ Gentlease Step 387.463125n/an/a30n/a15011562064.1
Enfalac A+ Step 2113.68216316.82.627n/a961155907.44.8
Similac 2103.3489547.41.3231.3135104966006.84.5
S-26 Gold Progress84.45615.115.1327.316387.21404185.82.4
Frisolac Step 2113.33121n/a2.7n/an/a1602205357.25.1
Anmum Essential Step 36053.6n/an/a4.48n/an/a98n/a81011.45.4
Pediasure Optiheight*88.7521n/an/a2.0633.3n/a1111394636.483.1
AptaGro Step 3**83.2589.7n/an/an/a55n/a14110653564.5

*Pediasure Optiheight contains probiotic with 1 x 10^6 cfu/g.

**AptaGro Step 3 contains probiotic with 1 x 10^7 cfu/g.

Conclusion

Get the best milk powder in Malaysia so you don’t have to compromise your baby’s growth! For scenarios where and when it’s not possible to give him/her breast milk!

You can start off by selecting milk powder brands according to the nutrition content and price. But ultimately, your baby will decide!