Hazards of scoop measurements in infant feeding

J R Coll Gen Pract. 1989 Mar;39(320):113.


Mothers attending infant welfare clinics were asked to measure milk powder from a standard packet with the scoop provided by the manufacturers. Wide variations were found in the weight of powder obtained, with the highest scoop weight (5.6 g) being double the lowest (2.8 g). It is suggested that the scoop method of measuring milk powder is so inaccurate that the manufacturers should present their product in small pre-measured packets.

MeSH terms

  • Bottle Feeding*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Food / standards*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Reference Values