In the United States, there are three major producers of Baby Formula
Mead Johnson is the leader in terms of market share. They make infant formula under Enfamil, Nutramigen, Nutraamigen AA, and Pregestimil’s brands. After Mead Johnson Abbott Laboratories the makers of Similac, Isomil, EleCare and Alimentum’s brands. Lastly is Nestle which makes Good Start and Gerber Products. Together they control 99% of the Baby Formula (infant market) with their popular brands of Baby Formula.
Baby Formulas became commercial available around the 1920s as an alternative to Wet Nursing or mothers who couldn’t naturally nurse their infants.
Similac which was taken from the words ( “similar to lactation”) was one of the first Baby Formulas to be released by Alfred Bosworth and was followed up by Mead Johnson release of Sobee. By the 1960s baby formulas became commonly used and by the early 1970s over 75% of American infants were fed on formulas.