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What are specialty soy formulas for babies?

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Soy-based formulas can be fed to babies who:

  • Are lactose-intolerant, meaning their bodies can’t break down a sugar called lactose in cow's milk
  • Have galactosemia, which prevents their bodies from digesting a sugar called galactose in milk
  • Are allergic to cow's milk (about half of babies who are allergic to cow’s milk are also allergic to soy)

From: Choosing a Specialty Formula WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Choosing a Formula."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Infant Formula."

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Infant Feeding Guide. Chapter 4: Infant Formula Feeding."

O'Connor, N. , April 1, 2009. American Family Physician

BMJ : "Diarrhea in Children."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Infant formula of partially hydrolyzed whey is not the secret weapon for preventing childhood allergy and asthma."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Partially Hydrolyzed Formula to Prevent Eczema."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Choosing a Formula."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Infant Formula."

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Infant Feeding Guide. Chapter 4: Infant Formula Feeding."

O'Connor, N. , April 1, 2009. American Family Physician

BMJ : "Diarrhea in Children."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Infant formula of partially hydrolyzed whey is not the secret weapon for preventing childhood allergy and asthma."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Partially Hydrolyzed Formula to Prevent Eczema."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

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