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What's the difference between milk-based baby and soy-based baby formula?

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Milk-based formulas are made with cow’s milk, vegetable oils, vitamins, and minerals -- and are usually iron-fortified. They're appropriate for healthy, full-term babies.

Soy-based formulas are made with soy protein, vegetable oils, corn syrup or sucrose (for carbohydrates), and sometimes iron. They're good for babies with lactose intolerance who can’t take milk-based formulas, or those who have allergies to the whole protein in cow’s milk or are on a vegetarian-based diet.

From: Choosing Baby Formula WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Spock, B. and Rothenberg, M. , Simon & Schuster, 1992. Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 6th Edition

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Infant Formula.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Water Intoxication In The News.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Bottle Feeding a Newborn Baby.”

Food and Drug Administration: “Feeding Your Baby with Breast Milk or Formula.”

MedicineNet: “Infant Formulas.”

WebMD Video: “Picking Baby Formula.”

KidsHealth: “Formula Feeding FAQ: Getting Started.”

CDC: “Melamine in Food Products Manufactured in China,” “Recent Outbreaks and Incidents.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Spock, B. and Rothenberg, M. , Simon & Schuster, 1992. Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 6th Edition

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Infant Formula.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Water Intoxication In The News.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Bottle Feeding a Newborn Baby.”

Food and Drug Administration: “Feeding Your Baby with Breast Milk or Formula.”

MedicineNet: “Infant Formulas.”

WebMD Video: “Picking Baby Formula.”

KidsHealth: “Formula Feeding FAQ: Getting Started.”

CDC: “Melamine in Food Products Manufactured in China,” “Recent Outbreaks and Incidents.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 08, 2018

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