Should you Feed your Baby Soy or Regular Formula?

With so many baby formulas available on the market, it can be hard to know what to feed your baby to make sure he or she gets the best possible start in life. Do you opt for soy, added rice or regular milk formula, and should you choose a leading brand or a store brand formula?

Soy Formula V. Regular Milk Formula

Soy formula has no nutritional benefits over regular milk formula – both have the same nutrients and are FDA approved, so, no matter which you choose to feed your little one, you can be sure they are benefitting from the same level of nutrition. So why choose soy milk? Soy Infant Formula is often chosen by moms whose babies have an allergy or sensitivity to cows’ milk protein or find lactose difficult to digest.

How do I spot Cows’ Milk Intolerance?

Babies can be very sensitive to cows’ milk and some find it hard to tolerate during the first few months of life. If you notice your baby being unusually irritable or crying during feeds, or if diarrhea becomes an issue, then your baby may have an allergy or sensitivity to cows’ milk. You should always see your health-care professional if you suspect that your baby is having feeding issues as they may recommend a switch to Soy Infant Formula.

What is Soy Formula?

Soy beans are rich in protein, and make up a large part of the diet consumed in Asian countries. Soy milk formula is a vegetarian alternative to traditional cows’ milk formulas that can help your baby to gain the nutrition he or she needs whilst avoiding cows’ milk lactose and protein. Some research claims that isoflavones in soy baby formula, which are similar to natural human estrogen, can be damaging to babies, leading to early puberty when they are older. However, more research has yet to be done to establish the validity of these claims, and Soy Infant Formula has been approved as safe and nutritionally sound by the FDA. Babies who are allergic to cows’ milk formula can often show sensitivity to soy formula too, so it’s important to seek advice from your doctor and try your baby on several formulas until you find the one that’s right for them.

Store Brand or Leading Brand?

Whichever soy formula you choose to buy is a personal decision, but remember that there is no nutritional difference between store brand formula and leading brand formulas on the market. Store brand formulas are often more affordable due to less money spent on packaging and expensive advertising, but both categories of formula have passed the FDA’s stringent checks and nutritional assessment.

Whether you choose to feed your baby soy formula or regular cows’ milk formula is a decision which is best made in consultation with your health-care professional, to ensure that your baby grows into a happy and healthy toddler!

Store Brand Formulas are part of PBM Products, who joined forces with the Perrigo Company in 2010. PBM rebranded as Perrigo Nutritionals and is now one of the leading manufacturers of store brand infant formula in the world, producing 50 formulas including Soy Infant Formula and supplying 47 retailers worldwide. Perrigo Nutritionals prides itself on its dedication to developing new, innovative products that will support infant nutritional needs and appeal to parents worldwide.

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