Women's Health

When to Use Soy-Based Infant Formulas

Marketers advise parents that soy-based, lactose-free formulas help to alleviate colic, constipation, diarrhea, and allergies. In spite of limited evidence for these claims, such advertising—and consequent word-of-mouth networking—accounts for the fact that soy formulas comprise nearly 25% of formula sales in the US. (Bhatia J, Greer F. Use of soy protein-based formulas in infant feeding. Pediatrics 2008;121(5):1062-68) Although most experts…

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