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What are the differences in baby formulas?

Baby formulas are made with different sources of proteins, sugars, and other ingredients. These are some basic differences between them:
  • Protein source. Some formulas are made from cow's milk protein and some are made from soy protein. Formulas made with soy protein are labeled "soy-based." Soy-based formulas should never be given to premature babies.
  • Sugar. Lactose is a sugar found in many milk-based formulas. Some babies do not tolerate lactose and may need a formula without it. Formulas without lactose are labeled "lactose-free."
  • Organic. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that organic formulas are not any more or less nutritious than regular formulas. Organic formulas usually cost more than regular formulas.

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