Formulas now contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid). Both are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that are thought to have positive effects on visual and nervous system development in babies. These fatty acids are present in breast milk.
Milk Based Formulas - Milk based formulas are iron fortified and contain between 11-12 mg of iron per quart (daily iron requirement for infants).
Lactose Free Formulas - Lactose free formulas are milk-based and iron-fortified formulas that use corn syrup instead of lactose as the source of carbohydrate (sugar). These formulas can be used for babies who have lactose intolerance.
Soy Based Formulas - Isomil Advance and Lipil Prosobee are soy protein and iron-fortified formulas. These formulas are used in infants with soy allergy and lactose intolerance.
Elemental Protein Hydolysate Formulas - Alimentum and Nutramigen are special formulas used in infants with milk allergy. These formulas are sometimes used in infants with colic.
Neocate is a special formula for combined milk and soy allergy.
Follow-Up Formulas - Follow-Up formulas can be used for babies 9-12 months of age. Follow-Up formulas have slightly more protein, iron, calcium, and carbohydrates and slightly less fat. Do not use these formulas without consulting your baby's doctor.
Note: The following formulas are NOT recommended because they do not contain sufficient amounts of iron: Iron in formulas rarely causes constipation or stomach discomfort in infants.
Formula Forms - Types of Formulas
Requires no mixing
Requires mixing the concentrate in the can with an equal amount of water
requires mixing with water (see below)
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