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Where We Stand: Soy Formulas

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finds that isolated soy protein-based formulas are a safe and nutritionally equivalent alternative to cow milk-based formula for term infants whose nutritional needs are not met from breast milk.

The AAP specifically recommends the use of soy formulas for the following:

  • Term infants with galactosemia or hereditary lactase deficiency.

  • Term infants with documented transient lactose deficiency.

  • Infants with documented immunoglobulin E-associated allergy to cow milk who are not also allergic to soy protein.

  • Patients seeking a vegetarian-based diet for a term infant.

The use of soy protein-based formula is not recommended for the following:

  • Preterm infants with birth weights less than 1800 g.

  • Prevention of colic or allergy.

  • Infants with cow milk protein-induced enterocolitis or enteropathy.

Additional Information:

Last Updated
Pediatric Nutrition, 7th Edition (Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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