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Soya-based formula

Soya-based formula is made from soya beans, a plant protein that is modified with vitamins, minerals and nutrients to make it suitable for formula milk and easily digested by babies.

If you're a vegan, or if your baby has trouble digesting the altered cow's milk protein found in cow's-milk-based formula, the doctor may suggest a soy-based formula. It's not recommended that your baby has soya formula if she has a cow’s milk allergy. Approximately half of all babies who are allergic to cow's milk are also allergic to soya.

There is also no evidence that changing to a soya-based formula can help to soothe your baby if she is unsettled or colicky. Your baby may be colicky because she’s intolerant to lactose, and so a lactose-free formula is best if this is the case. However, lactose intolerance or an inability to digest lactose – the sugar naturally found in milk – is rare. If your baby is lactose intolerant, your baby’s paediatrician may recommend a soy-based formula as an alternative to a milk-based formula since the carbohydrate in soy is sucrose or glucose, not lactose.

There are no particular health benefits that your baby would get from soya formula compared to other formula milks. In fact, soya formula milks can actually damage your baby’s teeth over time, because they contain glucose syrup. If you do give your baby soya milk, you’ll have to take extra special care of her teeth.

Emerald Green Baby recommend only giving your baby soya-based formula on the advice of your doctor or paediatrician.

You may want to talk with your baby's doctor about giving soy-based formula a try if your baby has colic. The evidence is far from conclusive, and most children with colic improve without to change in their diets, but some research suggests it's worth a try.

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