Use of soy protein-based formulas in infant feeding

Jatinder Bhatia, Frank Greer

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Soy protein-based formulas have been available for almost 100 years. Since the first use of soy formula as a milk substitute for an infant unable to tolerate a cow milk protein-based formula, the formulation has changed to the current soy protein isolate. Despite very limited indications for its use, soy protein-based formulas in the United States may account for nearly 25% of the formula market. This report reviews the limited indications and contraindications of soy formulas. It will also review the potential harmful effects of soy protein-based formulas and the phytoestrogens contained in these formulas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1062-1068
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Galactosemia
  • Infant feeding cow milk protein allergy
  • Infant formula
  • Nutrition
  • Soy protein
  • Vegetarian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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