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Pt 2 of our infant formula review looks at the many different types of formula available in Ireland

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Infant Formula (Part 2)


While breastfeeding is best, and as discussed in my recent health columns on breast feeding, formulas are often needed as substitute for breast milk. Infant formula is manufactured to mimic breast milk in its composition and can be used as a complete or partial substitute for breast milk. There are a variety of infant formula options available in Ireland, including cow's milk, goat's milk, and soy-based formulas.


The most popular infant formulas available in Ireland


Cow's Milk-Based Formula

Cow's milk-based formula is the most common type of infant formula. It has been modified to mimic the composition of breast milk and is fortified with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to support baby's growth and development. Aptamil First Infant® is an example of a milk formula brand available in Ireland. Milk formulas contain nutrients like Vitamins A, C, D, iron, and other essential fatty acids that are beneficial for babies.


Soy-Based Formula

Soy-based formula is made from soy protein and is a good option for babies who are allergic or intolerant to cow's milk. Soy-based formula is also an option for vegan families who want to avoid animal products. Similac Soy Isomil® Formula is an example of a soy-based formula in Ireland.


Lactose-Free Formula

Lactose-free formula is an option for babies who are lactose intolerant. Lactose is a sugar that is naturally found in milk, so this formula is made without lactose. Nutramigen LGG Hypoallergenic® formula is an example of a lactose-free formula. Lactose-free formulas are safe to use as an alternative for breast milk and can be used for preventing or managing certain types of food allergies.


Goat Milk Formula

Goat milk formula is becoming a popular alternative to cow milk-based formula. This formula is very similar to cow's milk-based formula, but the main difference is the protein content. Goat milk formula has a slightly different protein composition, which may make it easier for some babies to digest. Hipp Organic® goat milk formula is an example of a goat milk formula made from organically raised goats.


Specialised Formula

Specialised formula is designed for babies who require specific nutrients for medical reasons.


Examples include:

  1. Premature infant formula, for babies who are born prematurely and require extra nutrients.
  2. Anti-reflux formula, for babies with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
  3. Hypoallergenic formula, designed for infants who are allergic to cow's milk protein.
  4. Formula for metabolic disorders, which is specially made for babies with metabolic disorders that make it difficult for them to break down certain nutrients like fats or proteins.


For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehans Pharmacies, log on to or dial 04493 34591 (Pearse St) or 04493 10266 (Clonmore).

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