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Specialty Formulas

Lactose-free infant formulas

With the exception of extremely rare cases, all infants are born with the ability to digest lactose, because there is lactose in breast milk. However, lactose intolerance can occur in infancy after acute gastroenteritis, or due to severe intestinal diseases. Lactose-free infant formulas are designed for infants from 0 to 12+ months of age with lactose intolerance. They are cow's milk protein-based, but do not contain any lactose. Lactose is the natural sugar found in milk. Ask your Healthcare professional before using a lactose-free infant formula.

Extensively hydrolyzed infant formulas

Extensively hydrolyzed infant formulas are intended for feeding infants who have a diagnosed allergy to cow's milk or soy proteins. These types of formulas contain cow's milk protein that has been broken down into very small particles that can be tolerated by most infants suffering from cow's milk protein allergy.

Important Notes

  • Symptoms of food allergy include diarrhea, eczema, hives and rhinitis.

  • If you suspect your baby has a food allergy, speak to your Healthcare professional immediately before using an extensively hydrolyzed infant formula.

For more information on this topic, check our Q&A Section. If you don't find the information you're looking for, please feel free to Ask a Dietitian.

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