The PedsDocTalk Podcast

The Formula of Infant Formula

August 19, 2020 Dr. Mona Amin
The PedsDocTalk Podcast
The Formula of Infant Formula
Show Notes

Choosing an infant formula can be extremely confusing. There are so many to choose from that a new parent can be left confused in the middle of the aisle when deciding on which one is best. 

I welcome Dr. Bridget Young, who has a PhD in nutrition and studies the composition of breastmilk and formula. She has an amazing website and Instagram account to educate parents on informed formula decisions.

Parents are often confused about the ingredients in infant formulas, so I welcome Dr. Young to speak about these misconceptions. 

We discuss some of the most common questions I get asked about formulas:

  • Is the regulation process in the US thorough for infant formulas?
  • Are European formulas better?
  • What are the protein sources in formula? Why does it matter? 
  • Why do formulas have corn syrup? Is it okay for baby? 
  • What about prebiotics and probiotics in formula? Beneficial?
  • What are signs a baby may not be tolerating a formula? 
  • When would a baby need soy formula?
  • What are partially hydrolyzed formulas? 
  • What are examples of extensively hydrolyzed formulas? 
  • How can a parent approach reading a formula label?
  • What are some good formulas to start with? Are there any "bad" formulas?
  • Are organic formulas better? 
  • Does powder versus ready-to-made matter? 

Tune in as we hash out these questions. Make sure to follow @pedsdoctalk and @babyformulaexpert to continue the conversation.

Dr. Young's team also has a formula educational course for parents and medical professionals! Visit her website for more info:

Check out the PedsDocTalk New Mom's Survival Guide for help navigating the first year of parenthood.