Not breastfeeding? Some basic info on baby formulas

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Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

If you are not breastfeeding your baby, knowing which kind of formula you should give him or her can be a challenge.

But News 12 is On Your Side with basic information, compiled from the MedlinePlus website, on three types of baby formulas:

• Standard milk-based formulas: You could feed these to almost any baby because they are similar to breast milk. These formulas contain cow's milk proteins, lactose and nutrients.

• Soy-based formulas: These are lactose free because their proteins come from soy. If your baby has lactose intolerance, this could be the one for you.

• Hypoallergenic formulas: These are for babies with allergies to animal or even soy protein. But these formulas could hit your wallet. The other formula types are usually cheaper than this one.

If you want to learn more about baby formulas, check the MedlinePlus website, which is the website for the National Institutes of Health.

Also, be sure to watch Meredith Anderson's special assignment on how local grocery stores are selling expired baby formulas. The story will air tonight at 11 o'clock.

Meredith investigates how DHEC, the agency that is supposed to protect your baby, doesn't seem concerned about this problem on local shelves.