Breastfeeding and Formulas

Food and nutrition are a part of our everyday lives. But with infants and children, nutrition is especially important in making sure they get the nutrients they need at the right age to help them grow to their full potential. This insight is the inspiration for Neocate RightAge™ Nutrition—nutrition that grows right along with your child’s changing needs.

For infants, breastfeeding is best. When breastfeeding is not an option because of food allergies or GI-related issues, other infant formulas enter the picture.  With names like milk- and soy-based formulas, hydrolysate formulas and amino acid formulas, it can be hard to tell the difference.

In this section, we’ll provide a clear overview of the options available for feeding your child and help you better understand their differences.


Breast milk is the best milk for infants. It’s the first choice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and health care professionals around the world. Unfortunately, some children can have an allergic reaction to diary and soy proteins passed along in their mother’s breast milk.

Milk and Soy Based Formulas

The protein found in basic milk- and soy-based infant formulas is made up of intact, complete protein chains. For children with cow milk allergy and soy milk allergy, these protein chains can trigger an allergic reaction and should be avoided.

Hydrolysate Formulas

Protein hydrolyzed formulas are formulas composed of proteins that are partially broken down or hydrolyzed. They are also called hydrolysates. The two broad categories of protein hydrolysates are partially hydrolyzed formulas and extensively hydrolyzed formulas.

Amino Acid Formulas

Amino acid-based formulas like Neocate are specially designed for the dietary management of cow milk allergy, soy milk allergy, multiple food protein intolerance (MFPI) and food-allergy-associated conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), short bowel syndrome (SBS), malabsorption, and other GI distorders.

How Neocate Is Different

Whole protein and protein fragments can cause allergic reactions in sensitive infants and children. Neocate is made only with individual amino acids, the most hypoallergenic and simplest form of protein that is less likely to trigger an allergic response. Neocate contains the essential nutrients required for normal growth and development of infants and young children...

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