Breast-fed infants still have advantages.
Researchers at the Univeristy of Arkansas have compared the outcomes of infants fed soy-protein formula or cow's milk formula to those breast-fed. This observational study shows that breast-fed infants experienced slightly higher but significant developmental and language scores than those fed either type of formula at 12 months of age. It should be noted that infants were not randomized, and the scores of all were within the normal range.
PositiveTip: Although breast-feeding is best, young mother's should not worry that formula-feeding, when necessary, might stunt their child.
Soy or cow's milk formulas equally support baby's cognition.
Comparing infants fed cow's milk-based formula or soy-based formula, researchers, using standardized developmental testing found little or no differences. Breastfed infants had a slight advantage on some measures when compared to the formula fed groups, but these differences were very small in magnitude.
PositiveTip: If human breast milk is not an option, soy or cow's milk formulas can be excellent options for an infant.