Some infants have a protein sensitivity are sensitive to proteins found in formula containing milk protein, regardless of whether lactose is present or not. For parents, it can be difficult to distinguish between a lactose intolerance and a protein sensitivity.
If you have already switched your infant from an infant formula containing lactose to one that is lactose-free, such as, Enfamil LactoFree, and your baby is still not digesting the formula properly, the baby might have a protein sensitivity.
Since you’ve already tried removing the lactose and that did not work, opt for a hypoallergenic formula instead. These hypoallergenic baby formulas may also help reduce an infant’s colic symptoms.
Babies with protein sensitivities may also be sensitive to soy-based formulas. A hypoallergenic formula is a safe option when sensitivities are suspected, or when environmental allergies run in the family.
When a protein sensitivity is suspected, consult with your pediatrician for her recommendations on the best infant formula for your baby. For women and families who receive WIC, a doctor’s prescription will be needed to receive any hypoallergenic baby formula through the program.
Hypoallergenic Formulas for Babies with a Protein Sensitivity
One Hypoallergenic formula for babies is Pregestimil made by Enfamil. It’s recommended for babies who have trouble absorbing fat. If you are not sure if this formula is right for your baby, make a quick call to your pediatrician. The Pregestimil does not contain sucrose or lactose. It can also help babies who have gastrointestinal issues.
2. Similac Alimentum
Similac Alimentum is another hypoallergenic baby formula. It is made for babies with suspected allergies or intolerance to both milk-based and soy-based proteins. The protein in the formula has been broken down to help ease baby’s digestion of the protein and of the formula.
Similac Alimentum hypoallergenic infant formula is available in both powder and ready-to-feed forms.
3. Nutramigen with Enflora LGG
Enfamil’s Nutramigen with Enflora LGG can be given to babies with allergies to cow’s milk protein. There is no lactose or sucrose in this hypoallergenic formula.
EleCare is another hypoallergenic formula for babies. This one will help babies who have trouble digesting fat. This hypoallergenic baby formula can be used by by infants with either severe food allergies, or who suffer from digestive problems. Babies who suffer from Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder, chronic diarrhea or short bowel syndrome can drink this infant formula.
5. Nutramigen AA
Infants who are sensitive to cow’s milk protein and have a severe reaction to it, may be better off with Nutramigen AA. They hypoallergenic baby formula is amino-acid based and made for babies who are allergic to more than one type of food protein.