My wife can no longer nurse our infant due to her health issues. Is there an online resource I can use to research different types/brands of infant formula? I'm looking for independent, and preferable long-term longitudinal studies of child health similar to the ones which compare formula feeding vs breastfeeding. Do such studies exist? Where can we find them?

  • Any particular country? In the UK the law is pretty strict and they're all fairly similar.
    – DanBeale
    Aug 10 '11 at 17:22
  • @DanBeale in the US
    – Doug T.
    Aug 10 '11 at 17:51
  • Might find some useful info here: fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/Product-SpecificInformation/…
    – DA01
    Aug 10 '11 at 20:30
  • @DanBeale: US laws regarding formula are pretty strict too.
    – afrazier
    Aug 10 '11 at 23:37
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    It is clear that you are looking for studies which compare different formulas, but what is the question you are trying to answer / effect you wish to compare? cost? ingredients? overall impact on health or weight gain? corporate ethics? Aug 20 '11 at 3:30

Google Scholar is a good place to find references to the primary scientific literature, eg. see the results of a search comparison of infant formula.

I was surprised to find that Consumer Reports has no articles comparing formulas, although there were a few discussing melamine and BPA in formulas.

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