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Common Baby Formula Ingredients

Common Baby Formula Ingredients

In this article we define and explain common baby formula ingredients.

DHA: A Brain Builder

Short for docosahexaenoic acid, DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid, and an important baby formula ingredient that supports healthy brain development and more. It's an important building block of both the brain and the eyes. It is found in all of our formulas!


Prebiotics are a type of fiber that help feed the good bacteria (probiotics) in a baby's digestive system. Many Enfamil formulas have prebiotics to help support digestive health.


HuMO6 is a specific HMO found in Enfamil formulas that helps support digestive health and the immune system.


Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are complex sugars found in breast milk that help support the immune system. Enfamil formulas also have other HMOs to help support immune function and gut health.


Inositol is a type of carbohydrate that is naturally found in breast milk. It is thought to play a role in brain and nerve development.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is important for vision and immune function. Enfamil formulas have vitamin A to support healthy eyes and immune function.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for bone health, and Enfamil formulas have vitamin D to support strong bones.


Enfamil formulas have vitamin A to support healthy eyes and immune function.


Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage. Enfamil formulas have vitamin E to support healthy growth and development.


Iron is especially important for red blood cell production. Enfamil formulas have iron to support cognitive development and prevent iron deficiency.

Corn Syrup Solids

Corn syrup solids are a source of carbohydrates that provide energy for growing babies. Some Enfamil formulas have corn syrup solids as a source of carbohydrates.


Soy is a source of protein that is used in some plant-based baby formulas such as Enfamil® ProSobee®.

Palm Olein Oil

Palm olein oil is a refined version of palm oil that combined with other ingredients helps mimic the fat composition found naturally in breast milk.


Lactoferrin is a protein found in breast milk that helps support immune function. Enfamil formulas with lactoferrin help support the immune system.

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Frequently asked questions

Always speak to your doctor about which ingredients your individual baby should avoid. It is important to avoid using homemade formulas or using cow's milk as a substitute for infant formula, as they are not necessarily properly processed for human infant consumption and do not have the necessary nutrients for optimal infant growth and development.

The ingredients for baby formula can come from a variety of sources, depending on the specific formulation–Enfamil uses special blends of ingredients in order to mimic human breast milk as closely as possible. Some common sources of ingredients include cow's milk (which is specially processed for babies), soybeans, and various vegetable oils. At Enfamil, we work with trusted suppliers to ensure that our ingredients meet our high standards for quality and safety.

The main ingredients in baby formula typically include a blend of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to provide the necessary nutrition for infant growth and development. Additionally, baby formulas have vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to support overall health.

Enfamil offers a range of infant formula products, each with a unique blend of ingredients to support the needs of growing infants. However, all of our infant formulas are formulated with a blend of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, DHA, and vitamin D. Additionally, some of our products have ingredients such as prebiotics and probiotics to support digestive health. Check out our formula comparison guide for more information!

Breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition for infants, as it provides a perfect balance of nutrients and antibodies to support healthy growth and development. However, for mothers who are unable to breastfeed or who choose not to, infant formula can be a safe and effective alternative. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best feeding options for your infant.

All information Enfamil, including but not limited to information about health, medical conditions, and nutrition, is intended for your general knowledge and is not a substitute for a healthcare professional's medical identification, advice, or management for specific medical conditions. You should seek medical care and consult your doctor or pediatrician for any specific health or nutrition issues. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment, care, or help because of information you have read on Enfamil .