Why Soy Formula (even organic) is So Dangerous for Babies

by Sarah Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & ChildComments: 271

baby being fed with a bottleToday’s generation of children could aptly be called Generation A where the “A” stands for allergies.

Food intolerances of all kinds are rampant with the very first frequently becoming apparent when a formula fed infant demonstrates an allergy to commercial milk based formula.

The typical recommendation by a conventional doctor in this case is to put the baby on a soy based formula such as Isomil or ProSobee.  About 25% of American babies are fed soy infant formula according to the website of Dr. Sears.

Elemental infant formula might also be suggested, but these are usually reserved for preterm infants and those with specific medical problems such as severe allergies to both milk and soy. Elemental formulas also tend to be foul tasting compared with milk or soy based formula and babies tend to reject them for this reason.

Many parents make the switch to soy formula in haste hoping to ease the digestive discomfort their child is experiencing on milk formulas not realizing the full implications of their decision.

In some cases, parents may never even try a dairy formula at all if a milk allergy already runs in the family. There is no evidence that using soy formula reduces the risk of a dairy allergy later, however.  For this reason, the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against the use of soy formula in infants who are potentially allergic to cow’s milk.  Milk based formula should still be the first choice even in those situations.

Why Soy Formula is So Dangerous for Babies

The primary problems with soy formula are threefold:  trypsin inhibitors, phytic acid and worst of all: phytoestrogens.

Trypsin inhibitors are proteins found in plentiful amounts in soybeans that inhibit digestion and absorption of nutrients. They are large in size and require application of high heat for appreciable periods of time to neutralize.

The industrialized process of producing soy infant formula deactivates the majority of trypsin inhibitors. Unfortunately, some remain and even in low amounts, they have been found to prevent normal growth in rats.   Given that a baby’s brain grows at its most rapid rate the first year of life, growing to about 75% percent of adult size (it is 25% of adult size at birth), even a slight retardation of growth could be devastating to development of the brain and nervous system.

Phytic acid is an organic acid, which like trypsin inhibitors, is present in large amounts in soybeans. Phytic acid is present in the outer portion of all seeds and blocks the absorption of critical minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and particularly zinc.

Unlike other seeds, soybeans have extremely high amounts of a type of phytic acid that is particularly resistant to deactivation. Researchers testing soy formula in 1967 found that soy formula caused zinc deficiency in every single infant who received it.

Zinc is known as the intelligence mineral because it is critical for optimal development and functioning of the brain and nervous system.  As a result, deficiency of this nutrient in infants at a time when the brain is growing at its most rapid rate could have lifelong implications and possibly reduce IQ.

Phytoestrogens or isoflavones represent the most serious problem with soy infant formula. These estrogen-like compounds have the potential to disrupt baby’s hormonal system for life.

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation:

Toxicologists estimate that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day. By contrast, almost no phytoestrogens have been detected in dairy-based infant formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products. A recent study found that babies fed soy-based formula had 13,000 to 22,0000 times more isoflavones in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula.

Flooding of an infant boy’s bloodstream with female like hormones has the potential to cause serious developmental problems at puberty.  During the first few months of life, a baby boy has testosterone levels that could be as high as that of an adult male.   This “testosterone surge” readies the baby boy’s hormonal system for puberty both for normal development of the sexual organs and also patterns of male behavior.

Could soy infant formula be responsible for the increasing problem of boys where physical maturation is delayed or even completely absent with retarded development of the sexual organs?

Baby girls fed soy infant formula may suffer negative hormonal impact as well from early soy exposure.   In a 2010 study, time-to-menarche was assessed in 2,884 girls. Those girls identified as early soy fed via soy infant formula had a rate of menarche in early adolescence (before age 12.5)  that increased by 42%.

Early sexual development in girls can herald serious problems with the reproductive system later in life such as unexplained infertility and breast cancer.

Research from 2012 published in Biology of Reproduction’s Papers-in-Press describes the effects of plant estrogens found in soy on the mouse oviduct. The study was specifically designed to model the effects of soy-based baby formula on human infants. The results of the study suggest that exposure to estrogenic chemicals in the womb or during childhood has the potential to negatively affect a woman’s fertility as an adult.

Organic Soy Formula No Protection from Soy Dangers

Some parents mistakenly believe that genetically modified soy is the main problem and that buying organic soy formula is protective for their infant.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  While organic soy formula does indeed provide a better quality source of soy, organic soy still has the same problems as GM soy – trypsin inhibitors, high levels of phytic acid, and large amounts of hormone disrupting plant estrogens that can devastate baby’s development and hormonal system.

Parents wishing to provide the highest quality formula for their baby should breastfeeding not be an option should consider a homemade formula from grassfed raw milk.  Most babies allergic to commercial dairy formula surprisingly have no problem with a homemade raw milk formula and in the rare case where a dairy allergy presents with the homemade milk based formula, a hypoallergenic formula based on homemade broth and pureed meat can be utilized.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

 

Sources and More Information

170 Scientific Reasons to Lose the Soy in Your Diet

Homemade Baby Formula

Homemade NonDairy Baby Formula

Is Soy Lecithin in Baby Formula Really So Unhealthy?

Homemade Goats Milk Formula for Babies

The Dangers of Estrogenic Foods, Herbs and Supplements

Why Babies Should Not Be Fed Soy

How neonatal plant estrogen exposure leads to adult infertility

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Comments (271)

  • Mari

    I see many varied outcomes here and would just like to share mine. Bothe me and my brother (31 and 25 years of age) as well as my firstborn (almost 4) were fed Isomil and haven’t experienced any of the terrifying results of soy. I do think that because people are individuals no one is going to experience these things in the same way because there are too many factors to consider. While these studies are probably legitimate you never know who they were sponsored by and how that affected the results. Hope this takes that scare away a bit. :-(

    September 19th, 2015 1:42 am Reply
  • Tonq

    thanks!!!!!!

    May 31st, 2015 10:50 pm Reply
  • gkiter

    I have been wondering for a while if soy formulas, because of their high concentration in isoflavones could be responsible for the increasing amount of homosexual and transgender people. I know it does not sound good but don’t take it the wrong way, I believe it is a legitimate question that should be studied (but never will).

    May 6th, 2015 10:48 am Reply
  • Deborah

    My daughter was terribly colicky as a newborn. I was up all night with her and the nursing was making me even more exhausted. I started soy relief bottles since the doctor thought that dairy in my diet was causing the colic. brestfeeding was totally abandoned around 3 months when we both had painful case of thrush. I continued soy formula until my daughter was 2 years old because my husband is lactose intolerant and I also have sensitivity to milk. My daughter’s onset of menarche was at 9 years. She has ovarian cysts and painful periods. She is 25, overweight (always had weight issue) and still has a bad case of acne. although she is a genius, she is (I am sorry to say), not at all pretty. I feel sorry for her and would have stuck out the thrush or started milk earlier had I known. I blame myself for her problems…
    Her endocrinologist and gynecologist dismiss any connection with soy formula and her hormone blood test levels are always “normal”

    April 27th, 2015 6:13 am Reply
  • CWL2010

    I have had thyroid issues which I was able to control with my diet… but a few years ago I discovered I was estrogen dominant. Any regular intake of soy caused me to have either extremely delayed ovulation or annovulatory cycles all together. When I first discovered this, after using soy protien shakes for about 20 days, it took about 4 months for my cycles to return to normal after completely omitting soy. A couple years later I was eating peanut butter every day, and using soy sauce, etc. I started having the same issues and realized the brand of peanut butter we had switched to had soy in it. I stopped it and went back to normal.
    Recently I found out my parents gave me soy formula as an infant after I was 6 weeks old. After 3 mo it was only baby food and soy formula. I am almost sure that is what has caused my estrogen dominance.
    I should also note, face creams with soy, or even parabens (which also act as phytoestrogens) caused the disruptions in my cycle as well.

    When my parents told me they gave me soy formula as an infant, it all finally made sense.

    November 20th, 2014 11:14 am Reply
    • CWL2010

      I should also point out that I started my period at 11 years of age and until I was 18 had severe menstruation cramps as well as heavy cycles that lasted 7 full days.

      November 20th, 2014 11:16 am Reply
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  • Sherri

    I have two daughters who were both raised on soy based formula. The first girl started her period at 12 yrs old and the second girl started hers at 15. I wonder in what way this study has considered other food factors that also contribute to added hormones in the diet…specifically, animal based foods. Dairy products and meats can cause this early menarche of a female human without soy. I have a granddaughter who has been raised on soy based formula and she will continue to drink it until she is one year old in which time I, as her child care provider, will introduce other nut mylks and stay away from cows milk which is made for calves to drink.

    October 28th, 2014 6:45 pm Reply
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  • Suzy Noriega via Facebook

    I was given soy milk as a toddler and small child instead of cows milk due to an allergy to milk. In my 40’s now & I am ok. Didnt have any of these ailments the article listed.

    October 2nd, 2014 9:54 am Reply
  • Debbie Eisa via Facebook

    Are soy products that are non GMO acceptable?

    October 2nd, 2014 9:01 am Reply
  • Debbie Eisa via Facebook

    To those who have fed their children soy formula, myself included, please do not feel guilty. Yes this info wasn’t available for many of us and we went with what we thought was right and now we know better. Moving forward we can help those who too have no idea about soy formula or products. My nephew was raised on soy, is very smart, and carries a double masters degree. My teen daughter also on soy…smart, sings, and gifted in the arts department. My little guy…soy too, smart, quick, and amazing! There is only so much guilt that a parent can carry and life is all about lessons. Let it go and move forward knowing you can and will do better.

    October 2nd, 2014 8:59 am Reply
    • Maria w

      Thank you so much for those kind words. I was literally over here about to cry feeling guilty. I had no idea there was so much controversy over soy products and figured since it was sold in stores, it was safe. My 15 month old had

      December 6th, 2014 8:43 pm Reply
    • bronnie

      My son has been on soy formula since 2 months. I had a horrible infection and my breast milk dried up while hospitalized. He is 7 months old now. We tried dairy based for a month before switching him to soy. The pediatrician won’t let me use goats milk until he is a year? Do you think now that he is on foods it may be safe to try dairy based formulas again.

      January 17th, 2015 12:56 pm Reply
    • TBtotalHealth

      I agree! We have so much information now, more than ever before. It is difficult to sift it all finding the truth. The more we learn the better we can do.The quality of foods we eat are of critical importance in giving our bodies the building blocks needed so that our body can use its innate ability to heal itself.

      Knowledge is power? If your interested here is more information on how to reduce further the exposure of these estrogens in our food and environment.

      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/08/26/why-are-more-girls-starting-puberty-early.aspx

      “What’s Causing Precocious Puberty?

      Scientists have brought forth a number of potential explanations, and in all likelihood it’s a combination of factors, such as:

      Hormones in food
      Pesticides in produce
      Obesity (which exposes girls to more estrogen because estrogen is stored in fat tissue)
      Phthalates in plastics and cosmetics
      It’s now a well-established fact that commonly used plastic chemicals, such as bisphenol A and phthalates, disrupt the human endocrine-system and affect your hormones, which control development and function in your body.”

      February 27th, 2015 3:09 pm Reply
    • manilen

      Hi, my son is just a month old , he tried Nan Hw one and has been pooping 15x a day.. pedia asked me to switch him to Enfalac Gentlease and has the same problem this time he even had bacteria as pef the stool.exam.. this is the day 1 i started the soy formula and my son for the very first time , have poopedi only twice in span of 12 hours.. i really hope this Isomil advance is.going to work for him.

      April 23rd, 2015 3:25 pm Reply
  • Joylynn Simmons via Facebook

    I was a soy baby in the 70s… I have had endometriosis, asthma, allergies and pneumonia several times I my life by the age of 5.

    October 2nd, 2014 8:22 am Reply
    • nico rios

      I was fed regular milk formula when i was a baby.. but still got all those sicknesses many times when i was a kid

      February 4th, 2015 9:58 pm Reply
  • Joy Elise via Facebook

    Crushes me that I had no idea till it was too late for my daughter. Noone told me and there was very little information floating around about it. Articles like this sting. Great for the current and future babies of the world but is a reminder that a this info wasn’t out 11 years ago like it is now and b there is nothing we can do to reverse it. There is only moving forward with better nutrition.

    October 2nd, 2014 7:05 am Reply
  • Elise Nicole via Facebook

    SOY is not good for anyone! Especially boys. It’s very high in estrogen.

    October 2nd, 2014 3:11 am Reply
  • Jena Carr via Facebook

    This information was not made known to me when I brought my preemie twins boys home from the hospital 7 yrs ago. Do you have info on how to reverse or minimize any possible damage I may have done? I feel more and more guilty as I learn more about the dangers of soy. I could use some encouragement.

    October 2nd, 2014 2:38 am Reply
    • meg

      I am in the same boat as you. Please reply if you hear any good ifo. Thx!

      March 13th, 2015 5:18 am Reply
    • gaby

      My soy boy baby is now almost 9 years old. I fed him Isomil for a year as recommended by my Pediatrician. He’s very smart, has no behavioral issues and has been overall very healthy always. Still, I feel scared to think that this might all be true for him. I really think It would be more responsible to let out the information, alongside with recommendations. Not only prevention is important. What happens with those of us who followed professional instructions and now are left out in the cold. Help!!… I get the “no more SOY ever” recommendation, but what else?? can I test him?? can I revert it?? what??

      April 2nd, 2015 3:37 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        The best protection is staying away from processed foods (loaded with soy) and feeding him wholesome, nutritious meals.There is nothing to be done at this point but hope all is well.

        I totally understand your concern … I fed my first son soy milk when he weaned for almost a year. I was worried for years that his puberty would be affected as latent soy damage doesn’t always manifest right away. Fortunately, he is now 16 and fine! So take heart … do the best you can but don’t beat yourself up about what you didn’t know at the time.

        April 2nd, 2015 8:02 pm Reply
  • Hee Hoh via Facebook

    Isomil taste horrible, doesn’t taste like homemade soy milk at all.

    October 2nd, 2014 2:10 am Reply
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  • sarah

    ever heard of galactosemia? soy formula saves lives for these babies.

    September 28th, 2014 5:02 pm Reply
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  • Marci Giannini Shockley via Facebook

    Sarah Byrd, that is why it interferes with testosterone surge.

    April 28th, 2014 11:26 am Reply
  • Paul Jones via Facebook

    Please quote a published study to back up the anti soy claims. Unless you can do that, the five birth control pills sounds like a blatant exaggeration

    April 27th, 2014 4:58 pm Reply
  • Lisha Larocque via Facebook

    You can lead the human to knowledge but you can’t make them think…..

    April 27th, 2014 3:59 pm Reply
  • Shelby Lew via Facebook

    Wow

    April 27th, 2014 10:00 am Reply
  • Beth Ann Kistler via Facebook

    Disturbing.

    April 27th, 2014 9:15 am Reply
  • Holly Cruise via Facebook

    Thank you for sharing this! Joan Bishop said it right! AND you don’t know what you don’t know!

    Thanks for all you do, Sarah!

    April 27th, 2014 8:30 am Reply
  • Amen Keights via Facebook

    Breaks my heart that I did not know any of this 30 years ago. :(

    April 27th, 2014 8:13 am Reply
  • Marilyn Kaye Muma-Reid via Facebook

    My son had only soy formula 23 years ago and he is perfectly fine. I wouldn’t use the soy formula now as it is GMO but he has had no effects from using it. Had to be done, couldn’t breast feed and milk made him extremely ill.

    April 27th, 2014 7:57 am Reply
    • Adria

      My baby son also was given only soy formula, this was back in the early 80’s when it first came to market. He has normal body and a very well developed brain; in fact he’s a scientist and college professor. I agree that the soy has changed for the worst and would not choose it today.

      June 22nd, 2014 1:39 pm Reply
  • Joan Bishop via Facebook

    why are so many parents being reactive and taking this information personally? That soy acts as a hormone disrupter isn’t personal opinion, it’s based on solid science that has been known for quite some time! Involving emotions isn’t going to help anyone’s kids, paying attention to sound science will.

    April 27th, 2014 7:51 am Reply
  • Tara

    Heres a brilliant idea. BREAST FEED unless its unpossible like you dont have breasts. God put them there to feed the babies, thats the only reason. Use them. The milk is so good that no formula made can ever replicate it, nor get close to it. Your own body communicates with your babies and helps it cure any cold or other bacterias that baby comes in contact with, what reason would you have to NOT breastfeed?

    April 27th, 2014 7:10 am Reply
    • Sat

      Not everyone can breastfeed. I couldn’t. I literally had no milk come in, not even colostrum! It happens. What if a mother is on a medication that could harm baby? What if something happens to the mother during childbirth? The father certainly isn’t going to breastfeed! Not everyone has the option to breastfeed and babies need nourishment.

      June 22nd, 2014 5:41 pm Reply
    • Kim

      My daughter would not eat enough from me. I had supply at first but she would not eat more than 1-2 ounces. She didn’t gain one ounce of weight for two weeks! This was stressful for me as I was worrying so much about it that my supply tanked more than it was already even with pumping and taking supplements. She was slightly tongue tied so I went to an ent for that. Didn’t help. I went to a lactation consultant for weeks. Didn’t help. I tried nipple shields. Didn’t help! She would scream and fuss or she would fall asleep and refuse to eat. I was heartbroken and felt terrible to choose to give up breastfeeding. So please don’t make comments when some people wish more than anything that they could have breastfed and they weren’t able to.

      July 16th, 2014 10:48 am Reply
      • Dakota

        Kim, I feel you girl, same here…!! =(

        October 23rd, 2014 2:29 pm Reply
  • Paul Jones via Facebook

    Is this for real? I would think that is an exaggeration. Does Japan suffer immensely for the amount of soy they eat?

    April 27th, 2014 1:21 am Reply
    • Rachel R.

      I don’t think the Japanese (at least traditionally) eat large amounts of unfermented soy like we do here (especially those Americans on a vegetarian diet). I’m admittedly not very knowledgeable about soy fermentation, but it’s my understanding that fermentation makes a significant difference in the makeup and digestibility of soy.

      June 30th, 2014 5:23 pm Reply
  • Ruth Garcia via Facebook

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    April 27th, 2014 1:11 am Reply
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    April 27th, 2014 12:27 am Reply
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    April 27th, 2014 12:03 am Reply
  • Juanita Penn via Facebook

    My nine year old daughter had soy as a baby and she is healthy and extremely intellegent.

    April 26th, 2014 11:47 pm Reply
  • Biff Johnson via Facebook

    well THAT has rather interesting implications.

    April 26th, 2014 11:37 pm Reply
  • Kim Snook Klingele via Facebook

    Exactly!!! There is a vast difference in the soy grown & used a generation ago & the soy (mostly GMO) used in products today, not just soy infant formula.

    April 26th, 2014 11:35 pm Reply
  • Tracy Beteta via Facebook

    The soy from 20 years ago is not the same as the GMO crap that is out today. I think that it’s important to understand all the facts. My son had to see a Developmental Pediatrician when he was very small. She told us absolutely NO SOY for him. She explained that the soy in today’s formula and even the soy milk in stores can act as a hormone disruptor in little boys and cause them to not develop properly and can cause many issues later in life. This isn’t a bunch of hooey as some of you seem to believe.

    April 26th, 2014 11:27 pm Reply
  • Nicole Reis Wald via Facebook

    Donna Goode Rogers thought u would like to read this.

    April 26th, 2014 11:09 pm Reply
  • Brittnay Rene Rigdon via Facebook

    If you don’t eat organically then the chemicals and crap you eat no matter how filtered gets into your breast milk the same way some medications do and is why it isn’t safe to take while nursing. The toxins you absorb from environment and the stuff like lotions and stuff you put on your body can also get into breast milk. So unless you eat only organic non gmo foods and use natural chemical free skin care products your baby is still getting toxins…

    April 26th, 2014 11:04 pm Reply
  • Brittnay Rene Rigdon via Facebook

    My husband was fed soy formula and we’ve conceived pretty easily 3 births and 5 pregnancies… Never had and puberty issues either he was right on time! I think this is a load of poo honestly. Scaring mothers into feeling they did damage to their kid. Same thing with any formula, acting as if its poison. Seriously, if its so bad why are soooooo many babies growing healthy on it? I’m very pro breast feeding but I get sick of hearing the crap on formula.

    April 26th, 2014 11:00 pm Reply
  • Sam Greenrock via Facebook

    I had this conversation with my pediatrician my son had soy while infant she didn’t seem to concern cause we pass harmones thru breastmilk too. But time will tell he is going to be 13 this Aug and all seems well. Wished we had all facts back then.

    April 26th, 2014 10:56 pm Reply
  • Ashley Jackson via Facebook

    What about soy in mothers diet while breastfeeding?

    April 26th, 2014 10:53 pm Reply
  • Om Leila via Facebook

    If you are going to tell parents that soy formula is so horrible, you have to follow it up with hope for parents who gave it to their kids before ever hearing this information. Please have some compassion for people who already used soy formula and can’t go back in time.

    April 26th, 2014 10:50 pm Reply
  • Michelle Craddock Braud via Facebook

    I have a 5 yr old that that is all he would tolerate. Any suggestions on what to do now that the mistake has been made?

    April 26th, 2014 10:46 pm Reply
    • Lisa

      I have a 9 yr old how had soy formula—Please let me know if you find out how to reverse the effects. He has access fat around his belly and chest area —we are VERY concerned.

      September 26th, 2014 8:21 am Reply
  • Mariah Baseman via Facebook

    Soy is so, so evil.

    April 26th, 2014 10:38 pm Reply
  • sara

    my son had sever milk protein allergy and had on NEOCATE amino acid based formula for 3 years .he allergy is over now he take normal diet but his growth is very slow .he is 6 years
    old with a weight of 17 kg and height just 105cm around 3 feet 5 inches. He had a good health when on neocate.is it due to neocate that he is not growing like a normal kid.plz guide.

    March 17th, 2014 4:17 am Reply
  • Elaine

    Interesting…from Dr. Sears website, it appears that they do NOT recommend soy formula unless otherwise instructed by one’s pediatrician: http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/bottle-feeding/soy-formulas

    February 27th, 2014 1:05 pm Reply
  • momsong

    to all you mothers out there…PLEASE do not believe EVERYTHING you read on the internet. just because some random person who you dont even know say this and that doesnt mean its true lol you know your kid best. while some information is true, biased article info like this can EXAGGERATE the facts.
    pls do your own research and dont listen to everything that you read on the internet. internet is the most unreliable place you can go to regarding parenting/kids.

    and think of this, millions of dollars in research and development for these formulas throughout decades…and you think they wouldnt think of these factors? you think it would still be in the market if ALL kids who takes these formulas turn out to have infertility, slow mental growth and some other things? remember not every child is the same. some kids are just unlucky to have these results.

    February 26th, 2014 12:30 pm Reply
  • louise

    OK I have a nephew who is now 5 so he’s gotten over this condition but when he was born he was born with lactose intolerance (his mommy is lactose intolerant). It took them 3 months to figure it out he wouldnt keep anything down and she couldn’t produce milk whatsoever so she tried soy milk formula and it worked he stopped puking and he was able to gain the weight he was supposed to. He has not develop any other allergies so I’m sorry but in her situation soy was best for him.

    February 26th, 2014 12:03 pm Reply
  • Janet

    My son had to go on soy formula after he was born (just hours after his birth) because he kept throwing up the milk and I wasn’t producing any milk. He was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and put on medication before he was two years old. He’s 11.5 now and is still taking a thyroid med. He’s average height for his age now but he was on target in the 75% for his age group at 18mths. I’m not sure if the soy milk had anything to do with his thyroid and height issues but I’m just happy that his doctor noticed he wasn’t growing like he should have when he was 18mths old.

    February 25th, 2014 6:35 pm Reply
  • Roberta Lynas

    My son was put on Whysoy and then Carabel due to reflux but then he and a few others also put on these formulas all have ADHD could being on this have given them this?

    February 24th, 2014 7:35 am Reply
  • Robert Kavanaugh

    The article fails to mention that petrochemical based xenoestrogens, (excluding phytoestrogens) are the likely culprit responsible for women (and fish and everything else exposed) suffering negative hormonal impact related to estrogenic compounds. Phytoestrogens, including resveratrol, have documented positive impacts on cellular health. Phytoestrogens have been around for millions of years and our bodies and genome know what they are and what to do with them. On the other hand, plastic, now ubiquitous, leaches BPA and other estrogenic compounds which our bodies do not process well because they are unknown to our genome. These dangerous endocrine disruptors are responsible for the deleterious effects of estrogenics in the environment. Phytoestrogens may actually inhibit their effect by acting as an estrogen receptor site inhibitor. This was written by someone without the slightest notion of the complexity of estrogenic compounds in the environment.

    February 11th, 2014 9:45 am Reply
  • Robert Kavanaugh

    This article is wrong. Soy phytoestrogens are epigenetic modulators that improve cellular longevity. Phytoestrogens are high affinity ER-beta receptor site modulators. This is a completely different biological pathway than ER-Alpha receptor site modulators like estradiol. Isn’t it odd that we would have evolved a completely different receptor site and pathway for phytoestrogens if it didn’t have some sort of alternative biological and evolutionary significance? See xenohormesis, S-Equol producers, superoxide dismutase induction via NRF2/Keap1. A number of studies indicate that infants fed soy formulas may benefit for life.

    February 11th, 2014 9:33 am Reply
  • Leo Daly via Facebook

    Anyone who feeds their Bub soy is an idiot. What happened to good old breast and cow milk. Soy tastes horrible apart from lacking basic nutrients.

    February 10th, 2014 11:36 pm Reply
  • Mindy Edwards Baker via Facebook

    I can’t say it was or wasn’t the formula, but I wish is known this 16 years ago. I didn’t produce breast milk. Everyone pushed soy! My daughter started puberty at 5, period at 8 and now has many symptoms of hormone issues!

    February 10th, 2014 9:18 pm Reply
  • Sharon Lindsley via Facebook

    baby’s only is the only one to use – check out food babes article on non gmo formula or just google non gmo baby formula..

    February 10th, 2014 9:18 pm Reply
  • Alma Tario via Facebook

    I am going to have to strongly disagree.

    February 10th, 2014 8:21 pm Reply
  • Michelle Rowton James via Facebook

    Wrote another WIC prescription today and as always I marked NO SOY EVER!!!!!! across the soy section. So sad that it’s even still an option for those kids!

    February 10th, 2014 5:28 pm Reply
    • Kate

      You write prescriptions for WIC? In that case, can you tell me how I can get baby’s only organic formula from WIC for my foster babies? I can’t change to it without a doctors prescription and am forced to feed them soy enfamil.

      August 21st, 2014 11:07 pm Reply
  • Sara Reimold via Facebook

    Homemade formula with raw milk or cultured milk should be taught to all pediatricians. There are alternatives to processed milk based and soy formulas, but of course most mothers who have difficulty breastfeeding will never be told about these options.

    February 10th, 2014 3:13 pm Reply
  • Elene Murray via Facebook

    Thanks for the post…sharing!

    February 10th, 2014 1:31 pm Reply
  • Karen Marques via Facebook

    Goat milk is the way to go for infants!

    February 10th, 2014 1:29 pm Reply
  • Heather Davis via Facebook

    shared!

    February 10th, 2014 12:54 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Mauro via Facebook

    how sad…remember when the media pushed soy to the public.read lables and educate yourselves.

    February 10th, 2014 12:45 pm Reply
  • Nicola Monroe via Facebook

    Ok I have my baby on the Baby Only Soy Formula, what do you recommend to change too?????????? I do not have time to make my own!!!! The Healthy Home Economist

    February 10th, 2014 11:12 am Reply
    • molly

      Hi Nicola – Have you had success with Baby Only Soy? We are currently on Prosobee and I’m trying to decide whether to stay on that or switch to Earth’s Best or Baby Only.

      June 5th, 2014 1:31 pm Reply
  • Debbie Eurich via Facebook

    Interesting.

    February 10th, 2014 10:10 am Reply
  • Elizabeth Yirak via Facebook

    To all those saying their child has a milk allergy, I would suggest your ped prove it. Our ped said that about both our children and he was wrong. They had reflux, and the only thing that really helped was zantac, not changing their formula 20 times.

    Also, there are tons of things out there to help with gas and indigestion in infants. My sister had a colicky baby that had stomach upset from just about anything she ate she breastfed) and after begining colief with each feeding, his colic pretty much disappeared. Sometimes babies just have a harder time breaking down the milk proteins, doesn’t mean the have a true milk allergy!

    February 10th, 2014 10:09 am Reply
  • Ashley Jackson via Facebook

    My husband was fed soy formula and he is all man.

    February 10th, 2014 8:47 am Reply
  • Kimberly Rose Lockwood via Facebook

    I guess my kids can blame me for not being geniuses now. They are still pretty smart. It’s always something.

    February 10th, 2014 7:51 am Reply
  • Madeline Firewick via Facebook

    I fed my daughter goats milk when she was 9 months old because I got pregnant an didn’t produce as much. Goats milk is a good substitute because the milk closely resembles breast milk.

    February 10th, 2014 7:21 am Reply
  • Sheril Gwyneth Liese via Facebook

    Donor breast milk can often be an excellent option. You can also make homemade baby formulas. There are several good recipes in Nourishing Traditions.

    February 10th, 2014 7:03 am Reply
  • Mandy Tavenier Knight via Facebook

    Soy’s bad, mmmmmmmkay.

    February 10th, 2014 7:00 am Reply
  • Julia Viehland via Facebook

    Ugh Stephie Ann Burton

    February 10th, 2014 2:46 am Reply
  • Lea Padlak via Facebook

    So I was on soy formula : (

    February 10th, 2014 12:45 am Reply
  • Linda Tarr via Facebook

    Is goats milk a good substitute if there is lactose intolerance?

    February 10th, 2014 12:43 am Reply
  • Drema Happy Superplum Gould via Facebook

    Yes. I have felt for a very long time that soy was NOT a good food – especially when I see so many women who own health food stores die of estrogen related cancers – and it didn’t help when ‘the father of macrobiotics’ & his book about getting rid of cancer with macrobiotics (and it’s Japanese based high soy diet) – his wife got cancer and died back in the 90’s I think. The owner of a health food store I worked at for 10 years and my good friend got an extremely aggressive cancer & was dead within a month of being diagnosed & she ate from her organic garden & organic lambs they raised – but I’m sure she ate a lot of soy products from the store, too. She was awesome & very much missed. Excellent post.

    February 10th, 2014 12:38 am Reply
  • Jenny Thomas via Facebook

    I had the same problem as Sheilla. Soy was the only thing that helped him. Dangerously underweight and severe intolerance to both breast and cows milk. Nurses were begging me in the end to place him on soy. It has a place in the scheme of things

    February 10th, 2014 12:08 am Reply
  • Angela Larusso-Lopez via Facebook

    Scary

    February 9th, 2014 11:58 pm Reply
  • Sheilla Whittern Salinger via Facebook

    My son was breast fed until he was he was 8 moths old and then due to medical issues I was having was placed on
    Milk formula. That milk formula made him a very, very sick boy and soy formula saved him. That was 20 years ago, and he hasn’t had any issues and I’m thankful it was available! Now days there are a lot more options for healthier formulas, not everyone can breast feed indefinitely or even at all.

    February 9th, 2014 11:51 pm Reply
  • Jescah Chapman via Facebook

    Yes Katie Healey. Exavtly why i told the “dietician” i would no way in hell give this to my son

    February 9th, 2014 11:50 pm Reply
  • Katie Healey via Facebook

    Jescah

    February 9th, 2014 11:48 pm Reply
  • Kim Snook Klingele via Facebook

    Today’s soy is not what it used to be years ago!! Most soy now is GMO, so not a good option anymore for any age!!

    February 9th, 2014 11:34 pm Reply
  • Rose M Aldana via Facebook

    So important to know!

    February 9th, 2014 11:19 pm Reply
  • Gwen Campbell Wright via Facebook

    I had soy formula and feel it set me up for hormone imbalances that I have had my whole life. Now the soy is GMO, who knows what travails that could bring.

    February 9th, 2014 11:13 pm Reply
  • Donna Eccles via Facebook

    Danielle Eccles

    February 9th, 2014 11:01 pm Reply
  • Anne Cetti Youngblood via Facebook

    So glad you shared this! I hope it helps someone.

    February 9th, 2014 10:49 pm Reply
  • Carissa Catellier via Facebook

    Traci Puschak Pretzel maybe forward this somehow to the girl Frankie works with. Great article!

    February 9th, 2014 10:45 pm Reply
  • Amanda Lanham McCurry via Facebook

    two-thirds of breast cancer is estrogen-sensitive, the anti-estrogenic effects of soy isofavones may actually help decrease breast cancer risk. To top it off, studies have found that soy foods and soy isofavones don’t increase breast tissue density or cause breast cells to multiply [8], unlike hormone therapy. In fact, consuming soy during the early years of life (the frst 20 years, to be specifc) may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer later in life. Hooper L, Madhavan G, Tice JA, Leinster SJ, Cassidy A. Effects of isofavones on breast density in pre- and post-menopausal women: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Hum. Reprod. Update. 2010, 16, 745-60, Shimizu H, Ross RK, Bernstein L, Yatani R, Henderson BE, Mack TM. Cancers of the prostate and breast among Japanese and white immigrants in Los Angeles County. Br. J. Cancer. 1991, 63, 963-6.

    February 9th, 2014 10:43 pm Reply
  • Amanda Lanham McCurry via Facebook

    comprehensive scientifc analysis of the research done on more average intakes of soy–more than 30 individual studies, we might add–found that neither soy foods or isofavones have any effect on male testosterone levels. That’s right, in more than 30 individual studies, it was determined that neither soy foods or isofavones have any effect on male testosterone levels… Messina M. Soybean isofavone exposure does not have feminizing effects on men: a critical examination of the clinical evidence. Fertil. Steril. 2010, 93, 2095-104

    February 9th, 2014 10:40 pm Reply
  • Crystal Solti via Facebook

    Sarah, what sort of testing or protocol do you suggest for babies who were fed commercial soy formula?

    February 9th, 2014 10:38 pm Reply
  • Sheri Youngquist via Facebook

    Thank you, Sarah. Yes, I’ve been reading about this for a few years. I remember reading that a high percentage of men in Japan are effeminate. They eat loads of soy there. On the up side, the Japanese eat the most iodine and have the lowest rate of breast cancer. Check out this great book: Iodine: Why You Need It, by David Brownstein.
    More on the negative effects of soy: http://www.ourinterestingworld.com/health/shocking-effects-of-soy

    February 9th, 2014 10:38 pm Reply
  • Linda Scholz via Facebook

    Erin

    February 9th, 2014 10:32 pm Reply
  • Susan Fields Phalen via Facebook

    Still, you don’t know the true origin.

    February 9th, 2014 10:31 pm Reply
  • Nature Girl Natalie via Facebook

    We were trying out pediatrians and when one mentioned soy formula to help with my daughter’s allergies I knew right away we would have to keep looking. I can’t believe they are still recommending it.

    February 9th, 2014 10:31 pm Reply
  • Lauren Belk via Facebook

    I was fed soy formula and have had a host of endocrine issues that began early in my childhood and are still very prevalent in my adulthood.

    February 9th, 2014 10:30 pm Reply
  • Susan Fields Phalen via Facebook

    My son had soy. He’s special forces, well adjusted and fine at 28.

    February 9th, 2014 10:28 pm Reply
  • Chris Mocuik-Weber via Facebook

    both my granddaughters are fine. What were they supposed to have when reg formula didnt work and breast milk was not there either?? jeez

    February 9th, 2014 10:28 pm Reply
  • Jennifier Neaves Westrich via Facebook

    Cat Pentecost yes i did. soy formula is total garbage. My infant has a milk allergy and I flat out told the doctor that soy was not an option for us. Luckily, she was not intending on us using a soy formula.

    February 9th, 2014 10:20 pm Reply
    • molly

      Hi Jennifer – what did you end up using in lieu of soy for the milk allergy? We are in the same boat. The hypoallergenic formulas give him terrible diaper rash in addition to being super $$.

      June 5th, 2014 1:33 pm Reply
  • Jo-An Ruth Prevatt via Facebook

    soy is plain bad news. have avoided it forever!! never did trust it.

    February 9th, 2014 10:18 pm Reply
  • Nancy Gardner via Facebook

    Holy crap!

    February 9th, 2014 10:16 pm Reply
  • Peg Miller Manley via Facebook

    Omg !

    February 9th, 2014 10:14 pm Reply
  • Connie Supernault via Facebook

    What I find frustrating is I have 3 boys, 19, 15 and 11 all were fed soy… WHAT DO I DO NOW? How can I reverse these effects?

    February 9th, 2014 10:13 pm Reply
  • Allison King Nagel via Facebook

    My baby boy had a true milk allergy ( not lactose intolerance) even to breast milk with mom’s diet modified. What was he supposed to drink??!

    February 9th, 2014 10:11 pm Reply
  • Kelly Duckels Allard via Facebook

    My daughter was on soy formula (could not breast feed / stress/ single Mom and she would become horribly gassy on regular formula.). She is a beautiful, smart, healthy 18 year old.

    February 9th, 2014 10:11 pm Reply
  • Julie Cruz via Facebook

    So sad for people who don’t know the dangers. :(

    February 9th, 2014 10:10 pm Reply
  • Cat Pentecost via Facebook

    Jennifier Neaves Westrich have you heard this?

    February 9th, 2014 10:08 pm Reply
  • Colleen Siren Webster via Facebook

    I wish I knew this when my adopted son was an infant. :-(

    February 9th, 2014 10:08 pm Reply
  • Tyra Droegemullr via Facebook

    Dur

    February 9th, 2014 10:07 pm Reply
  • Marianne Apicello via Facebook

    Poor babies

    February 9th, 2014 10:06 pm Reply
  • Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie via Facebook

    90% of soy is GMO too

    February 9th, 2014 10:02 pm Reply
  • Angelika Dorothe Veach via Facebook

    yikes, and since most soy is now GMO, double Yikes!!

    February 9th, 2014 9:50 pm Reply
  • Marisa Renne via Facebook

    Christine Ching Smith

    February 9th, 2014 9:50 pm Reply
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  • Liza

    Thanks for writing this post. I am sure you are very well intentioned, but it is so alarmist and dramatic that it can’t be taken too seriously.

    16 years ago I had to feed soy formula to my son and he turned out to be a completely healthy and intelligent boy. Just like millions of people who have been fed soy formula in the last century. Not to mention some Asian cultures who have been doing it for many centuries.

    Mothers here should be made aware that the Weston A. Price Foundation is the marketing arm of the animal food industry. Being in academia for 14 years now, it is pretty easy to see how they manipulate data so it fits their agenda. I wish I had more time to go in details, but I can’t. However, I would encourage everyone here to google “The Truth About The Weston Price Foundation”.

    I would rather stick with the independently peer-reviewed studies, than studies funded by the animal industry, that keep referencing each other over and over again.

    October 26th, 2013 1:42 am Reply
  • ella

    This report is utter trash

    October 24th, 2013 5:10 pm Reply
  • Sonia

    I breast-fed my son for 6 months, and when i started introducing solids, i decided to stop breast feeding slowly.. Because he was suffering from eczema, i decided to go for a dairy-free formula.
    I came across the soy formula, but i did’t know any one who used before..So, i thought was the best choice at the time… I was giving him breast milk in the mornings and at night, and soy during the day…
    At the age of 14 months old i started giving him almond and rice milk… He’s always been so healthy.
    Then when he was 2 years old, we went to a friends farm, and he did try raw goats milk, and he loved it!!! and that was it!! goats milk is the kids best friend!!
    All his eczema disappeared by the age of 2. and the first time he ever had cows milk, was few years ago…
    He is 9 now, super healthy boy, super tall and he’s been at the doctors only 3 times in his life…
    I think i did my best as a parent, and i don’t regret my choice of giving him soy. It was the best choice i could find 9 years ago. It was soy, or steroids for the eczema, and i went for the soy…
    I have a 7 years old boy, and i did’t give him soy formula.. I breast fed him for 8 months, and i give him very little formula (cow’s and goats)… but only because he didn’t have any skin problems..
    Don’t you kill your selfs because you used soy formula in your infants… do the best you can now, to introduce best options in their diet…

    October 20th, 2013 8:09 am Reply
  • Eric Taylor

    If by reason this entire article was correct. And I use the word “if” as loosely as humanly possible. Than a mother being a vegetarian and breastfeeding her child would be givin the same ill benefits to her child as a non dairy formula. This whole so called “study” is without base and has no real facts. How many babies and parents participated in this and where are the fact basis and differences in soy based formulas and milk based formulas. I would love to know the effects of one vs the other. Not suprising that giving formula to a child at the age of 0-12 mos of age will later as a 35 y/o adult will cause you to have cancer. Never mind all the countless years of food intake and proper or improper nutrition as a teenager or adult. Never mind the factor of smoking drinking alcohol or any other illicit drugs in between. I’m almost certain it was the soy based formula that did the trick. I mean come on people are you serious?

    October 15th, 2013 10:54 am Reply
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  • X

    Are you seriously citing a dissertation from some random student as a source? Sure, it’s a study, but to make wide-ranging claims off something like that is ridiculous. The author of that dissertation could be the worst student in her program, cranking out shoddy research, and you wouldn’t even know it! I wouldn’t even use a dissertation as a source for a class paper.

    August 16th, 2013 1:35 pm Reply
  • Lana CZ

    This article is a bit absurd, not every person in america can go themselves a grassfed cow and feed their child. The concept that soy is dangerous to our children needs more research, Because if this is the case, why didn’t FDA(even though I hate them) pull it off the shelves? Just like organic milk, why is that even an option to buy? Why isn’t all our children’s food organic to begin with?

    July 27th, 2013 4:04 pm Reply
    • Katie K.

      Lana,

      I feel the opposite of what you said here: When you say that the concept that soy is dangerous to feed our children needs more research. I say that the concept that soy is safe to feed our children needs more research. It is a food that has never been consumed in the ways it is now prepared and in the amounts that are now popular or recommended. Even in Asian cultures, soy is not and has never been consumed the way it is here. Not to mention, ninety-something percent of the soy grown here is genetically modified. And as someone who has experienced the effects of a high soy diet, I’ll just say that each person is entitled to their own opinion, but I won’t touch the stuff.

      July 31st, 2013 3:37 pm Reply
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  • Katie

    This really sucks! I was fed soy formula but only after having been breastfed for the first 6 months. I’m hoping good genes will help me out here. My fam. tends to be of pretty sturdy farmer stock where they grew and many still do grow and raise their own food and whatnot. So far so good, I’m 26 and have no allergies, hardly ever get sick, 20/20 vision, never needed braces. Hopefully I won’t get breast cancer down the line or something, geez.

    March 22nd, 2013 9:24 pm Reply
  • Outlawzero

    Don’t tell them it has demasculating effects, some of these feminazis may start giving it to their sons in the hopes it makes them more feminine, cause who wants to have boys that act like boys, being masculine is a like a freaking crime in this country for some reason.

    March 20th, 2013 2:10 am Reply
  • Carmen

    I have a big, strapping 15 year old son who was on soy formula (due to a family history of dairy trouble) for about 8 months after he self-weaned at 8 months. He has had no physical or learning disabilities–ever.
    He is a very fit 5’10, 140 pounds, and a runner.
    He is all male, right down to his cute little hairy face that he shaves daily–in the 9th grade.
    I hope that any readers tempted to beat themselves up for using soy formula now or in the past will think twice before self-flagellating. :)
    We are all doing the very best we know how to with the information and abilities that we have at this moment. Let’s not look for any reasons to create fear or false feelings of superiority…balance is beautiful!
    This is going to be my day to unsubscribe from this blog. Too many of Sarah’s posts in the past year or so have been unnecessarily provocative, frightening, or just garden-variety rude. Reading such stuff can’t be good for my health in the long run, either.

    March 17th, 2013 10:44 pm Reply
  • Carolina

    This post made me very concerned. I felt depressed that I couldn’t exclusively breastfeed because of my low milk supply. I gave her cow’s milk formula till she was about 7 months old. Then I wanted to switch to an organic formula, and I thought soy might be good. When I switched her to soy, her bowels seemed to improve, so I decided to stick with soy. I continued to breastfeed, but she drank mostly formula. I never heard anything bad about soy before. Now I’m concerned about how this might have affected her. What can I do to help her now that she is 13 months old?

    March 17th, 2013 2:43 am Reply
  • Natalie

    We adopted our son out of foster care. When we got him at 6 months of age he was on soy formula. His records did not indicate why. Our pediatrician said if he was doing well on it to continue, so we naively did. He is 18 months now. Any suggestions?

    March 16th, 2013 11:45 pm Reply
  • Ruth

    God gave women boobs for one reason, to feed your infant. Like every other FEMALE creature on earth! If infants had been fed breast milk from day one back to the beginning of time, you wouldn’t be having these problems now and there would be no need for manufactured baby formulas!

    March 16th, 2013 10:45 pm Reply
  • Mona Hasan via Facebook

    Breast is Best no matter what! I understand that some women arent able to Breastfeed but research all of your alternatives before you give it to your child.

    March 16th, 2013 9:14 am Reply
  • Lacie Parker via Facebook

    Lost good friends because i tried to give them info on soy formula. That was of course me accusing them of being bad parents because i could nurse and they couldnt. People know to come to me for info but ive stopped giving it out unless requested.

    March 16th, 2013 7:57 am Reply
  • Marla Gates via Facebook

    More and more people have soy allergies all the time – that should raise a red flag!

    March 16th, 2013 7:13 am Reply
  • Jennifer Warren-White via Facebook

    And a few people asked about alternatives…there’s only one good formula…homemade raw milk formula.

    March 16th, 2013 3:30 am Reply
  • Lynne

    When my little brother was born, he was puking up the soy formula and the breast milk. By accident, my mom discovered that when she fed him skim milk, he would keep it down fine. Apparently it was the FAT in the milk/formula that he couldn’t tolerate. I’m wondering if that’s what is happening with babies that they say are lactose intolerant? My brother is over 50 now and going strong…I have elderly friends who were given goat milk as infants, saving their lives. One friend was raised Amish. I don’t remember what her problem was (maybe it was her mom) but I know she told me that when they put her on goat milk, it saved her life. She’s been using raw goat milk ever since (and had 12 children, including two sets of twins) and she’s in her 70’s now. She breeds and shows Nubian dairy goats. We personally also raised our kids on goat milk. I nursed (and nothing else) until they were a year old, then they went on the goat milk. They are pushing 40 years old now and are big strong men. Our grandkids are the same – being nursed until a year old and then on to raw cow/goat milk. In our state, raw goat milk is legal but cow milk is not. Stupid!! I highly recommend putting your infant on raw goat milk from a clean healthy source rather than formula. And if they have trouble keeping it down, try the skim milk and see what happens.

    March 16th, 2013 3:24 am Reply
  • Jennifer Warren-White via Facebook

    Yes, I’ve tried telling people that soy is bad and I’ve posted links but I still get the “I gave my kid soy and they’re fine” argument. Well, I can put one bullet in a gun and aim it at my kid and there’s no guarantee that they’ll get shot. Same with soy…plus we can’t see what’s going on inside our kids bodies, so they might seem fine, but really aren’t as healthy as they could be.

    March 16th, 2013 2:55 am Reply
  • Heather Griffith via Facebook

    My daughter had soy formula and she is fine! Top of her class very intelligent. She is now 14 and everything is fine hormonally as well. I get so tired of do this don’t do that, this will kill you this is healthy and 5 years later its the other way around it makes your head spin! Everyone has to make the best decisions they know and really hope for the best. You can’t do everything perfect 100% of the time even with your kids as much as we may try. One other thing I know for fact is EVERYONE is different some people tolerate things and even thrive where others don’t so to say soy is dangerous across the board I think is miss information some people do well where others don’t.

    March 16th, 2013 1:19 am Reply
  • Alicia Anne Ireland via Facebook

    It just shows that you can’t even trust Naturopathic doctors!!!!!!! I was told this was the best route to go when my breast milk dried up with my second and gave him Soy and now this article says that you basically royally SCREWED your son for life. Well if I can’t trust my homoptathic doctor OR my naturopath or my Chiro ALL who told me I was doing thr ‘healthy choice’ using organic everything………and now this???? Everything is found later down the line to be a lie…..literally half of thr things I grew up with I my extreme healthy granola house are not even done any more because they came out with a study that said ________. So tell me……who do we trust?!?!??

    March 16th, 2013 12:57 am Reply
  • Julia

    It seems like soy formula should be illegal! So terrible that it’s even an option on the shelf when most parents don’t have the information they need about nutrition to make such a life altering choice for their child.

    March 16th, 2013 12:34 am Reply
  • Donna Eshelman via Facebook

    Thanks for sharing. I posted this on my facebook page for moms and babies.

    March 15th, 2013 11:15 pm Reply
  • Rachel R.

    Also, if you’re being told your little one is lactose intolerant, do your own research and make SURE that’s really what’s going on. Most doctors are clueless about breastfeeding. True lactose intolerance is very rare in infants – human milk contains significant amounts of lactose, so from either an evolutionary or Creationary perspective, lactose intolerance in a baby just doesn’t make sense.

    It *does* happen in rare instances, but in most cases when doctors say “he’s lactose intolerant,” what’s really going on is overactive letdown reflex and/or foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. Doctors generally won’t tell you this, because they don’t KNOW, but it’s a pretty significant difference because foremilk-hindmilk imbalance can be rectified just by things like changing your nursing pattern.

    If you’re trying to feed a baby something with processed cow’s milk because of an inability to breastfeed, there’s a good chance the issue is in the processing more than in the milk. And goat’s milk is a better match to human breastmilk than cow’s milk.

    So there are usually options…you just have to be willing to think outside the cultural box. :)

    March 15th, 2013 11:15 pm Reply
  • Lisa G

    After 2 years of steadily plugging away at eating nourishing food and following all of the WAPF guidelines, I just heard this week that WAPF discourages a mother from breastfeeding if she doesn’t eat a diet according to WAPF. Can you please clarify this for me? I abhor soy in every form and definitely saw my little brother react to it when he had pancreatitis as a 24 year old due to soy formula and soy milk growing up. But this particular belief against breastfeeding is enough for me to question a lot of the nourishing guidelines. I’m having a crisis of food! Please clarify!!

    March 15th, 2013 11:08 pm Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    Enfamil Nutramigen or Similac Alimentum. I believe they are lactose and Soy free.

    March 15th, 2013 11:00 pm Reply
  • Ash Morton via Facebook

    So what is a woman who can’t breastfeeed and who’s child is lactose intolerant supposed to do?

    March 15th, 2013 10:57 pm Reply
  • Miki Hojnacki Von Luckner via Facebook

    Breaks. My. Heart!! I breast fed but also was encouraged to supplement with soy formula b/c I had a big eater. He’s ASD & had all this info been more readily available I could have maybe known better.

    March 15th, 2013 10:21 pm Reply
  • Amber Piekarski via Facebook

    Honestly, I don’t think our gov’t cares a lick about the well being of babies, much less its adult members of society. Haven’t they made that pretty obvious?

    March 15th, 2013 10:10 pm Reply
  • Abigail Gack via Facebook

    Does anyone know an alternative? A friends baby cannot have regular as she’s very allergic, but I shared this and she’s wanting to know what else she can give her besides getting her milk back. ? Thank you!

    March 15th, 2013 10:08 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Emily, I’m so sorry to hear about your trauma. And Rachel, I agree with you, it would be difficult to even share this on FB, for me, as I have many friends who have used soy. All we can do is share as sensitively as possible! Thank you, Sarah, for an incredibly informative article.

    March 15th, 2013 10:06 pm Reply
  • Kaia Formoso via Facebook

    I know moms who are aware of the dangers and are still choosing to use it

    March 15th, 2013 9:53 pm Reply
  • Umm Jannah via Facebook

    Mari Mari

    March 15th, 2013 9:51 pm Reply
  • Colleen M Griffen via Facebook

    Babies need human milk (or another animal if human is not possible) Milk for the “Galactose” sugar in order to grow their brains (especially) properly. (this sugar is not available in vegetarian milks)

    March 15th, 2013 9:48 pm Reply
  • Marilyn Geiszler Huttunen via Facebook

    Thanks for getting this vital info out there!! I wanted to wean my son at 10 months onto soy formula, because I was believing all the hype about soy being healthier at that time (this was 18 years ago). My doctor, bless his heart, really discouraged me, telling me to read the label and see that it was mostly sugar. Thank goodness I heeded his warning, and weaned him onto a dairy formula for 2 months until he could drink milk. He’s an extremely healthy 19 year old today!

    March 15th, 2013 9:20 pm Reply
  • Erika Queen via Facebook

    FWIW, if you myst use commercial formulas, NeoCate is the only one I’ve found (including the hypoallergenic formulas) that doesn’t contain soy oil.

    I work for WIC and have such a hard time letting all these little ones be fed soy (and commercial formula in general). :( Being a government-run/financed operation, there’s only so much I’m allowed to say, but when people come in asking for soy, I do my darnedest to convince them to try the low lactose or hypoallergenic… After all breastfeeding support/assistance has been exhausted…

    March 15th, 2013 9:08 pm Reply
  • Larry Underwood via Facebook

    If people are that immature that they can’t handle opposing views posted on Facebook or in email, then you have no business being their friends in the first place. Ouch! Yeah, I’m right. Fair weather friends hmm. They should be mature enough to see it and either pass on it or maturely comment that they disagree.

    March 15th, 2013 8:50 pm Reply
  • Mandy Robinson via Facebook

    Just another reason why I’m happy that I can breastfeed.

    March 15th, 2013 8:50 pm Reply
  • Jeanne Walker McNeal via Facebook

    I’m actually curious … since I noticed that every dairy-based formula on the market contains substantial amounts of soy (I seem to get a lot of samples in the mail when I get pregnant) … if this ties in to the increasing rates of autism in boys especially? Along with the the pitocin flush from inductions … :p

    March 15th, 2013 8:42 pm Reply
  • Morgaine Donohue via Facebook

    She might lose friends because some people dont appreciate the Sanctimommy schtick.

    I do not like soy for a number of reasons, and I tell people those reasons if it comes up. But lets face it, this is just another way that we think we’re better parents than other parents.

    I know, I know “I dont think that at all, Im just trying to save lives!” Well, so is that person who forwards you an article about the benefits of full vaccination. Think about that.

    March 15th, 2013 8:41 pm Reply
  • Amber Richard Rowe via Facebook

    saw the sources and haven’t researched them, did you? Some times people indorse things because they get paid to.

    March 15th, 2013 8:37 pm Reply
  • Asti Swastiani via Facebook

    I did. But i think she already got too offended that she mentioned the article has no links to anything scientic.

    March 15th, 2013 8:37 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    I weaned my son onto soy milk. I fortunately had a dear friend tell me about how soy was so bad for a child’s developing hormonal system … I got him off it and will be eternally grateful to my friend for speaking up.

    March 15th, 2013 8:36 pm Reply
    • MItra

      how long was he on the soy??

      July 1st, 2013 3:46 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    The problem with soy formula is that the problems don’t show up until puberty in many cases.

    March 15th, 2013 8:35 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Asti Swastiani at least you tried .. those folks didn’t even read the article else they would have seen the sources.

    March 15th, 2013 8:34 pm Reply
  • Shannon Rice via Facebook

    This must be the cause of all the skinny-pant, wearing Justin Bieber hair styling in today’s so-called men. Lol!

    March 15th, 2013 8:34 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Asti Swastiani This post is sourced to the moon and back. Have you seen all the scientific references at the bottom?

    March 15th, 2013 8:34 pm Reply
  • Asti Swastiani via Facebook

    Hah! Shared this in a moms group im in n one of them told me not to post something with no reliable links! Cos all it does is just spouting things with no scientific background!
    I was shut down! Can only help people who want to be helped or who want to know better.

    March 15th, 2013 8:31 pm Reply
  • Skye Daniels via Facebook

    That is excellent, Amber. But it doesn’t mean that the risks are not real.

    March 15th, 2013 8:28 pm Reply
  • Amber Richard Rowe via Facebook

    I don’t know. My son was fed exclusive soy. He is intelligent, not allergic to anything and completely normal. He’s 8 and amazing, thanks.

    March 15th, 2013 8:22 pm Reply
    • Kate Moore

      My milk dried up when my youngest was 2 months old and when exposed to dairy formula had a bad reaction to it so we switched her to soy. She is almost 4 now and perfectly healthy. She is a bit on the small side, but her PA says that is only because her growth was stunted so early on from her feeding problems. My husband was raised on soy and so were all his sisters and they’re all fine. I would definitely have to do more research on this before I passed judgement on soy products. I’m glad to have someone else as skeptical as I am :)

      March 16th, 2013 10:51 am Reply
      • MItra

        Kate,
        G-d Bless you
        I am FREAKING OUT.
        same issue: i was told my son has a milk protein allergy. we gave him the broken down protein formula: Alimentum.
        Then. that was not helping.
        We gave him Soy based formula: ProSobee.
        It has been 26 days… I STOPPED the soy today, after reading this article.
        Deep down I know the soy and estrogens are bad.
        I feel HORRIBLE. I just want to crawl under something and never come up
        Relieved about your post. Made me feel a little tiny bit better.

        July 1st, 2013 3:45 pm Reply
    • kim

      It was puberty that the affects of soy showed up in my child. She was a little overly sensitive and emotional from 7 to 13 , but I thought that was just her. Now she has the most intense side affects , that are text book estrogen dominate traits. I am so sad I missed this when she was a new born :(

      September 15th, 2013 12:12 pm Reply
      • Angelica

        Hi, for how long did you give her soy formula? I am now concerned as I am giving my baby that

        October 12th, 2013 9:05 pm Reply
  • Joseph Mendiola via Facebook

    Raising a baby is NOT like raising chickens or other farm animal for slaughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15th, 2013 8:20 pm Reply
  • Kiley Horbetz Thompson via Facebook

    Good info!

    March 15th, 2013 8:19 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Rachel MacPherson Crouse why would you lose friends? I would be grateful if a friend passed along information to me that could save my baby’s health.

    March 15th, 2013 8:19 pm Reply
  • Rachel MacPherson Crouse via Facebook

    I would lose friends if I started emailing this around. Is that something people really do?

    March 15th, 2013 8:17 pm Reply
  • Amelia Owca Hinote via Facebook

    Soy is a terrible and cheap protein source, even for menopausal women! Stuff should go away!

    March 15th, 2013 8:15 pm Reply
  • Emily

    Omg! This explains so much! After being born jaunice I was put on soy. I’m 33 and have never had a period! Doctors could not tell me why my reproductive system was under-developed. It’s messed up a huge part of my life to be honest. Unbelievable.

    March 15th, 2013 7:00 pm Reply
  • Brittany Ardito

    Sarah, I just want to say thank you for this article. Your articles are always very informative. I really appreciate them…keep up the good work!

    March 15th, 2013 3:05 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    @Shelley: Yeah I was wondering about goats milk…

    If soy is bad, just how many alternatives are out there? ‘Availability varies widely across the States so more options are all the better.

    I don’t have children but I am very interested in food and nutrition issues.

    March 15th, 2013 9:49 am Reply
    • Kate Moore

      My husband has gynecomastia from taking pro-hormone supplements in weight lifting so we use Almond milk. It is great tasting, my children love it and it is a very healthy alternative to cow’s milk if there is an allergy. My husband and both my kids are allergic to dairy and we trust the almonds lol It comes in original, vanilla, and chocolate, and you can also buy it unsweetened which is great for cooking and baking. You can’t tell a difference. It’s awesome. I would highly recommend it to anyone asking :)

      I’ve also tried Rice milk and it is delicious but a little on the thin side. You don’t have that problem with Almond milk. If you’re looking for a treat though, pick up some Chocolate Chai or Vanilla Hazlenut Rice milk. SO yummy :)

      March 16th, 2013 10:47 am Reply
  • Anne

    It’s a little less dramatic:

    Dr. Sears actually writes that 25% of FORMULA-FED American babies are fed soy-based formula. But not every baby is formula-fed.
    Looking at CDC data, it seems that only about 10-15% of babies are exclusively breast-fed, so 90% probably get some kind of formula before they’re 6 months old (when 40% are still breastfed, though not exclusively so).

    And OF THESE, 25 % get fed soy-based formula at some time and in some amount.
    So, the percentage of babies mainly fed soy-based formula is smaller.

    It’s still bad stuff, though.

    March 15th, 2013 7:44 am Reply
    • Rachel R.

      I think that EBF typically means they’re receiving NO other nourishment, so some of those babies may be getting baby food/table food rather than formula. (I am flabbergasted by how many people are regularly feeding cereal or other foods at 4 months.)

      March 15th, 2013 10:25 am Reply
  • Shelley Wilson via Facebook

    goats milk is best!

    March 15th, 2013 2:54 am Reply
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  • Sarah

    It saddens me that so many well known celebrity health practitioners and doctors like Dr. Oz keep highly recommending soy. He has it backwards – less soy is more! Not to mention only fermented soy is safe to consume. It makes me wonder do any of them trust their own instincts and wonder why there are so many different opinions on soy? At least there are alternative bloggers out there like Sarah trying to spread the truth! I hope more Americans start to wake up about real food.

    March 14th, 2013 11:35 pm Reply
  • Chris

    I’m highly devoted to Weston Price and love your blog. We only drink raw milk & have no children. But, I am concerned for the little ones. The farm that I used had fabulous milk, extremely clean farm & milking area. The milk actually had (from letting the cows graze on immature pasture) e-coli & the family’s youngest daughter was hospitalized with kidney failure from the e-coli. It’s very difficult to weigh the risks.

    March 14th, 2013 9:26 pm Reply
  • Tracey

    I wish I knew then what I know now. My oldest (now 9) has a true dairy allergy and the only thing suggested once he weaned was soy milk. Later, when I found out the dangers of soy I was astounded and immediately removed it from his diet. He had some behavior issues that eased when we removed it.

    March 14th, 2013 7:11 pm Reply
  • Kim

    What about soy later in life – same harmful side effects? I buy non-GMO soy butter for my son who is allergic to peanuts. I also used soy formula when he was a baby. Ugh!

    March 14th, 2013 5:55 pm Reply
    • Jen

      I would use other nut butters (almond, cashew, etc.) if his allergy is specific to peanuts. There is also sunbutter, made from sunflower seeds.

      March 15th, 2013 6:05 pm Reply
  • Rachel R.

    To add to this…

    1) Zinc is one of the most essential nutrients “specific to” the male reproductive system. So decreasing a baby boy’s zinc AND giving him phytoestrogens – well, that’s just not a good mix.

    2) It is my understanding, from a book about infant development I read years ago, that galactose is essential for the myelinization of the nerve cells in the brain. And galactose is only found upon breakdown of lactose – which means SOME form of animal-based milk (preferably human, obviously, but at least *some* non-plant form when that’s not possible) is important for healthy brain development. (And, interestingly, autism is related to issues with the myelin sheaths. I’d like to see them study these things.)

    But I’d also like to emphasize that, as Sarah said, we can’t change the past! I’m confident this wasn’t posted to harass any parents who did use soy formula. :) It’s to inform for the future. You just do the best you know with what you know at the time. :)

    March 14th, 2013 3:36 pm Reply
  • Saeriu

    A customer at my work has a daughter who had early onset of her menstrual cycle. The little girl is 4 years old. All due to soy. Her doctors and child protection services had the mom in for questioning for child abuse. I feel really bad for the girl…how do you explain that to her?

    I wonder if soy in regularly processed foods further increase the problem? Do vegetarian children (who eat soy) have an increased likelihood of early menstrual onset?

    March 14th, 2013 2:49 pm Reply
    • Jen

      I don’t understand why the mother was questioned for child abuse due to her daughter menstruating that early. It’s not like the mom did anything intentionally to cause it.

      March 15th, 2013 6:03 pm Reply
  • Clarissa Mc Kenzie via Facebook

    My son was sooo allergic to soy when he was a baby he would get deathly sick 2 hrs later from eating it. We had to be soo careful, it’s bad stuff. Poison.

    March 14th, 2013 1:46 pm Reply
  • Tyra Droegemullr via Facebook

    Thank you for this and all your articles really!!! Soy is horrid! Especially for little babies!!!

    March 14th, 2013 1:26 pm Reply
  • Annette Hawks Pratt via Facebook

    Maybe doctors should know a lot of things. But generally doctors and actual nutrition information hardly ever cross paths.

    March 14th, 2013 1:20 pm Reply
  • Sara Neipert via Facebook

    We don’t allow any soy in our house. Bad news.

    March 14th, 2013 12:52 pm Reply
  • Good Ole Days via Facebook

    My son had severe reactions from soy formula when I had to suppliment him with it and do NOT recommend it at all!!

    March 14th, 2013 12:49 pm Reply
  • Jeanette Westhoff via Facebook

    Maybe doctors should know this. Sigh.

    March 14th, 2013 12:42 pm Reply
  • Cindy Mohammed Abril via Facebook

    I cannot believe our government would approve soy for babies well i can believe it.Dome countries it is banned

    March 14th, 2013 12:25 pm Reply
  • Selissa Richter via Facebook

    Allissa, I was ebf until 1, fed a very traditional diet long before it was popular, my mom made EVERYTHING from scratch, raw milk, whole grains, absolutely nothing refined ever, venison or home grown meets only and I started my period at 10. Some girls develop early. My mom didn’t but I did. Don’t worry about it. Relax. Ok?

    March 14th, 2013 12:19 pm Reply
    • Jenn

      Thank you, Selissa! What an encouraging post. I think that it is always important to keep in mind that EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT and thus can respond to things differently.

      March 15th, 2013 9:40 pm Reply
  • Heather Hill-Cantrall via Facebook

    @Jacqui the issues with soy formula are the same issues with all soy, read the article – the phytic acid and the hormone distruptors etc, no one should be eating soy. No one blamed soy on learning difficulties, I certainly didn’t but I thank goodness I don’t see anything “wrong” with him that was likely caused by soy. It’s good to know though and all people should do their own research, not rely on doctors, especially for nutrition advice.

    March 14th, 2013 12:18 pm Reply
  • Cleo Campbell via Facebook

    I am disgusted that our country allows soy formula to be sold! I, like so many of you, gave my daughter soy formula after I stopped breast feeding, at six months old. Even though she is doing well in school, it still concerns me in regards to her physical health. I quit giving soy to her at a year old when she started have severe digestion issues, and the dr told me it couldn’t be the soy. Well, I looked it up and seen how dangerous it really is! Don’t blame yourself, lets just warn as many people as we can.

    March 14th, 2013 12:08 pm Reply
  • Danielle

    I had also read somewhere about soy infant formula having extremely high levels of aluminum. Sarah, did you find any evidence of that in your research? Even if I’m wrong about that, the other reasons are plenty enough not to use it!

    March 14th, 2013 12:06 pm Reply
  • Jelaine Aprile

    When I click on the link for the video, I go to a “Blip” website that says, “This video has been marked private.” I can’t access it! Any ideas?

    March 14th, 2013 12:06 pm Reply
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  • Susie

    I wish I had known. I thought I was doing the right thing feeding my adopted baby soy formula. I don’t even remember what my reasoning was…. Now at 15 he seems to be a very typical boy but has very challenging learning disabilities. Can’t dwell on past mistakes. Just have to move forward and accept what is.

    March 14th, 2013 11:31 am Reply
  • Erica

    I was unfortunately fed soy formula in the early 80s when my mother could not produce enough breast milk and I couldn’t digest cow’s milk…I broke out in eczema from it too. Although not genetically modified, I believe it could be the cause of health issues I am dealing with now, including hormonal, digestive, and chronic pain. If only the cow’s milk/formula had been raw, I could have properly digested it. I’m making up for lost time by drinking as much of it as I can now and taking other measures to heal myself. I wish they wouldn’t even sell this on the market for unknowledgeable parents to buy for their babies! Thank you, Sarah, for spreading the word.

    March 14th, 2013 11:28 am Reply
  • Jenna Joy Slajchert Howard via Facebook

    Thanks, Jason Slajchert!

    March 14th, 2013 11:18 am Reply
  • Jason Slajchert via Facebook

    Terrible, Jenna.

    March 14th, 2013 11:13 am Reply
  • Christa Bateman via Facebook

    I swore I’d never use soy formula after my 1st son… He became SO emotional and difficult to deal with. His mood completely changed. He started growing hair ‘down there’ (no word of a lie, 6 months old) and I said that was IT. That’s when I looked up soy and I’ve NEVER touched it since. I just feel terrible it took my son for me to realize it! (I will say, he is now a happy, incredibly fit, healthy and thriving 4 year old but I will ALWAYS warn people about soy!)

    March 14th, 2013 11:10 am Reply
  • Jacqui Still-Zollner via Facebook

    And please, don’t everyone start blaming learning difficulties on soy formula…..they probably would have had them anyway.

    March 14th, 2013 11:10 am Reply
    • Susie

      I don’t agree. Learning difficulties are a modern problem. It’s not just soy but also poor nutrition and poor gut flora.

      March 14th, 2013 12:49 pm Reply
      • Rebecca C

        Learning difficulties are just one of the new problems that kids are dealing with. We have to look at the things that go into our bodies as the causes of this stuff.

        March 15th, 2013 7:36 pm Reply
      • Yael

        *Diagnosis* of learning disorders is a modern phenomenon, not necessarily their incidence.

        July 9th, 2013 3:05 pm Reply
    • Kathleen Klebba

      I’m in school for Nutrition & Integrative Health at the moment, and our professors seem to dance around the soy issue, not wanting to offend anyone. I’ve seen some professors endorse it in moderation (fermented, organic), and some who won’t recommend it at all. However, as someone whose former high-soy diet gave me a seriously whacked out thyroid (at age 21!) and hormonal imbalances, I’m 100% with Sarah on the soy issue. (Btw, I’m 25 now, following a no-soy, whole foods diet, and feeling a million times better.)

      March 18th, 2013 5:33 pm Reply
  • Jacqui Still-Zollner via Facebook

    I just took a Nurtitrion class through USC that totally says something different. My daughter used soy milk, is fine and I am totally at peace with that decision.

    March 14th, 2013 11:09 am Reply
  • Heather Hill-Cantrall via Facebook

    I’m right there with you Amber – My son is 16 now but, had digestive trouble as a baby, I was told to switch to soy formula – he puked on that stuff just as much as the regular formula but I was young and ignorant and thought doctors knew everything. My son has Asperger’s Syndrome, he’s academically advanced but has always struggled socially. Physically he’s fine though, no delays in physical maturation.

    March 14th, 2013 11:06 am Reply
  • Stef Riggs via Facebook

    I wish I had known this 19 yrs ago. My son exclusively drank soy formula. I can’t stop feeling like I suck as a mother. I never even questioned it back then.

    March 14th, 2013 10:56 am Reply
  • Sara James via Facebook

    Amber, my daughter never had formula and while very advance in language arts, still struggles occasionally with math. Seriously, do not link everything to food otherwise you will drive yourself psycho, I am sure you are a good, caring mom.

    March 14th, 2013 10:56 am Reply
  • Alissa Young Jansen via Facebook

    I was told that, when I could not breast feed, soy was the closest alternative. I wish I knew then what I knew now. At 5 my daughter was already beginning to develop breasts, and now at age 10 she has started her menses!! We have been off ALL soy for several years now but it did not reverse the effects. Add that to the hormonally treated milk we were giving after formula…UGH!! I am praying that our new lifestyle will help to even out some of this mess and reverse some of the damage.

    March 14th, 2013 10:55 am Reply
    • Muniqui

      My goodness! Really?

      Perhaps a good naturalpathic or homeopathic doctor can help. Do continue to love your daughter and let her know she is ok even though her body is developing differently.

      I wish you and your family well.

      June 25th, 2013 1:04 am Reply
  • Amber Pearson Cottrell via Facebook

    I gave my son soy formula and I didn’t know this then. I have worried over it since I started this journey on better health and nutrition. I’m sick over it but I can’t undo it. I must move forward with making his nutrition as best it can be and put it in God’s hands. He’s very smart but is having trouble with spelling and vowels. I’ll never know if this is because of that or not. I wish the Dr would have told us not to use soy. I didn’t have enough milk and he threw up with milk based formula. I wish they never sold it.

    March 14th, 2013 10:52 am Reply
    • Ngela

      I feed my son soy formula because I was unable to breast feed him and he had a reaction, if you will, to the lactose formula. The next best thing was soy formula. I hate to have to insult this article but it is not just the soy that everyone should be up in arms about. Ethnicity plays a roll in the matter. My son is extremely smart and developing at a great rate as well as gaining weight on a curve and it is exact every month.
      Take into account immunological health of the mother and father, ethnicity, sex of the child, and region of residence. All of these can affect what the child should eat.
      It is really easy to scare people who have no knowledge on the matter.
      I wish you all “luck” and pray God’s hand guides you all.

      October 26th, 2013 9:26 am Reply
  • Jenn

    Wow… I wish I knew this 4 years ago… At least my sweet pea was able to nurse most of the first 5 months…she is bright and began reading one syllable words just as she was turning 4… I have noticed signs of zinc deficiency, but I also have had issues with that. Sarah, do you have any specific recommendations for getting more of this in her diet other than massive quantities of oysters? I’ve tried a liquid supplement, but that’s not gonna happen. She’s eaten a mostly processed food free diet her whole life. Mostly meat, veggies, and some fruit… Nuts and seeds, we eat some dairy, but it tends to make us congested… I’ve knew to the world of Kombucha, but my kids LOVE it and will drink it faster than I can make it! Thanks for your help!

    March 14th, 2013 10:51 am Reply
  • Sara Campilii via Facebook

    My son was “allergic” to cows milk formula but has been on the raw milk formula from Weston A Price for 5 months now and is doing awesome!! The doctor said he has nicer skin than most kids he sees.

    March 14th, 2013 10:47 am Reply
  • Carla Slajchert via Facebook

    Jason Slajchert

    March 14th, 2013 10:47 am Reply
  • Traci

    We gave our daughter soy formula 16 years ago when an infant from 4 days old until we weaned her off and introduced pasteurized cow milk (we just discovered traditional eating including raw milk 2 years ago). Right now it looks like she’ll be the valedictorian of her class so if the soy impaired her brain development, it isn’t showing. Of course we don’t know if she escaped infertility or breast cancer but time will tell. And as you said, Sarah, the whole thing has to be left in His capable hands or spend the next 10+years worrying about it which I choose not to do. Obviously if I knew then what I know now I would have NEVER given her soy formula but live and learn as they say . . .

    March 14th, 2013 10:34 am Reply
  • Amy

    I am so, so grateful I knew this when I could not produce enough breastmilk due to a medication I must take and I had a milk protein intolerant baby. Soy is the worst. I read in America 25% of infants are on soy formula and in Europe it is used as an absolute last resort and labeled with warning stating as such.

    March 14th, 2013 10:33 am Reply
    • Rebecca C

      I didn’t know this when my baby needed formula, but my husband knew that soy had estrogen and he wasn’t eating any of it himself. Thank goodness. We found the raw milk formula and have never looked back. My six month old son is bigger now than his one year old cousin. He is solid and very happy! My two and a half year old daughter likes to drink the formula too, actually, so I let her have some also. She also asks for her cod liver oil every day. She’s hilarious.

      March 15th, 2013 7:42 pm Reply
  • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    Nutrient dense, traditional diet to build the child up and lots of prayer.

    March 14th, 2013 10:21 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I honestly don’t know anyone who has successfully reversed the damage from soy infant formula. I know many who have tried with varying degrees of success with the help of a holistic pratitioner specializing in gut and/or hormone health.

      March 14th, 2013 10:22 am Reply
      • Stephanie

        That is what I was afraid of. I was a nanny for years before I became a mom myself and one of the babies was fed soy formula, I just wish I could be more helpful. Thanks for the reply.

        March 14th, 2013 11:26 am Reply
        • Nichole Sawatzky

          GAPS is a fantastic way to find healing for babies who have had a start on soy formula. I know of several who had had really rough beginnings and have found healing thanks to brave mamas transitioning them off of horrible chemical formulas and onto GAPS. My daughter has extensive damage to her body, and soy formula is one of the major reasons. She is thriving and growing and healing tremendously with the help of GAPS and alternative medicine. There is always hope.

          March 16th, 2013 1:42 am Reply
    • josh

      What about all the hormones in cow milk? what about the increase in bowel and stomach disorders later in life from milk fed babies? what about the antibiotic traces in cow milk?

      October 3rd, 2013 5:14 pm Reply
      • morgan

        that’s exactly what i’m wondering. please read these articles before panicking over your infants health. this article is misleading and is going to panic mothers for no reason.
        http://zenhabits.net/soy/

        February 27th, 2014 7:08 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    So what can someone do if they did give their baby soy formula?

    March 14th, 2013 10:16 am Reply
    • Lori

      I think if someone fed their child soy formula, they just do the best they can now! You can’t change the past, so you take a deep breath and change the present and the future! That might be working on diet, working with an alternative health professional, etc. or whatever is best for you and your family.

      March 14th, 2013 10:37 am Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        YES! We can’t undo the mistakes of the past .. we just move forward with what we know now.

        March 14th, 2013 10:41 am Reply
      • Dw

        my understanding from the majority of information I am reading (gmo’s/ modified with round up, the after effects are not realized until the 3rd generation. Most of the recent findings that have been documented have been in 3rd world countries who have had GMO crops for quite some time and are seeing the majority of problems especially in children and the elderly.
        GMOs have been thrown out of Europe (burned out), but the education in other countries is not there. So, India has taken it on, and Africa, and the Philippines they will keep pushing until Monsanto food is a household word. Its all about the money, and slave to growing the seeds (they get paid for every seed grown (every harvest)

        March 7th, 2014 4:41 pm Reply
      • Harry Beastly

        Wow. I had a feeling something like this was afoot. On the one hand I think it is kind of terrible the way that wholesale food stuffs appear on the market with no indication as to what kind of physiological effect they might have. That is why it is good to keep yourself educated, so that you can make your own deductions.

        April 8th, 2014 4:28 pm Reply
    • Deana

      I find it interesting that Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist worked for the Weston Price Foundation. It says it right on her website. The Weston Price Foundation is not our friend.

      The Weston Price organization recommends that people eat generous portions of animal foods and fat, claiming that cholesterol levels have no relationship to health.  They write about the “dangers” of a plant-based, near-vegetarian, or vegan diet.  What makes all of this confusing to the general public is that the members often use scientific articles to document their stances both for the consumption of animal foods and against the consumption of a plant-based diet.  However, many of these citations are used inaccurately and are misleading.   For example, some studies use only animal subjects and the experiments involved high doses of isolated nutrients from soy.  This is considerable different than consuming whole soy foods as part of a well-structured plant-based diet.  Others are simple misinterpretations of the evidence.  One study that was cited to support the stance that consumption of soy formulas can lead to precocious puberty in girls did not even mention soy milk. 
       
      It is important to give careful consideration to which individuals and organizations you will rely on for information about diet and health.  The Weston Price Foundation and its members have conducted no research on the long-term effects of the diet they recommend.  They cite no long-term studies indicating that their diet is health-promoting or safe.  Their advice to avoid soy foods is one of many statements that are in complete opposition to the preponderance of the published scientific evidence about diet and health.
       

      February 11th, 2014 12:44 am Reply
      • Cheryl Carruth

        Do you work for the soy industry, by any chance? I find it laughable you say the Weston Price Foundation has conducted no long term studies. Read Dr Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Or just pay attention to the longterm study otherwise known as “since the beginning of time”, when our ancestor’s ate animal fat since… well, the beginning of time. For those of us who have healed our long time conditions on Weston Price Foundation recommendations, your comments have no credibility whatsoever.

        February 25th, 2014 6:46 pm Reply
        • Moe

          Bull

          March 15th, 2014 11:36 am Reply
    • morgan

      stephanie, your baby is fine. this article is a bunch of garbage.

      February 27th, 2014 7:09 pm Reply
    • Lisa

      Please don’t panic. Please see this link for a study on abc news that was done on the long-term effects (or lack there of) of soy formula: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117282 Although they still have not tested for long-term effects for people beyond middle age, it’s important to consider the most up-to-date research that says it is safe. I understand this author’s concerns, but I would ask that she PLEASE does not cause unnecessary worry in parents. My son may have a severe food allergy. Although I am trying my very best to only give him breast milk (even as a mom who must work full time), he is 7 months old and has recently started drinking more milk than I can make, and I may need to start supplementing with soy formula. The stress of this is awful… I would ask that the author of this article please add a note about the recent study showing soy to be safe, and not cause additional worry and pain for parents who are just trying to do the best they can for the ones they love.

      March 19th, 2014 1:27 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        More bad news for soy formula just out. New post coming soon on this.

        March 19th, 2014 3:27 pm Reply

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