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Pros and Cons of weaning onto Soya Milk???

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Kaelle Thu 22-Feb-07 14:33:35

DD3 is 14 months and I'm trying to wean her off formula, wanting to try alternatives to cow's milk (she gets plenty of dairy through yoghurt cheese and milk-based sauces). So far, I've been successful at 50/50 formula and soya milk, but she's really not too pleased going as far as 100% soya. Has anybody else successfully weaned onto soya and does anyone know of any evidence about pros/cons of soya vs cow's for babies?

pollyanna Thu 22-Feb-07 14:39:36

have you thought about goat's milk? My ds had a cow's milk intolerance and soya milk made him constipated. I tried to avoid too much cow's milk for all of my chidlren, and read a few books which recommended goat's milk. But I think goat's milk isn't as good from a nutrition pov.

bundle Thu 22-Feb-07 14:40:41

does she have an allergy?

amidaiwish Thu 22-Feb-07 15:37:39

i thought that soya milk has a lot of oestrogen in so not advised unless it is the only one they can have. but i'm not 100% sure about this...

MrsBadger Thu 22-Feb-07 15:42:12

Remind me again why you're so anxious to avoid cows' milk?
Am guessing she's been on a cows' milk-based formula unless you have a prescription one...

MrsPhilipGlenister Thu 22-Feb-07 15:43:30

Another fan of goats' milk here - DS3 has been having goats' milk for about a month now and we are really pleaed with the difference in him - he's older though, at 2.7.

Indavenito Thu 22-Feb-07 15:45:42

I use rice milk and almond milk

Kaelle Thu 22-Feb-07 17:02:14

Thanks to you all. I will try Goat's milk, Pollyana and MrsPG - I hadn't yet because I can't really deal with the strong taste. DD does not have any known allergies yet, Bundle, but we have them in the family. I was avoiding cow's milk just to have variety in the diet, Mrs.B. She was bf for six mos before going onto one of the mainstream formulas. DD1 is on rice milk (Indavenito) so I still think that's OK, but I read somewhere that soya was a more nutritious alternative and good for girls (the oestrogen in soya is supposed to account for better health in Japanese women). So, yes, amidaiwish, i should probably look into this further...Any tips on a good site, other than just googling?

tiktok Thu 22-Feb-07 17:35:29

There is a lot of concern about the safety of soya - yes, google it, and you will find out a lot of stuff which will at least give you pause for thought. There is really no justification for giving soya to babies unless it is clear they have an allergy to cows milk as far as I can see....why risk it?

Kaelle Thu 22-Feb-07 19:44:52

Thanks for that tiktok. Will go for additional research.

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