Question for Moms that give their babies Soy Milk

Khadijah - posted on 05/13/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have 15 month old g/g twins and maybe a month after their 1st birthday I made the switch from formula to regular milk. After a little research I decided not to give them cows milk and opted to give them Silk (soy milk).

Two days ago at their 15 month appt we noticed the girls didn't grow as much in height and one of my girls stayed the same and the other grew a little a is now at the same height as her sister (whom she has always been at least a inch behind since birth). Also one of them lost weight and the other only gained an once! I was thinking that was because they are walking/running around now.

Keep in mind my girls are above average in height and weight (90th percentile mainly in height). The my doctor asked me to go back and compare the nutritional facts in Silk vs. the whole cows milk. The cows milk has 8g of fat and the Silk has 4g of fat per serving. There were also a few other differences.

I don't want the milk that I give them to affect their growth, but I also don't want to give them the cows milk.

Today I started mixing one scoop of baby formula in with the soy milk for the fat and vitamins. I will know by the next appointment if it pays off. If not, I may have to eat the expense and buy organic cows milk.

What do you Moms do for added nutrition and vitamins?

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Jessica - posted on 06/01/2010

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I also have them on some homeopathic supplements and vitamins to keep everything running right.

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2010

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I have heard good things about goats milk. My daughters were allergic to everything when they were infants and we ended up using the hypoallergenic formula which was really expensive and having to add more formula to the bottle for calories. The docs always say that about milk they told me that when my daughters were allergic to it and told me to try it again when they were older. I opted for rice milk mainly because my daughters really liked it and they weren't allergic to it.

Khadijah - posted on 05/19/2010

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Thanks for your comments ladies. Very enlightening!

Amy- There is always the Soy yogurt. I give my girls YoBaby or Sonnyfield Farms (I think that's the name) and my girls love it! I don't give them that much cheese because one of them get constipated very easily.

They are getting the usual breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, but I opt not to give them a snack before bed.

I was definitely thinking because they are more mobil now that is causing some of the weight loss. I guess I got a little nervouse because the first thing the Pedi said when she charted the weight loss was "You need to check the nutrition facts in comparison with whole milk." Also I am curious about how the natural estrogens in Soy milk can affect my girls. I will have to do some research on that for sure! I am so disgusted about all the hormones in cows milk amongst other things.

Terri- I never thought about the goats milk! I'll definitely have to look into it.

I really want my girls to stay healthy!

Iridescent - posted on 05/18/2010

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Goat's milk might be a good option for you, but it is 4x the cost. We use Rice milk for the whole household now. The nutrition is much lower than even soy, with 1g protein per 8 ounces and 60 calories. We have chosen to use rice milk based on a few reasons - 3 of us are lactose intolerant, 1 fully allergic to milk. I researched it and refuse to use cow's milk whenever possible anymore in our house after the things I've found. We didn't use soy because it has too much protein for one of our children, and is also an allergen for one of the twins. Also found out it's quite high in estrogens naturally...so not really a good alternative in all ways.

We DO supplement everyone's diet with other sources of nutrition. Butter on foods in our underweight child, gravy, anything we can think of. Peanut butter sandwiches. Yogurt for a snack before bed. Yes, it contains cow's milk, but we can't avoid it entirely (have you ever tried???). Cheese sticks in our children capable of eating it safely. Regular meals (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, supper, snack at 15 months). Increased activity and age has a lot to do with lack of growth and even some weight loss. It's not just from milk.

Terri - posted on 05/18/2010

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My sister-in-law opted to use goat's milk. Don't know if this is an option for you but she has a very healthy little boy.

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