soy milk questions!! please help!! : )

Alyssa - posted on 04/21/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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my son is 6 mo and he just recently startd spitting up tremendosly after he eats, could it be to late to determine if hes lactose?

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Nikki - posted on 04/21/2011

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I agree with Dana about the soy altering hormones. My daughter is dairy intolerant and I put her on soy thinking I was doing the right thing, it was a quick decision because she was having so many problems with dairy. I started researching it, spoke to my naturopath and doctor and decided against using it. We went with goat's milk instead.

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Ashley - posted on 04/22/2011

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I would call your dr. When my son was throwing up after meals I called his DR and they told me it wouldnt hurt him to try soy. But if the throwing up continues i would recomentd talking to your dr about Pyloric stenosis and Malrtotation, which are things that can cause throwing up. MY son had both and the dr didnt seem to care. he passed it off as a milk allergy,. best thing to do it call your DR and see what he wants to do . GOOD LUCK!

Alyssa - posted on 04/22/2011

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thanks everybody for your input, i decided to try similac soy for sensitive tummys, and since yesterday he has quit spitting it back up, it is now not half as bad as it has been the past few days.. im also going to consult my pediatrician just to be sure that was the right thing to do. i just want to try everything to make sure my lil man is ok! thanks everyone again for your replys! i just know that there is alot of controversie over soy. but i do know that i had acid reflux VERY bad my whole pregnancy to so that may of had an impact on him.: (

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/21/2011

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i think im going too try the Enfamil Lactose free formula OR the enfamil for babies that spit up frequently,its a thicker formula....any advice on which i should try first?? my son has bad reflux and spits up alot,and used to be pretty uncontent on regular formula thats why we went to soy. Ughhhh! i dont even know if ill sleep tonight lol.

Mrs. - posted on 04/21/2011

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I try to steer away from soy myself and I'm lactose intolerant.



My daughter is also lactose intolerant (as is my mom, brother and my child's aunt). We didn't figure it out until we realized she had way more gas and tummy cramping than the average baby. I bf'd a bit but supplemented a lot. We switched, on the doc's advice, to Enfamil's lactose free formula and the farts/cramping vanished. We tried a soy formula and it made the farts worse!



Then, when she got past one and it was time to move on past formula, we tried regular milk again. The doc said to try because sometimes babies will grow out of the whole lactose thing. With my daughter, it was the same farty mess. So, we knew soy gave her gas (and has estrogen in it). We were told to give goat's milk a try, which worked wonderfully. I highly reco giving it a go in another 6 months if you little one still has dairy issues.



I just wanted to add that the spitting up might be more of an acid reflux issue or something, if cramping or messy stool isn't part of it. Check in with you doc.

Dana - posted on 04/21/2011

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That's good, Keli! At least bring the concerns up with your son's doctor too and see where they can guide you or maybe answer some questions that have now been raised.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/21/2011

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Yeah it is on my mind now and i might make a switch. i havent heard of all those concerns before. i was just recommended by several people that soy was amazing for their kids so i thought id try it,and it does help him be more settled,less gassy,ect....but after learning of these concerns i might consider trying regular enfamil again or something else. i guess ill read about formula's tonight while im having my "me time" before bed :) thanks ladies for bringing this to my attention. it has me thinking now.

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Keli,... I was thinking a bit about what you had said about why would they sell it on the shelves and really there are a lot of items that are for sale for us to consume that shouldn't be available as they are so unhealthy but we have a choice. Just like smoking. There was a time when doctors promoted smoking as healthy even though there were red flags and people cautioning,... I sometimes just wonder if more time passes and more studies are done that perhaps we will learn even more of the dangers than we already have. Not criticizing you at all for it's obvious you have your sons best interest at heart. I hope everything remains all well and good for you and your son too : )

Dora - posted on 04/21/2011

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He can be lactose intolerant. I found out my son was lactose intolerance after I breast fed and switched him to milk. The signs he had was diarrhea each time after drinking milk so hat is when I decided to to switch him to organic soy milk and he has been doing great on it. At such a young age I would definitely look into reflux and also make sure he is not drinking too much at once cause at that age their tummy's are still small and can only hold so much.

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I found that because I learned some disturbing information and also people talking about the pros of soy that I would stay with something I knew wasn't controversial and yet very beneficial and err on the side of caution because what if long term...? My doctor was very supportive and was concerned about the estrogenic side effects and with the amounts of GMOs being used in soy today was scary to learn about. If you do go soy maybe look into using organic as it will be free from GMOs. All my kids are healthy and thriving and we as moms make the best decisions we can in the best interest of our children and if you feel good Alyssa with what ever decision you make it's in the best interest of your baby : ) It will work out well. Best of luck!

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/21/2011

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yeah thats very true. i switched to soy on my own but told my doctor when we took my son to get his refulx figured out,and he told me to try regular formula again and i did for about 2 weeks and it was back to the regular fussiness all day and gas so i went back to soy again and he was a different baby(in a good way) so i told my doc i switched him to soy so he agreed it was ok to be on if thats what he tolerated best.but i do agree talking to the doctor is best. :)

Dana - posted on 04/21/2011

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Well that's good then, that's exactly what it is meant for! I was just warning Alyssa to talk to her doctor first and exhaust all other options.

You'll find after millions of these threads that many people will suggest a mother just goes out and buys soy milk without consulting the doctor which is not a good idea.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/21/2011

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well after "googling" it it seemed like alot of mixed opinions. i used it as last resort because i tried 6 other different kind of formula and soy enfamil helped my sons, reflux,gas,and fussiness.

Dana - posted on 04/21/2011

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It's not that it's so terrible. It should only be used as a last resort though because it does alter hormones. And that's not false information dredged up on the web, it's fact.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/21/2011

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depending on where you are getting your information. why would they sell in on shelves if its so terrible? and why would 2 doctors say its ok for my son to be on it?

Dana - posted on 04/21/2011

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Keli, are you suggesting that soy messing with hormones is false information?

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/21/2011

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my son has been on soy since 2 months old. he does awsome on it.as a mother only you can decide what your comftorable with.instead of researching what could be alot of false information on google,talk to only your doctor!

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It is possible,... my son reacted to dairy in just that way and we began to use organic unsweetened almond milk with no soy lecithin in it. Immediately the problem went away as did the little rashy pimply bumps on his arms. Even his demeanour changed. He seems more peaceful and content- not so agitated/irritable. I stayed away from soy as after I had done extensive research there were too many side effects and long term damages caused by the use of it. I hope you find all the answers you are looking for and feel good about the decisions you make. : )

Dana - posted on 04/21/2011

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I don't think it's too late to determine anything but, I do think you need to discuss this with your doctor right away. Just becasue he's spitting up doesn't mean he's lactose intolerant. He could just have regular reflux too. A doctor will give you better answers than anyone on here will.



You will find that people (on here) will be quick to suggest switching to soy but, soy should be a last resort -after you and your doctor have tried everything. They are finding that soy naturally alters hormones which is not good for girls and especially boys.

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