Switching from Soy to milk based formula

Sheri - posted on 01/09/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I have my daughter on soy formula because she didn't tolerate milk based formula when she was born. We want to switch her now to milk based formula. Has anyone tried this?

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Jen - posted on 01/10/2009

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If your child has a true milk allergy, like my daughter, she was worse on nutramigen which is still milk based. They say it is broken down into an easier to digest format but it's still milk. We contemplated neocate which has no milk and no soy (and is ridiculously expensive) but found the soy works ok for her. We confirmed her milk allergy with a blood test at the pediatricians office. There is a difference with milk sensitivity, reflux and loose stool and a true milk allergy. They said she will have to do soy milk until at least 5 years old with a true allergy.

Jeannie - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son had trouble with the milk based formulas too, took a few different types to figure that out.  If the price of soy is what is troubling you, try the store brands, more for your money and when you go to try milk based again, they offer the same as brand names.  I kept him on soy until he was a year old, then soy milk but he has handled cows milk just fine.  My pediatrician just said keep introducing it, most babies tend to grow out of this, as well as most other intolerances by 12 months.  He's been on cow's milk for months now and hasn't thrown up once from it.  You can do the half and half thing, I would just introduce a regular bottle and see how she reacts.  If I remember correctly there is a middle ground in the formula choices between soy and whole milk based. I tried regular at least once a week and then after a month or two just kept him on the soy, they get everything they need and it gives their bodies more time to work out the little kinks in their digestive tracts.  Good luck!

Cali - posted on 01/09/2009

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Xavier was maybe 8 weeks old when he as put on the special formula.  He stayed on in it until he as 1.  Then he went straight to soy milk.  Xavier's formula was Neo something, I can't remember exactly.  When he was 3 we did mix regular milk and soy for awhile. 



 



Linsey - if your baby has horrible reflex this formula is not the right one.  The only way to really now is to try it.  But then you risk making him sick. 



 



Good luck!  Hope I helped and understood.

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Marie L - posted on 08/08/2012

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i have a question, if someone can please respond. my son is on parents choice lower iron formula. that is the only stuff that he took well too with out getting sick. he loves his bottle! he has had troubles eating with a spoon he just didnt want too, he eats regular food by himself. he doesnt he a whole lot! but he is still happy and healthy. he is 11 months. 1 year next month. i was just wondering how do i change him over from formula too milk?

Jackie - posted on 01/11/2009

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I didn't take my daughter off soya formula until she was old enough for milk and bottles weren't her major source of nutrition (12-16 months old). At 6 months old, basically all their nutrition is still coming from bottles so its not really a great idea to try to switch back. My daughter is now 11 years old and more then likely would test positive in an allergy test. I myself am 31 years old and still test positive and have been allergic to milk since birth. We both drink milk and have dairy on a daily basis. Don't rush it will come as your childs diet becomes more solids and less fluids.

Liz - posted on 01/10/2009

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i wouldnt my son had the sam issue and if we gave him a milk based formula it didnt work. safer to stay with soy. u can try slowly giving her (age apropriate of course use ur judgement) Some yogurt, or a little ice cream. just to give her a little milk to see if its a full milk issue. but My oldest boy (now 5) was on soy until he was a year and was able to go straight to milk(small portions at first.) and now drinks it bt the gallon

Lindsay - posted on 01/10/2009

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Thanks for the info. I think at Camerons 6 month appt on the 17th I will ask her if we can try soy or regular formula??? We never even did the soy b/c it still has some of the protein he is unable to digest, but maybe she will think soy is a good idea to start with!

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Depending on her age...with mine at around 6 months i would introduce cheese and see if that was tolerated or not. When it was tolerated for several months, then I started mixing a little milk with the soy formula, very slowly increasing the amount of milk and decreasing the amount of soy. By 14 months she was all milk.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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I waited until about 9 months or so.  Since you can start giving babies that are 12 months old whole milk I wanted to see if that was the route I'd be taking or if I'd be relegated to buying soy for him and milk for my older son.  He's been on just milk since about 18 months.  Everything you do, as far as food wise, you are going to have to slowly introduce, especially when there's been a reaction. 



The idea is that a young infant cannot handle the fat in straight milk, so they have the milk-based formula.  However, some of the nutrients found in milk-based formula can be too harsh on young infants.  Since doctors recommend waiting until 1 year of age to give them milk, since they cannot digest it, I thought maybe the same thing would be true of my little peanut.  Which is also why after I switched him, I kept him on the older infant formula for the extended time.  Plus, once your little one starts getting a mouthful of teeth, she'll be eating a lot more solid foods, and you can introduce other dairy products then.  Grilled cheese is a great one for new eaters since it's mushy, plus the cheese in it can help slowly build her tolerance to dairy. 



Of course, if you've tried everything and she's still having problems, stick to say based foods.  She might grow out of it later in life, or she might not.  I think it depends on how severe her reaction has been.

Rebecca - posted on 01/09/2009

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I switched from that to the soy at 6 mo and now we are about to put him on soy milk i didnt have any problem switching him

Shannon - posted on 01/09/2009

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I would recommend trying the Good Start brand of prebroken down proteins by gradually mixing the two formulas so that your child gets used to it.... however, do keep in mind that she may not like the taste if all she has ever known is soy. We did this with my daughter from the hypoallergenic stuff and it worked fine...

Tianna - posted on 01/09/2009

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i tried gradually introducing milk into her soy formula but my daughter couldn't tolerate even then. She's almost two now and still on soy milk or rice milk. Don't fret if your son never can do the milk thing. There are a TON of alternatives! Good Luck!

Lindsay - posted on 01/09/2009

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Unfortunetely I dont really have a response but would also like to know of any moms that switched their infant to milk or soy based formula after having them on something else such as a hypoallergenic formula like nutramigen.  My son is 6 months old and has been on this special formula since about 3 months due to a milk allergy.  My doctor has said we can try the switch at 8 months earliest but I would like to try it sooner due to the fact that I dont think he tolerates the Nutramigen very well.  Since he has been on it he has had horrible reflux to the point were he chokes so badly I have to worry about him vomiting or aspirating  the spit up. If his milk allergy is by any chance gone I would like to know and try some other regular formula and hopefully get some relief with his situation.  He had a mild allergy, he was not in pain or noticeably sick ( he was still gaining lots of wieght) but he did have issues going to the bathroom and had blood and mucous in his stool indicating the allergy. If any other mothers have had a similiar situation I am curious to know if your baby had similiar problems on the nutramigen, when you were able to try a milk/soy based formula and how the transition went??? Thank you for all and any help.

Cali - posted on 01/09/2009

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My son was also allergic.  He was on a special formula until he was 1.  After that we put him on soy milk.  We tried at 2 to switch to regular milk - that went really bad.  At 3 we tried again.  Worked great!  On regular milk now.  It all depends on her tummy and how she tolerates it. It made Xavier pretty sick at first.

User - posted on 01/09/2009

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Sheri,


I did this with my son, he had the same problem.  I slowly mixed in the milk based formula with the soy to up his tolerance.  First I would mix 6 oz of soy with 2 oz of milk, and then a couple of weeks later do half and half, then another 2 weeks later I did 6 oz milk and 2 oz soy, and 2 weeks later complete milk formula.  Doing it gradually over the course of six weeks also helped his stomach ease into the change and gave me the time to see if there was going to be a problem.  Since then he's been on milk!  Good luck!


~Kim


Quoting Sheri:

Switching from Soy to milk based formula

I have my daughter on soy formula because she didn't tolerate milk based formula when she was born. We want to switch her now to milk based formula. Has anyone tried this?


 

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