Soy milk or cow's milk?

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My daughter turns a year old in two weeks and I am weaning her off of breast milk (mostly from a long year of complications with it, and I really just don't like it). She is down to only 3 nursing sessions a day.
She was born 4 weeks early, so I'm not sure if her digestive system is ready for cow's milk. What are your thoughts on giving her soy milk? They say soy milk doesn't provide as much fat as whole milk (8 grams in whole milk vs 5 grams in Silk Soy Milk)...I figure she can make up the fat in cheese and yogurt. She has not had any problems with any of the food she has tried.
Most of the research I've done said that both have their pros and cons and it's ultimately up to the parents. What are your thoughts? And breastfeeding her past one year is not an option (it's just too awkward for me - as is pumping).

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Michelle - posted on 11/05/2009

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if those are your two options go with cows soy milk has some nasty nasty stuff in it.... like the other person said rice hemp almond coconut etc there are more times of milk then the 2

Jean - posted on 11/05/2009

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check out other options like rice/hemp/almond milk. the nut milks have some good fats and omegas in them and if she is getter her nutritional needs met through food then i wouldn't worry too much about fat. in my opinion cow's milk is for huge baby cows not for people. we all know the feeling of sore nipples in this group so can you imagine those poor mama cows feel trying to feed humanity???!

Minnie - posted on 11/05/2009

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If she eats cheeses, yogurt, dark leafy greens, beans and nuts, etc. she can get the nutrients she needs from those sources. Neither cow's nor soy is a must.

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Don't do soy milk! It is very highly processed and soy contains phytoestrogens, which mimic the hormone estrogen in the body. I just had a baby and can't look up sources right now, but even just googling "soy" "phytoestrogens" and/or "health problems" should give you a start. The American Heart Association is even taking away soy milk's right to make some health claims they'd previously been granted.

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