switching my 5 week old to soy formula... what are your thoughts?

Laura - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




my mothers seems to think my daughter isn't tolerating cows milk formula (fussy and gassy). i had to be on soy based as a baby, so i am doing the switch for madison. any thoughts?


Lindsey - posted on 02/06/2013




I am new to this site but am looking for some insight with my 7 week old. She was changed to soy formula two days ago due to breaking out in a rash with other formulas. Before we switched her, she was drinking 4 oz every 3-4 hours... Since we switched to soy, she is only drinking 2 ounces. Getting her to drink the 2 ounces seems impossible at times. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations? Since on the soy, her rash is completely gone so I know she was allergic to cows milk. Let me know. Thanks!

Abbie - posted on 04/22/2010




We did that with our son, against our doctors suggestion. Our son showed a change in 6 hours!! Honest to god! He was so much happier after we changed him. They say soy has more sugar in it, but I never saw a problem with it. My mom also told us to change him, and she was right!! I would do it the same way if I had to do it over again! OH and he never had a problem when we switched him to cows milk at 1, he adjusted just fine! No allergies

Kathy - posted on 04/22/2010




Try a lactose-free formula first. She may be a bit intolerant which is normal for babies. If she is that same then try the soy-based. Up to you what you do, you are MOM.

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2010




Also, another thing to ponder is what baby/solid foods is she eating that could be causing alot of gas and is she teething?


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Claire - posted on 04/22/2010




Talk to your doctor first before switching formulas. Look closer at her symptoms because it could be acid reflux/GERD. Our little guy developed it when he was only a couple of weeks old. The on-call pediatrician (not his regular) told us to give him soy right away, which we did...awful mistake! He screamed and had diareha for 24 hours straight! Once we put him back on regular formula later that day, we were able to confirm with his regular pediatrician that he had GERD. We got him on meds asap and switched his bottles from the Playtex drop-ins (which had worked well for our daugher) to Firist Years Breastflow. He swallowed so much air with the drop-ins that it was audible. The breastflow bottles mimic nursing and let-down, along with a wider nipple. He was a changed baby after that. And yes, he did outgrow the GERD around his first birthday.
I hope this gives you another point of view. Remember that you're a new mom and we're all just here to help. Your mom only wants what's best for her grandbaby, but YOU'RE the mom now and it's your decision.

Amy - posted on 04/22/2010




I saw this posted and wanted to give u advice from what i just went through with switching my daughter to soy. My daughter is 3 weeks today, she was fussy and gassy, she would bring her knees up to poop. Well my mom thought the same exact thing because i as a baby couldnt tolerate cows milk formula. So from being a new mother I trusted her, because of course she means well. Big mistake she started screaming and turning red when she would poop and when id change her diaper she had rock like poop the size of quarters. She also did not like the taste and wouldnt eat as much of the soy. I've switch her to enfamil for fussy and gassy babies, and she is doing wonderful!! I know all babies are different and your baby may do well on soy, its just I couldnt stand watching her go through that and I'm glad its over. Hope this helped you out.

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2010




My son was 5 days old, gassy, fussy, constipated and my mother brought him soy formula and within hours he pooped and slept for 6 hours. It was amazing. He is perfectly healthy and 4 now. I had no problems after the switch. Less gas, less spitting up, consistant bowels. Good luck! You should always talk to your doctor first though lol.

Katherine - posted on 04/22/2010




Did you talk to the doctor? My LO couldn't tolerate it either. She has to be on formula until she is 2. Is she spitting up a lot? Gas and fussiness are signs of protein intolerance in cow's milk. I used the Enfamil prosobee, and Similac had a brand also.

Rebecca - posted on 04/22/2010




Have you tried another type of formula that is cow based first? My son had a hard time holding down breast milk and formula but we found a formula that worked. He was intolerant to all the iron and i was on iron pills for anemia and there is LOADS of iron in infant formula. Look closely at labels and see which one in your area has the lowest and give that a try.

However, soy is still a good option and there are lots of people who go right to soy and don't even try to cows. A friend of mine didn't want to nurse her son and put him right on cow formula,allergy occurred...switched to soy...allergy occurred and now at 3yrs old she has to look at ALL of his food to see if he can eat it because by switching between the 2 for a while made him allergic to tomato paste and protein. As a baby she had to have him on Alimentim ...not sure if that's how they spell it but it's pretty much nothing. It's just really thick to hold them over but there is no nutritional value what so ever in it. In saying that and seeing how going from one to the other affected her and her son, i would try cows first and talk it with my Dr before switching over.

Good luck.

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