There is no question that the best food for a newborn is milk from the mother’s breast. If the mother cannot breast-feed, traditional medicine says that either a dairy-based formula or a soy-based formula is a viable alternative.
If a child is on a dairy-based formula and develops an allergy to the product, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that “isolated soy protein-based formulas are safe and effective alternatives to provide appropriate nutrition for normal growth and development.”
Furthermore, the AAP states, “Parents seeking a vegetarian-based diet for a term infant can be advised to use isolated soy protein-based formula.”
The AAP is completely wrong. Soy-based formula should not be given to infants. It is not a healthy substitute for breast milk. As stated, soy is associated with thyroid abnormalities and hormonal problems, as well as multiple vitamin and mineral imbalances.
Soy formula contains many harmful substances not found in mother’s milk, including phytates, phytoestrogens, protease inhibitors, allergenic proteins, and aluminum. Researchers reported that infants fed soy formula ingested a whopping 28 to 47 mg of isoflavones (phytoestrogens) — the estrogen-like compounds found in soy.
The researchers wrote, “The daily exposure of infants to isoflavones in soy infant formulas is 6 to 11 [times] higher on a body-weight basis than the same dose in adults.”
It has been estimated that infants fed exclusively soy formula received the estrogen equivalent of five birth control pills per day.
But soy infant formula brings in revenue of almost $1 billion. So not surprisingly, the soy industry continually promotes soy formula as a healthy choice for infants.
I believe that soy formula should be pulled from the market.
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