I knew that soy infant formula wasn’t good for babies, but I didn’t think it was this bad…
This topic isn't one I've mentioned here on the blog before because while I knew that soy infant formula wasn’t good for babies, I didn’t think it was really as bad as giving them birth control pills. Until I spoke with Kaayla Daniel, an expert on the dangers of soy and author of, “The Whole Soy Story.” When I asked her about what I'd heard, that giving a baby soy infant formula is like giving them birth control pills, she said it's actually true. She told me that soy formula packs the hormonal equivalent equal to the estrogen found in three to five birth control pills every day!
Myth: Soy infant formula is safe for infants.
Truth: Soy foods contain trypsin inhibitors that inhibit protein digestion and affect pancreatic function. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders. Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D, needed for strong bones and normal growth. Phytic acid in soy foods results in reduced bioavailability of iron and zinc which are required for the health and development of the brain and nervous system. Soy also lacks cholesterol, likewise essential for the development of the brain and nervous system. Megadoses of phytoestrogens in soy formula have been implicated in the current trend toward increasingly premature sexual development in girls and delayed or retarded sexual development in boys. (Source)
Isn't it sad how many docs put babies on soy infant formula the minute they have any issue with regular formula?!
And regular isn’t much better, by the way. As I've said before, if I hadn't been able to nurse our babies, I’d definitely have made my own homemade formula. (There's a video on how to do it below.) Considering all I go through to make my family homemade food with known ingredients that I'm OK with them eating, why would I do any less for our baby?
Lastly, here are a couple of soy-related pictures (there may be an ad showing first) that crack me up. The first one is said to be the ‘outcome' of a diet high in soy…
More you might like:
- Your baby can’t breastfeed for some reason? Don’t use commercial formula, find homemade baby formula kits complete with everything but the fresh milk and cream here. And learn HOW to make homemade baby formula here.
- Weston Price Foundation guide for feeding babies
- More on the dangers of soy
- Is edamame good for you?
- Thank God the La Leche League Brought Breastfeeding Back
- Read my other post about breastfeeding (joys & struggles), including my personal story and also what to do if you really are unable to nurse your baby and you don’t want to feed them the JUNK commercial formulas out there right now. (Seriously, they are so bad. Can you even pronounce most of those words? Do you know they are a super-processed “food”, and are full of soy?) Instead make this homemade formula!
- All about feeding your baby
- Breastfeeding & pumping – how did that go for you?
- Infertility issues – yep, I struggled with that one, too…
- Natural Mothering
- A new study on the benefits of breastfeeding from the Huffington Post
- Read this interesting thumbs down book review of the La Leche League’s book, “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.”
- Dangers of the birth control pill
How to make your own homemade baby formula by Sarah Pope: (Get the ingredients here.)