B.D. asks from Springfield, MA on September 04, 2007
Question About Soy Formula
My son will turn a year in a few days and I am worried about switching from his formula to milk. I nursed until he was 6 months and then switched to formula. His tummy did not digest the milk based formula well at all so he has been on a soy based formula for the past 6 months. I don't know if I should try to introduce whole milk or stick with the soy? I think that whole milk would be better for him but I don't want to make him sick, any suggestions?
K.E. answers from Boston on September 05, 2007
My son did better with a soy based formula as well, and he had no problem when I switched him to whole milk. I would say try it. If it seems to upset his stomach, just switch to soy milk. There may be one out there that is enriched with calcium and vitamins. If you are really concerned though, I would suggest giving his pediatrician a call.
J.G. answers from Boston on September 05, 2007
Hi B., I'm not a big fan of cows milk, so I gave my son soy formula at 8 months old then switched to soy milk at a year. He did fine and loves it.
D.W. answers from Springfield on September 05, 2007
I would stick with the soy until you can discuss it further with your pediatrician. If he didn't tolerate regular formula I would expect he won't tolerate whole milk either. Maybe in time you could mix the 2 together in increasing amounts until his body adjusted to the whole milk, if it does! Good luck !
L.W. answers from Boston on September 05, 2007
Hi B. -- well have you thought of maybe mixing the soy formula with the milk? You could also try soy milk. Have you talked to your pediatrician? The transition from formula to milk is never always easy. It can take time, try mixing it a little at a time over the course of a month, putting more & more milk every week until he's drinking just milk. He should be fine unless he's lactose intolerant.
T.M. answers from Boston on September 05, 2007
My son was on soy formula due to reflux. What we did was added an ounce of milk each couple of days to transition him.We also did that with soy milk too as well as the formula. He did very well and now loves milk.We give him whole milk for growth and vitamins because that is what the doctor told us. Good luck and I hope it works for you.
C.C. answers from Boston on September 05, 2007
HI B., my daughter was on Lactose Free Formula, and when she was 1, we used Lactaid Whole Milk. We watched her when she ate cheese and yogurt and she seemed fine, so we started doing half Lactaid and half Regular. Within a week she was on Regular whole milk, with no problems. If you'd rather use the Soy, Silk is supposed to be really good, you could do half Silk and half regular whole. Good luck.
J.W. answers from Boston on September 05, 2007
All you can do is try. Try the whole milk, what's the worst thing he could spit it up. Then I'd stick with the soy milk. Silk Milk really is better tasting. My 6 yr old has slight reactions to milk as do I. I find that if I have more than 12 oz of milk my eyes get all red and puffy. So I limit myself with the milk. Although icecream and stuff seems okay. My son was really bad with the milk when he was about a year old, when we first switched him from soy formula to whole milk. After a while of drinking Silk Milk (the soy stuff) we tried whole milk again. And I guess it's an age thing, by the time he was two he could handle the milk. Too much and we find the red puffy eyes. Oh well. All you can do is try. Each kid is different and sometimes the older you get you can handle different foods. Good luck :)!
M.T. answers from Springfield on September 05, 2007
My son had a problem with milk at first. I nursed until 10 weeks and than put him on Enfamil Lipil and he wasn't doing good with it. His doctor had me put him on Enfamil Nutramigen ($25 for a small bottle which lasted a couple of days) and he was put on medicine for acid reflux. When he turned 6 months old we took him off of the medicine and he did okay, and than a few weeks later we switched him back to Enfamil Lipil and he did fine. He is now almost 13 months old and has been on whole milk for over a month and has done fine. Sometime their little bellies just need some time to develop more. I would try whole milk and look for some reactions.
S.S. answers from Boston on September 05, 2007
My daughter got a rash from milk, so we switched her to soy. Our pediatrcian says it is just as healthy as cows milk! We were happy to hear that.