M.F. asks from Redondo Beach, CA on February 03, 2008
Worried About 9 Month Old Not Getting Enough Calcium from Soymilk
I have a 9 month old baby girl that was only given breastmilk until she was about 6 months old. I decided to add formula into her diet as well as continuing to give her breastmilk. I gave her Enfamil and she broke out in hives so her pediatrician suggested I give her Enfamil soy. She took to it well. Recently I have began to stop breastfeeding alltogether and am worried that without the breastmilk she will not be getting enough calcium. She eats solid food, but I have not given her any milk based products b/c of her milk allergy. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can add more calcium to her diet?
M.B. answers from Los Angeles on February 03, 2008
My daughter also went from breast milk to soy based formula and now drinks rice milk (not beause of an allergy though.) If you compare soy milk and regular milk you'll probably find they are very close in their calcium content. There are a lot of foods that are high in calcium too, broccoli is one that my daughter loves. Do a search for foods high in calcium.
D.G. answers from Los Angeles on February 04, 2008
I;m actually in shock that your pediatrician recommended soy milk for a little girl My pediatrician has stopped giving her patients spy due to little girls forming breast knots. My oldest never drank soy milk but I drank a lot of soy during pg and while nursing her. She had knots until she was 2 1/2. Have you just tried rice milk or almond milk? I have two friends that had to use both of these. Their are also other types of formula for sensitive babies or try Good Start. It is suppose to be easier on with stomach or allergy issues.
L.W. answers from Los Angeles on February 04, 2008
Dear M.: Is wonderful to see a mother worrying about her child getting well fed and not falling for the ready made foods that are out there for convenience only.
Good nutrition is "natural" just as we are natural (not made of artificial things or additives).And there are a lot of God-made things that contain calcium and are:Broccoli(190 mgs), cabbage(78mgs), cauliflower(26), lettuce (20), peas(19), spinach (124), sweet potato (36)buttermilk (298)(these are family of the "milk curds" spoken of in the Bible for the nutrition of the hebrew nation), cheese cheddar (133), Cottage cheese (207), light cream (90), eggs (27-30), real ice cream (175), ice milk (290), skim milk (298), turkey (23), chili with beans (98). I also know that corn tortillas are a good source of calcium, also all kinds of dry beans. *As with everything remember that our bodies need a variety of things for good nutrition, and the proper ammount.
Do not worry too much M., you are learning and growing also through the process of being a mother; enjoy your child and your life.
Milk is mainly for growing children and old folks. For some reasons some become allergic to it but it can be reversed! talk to a well informed pediatritian or general doctor that can guide you through the process. I was allergic to it but now I am not and I am glad because I am an "oldie" and need calcium desperately!
S.H. answers from Los Angeles on February 04, 2008
My daughter was on Soy formula only from the time she was 2 or 3 months old until she was off formula all together and she was always very healthy!! She was off the charts tall AND strong!! And, that was based on the formula 12 years ago!! I'm sure your daughter is getting plenty of calcium! A lot of times the calcium in dairy products is hard to digest and utilize anyway so it is unlikely that the switch to soy has had much effect on her calcium levels! :D
Have a great day!
B.M. answers from Los Angeles on February 04, 2008
Hi M.--I'm a grandmother (not quite sure why my friend invited me to join!) who raised 6 kids and breast-fed all of them for about 8 - 10 months. They turned out great--no allergies, normal immune systems, and no serious illnessses. At that time, our pediatrician recommended low-fat cow's milk after weaning from me. They did fine with that. If your Dr. can't give you nutritional advice about calcium for infants, I'd suggest you try a good health-food store. They probably have books and/or products that would help. I'm vegetarian, and get all my calcium from vegetable sources, even the supplemental tablets I take. I'm sure you can find a good solution. Have fun with your darling baby, and good luck! B.
K.S. answers from Los Angeles on February 05, 2008
I am sure there is a lot of conflicting information out there, but I once read something that reassured me. It said that the body absorbs calcium more readily from a plant source than from an animal source. When they get older, soymilks are fortified with more calcium and there is always Tums for kids.
A.W. answers from Los Angeles on February 04, 2008
I raised four children and have them breast feeding for 1 year. They're all healthy and well. Each child is different, I understand that your daughter is allergy with milk. I think enfamil soy milk is good. Would you believed that I am 50 yrs old and I love to drink the soya bean chocolate milk because the more we getting older, we needed a good soya bean milk. I feel blotted and gas every time I drank milk so I have to change with soya bean milk and I feel better. Soya bean milk is a good source of calcium also. As long as you feed her with baby's food that has calcium, I think she will be fine. When my children turn one years old, I cook them a soup with meat and vegetables on it and potato. I masked the potato with soup and cook the vegetable very well so that I could feed them with rice. They are okay and healthy. I have 25 yrs old daughter which already married and she had 18 mths old daughter. I looked after her and feed her with cook food. Because both of her parents are finishing up their bachelor's degree right now because my son-in-law was in US Army and he will be transfer to NC next year to work for his 12 more years in service so that he could retire after 20 yrs in military service. My son is 21 yrs old and lived, studied in NY with Video and Games Designer, my 16 yrs old daughter is Junior College already, my 14 yrs old son is freshman in high school. One thing I would like to share with you is breast feeding is the best milk that my children had. They're closer to me, they never get sick easily. All of them are musician and artistic. I get them involved with Boy Scout and Girl Scout. I am a housewife and during I raised those children, I volunteered in school, PTA, Soccer, Girl Scout,Boy Scouts.
Good luck and enjoy your precious daughter. She will grow so fast. Being patient and understanding with children are the greatest gift that mother have. I love children and I challenge my four children with sports,art,music,theater,dance and etc., Keep them busy and routine with everything they do will help them to be on the top of everything. We took them to the mountain every weekend because we have 2nd home in Lake arrowhead. We visit museaum,we travel with them everywhere in Asia,Europe,some parts of United States. Every Winter Break, Spring Break,Summer Vacations we travel a lot.
H.F. answers from Los Angeles on February 04, 2008
Are you still giving her the soy formula? I'm pretty sure formula is reccomended for children until they are 1 year. This is probably a question you should pose to your pediatritian.
After your daughter turns 1 try giving her organic rice milk in the place of regular cow's milk. My son also has a milk alergy and I switched him to rice milk when he was about 2. The rice milk has 25% calcium while regular milk has 30% calcium, so the calcium amount is similar. You can also look into children's calcium vitamens and include those in her diet when she gets older.
I hope this is helpful.
K.C. answers from Los Angeles on February 04, 2008
Hi M., my daughter also switched to soy formula because of a milk allergy. Hers was so severe she didn't tolerate my breast milk. We made the switch at 3 1/2 months. Soy formula and soy milk are both fortified with calcium. Our doctor assured me that she doesn't need as much calcium as I think and as long as she eats a balanced diet full of dark green veggies she will be okay. He urged me to avoid supplements. (To be honest, I'm now more concerned with the estrogen in all the soy products she eats.) Try talking to your doctor. Lucky for us and our daughters, most children out grow their milk allergies.