anak saya pun minum soya formula sejak 8 bulan sampai sekarang ni 21 bulan. Physically and emotionally anak saya ni alhamdulillah jarang sangat kena selsema. on the bright side, saya attached article ni (source http://pediatrics.about.com
)... saya pun tak tau nak percaya yg mana sebab maybe formula company yg bagi input utk article ni.
"The issue you are talking about concerns the effects of phytoestrogens or isoflavones, which are present in soy baby formulas.
Unfortunately, there is very little research that describe the risks or benefits to babies drinking soy formula, even though soy based baby formula has been in use for over 40 years.
The AAP also states that there is also some concern that babies 'absorb calcium and some other minerals less efficiently from soy formulas than from milk-based formulas.' Soy formulas have more calcium than milk based formula to help offset this though.
Because of these concerns, soy based baby formula should only be used when indicated, including:
- babies who have galactosemia or hereditary lactase deficiency
- parents who wish to raise their term baby as a vegetarian
infants with true lactose intolerance (a lactose free formula might be a better alternative in this case though)
- infants who have an IgE mediated allergy to cow milk proteins (although these babies may need a hypoallergenic formula if they are also allergic to soy formula)
So basically, as the AAP states, 'healthy full-term infants should be given soy formula only when medically necessary,' but soy formula is still 'safe and effective' when needed.
Soy formula should not be used simply because a baby has a stomach virus or colic. It should also not be used to try and prevent food allergies, in which case a hypoallergenic formula would be a better choice, or for preterm infants who weigh less than 1800 grams. However, when it is needed, the benefits of using soy formula likely outweigh any potential risks.
If you are still concerned, you might consult a lactation consultant to see if there is another cause for your baby's feeding problems. A lactation consultant might also be able to help you get to where you can exclusively breastfeed your daughter, so that you don't have to supplement at all."