Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Soy-based Baby Formula
Q. I’ve noticed my baby may be sensitive to cow’s milk. Should I switch to soy-based formula?
A. If you’ve noticed your baby may be sensitive to the proteins found in cow’s milk, we recommend trying a specialty formula first before switching to a soy-based infant formula. Soy, even organic soy, contains high levels of phytoestrogens and phytic acid. Phytoestrogens can have long term consequences for both male and female hormonal systems and can put a child at risk for infertility, cancer, and other health issues later in life.
Phytic acid, which can prohibit the absorption of essential vitamins like calcium and magnesium, is very irritating to the digestive system. In one study, every child who was fed a soy formula was deficient in zinc due to phytic acid’s ability to prevent the absorption of this important mineral.
Q. Is soy safe if I’m feeding my baby an organic soy-based formula?
A. Unfortunately, even organic soy formulas can negatively affect a young infant or toddler’s health. Although organically grown soy is not genetically modified, it still contains the same levels of phytoestrogens and phytic acid as GMO soy.
Q. What alternatives are there to soy baby formulas?
A. Thankfully, there are many alternatives to soy baby formulas. At My Organic Formula, we have a large selection of organic specialty formulas like HIPP Special Comfort. All of the formulas we carry are imported from Europe, where the use of GMOs, artificial preservatives, highly processed oils, and antibiotics is prohibited.
If you are currently feeding your little one a soy formula and you have never tried a European made organic formula, we recommend you try one of our most popular formulas like HIPP Bio or Holle. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard how making the switch to a European baby formula has helped rid baby of stomach issues, reflux, and excessive gas.
Organic formulas like Holle are so much better for baby and here’s why: biodynamic ingredients and high production standards. Formula makers like HIPP source ingredients from biodynamic farms, where the use of antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, and growth hormones are not allowed. Farmers who practice biodynamic farming allow livestock to roam freely and do not practice unhealthy and inhumane acts like dehorning.
In Europe, formula makers must follow strict guidelines set by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which is an entity of the European Union. Unlike the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the EFSA prohibits the use of GMOs, growth hormones, highly processed oils, and synthetic DHA and ARA.