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I do. I give my ds soymilk and a veg diet because I am a veg and I refuse to drink cow's milk. I cannot give him something that I myself find repulsive, kwim?
He started the soymilk early on though, probably 13-14 months? He has always loved it, but you know, every child is different. Now at two he still has it all the time (although not too much), and loves it!
It drives my meat-eating, cow milk drinking dh crazy...he thinks I'm "ruining him," and "why can't he have regular milk, like a normal kid?"
 

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I give soymilk to dd1 because she is most likely lactose intelerant and dd2 is bf and she just started to drink a bit of soymilk and she's allergic to dairy. So I won't give her any for a long time.
 

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Yep. I started giving Julian soymilk around a year, and he loves it. He is only allowed soymilk and water as beverages (aside from special treats like Odwalla juice when we go grocery shopping), so soymilk is his favorite drink. I was limiting it to about 7 oz. a day but my milk has dried up due to pregnancy so I'm letting him have 14 oz. now. We drink Silk Enhanced.
 

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Both of our boys have been drinking Silk (vanilla and chocolate) since they were a little over a year old. DH is a cow milk drinker (I am not) and DS 1 refuses to drink cow milk
DS 2 has been known to sip from DH's glass occasionally, but for the most part, he's all soymilk as well.
 

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No, no soymilk here. Maybe a teeny bit from my oatmeal or something but I am not down with phyto-estrogens in processed soy products. I definitely would limit any soy in boy babies to the minimum. We do homemade almond milk or fortified almond milk from the store.
 

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I think the danger of soy is in REALLY high amounts, like in infants who exclusively live off of it (soy formula). I don't think moderate amounts of soy are dangerous, from the research I did after reading that article. I think plastics are more dangerous in the estrogen issue.
 

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We're vegan. Simon is 15 months old. He eats some soy products and loves soy shakes (So Good chocolate soy beverage, frozen berries and bananas), but I wouldn't give him a cup of soy beverage to drink. I just don't see the point. He's breastfeeding still and nothing beats that. He drinks a bit of water here and there and has a few sips of soy shake here and there. Nearly all of his liquid consumption continues to be from breastmilk. I'm planning to keep it this way for quite awhile. I think introducing what are essentially mama milk substitutes in sippy cups (or whatever) starts the weaning process. I often hear of moms who say their babies self-weaned at 12 months or something like that. I think that unless they are doing something like this, that must be incredibly rare.

Simon won't be drinking any cow's milk. We'll keep his soy intake moderate.
 

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DS drinks soy milk and eats other soy products. We use Silk.

I must respectfully disagree that phyto-estrogens in soy cause delays in puberty. The big foofara about phyto-estrogens is based on flawed research, as was the article in Mothering. If anyone wants loads of good research disputing the hysteria about soy delaying puberty, please PM me and I can send you loads (my Mum is a vegan cookbook author and dedicated food researcher who has compiled quite a collection of properly researched facts about soy and she likes to share).

Some people are allergic to soy though, so you might want to be aware of it as a potential allergen.
 

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My son(22 months) is still nursing a lot, but does have the rare 1/2 cup or so of soymilk. Sometimes he likes it and asks for it, other times he won't go near it. We are vegan and he will not be drinking cow's milk. We plan on nursing for a long time to come.
 

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We started giving DS soy and rice milk (plain, full-fat, vitamin-enriched) around 12 months. He was still nursing a lot at that time, but self-weaned at 19 mos. He's 26 mos. now and still likes and drinks both soy and rice milk (now low-fat) equally.
 

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We are vegan so animal milk is out....but I do not give dd soy milk. We do not even buy it. Even if the research is "flawed" something is up with soy and I do not plan to use my family as a test case. Dd still bfs but for the occasional night out or special circumstance, we feed her non-flavored rice or almond milk. The latter I make myself. We try to stick to water for the most part. I do not think it is necessary to give kids a "milk" if they are breastfeeding and drink water. Once she naturally weans, milk should not be necessary.
 

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Originally Posted by dido1
DS drinks soy milk and eats other soy products. We use Silk.

I must respectfully disagree that phyto-estrogens in soy cause delays in puberty. The big foofara about phyto-estrogens is based on flawed research, as was the article in Mothering. If anyone wants loads of good research disputing the hysteria about soy delaying puberty, please PM me and I can send you loads (my Mum is a vegan cookbook author and dedicated food researcher who has compiled quite a collection of properly researched facts about soy and she likes to share).

Some people are allergic to soy though, so you might want to be aware of it as a potential allergen.
I am pretty sure there is no doubt about the existance of phyto-estrogens. I believe the main issue WRT American's use of soy is over-use. No where in the world, but America, do people make entire meals of processed soy. Too much of anything is not a good thing. I don't believe soy in it's pure form is bad but processed soy meals every day, I do believe are unhealthy.

Dd has overdeveloped breast tissue and one of the first things the endocrinologist asked was how much soy intake she has. The theory is not just that it may delay puberty in boys (and expose them to more estrogen than they should be exposed to) but also that it causes early puberty in females. I will admit that I don't believe all of the hype (I tend to believe it's BGH causing early puberty) but I limit it just to be on the safe side.

dido1, I would love to see some of that info... I will admit to being confused about whom to believe.
 

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I would say that Soy is not meant to be consumed in any daily amounts. Soy allergies are more and more common. It is very hard on the digestion. I would give water or rice milk but organic goats milk would be the best with cows following. We have it in our family less than once a month.
 

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This is interesting to me. I've been giving my ds soy milk since he was around a year and alternate between that and cow's milk (probably a little more cow's milk). I didn't realize there were any negative issues associated with soy milk. Silk has labeling that they do not use hormones. Any comments on Silk specifically?
 

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I have a little bit of a different perspective because my dd is 75% tube-fed and I have to give her something in liquid form besides water. I pumped for her for 13 months and still give her left-over bm from her brother, but for the most part she has to take formula. She takes Soy Pediatric Formula by Bright Beginnings (kind of like Pediasure). She is allergic (hives) or at least intolerant to all dairy products.

I wish I had other options for her but she can only take a small quantity of anything and I have to cram her calories into tiny volumes of liquid or purees. I use enriched soymilk when I cook purees for her and then she gets the soy formula for fluids 3x a day. I have not found any rice or almond based drinks that would be suitable for her needs. They actually just started making the pediatric soy formula (for children, not for babies obviously) and that has been a real blessing since dairy is out for her.

I do find it very worrisome that she gets so much soy. But in our case it is either she gets soy or she doesn't eat, so I guess I don't have much choice.
 
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