Babies: 3 - 6 Months

Soy Formula and Boys. Is Gentlease an option?

I recently have had to start supplementing for my LO who is nearly 6 months. He is having one bottle a day due to my decreased milk volume.

I noticed though that the Gentlease formula contains some soy. Has anyone heard from pediatrician about this issue? Our appt is in two weeks.

Re: Soy Formula and Boys. Is Gentlease an option?

  • b0710b0710
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    I asked my pedi about this because my son has been on a generic version of Gentlease since he was a week old.  He said it's just the soy based formulas that are now possibly an issue for boys.  Gentlease is still a milk based formula, so it is fine.
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  • What is the issue with boys and soy?
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  • I dont completely know but have heard some pediatricians dont recommend soy for boys b/c there is some research saying the hormones in soy can cause possible issues for boys down the road. I am hoping to learn more.

  • Soy is an endocrine disruptor.  Some people worry about it more in boys.

    I think most formulas contain at least some soy.  Not as much as a soy-based formula, but it's there.  We use the basic Similac and it definitely contains soy. 

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    What is the issue with boys and soy?

    From what I understand, it's one of those things still being studied and there isn't conclusive evidence yet. However, it's been suggested that the soy formulas have a higher level of estrogen, which could potentially affect the development of little boys.  I asked my dr about it because I happened to hear about this "possible issue."  He said he would just advise skipping all soy based formulas unless it's necessary (like a milk/lactose intolerance issue).  

    ETA - soy based....not formulas that just include soy as an ingredient since most of them do. 

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