Breastfeeding is recognized as the optimal method for feeding infants. And has been shown time and time again to be the best one can give a newborn.
In their first few months of life, an infant male undergoes a testosterone surge. This surge in testosterone can be comparable to the levels of a healthy adult man. It is this surge that programmes the male infant to express male characteristics after puberty. Not only in the development of sexual organs and other masculine visible traits but also in setting patterns in male behavior characteristics.
With the growing number of children being feed with soy-based infant formula, there is an increasing concern that Soy-based formula may hinder a child’s development.
Soy formula, which contains phytoestrogens, genistein, and daidzein (also known as isoflavones), is now being fed to an increasing number of children around the globe. Researchers have known for some time now that isoflavones in soy products can depress the thyroid function, causing autoimmune thyroid disease and even cancer of the thyroid.
Further to that, research has shown that a child solely fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day.
Meaning for every day a child is fed soy formula, they are getting five birth control pills.
In contrast, almost no isoflavones have been detected in dairy-based infant formula or human milk; this is true even when the mother consumes soy products. A recent study found that babies given soy-based formula had 13,000 to 22,000 times more isoflavones in their blood than babies given milk-based formula.
So what does this all mean?
Pediatricians are now noticing an alarming number of girls reaching puberty at a much quicker rate than usual. Young girls suffering from early puberty must cope with emotions and urges that most children are not well-equipped to handle. And early maturation in girls is often an indication of problems with the reproductive system later in life including failure to menstruate, infertility and breast cancer.
Pediatricians are also noticing a higher number of boys whose physical maturation is delayed or does not occur at all, due to soy-based infant formulas, including the proper development of sexual organs.
Research using monkeys have shown that the deficiency of male hormones impairs the development of spatial perception— usually more acute in men than women—of learning ability and visual discrimination tasks, as those that would be required for reading.
With the current research suggesting that feeding a child soy-based formula floods the bloodstream with female hormones and thus could cause ill-effects o the development of the child, one cannot ignore that there is a concern and we should shy away from feeding soy-based products to our children.