What Are the Dangers of Soy Milk for Babies?

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What Are the Dangers of Soy Milk for Babies?
Soy milk should not be given to babies under one year of age. (baby image by Diane Stamatelatos from Fotolia.com)

As a parent, it's natural to seek out the best nutritional options for your baby. Under one year of age, babies should not be consuming soy milk. Instead, they should be consuming breast milk or infant formula. Once the baby turns one, she can begin to drink soy milk and cow's milk. There are particular dangers associated with soy milk for babies.

Sexual Development

Soy milk can be dangerous for babies due to the high levels of oestrogen in it. The amount of oestrogen rivals that of multiple birth control pills. This hormone infusion can harm her reproductive health as well as sexual development. The harm to sexual development may not be evident until the baby reaches teenage years.

Fat and Nutrients

Babies require a diet that is relatively high in fat in order to grow. Soy milk is lower in fat, which is not beneficial. Giving your baby soy milk to drink leads to amino acid, mineral and vitamin deficiencies that can impede growth. In fact, it can lead to death or serious illness.


Soy milk can interfere with the normal function of the thyroid. When soy milk is given to babies, there is an increased risk of thyroid dysfunction or a goitre later in life.

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