FDA CONSUMER MAGAZINE (with permission) REPRINTED AND UPDATED FROM DHHS PUBLICATION NO.(FDA) 91-2236
A severely malnourished 5-month-old infant was admitted to Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, Ark., in February 1990 with symptoms including heart failure, rickets, vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation), and possible neurological damage. According to the hospital, the baby girl had been fed nothing but Soy Moo since she was 3 days old. Soy Moo is a soy beverage sold in health food stores.
FDA learned of a similar incident that occurred in April 1990 when a California couple questioned a physician about their 2-month-old daughter's failure to gain weight. The physician discovered that the baby had been exclusively fed Edensoy, another brand of soy beverage. A midwife had recommended Edensoy to the parents, according to the FDA investigator assigned to the case.
In an effort to prevent this problem with similar soy beverages, FDA asked all 68 known manufacturers, importers, and private label distributors of these products to include a warning against using the beverages as infant formula. The agency does not, however, have the regulatory authority to require this warning.
Soy drinks like the ones above should never be used as infant formula because they are not nutritionally complete as a sole source of food for infants.
True infant formulas made with soy proteins, such as those shown below, may be used for babies who can't digest lactose, the main carbohydrate in cow's milk formulas.
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Soy Beverages not the same as Soy Formulas