Actually, in many cases soy-based baby formula is equivalent to giving the kid several birth control pills!!! Because the baby is so small, even tiny doses of a hormones, or hormone-like chemicals like a phytoestrogen, can easily cause an imbalance. Since you’re an “avid” T-Nation reader, you might want to re-read the soy articles in the archives.
Sorry if I missed something, but is there a problem with giving your baby real breast milk??? If you’re a single dad I can understand, but beyond that, I hope your OBGYN or family physician didn’t suggest you bail on the breast milk unless your baby is at an extreme risk of death or disease.
I mean, we would have never made it this far as a species if our ancestors started using a substitute for breast milk. Biochemical reasoning would say that 99.9% of babies should have no problem with it. Then again, since several generations of parents have been exposed to an ever escalating levels of toxins and pollutants, maybe today’s parents are having genetically altered babies, which is why so many babies are having trouble with breast milk?! Still, in general, when doctors tell parents it’s okay to find an alternative if the kid keeps spitting up or won’t take the nipple are usually doing them both a huge disservice.
I believe there are milk banks in most major cities, where mothers donate their breast milk. Breast milk is just like blood, so it would have to be thoroughly screened before it could be deemed safe. There are also resources for this on the internet, but in many cases, there is no medical over-site so there are lot’s of risks involved.