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Your baby can certainly continue on the soy milk if she is thriving and not developing any soy allergies (allergy to soy foods is nearly as common as allergy to cow's milk!). The fact that you are breastfeeding is the single most important factor in ensuring that your baby has an adequate food intake and builds up resistance for the future, so continue for as long as possible even if you have to supplement as she grows older. Discuss giving her occasional 'challenges' with tiny quantities of cow's milk (1 teaspoon at a time) to see if she does react. If not you can increase the amount of cow's milk over time always keeping watch for any signs of allergy or sensitivity. She may well not react to cow's milk or remain sensitive for a few years or even for life. If she should remain sensitive for long periods, you can certainly continue with the soy formula until she is 12 or more months old. There is usually a second version of formulas such as NAN 2m which can be used for older children. The soy milks you can buy in the supermarkets such as SoFresh can certainly be used when she gets older and should not lead to deficiencies as these products are formulated to have a similar calcium and vitamin content as cow's milk.
At present your BMI = 23,8, which is nicely within the normal range. To achieve the idea BMI of 22 for you height you would need to weigh 63 kg (loss of 5 kg), which you will probably be able to achieve by reducing your fat intake slightly and going for brisk walks in the fresh air with baby.
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