Are you thinking about having the family go all organic? Even your newborn? Organic baby formula is actually a very real possibility for many mothers out there – and a great one!
We know, we know, some of you may be thinking breastmilk is already organic, but that’s not quite what we had in mind.
We’re talking about man-made formula that truly is organic and isn’t sourced from the mom.
Well, organic baby formula is best defined as a mixture based on either cow’s milk or soy. The only real difference from this and regular formula is that an organic formula is free of hormones, chemicals, and pesticides. Sounds great already, doesn’t it? By excluding these three additives, it has been theorized that this baby formula is actually healthier for babies.
So, why not give it a try?
Let’s explore! While organic formula may be beneficial to some, we understand that it might not ring positive for all. There are mothers who may prefer to breastfeed and other mothers who may have just found the perfect fit with a formula that doesn’t read all organic…and that’s okay!
Together, we’ll explore the common ingredients, benefits, and top brands that execute this type of mixture well for mothers with newborns. These three vital pieces of information alone will give you an eye-opening view and understanding of the difference between organic and non-organic formula, so you can make a more informed decision.
Let’s get started!
What Ingredients Are Included?
Like we said, the main difference between organic and non-organic formula is the way the ingredients have been processed. For instance, have the animal products been injected with hormones? Have the plants been treated with pesticides to protect the crops from disease? This all comes into play!
There is no one ingredient that’s included in organic formula that isn’t included regular formula. The following are a few of the common ingredients that are included in both but without the artificial treatments.
· Soy Oil
· High Oleic
·Whey Protein Concentrate
With that said, there are a few extra ingredients that aren’t included in organic formula. They have most likely been scientifically modified or engineered. See below!
·Additional Vitamins from Petroleum
Top Formulas to Consider
Since we now know what common ingredients are included and which ones are left off the organic list, we can now go organic baby formula shopping. The below are some of the top brands that have been new moms’ favorites for years.
Each one is shown with a different number of dollar signs, which shows the level of expensiveness (which let’s face it, is a factor). Let’s take a look!
Holle Stage 1 Organic ($$)- Based in Europe, this formula has actually been concocted from one of the oldest formula companies in the world! In fact, this brand has had over 85 years of experience making formula, so they’re certainly ones to be trusted.
The development of every ingredient is monitored to ensure it is truly organic, and it’s made with either cow or goat milk, depending on your preference. Goat milk actually helps babies with more sensitive digestive systems.
Lebenswert Stage Organic ($$)- Produced by the Holle company too, this formula is also based in Europe.
Unlike most formulas that offer whole milk, Lebenswert offers their formula with skim milk, which may work better for infants who are more prone to gas.
HiPP Anti-Reflux ($$$)- Also made in Europe, HiPP is a brand that comes specifically from Germany.
This formula includes probiotics, which new mothers love!
Europe also has more rigorous certification requirements for products to be listed as organic than the US, so you can feel extra safe that these ingredients are truly organic.
Earth’s Best Organic Dairy ($)- One of the best parts about this formula is that it does contain DHA and ARA for brain and eye development, but they’re extracted using water. The water method is more beneficial because other methods that use chemicals which could end up in the formula.
This healthy-filled formula also contains a heaping source of iron, which is also fantastic for a newborn’s development.
Similac Pro-Advance Non-GMO ($)- Similac is a brand that is top-rated among most hospitals, and it makes sense given their success and wide range of formulas to choose from.
However, this formula is not strictly organic (because of the way they extract DHA). But it is one brand that is able to replicate the formulation of breast milk as close as can be! Science is most definitely cool, right?
Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief ($$$)- This is a relatively newer formula on the market, which is marketed for babies with extra-sensitive digestive systems.
The brand is also marketed towards toddlers, but it is in fact for infants. The reason being is the company urges breastfeeding first, but of course, it’s the mother’s ultimate choice.
The Honest Company Organic Premium ($$)- With safe DHA extraction, addition of prebiotics and iron, this formula seems to show all the signs of winning.
There are two-versions for babies, regular and sensitive.
To keep the formula tasting sweet, there is an inclusion of lactose, so no artificial sweeteners are really needed.
Happy Baby Organic ($)- This brand also comes remarkably close to replicating a mother’s breastmilk. There’s also no GMOs, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners.
Bonus: The packaging is actually BPA free, meaning it’s safe to tuck away in a cupboard and diaper bag. Now that’s innovative thinking!
Plum Organics Organic ($$)- For the parents seeking a kosher option, this brand is for you! It’s also gluten-free and doesn’t contain any genetically modified ingredients.
However, it’s not recommended for premature babies because they may require an additional source of nutrition. Always consult with your doctor to be safe!
Gerber Natura Organic ($)- This formula is perfect for those who have a tighter budget but are looking for the quality of an organic mixture.
It also includes a healthy number of prebiotics and iron, perfect for a newborn’s development.
Pro Tip: Even if you’re sure that organic formula is the right choice for your baby, certain mixtures and brands may not be the right fit at first. Test one or two out and see which one your newborn processes better. Even at a young they know what they like!
Some of the Known Benefits of Organic Formula
So, what are the true benefits of these formulas? Not every mixture should be treated equal, and these happen to have three well-known benefits specific to the organic features.
No Synthetic Ingredients- There are no fake ingredients that could possibly harm a newborn. Regulations are especially strict when it comes to making baby formula in general, but it’s the organic additions that solidify this particular claim.
Gentle for Infant Digestion- Without the use of artificial ingredients, babies are able to digest the formula much easier. This is especially great for babies who have super sensitive digestive systems.
Certified Organic- It’s one thing for a product to be marketed as organic, but when it’s certified the products are truly given the special stamp of approval. Isn’t that great?
Avoid These Steps When Feeding an Infant Organic Baby Formula
While organic formula seems like a great option for a number of families, there are occasions when it may not be as beneficial as you hoped. Formula feeding has great perks but consider the following before making a final decision.
Breastfeeding May Not Be Needed- If you are choosing to breastfeed on top of supplementing with formula, it’s perfectly healthy. However, it may not be needed the further you progress with your baby’s development.
A baby may rely on the formula only, so it can be hard on them if the mixture keeps changing, and they end up rejecting one altogether.
Don’t Feel Inclined to Splurge on Cost- We don’t lie when we say organic formula can be more expensive. If you desire to put the additional funds elsewhere, that’s perfectly okay! Cost can always be considered a factor and should be acknowledged.
Avoid Overfeeding Your Baby- This is a general rule of thumb, but it’s easier to overfeed when there’s a larger portion of formula mixed. Follow the lead of your baby, and notice when they stop eating. All babies need different portions based off their weight and size.
Don’t Feel Guilty- Not all mothers can breastfeed their newborn and some choose not to – there’s nothing wrong with that decision. By listening to your own body and doing the necessary research, the right baby formula is out there for every infant.
Our Final Thoughts
A baby’s development is of the utmost importance after giving birth, and we know that finding the right feeding method is not to be neglected.
With that said, baby formulas sometimes need to be tried on the same way people try on shoes. There may be a perfect fit, or you have to try a few others to find a perfect match. Trial and error is completely ok and encouraged.
Organic formula is a great option for those considering it. Without harsh ingredients and a conscious effort to see where everything is sourced, this is an especially ideal fit for the infant showing signs of a more sensitive digestive system.
No matter what you choose, organic or non-organic, simply put, “The mother knows best.”