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Breast and Formula Feeding: Should You Combine the Two?

Breast and Formula Feeding

There’s a consistent question that we get from mothers– “Should I combine breast and formula feeding?”

When it comes to being a new mother, the dynamics of feeding can feel like a mystery. Luckily, understanding the two types of feeding is fairly simple.

We put together a guide to understanding the key differences between the two and whether or not combining breast and formula feeding is right for you and your baby.

Check out this handy guide!

Understanding The Differences, Pros, And Cons

There are some pretty big differences between breast and formula feeding.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is pretty self-explanatory– it is the act of feeding your infant child directly from the breast.

The Pros of breastfeeding your infant:

There are a significant number of pros to breastfeeding.

  • It’s free and is always available.
  • There are a ton of nutrients in breastmilk, including carbs, fat, protein, and calcium– all things your little one needs.
  • Active infection-fighting white blood cells and natural chemicals provide your infant with significant protection against infections, especially during the early months when these infections can be the most dangerous.
  • It has been found by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • It is easy for your baby to digest.
  • Can help mothers lose some weight post-birth.
  • May protect your baby from allergies and asthma in the future, and may reduce your child’s risk of obesity in adulthood.

The Cons of breastfeeding your infant:

While there are many benefits to breastfeeding, there are quite a few not so great things about it too.

  • It can be painful.
  • You will have significantly less freedom– you’re the food dispenser, unfortunately!
  • If you are modest, breastfeeding may be uncomfortable to do in public.
  • You’ll probably have to breastfeed in public when your baby is hungry and may face rude people and reactions from people who forget that the purpose of breasts is to feed children.
  • You have to make strict choices about your diet.

Formula Feeding

Formula feeding is the act of feeding your baby manufactured food. This food is designed and specifically marketed for babies under a year old.

Typically, the formula comes in an already liquefied form or as a powder that must be mixed with water.

Formula can be served to an infant via bottle feeding or cup feeding and is available in regular or organic variations.

The Pros to formula feeding:

Even though there are many pros to breastfeeding, there are also many pros to formula feeding as well.

  • Baby formula, especially in recent years, has become more and more similar to human milk when it comes to ingredients and nutrients.
  • You aren’t a walking milk supply anymore and can have slightly more freedom.
  • You can buy your supply instead of trying to build it yourself.
  • Your partner can share in the feeding responsibilities.

The Cons to formula feeding:

Of course, there’s a few.

  • Baby formula isn’t free– in fact, it is pretty expensive.
  • Your may face judgment from others.
  • You won’t burn calories like you would with breastfeeding.
  • Lots of dishes and cleanup.
  • You’ll have to be keenly aware of the formula you choose and will need to do some research, as not every formula is the best formula for your baby.

Should You Combine Breast And Formula Feeding?

The act of combining breast and formula feeding is known as supplementing.

It is 100% perfectly safe to breastfeed and feed your baby formula. Many families use the supplementing method, too.

With all the pros and cons of both forms of feeding, it makes sense that combining the two can give you the best of both worlds.

Professionals from the American Academy of Pediatrics, also known as the AAP, recommend sticking to breastfeeding by itself for approximately the first four to six months. After that, it is recommended to continue breastfeeding until a year or more along with starting solid foods.

The choice to supplement is yourself, and your goal should be simple– get your baby the full nutrition they need.

There are numerous reasons why parents decide to supplement:

Medical Problems

If your baby was born premature or with particular medical conditions, a supplement may be necessary.

Breast milk has a crazy amount of nutrients, and formula can only add to those nutrients!

In that same respect, if you have medical conditions that prevent you from breastfeeding 24/7, you should absolutely consider supplementing with formula.

Low Supply

A past breast surgery or breast-related condition could reduce or stop the way your body produces milk.

If this is the case, be sure to speak to your doctor to properly decide if your baby is getting enough breastmilk and if supplementing should be implemented.

You Have Several Babies

If you have twins, you’ve probably noticed by now that they literally are twice as much work.

Building and maintaining breast milk for one minute is a challenge in and of itself, but two or more babies can be downrighting exhausting to keep up with.

Work

If you’re a working mama, you may feel ready to go back to work as soon as possible.

Breastfeeding in public can be a pain, but breastfeeding in a work environment can be downright stressful and time-consuming.

Consider breastfeeding your baby outside of work and supplementing with formula during work hours.

What Formula Should I Choose To Supplement?

Always speak to your doctor before settling on an infant formula.

A pediatrician has the know-how when it comes to the best formula to use, and they can provide some valuable advice.

Regardless, a decent formula typically contains a significant amount of iron.

It is recommended to wait at least a month before introducing formula to your baby’s diet unless there are medical reasons for your choice to supplement.

Waiting a month gives you ample enough time to build up a breast milk supply before starting formula supplements.

Make The Best Decision For You And Your Baby

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Best Baby Formula Practices: Your Do’s and Don’ts List

Best Baby Formula Practices

Even before you’ve had your baby, you’ve probably gotten a huge amount of advice from other parents.

It’s difficult to figure out what advice should be taken and what simply doesn’t work for your family. Especially when it comes to learning how to best feed your baby!

Formuland is here to give you our best Do’s and Don’ts about the best baby formula practices out there.

If you’ve been curious to find a great resource on baby formula and the best ways to feed your baby, make sure you take a look at the rest of our blog as well! We make sure that great tips, like this Do’s and Don’ts breakdown, are always there for you.

So what do you need to know about the best baby formula practices to feed your child? Keep reading to find out!

Our most important Do’s and Don’ts for best baby formula practices

Knowing what works best for your child means that you’ll want to start with the basics.

That’s why this list can help you get on the right track to the best baby formula and feeding for your child!

Keep reading to find out some of our top Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to feeding your baby and getting things done right.

Don’t settle for products on store shelves

Formuland’s biggest goal is to help parents figure out what formula brands are really good for your child.

Many of the formula brands that stores stock on their shelves are from big brand names, but they may not actually be as trustworthy as you think.

A lot of the baby formulas that you can buy from a store have hidden ingredients that you should avoid.

This includes soy (unless your baby is lactose intolerant), palm oil, any sweeteners, DHA/ARA, carrageenan, or preservatives.

If you want to make sure that you are doing a great job bottle feeding with the best baby formula brands, keep an eye on that label!

Do sterilize all of your bottle accessories

Many baby products come already packaged so that they can stay clean in the stores and throughout transit.

But you will want to make sure that you take the time to sterilize all of your bottle accessories to keep your baby safe from harmful bacteria or dirt.

To sterilize your baby’s items, you have a few great options!

One of the most popular methods to sterilize baby accessories is to boil them in water for up to 5 minutes. This will kill any bacteria that’s left on the item, like bottles or nipples.

You could also purchase an electronic steamer which lets you fill the machine with items to sterilize and let it work its magic. Similarly, you could also purchase microwavable steam bags to do the same job.

No matter which you pick, one of the best practices you could do is to keep things sterile.

Don’t use any products not labeled GMO-Free

The bottles and nipples you use to feed your baby are its lifeline. It’s where they get their food from as you two continue bonding throughout the day.

But, you will want to make sure that these accessories aren’t also feeding your baby harmful chemicals through their plastic.

We recommend using glass baby bottles or checking to see that they are labeled GMO-Free.

GMOS are genetically modified organisms and even though the medical community is torn about whether or not consuming GMOs is bad for you, they can cause reactions within your body.

These new organisms can cause new allergies or illnesses within your body and your baby could be susceptible to new problems if they are given products with GMOs.

Do use boiled water for your formula

Here’s a major Do: use boiled water for your formula.

If you simply fill the bottle with warmed water straight from the tap, you could be increasing your baby’s exposure to lead and harmful waterborne bacteria.

A 2014 report by the US Center for Disease Control found that viruses like the Norovirus, Salmonella, and even Hepatitis A were found in the public water system.

Because these types of bacteria are so dangerous and difficult to manage, giving your baby the cleanest water possible is always the best choice.

We recommend running your tap for around 30 seconds and then filling a pot with as much water as you’ll need for your feeding.

Let the water boil then cool to your desired temperature before mixing in the formula and feeding your baby!

Don’t keep mixed formula for too long

Using baby formula means that you can have a meal ready to go in just a few minutes.

But, you will want to make sure that you aren’t preparing too much at a time so that you can continue to give your baby the freshest supply.

This means that formula sitting out should be thrown away after around an hour. Make sure you extra formula that’s been refrigerated within 48 hours of mixing it together.

If formula stays out too long, it’s possible that bacteria from the room can flourish within the formula. Because baby’s mouths also have bacteria, throwing out unused formula can also prevent your baby from ingesting that.

Do work on a bottle-feeding schedule

One of the biggest hurdles that parents face is getting their child on a good feeding schedule.

You can begin working towards a schedule from the start.

Newborns should be fed whenever they are hungry, but you can soon begin to work towards feedings every 3-4 hours so keep them satisfied.

With a schedule, you’ll be able to know when to begin sanitizing and mixing– or how much formula to mix for the day so that you’ll be prepared.

Want more information?

Formuland is here to help you learn more about the best baby formula for your child, what products to avoid, and what are the best practices for your new baby.

We keep up a great blog and product pages to help you get only the best. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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Organic Infant Formula 101: Facts for Beginners

Organic Infant Formula 101: Facts for Beginners

The whole point of organic infant formula is to ensure that you are providing your baby with the healthiest possible alternative to breast milk.

The reason we need an alternative to breast milk is that for any number of reasons. Some women cannot produce it in sufficient quantities, if at all for their babies.

If you find yourself in that situation, you are not alone. The Chicago Tribune reports that 1 to 5 percent of women do not produce enough milk to feed their babies.

Amid government sponsored messages like “breast is best,” these mothers may have to fight through the feelings of failure and find the absolute best alternative to the natural, life-giving substance they cannot provide.

The infant formula industry swoops in as the savior of the day. And, we would all be better off for it if that were the end of the story. Unfortunately, it is not.

We still have to deal with questions like, which is the safest organic formula for your child.

Did you know that the USDA Organic label only requires the product to be 95% organic? In the same way that non-alcoholic beer still contains some percentage of alcohol, organic infant formula can still contain non-organic elements, up to 5%.

That is only one of many facts about organic infant formula new mothers need to know, Here are a few more:

Good Vs. Bad Sugar

No matter how much you would like to completely eradicate it from your diet, sugar is a part of who we are. We are partly made of the stuff. It is an important part of breast milk.

If you happen to be lactose intolerant, you may be chagrined to discover that lactose is sugar, and not just any sugar. It is one of the key components to breast milk. If you are going to make a breast milk analog, you have got to have lactose (or something very much like it).

But, this is one of those areas where one has to carefully read labels and weigh the options. There are all kinds of sugar. And too much of it is bad for your baby’s health. If the milk has no sweetness, the baby will not drink it. If it is too sweet, you are setting up your baby for obesity and diabetes.

A number of popular organic formulas went from 100% lactose sweetener to 0% in favor of other sweeteners such as corn syrup. Organic formula companies are still businesses. And, price seems to have been the deciding factor over creating the closes possible analog to breast milk.

Know your sugars. And choose wisely.

Organic Infant Formula Oils

Some organic formulas use synthetic oils. Even if we eliminate synthetic oil, not all oils are created equally.

Remember, the point of the formula is to closely mimic natural breast milk. One of those ingredients manufacturers are after is the palmitic acid found in human milk. For this, palm oil is often used as the substitute.

But despite the naming similarities, palm oil contains a palmitic acid that is structurally different from that which is found in human milk. Human infants do not properly absorb it.

As a result, it can actually cause the formation of soaps in a baby’s intestines. This carries a number of serious consequences including lower bone mass due to the calcium being turned into soap, hard stools, and developmental issues.

Despite these well-documented concerns, many of the leading organic brands continue to use palm oil as a part of their formula. Even if you find a brand that doesn’t, you are far from done with reading the label.

Other Ingredients You Need to Avoid

Corn syrup, check. Palm oil, check. Scanning the label, you find neither of these two ingredients. But it is not yet safe to place that formula into the shopping cart and on the menu of your little one. There are other ingredients to avoid. You might also want to check for the following:

  • Soy
  • DHA/AHA
  • Carrageenan

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you void soy in baby formula apart from special circumstances. Soy contains high levels of phytoestrogens which can cause developmental issues in pre-term babies.

The good news about Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) is that they are naturally occurring and essential fatty acids found in human milk. The problem is that it is very difficult to exactly reproduce what humans produce by nature.

The attempts to do this in a lab do not exactly equate to Frankensein’s monster. But, there are definitely problems worth avoiding. Besides these acids being made up of hundreds of compounds that are hard to reproduce in a lab, dangerous chemicals are a part of some attempts to produce it.

We are talking about small differences on a cellular level. But you wanted organic infant formula. And this is one of those little compromises that can have a big impact.

Carrageenan is one of the most controversial ingredients found in baby formula. Besides being linked to gastrointestinal issues, it is also thought to be a carcinogen. That is a cancer-causing agent for those keeping score. It has also been banned in the EU since 2007.

Conclusion: Love and Research

Choosing the right baby formula is a highly personal and technically difficult choice.

It seems there is no formula out there that eliminates all the bad ingredients you should avoid. There are also special needs to consider. Your baby might have allergies and other health issues that eliminate products that would have otherwise been good choices.

Beyond health are practical considerations. Mothers have to make the same choices as businesses every day. They have to consider the overall budget while balancing the art of the possible.

At the end of the day, you have to make the best decision you can based on a mother’s love and your best research. This also has to pass through the filter of family budget and practicality. Humans are highly adaptable. We figure out ways to thrive even in the most objectionable circumstances.

Remember that you are choosing between matters of degree. Even the worst organic infant formula is likely better than the non-organic alternatives. There is good reason to feel confident that with a little love and research, you and your baby are going to be just fine.

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9 “Healthy” Kids’ Foods that are Anything But

9 "Healthy" Kids' Foods that are Anything But

Grocery stores are really fond of marketing healthy foods to parents and adults looking for a “healthy” snack.

Knowing the marketing industry, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not, especially with things like GMOs going unlabeled in the US.

Feeding our children the best foods should always be at the top of our priorities, and that’s why we wanted to talk about 9 “healthy foods” that you should take a second look at!

Formuland is focused on bringing parents the best information to make decisions on what to give children through our blog and site. Making informed choices to pick real healthy foods requires some research, so we’ve done that for you!

We specialize in bringing the best baby formula and children’s products into the homes of parents across the US so that kids everywhere can benefit.

When it comes time to buy the next round of groceries, step away from the grocery store and head to the internet!

Why do the extra work?

There are plenty of reasons why parents need to take the extra time to figure out what foods are truly healthy and which ones are wolves in sheep clothing!

It seems like each box in the store says “healthy!” in big letters, but a close look at the ingredients shows a list of words we can’t pronounce.

Giving children food that isn’t healthy (even accidentally!) can lead to some serious health problems. Getting good nutrition is needed for developing brains and bodies.

Children who get healthy foods are also shown to be happier and more active, dwindling down the possibility of childhood obesity.

What are 9 healthy kids foods that aren’t that great?

Since there’s so much information out there, we wanted to highlight our top 9 healthy kids foods that are deceiving.

You may be surprised at the foods on this list, and it’s Formuland’s recommendation to take a second look and replace these items with healthier alternatives!

Kids’ yogurt

There’s a myth that’s been around for longer than anyone can count and it’s that kids don’t like healthy food.

So have you ever wondered why there are so many things branded just for kids that claim to be healthy, yet will keep kids begging for more?

Kids yogurt is one of these tricky products. Yogurt is good for you and it contains great probiotics and protein.

But these kids yogurt brands have a trick up their sleeves: sugars and artificial flavors.

Anyone who has ever had a real strawberry knows that many strawberry flavored products taste nothing like the real thing. Why? Because that natural flavor can’t be copied and mass produced!

So while yogurt is good for your kid, try swapping out those kids brands for greek yogurt sweetened with your child’s favorite fruit and some honey.

Fruit cups

Speaking of fruit, we know that these are nature’s “candy” and there are so many different fruits that our kids can find one they like.

When it comes to fruits, it may be easy to grab a fruit cup to pack in your little one’s lunchbox, but be careful.

These fruits are a far cry from the real thing. They’ve been preserved with chemicals to get those long expiration dates and they’re packed with extra sugars!

“Healthy” cereals

Getting healthy grains into your child’s diet is important, and there are tons of cereal brands that are shifting from the cookie cereals of our past to protein-rich alternatives.

These sweet treats are marketed as being healthy cereals for kids – luring them in with chocolate nibs and the promise of healthy and happy kids.

But like many of these products, cereals are packed with artificial flavors and added sugars. In the end, it’s possible that the cookie cereal may have been a bit “healthier” than that health-branded box you ended up buying.

Fish sticks

One way to get kids to eat fish is through fish sticks. It’s a nation-wide favorite and we can’t blame kids– they’re pretty tasty!

But fish sticks have a few hidden negatives to them. For one, we can never seem to be sure what kind of fish is inside them.

The breading and frying of fish sticks is also a concern, especially because fried foods can lead to obesity.

Overall, though delicious, they’re high in calories and are also overly processed to create that uniform white fish “patty” inside of the fish stick. Other alternatives are oven-roasted seasoned fish with bread crumbs on top.

Chicken nuggets

Chicken nuggets are similarly problematic to fish sticks. They’re a kid favorite, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a kid who refused to eat chicken nuggets.

However, chicken nuggets are over-processed and may contain ingredients that aren’t often expected, like bone and other organs.

Skipping over-processed, fried, and frozen chicken nuggets to make your own at home that are baked can be a healthy alternative to your chicken nugget-loving tot!

Snack bars

Thinking snacks like granola bars are a trap that many adults fall into. They’re marketed as healthy snacks we can take on the go, and kids love the different flavors they can come in.

While oats and grains on their own are great for you, many of these snack bars add too much sugar to bond the grains together and add in chocolate drizzles to make it taste even better.

Instant oatmeal

Oatmeal is a great food to feed your kids. It’s healthy and linked to lowering cholesterol levels.

But instant oatmeal is a different story. These easy packages are full of sugars and artificial flavors as well as oats that taste different from the oats you can get regularly.

Instead, try making overnight oats to treat your kids with in the morning!

Lunch meats

We grew up with turkey and bologna sandwiches being a staple in our diet. But there’s new information that lunch meats are a tricky food.

They’re processed and packed with chemicals to lengthen their shelf life, for one. Then there’s the link that eating lunch meats can increase your chance of getting cancer by 18%!

So avoiding lunch meats as much as possible and swapping them out for fresh baked meats is your healthiest choice.

Juices

Our final healthy kids’ food that needs to be out of your pantry is juice!

Oftentimes, we think that fruit juice is a great way to get our kids to get the nutrients that fruits can offer us. But, similar to a lot of children’s products, fruit juice is packed with sugars, artificial colors and flavors, and are often only a small percentage of real juices.

It’s good to keep all juice to a minimum, just like sodas, but opt for 100% non-concentrated juice if you want to treat your tot!

Which healthy kids’ snacks do you feed your children?

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Why GMO-Free Baby Formula is the Right Choice for Your Child

Why GMO-Free Baby Formula is the Right Choice

Every parent wants the best for their child. They want their baby to grow up to be healthy, happy, and smart. Whenever a parent cradles their baby, dreams of a successful career and future family for their child are all hopes of a new parent.

It’s true that our children deserve the best. The world has been on a path to giving ourselves the best when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle.

The movement towards organic food is huge, especially because so many harmful chemicals find their way into our foods.

It turns out that our foods are filled with harmful chemicals that are seemingly “invisible” when we buy them. Even our produce is modified and there seems to be nothing we can do about it. Studies have found that aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, and MSG are still common across the shelves.

So, what is a mother to do when looking for the right formula for her baby?

There are so many different brands and options on store shelves, but there is a problem: the great majority, if not all, the formulas sold in stores contain chemicals and GMO products.

Formuland specializes in bringing organic and GMO-free baby formula to the US so that mothers can give their babies the best without having to wonder what’s in the formula. We’ve been in the business since 2011 and proudly serve our customers with the best products.

We understand that each child deserves the best and needs good, healthy nutrition to keep growing up into a strong and healthy individual. That’s why we find it so important to keep moms and dads up-to-date with the latest info.

After you finish reading this helpful guide, make sure to check out our other blogs to read up on topics like getting a work-life balance and what to do if your baby won’t bottle feed.

Why you’ll want to dig deeper than just “organic”

It’s hard enough to figure out what’s healthy and what’s not with our adult food. The healthy foods aisle is often filled with sweets and other items that claim to be healthy and offer you fiber and nutrition. A deeper look into these products often reveals artificial sweeteners and other harmful ingredients.

But when it comes to your baby and the formula you are feeding them, these chemicals and ingredients can cause immediate problems as well as ones later on.

So how do you figure out right from wrong?

You’ll want to stay away from those brands you can find in any big name store. Even the most well-known brands aren’t exactly known for putting the best ingredients in their formulas.

And, even organic baby formula needs a second look since many organic products can still contain GMOs!

Here is also an interesting article about benefits of organic food: https://www.healthambition.com/benefits-of-organic-food/

What are GMOS?

Before you can even figure out what route is best to take when feeding your baby, you should have a good idea of what GMOS are.

The name “GMO” is short for genetically modified organism. This means that some of the ingredients that you see on your label aren’t what they seem. If it’s a GMO ingredient, it’s actually a lab-made version of what you think you’re eating.

Many people believe that eating the most natural food is best, and we agree.

GMOS are harsh products that cannot be certainly traced to their own ingredients. According to the Non-GMO Project page, GMOs are usually unnatural combinations of plant, animal, virus, and bacteria genes to create a new product.

The negatives of GMOs

Because we believe this is an important topic, Formuland wanted to give you all the information about the negatives of consuming GMOs.

Food allergies

The occurrence of food allergies has been on the rise, and many people are linking this to the growth of GMOs in our foods.

Most importantly, GMO products can create or heighten the possibility of an allergic reaction to soy products. Allergic reactions to foods appear as soon as the first time you eat your trigger, but they can also appear after the food is eaten several times. Because GMOs use

Because GMOs use foreign DNA to create their hybrid products, extra care should be taken to look for reactions after eating a food with GMOs for the first few times.

Birth defects

There has been a link between GMO products and birth defects. Unfortunately, many communities don’t have a say in whether or not the produce they are given has been modified, so the health community is left to fight for those affected: babies.

Hawaii experienced a spike in birth defects and now an investigation is going into the GMO corn crop that many people have been consuming.

In animal studies, the consequences of GMO food is even more criminalizing. Some animals have been shown to have major deformities in their spines and legs, making the connection between GMOs and defects all the more clear!

Cancers

Similarly to birth defects, GMOs have been linked to cancers. Studies have shown that these products can cause kidney damage, hormonal changes, and cancers in animal tests.

Though there haven’t been many studies on humans, since it is still too soon to get decisive results due to the relative newness of widespread GMO, this is still enough for us to advise everyone to avoid these harmful products.

So you’ve decided on GMO-free baby formula. What now?

Giving your baby GMO-free formula is a good decision for mothers looking to provide their babies with the best nutrition that also minimizes their chances for allergies, stomach discomfort, and some diseases. But where can you get this type of formula?

Products with GMOs are unlabeled in the US, which is why it’s so hard to find something that you can be sure is organic and GMO-free! Thankfully, Europe banned GMOs and is able to provide mothers with formula they can trust.

Formuland strives to bring the best products to parents in the US, so we recommend checking out brands like Hipp, Holle, Aptamil, Lebenswert, and Topfer. You can find them on our website and make sure to contact us with any questions you have!

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Why Is Organic Formula Better For Your Child?

why choose organic baby formula

Once upon a time, mothers had only to choose between two methods of feeding their infants: breastfeed, or formula. It’s a battle that’s been raging for years, isn’t it? But now, there are two more choices: regular baby formula or organic baby formula.

It all sounds so difficult, doesn’t it? Making the choice between organic and standard baby formula can be quite confusing.

I get it. Many other moms have wrestled with the same decision.

In this post, you’re going to learn the advantages of choosing organic baby formula for your child. This post will cover the following:

  • What organic baby formula is.
  • What’s actually in standard formula.
  • Why standard formula can cause health issues.
  • Why organic baby formula is better for your child.

If you’ve been trying to decide what type of formula is best for your child, read on…

What Is Organic Baby Formula?

The main factor that separates organic baby formula from standard baby formula is sweetness. While both formulas are sweet, the organic variety excludes ingredients that are potentially harmful to your child.

Baby formula needs to include three types of ingredients:

  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates

The carbohydrates help your baby digest the proteins and fat. The carbohydrate is always a type of sugar. Otherwise, it’s not going to be digestible.

One of the main differentiating factors in organic formula is the sweeteners that are used to create it. Standard formula tends to use sweeteners that are potentially harmful to your baby.

So What’s In Standard Formula Anyway?

Regular baby formula manufacturers tend to use corn syrup as its source of carbohydrates. As you might already know, corn syrup can be harmful. This is especially true when it’s used in formula.

There are other sweeteners that should not be used in organic baby formula.

These include:

  • Palm oil
  • Processed refined sugars
  • Carrageenan
  • DHA and ARA
  • Synthetic preservatives
  • Synthetic nutrients

Companies that make standard baby formula will use these ingredients because it makes the formula sweeter. Babies are already conditioned to prefer breast milk because it is sweet.

The Issues With Standard Baby Formula

The chemicals that standard formula contain can cause serious problems for your child. If you’re feeding standard baby formula to your child, it could cause issues with weight and weaning. This is one of the main reasons why mothers will use organic baby formula instead.

Another issue with standard baby formula is the fact that it usually includes cow’s milk as an ingredient. Now, I understand that cow’s milk is usually seen as a safe way to feed your child.

But, it’s not. Here’s why.

Many cows graze on grass that has been treated with pesticides. When you drink cow’s milk, there’s a good chance that you’re ingesting the harmful chemicals that are present in pesticides. The same is true for your child.

Here are some other health issues standard formula can cause:

  • Nervous system injuries
  • Lung damage
  • Immune system dysfunction

Organic baby formula is a safer alternative for your child. When you use organic baby formula, you won’t have to worry as much about the potential health issues that standard formula can cause.

Why Organic Baby Formula is Better

Organic baby formula is a healthier choice for your child. It does not include harmful sweeteners that can create health issues for your baby. It does not include milk from cows who have eaten pesticide-treated grass.

Also, it does not use milk from cows that have been genetically modified. It’s a more pure alternative. Using it can help your child avoid the many health issues that standard formula can cause.

Organic baby formula also uses healthier sweeteners such as whey protein and lactose. These are a more natural way to sweeten your child’s formula.

However, many European brands have banned the use of sweeteners altogether. They have done this out of a concern for overeating and obesity. Children are more likely to favor foods that are higher in sugar. When they consume more sugar, it’s easier for them to become obese.

Here are some of the health benefits of using organic formula:

  • It contains lutein, which is great for your child’s eyesight.
  • It is rich in antioxidants, which is great for your baby.
  • It doesn’t contain as many heavy metals.

Of course, the main benefit of using organic baby formula is that it helps you protect your baby from the potentially harmful effects of conventional baby formula. When you use organic formula, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’re feeding your baby a healthier alternative.

Where Do You Get It?

It’s abundantly clear the organic baby formula is the best choice for your child. It provides numerous health benefits while avoiding the health risks that come with standard formulas.

Of course, the next question is: “how do I get it?”

I’m glad you asked.

While there are several American brands that work, the best brands of organic formulas come from European nations. There are several brands that you can choose from.

Here are some of the brands we carry:

  • Hipp
  • Holle
  • Lebenswert

These brands are completely GMO and additive free. Our suggestion is to try a few different brands and see which ones your baby likes the best. Regardless of the brand you choose, you can be assured that your baby is getting the healthiest choice available.

Summing It All Up

We all want the best for our children, right? It’s not always easy to find the best ways to protect their health. Many moms spend tons of time figuring out how to feed their babies in the best way possible.

When it comes to feeding your child, breastfeeding is a healthy option. However, if you don’t want to breastfeed, organic baby formula is the next best alternative.

When you use organic formula, you can be confident that your child won’t have to deal with any of the potential health issues that standard formula can cause. Not only does it help you avoid health problems, it can actually make your child more healthy.

If you’re looking for a better way to feed your infant, check out our organic baby formulas. You’ll be glad you did.

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Best Formula: 6 Ways to Know It’s the Best for Your Baby

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You only want the best for your baby—we get that. And with many different products and formulas for your baby on the market, it can be difficult to determine which is the right one for your little one.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best formula for your baby, but it’s important to consider the most important ones when picking your product.

If you’re stuck on where to start when choosing a formula, you’re not alone.

However, we’re here to help. Here are 6 tips to help you choose the best formula for your baby!

1. Know the Forms of Formula First

While there are many forms of formulas, formulas in general, can be divided into three main categories. These categories include ready-to-use formula, liquid concentrate formula, and powered formula.

Ready-to-Use Formula

Unparalleled in convenience, ready-to-use formula does not require any mixing or measuring.

Simply open and serve!

This is the kind of formula often fed to newborns in hospitals, and it is especially hygienic. This means it can be helpful if and when you don’t know whether you’ll have access to safe water.

However, keep in mind that this formula has a short lifespan. This means it is less suitable if you want to stock up on formula for your baby.

Once opened, this kind of formula must be used within 48 hours.

Additionally, the convenience of this type of formula comes at a cost, with the prices usually being about 20 percent more per ounce than that of powered formula.

Containers for ready-to-use formula also take up more storage space—both in your cupboards and in landfills.

Also, although ready-to-use formula is undoubtedly the most convenient, many moms complain that it’s more likely to stain clothes because liquid formula is often darker than powered formula.

Liquid Concentrate Formula

The more affordable formula option than ready-to-use formula is liquid concentrate formula.

Liquid concentrate formula requires mixing of equal parts of both water and formula.

This kind of formula also takes up less space, so it may be a better choice for people who don’t have much cupboard space to store formula.

Powdered Formula

Powdered formula, such as Cow & Gate, takes the cake for the least expensive formula. It is the most environmentally-friendly option as well!

Additionally, it takes up the least amount of space in transport, as well as in your pantry and in your garbage can.

The downfall for powdered formula, however, is that it takes significantly longer to prepare, and you must follow the directions exactly.

Lasting approximately one month after being opened, this form of formula has a relatively long shelf life.

Other Types of Formula:

  • Cow’s-milk-based formula
  • Partially and extensively hydrolyzed formulas
  • Soy-based formula
  • Lactose-free formula, such as Aptamil
  • Formula for premature and low-birth-weight babies
  • Human milk fortifier
  • Metabolic formula
  • Organic formula, such as HiPP Organic
  • Other specialty formula

It is recommended to start your baby with a formula made from regular cow’s milk, as most babies will tolerate it very well.

They are also usually the least expensive.

However, if your little one doesn’t seem to be responding to the standard cow’s milk formula, try out soy.

Although soy protein has been controversial, it can work well for children who become gassy, get a rash, or have another negative response to standard cow’s milk formula.

2. Digestion is a Key Denominator

While convenience and expense of a formula do play a role in your selection, the most important factor for the best formula is digestion.

Many parents report their children experiencing digestive discomfort as a result of the baby formula. Therefore, it’s important to choose formula wisely to attempt to avoid such distress.

Even though cow’s milk formula may be the best formula for some babies, it may not be suitable for you baby’s digestion.

If cow’s milk formula seems to cause digestive distress for your baby, try other options such as goat’s milk formula like Holle Goat Milk Infant Formula, or hydrolyzed baby formula, or other types of formula listed above.

Additionally, new formulas are often released and marketed to parents to help babies with digestion issues and to relieve problems such as colic or acid reflux.

So keep an eye out, and if you think your baby could benefit form a specialty formula, ask your doctor about it first!

3. Name Brand vs. Generic—Which to Choose

Because generic brands of formula must also meet the FDA’s requirements for nutrients in formula, generic brands are nutritionally adequate for your child.

In many instances, the only difference between the generic and name brand options is the price.

But while generic brands may be nutritionally adequate, some doctors say formula isn’t the place to hunt for a bargain.

However, no matter which way you choose to go with formula—generic or name brand—always take a minute to check out the label before making a purchase.

Ingredients vary from brand to brand and can make a difference, so be sure to look over the label.

4. Stay on the Lookout for Various Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are also a key denominator during selecting the best formula for your baby.

And while most of the ingredient label describe vitamins and minerals, the words can be hard to figure out.

The vitamins and minerals a formula contains are key in the growth and development of your child. So while many parents are mainly concerned with protein and carbohydrates, check out the whole label.

Some dairy sources have a high amount of vitamins and minerals naturally.

Compare the natural vitamin content in different formulas to make sure you’re getting the best formula for your baby, with the right amount of vitamins and minerals for his or her diet.

Keep in mind that all healthy babies who are not breastfed exclusively be given iron-fortified formula throughout their first year.

5. Homemade Formula—Is it Worth it?

While it may sound like a good idea initially, doctors don’t recommend making the attempt at creating your own formula.

Professionals strongly advise against homemade formula, as it could lead to failure to gain weight, malnourishment, or even death.

Potential dangers of making your own formula for your child include:

  • Some ingredients aren’t safe
  • Contamination is possible
  • An imbalance of nutrients is likely

If you do decide to give homemade formula a try, consult an expert first, always keep the process clean, and watch your child closely for health probelms.

6. Pick One with Plenty of Prebiotic Oligosaccharides

Looking for prebiotic oligosaccharides can be one way to find the best formula for your baby.

Prebiotic oligosaccharides are non-digestible carbohydrates that remain in the digestive tract and can make digestion easier for your baby.

Once in the digestive tract, they perform various important functions and are able to stimulate a specific type of bacteria in the digestive tract.

These bacteria stimulate digestion, making the formula easier for your baby to digest in general. Therefore, look for a formula with plenty of prebiotic oligosaccharides.

What formulas have you tried out for your baby? What have you found to be the top contenders, and which have you found that fall short? Tell us about your experiences with different formula products in the comments!

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Best Organic Baby Formula: Which Is Safest for Your Child?

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When it comes to feeding your little loved one, you want to give him or her the healthiest and most nutritional formula, and sometimes breastfeeding is not an option. As a parent with so many brands available, it’s difficult to know which is best to buy for your child.

One of the first decisions to make is if you want to buy organic or nonorganic formula. Organic formula is definitely the way you want to go. We’ll start with sharing why, and then we’ll speak to the best organic baby formula you can find for your child.

Organic vs. Nonorganic

As your baby is growing in size, so are his or her immune, digestive and central-nervous systems. That makes your baby’s body more susceptible vulnerable to the toxins, bacteria, and foodborne pathogens that are sometimes found in nonorganic food. Pesticides and other chemicals are often used to help protect crops from insects, diseases and more.

Organic foods, however, are grown with natural compost or manure rather than with synthetic chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. Research has shown that babies and children who eat organic food have a lower risk of exposure to these potentially harmful pesticides. The Organic Foods Production Act bans synthetic preservatives in organic food, which makes organic formula the superior choice.

Here are important considerations for purchasing formula for your baby.

GMOs

Traditional nonorganic foods often contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms). A GMO could be a plant, animal or an other organism, and its genetic makeup has been modified with science. When genes are modified, you risk making unstable combinations of plants, animals, and bacteria. You do not want to risk your baby’s health with any product that is unstable or unnatural.

Examples of food with a high risk of GMOs include corn, soy, animal products, and squash and zucchini. Considering that soy could contain GMOs, it’s best to only give your baby soy formula if he or she is dairy intolerant. The good thing about European organic foods is that they do not include any soy-based formulas.

Sweeteners

As formula is typically made with cow’s milk, it has less lactose, which is a carbohydrate. In an effort to make formula as similar to breast milk as possible, manufacturers typically add sweeteners.

Some sweeteners are less healthy than others. The best-case scenario is when lactose is added to sweeten formula because it’s the most similar to human milk.

Lactose is also the most expensive, however, so sometimes manufacturers use plant-based sweeteners instead, such as corn syrup, including maltodextrins, which are partially hydrolyzed starch molecules, or brown rice syrup—NOT good for the little kiddo.

Palm Oil

Sometimes palm oil is used in baby formula to make up for a lack of palmitic acid, which is naturally found in breast milk. The goal is to match the fatty acid profile, but the presence of palm oil has been shown to lower calcium and fat absorption, and lead to lower bone mineral density, as babies aren’t able to absorb palm oil properly.

DHA/ARA

DHA and ARA are oils added to increase fatty acids in baby formulas, which some mothers worry their babies won’t get by not consuming breast milk.

However, with these supplements comes the possibility of algae and fungus, which is unnatural. Back before the Organic Food Production Act, there were many reports of babies who suffered from gastrointestinal issues after consuming baby formula with DHA and ARA. Avoid these whenever possible.

Synthetic Preservatives

Synthetic preservatives, such as beta-carotene and ascorbyl palmitate, are added into formulas to reduce the chance of oxidation and spoilage. You have to be careful with any formula that claims to “prevent rancidity,” for example because potentially unnatural preservatives have been added.

These preservatives do not provide any nutritional value to your baby and are therefore not allowed in organic foods. That being said, however, if a synthetic preservative is considered essential to the food, then it’s permissible.

Carrageenan

Carrageenan is a food additive often used in animal experimentation, which has been linked to gastrointestinal disease in some laboratory animals. Choosing European baby formulas for your baby is a great way to avoid Carrageenan because it’s prohibited in the European union.

Our Top Best Organic Baby Formula Picks

As a parent, feeding your baby organic formula is the best option, since there will be zero chance of GMOs, no pesticides and no DHA/ARA. With that in mind, the choice between organic or nonorganic baby formulas seems like an easy one. Now you just have to decide which brand.

Use the following brand guide to help you choose the best organic baby formula.

HiPP Organic

A German, family-owned business, HiPP Organic has been producing baby food since the 1930s. HiPP products focus on the best organic baby formula for the little one with a sensitive stomach (gas, constipation, allergies and acid reflux).

With HiPP, you get all-natural, nutritional baby food, which includes ingredients like coconut and sunflower oil. Dairy products are processed from grass-fed cattle. They use lactose as a sweetener and probiotics as well.

Holle

Also from the 1930s, Holle comes from Germany and is the most popular brand throughout Europe. They offer a variety of products, including milk, porridge and vegetables.

Holle follows strict guidelines against pesticides and chemical fertilizers and uses raw ingredients to meet biodynamic and organic standards. They also use ingredients like coconut and sunflower oils. Though it does not contain any unapproved synthetic preservatives, it still does use palm oil and maltodextrin.

Lebenswert

Lebensewert is a trustworthy German brand introduced in 2009. They focus on chemical-free products with lactose, a much more natural sweetener than maltodextrin.

Keep in mind, in order to be labeled “USDA organic” baby formula must be at least 95 percent organic — meaning that there is 5 percent that may still be made nonorganically. Just because a product is marketed as “natural,” “free-range,” and “no hormones added” does not mean it’s been verified as organic.

Do what’s best for your baby and choose European organic baby formula. Happy feeding!

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What To Do When Your Baby Refuses to Bottle Feed

When it comes to feeding your baby, one thing that you will realize for the first few weeks of his life is that he will not have any problem switching from bottle to breast. But take a look at him when he turns two months old, that is when the problem will start.

In the second month, your baby will start to develop self awareness and that is the time when he can start making decisions and unluckily for you, the first decision that he is most probably going to make is to refuse his feeding bottle. This is a frustrating and tiring situation for you, especially if you will not be around to breastfeed him all day long.

If you are wondering what to do with this dilemma, here are some suggestions:

  • Get a bottle with a nipple in similar shape with his pacifier.

If your baby loves his pacifier, then you should take advantage of it, try to look for a feeding bottle with a nipple that has the same shape as his pacifier. In this way, it would be easier for your  baby to adapt to the feeding bottle since his mouth is already used to the shape of the nipple.

  • Try to step away from the scene.

Maybe the main reason why your child is not accepting the pacifier is because he can see you and he knows that he can be able to have access to your breasts if he will just simply throw tantrums. That is why the best thing that you can ever do is to just simply step away from the scene. Have another person give the bottle to your kid without you around so that he will have no other choice but to get the bottle.

  • Make the bottle look more appealing.

Keep in mind that your child has great sense. He would sense if you are doubtful about what you are doing or not. If you will be excited, he will be excited about what you are presenting to him as well. That’s why you should try to look confident, happy and excited when giving him the bottle.

  • Avoid breastfeeding right away when he rejects the bottle.

When you breastfeed as soon as he rejects the bottle, your baby will think that he will always have a choice and it will just prolong his refusal. That’s why you should avoid giving him options right away so he would have no choice but to take the bottle.

  • Wrap the bottle with your used shirt.

There is a huge chance that he will get the bottle if it is wrapped with your used shirt because since he can smell you, the baby would feel comfortable and safe.

Keep in mind that there is no easy solution for this dilemma. The truth is, you would have to try various ways to get your baby to bottle feed. The entire process can be grueling so you have to be very consistent and patient about it.

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The Do’s and Don’t in Your Babies’ Food Diet

Your babies’ food journey is riddled with many ‘what if’s’ and ‘what not’. It is a stage of discovery both for you and your child. As much as we wish for it to be an easy breezy ride, we may encounter bumps and turns every now and then. A food allergy here, soya intolerance there, can well be alarming when encountered. We have to realize though that all these are to be expected and should be prepared for by every parent. True enough, a rush to the hospital or an emergency doctor’s visit because of these possible food reactions can be upsetting and discouraging to a new parent like you but when you are armed with proper knowledge, you can trudge your way in this path with your child in a happier and more positive outlook.

There is really no sure way to predict which food will cause alarm in your child’s health but there are food indicators that we can consider as possible hazards and we can familiarize ourselves with these for caution. Here is a list of what you should watch out for and in some cases totally avoids serving your child:

 

  • Introducing dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurts and others should be done with careful examination. Babies may have lactose intolerance or Soya intolerance (for soya based fresh milk) that you are unaware of. When choosing dairy products it is always best to look for organic produces or organic based options in the market. One of the excellent choices in organic milk in the market is Holle Formula Organic Baby First Milk Stage 1 as starter infant milk that is safe and gives complete nutrition.

 

  • Parents are advised to be cautious when introducing eggs to their babies. It is said to be the common culprit for salmonella and also causes allergies. Give only egg for babies one year and above. Make sure that it is well cooked; hardboiled egg is preferred for babies.

 

  • Nuts are a healthy food choice however parents are also warned for possible allergic reaction a baby may have with nuts.

 

  • When preparing baby food (especially when using non organic produce) do away with carrots, beets, celery, and spinach until at least when the baby is seven months old because of possible high nitrate content.

 

  • Some fish species, including shark, king mackerel, tuna and swordfish, may have high mercury content and are not advised for babies. So avoiding these species in your dinner table is a wise move for parents. When doing your grocery choose instead fish meat that are low in mercury level. Fish is a generally a healthy meat that is a great source for iron.

 

  • Chicken meat is advised to be introduced to babies at age nine months and up. This is typically the next meat inline after fish meat. In the succeeding months, pork and other meat can be slowly introduced. In preparing the meat, making sure that it is thoroughly cooked is important. The key is to make sure that it is finely chopped or puréed to a safe texture. Meats can enhance the absorption of nutrients and may be an excellent source of iron.

 

  • Juices are another source of vitamins and liquid intake for babies however it also includes high sugar content that is why excessive amount of this drink can harm your babies’ health and can possibly cause diabetes and other illness.

 

These basic information on baby food do’s and don’ts will give you a heads up on what to be wary about and what to pile up on when it comes to baby food preparation. Knowing the possible red flags in some of these food will make you more confident in creating a healthy and balance diet for your child.