If you’re formula feeding, chances are you’ve already seen the myriad options available, both online and at the store.
From non-dairy options to formulas designed specifically to ease digestive issues, your choices are nearly limitless. There are also multiple consistencies, including ready-to-feed formulas and concentrated ones.
Yet, in all your dizzying research, you may not have realized another key differentiator between your formulas: the presence of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs.
We know you want what’s best for your baby, and how you choose to feed is a personal decision. Working with your pediatrician, lactation consultant, OB-GYN and more can help you determine what’s best for your family.
If you do opt to formula-feed, choosing non-GMO formula is one key way you can help start your baby off on the right track.
Maybe you’ve heard about GMOs in the news, or on the Internet, and knew they were something to avoid. But you might not realize exactly why non-GMO formula is best for your baby.
That’s why today, we’re breaking down the benefits of this type of formula. We’ll help clarify its benefits, discuss what’s in it (and, just as importantly, what’s not), and provide some helpful tips on how to pick the right non-GMO formula for you!
We all want to do the best for our babies. But the internet is awash with myths about baby formula and the ‘risks’ it poses.
55% of mothers choose formula over breastfeeding. And if you’re one of them, you’ve probably heard most, if not all, of these 5 myths about bottle-feeding.
Read on to bust these common formula myths and give your baby a boost.
Myth 1: You can mix up baby formula by eye.
Powdered formula comes with explicit mixing instructions. It’s usually one level scoop of powder to 1oz of water for European Baby Formulas.
But you should actually measure it out when you’re mixing the formula. Too little water can make your baby thirsty. Too much water can even reduce the calories she can absorb from the formula.
At worst, it can even cause seizures.
So save yourself and your baby any problems and measure the water. Mix up the formula properly. Don’t just guess the amounts.
You can’t leave baby formula lying around either. Once you’ve mixed it, you should feed your baby or store it in the refrigerator. It’ll keep for 24 hours.
Throw mixed formula out if it’s been sitting out for more than an hour. And definitely throw away any unfinished formula.
You can always make more next time you need to feed your baby.
Myth 2: You can warm baby formula in a microwave.
Not at all.
Microwaves don’t actually provide an even heat. And you don’t want to burn your baby’s mouth with baby formula.
It’s safer to run the bottle under hot water. Or pop it in a pan of hot water for a few minutes.
Give the bottle a shake and squirt a few drops onto the inside of your wrist.
If it’s lukewarm, it’s safe to give to her.
However, you can certainly sterilize some types of bottles in the microwave. Check the instructions from your manufacturer.
Myth 3: Babies only bond during breastfeeding.
You can still bond during bottle-feeding. After all, it’s the time spent together that builds the bond. Not the breast.
Unfortunately, it’s a pretty common myth. And it can lead some mothers to think they’re bad mothers for bottle-feeding their babies.
Some mothers even worry their babies will be less intelligent or less successful because they were bottle-fed.
But some women can’t breastfeed. And some babies just don’t want to.
Breastfeeding advocates often point to Norway as a country where breastfeeding is considered normal. So bottle-feeding mothers can’t use social pressure as an excuse not to breastfeed.
But even there, women still have problems with breastfeeding. And they’re using bottle-feeding to supplement their babies’ diet.
So don’t believe that you can’t bond with your baby while you bottle-feed.
Just make sure you cuddle your baby close and hold her so she looks at you while she feeds. Talk to her and look into her eyes.
You can also get skin-to-skin time by undressing her to her diaper. Cuddle her to your chest. You can always put a blanket over her to keep her warm.
Just make sure you give her all of your attention.
Myth 4: Iron-fortified formula causes constipation.
Some parents believe that babies drinking low-iron baby formula have softer poop.
But iron-fortified formula only has enough iron to stop anemia and aid normal growth. It doesn’t actually contain enough to cause constipation.
Low-iron formula doesn’t provide enough iron and can cause more problems than it seems to solve.
The American Academy of Pediatrics actually advise the use of iron-fortified formula until babies are 1.
The content of baby formula causes other myths too. Some believe it doesn’t contain enough nutrients for growing babies.
But formulas now contain a whole range of additives like probiotics, and even fatty acids like DHA and ARA.
They help support the immune system and they help with brain and eye development.
If you’re not sure what ingredients to avoid, this post will explain it all.
So yes, formulas don’t fully replicate breast milk, they are still safe for your baby. They also often contain extra benefits like vitamin D. Breastfed babies can miss that from their diet.
Just make sure you don’t fall prey to the myth that it’s okay to give babies cow’s milk instead of formula. It’s not.
Cow’s milk can cause intestinal bleeding, and it puts stress on their kidneys.
Babies can have whole milk once they turn 1.
Myth 5: Baby formula makes your baby ill more often
Lots of people will say that formula fed babies are overweight, always ill, or even more prone to gas.
But there are lots of other factors that get ignored in these studies.
The studies that show higher obesity rate in children fed with baby formula don’t look at their diets as toddlers.
They also don’t look at how much exercise the children got. It’s difficult to say the obesity was only caused by too much formula.
And it’s true that breast milk does pass on antibodies. But there’s no guarantee the baby will always be healthy as a result.
A mother with a weak immune system won’t pass on any benefits. And a mother who uses baby formula might keep her baby away from sick people.
Babies fed with formula aren’t always more gassy either. A breastfeeding mother with a poor diet can have a gassy baby.
But a gassy, formula-fed baby might just need a different formula. Maybe you just need to burp your baby fully.
It’s too simple to just blame the baby formula.
So if you’ve chosen to feed your baby on formula, hopefully you now feel better about your choice. Following the instructions and spending time with your baby will help you to bond with your infant.
If you’re looking to choose a formula, check out our tips to choose the right one for your baby.
If you’re worried about the presence of GMOs, pesticides, or antibiotics in your formula, don’t be. Our range of European formulas are organic and don’t contain GMOs. We’ll also give you free shipping on orders over $100!
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.
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.
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!
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!