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5 Baby Formula Myths You Need to Drop Today

5 Baby Formula Myths You Need to Drop Today

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.

False!

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.

False.

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.

Wrong.

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

False.

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!

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When Should I Stop Feeding My Baby Formula?

When Should I Stop Feeding My Baby Formula

You’ve done your research and found the best formula for your baby. It’s organic, non-GMO, and free from harmful additives. You’ve been feeding your baby this best-for-your-baby formula for some time now.

You know, though, that this formula feeding can’t go on forever. Your infant will become a toddler soon. And so you’re wondering: when should I stop feeding my baby formula?

Read on, because we’re letting you know here.

When should I stop feeding my baby formula?

The rule of thumb is to begin weaning your baby off of formula and onto cow’s milk at 12 months.

Why is 12 months the rule of thumb?

Because infants have trouble properly digesting cow’s milk. It’s got minerals and vitamins that are taxing on their immature kidneys.

Plus, it takes your baby until about 12 months before their diet is mature enough to forgo their nutrient-and-vitamin-rich formula routine. In that first year, formula provides the nutrients and vitamins that your baby needs, and wouldn’t be getting otherwise.

Can I wait longer than 12 months to stop feeding my baby formula?

There is some flexibility.

While it’s harmful to feed your baby cow’s milk before 12 months, it’s not that your baby absolutely must stop feeding on formula as soon as they’re a year old. Some parents feed their baby formula until 18 months and begin weaning then.

Much like breastfeeding, formula feeding is an intimate and individual experience between you and your baby. So you should study up on the facts and consult with your pediatrician, while still leaving room to trust your instincts, too. As you approach the 12-month mark and move beyond it, ask yourself: when should I stop feeding my baby formula? And see when you feel the best time is.

I don’t quite trust my instincts. How can I be sure my baby is eating well enough to wean?

Your one-year-old needs to be eating a balance of the same four basic food groups that you eat – fruits and vegetables, dairy, grains, and proteins. And your one-year-old needs to be consuming about 1000 calories per day.

Lean on your pediatrician to help you determine if your baby is receiving enough nutrients from their non-formula diet or not if you need to.

When I stop feeding my baby formula, what kind of milk should I replace it with?

When you do start feeding your baby cow’s milk, make it whole milk (or two percent milk), and not skim or one percent milk. Your brand new toddler needs a fattier milk to ensure their normal growth and brain development, especially if they’re a pickier eater.

Cow’s milk is the source of calcium and vitamin D that they need to build bone and teeth strength and muscle control. And it’s a source of proteins and carbohydrates, too, helping power them through their day.

Heads up: If your baby showed allergic reactions to cow’s milk based formula, check in with your pediatrician before introducing cow’s milk. The soy or hypoallergenic formula you’ve been feeding your baby might need to be replaced by a soy or hypoallergenic milk product. Together, you’ll figure out if your baby has outgrown this fairly common sensitivity to cow’s milk during infancy, or if your child has a longer-lasting (perhaps lifelong-lasting) sensitivity or allergy to milk.

What’s the best way to make the switch from formula to milk?

No matter when you choose to start making the switch (at 12 months, or 18 months, or sometime in between), the switch probably won’t (and doesn’t need to) happen all at once.

Together, you and your baby will make the switch from formula to milk slowly and surely.

Wean your baby off of formula by mixing some milk into the formula. Over time, adjust the proportions until you’ve got more milk than formula, and then mostly milk to formula. Eventually, you’ll graduate to just milk.

Especially if your baby isn’t loving the cow’s milk, consider sticking to straight formula at night, at least early on in the transition. Because your baby knows what a bottle is and has come to expect what a bottle is supposed to taste like – formula. So give your baby what they’re most craving at night, and it’ll help you both sleep through the night.

With everyone better rested, there’ll be more energy to devote to weaning off formula during the day.

Should I be weaning my baby off the bottle at the same time that I stop feeding my baby formula?

Smart question.

And, actually, you can begin weaning your baby off a bottle even before you begin weaning your baby off formula.

As early as six months, or once your baby can sit up on their own, you can introduce them to drinking from a sippy cup. Between their regular bottle feedings, fill a sippy cup with water or formula, and watch them work out how to use it.

Sure, most of the liquid might end up all over them, or on the floor, and that can be frustrating for both of you. Your baby really needs this practice, though. It can take awhile before drinking from a sippy cup feels natural for them.

It’s ideal if your baby is already drinking from a sippy cup (at least some of the time) by the time you begin weaning them off the formula. Because the bottle habit can be hard to break, especially at the same time you’re weaning off formula.

Prolonged bottle use can get in the way of teeth development, so your baby shouldn’t drink from a bottle beyond 18 months.

And prolonged bottle use is linked to early-childhood obesity, too. Bottles have a way of encouraging your baby (now toddler) to drink more milk than is necessary, or even healthy. Your one-year-old only needs two to three cups of milk a day, so long as they’re eating a balanced diet, too. If they’re still thirsty, offer water instead of more milk.

So don’t drag your heels on this bottle bit. The longer your toddler drinks from a bottle the harder it will be to break that habit.

We’re here to help you nurture a healthy baby.

You asked: when should I stop feeding my baby formula? And we answered.

Now you’re asking: where can I find a supplier of all natural, organic, GMO-free child care products? And we’re answering: you’ve found one in us.

We believe in providing authentic, high-quality products to help your baby grow strong and healthy. We do that with fast shipping and reasonable prices on baby formula brands that are hard to find in the US, like Hipp, Holle, and Aptamil. Nothing is too good for your child, and we see no reason why children in the U.S. should miss out on all the natural infant formulas Europe has to offer.

So, get your baby formula from us.

And when your friend asks: when should I stop feeding my baby formula? You’ll be able to help.

And when your friend asks: where should I get my baby formula? You’ll know where to point them.

If you’ve got more formula questions, we’ve got more answers. Just get in touch.

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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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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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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.

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Parents’ Guide to Healthy Food on Baby’s First Year

One of the most challenging phases of parenting is during the first year or rearing the child. For first time parents this is often described as both exciting and scary. This is the time where you are most clueless about your new role as a parent. There will be a lot of trials and errors along the way until you finally get the hang of it. In the arena of food and nutrition, parents are also faced with unfamiliar food choices, different baby food brands, numerous milk products, and a range of supplements for babies.

So how do we go about this journey with less pitfalls and achievable nutritional goal for your child? Allow us to give you the extensive know how that will make you feel more confident and at ease with your new responsibility.

 

How to choose the best milk for your child?

Preferably breast milk is the most desirable option, however for some reason there might be insufficient supply or the option is not available due to mother’s circumstance/choice. In which case, formulated milk will play an important role in your child’s development. From the wide array of product options, one can be caught up on what really matters. One option that will give you maximum nutritional satisfaction for your baby is HiPP Formula Organic Combiotic First Infant Milk that is for babies 0-12 months. This product is certified organic milk, GMO free and has necessary Prebiotics all aimed at giving your kids protection and overall good nutrition. This is the best option you have in choosing formula milk.

 

What to food to prepare?

When child-eating-watermelonyour baby turns six months old, he can start taking in solids. There are a variety of choices that you can pick

from whether you will choose to prepare food from scratch or buy a pre made one. Fruits are on top of the list for baby food especially during the early stages. Their taste bud and digestion will need to adjust to solid first before giving them other types of food. Fruits are known to be easily digested and mild in flavor and most have preferred texture. The popular choices are banana, apple, avocado, and others. Vegetable should be introduced next as they are almost similar in texture with fruits and are also easily digested not to mention highly nutritious. The perfect pick would be potato, squash, carrots, and broccoli. Grains like rice and other cereals also make up a good baby food diet. Make sure that the food is properly prepared, for infants it should be mashed thoroughly for easy intake and nutrient absorption. If you are buying pre made baby food in the market, make sure to choose one that is made from natural and organic ingredients. Follow the prescribed food preparation and recommended serving. One of the best organic baby food in the market is Holle Organic Milk Cereal with Banana, the natural and organic contents assures you that your baby get needed nutrients and is  made effortlessly available to you in this easy  to prepare baby food product.

 

Keep in mind that when it comes to your baby’s health and nutrition, fresh and organic based food is what you should go for. In their first year of development, this healthy choice will help them reach their milestones and will give them build the best possible immune system.