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As a breastfeed-until-they’re-in-braces type, I never thought I would spend so much time writing about formula! (Here’s our Safe Formula Guide, here’s where I review Honest Company Formula, here’s where I take two European formulas head to head, and here is where I vetted an online retailer of European formulas.) But I try to research the topics and products that you’re most worried about, and I hear you loud and clear: formula is number one! So here is more information that I hope will help those of you looking for the healthiest infant formula on the market.
Even Better Stuff: Holle Lebenswert Formula (Stage 1)
I’ve previously stated that if I were formula feeding, I would go with Holle (from Germany). I am happy to report the discovery of a new formula that’s even better than original Holle. At my request, Lacey of Little World Organic is now carrying the superior Holle Lebenswert formula (stage 1 only), which features a shorter list of ingredients and one major upside over regular Holle.
Holle Lebenswert Stage 1 Is Sweetened with Lactose
One of the the biggest problems with Holle’s original formula is that it contains maltodextrin, a cheap sweetener derived from rice, corn, or potatoes that is less similar to the natural sugar found in breast milk. Lebenswert’s stage 1 formula is free of maltodextrin, relying instead upon lactose (which more closely mimics breast milk) to lend sweetness to the formula. Moreover, Lebenswert adheres to Bioland organic guidelines for farmers and manufacturers. These guidelines are even more stringent than the European Union’s Eco-Regulation; you can read more about them here.
Lebenswert does still contain palm oil and canola oil (called “rapeseed oil”), but it is definitely what I would choose if I were formula-feeding. Here’s a complete ingredients list of the stage 1 formula: Organic skimmed milk, organic whey powder (partly demineralised), organic vegetable oils (palm, rapeseed, sunflower oil), lactose, potassium chloride, calcium, vitamin C, sodium chloride, ferrous gluconate, vitamin E, zinc sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, copper sulphate , Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6 , Vitamin A, manganese sulfate, folic acid, potassium iodate, vitamin K1 , sodium selenate, vitamin D.
PLEASE NOTE: Lebenswert formula in stages above 1 DO contain maltodextrin. While these are still “Good Stuff” and on par with original Holle, the review I am providing here only applies to Lebenswert stage 1.
Where to Buy Lebenswert
Because it’s from Germany, Lebenswert is not FDA approved, so it can be challenging to obtain here in the U.S.
I’ve vetted three places to purchase this formula, and am happy to have established affiliate relationships with the following sellers:
If it were my baby, I would purchase any European formula from Organic Start’s special wholesale site, which offers deep discounts on bulk orders. Note that Gimme the Good Stuff has an affiliate marketing relationship with this company
P.S. I know I owe you all a thorough review of Baby’s Only new whey formula. I feel comfortable now saying that it’s Good Stuff, but I will be reviewing it more closely in the coming months. Thanks for your patience!
P.P.P.S. If Little World Organics has reached their order limit for the day, you may also consider Organic Start (Munchkin). June 2017 update: I’ve vetted (and affiliated with) a third European formula retailer: BabyKind Market..