2024 Best Baby Formula Guide

Written by:

Maia James

04/04/2023

Updated: 05/03/2024

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I wrote this guide on how to choose organic baby formula in 2012, and have updated it more than ten times since! The great news is that overall, things have moved in a good direction on the formula front. 

The positive changes of the last decade:

  1. Many companies have ditched corn sugars in favor of lactose. Lactose occurs naturally in cow (and goat) milk and much more closely mimics human milk.
  2. Many organic baby formula brands are using lower quantities of cheap, problematic oils (such as soy and canola). They’ve increased the amount of healthier oils (such as coconut and olive).

Still, it’s been a very weird few years in the formula world. We’ve seen supply chain disruptions, major shortages, several high-profile recalls, and our top pick formula, Loulouka, was even discontinued!

This guide will review the current baby formula options, including European baby formulas, goat milk formulas, and the newer American brands.

Before we jump in, I want to make it clear that:

  1. I am not a medical professional or a nutritionist. I’m just a label-reading mom, here to share what I’ve learned and which organic baby formula I would choose if I were shopping for my own baby.
  2. If I recommend vendors from whom you can purchase European organic baby formulas, I am not guaranteeing that you’ll have a satisfactory experience shopping with them. I’m simply telling you the companies with whom I would feel comfortable were I looking to buy formula myself. I’m also an affiliate partner with some of them, so please read my disclosure page.
These are the brands that we recommend formula-feeding parents: Lebenswert, Happy Baby, Kabrita, Bobbie, ByHeart, Serenity, Holle, HiPP, Baby’s Only, and Kendamil.
You’ll read more about all of these below.

Best Stuff: The Best Formula for Babies

Readers frequently ask me what the best baby formula is. Currently, I am tempted to go with Serenity’s toddler formula. (You should confirm with a pediatrician that this is safe for an infant).

Serenity formula uses grassfed, organic, A2 milk, and contains prebiotics. Most importantly, it is the only formula without seed oils, like those from sunflower or safflower seeds. As a quick aside, it’s not possible to find baby formula without vegetable oil. The best way parents can manage this is by using formulas with organic oils.

My favorite formula brands for infants are the best organic baby formulas out there. In my opinion, Lebenswert, Jovie, or Bobbie are the best baby formulas. You’ll read more about these below.

P.S. Breastmilk is Better Than Any Baby Formula

breastfeeding

Needless to say, I’m pro-breastfeeding. I have only two kids, but I breastfed for a total of 7 years, so you can do the math.

The reality is that many of my readers and clients— amazing moms with beautiful, healthy children– formula feed at least some of the time. 

The one thing that all formula-feeding moms want to know is, what is the safest, healthiest organic baby formula I can give my child? I hope this updated guide helps answer that question.

What to Avoid in Baby Formula

When it comes to choosing a safe infant formula, it’s as much about avoiding the bad stuff as it is about finding the good stuff. What follows are some of the controversial ingredients and additives that you will find in most baby formula.

Even a few brands that I have deemed Good Stuff contain some of these ingredients–it’s impossible to avoid them all! Some of them are worse than others, but I mention them all here because these are at least worth considering when you are choosing baby formula.

Non-Organic Ingredients

An organic label alone doesn’t make a formula healthy, but avoiding any non-organic formula is a good start. Conventional formula likely contains traces of pesticides, milk contaminated with antibiotics or growth hormones, and oils extracted with hexane. Organic baby formula is almost always superior to anything conventional.

Organic baby formula cannot contain GMOs or artificial colors/flavors. Organic baby formula from Europe is even better: it must be free of sugar, corn syrup solids, and chemically-extracted synthetic nutrients. In addition, 30% of the calories in organic European formulas must come from lactose.

In Europe, some formulas are better than organic:

  • Demeter-certified formulas means that the cows come from a biodynamic farm. Biodynamic farming prioritizes the environment and humane conditions for their animals. Holle is the only formula we have found with the Demeter certification.
  • If you see that a formula is “Bioland certified,” it means that those cows come from a farm that is 100% organic. Nothing produced on that farm can be without organic certification. Lebenswert has Bioland certification.

Soy

Soy formula is usually only recommended if a baby suffers from dairy intolerance.

If you’re buying non-organic formula, the soy is likely genetically modified. Synthetic l-methionine is added to soy formula to meet nutrition requirements. This is prohibited in European organic foods because it is produced with like hydrogen cyanide and other air pollutants. This means that there is no such thing as organic soy-based infant formula in Europe.

Soy-based formula contains soy protein isolates, which my mother the health coach describes this way: “highly processed soybeans that have been chemically altered to no longer resemble a whole food.” These formulas tend to have higher levels of aluminum contamination since soy sucks up aluminum from the soil. Soy formula also contains high levels of plant-derived estrogens (phytoestrogens). In fact, the concentrations of phytoestrogens detected in the blood of infants fed soy formula were shown to be 13,000 to 22,000 times greater than the concentrations of natural estrogens. The effects of this are simply unknown.

Unfortunately, even most dairy-based formulas contain soy oils or lecithin, but it makes sense to avoid soy-based formulas unless a baby has a true dairy allergy. If that IS the case for your child, you can ask your pediatrician about Baby’s Only’s newer Pea Protein formulaEarth’s Best soy fomula contains corn syrup (as the FIRST ingredient), so this is a hard one for me to recommend even for lactose-intolerant infants.

Palm Oil

Palm oil or palm olein are commonly added to formula to help replicate the high palmitic acid content of breastmilk. But the structure of the fat molecules in palm oil (and other vegetable oils) is different from that found in breast milk, and the fats are digested differently.

Palm oil and palm olein have been shown to inhibit the absorption of calcium and fat. On the other hand, plant-derived fats that match the structure of the most common fat molecules in breast milk have been shown to promote more healthy bacteria in the gut, reduce colic, gas, and constipation, and allow for fat and calcium to be absorbed better.

From what we know, only one company—Kabrita—uses these more beneficial fats (high SN-2 palmitate, a.k.a. “OPO fats,” a.k.a. “structured truglycerides”), which are produced by an enzymatic reaction on a mixture of vegetable oils.

Carrageenan

You will find this additive in tons of stuff in your health food store, and infant formula is no exception.

Derived from seaweed, carrageenan helps stabilize liquid formula, but numerous animal studies suggest that it leads to intestinal inflammation and colon tumors. The European Union has outlawed the use of carrageenan in all infant formula, but in the United States it appears in both conventional and organic baby formula–typically the ready-made varieties since it functions as a stabilizer to ensure the nutrients are well-mixed.

Synthetic Nutrients

There are several synthetic nutrients that you will find in many organic baby formulas. Look out for the following:

  • Lutein. Hexane-extracted from marigolds.
  • Lycopene. Produced with toluene, a neurotoxic benzene derivative.
  • Nucleotides. Produced from chemically-treated yeast.
  • Taurine. Processed with carcinogenic sulfuric acid.
  • L-carnitine. Banned by the National Organic Standards Board because of concerns over carcinogenic properties. As of February 2020, the European Union requires infant formula to contain this nutrient. (The reasoning: L-carnitine is naturally present in breast milk, and infants with a deficiency can develop a variety of disorders.)

Sugars

Breast milk is naturally very sweet, so formulas invariably contain added sugars.

The sweetener that most closely mimics that found in human milk is lactose, but this cow’s milk-based sweetener is expensive. As a result, many manufacturers instead use plant-based sucrose, which was banned by The European Union in 2009 (except for babies with allergies), because of concerns of over-feeding and subsequent obesity. The FDA provides no such regulation on what kind of sugars can be used.

Other sweeteners include maltodextrin (made from rice, corn, or potatoes), and “glucose syrup solids,” which is just a clever name for corn syrup solids.

In 2012, concerns were raised about formulas sweetened with brown rice syrup when Dartmouth researchers found that organic baby formula made with organic brown rice syrup contained six times the EPA’s safe limit for arsenic. (More on arsenic in baby food here.)

Most organic baby formula these days, even the superior European brands, seem to choose maltodextrin as a sweetener, since it’s cheaper than lactose and helps powdered formula dissolve quickly.

I’m not a big fan of maltodextrin, but I do feel that it’s better than white sugar or corn syrup. The best organic baby formula will contain only lactose as a sweetener.

“Sensitive” and Hypoallergenic Baby Formula

HiPP HA Gimme the Good Stuff

For those babies who need a hypoallergenic formula, many pediatricians recommend Pregestimil or Nutramigen (both by Enfamil) or Alimentum (by Similac).

If forced to choose between these, I would go for the Alimentum since it skips the carrageenan and corn syrup. But I can’t call any of these Good Stuff since all three contain ingredients of concern and none is organic. Nutramigen is probably the very worst of these, comprised of 48% corn syrup solids!!

If it were my baby, I would choose HiPP HA organic baby formula, which contains no sugar, corn syrup, or maltodextrin, and is full of good prebiotics. You also might want to try HiPP Anti-Reflux formula if your baby has a sensitive stomach. It’s made with 100% whey and no casein to prevent reflux.

Please check with your pediatrician first if you suspect an intolerance or allergy.

Other Things to Consider

When you’re shopping for baby formula, you’ll also want to be cognizant of the whey/casein ratio, the addition of probiotics and fatty acids, A1 versus A2 milk, and potential aluminum or BPA contamination. Let’s look at these one by one.

Whey/Casein Ratio

In an attempt to mimic real breast milk as closely as possible, formula manufacturers engineer their products to have a specific whey/casein ratio. Not sure what whey and protein are? Here’s the deal:

  • Whey proteins stay in liquid form in the stomach (when exposed to stomach acid)—think the watery whey that separates in a container of natural yogurt–and exit the stomach more quickly. Whey proteins are therefore easier to digest and are rarely a source of allergies.
  • Casein proteins form solids in the stomach (like cheese curds) and empty at a slower rate. They are more likely to cause digestive issues and be a source of allergies.

There is controversy over the optimal whey/casein ratio for a baby formula because the ratios found in breast milk change over time. Whey content is high in early lactation (with a ratio of about 90:10), and by late lactation, whey and casein protein amounts are roughly equal.

Goat milk and cow milk both have a whey to casein ratio of about 20:80. Manufacturers add whey protein to their formulas to adjust this ratio.

So what is the optimal whey/casein ratio? This depends on factors such as how old your baby is (in other words, how developed his/her digestion is), whether your baby has any digestive issues (like reflux, which may be a reaction to too much casein), and whether your baby is sensitive or allergic to casein.

We also don’t really know how much of the whey and casein added to formula actually ends up being assimilated. It’s definitely worth having a conversation with your pediatrician about which formula has the right ratio for your baby, although in many instances the whey/casein ratio isn’t an issue you need to worry about. Most babies do fine on standard formulas.

Prebiotics & Probiotics

Klaire Labs probiotics gimme the good stuff

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria, and prebiotics are food for probiotics. You probably already know that good gut bacteria is key to healthy immune function.

Breast milk has natural prebiotic properties, such as its oligosaccharide content, and breastfeeding introduces lots of healthy bacteria to the breastfed infant’s microbiome. In an attempt to mimic human milk (and ride the wave of current health trend!), many formula manufacturers now add prebiotics and probiotics to their products.

There’s little research to suggest that this offers any real benefits, and the American Association of Pediatrics doesn’t officially recommend it, but they are probably also not harmful to healthy babies.

My two cents: I probably wouldn’t rely on what’s in formulas as an effective probiotic/prebiotic supplement (mostly because of dosage and quality/viability of the organisms). Parents who are really interested in supplementing with probiotics should choose a high-quality product like Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic.

fiji water gimme the good stuff

Aluminum in Infant Formulas

Unfortunately, it seems like high aluminum content in formulas is pretty much ubiquitous (studies confirm this in UK and Canadian markets, and there is no research done yet on formulas in U.S. market).

It’s not clear exactly why this is, but there are a variety of modes of potential contamination: raw materials (powdered milk may have aluminum added to prevent clumpiness, for instance), additives (like phosphorous), and manufacturing processes.

It’s important to note that a lot of healthful foods we eat contain more aluminum than any of the formulas in this study–including fish, spinach, and many types of tea. I’m not convinced tha the amount in formula is something worth worrying about.

We also don’t know is how much of the aluminum that’s ingested ends up accumulating in the body of infants and toddlers. In adults, most aluminum is excreted, but what remains does accumulate and can cause problems in the long term.

There’s little that consumers can do about aluminum in formula, except for:

  • Choosing breastmilk if possible.
  • Avoiding soy-based formulas, as these tend to be highest in aluminum.
  • Preparing powder formula with a silicon-rich mineral water—in the U.S., Volvic and Fiji water fit the bill. Experts believe that this could reduce the absorption of aluminum across the gut of the child and also potentially help the child to excrete aluminum in the body via the urine. However, these are areas which are also being researched.

A2 Milk

You will see that some of the Good Stuff formula listed below contains “A2 milk.” Cow milk has two primary types of proteins–A1 and A2 beta-casein. More studies are needed, but there is some evidence to suggeste that A2 milk is easier to digest and less likely to cause inflammation than is A1 milk. The strongest evidence is around lactose intolerance–studies suggest that milk with A2 protein is much less likely to cause gastrointestional distress. Three brands that contain A2 milk are Baby’s Only, Serenity, and Holle. Also, goat milk contains that A2 protein, so this is part of the reason it may be more digestible.

BPA in Formula Cans

Good news: there is one thing you no longer have to worry about when buying formula, and it’s BPA. The FDA has finally gotten with the program and banned BPA from formula container linings. Of course, I worry about what’s being used in place of BPA, but still this is a small victory!

DHA/ARA

DHA and ARA are long chain fatty acids found naturally in human breast milk, which make up the major long chain fats in baby’s brain and nerve tissue.

We know that naturally occurring oils from food, food-based oils, and mom’s diet (in breast milk) is highly beneficial. However, it’s not clear that these benefits are enjoyed when DHA and ARA are added to formula. Still, most formulas now boast the addition of essential fatty acids DHA and ARA.

The most common types of DHA and ARA extracted by the solvent hexane, a known neurotoxin, although the hexane is removed from the formula after it’s been processed. There are other methods for extraction, but these are relatively new and the jury is out on whether they are harmful, beneficial, or of no consequence at all.

If you want to avoid DHA/ARA, avoid formulas with these ingredients:

  • DHA oil
  • algal oil
  • cohni oil (DHA)
  • alpina oil (ARA)

If you choose a formula without DHA added, but want to supplement on your own, this is the brand we like.

Note that all European formulas are now required to contain DHA, and that organic oils in European formula cannot be hexane-extracted.

Toddler Formula for Infants?

I know many parents who have chosen to feed their infants a “toddler” formula. In order to understand why, it might be helpful to know the following about the how the United States regulates formula compared to how the European Union does the same. 

FDA Infant Formula Regulations

  • The recipe requirements are from the Infant Formula Act of 1980 (which I believe is in desperate need of an update!).
  • Infant formula certification requires multi-year and multi-million dollar feeding studies.
  • Thus, there is a huge barrier to entry for innovative companies or smaller brands. ByHeart is one of the few brands who did their own study. (More on them in this post.) 
  • In early 2022, the FDA recalled brands (e.g., Similac, Alimentum and EleCare) after babies drinking these formulas became ill. This was nearly 6 months after the FDA found out but failed to act on the information. In March of 2022, the FDA finally shut down the facility producing these formulas, which lead to a formula shortage.

European Infant Formula Regulations

  • European food standards are among the strictest in the world.
  • The EU updates regulations every few years with modern science and ingredients.
  • Europe does not require infant feeding studies for certification.

If I had been a formula-feeding mom, I would have definitely considered a toddler formula for my infant. Most toddler formulas contain the 29 key nutrients that are required by the FDA for infant formula. These formulas are not marketed as infant formula because the brands haven’t completed the infant feeding studies, not necessarily because they don’t provide adequate nutrition for infants. Again, ask your pediatrcian to review the nutrition label on any formula you’re considering.

Make Formula-Feeding Safer: Filter Your Water!

Tap water may be contaminated with chlorine byproducts, weed killers, insecticides, solvents, lead, BPA, phthalates, PFAS…the list goes on. Fluoride is present in infant formula, and when combined with fluoridated tap water, infant exposure levels can exceed safe amounts. I think everyone should invest in a good water filter, but especially if you have a formula-fed baby in your home.

Good Stuff: listed alphabetically

Aussie Bubs Organic Grass Fed Infant Formula

  • Clean Label Product verified 
  • Lactose listed first  
  • Whole milk, not skim 
  • Free of maltodextrin 
  • Added prebiotics and probiotics

Ingredients: Organic lactose, organic vegetable oil blend (high oleic sunflower, coconut, soy, canola), organic whole milk powder, organic whey protein concentrate, organic skim milk powder, organic galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS), emulsifier (soy lecithin), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, from algae), arachidonic acid (ARA), probiotic bifidobacterium longum BB536.

Baby’s Only Organic Infant Formula

  • One of the best formulas for babies available in the US—especially the Gentle variety
  • Available with or without DHA/ARA
  • This is a baby formula without palm oil
  • The brand uses A2 milk
  • Unfortunately, the regular dairy formula contains brown rice syrup (the Gentle variety is sweetened with just lactose)
  • Contains canola oil (hard to avoid)

Ingredients: Organic Lactose, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Whey Protein Concentrate, Organic Coconut Oil, Less Than 2% of: Organic Soy Lecithin, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Choline Bitartrate, Calcium Ascorbate, Inositol, Ferrous, Sulfate, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenate, Manganese Sulfate, Phylloquinone, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin B12.

Bellamy’s Organic Baby Formula

  • Swiss brand, similar to other European baby formulas
  • No maltodextrin, palm oil, corn syrup, or sugar

Ingredients: Organic milk solids [organic demineralised whey powder, organic whole milk liquid or powder, organic lactose powder, organic skim milk liquid or powder, organic whey protein concentrate], organic vegetable oil [organic palm olein oil, organic soybean oil, organic coconut oil, emulsifier (organic soybean lecithin)], organic galacto-oligosaccharides liquid (GOS) from milk, dried DHA and ARA oils [fish oil (tuna), sodium caseinate, emulsifier (soybean lecithin), antioxidants (sodium ascorbate, mixed tocopherols, ascorbyl palmitate)]. 

Bimbosan Organic Baby Formula

  • Australian formula
  • No DHA/ARA or corn ingredients
  • Does contain soy or palm oil
  • 97% organic ingredients
  • Not available in the US

Bobbie Organic Baby Formula

You can read my complete review of Bobbie formula here

  • My top pick for infant formula
  • Clean Label Project Purity Award winner and Pesticide Free certified
  • Milk from pasture-raised cows from Organic Valley Farms
  • Sweetened with lactose
  • Meets EU iron standards
  • The only US formula to meet EU DHA standards
  • Contains no palm oil
  • Does contain soy

Ingredients: Organic lactose, organic nonfat milk, organic high oleic safflower or sunflower oil, organic soybean oil, organic whey protein concentrate, organic coconut oil, less than 1%: organic soy lecithin, schizochytrium sp. oil, motierlla alpina oil, calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, calcium carbonate, potassium phosphate, magnesium chloride, zinc sulfate, cupric sulfate, maganese sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, choline bitartrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), ascorbyl  palmitate, inositol, mixed rocopherol concentrate, dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), niacinamide (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A palmitate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, phytonadione (vitamin K), biotin, cholelciferol (vitamin D3), cynacobalamin (vitamin B12)

ByHeart Infant Formula

  • The only Good Stuff formula produced in its own factory 
  • Clean Label Project Purity Award winner 
  • Considered the best formula for breastfed babies, or at least the most similar to breastmilk and colostrum 
  • Created by scientists and pediatricians with support from a nationwide clinical trial 
  • Made with whole milk 
  • Sweetened with lactose 
  • Formula without palm oil, corn syrup, maltodextrin, or soy 
  • Meets US and EU standards 

Ingredients: organic grass-fed whole milk,  organic lactose,  organicvegetable oils (organic high oleic sunflower, organiclow erucic rapeseed, organic coconut, organicsunflower), organic galactooligosaccharides†, alpha-lactalbumin* whey protein, whey protein hydrolysate, less than 1%: lactoferrin°, dha algal oilȣ (schizochytrium), mortierella alpina oil¥, vitamin a palmitate, vitamin d3, vitamin e acetate, vitamin k1, thiamin hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin b6 hydrochloride, vitamin b12, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, folic acid, biotin, ascorbic acid, mixed tocopherols, ascorbyl palmitate, l-carnitine, inositol, calcium phosphate, sodium citrate, calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, ferrous sulfate, potassium chloride, magnesium phosphate, calcium chloride, zinc sulfate, cupric sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenate, potassium bicarbonate, choline chloride

Happy Baby Organic Infant Formula

  • A close second to Bobbie for the best baby formulas available in the US 
  • Lactose listed first
  • No corn syrup, maltodextrine, or synthetic taurine
  • Contains nearly four times the prebiotics in other US organic baby formulas
  • Does contain soy oil and algae-derived DHA
  • Note: Happy Baby Stage 1 and 2 baby formulas are Good Stuff, but their sensitive formula is Sneaky Stuff

Stage 1 ingredients: Organic Lactose, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Palm Olein Or Palm Oil, Organic Soy Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic High Oleic (Safflower Or Sunflower) Oil, Organic Galactooligosaccharides (GOS), Organic Whey Protein Concentrate, <1% of: Fructooligosaccharide (FOS), Choline Bitartrate, Potassium Chloride, Organic Soy Lecithin, Calcium Hydroxide, Mortierella Alpina Oil, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Chloride, DHA Algal Oil (Schizochytrium), Potassium Bicarbonate, Inositol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Mixed Tocopherol Concentrate, Vitamin E (Dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Beta-Carotene, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Vitamin K (Phytonadione), Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol), Cyanocobalamin

HiPP Organic Baby Formula

  • Sweetened with lactose
  • The Holland and Germany versions of HiPP contain probiotics while the UK version only contains prebiotics
  • We recommend HiPP HA if your baby needs a hypoallergenic formula

Stage 1 ingredients: Skim milk, Whey powder, Vegetable Oils (palm, rapeseed, sunflower), Lactose, Galactooligosaccharies from Lactose, Whey Protein, Fish Oil, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Choline Oil, from M. Alpina, Sodium Citrate, L-Phenylalanine, Calciumorthophosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, L-Tryptophan, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate,  Stabilizer Lactic Acid, Vitamin C, Natural Lactic Acid Culture (Lactobacillus Fermentum Hereditum3), Vitamin E, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Potassium Iodate, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin K, Maganese Sulfate, Vitamin D, Biotin, Vitamin B12

Holle Organic Baby Formula (Cow Milk)

  • Made of grass-fed, organic, and biodynamic milk from Demeter-certified farms
  • Does not contain soy or corn ingredients
  • Holle Bio Pre is sweetened with lactose and has more milk fat (and less vegetable oil) than other formulas
  • Holle Stages 1, 2, and 3 contain skimmed milk and maltodextrin, but are still Good Stuff
  • Holle Toddler Formula contains A2 milk

Ingredients: Whole milk**, whey powder* (partly demineralised), vegetable oils* (palm oil*, rapeseed oil*, sunflower oil*), lactose*, skimmed milk powder**, calcium carbonate, vitamin C, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, vitamin E, ferrous lactate, zinc sulphate, niacin, calcium-Dpantothenate, copper sulphate, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, manganese sulphate, potassium iodate, folic acid, vitamin K, sodium selenate, vitamin D

Holle Goat Milk Formula

  • Organic
  • Forgoes the most problematic preservatives and syntethic nutrients
  • Formula 1 does contain L-methionine
  • Sweetened with maltodextrin, but it is organic
  • Contains palm, sunflower, and grapeseed oils, but they are also organic
  • Does not contain whey, so may be constipating for some infants

Ingredients: Organic Goat Milk Powder, organic maltodextrin, organic lactose, organic vegetable oils [Organic Rapeseed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil], L-Choline, Calcium Hydroxide, Algae Oil (DHA), L-cystine, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Chloride, Vitamin C, L-tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Iron Lactate, Inositol, Vitamin E, Zinc Sulfate, L-Carnitine, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B2, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin K, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3, Biotin, Vitamin B12

Jovie Organic Goat Milk Formula

  • Milk sourced from sustainable farms 
  • EU certified organic 
  • Certified glyphosate-residue free 
  • No palm or coconut oil 

Ingredients: ORGANIC lactose (milk); ORGANIC vegetable oils (ORGANIC sunflower oil, ORGANIC rapeseed oil); ORGANIC galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) (milk); docosahexaenoic acid rich oil (DHA) (fish); arachidonic acid rich oil (AA); MINERALS (calcium carbonate, sodium citrate, magnesium chloride, sodium chloride, ferrous lactate, zinc sulphate, copper sulphate, manganese sulphate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite); VITAMINS (ascorbic acid, dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, cholecalciferol, retinol acetate, niacinamide, calcium-d-pantothenate, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, riboflavin, phytomenadione, biotin, cobalamine); l-choline bitartrate; l-cystine; l-tryptophan; l-tyrosine; inositol; l-carnitine l-tartrate.

Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula

  • Made from non-GMO goat milk
  • Sweetened primarily with lactose
  • Another “best” formula for breastfed babies, or at least similar to breastmilk
  • Kabrita uses plant-derived fats that match the fat structure of breastmilk
  • Does not contain coconut oil (though always check the label!)

Ingredients: Lactose (Milk), Nonfat Dry Goat Milk, Goat Whey Protein Concentrate Powder (Milk), High sn2-Palmitic Acid Oil, Soybean Oil*, Galacto-oligosaccharides (Milk), Palm Kernel Oil, Sunflower Oil, and less than 1%: Tri Calcium Citrate, Mortierella Alpina Oil, Tri Sodium Citrate, Crypthecodinium Cohnii Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Hydroxide, Choline Bitartrate, Sodium L-ascorbate, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulphate, L-ascorbic Acid, Zinc Sulphate, Vitamin E Acetate, Inositol, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulphate, Retinyl Acetate, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Vitamin B6 Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Manganese Sulphate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin K1, D-biotin, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin.

You can read my in-depth review of Kabrita here.

Kabrita has generously offered 10% off for my readers with code GIMMEKABRITA

Kendamil Organic Baby Formula

  • Whole milk listed first
  • Sweetened with lactose
  • Whey ratio modeled after mature breastmilk
  • Free of palm, soy, and corn oils
  • Demeter-certified
  • Contains canola, sunflower, and coconut oil

Stage 1 ingredients: Organic whole milk, organic demineralized milk whey protein powder, organic skimmed milk, organic vegetable oils (sunflower, coconut, rapeseed), organic galacto-oligosaccharides (from milk), Calcium citrate, sodium citrate, potassium chloride, calcium lactate, Magnesium chloride, Docosahexaenoic acid, Arachidonic acid, Vitamin C, Potassium hydroxide, Choline bitartrate, Inositol, Taurine, Nucleotides (cytidine-5’-monophosphate, disodium uridine-5’-monophosphate, adenosine-5’-monophosphate, disodium inosine-5’monophosphate, disodium guanosine-5’ monophosphate), Iron pyrophosphate, Zinc sulphate, Vitamin E, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Copper sulphate, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Manganese sulphate, Folic acid, Potassium iodide, Sodium selenite, Vitamin K, Vitamin D3, Biotin, Vitamin B12.

Lebenswert Organic Baby Formula

  • Lebenswert formula is produced by Holle, and we like it better
  • Sweetened with lactose
  • Stage 1 contains no maltodextrin
  • Further stages do contain maltodextrin, but are still Good Stuff
  • Adheres to Bioland organic guidelines
  • Does not include soy or most synthetic nutrients
  • Does contain palm and canola (rapeseed) oil

Stage 1 ingredients: 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.

Serenity Kids Toddler Formula

  • Uses grassfed, organic A2 milk
  • Sweetened with lactose
  • Contains prebiotics and olive and coconut oils
  • Free of corn, rice, and soy
  • The only baby formula without seed oils (like sunflower and safflower)
  • Ask your pediatrician about giving Serenity Toddler Formula to an infant 

Ingredients: Organic Lactose, Organic A2 Whole Milk Powder, Organic Galactooligosaccharides, Organic Whey Protein Concentrate, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Less than 2% of: Human Milk Oligosaccharides (2′-fucosyllactose, Lacto-N-neotetraose), Organic Inulin, Algal Oil, Organic Sunflower Lecithin, Organic Egg Lecithin, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Nucleotides (Adenosine-5-Monophosphate, Cytidine-5-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine-5-Monophosphate, Disodium Inosine-5-Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine-5-Monophosphate), Choline Bitartrate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Inositol, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Methylcobalamin, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Copper Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid, L-Methylfolate, Kelp Powder, Manganese Glycinate, Phylloquinone, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin D3, Vitamin D2.

Use code GIMME15 for 15% off anything at Serenity.

Okay Stuff

Earth’s Best Organic Baby Formula

I am so happy to see that Earth’s Best has gotten rid of the corn syrup in their formula! The only sweetener is now organic lactose, making this formula almost Good Stuff. I’m still only calling it Okay Stuff because of the sheer number of synthetic nutrients.  It also contains several soy ingredients. Earth Best’s sensitive organic baby formula as well as their dairy-free version both have corn syrup solids as the very first ingredients, so those two are Sneaky Stuff.

Earth’s Best formula ingredients: Organic Lactose, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Oils (Organic Palm or Palm Olein, Organic Soy, Organic Coconut, Organic High Oleic Safflower or Sunflower Oil), Organic Whey Protein Concentrate, Less Than 1: Mortierella Alpina Oil*, Crypthecodinium Cohnii Oil**, Fructooligosaccharide, Lutein, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol), Vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Mixed Tocopherol Concentrate, Vitamin K (Phytonadione), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cyanocobalamin, Niacinamide, Folic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Choline Bitartrate, Inositol, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Chloride, Calcium Hydroxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Bicarbonate, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Selenite, Sodium Citrate, Taurine, Organic Soy Lecithin, Nucleotides (Cytidine-5-Monophosphate, Adenosine-5-Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine-5-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine-5-Monophosphate, Disodium Inosine-5-Monophosphate)

Similac Organic Infant Formula

I bet you didn’t expect to ever see a Similac product in the Okay Stuff! Amazingly, Similac has made some changes for the better in their organic formula variety. They’ve replaced the white sugar with lactose, removed the maltodextrin, and taken out the carrageenan.

So why is Similac Organic just Okay rather than Good Stuff? For one thing, the milk used in Similac’s organic formula is not from grass-fed cows. (You know if you’ve read our Cow Milk Guide that this really does matter!) This formula also contains soy oil, sunflower oil, and lecithin, and we don’t know how the DHA/ARA are extracted.

Sadly, Similac discontinued their A2 milk organic formula, which would have been better than this version.

Similac Organic formula ingredients: Water, Organic Lactose, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Soy Oil, Organic Coconut Oil. Less than 0.5% of: C. Cohnii Oil, M. Alpina Oil, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Short-chain Fructooligosaccharides, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Organic Soy Lecithin, Ferrous Sulfate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Taurine, Inositol, Magnesium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Palmitate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Phylloquinone, Biotin, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Hydroxide, and Nucleotides (Adenosine 5’-Monophosphate, Cytidine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine 5’-Monophosphate).

Topfer Lacatana Bio

A lot of you have inquired about Topfer, and I like that it’s the very oldest of the German formulas! Still, when I drilled down on the ingredients, I don’t think it’s as good as the other European options. This is really just because it isn’t biodynamic, contains canola and palm oils, and uses maltodextrin as a sweetener.

The ingredients in Topfer are as follows: Skimmed milk, whey powder  partly demineralized, vegetable oils (Organic Palmoil, Rapeseedoil, Sunfloweroil), maltodextrine, skimmed milk powderˡ, starch, oil of Mortierella alpina, fish oil, calcium carbonate,  sodium citrate, potassium chloride, vitamin C, calcium phosphate, iron lactate, vitamin E, bifidobacteria cultures (B.breve, B.bifidum, B.infantis, B.longum), zinc sulphate, niacin, calcium-Dpantothenate, copper sulfate, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, manganese sulphate,  potassium iodate, folic acid, vitamin K, sodium selenate, vitamin D.

(Note: Topfer’s Stage Pre does not contain any sweeteners at all, making it Good Stuff!).

Bad Stuff

Aptamil Nutura is a British brand about which many of you have inquired. Because it isn’t organic and contains corn syrup, I can’t recommend it.

Gerber’s BabyNes is admittedly super convenient, but there are lots of problems with these pods. For one, they are plastic-heavy, with lots of surface area exposure (as opposed to bigger traditional containers.) They also involve warm water running through plastic tubing and other parts in the machine. You probably know that warmth and plastic equals increased chemical leaching. Plus the pods are super wasteful from an environmental standpoint. And what’s in the pods isn’t Good Stuff anyway, with corn sweeteners and no organic ingredients. It appears that this has been discontinued.

Nan formula is perhaps the best of the Bad Stuff, since it does contain lactose as a sweetener. But this formula, made by Nestle, isn’t organic.

Similac makes dozens of different formulas, and with the exception of the organic variety mentioned above as Okay Stuff, it’s all bad.

Two other definite Bad Stuff brands who don’t even make an organic variety of their formula:

  • Gerber Good Start
  • EnfamilFor some horrible reason this is the brand I chose for Felix when I needed a nursing break due to bleeding nipples and ran out of pumped milk. Wah! Enamel’s Pregestimil and Nutramigen lines (for sensitive or allergic babies) are made up almost entirely of corn syrup and vegetable oils. Note that Amazon’s Mama Bear Infant Formula is identical to Enfamil Infant, and therefore also Bad Stuff.

Sneaky Stuff

Enfamil Enspire has corn syrup as its second ingredient.

Happy Baby Sensitive contains corn syrup and maltodextrin. Note that Happy’s regular formula is Good Stuff (see above).

Similac Pure Bliss is yet another version from this pharma giant. This one uses dairy from grass-fed, antibiotic-free cows, but it’s not organic, contains soy oil, and is still loaded with synthetic nutrients.

What About the Baby Bottle?

Here is a cheat sheet to help you choose the safest bottle for your baby, whether you are breast- or formula-feeding!

Stay sane,

Maia, Founder & CEO

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  1. charleysafeservice Avatar
    charleysafeservice

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  2. Lauren Avatar
    Lauren

    Can you comment on whether or not you need to boil the water with Kendamil organic? It says to do so in the instructions, but I’ve heard that’s just a requirement in the UK. (I live in the US). Thanks!

  3. Ambar Cisneros Avatar
    Ambar Cisneros

    Hi,
    Maybe this needs an a update but great news- Baby’s Only now has the Project Purity Award! It also has formula for infants 0-12 months!

  4. Kati Nimmo Avatar
    Kati Nimmo

    Anyone find an organic formula with Folate (not folic acid) and no rapseed (canola oil)?

    1. Jayla Avatar
      Jayla

      The only infant formula that has folate instead of folic acid is HiPP.

  5. Tara P Avatar
    Tara P

    Does anyone know what happened with Loulouka? I read it was discontinued but also read other countries are still able to get it and it has something to do with the government. Any insight is appreciated!

    1. Amber Avatar
      Amber

      Hello,
      My 8 month old has been on Alimentum Ready to Feed as she has a corn, dairy and soy allergy…it is the only formula made in America without corn syrup solids we could find that she tolerates, as she is approaching the 1 year mark, and the formula shortage is no joke I was curious if you had any suggestions for Toddler Formula? I was looking into ELSE, any insight on that? Also Serenity and MyBaby seem great but they do have a high lactose content, we are unsure if she has an allergy to lactose or its cows milk protein…my 1st daughter drank Happy Baby Stage 1 and 2 but she was breastfed until 14 months using only 1 formula bottle/night, makes me feel good knowing we chose a good formula for her though she only drank it minimally. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

  6. Nipun Avatar
    Nipun

    Hello,

    Could you please us with a few alternatives in low phosphorus content formula ? Currently we are feeding Similac 60 40 formula and left with a handful of cans due to significant shortage in the market because of the recent recall by Abbott.

    We tried giving cows milk but our baby doesn’t seem to like it and not accepting it.

    Thanks in advance !!

  7. Nancy Avatar
    Nancy

    Have you looked at Jovie? For stage 2 goat milk, it looks like ingredients are good, but I’d love your thoughts.

  8. Natalie Avatar
    Natalie

    Hi! Happy baby organics stage 1 contains “organic palm oil”. It was making my son really constipated and I had To switch. I noticed Your review didn’t say anything about palm oil in happy baby so thought I would Mention it!

  9. annie Avatar
    annie

    Thoughts on Little Oak formula? (goat)

  10. MARIA A Avatar
    MARIA A

    My son is 11 months old now and was breastfed 2 months from birth. My supply diminished 2 1/2 months in due to high levels of stress and becoming pregnant again back to back. I started him on Kabrita toddler formula at 3 months old and he did horrible on it. He had Major constipation and pain for 2 months that was not worth it. I switched to the Mt.Capra homemade Infant goat milk formula which helped some what but still he remained severely constipated for months in that I had to start him on a strong garden of life probiotics as well. The pprobiotics worked great just the gas that comes before the big poop was painful for him. Finally these pass few weeks I gave up goat milk for him and switched him to Babys Only Organic Dairy and Whey with DHA ARA and let me tell you the major difference in bowl movements. His poop is softer and gas is less. He is doing great on it. I wish I knew about the Babys Only Dairy Whey with Dha and ARA before all this would have saved him the stomach stress.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Thanks so much for sharing your story! Glad to hear that you finally found something that works for your son!

  11. Carolyn Wyrsch Avatar
    Carolyn Wyrsch

    Bobbie’s website says that they use water, not hexane, to extract their DHA. You mention above that they use hexane, but it is removed from the final product. I just wanted to get some clarification if you have any? I’m hoping they are not being deceiving in their marketing.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Their DHA is extracted with water, but Bobbie formula also contains ARA (on the label as MORTIERELLA ALPINA OIL), which IS hexane-extracted.

  12. Allison Avatar
    Allison

    I don’t see any reply’s here but hopefully you can answer my questions….you stated above that hipp contains coconut oil but I don’t see that on the ingredients list? Also wondering if formula would have casein listed if that’s in it? I don’t see casein on hipp label.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi Allison-
      You’re right–they removed the coconut oil. You will not see cassein listed on any labels.

  13. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    Bobbie formula has just relaunched. Any thought? It lists soy and soy oil in the ingredients so I am guessing not good stuff any longer?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      We still consider this good stuff.

      1. Bea Avatar
        Bea

        Between Happy Baby and Bobbie which one wins out as being “better”?

        1. JanisW Avatar
          JanisW

          Do you consider other baby formulas?

    2. A Avatar
      A

      I use Bobbie! I was going to switch to byheart until I saw their website recalling 5 batches of formula for being positive for Cronobacter sakazakii Due to the third party packager.. I am sad because I don’t want the soy in bobbie. Once I saw what the negatives are. I wonder if theirs a new one now maybe you’ve came across ?

  14. Becky Avatar
    Becky

    What are your thoughts on Organic Similac new and improved formula? Definitely looks like they updated the ingredients for the better. Thank you!

  15. J Avatar
    J

    Kabrita has soy.

  16. Jessica Avatar
    Jessica

    Natures One has changed their Formula. Sadly rice syrup is now the #1 ingredient instead of milk. Consequently, there is now an additional gram of sugar and one less of protein. So disappointing.

  17. Danielle Avatar
    Danielle

    Hello,

    My LO was on Happy Baby Organics but has developed a milk allergy. Which Hypoallergenic Organic Baby Formula would you recommend? I would like to avoid Allimentum, if possible.

  18. Adden Avatar
    Adden

    Hi Maia, Thank you So much for the insight, I am reasing this for the 3rd day, (desperate Mama here). I have been using Hipp stage 2 for my 9 mo old for the past 3 months… I switched formulas twice before… my baby seemed to have severe constipation, especially on hipp. The only time she showed improvement is when she was on similac pro-advance, but I don’t feel comfortable feeding her that knowing the synthetic ingredients. I am going to start loulouka now but I am afraid things won’t change. I had very high hopes for hipp as well but didn’t work.
    Any suggestion? Thanks!

  19. Arabella Avatar
    Arabella

    Loulouka no longer uses whole milk in their new formulation with DHA.

  20. Britt Avatar
    Britt

    Hi,
    I recently bought Happy Baby for my one month old– he’s been drinking it for 3 weeks now. Well, yesterday I decided to taste the formula to see what she was drinking and the metal/metallic taste was extreme. I assume it was aluminum? Has anyone else had this problem with Happy Baby or know of them having excessive amounts of aluminum in their formula? I’m going to switch brands. Thanks

    1. Carly Avatar
      Carly

      Hello, In my experience most formulas have a metallic taste and smell. Not an expert here but it’s probably because of the vitamins.

    2. LP Avatar
      LP

      The metal taste is iron, which is good for your baby. I use Happy Baby because all of my non-toxic gurus/sources approve of it.

  21. aug Avatar
    aug

    Hi there – in CND I cant really find most of these. Where does Good Start regular and organic fit into this? its a huge brand – just curious
    thanks

  22. Peter Berger Avatar
    Peter Berger

    A dear friend recommends Baby’s Only Organic, so I did some research and talked to our pediatrician. The very 1st ‘not-so-great’ things you listed for Baby’s Only Organic doesn’t seem to be true. In fact, they are 1 of the very few organic formulas that does NOT contain any synthetic nucleotide if you’ve examined their ingredient lists on the label. I’ve also called them to verify. Interestingly, they didn’t even use that as one of their claims.

    Not sure where you get that info but would like to know if you have proof before we start using it. I’d really appreciate it. If verified it to be NOT true, it would be nice if you can update this article (as I see you did constant updates on other brands too which is very helpful).

    Thanks,
    -Peter

  23. L Avatar
    L

    earth’s best sensitive says no corn syrup

  24. Shaella Shagufta Avatar
    Shaella Shagufta

    Hi,
    Quick question regarding Loulouka formula, is it kosher?
    I’m tempted to try it for my new born but want to confirm the if it’s kosher.
    Thanks,
    Shaella

  25. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    I know you said that the Happy Baby Organics is “good stuff” however, I noticed on their website they state they use RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. Even thought it has the palm oil do you still consider it “good stuff? Thanks!

  26. Katherine Avatar
    Katherine

    I have been using Holle for my baby girl, She seems to enjoy it and is growing fast.

    I was at first buying formula from local store at first but then i started buying from formulaRUs website. It’s so much easier to choose on this website and Im getting good bundle deals.

  27. LC Avatar
    LC

    Yes please review the new Honest formulas as it looks like they’re back again. Thx!

  28. Juana Avatar
    Juana

    You may have addressed this already, but any thoughts on Honest Company formula? Thank you so much for all of your hard work in providing these awesome guides for us!! 🙂

  29. Katherine Avatar

    Can you suggest me THE BEST baby formula? I have already ordered HIPP from this online store. They are pretty responsive and answering to all my questions but still I am worried that i might end up giving my baby girl something that i shouldn’t. I am new to all this.. Also i wanted to ask how much formula should i feed my baby per day? And what are the ideal time gaps between feeds?

    1. Kathleen Avatar
      Kathleen

      Katherine, I recently started our newborn son on the HIPP formula and it’s done wonders for him. He’s gained a healthy weight, no longer consolidated, and his poops look like he’s being breastfed. I, too, was initially worried about the “high aluminum levels” mentioned in this article, so I did further research and came across this article which you may find to be helpful as I have – https://pickyeaterblog.com/truth-behind-aluminum-hipp-formula/ . As an alternative to HIPP, Loulouka is the best one. I agree with what’s been said on this article. A friend of mine uses it for her newborn and she’s highly recommends it. I’ll have our son try it once he’s finished his HIPP supply.

      Hope all of this helps!

  30. rbd Avatar
    rbd

    i think the organic start website is now back in business.

    thank you so much for this article! i used it with my first daughter and bought the european brand and now with my second daughter and corona virus, im picking the american brand that you recommend because i think it will be easier to get

  31. TIERNEY JOHNSON Avatar
    TIERNEY JOHNSON

    I want to thank you for this resource! It’s invaluable and you manage to navigate this topic so well. You’re factual that the “healthiest” food for infants (scientifically speaking) is breast milk but without missing a beat you recognize that so many wonderful mothers/caregivers need to, for whatever reason, use formula- and you’re here to help them figure out the healthiest ones! Your approach to this topic has always stood out to me. I’ve been following this guide for years, and as a mother who is very thankful to have been able to breastfeed my children I have always felt a sense of peace knowing if that changed, whether I chose not to or couldn’t, you’ve done the hard work of helping me find the best alternatives. I’m on here now as a potential foster mother 🙂 Keep up the AMAZING, life-changing work!

  32. Malerie Avatar
    Malerie

    Thank you for the information. I’m wondering why you felt it important to emphasize that you breastfeed and do not use formula. The women reading this obviously need to use formula for a reason, in my case no supply. You don’t need to shame others and boast yourself up with your breastfeeding accomplishments. Those of us who need to use formula are used to comments like yours unfortunately. The information is appreciated – your judgement is not.

    1. Tierney Avatar
      Tierney

      Those who breastfeed and talk about it are likewise used to comments that imply they should “keep it to themselves.” Not breastfeeding whether by choice or because you couldn’t do so does not make you a bad mom. Talking about breastfeeding “accomplishments” in the arena of the healthiest foods for infants does not make the author judgemental towards those who formula feed. I understand that this topic brings up a variety of emotions and rightfully so, it’s important… you’re clearly here because you want the best for your baby. Don’t we all? The author shows respect for those who formula feed for whatever reason and is here to offer this FREE resource as a support. I think that shows where her intentions truly are!

  33. Ryan Avatar
    Ryan

    You should edit your article! Bimbosan is now easy to find 🙂 Hollehippos.com, anewyorkbaby, and many more sites carry it now.

  34. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    I am usually able to get Bimbosian from HolleHippos.com (local to San Diego).

  35. Andrew Podolski Avatar

    Thank you very much for sharing such an interesting article with us. I enjoyed reading this article and I’m looking forward to reading such more articles in the future as well. Keep on sharing more this kind of articles.

    1. Alyssa H Avatar
      Alyssa H

      I love your guides! I’m now looking for formula to supplement and immediately thought to check here. I was sold on Loulouka but stumbled across Kendamil. I was wondering if you heard about that brand or had any insight. I love how all the stages had lactose as the only sweetener and were free of palm oil. Do you feel that they are a reputable brand?

      1. Maia James Avatar
        Maia James

        Yes, Kendamil is definitely Good Stuff!

  36. Shelley Avatar
    Shelley

    I’d be interested if you’ve found any non-dairy formulas

  37. Emily Fitzgerald Avatar
    Emily Fitzgerald

    So I’m getting from this article that there are just no good soy based options? It is my absolute last choice to use soy, my doctor is claiming that my son had become temporarily lactose intolerant due to a lingering virus. I was given samples of prepared Enfamil soy and I’m desperate to even find an OK option for the time being until we can go back to our Holle.

  38. Katie Avatar
    Katie

    Hi! I’ve used Holle in the past, and I’m very curious if you’ve determined the supply chain for Loulouka or found any independent test results of this newer brand? Thank you.

    1. Ryan Avatar
      Ryan

      Try Bimbosan! The company has been around for 90+ years and the ingredients are pretty much the same

  39. Sheryl Avatar
    Sheryl

    Thank you so much for writing this article! So much research has gone into this, and I thank you for saving me the hours I would have spent researching formulas and reading ingredients. I will have to supplement for a few months as my supply has plummeted since getting pregnant again. I tried everything, pumping around the clock, herbal supplements, even a two week nursing holiday! These measures helped a bit, but sadly it just isn’t enough for us to stay EBF. I’m about to run out of frozen milk so this information was very much needed. Thanks again for your hard work!

  40. Andrew Podolski Avatar

    This one is probably one of the best articles I have ever come across. Thank you very much for sharing this stuff, I have enjoyed reading this amazing article. Thank you very much for sharing this with us and I’m looking forward to reading more such articles in the future as well.

  41. Keats Marley Avatar

    Thank you very much for sharing such outstanding article with us. I was searching for such amazing article and I have ended up here. I really enjoyed this article and I’m looking forward to reading such amazing articles in the future as well.

  42. Leanne Ao-yeong Avatar
    Leanne Ao-yeong

    what are your thoughts on bebe mandorle vegan formula?

  43. Keats Marley Avatar

    I was searching for such article and I have ended up here. Thank you very much for sharing such important stuff with us. I’m looking forward to reading this kind of amazing articles in the future as well.

  44. Alina Avatar

    Hello MAIA JAMES, You may know that Organic Start stopped selling the formula. So, What the next things do you have?

  45. Elizabeth Avatar
    Elizabeth

    Organic Start is no longer selling formula. None of the other companies you recommend sell Loulouka. I did find that “moo moo organics” sells it. Do you know anything about this company?

  46. Kate Avatar
    Kate

    Is it important to move your baby from Stage 1 to higher stages as they get older? Can I just leave my baby with the Lebenswert Stage 1 up until twelve months since it has better ingredients?

  47. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    Any recommendations on formula lines for cow’s milk protein allergy/dairy free?

    1. Angela Avatar
      Angela

      FYI- my first son had milk protein allergy and I supplemented with HIPP hypoallergenic formula- he didn’t do great with it but his allergy was mild. I found out with my second son that this formula is not broken down as much as US hypoallergenic formula and is not intended or appropriate for milk protein allergy. My second son had a terrible reaction to it (as well as regular US hypoallergenic formulas) and had to be put on an amino acid based formula, all of which have horrific ingredients. He refuses to nurse due to severe reflux and continues to have bad reactions to pumped breastmilk even though I eliminated dairy and several other major food groups from my diet. I am curious about Bébé Mandorle, a rice based French formula but a bit nervous to try it. I can’t believe no companies in the US make an organic formula for milk protein allergic babies. I would pay so much money for a better quality formula.

  48. Trisha Rowe Avatar
    Trisha Rowe

    What is your opinion on Kabrita Infant formula? We need to switch to goat milk for my 7 week old preemie and I’m having a hard time deciding. She is extremely colicky and already has constipation which I read the Holle brand is known to cause. Thanks for your insight!

    1. Nancy Moll Avatar
      Nancy Moll

      What are we to do? It is shameful that mothers in the US are not offered infant formula without soy and these other harmful ingredients. Formula is NOT regulated by the FDA….this should not be! Some EU countries have very strict rules for infant formula, and so should we!

    2. Maria M Aponte Avatar
      Maria M Aponte

      I used Kabrita for my son starting at 2 1/2 months old and it constipated him to the point he couldn’t poop without enemas. If you are going for the Kabrita Toddler formula just go for the Babys Only Organic dairy/whey with DHA and ARA. My son is on that now at 11 months old and honestly I wish I had found it sooner. He always was constipated on Kabrita and Mt.Capra homemade goat milk formula but for some reason the switch to babys only Organic helped with the constipation relief.

  49. Keats Marley Avatar

    I was searching for such an article and I have ended up here. Thank you very much for sharing such amazing article with us. I’m looking forward to reading such interesting articles in the future as well.

  50. Emily Avatar
    Emily

    Hi Maia,
    I breastfed my daughter for 8 months and I am now searching for the best formula. Would you still recommend Loulouka for this age? Thank you for all your research and info to help mamas give their babes the best!

    1. Nicole Oliveira Avatar
      Nicole Oliveira

      I’m in the same boat, need to start supplementing my 10 month old and hoping to get my hands on Loulouka. I noticed that the Stage 2 has maltodextrin though (which is for 6-12 months) so not sure if it would be safe to stay with the maltodextrin-free Stage 1 even though he’s older? Really appreciate your insight!

      **also, I know I need to refer to my paediatrician and you may not want to give ‘advice’ but I would certainly love to hear your ‘opinion’! ?

      1. Analu Avatar
        Analu

        Maia, can you please provide a response for the above questions?? These are actually very good questions that many of us moms have and would be great to have answered.

        1. Maia James Avatar
          Maia James

          Hi there-
          Yes, were it my baby I would go for Loulouka Stage 2.

  51. chelsea Avatar
    chelsea

    Hello, Thanks for the great info. I was going to buy the Happy Baby Organic based on your review, but are you saying that it is not FDA approved? And therefore people/peds feel more comfortable with Plum organics instead? Why is the lack of FDA approval not listed under your drawbacks about the Happy Baby formula? I almost bought it, but was glad I kept reading the rest of the article and realized that this is the main reason people buy Plum instead.

    1. Chelsea Avatar
      Chelsea

      Please disregard my question! I just re-read the Plum section and realized you were saying Baby’s Only is the one that is not FDA approved for infants, not Happy Baby. Thanks!

  52. Ana Avatar
    Ana

    Hello! Thank you so much for this list! My LO is 13 months now and I want to stop pumping. However, I’ll still nurse at night and in the morning. During the day, I want to supplement with formula. It seems that your recommendation would be Kabrita but why not Loulouka stage 3 (as you recommended it for stage 1)?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Simply because I have a slight preference for goat milk over cow. Loulouka stage 3 is also a great choice!

  53. Natalie Avatar
    Natalie

    At what stage do you stop Lebenswert stage one and switch? What do you recommend switching to?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I’d have to defer to your pediatrician on when exactly you should switch. I’d be going to Kabrita, were it my toddler.

  54. Katie Wilson Avatar

    Thanks for these great tips on how to find the right baby formula. I agree that avoiding nonorganic ingredients and things soy would be really helpful for your child. My sister is unable to breastfeed her child, so she’ll have to find a good formula for her baby.

  55. Jen Avatar

    I just saw that Kabrita now has an infant goat milk formula. What do you think about this?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Definitely Good Stuff!

  56. Jessica Avatar
    Jessica

    Hi Maia,

    Thank you for all this incredible information. This momma, values your opinion and research more than you can ever imagine!

    I love lebenswert stage 1 formula. It worked so well for supplementing my first born. Expecting my second and researching again to make sure nothing has changed in the two years. I noticed another European brand, Loulouka. Would you be able to review it and see which category you would classify it? Thanks!

    1. Faith Avatar
      Faith

      Curious about this too!

    2. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      See above–it’s now in this review:)

  57. sue Avatar
    sue

    HI Maia
    What are your thoughts re new organic formula Biostime in Australia.
    Sue

  58. Kristine Avatar
    Kristine

    Hi Maia,

    Wondering if you know the type of folate in the infant Euro formulas. I’m specifically looking for one that uses methylfolate or folinic acid and methylcobalamin. The term folic acid is ambiguous and doesn’t tell the whole story. I have several people that are also looking for methylated B vitamins in a formula. Any help is appreciated.

  59. mantamom Avatar
    mantamom

    I need to recommend https://www.buyorganicformula.com/Holle-Goat-s/107.htm
    It works great for us

  60. Eleana Stephens Avatar

    Hi Maia,
    At first, thank you for this amazing guideline. To speak the truth, I don’t like the baby formula so much. But as my baby is growing up so I want to give him some extra. This guideline has cleared many of my confusion. I have bought the “Kabrita” baby formula. And now I’m really happy with this.

  61. Negar Avatar
    Negar

    Hi Maia,
    Thank you so much for all of the work that you did on this. I had a lot of issues producing enough breast milk and this blog gave me a lot of knowledge and peace of mind as I was choosing a formula for baby. We ended up going with Kabrita and she did great on it. She’s almost 12 months now, so I was about to purchase the Kabrita toddler formula that you recommend, but then I saw that Kabrita has made a Stage 3 formula (for 12 months+) in addition to the Kabrita toddler formula (package says for 12-24 months). I couldn’t tell what the difference was between the two so my husband emailed someone at Kabrita. They responded and simply said that Kabrita stage 3 follows the EU guidelines for formula while the Kabrita toddler follows the US guidelines for formula. Which of the two do you recommend?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi there- Well, I tend to think Europe is better than we are when it comes to food and health regulations, so I’d probably try the Stage 3 were it my baby! Glad she’s done so well on Kabrita:).

  62. Mike Avatar
    Mike

    Have you heard of or know anything about Vera Farms organic toddler formula? It looks good “on paper”, but we have not found any reliable reviews of it yet.

    https://vera-farms.com

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Wow! This one actually totally looks like Good Stuff, but it’s also sold out on its website as well as Amazon–I wonder if the company folded?

  63. Natalie Avatar
    Natalie

    Why European formulas are better than organic non gmo American ones?? From your article it isn’t clear at all. ALL German formulas contain maltodextrin! Most of them contain fluoride! You must be kidding telling that it’s the best stuff)) .
    Plus, people, do you understand that all your orders traveling by airplane. All orders go through X-ray! If not, would be surprised, then it’s still on a airplane where level of radiation is huge. We all know it.
    Think twice before ordering European formulas…
    Natalie

  64. Jess Avatar
    Jess

    Thank you so much for this wealth of information. Our baby will be born via gestational surrogate and I want to make sure we have HIPP Ready-to-Feed stage 1 on hand in case we can’t get enough donor breast milk. Have you heard of the vendor Formulaland.com?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I’ve heard of them yes, but I haven’t spoken with them personally.

  65. S Avatar
    S

    Hi! If anyone reading the comments would like to try some of the Holle Stage 1 goat milk formula, I am selling two boxes of it. Expiration date 1/30/2019. Selling for $15/box or best offer (usually retails online for roughly double that, give or take; I just want them to go to a good home, so I’m flexible on price). Originally purchased from Organic Baby Shop ( http://organicbabyshop.com ). Tried the goat formula when baby was four months old, but it caused constipation for our little’s particular digestive system and we had to switch back to cow’s milk via Lebenswert Bio. Reply to this comment if you’re interesetd and we can exchange email addresses so I can happily send the two boxes to you with free shipping. Barring that, if you are reading this comment and know anywhere else that I could potentially sell these two boxes, please reply and let me know! I feel like it would be so wasteful and terrible to just throw these two unopened, sealed boxes out! I’d rather they go to a home where they will be used or sampled and nourish a child! Let me know–thanks!

  66. Stella Avatar
    Stella

    I’ve had my baby on Lebenswert Bio since the first few weeks of life, we realized that formula would be necessary in light of my poor milk supply. We have been happy with the results–no constipation (whereas we experienced constipation with Earth’s Best and even Baby’s Only, the first two formulas we tried). The child is now almost one year old and thriving. However, I am concerned now about the use of “rapsol”–rapeseed oil or canola oil?–in the Lebenswert and other European formulas. From what I am reading, canola oil was not GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by US regulatory bodies until the last couple of years, and I see all these articles about canola oil causing fibrous lesions in the heart and dementia. I wanted my child on the European formulas to avoid the soy oil in American organic formulas, but now I am fearful that I have made a mistake in the opposite direction by using a formula with a different problematic oil. Any thoughts or research or links on this? Is the “rapsol” in the European formulas the same as canola oil? Why did and does Europe allow this oil when the US did not? I wish I or anyone could quiet all of the fear and anxiety, to the point of terror, I have experienced about my child’s diet since I was unable to fully and properly nourish using my own milk.

    1. Suzanne Weaver-Goss Avatar
      Suzanne Weaver-Goss

      Oh, hugs to you! We all are familiar with the terror of keeping our kids healthy! The oil is definitely the biggest problem behind sugar in baby formula, and I wish I had a definitive answer for you on the soy vs. canola issue. Considering the age of your baby, why don’t you look into Kabrita? (see above)

  67. Evelina Avatar
    Evelina

    Hi Maia,

    I just tried to purchase the Kabrita formula and it looks like your coupon has expired. Do you by chance know anything about this? Perhaps there is another code I can use?

    Thanks very much!
    Evelina

  68. Lucia Avatar
    Lucia

    Just checked the Happy Baby formula ingredients and it lists palm oil. Would you still recommend it?

  69. Meridith Arndorfer Avatar
    Meridith Arndorfer

    I plan to continue breastfeeding my child hopefully until a least 2 years ( currently 7 months old) but once she reaches her first birthday and eats more solids, she probably won’t breastfeed as often and I don’t like the idea of giving her cow milk very often and I ideally would want to give her raw milk but wouldn’t know where to find that. The Dr doesn’t think young children should eat much dairy and I agree. So is Kabrita a good drink to serve with meals occasionally or should I pump breastmilk to give with meals or give water with meals and breastfeed throughout the day? ( Of course this is after she turns 1) I don’t like that Kabrita has folic acid instead of folate and I do not know how I feel about palm oil. Thank you!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi! Nothing is as good as breastmilk, ideally straight from the breast, so if that’s an option, I say do that for as long as you can! If not, Kabrita is a good second choice…

  70. Richard Collins Avatar

    This is a great resource of information. I just looked at the ingredients for happy baby organics stage 1, the US brand you recommend. My question is without US brand is there had any brand for this that is also useful too? Thanks in advance for your answer also for your informative article.

  71. Rachel Avatar
    Rachel

    Thank you so much for this! I gave my 2.5 year old Baby’s Only (dairy, DHA+ARA) when she was a newborn and I couldn’t breastfeed for a few days. It was the formula I chose for supplementation when needed (approved by her pediatrician). I’ve been waiting to read your newly updated reviews, but since I wasn’t having another baby, I didn’t need it. Well, here I am! Baby #2 on board and while we have tons of time to worry about formula, I am so thankful for this list. I will definitely consider Happy Baby along with Baby’s Only, should I need some formula this time. I know how much research you do and I am just so appreciative of this site.

  72. Sejla Avatar
    Sejla

    Hi Maia,

    Thanks for the great article!

    I will have to start supplementing with formula soon but my 6mo old son has a milk protein allergy (I’m not eating any dairy nor soy just to make sure). Now I dont know which formula would be best. Soy might be my only option, but wanted to hear your thoughts on which formula would be best for an infant allergic to milk protein.

    Thank you so much!
    Sejla

  73. Angelica Jones Avatar
    Angelica Jones

    Hi,

    Thank you for the great resource of information​! What are your thoughts on Kabrita stage 1 and 2… They sell them in Europe and I could have access to them. I am looking for a formula for my 10 m old baby.

    I used to buy Hipp but it doesn’t seem like you’re​ a fan of it anymore and the one you recommend overall is for stage 1.

    Thanks!

    Angelica

  74. Hannah Avatar
    Hannah

    Hi I’d like to know your vet/opinion of Hipp formula…stage 1!

  75. Shelby Sidoti Avatar
    Shelby Sidoti

    Maia
    The hospital started my sister’s bay in Similac Pro Sensitive for immune support non gmo. What are your thoughts on this formula? Please advise and thank you ?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I’m not a fan of this, sorry to say:(

      1. Amanda Avatar
        Amanda

        What Formula would you suggest? My daughter is on the same Similac and I was thinking about the Holle Pre Bio. What are your thoughts on that?

        1. mantamom Avatar
          mantamom

          Good choice 🙂 There is really nothing better than Hipp and Holle if you want healthy organic for your baby.. We can recommend this online store https://www.buyorganicformula.com/default.asp
          they have excellent customer service and free shipping

  76. Caitlin Avatar
    Caitlin

    Hi Maia,

    First of all thanks for being s resource for new moms, there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet. I have a few questions about what you’re promoting with the organic formulas and specifically the European formulas.

    1. Do you care about scientific research? The one thing that I’ve found with some of the larger companies (Enfamil, Gerber, and Similac) is that they at least have research to show that the ingredients in their products are bioavailable and for some of the companies – Similac & Gerber – they test their formula against the breastfed infant to see how close the formula is performing to the gold standard of the breastfed infant. Is this less important to you than having an “organic” label on something?

    2. I like that you support Baby’s Only Organic and the fact that it’s a US company. There’s not enough emphasis on supporting US based companies these days. Also, that means in case of recall formula is well-documented with the FDA vs. purchasing European formulas which don’t have the same regulations as far as tracking disbursements of product. I think it’d be good to do an update on your site with the recent recall of Lactalis and the horrible contamination of Salmonella.

    3. I’ve currently been feeding my baby Similac’s Pure Bliss and Similac’s Pro-Advance and I’ve been very pleased! I did a lot of research and I wanted to share it with you so you could update some of your information.

    I loved that Pure Bliss comes from grass-fed cows – I’m waiting to hear back from the company to see if the farms are Demeter certified like the Hipp and Holle farms. At least I know it’s non-GMO and the cow’s aren’t treated with growth hormones of any kind. I also inquired if they will apply for the Organic certification. I found out that it has the added vitamins and minerals for baby, but actually has natural ingredients like natural lutein, vitamin D, E, and DHA (not synthetic) and of course is palm oil free.

    Similac Pro-Advance is the latest version of the formula and like you said above it has a very similar make-up to Baby’s Only Organic. It has the same natural vitamin D, E, lutein, and DHA, is palm oil free, and has human milk oligosaccharides.

    I wanted to know your take on these HMO’s? I did some research and they seem like a great ingredient – very abundant in breastmilk. Is this another marketing ploy? Do any other formulas have the human milk oligosaccharides?

    Thanks in advance for your answers!!! I’m just trying to be the most educated in a constantly changing world! My fellow baby-mama’s thank you for your reply!

  77. Aria Avatar
    Aria

    Would it be best to use Fiji bottled water to mix with happy baby formula? Is the Fiji bottle safe or should I transfer the water to glass container?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Personally, I would filter my tap water and use that to mix with the formula.

  78. Gabby Avatar
    Gabby

    I see your review of Hipp baby milk but am wondering what you think of the combotic Dutch version here: https://lworganics.com/products/hipp-stage-1-organic-bio-combiotic-infant-milk-formula-900g-dutch-version?variant=48259569096

    Why do you prefer Lebenswert to this formula? Your thoughts are MUCH appreciated, navigating European formulas are difficult! Thank you!

  79. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    what are your thoughts on this homemade formula kit and the brand Mt. Capra?

    https://mtcapra.com/product/homemade-goat-milk-formula-kit/

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I’d never heard of it! Definitely looks like great ingredients, but I would want you to check with your pediatrician for his/her opinion.

  80. Melinda Avatar
    Melinda

    Are there directions in English on the German formulas? If not, how do you know how much to mix?

  81. Lee Avatar
    Lee

    Hi. Thank you for this wonderful post. I just looked at the ingredients for happy baby organics stage 1, the US brand you recommend, and it lists palm oil as an ingredient (ORGANIC PALM OLEIN OR PALM OIL). I am confused why it is your top choice for US brands.

  82. Ashley Avatar

    I would recommend Holle cow milk formula. Holle is one of the best formulas on the baby food market and carry one of the strictest and highest organic certifications, Demeter. I would recommend either stage pre or stage 1, as both of them are suitable for babies from birth to 6 months. The main difference between the two stages is that stage pre contains lactose and stage 1 contains maltodextrin. OrganicBabyShop carry both.

  83. Tracalyn Avatar
    Tracalyn

    I am overjoyed that I found your site!! Such great information.. I was starting to feel discouraged at formula options! I recently took out my breast implants and although I plan to breastfeed, I may have damage to my milk ducts making it difficult, so I’ve sought out some “back-ups”.. I was wondering if Lebenswert and Holle had instructions in english and what is the typical shipping time? Thank you!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      It depends on where you order from, but definitely ask whatever vendor you choose!

  84. Jessie Avatar
    Jessie

    What are your thoughts on the new infant formula from The Honest Company that has lactose as a sweetener and contains probiotics?

    1. Jessie Avatar
      Jessie

      *prebiotics, not probiotics 🙂

  85. Aria Avatar
    Aria

    Hi,
    I’m in the US in CA. I’m due in January 2018. I’m confused, maybe more overwhelmed, as to which European Formula is best of its two, HIPP OR HOLLE? I got overwhelmed reading your thought and dislikes from the two. In the end which of the two brand European formulas you would choose for a newborn? And just to clarify, you would chose that European brand over US brand happy baby organic?
    Thank you so much I would very much appreciate your advice, my ped always recommends enfamil or similac but I’m not deciding to go that route.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, my #1 choice overall for formula is Lebenswert.

  86. Julie Arney Avatar
    Julie Arney

    Hi! I appreciate your extensive research on these topics. I was wondering where Töpfer rates among these brands.
    Thank you!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      You’ll see Topfer listed under The Okay Stuff.

  87. Sandra Paperny Avatar
    Sandra Paperny

    Hello, I’m interested to know why you didn’t add HiPP 1 to your list of Good Stuff? Thanks!

  88. Lina Avatar
    Lina

    Love your site!! Thank you for your research!
    Which is better, Alimentum or Alimentum RTF?
    RTF has no corn and way less soy, but also has carrageenan. The regular does not.
    Can’t decide which is worse- more soy/corn or carrageenan?
    Are there any organic formulas that work for babies with milk protein issues?

  89. Lindsay Avatar
    Lindsay

    I have recently started using The Honest Co. Infant Formula. I read your post about the different formula brands. I think that Honest Co. may have updated their ingredients, because what we have purchased from Target no longer has “glucose syrup solids” on the ingredient list. We purchased some from Amazon, and it was older (the expiration date was much sooner than what we bought at Target) and it DID contain glucose syrup solids. We were encouraged to find that it no longer has corn syrup. Would you rate this as good stuff? Or would Happy Baby still be a better option?

  90. Summer Hitch Avatar
    Summer Hitch

    Hello! Brilliant information–thank you so much! So, if my baby has been breastfed for 6 months and I’d like to begin supplementing, which formula would you recommend? Just a little confused since she will be older when getting started.

    Thanks!

  91. Kalea Avatar
    Kalea

    The Clean Label Project rated the Happy Tot formula as a one star, showing heavy metals. It doesn’t look like they tested Happy Baby formula stage one or two (just three, for toddlers), but I’m curious if this changes your thoughts on the Happy Baby formula? http://www.cleanlabelproject.org/products/happy-tot-grow-shine-organic-toddler-milk-drink/

  92. Sophia Avatar
    Sophia

    Hi,
    I was wondering what your opinion of NannyCare goat milk formula was. I’ve been back and forth with the ingredients, and they seem to fit the bill, but I wanted to consult an expert.

    Thanks a mil!

  93. Holly Avatar
    Holly

    Hey there! Love your articles. I wanted to get your thoughts. Have u noticed the honest company formula has no syrup solids anymore. Do you think this is a good formula now? I’m between this and happy baby formula. Please let me know. Would love to hear from you. Thanks so much.
    Holly

  94. Alissa Avatar
    Alissa

    This is such a great blog post Maia! Thank you so much for all this helpful information!

    I am one of those moms that had a crazy challenging time breastfeeding. It’s my third child and we literally tried everything including multiple lactation consultants, tongue/lip clipping, etc but my supply kept dropping and he kept losing weight.

    All this being said, we eventually moved fully to formula around 5-6 weeks and we went with Lebenswert Stage 1 because it was still super good but much cheaper per ounce when bought in bulk online.

    My son has been thriving on it but is about to be 6 months old so I know we need to move to Stage 2. Unfortunately, Lebenswert Stage 2 has different ingredients, one being maltodextrin instead of lactose. I also didn’t like that they have both a Stage 2 and 3 which means I can’t get it as cheap since I will need less of each type in bulk.

    So I went to try Hipp Dutch Stage 2 even though it costs more. The ingredients are great so I had high hopes! Of course, my son just started it and is refusing the bottle, I believe, solely on taste.

    I also noticed it doesn’t dissolve well in the water I put in the bottle (usually lukewarm) and so I have to put the nipple on and shake it to mix it after every 2-3 scoops…which is kind of a pain when making an 8 oz bottle when I have 2 other children to attend to or when I take him to any type of childcare/nursery at church or otherwise where they have to make his bottle.

    Now I’m at a loss as to which way to turn. Do I try Hipp UK and hope he is OK with the taste and it dissolves better into the water? Do I go back to Lebenswert even though their Stage 2 has maltodextrin and I have to buy it for more money in order to get less of Stage 2 since I’ll soon need to move to Stage 3??

    I’d love your advice!! Thank you!! ?

  95. Vicky Argyropoulos Avatar
    Vicky Argyropoulos

    Hi!! I was wondering what you would recommend as far as water goes for formula. We purchased the trio water filter through your site. But I was wondering is that good or would something like Fiji be better in your opinion?

  96. Erika Avatar
    Erika

    What do you think of Deumil? I found their website and on amazon, but can find no other information or sale sites. Thank you.

  97. Ashlyn Lander Avatar
    Ashlyn Lander

    Hi Maia,

    Thank you so much for this article. It has been super helpful for our daughter. She has a dairy and soy allergy. After eliminating all those foods from my diet my supply dropped. We have used HiPP HA for a month now but she is not tolerating it. Our pediatrician is recommending an amino acid based formula at this point such as Neocate or Elecare. In your opinion which is the lesser of the two evils here? Thanks so much!

    1. Mollie Avatar
      Mollie

      What did you end up going with? I am in this boat now.. have been feeding my son elecare but i really want to make a switch to something more organic.

  98. Layla Avatar
    Layla

    Hi! Would you recommend Happy Baby Organic or plums organic? Also was wondering you had a review on bottle sterilization machines on which one is best or what you used to sterilize your baby’s bottles?

    Thanks so much, I’m due in Jan so just want to get everything ready. So thankful for you and your blog. It helps moms SO MUCH (:

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      You should ask your pediatrician about sterilization; I believe they are no longer recommended. If it were my baby, I would proabably go with Happy Baby:).

      1. Layla Avatar
        Layla

        Thanks so much! I’ll ask my peditrian. Do you recommend glass bottles? If so what brand is best?

  99. Michelle Avatar
    Michelle

    Hi, thanks so much for this list! I came upon it because my pediatrician told us today we have to start supplementing. At my baby’s 3 month check up she only weighs 8lbs 12oz (only gained 2 oz since her two month check up). She gave us some samples of the Similac non gmo ready made formula. I came home and did my research and found out how bad it is. But I love the ready made aspect of it! So my question is are there any ready mades that you would put on the good stuff list? 🙂

    1. Michelle Avatar
      Michelle

      And what your favorite is. Thanks!!

    2. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi Michelle! HiPP makes a ready-to-drink formula.

  100. michael Avatar
    michael

    Hi,

    Not sure if this has been mentioned, but HiPP wrote a rather convincing response to the Aluminium suggestions leveled against them;

    http://hippformulausa.com/hipp-formula-aluminum-study/

  101. Sasa Avatar
    Sasa

    Hi! I am using Holle formula for my baby and i love it! I knew all about it from this post so thanks to you! But my baby turned 1 this month and i wanna switch to whole milk now. Do you know any organic whole milk from europe that is available here in US? Or any organic whole milk brand you are familiar with or that you trust? I found one article that says Berchtesgadener Land Bio- Alpenmilch has the highest rating in Germany and the milk is from a Demeter farm, but I dont know where to buy it from. Hoping you can help me with this. Thank you!

  102. darrick Avatar
    darrick

    hi,

    i was wondering if there is anywhere i can get some samples of Hipp, lebenswert or holle for my 4 month old boy. my wife is worried that her breastmilk supply is start to decrease and that we won’t have enough milk to feed him. We both want to give him the best natural and organic formula there is if we do have to supplement formula with breast milk. We tried happy baby over the weekend and he didn’t like it one bit and for shits and giggles we tried some slimac organic which my sister had on hand and he did like that. We don’t want to give him slimac unless that’s the last resort. That’s why we are hoping to find some samples of hipp and lebenswert to see if he will like it before we have to stick to slimac

  103. Laura Avatar
    Laura

    Maia,

    Thank you so much for all your product guides! I cannot tell you how much you have helped me in choosing everything from nipple balm, to dish-soap, to our family’s first crib mattress.

    I just have a couple of questions regarding the hypoallergenic Hipp formula:

    -You mentioned that the powdered form of Hipp contains high levels of aluminum; does that mean you would not recommend using Hipp HA in its powdered form (I ask because it is proving VERY difficult to purchase the liquid form from here in the US)?

    -What are your thoughts on the different Hipp HA formulas: PRE HA, HA 1, and HA 2? My daughter, Willow, is now 7 months old, and I’m just not sure what the best option is for her. What is up with the starch, for instance?

    Thank you in advance for any response you might have!

    Laura
    Sarasota, FL.

    1. michael Avatar
      michael

      Laura, as per my comment below, this might be of help. It is a very balanced and honest response (for me at least).

      http://hippformulausa.com/hipp-formula-aluminum-study/

  104. Cecile Vaughan Avatar
    Cecile Vaughan

    Another important factor to consider is grans of protein per 100mls. To mimic breastmilk it needs to be quite low. However a formula such as bellamy’s has 1.7gm per 100mls which is significantly higher than most conventional brands. I wonder if you looked at this and considered it in your recomm./findings.

  105. Layla Avatar
    Layla

    Hi! Would you recommend baby’s only or plums organic? If you had to choose a formula sold in US. Or is there a better formula sold in stores in most US stores? Also was wondering you had a review on bottle sterilization machines on which one is best? Thanks so much, I’m due in Jan so just want to get everything ready. So thankful for you and your blog. It helps moms like you don’t even know (:

  106. Erin Avatar
    Erin

    I typically respect your work as it is very difficult navigating what is truly safe and healthy for our families and I appreciate anyone who is truly trying to help others in the journey. However your comments regarding the ‘precautionary principal’ have me confused on your actual views, and make me question if I should continue to trust the information you provide. For reference, this is the passage I find bothersome:

    “To gain deeper insight into the formula manufacturing industry, check out an article written by Charlotte Vallaeys, who is the Director of Farm and Food Policy at The Cornucopia Institute. Her article was immensely helpful as we worked on this Guide. And while I really trust and respect her work, the tenor of her perspective tends to be more alarmist and she is more heavily on the “precautionary principle” side of the spectrum (versus “ingredient is innocent until proven guilty” approach), which isn’t always practical.”

    I do not know Ms. Vallaeye ,however you seemsto insinuate that you do not agree with the precautionary principal, which she apparently follows. And you claim is is not ‘always practical’.

    To say something isn’t (always) practical gives the impression you think someone who does it is foolish. I believe a more appropriate term is “inconvenient” because it is never impractical to do your best to protect yourself and your family from potential threats. However poor US regulations certainly have made it inconvenient for an American to simply try and be healthy and raise healthy family.

    And yes there are times- as an individual having to live within our means- we have to ‘give in’ and say, let our children be exposed to plastics at public schools. Or maybe we can’t afford to buy ALL our food organic but we get as much as we can and maybe give that to our kids while we eat conventional.

    Maybe I’m misunderstanding what it means to actually practice the ‘precautionary principal’ but I thought it was about practicing it to the best of your ability, which may not be perfect but it certainly isn’t foolish or impractical. And it does surprise me that you would have that view (if you do) because it seems to completely go against the point of your website.

    I stopped following another healthy living blogger because she made the ignorant comment that “humans are always more important than nature” when humans- like all lifeforms-are a PART of nature, so it’s only logical (not even mentioning the moral side of it) to keep our planet healthy if we want to be healthy.

    It was really disappointed she turned out to be like that and again I had to navigate the web trying to find people and information that went with my principals and I could truly trust, because it’s difficult enough navigating food labels and finding ingredients in non food items.

    I know we are all responsible for our own education and choices, but that is exactly what I am trying to do-find credible information to help me make the best choices I can for myself and future children.So if you could clarify your position on the precautionary principal I would appreciate it, so I can decide if your website is a good fit for me. Thank you in advance for reading my comments and concerns.

  107. Lori Avatar
    Lori

    In regards to taking DHA supplements when pregnant or nursing, what is the best kind to take? Should I avoid ones that say “algal oil?”

  108. Precious Avatar
    Precious

    I was breastfeeding until my baby was 6 months because it was tough for me to pump every hour and a half at work (I work in retail). It broke my heart to put her on formula but this article and the constant updates made me feel a little bit better. I decided to put her on plum organics formula even though you hadn’t reviewed it at the time because you encouraged me to read the labels. It was the best one I could afford (my family is on food stamps). It was available locally, and sometimes Target would give you a gift card for purchasing multiples. It’s still a little pricier than most commercial formulas in the US, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make to ensure the baby was receiving the best. We just scrimped on other items to be able to afford it. She’s now 16 months old and has never had any stomach issues (like my older one did on multiple commercial formulas), and is a happy, healthy baby. Thank you so much for all the awesome information.

  109. Ursula Overstreet Avatar
    Ursula Overstreet

    Re: Bimbosan Organic Infant Formula
    This Swiss brand of formula looks similar to the other European brands. I love the lack of maltodextrin, palm oil, corn syrup, and sugar! Bimbosan doesn’t include DHA/ARA. Unfortunately, I can’t find any vendors selling this formula. Please comment below if you know of a reliable source to purchase Bimbosan.

    Hi All,
    My name is Ursula Overstreet. I am happy to let everyone know that I live in Switzerland and therefore have a direct access to Bimbosan formula. I’ve been sending it to Chicago to a friend of mine Alicja and her baby son Jake for about 6 months. I buy the formula at the local pharmacy and send it by Swiss post. After trying many formulas, both Alicja and Jake are happy with Bimbosan, and I decided to open an Internet shop featuring Bimbosan and other European brands.

    My website is currently under construction and will be operating soon.The Bimbosan brand is a well known and respected brand here in Switzerland next to Holle which is also Swiss, not German as most people seem to believe. The Bimbosan company was established in the 1930s as a family business and has been running ever since. Beside traditional powdered milk the Bimbosan brand offers options like AR and HA, a variety of paps for different conditions i.e. loose or hard stools, hearty appetite, etc. It is well worth checking their website. The website is available in English http://bimbosan.ch/en/home/. It provides detailed product information plus there is a hotline number also available in English. A friend of mine used the number and was happy with the service. They don’t deliver to the USA.

    I have also written to Maia with the request to verify me as a vendor. I hope this can happen soon.
    Ursula

  110. Roxanne Avatar
    Roxanne

    Thank you for updating this guide!! It’s really so helpful.

  111. Alicja Bochenek Avatar
    Alicja Bochenek

    Hello,

    My son, Jacob has been on Bimbosan Swiss formula since he was about two months old. He’s nine months now. Jacob was born at 35 weeks and weighed 3 lbs 11.7 oz. At first, not knowing any better, I gave him enfamil gentle ease as per my pediatrician because he had a terrible acid reflux. As a first time mom, unable to breastfeed ( I only breastfed Jacob for two weeks while he was in the hospital) I was completely devastated and felt incredibly guilty. I wanted my baby to have the best, most natural formula. My friend, Urszula, who lives in Switzerland started sending me Bimbosan formula and my son has been thriving on it. He’s 9 months now and weighs 14 lbs. My pediatrician is amazed each time we go for a visit. I did show her the formula and honestly, she told me whatever I’m feeding him, it works because he’s doing great. I feel at ease, knowing that even though I’m unable to breastfeed, my baby is getting the best possible formula and he’s thriving on it. My friend will be selling bimbosan and holle. Her website is currently under construction. Also, bimbosan recently released acid reflux specific formula. Currently, my son is on bimbosan paps. They have paps for evening and morning, for loose stool and constipated babies. I love all of their paps and formulas. I am happy to have found it through my friend. I wish more mothers educate themselves about this wonderful, family owned Swiss company.

    Alicja

  112. Kelsey Avatar
    Kelsey

    I sifted through some comments to make sure I wasn’t duplicating. I see your updated list, but curious about your thoughts on the Munchkin Grassfed formulas. Currently only stage 2 for toddlers is on market but supposedly stage 1 (newborn to 1) out soon.

  113. Chase Avatar
    Chase

    I’ve been working in the supplement industry for 8 years. Just so everyone is clear….all of the USA and EU baby formulas contain synthetic B vitamins and minerals. The same goes for multi-vitamin capsules/tab for adults and children, even the “whole-food based” ones. I agree that the EU baby formulas are using less synthetics than the USA and the “nasties” Maia mentions at the beginning of the article. It is worth asking each manufacturer the country of origin for their USP (United States Pharmacopeia) synthetic vitamins and minerals. Almost all synthetic vitamins are coming from China since they dominate the market. Very few manufactures use non-Chinese vitamins because the cost can be much higher however there are a few supplies out there if companies choose to source from somewhere else besides China. Use the chart in the link below to understand how to spot synthetic and natural nutrients on a label.
    http://rightwayvitamins.net/page22.php
    The probiotics suggested in the article might be good but they really should be listing the strain numbers after each probiotic listed. This is critical for probiotics and a real flaw in the supplement industry that some are trying to correct. See the link below for more insight. The website below is run by supplement industry insiders that know the tricks the supplement industry uses to sell you cheap junk at expensive prices. I would argue Natren offers the best baby probiotics on market because of their vast experience/knowledge, cold supply chain, strains used and in-house manufacturing.
    http://vitaminworkshop.squarespace.com/supplements-of-merit/probiotics.html

  114. Rachelle Avatar
    Rachelle

    Hello,
    Could you please comment on the use of Toddler Formula versus switching to organic Cow’s Milk after 1 year old? Thank you!

  115. Amelia Avatar
    Amelia

    Hi Maia,

    Thank you for your diligence. However, looking over the revised guide, I was disappointed to see Baby’s Only Organic Soy no longer on the list anywhere. While I understand the debate about soy, for some it is an option of last resort for “when all else fails” with a milk protein allergy. I came to your website a year ago looking for information on the best soy formula I could give my daughter since we were out of options (even all of the hypoallergenic formulas now contain hydrolyzed milk protein). We settled on Baby’s Only Organic Soy and have been very happy. If I was in the same place again today looking for answers on soy, your updated guide would not have the information I was seeking.

    You may consider putting a note under your review of Kabrita Goat Milk toddler formula. Its packaging is a bit deceiving as it is marketed as goat milk formula not goat milk formula with cow milk proteins. A few months ago, I picked up a can in Whole Foods to look for an allergy statement and I am glad that I did. Sure enough, Kabrita is not suitable for infants and toddlers with a cow milk protein allergy.

    Also, technically HiPP HA is not truly hypoallergenic. It too, contains hydrolyzed milk protein. It may help sensitive bellies, but beware if you have a child with a true milk protein allergy.

    PS I also found the old list much easier to navigate in terms of grouping all milk based together, soy based together, and other like goat milk together.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Thanks for your feedback! I actually never listed Baby’s Only soy version in this guide, so maybe we emailed directly or you are thinking of another post or emailed response. That said, I’m going to re-organize this to be easier to navigate, and add a note about both HiPP HA and Kabrita. Thanks again!

  116. Yuliya Avatar
    Yuliya

    Thank you for the such helpful article, esp for moms who face issue to choose the best for their babies after the breast of course. Please advise by any chance did you research if Kabrita is using hexane extration method for dha and ara added to the formula?

    Thank you
    Yuliya

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, they do, but they say that no hexane remains in the final product:)

  117. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    Thanks for the updated guide!! My daughter (now 18 months) always seemed to have had issues with the powdered formulas (gas/digestive discomfort) and we had better luck with the ready to feed formulas. Unfortunately I can only find similac and enfamil in liquid forms. We ended up using similac organic ready to feed. We asked our pediatrician if there was a difference in ingredients in ready to feed vs powdered versions and she said no they should be the same but also said that a lot of parents complain of the same digestive issues with the powdered formula. Any insight on ingredient difference between powdered vs ready to feed? Baby due in Oct so going over all baby info again 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I have not found it to be true that powdered and liquid are the same. Often, the ready-made contains additives like carageenan. Congrats on your upcoming arrival!

  118. sss Avatar
    sss

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  119. Ellen Stiefvater Avatar
    Ellen Stiefvater

    Thank you for the updated info on formula! based on reading your posts i wanted to try lebenswert stage 1 because it has fewer ingredients than most and uses lactose as the sweetener. However, when i noticed that there are also lebenswert stages 2 and 3 that made me wonder if there is something in those that an older infant would need ( i know they have maltodextrin and i want to avoid that). but as a general question, why are there different formulas for later stages?; what are the differences?; would it be ok or even preferable to just use stage 1 until one year? my baby is now 8 months and i am trying to wean ASAP. Have had problems with bottle refusal, and with taste and digestive issues with baby’s only. She takes in very little breast milk in a day (probably max 15 oz) but is thriving and chunky. just doesn’t like much volume. so i suspect that my breastmilk is pretty rich, and also that i need to find a formula she will accept that is nutritious because she is unlikely to drink more volume wise than she already does.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      you can have your pediatrician weigh in, but the bottom line is that there is a different mix of vitamins, minerals, and whey/casein ratios in the formulas from stage 1-3. It seems unclear, however, if this really matters, as many babies do fine on level 1.

  120. lee Avatar
    lee

    hello make
    first of all, i want to thank you for all the guides!
    I read through all the comments but I wanted your opinion on choosing one.
    we just put our 9 month old son on babys only dairy formula and he seems to be doing ok. we thought he had dairy allergy and pediatrician said to try the dairy now at 9 months (bc it says toddlers formula) since I asked him about the baby’s only formula. (I hated putting him on nutramigen but had no choice. he’s been supplemented with formula and exclusively formula fed since 8 months old)
    would you go with
    baby’s only whey dairy with or without dha&ara or plum?
    thank you so much!

    1. lee Avatar
      lee

      sorry Maia** can’t win autocorrect

  121. Flor Bott Avatar
    Flor Bott

    So what would you deem the very best one of them all for an 18 month old?? She’s so picky when it comes to eating so I really want her to have a toddler formula.. thank you so much!

  122. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    Any insight on parents choice organic?

  123. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa

    I’m breastfeeding my twins but need to supplement. In the NICU they used Neosure but now that we’re past term we can use standard formula rather than preemie formula. The girls were too gassy and in pain on the Neosure so the pediatrician recommended Similac Alimentum. They are still gassy but better. Problem is I want a better option and am not sure what to go with since all the European options seem to be cow’s milk and not hypoallergenic. Are you aware of any other options for mom’s with babies who can’t tolerate standard dairy but who want a purer formula?

  124. Lorien Avatar
    Lorien

    Hi, what do you think of Plum Organics?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Plum’s formula looks like at least Okay Stuff, probably Good!:)

  125. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    Hello,

    I was wondering if you had any thoughts on Similac Pure Bliss. I know it is not organic, but I like that it has lactose vs. the brown rice syrup found in Baby’s only. I don’t like that it has hexane extracted DHA and ARA (and also lutein) but these are less than 2% and the brown rice syrup is the first ingredient in Baby’s Only. Having a hard time deciding which is more important to me. I would go with Lebenswert, but I really don’t like that it has palm oil.

    Your advice is greatly appreciated along with your article! 🙂

  126. Malorie Avatar
    Malorie

    Any estimated time we will see an updated formula guide! Thanks!

  127. Amy Avatar
    Amy

    I have a 6 month old and we’ve been using HIPP stage 1 Dutch. Now I am seeing concerns about aluminum in the HIPP formula. I went ahead and purchased HOLLE instead this time. I am just very concerned that I have messed up my baby from using the HIPP in the first place. I did all of my research and thought I was doing right. We are starting foods, and keeping formula to 24-30 oz of formula at this point. Please let me know what to do.
    Thank you

  128. Stephanie Avatar
    Stephanie

    Hi there,

    When will the updated guide be released? I’m specifically interested in seeing how some of the new entrants in the marketplace (i.e. Plum) stand up to brands like Holle and Hipp.

    Thanks – the information you provide is extremely invaluable and I appreciate it so much!

    Stephanie

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      updated guide is here! Sorry for the delay!

  129. Irina Avatar
    Irina

    Hello,

    You recommended the baby’s only organic formula but warned against brown rice syrup. However, This is the very first ingredient in it! Help!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      There is no brown rice syrup in their whey version.

  130. Stephanie Avatar
    Stephanie

    Hello I have a 12 month old who has a milk allergy. She is currently on Baby’s Only soy toddler formula, which I am not fond of her being on soy. She also has an allergic reaction to almond milk so I have no idea what to switch her on now that she is 1. I could put her on coconut milk but it lacks some of the nutrients she needs. She is also teething and refuses food often. I am at a loss. Any advice? I know it’s recommended that babies with food allergies stay on formula till age 2 so is there a formula holle or hipp offers for milk allergies?

  131. Jessica Cardenas Avatar
    Jessica Cardenas

    Hello,

    I started giving my baby Baby’s Only Dairy with Whey. I noticed she was very fussy so I assumed she had a reaction to dairy. Then I started giving her Baby’s Only Lactorelief formula. I noticed she was a lot less fussy. However, at the same time I stopped taking fenugreek (my baby drinks breast milk and I supplement with formula when needed). After a month, I resumed fenugreek (still avoiding dairy and using Baby’s Only Lactorelief) and I noticed her fussyness returned thus, concluding that fenugreek was causing her issues. Now that I have pinpointed her issue to fenugreek…should o switch to Baby’s Only Dairy Whey?
    My pediatrican says if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Meaning if she likes the Lactorelief just keep giving her that. However I am wondering if I’m giving her less nutrition or more unnecessary additives by using the Lactorelief. What do you think?
    Thank you so much!

  132. Brooke Avatar
    Brooke

    My little guy, 6 months old, does not tolerate dairy or soy (if I eat them). I am not able to keep up with him recently and our freezer supply is dwindling, so we need to find a formula. What do you think about the HiPP HA (Hypoallergenic)?

    Thanks for providing this resource!

  133. Laura B. Avatar
    Laura B.

    Hello!
    Thank you for all your research!!! It has helped so much.
    From reading through the literature on organic infant formulas, it seems Holle Stage 1 Lebenswert is the best option.
    Can you site any scientific literature on the oils (and their affects on babies) used in Holle Stage 1L? Also, I do not see the nutrition label on the Holle package, does it contain all the vitamins and minerals needed for proper growth as defined by the USDA? I know it’s not an American brand, but I want to make sure my LO is getting everything he needs! where can I find the % daily values of the vitamins and minerals in this formula?
    Is the fat and protein content the same as most American formulas?
    We have just ordered Baby’s Only, unfortunately before we recognized there was soybean oil in it. It also uses brown rice syrup , which I’m not sure about.? Do we know how brown rice syrup affects insulin response and blood sugar levels in babies? Also, does Baby Only have more or less sugar than regular formula? Thank you!!

  134. Tereza Avatar
    Tereza

    Nan Formula also has NAN hypoallergic and NAN lactose free.
    https://www.moneyworldstore.com/collections/nan-formula

  135. Lauren B Avatar
    Lauren B

    Can you advise how many ounces a box of Lebenswert makes? I am using Baby’s Only right now but looking to switch. A review on the Baby’s Only site claims Lebenswert was cheaper, but my math is showing that it would double my cost. So I am not sure if I am not doing a conversion right or something.

  136. Daniel Avatar
    Daniel

    Hi I can really use your help.
    My son 1 year old suffers from bad stomach pain and gas.he burps a lot and usually poop ones a day after he’s formula holle stage 3 (he’s on holle for 6 months now) but always poop hard black small balls.(sorry)
    My son was diagnosed with Autism Red flags and fun trying to put him on a diet that is GF SH CF but the formula is hard to take him out off.
    I would really appreciate if u can recommend something that u think will be easy on his stomach with no added sugar because we think he got Yeast Overgrowth.
    PLEASE I need your help.
    Your web site is a big help for me !!!

  137. Brooke Avatar
    Brooke

    My baby is currently 5 mos. I was exclusively breastfeeding but my milk supply has gone way down since starting work again. I have had to supplement with formula. Our son has been somewhat colicky and fussy since the introduction of formula. We have had him on enfamil gentlese but he doesn’t seem to like the taste, takes him extra long to finish a bottle. Would you recommend the Baby only lactorelief dha & rna or another type? What is the difference in the whey formula for baby’s only? Also, how long should you trial one type of formula to see if it will work for your baby?

  138. Cecille Levy Avatar
    Cecille Levy

    Hi, my baby boy has 3 months and he is lactose intolerant. Which is the best formula for him? We prefer not to give him soy based formula. PLEASE HELP!! 🙁

  139. Steve Avatar
    Steve

    Hi Maia,

    Really appreciate the great work you’re doing with your site. I noticed that you have a new recommendation for a retailer of the Holle and HiPP products – BabyKind. Although you’ve described it as a European retailer, from its website, it looks like a company based in Long Island in New York. Could you please tell us a bit more about this retailer, including your process for vetting this company? Also, I note that you’ve disclosed an affiliation with BabyKind – could you please provide more information about that?

    Many thanks – and keep up the great work you’re doing on behalf of kids and parents!

    Steve

  140. Jane Ellen Avatar
    Jane Ellen

    Maia,

    My daughter was born in August 2016 and sadly I had struggled with breastfeeding (multiple issues) and had to supplement. My first choice was, obviously, donor breastmilk. But after we were unable to find a long-term donor I realized we needed to go to formula. I agonized over what type to buy.

    All that to say, this post SAVED me. We started out with Baby’s Only but unfortunately it made my daughter extremely constipated (we tried several versions). Then we tried Plum Organic’s formula and it constipated her as well. By this time, I realized that she was taking after me. My mother had to make my own formula when I was a baby because everything constipated me.

    I finally gave in and paid the high price from Holle…and while it did constipate my daughter, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the others. She’s done great on it!

    Thank you again for working to hard to provide useful information for those of us trying to raise healthy children!

  141. Rachel Avatar
    Rachel

    H! Due in September and looking forward to your formula update! Have you heard anything good about munchkin grass fed formula…supposedly coming out Spring 2017 yet I haven’t found it yet.

  142. Alicja Bochenek Avatar
    Alicja Bochenek

    Hello,

    My 6 month old son has acid reflux. I’ve been giving him Bimbosan formula. It is a completely organic formula straight from Switzerland. The company is family owned since 1930’s. My son loves it and thrives on it. Bimbosan just released Acid Reflux formula. They also sell paps. I purchase this formula directly from Switzerland from Swiss Baby Brew company.

    Alicja

    1. Alicja Bochenek Avatar
      Alicja Bochenek

      Also, bimbosan is free of palm oil and maltodextrin.

  143. Nina Avatar
    Nina

    Good morning,

    My son is 6 months old and I was told at Organic Start, that it is recommended to use Stage 2, even though Stage 1 is fine.

    I had been using Lebenswert Stage 1. However, Lebenswert Stage 2 contains Maltodextrin.
    Looking at this chart is supposed to help, but it is making me more confused and anxiety stricken. https://organicstart.com/comparison-chart-hipp-holle-lebenswert-topfer-nannycare/

    Is there a formula you recommend for Stage 2?

    Thank you! I greatly appreciate your input.

  144. Sylvia Zawadzki Avatar

    What do you think about Earths Best OrganicFormula w/o DHA/ARA? When did they introduce this one? They went back to using lactose and now provide an option with no DHA/ARA – wanted to get your thoughts.

  145. Kat Avatar
    Kat

    Hi Maia,
    I see you were planning to get an updated write up on safe formulas out mid-March, but I can’t seem to find it. Am I missing it, or are you still working on it? I’m particularly curious about your thoughts on the Baby’s Only with whey protein, as well as new formulas that have come on the market.
    Thanks for your part in helping all of us moms do the best we can for our kiddos!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi Kat-
      You’re right; we are super delayed on this formula update, but it really is happening in May!

  146. Staci Avatar
    Staci

    Hello. I have a EBF 6 month old. With my supply dropping, I fear I will need to switch to formula soon. My baby is a chunker 🙂 but I would prefer a formula that is heavy in Omega 3 fatty acids for brain development. I am between Plum Organics, Baby Only Whey, Lebenswert & Kabrita. Please help me chose! Thank you for supporting all the mama’s out there!!!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      If it were me, I would probably give Kabrita a try!

  147. Sylvia Gomez Avatar
    Sylvia Gomez

    Hi Maia, thank you so much for this article. You mentioned that you recommended Munchkin as one of the venders you trust but you didn’t mention why. You spoke mostly of the other vendor. Munchkin sells lebenswert formula a lot cheaper so I was debating on whether to order from them or not vs the other company you recommended. You seemed to like the other one better. Can you give me more info on Munchkin?

  148. Marielle Avatar
    Marielle

    Hi Maia – I just saw that Happy Baby came out with a formula. I’ve really valued your reviews on other formulas and am now pregnant with my second, so I’m curious to know your thoughts on this one and how it compares to other formulas that are readily available in the US?
    Thanks!

  149. Jennifer Avatar
    Jennifer

    Hi Maia,
    I’m interested to know why you would choose Holle1 and Lebenswert 1 over Baby’s Only Whey Protein formula, even though both Holle and Lebenswert contain palm oil? I’m stuck in my decision between Lebenswert and Baby’s Only!

  150. JenS Avatar
    JenS

    Does anyone know what the ratio of palm oil to other oils in the Holle and Lebenswert? Im trying to decide now if I want to get Holle/Lebenswert or Baby’s Only (which does not contain palm oil, but does contain added taurine) H/L don’t contain added taurine right?

  151. Justine Avatar
    Justine

    Hi, thank you so much for this post. It was very helpful! I have a 2 week old at home and unfortunately my milk didn’t come in. So now I find myself scouring the internet searching for a safe infant formula. I started with Earths Best because that was the only infant formula my local grocery store offered. But now I’m reading several things that are dis-concerning. I like the idea of Holle and Hipp and am willing to pay extra, but I guess I’m just wondering why they are not FDA certified in the US. Any idea?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi Justine-
      The only reason they aren’t certified is that the companies haven’t undergone the arduous task of obtaining FDA certification. Also, it’s worth noting that Earth’s Best has actually recently improved their formula, so it’s a much better option now;).

  152. Sadie Gallagher Avatar
    Sadie Gallagher

    I saw somewhere before on your blog where you described how you prepared your formula, with a bottle warmer instead of boiling water to kill any bacteria. But now I can’t find it. Can you explain how to use the bottle warmer instead of boiling water for me. Thank you.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I didn’t formula feed, so you must be thinking of a reader comment or another blogger. Sorry about that:)

      1. Sadie Avatar
        Sadie

        Oh, it must have been another comment! I tried looking through them on a couple of your posts but couldn’t find it 🙁 Thank you though!

  153. Tammy S. Avatar
    Tammy S.

    What do you think of the Happy Baby organic Infant formula?
    https://happyfamilybrands.com/baby/organic-infant-formula/#stage-1

  154. Newmommy2016 Avatar
    Newmommy2016

    Hi! Im desperate to know what you think of Gerber Non GMO Formula. My peditrician doesnt recommend Hipp because she knows nothing about it and wants me to use Gerber. What do I do???

  155. Sheri Avatar
    Sheri

    Out of all of the formulas, what is your current favorite today if you had to pick one for your child?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I would probably try Kabrita if it were my child, but definitely check with your pediatrician!

  156. Sheri Avatar
    Sheri

    Out of all of the formulas, what is your current favorite today if you had to pick one for your child?

  157. grace Avatar
    grace

    Hello, my daughter has a breast-milk allergy which we were never able to resolve so has had to move onto a hypoallergenic amino-acid formula (Nutricia Neocate Infant Formula). After reading your guide, I am worried about whether this formula is safe or not. Hoping it is as I don’t have any other option at the moment. But either way, would like your unbiased feedback on it.

    Thank you.

  158. Brigid Avatar
    Brigid

    What is your opinion of the Mercury component in fish oil bases dha?

  159. Shelly Carbonara Avatar
    Shelly Carbonara

    My baby has to be on Hypoallergenic formula and the only one I see is HIPP (HA) I really wanted to use Lebenwerts formula because I see it’s the best, and I also cannot find any ready made formula on organic munchkins what would your advice be?

  160. JoBeth Avatar
    JoBeth

    My son was born 6 weeks early and despite trying everything I could for 3 months, he would never latch. I pumped and supplemented with Baby’s Only until my supply dwindled and eventually dried up. He has constipation and reflux so I have tried switching to Baby’s Only lactorelief and then Whey protein, none of which have helped. My pediatrician has recommended trying a soy formula. I’m just curious, what are your thoughts on Baby’s Only Soy formula? Thank you!!

  161. Christina Avatar
    Christina

    Hi there!
    Any updates on Honest’s infant formula? My little guy (7 months old) is on Plum Organic but he has major spit up issues so I was thinking of switching him to Honest’s Sensitive Organic formula. Would love to know what you think. Thanks!

  162. Nicole Avatar
    Nicole

    Hi im wondering what your thoughts on similac pure bliss are? I am hoping to use natures only but am waiting to see the pediatrician next. Im looking for a second option if that one does not work out for us.

  163. Malorie Avatar
    Malorie

    Any updates on safe formulas yet?

  164. Ashley Avatar
    Ashley

    7 month old with allergy to coconut oil…. do you know of a formula that does not have coconut oil? Thank you so much!!!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi Ashley-
      Kabrita doesn’t: https://goo.gl/BdNLir

  165. Lily Avatar
    Lily

    Hi there,

    I’ve been and continue to primarily nurse my daughter but when my production has occasionally dipped, I’ve had my daughter’s daycare or partner try to feed her Baby’s Only dairy (DHA & ARA free) formula but she’s never accepted it, preferring instead to hold out until I arrive. Now that she’s just over one years old, we want to consider opting out of dairy milk as we have our misgivings about her drinking animal milk. Any good resources for ensuring she gets proper nutrition while consuming plant based milk? And other things we should concern ourselves with that she doesn’t over-consume from plant milk (such as estrogen)? I have limited bandwidth for very academic materials but would appreciate any sound practical advice or other educational resources. Also, she hasn’t really taken to really solid foods yet (prefers mainly pureed food or breast milk) so any tips on encouraging consumption of solids would be great. Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi Lily-
      Would you consider goat milk? Otherwise, I am sorry to say that I don’t really feel comfortable dispensing anything that might be considered medical advice–I’m not an MD or a nutritionist. I can tell you, however, that my first-born had pretty much zero interest in solid foods until he was 18 months old (although he was still nursing), and I never really found a way to get him to eat. I wish I had just chilled out about it rather than stressing so much! Overall, I think you would benefit most from a holistically-minded pediatrician you trust.

  166. Jaclyn Avatar
    Jaclyn

    Can any of these brands be made ahead of time and stored for up to 24 hours? The organic munchkins site implies that this is not possible in its instructions section. Also, any thoughts about using Baby’s Only for an 8 month old? It only has FDA approval for toddlers.

  167. Maria Avatar

    What are your thoughts on Plum Organics infant formula?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I think Plum looks like Good Stuff:)

  168. Sophia Nguyen Avatar

    Baby’s Only Organic Formula was great. Due to some milk supply issues, I started supplementing formula when my daughter was about 4 months old. After doing quite a bit of research, my top choice was the HIPP brand, which I had my family bring over for me when they could (they live in Europe, and it is ridiculously cheap to buy off the shelf there compared to the $40 a box it costs to import it). When that wasn’t possible, Baby’s Only was the only other brand I would give me daughter. It has the best ingredients and was rated the highest, and I thought the price was quite reasonable

  169. Malorie Avatar
    Malorie

    Out of both whey baby only formulas, would you personally go with the option with added DHA/ARA or without? Thanks!

  170. Patricia Avatar
    Patricia

    What do you know about ordering Holle from Beyondorganic.com. I am recently needing to supplement and ordered a box to see how my son does. I am still breastfeeding morning and night.

    Thank you and by the way your thread is incredibly helpful as a first time mom!

  171. georgesmaa Avatar
    georgesmaa

    Hello! I second the question about Enfamil’s new lactose only Enspire formula. Looking forward to your updated guide in March.

  172. sarah hansen Avatar
    sarah hansen

    babys only jet.com info listed ~Not intended for infants under 1-year of age unless specified by a healthcare professional

  173. sarah hansen Avatar
    sarah hansen

    babys organic jet.com info listed ~Not intended for infants under 1-year of age unless specified by a healthcare professional

  174. Shannon Avatar
    Shannon

    Hi! I just found your site, and I’m loving it. Thank you! I wanted to check about Earths best – it looks like they don’t have corn syrup solids anymore. Do you think this is ok now?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes I am so happy to see the changes Earth’s Best has made! Will include a more thorough investigation when we update this guide (in early March).

      1. Worried Mom Avatar
        Worried Mom

        Hi! I know you are updating all the details in March but I really need to know now to make the decision for my baby…. please help!!! If it was for your baby, out of all the current formulas here in the US, which one would you pick? Thank you soooo much!!!!! <333

  175. April Avatar
    April

    Hi there,

    Thanks so much for this! I’ve read through all the comments but still have one question. What two/three formulas would you recommend trying for a baby that has reflux and one wanting to avoid constipation? We are looking for the purest, cleanest, safest formula too. Thanks so much!!

  176. Dereniz Avatar
    Dereniz

    Hello I wanted to know your thoughts about Plum Organics? Would you rather go with Best Organic Formula?

  177. Cindy Avatar
    Cindy

    What do you think of Enfamil’s newest formula Enspire?

  178. Casey Avatar
    Casey

    Hi there! Apologies if this has already been mentioned in one of the
    comments, but I just got back from buying Baby’s Only based on
    your review, but then looking at the FAQ on their own website they
    discourage use for infants whereas you mention they said that
    because they believe in breastfeeding. Now we aren’t sure if we
    should return it and go for Earth’s Best which seems to have been
    the next best formula that was relatively easy to find…
    https://naturesone.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201491456-Infant-use-Baby-s-Only-Organic-toddler-formula-

  179. Natalia Avatar
    Natalia

    What are your thoughts on Target’s Up & Up? It isn’t organic, which is not ideal, but it doesn’t appear to have some of your major no-nos like corn syrup.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I will look into this one when we update our formula guide! Thanks for the suggestion!

      1. Rachel post Avatar
        Rachel post

        Would you maybe think about doing a review for Australian products ? My son is breast-fed but I’m looking to wean him , I would appreciate any suggestions .thanks

  180. Ali Avatar
    Ali

    Hello,

    Earth’s Best Organic Formula has recently removed the corn syrup solids, when you are able to, can you take a look at it again and possibly update the review of it?

    Many Thanks,
    Ali

    1. Lauren Avatar
      Lauren

      I saw that too! Unfortunately it still has the DHA and soy, for one thing. It looks like it’s pretty similar to Plum Organic formula (can find it at Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us) now, which I have been using but I’m definitely heading to a Whole Foods to pick up some of the Nature’s One Baby’S Only formula instead now. I don’t want my little boy to have hormonal issues due to soy and I partially breastfeed so I can probably pass along some natural DHA, if just a little. I am also curious if the DHA supplement made by the Honest Company or any others can be recommended. And though it’s kind of unrelated, the Honest Company also sells a probiotic my pediatrician said she would recommend (baby experiencing intermittent bloody stool) because she said that the bacteria (lactobacilli) is one of the few strains that has been vigorously tested on infants. I would like to know if there is any information on what probiotics are recommended now. Thanks so much!!

    2. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, we are on it! There will be an updated Safe Formula Guide coming out this month.

  181. Kerry Avatar
    Kerry

    Hi – I am interested in your thoughts/review on the Similac Pure Bliss Infant formula. Is it better/worse than the regular Similac Advanced Non-GMO? Trying to get an idea of which category you think it falls into. Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      We are working on an updated Safe Formula Guide and it will include this one. It should be live in February!

      1. Jared Avatar
        Jared

        Roughly when in February? We are due the day before yesterday and trying to choose a safe formula. 😀

        We like the baby’s only stuff, but my only concern is that our pediatrician recommended the first ingredient on any formula be milk/lactose. The only one for which that is true is the Whey protein formula for sensitive stomachs. The standard Non GMO and DHA/ARA both start with BRown Rice Syrup. Nonfat milk is second.

  182. Christen Rivas Avatar
    Christen Rivas

    Maia, do you recommend switching to Stage 2 or 3 as babies get older? Do they have different nutrition levels that are more appropriate for babies nearing 1 year? I have been giving my daughter Lebenswert Stage 1 since she was 2 months and we have absolutely loved it. She is now 9 months and I was just about to place my usual reorder and noticed that on Organic Munchkin the description of Lebenswert Stage 1 recommends using it till 6 months and then switching to stage 2. But I see Stage 2 has maltodextrin instead of lactose… what are your thoughts on that?

    P.S. at her recent 9 month appointment with pediatrician he said her health and growth rates are absolutely perfect, and to “keep doing what you’re doing!” Which was so encouraging and I feel like that is largely thanks to YOU!!! I just love how hard you work at helping us mamas do the best we can for our babes. <3

    Also he mentioned recent research showing baby skin care products (or breathe-easy rubs like Maty's and The Honest Company's) containing lavender are raising estrogen levels in babies. Yikes!!! Guessing you already know that but it was a shock to me, considering how many products out there for babies contain it for "calmness" and to help them sleep.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi there and thanks so much for your kind words! I know people who do both successfully—switch to Stage 2 or stay with Stage 1 because of that vexing maltodextrin. I don’t feel qualified to answer questions about specific nutritional needs of babies, so I suggest you run it by your pediatrician. As for the lavender issue–my understanding is that only at very high levels would this be a concern, but I do think it’s worth being aware of when choosing products.

  183. Emily Avatar
    Emily

    HELP!!! My daughter drinks Holle level one, she is with her grandparents this weekend a I forgot to pack them a scoop. If anyone out there uses this too, what is the volume of that scoop? For now grandma is using a level table spoon.

  184. Patrick Avatar
    Patrick

    Hi,
    We are using Similac Advance sold in Canada:
    https://www.amazon.ca/Similac-Omega-Powder-Step-658g/dp/B00MSRB2DM/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

    Looking thru the ingredients list, it doesn’t seem to contain any cane sugar, like mentioned here on this page. Is there something we are missing?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      You’re right! This version is sweetened with lactose, which is awesome! Thanks for bringing to my attention. 

  185. Janel Avatar
    Janel

    Maia, thank you so much for doing the research and saving me so much time. I’m not sure if you can help further but it would be amazing if you could. What do you know about hemp milk? My supply is starting to slow down and my husband wants to supplement with hemp milk and switch to hemp milk completely when I can no longer produce. Can hemp milk be used in place of formula?
    We have preemie twins that are now 5 months old.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi there! Unfortunately, I don’t feel qualified to answer this kind of nutritional question, and would have to defer to your pediatrician. Congrats on your babies and best of luck!

  186. Susanne Avatar
    Susanne

    what are your thoughts on Similac’s Pure Bliss?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I think this is Okay Stuff based on my cursory research. I will address this more when I update the Safe Formula Guide soon!

  187. Mariya Avatar
    Mariya

    Please Help! So I needed formula as an emergency and I know Holle is one of the best but I would need to order online (which I will ) but I needed formula now and so I ended up getting Baby’s Only since it was your next on the list that’s located here in the US. The only thing is that the one I got says “whey protein” under the word organic (on the front of the label). When I read the back it says ” when transitioning from breastmilk to a formula, a child may experience stooling issues. The use of whey as an additional protein may aid digestion and often results in softer stools”. So seems like it’s even better than the regular one that you have picture of since I heard some babies get very bad constipation with regular one..But my question is, is this type of formula safe for my 3 month old??? She was always breastfed and never had formula and neither did any of my other 4 children (they all were only breastfed) and when I got sick my milk dried up so now I had to get formula for my 5th baby and I know nothing about formulas at all! This is all brand new to me and a whole new other world! So I went online to check which one is best and when I stummbled upon ur website I saw all the bad stuff in formulas I’m now freaked out and scared to give the stuff to my baby but know I have no other choice :(. So is this formula safe for my 3 month old? (with the whey protein). Or would yourecommend goats milk instead? I heard it’s the next closest to breast milk and some moms give it to their babies but I dont know like I said this is all new to me since all the other ones and her to this min were only breastfed.. I’m so scared!! I dont know what to do 🙁

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Unfortunately I’m not a medical professional and can’t provide any specific. I would recommend you see your pediatrician to find out what would be best for your baby.

  188. Heather Avatar
    Heather

    Any recommendation for a dairy and soy free formula? With my first i supplemented with holle as needed and planned to do the same with my second but at 7 months she was just diagnosed with dairy and soy intolerance so she can’t use any of my freezer stash and I can’t buy holle for supplementing. Doctor suggested similac alimentum but not crazy about the ingredients..

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      HiPP sells a hypoallergenic formula called Combiotik that may be worth a try. I would still check with your pediatrician to make sure this is a good alternative for your baby.

  189. Caitlynn Avatar
    Caitlynn

    The best baby formula right now is by far the Baby’s Only Organic Toddler Formula Powder product. It is the highest rated, reviewed and bought baby formula right now.

    I buy it regularly here (cheapest offer available right now) :
    http://unlimited-recipes.com/store/babys-only-organic-toddler-formula-powder-12-7-oz/

    Check it out 🙂

  190. Valerie Avatar
    Valerie

    Good Morning & thank you for providing honest, and informative information. My 11m old son is still breastfed, although due to working (& not getting anything worthwhile when pumping), I’m going to have to supplement. Due to continuous ear infections we have recently removed dairy to see if this helps. Any recommendations on a formula? I was thinking the Baby’s Only LactoRelief, but wasn’t sure if that was truly dairy-free? Any advice is appreciated. My pediatrician would likely tell me I’m nuts for assuming the dairy is impacting his ear infections, so I don’t really want to go there with him.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Yes, if you are going with a dairy formula, I would look into Baby’s Only. What about goat milk formula?

  191. Mandi Avatar
    Mandi

    Hi, I just ordered the baby’s only and I went and spoke to
    Someone at my sons daycare who said baby’s only has soy? And she has her baby on holle. I do not want to supplement but have to because my supply is tanking. The thought of giving my 9m old something with ingredients I can’t even pronounce scares me. Is it true that baby’s only has soy? And that is not good for my son. I am so confused reading all the stuff about holle and what’s good and what’s not and the difference in lebenswert? I need clarification. I just want to do what’s best and healthiest for my son. I will still be BF as much as I can. Help.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Baby’s Only has both a dairy formula and a soy formula, and it’s true that even their dairy version contains soy oil. Holle does not contain any soy ingredients. Since I’m not a medical professional, I can’t tell you what’s best for your son specifically. I recommend seeing your pediatrician and going over the best options for supplementing. You could also look into the relatively new formula from Plum Organics, although this also contains soy oil!

  192. Jessica Avatar
    Jessica

    Hi….thanks for the above info. I wanted to know your thoughts on Earths Best vs Plum Organics.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I would go for Plum.

  193. Danessa Avatar
    Danessa

    I know you picked Holle as your top pick. Can you do a review of the plum organics. Since it’s easily available in the USA. I wanted to know if it’s better than baby’s only.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi! I haven’t conducted an official review of Plum but it definitely looks like Good Stuff:). Since it’s approved for infants and Baby’s Only is technically a toddler formula, a lot of people are choosing Plum.

  194. Monica Avatar
    Monica

    HI!
    Came across your website and I am having trouble finding reassurance that Baby’s Only is in fact OK to feed to babies under 12 months of age. My little one is BF and I have been using Holle Goat milk as back up when we get busy or go out etc. She also has been weaning. It is very expensive and sadly, I need another alternative. When I called Nature’s One they told me to call my doctor regarding feeding the formula to my LO. Any thoughts? Also, what do you know about Plum Organics?

    Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I actually would probably go with Plum over Baby’s Only if it were my baby. But Baby’s Only is a really good brand, too, but it is not FDA-approved for infants (to get approval, the FDA requires clinical trials, etc.). I agree you should run the ingredients by your pediatrician to make sure they meet the requirements for your baby.

  195. Jessica harding Avatar
    Jessica harding

    My two month old isn’t gaining weight properly even after trying block feeding and also pumping them putting her on, ad the LC maybe thought overactive letndown. Anyways. I can’t have dairy while BF her or she gets nasty mucus poo :/ then pediatrician recommended doing maybe two bottles a day mixed with breastmilk. What formula do you recommend that isn’t dairy. I hate using soy but :/

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      You could look into Baby’s Only soy formula and see what your pediatrician thinks.

  196. Caitlin Avatar
    Caitlin

    I’m looking for something to have on hand in case I need to supplement like I did with my last child. I bought the Baby’s Only, but after I bought it, I noticed it says “Toddler Formula” and upon further searching, found they all said Toddler Formula, but your post says it’s an infant formula. I’m hoping I don’t have to supplement at all, but I wanted some in the pantry just in case. Can you advise? Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I certainly know people who use this formula for their infants, and nutritionally it meets the requirements. However, Baby’s Only has not gone through the clinical trials and such that are required to be certified by the FDA as an infant formula. My advice is to have your pediatrician take a look and weigh in.

  197. cr Avatar
    cr

    Thoughts on earths best pre digested and munchkin grass fed formulas?

    Thank you,

    CR

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      These will be included in our next update of the Safe Formula Guide! 

  198. Lee Avatar
    Lee

    Hi,

    We are a vegan family. I’m planning to breast feed but just in case that doesn’t work, is there any non dairy formula that’s recommended?

    Thanks!

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I would check out Baby’s Only soy.

  199. Melissa Sanders Avatar
    Melissa Sanders

    My baby will be 10 months old in a few days and is not so interested in nursing anymore witch witch is causing a drastic drop in my supply. She eats a full diet of solids but I know she should have more breastmilk or formula. I’m very nervous to switch but feel I have no choice…any suggestions on which formula might work best? I am a fan of the Holle brand from what I can read about it.

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      Hi Melissa! This sounds like something you should take up with your pediatrician. As long as baby is getting around 16 oz. of milk a day, you shouldn’t be too worried. But again, pedi knows best! If it were my baby, I would go with Holle’s Lebenswert brand or one of the goat formulas.

  200. Tina Avatar
    Tina

    What do you think of the new Similac formula Pure bliss?

    1. Maia James Avatar
      Maia James

      I have to say this ingredients list isn’t so bad! It contains lactose as the sweetener, which is a happy surprise:).

    2. Kari Avatar
      Kari

      Similac also has a “Non-GMO” version and an Organic. How does this compare to the Pure? Would you recommend one over the other? Or non at all…