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Also, would this formula be considered good stuff… http: My daughter was born in August and sadly I had struggled with breastfeeding multiple issues and had to supplement. Any better for little ones than their regular version? Retrieved April 2, But on the whole, I would call this Good Stuff;. My husband bought enfamil because it was on sale and our pediatrician told him not to look at brands, that they were all exactly the same. I was feeding babys only whey to my almost 7 month old, but have recently seen you think plum is better..

P.S. Breastmilk is Better Than Any Organic Baby Formula


She was on Enfamil for her first 4 days while we were in the hospital and seemed to do OK on that but we wanted to switch her to something more Organic at home. The doctor said not to worry yet but we were wondering if you have any suggestions for how to proceed. Should we 1 Ride it out for a while longer to see if she adjusts 2 Change to another formula like Honest or 3 Try to add something to the formula like a probiotic to see if that help.

Heard that she may be to young to add a probiotic to the formula though. Any advice you can offer would be great. I do know that constipation is really normal at her age—even among breastfed babies. If it were my baby I might try experimenting with another Good Stuff formula—Kabrita and Plum Organics are two that you could run by your pediatrician: Hello everyone, If anyone is looking to try Holle Stage 1… I have one box that I purchased thru organic munchkin if you want at no charge.

I transitioned my LO to Lebenswert a while ago and did not realize I had a box of Holle stage 1 left. He saw all sorts of specialists including neurologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, and list goes on. We still do not have answers on the cause. He did very well at first and I was so happy with the formula. First signs showed soon after: These symptoms seem pretty benign and common his pediatrician was not worried.

He has been on low calcium formula since. Even their online comparison charts show the level of calcium is way higher than other formula and even breast milk. I was shocked to read another baby had similar story like mine due to hypercalcemia on same formula. That mother was told by the doctors that it was due to the formula. My gut was right. The address and the company was bogus as the package came right back to me since no one was there to claim the package even after I let the vendor know I was shipping it back since he never followed upon his word to send me a rerun shipping label since no one has ever requested to ship back.

I looked up the address on Google and it was some apartment complex. We need to have this conversation with our kids doctors and go based on solid evidence based science and recommendations. Thanks for the info.

I hope your LO gets well soon. What do you think about the new Similac formulas, Pro-Advance and Pro-Sensitive, that were just introduced which contain a prebiotic claimed to be like those found in breast milk?

Thanks for the really in-depth article! It is super helpful as we are needing to switch over to formula. My son had some pretty intense medical issues recently and developed issues with breastfeeding, so we are needing to supplement to help him gain weight. This was in part because it seemed a little better than some of the others, and also the convenience as it is sold at our local store. My question is, you mentioned that this formula contains carrageenan?

Is there another name it is hiding under? Or what about Plum Organics? Any help is appreciated. First ingredient is brown rice syrup instead of milk! Contains Taurine likely processed with sulfuric acid and aziridine , and soybean oil!

After a few other formulas which were not so great, my baby has been having it since he was an infant and he is very happy and healthy! Are there any ready-to-made formulas that would be acceptable other than the European brands? Hi and I also missed out on thanking you in my below comment as well, so sorry!

I have loved your site and you for the conscientiousness and care you put into keeping everything on it [and us] updated! I have revised it a number of times. Again, I just truly want to thank you so much for everything you do!

Thanks so much for the kind words. I wish I could help with this question, but since I am not a medical professional, I feel like I need to defer to your pediatrician on the specific nutritional needs of your child at various ages. Hello, has there been any new formulas since this article was originally written in that would be at the top of the article if it were written now?

We just started our 5 month old on baby only organic dairy yesterday. I just want to make sure she is getting the best. Also, thank you for taking the time you research, write the article and respond to the hundreds of questions!

Also, I recently reviewed all the goat milk brands: My baby has a cows milk intolerance. How does this compare to the Pure? Would you recommend one over the other? Or non at all…. 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 am a fan of the Holle brand from what I can read about it. This sounds like something you should take up with your pediatrician. As long as baby is getting around 16 oz. But again, pedi knows best! We are a vegan family. I certainly know people who use this formula for their infants, and nutritionally it meets the requirements.

My advice is to have your pediatrician take a look and weigh in. I hate using soy but: She also has been weaning. It is very expensive and sadly, I need another alternative. Also, what do you know about Plum Organics? I agree you should run the ingredients by your pediatrician to make sure they meet the requirements for your baby.

I know you picked Holle as your top pick. Can you do a review of the plum organics. I wanted to know your thoughts on Earths Best vs Plum Organics. And she has her baby on holle. I do not want to supplement but have to because my supply is tanking. And that is not good for my son. I will still be BF as much as I can. Holle does not contain any soy ingredients. 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! Due to continuous ear infections we have recently removed dairy to see if this helps. Any recommendations on a formula? Any advice is appreciated. What about goat milk formula? It is the highest rated, reviewed and bought baby formula right now. I buy it regularly here cheapest offer available right now: Any recommendation for a dairy and soy free formula?

Doctor suggested similac alimentum but not crazy about the ingredients.. 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.

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 is this formula safe for my 3 month old? Or would yourecommend goats milk instead? I would recommend you see your pediatrician to find out what would be best for your baby.

I think this is Okay Stuff based on my cursory research. I will address this more when I update the Safe Formula Guide soon! Maia, thank you so much for doing the research and saving me so much time. 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.

Congrats on your babies and best of luck! Hi, We are using Similac Advance sold in Canada: Is there something we are missing? This version is sweetened with lactose, which is awesome! Thanks for bringing to my attention. 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. 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?

I just love how hard you work at helping us mamas do the best we can for our babes. 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.

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. 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. Trying to get an idea of which category you think it falls into. We are working on an updated Safe Formula Guide and it will include this one. It should be live in February!

Roughly when in February? We are due the day before yesterday and trying to choose a safe formula. The only one for which that is true is the Whey protein formula for sensitive stomachs. Nonfat milk is second. I saw that too! Unfortunately it still has the DHA and soy, for one thing. I would like to know if there is any information on what probiotics are recommended now. Would you maybe think about doing a review for Australian products?

Hello I wanted to know your thoughts about Plum Organics? Would you rather go with Best Organic Formula? Thanks so much for this! We are looking for the purest, cleanest, safest formula too. Do you think this is ok now?

Will include a more thorough investigation when we update this guide in early March. I know you are updating all the details in March but I really need to know now to make the decision for my baby….

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!!!!! Looking forward to your updated guide in March. What do you know about ordering Holle from Beyondorganic. I am recently needing to supplement and ordered a box to see how my son does.

I am still breastfeeding morning and night. Due to some milk supply issues, I started supplementing formula when my daughter was about 4 months old.

It has the best ingredients and was rated the highest, and I thought the price was quite reasonable. 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. It only has FDA approval for toddlers. Any good resources for ensuring she gets proper nutrition while consuming plant based milk?

I have limited bandwidth for very academic materials but would appreciate any sound practical advice or other educational resources.

Hi Lily- Would you consider goat milk? 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. Thank you so much!!! 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. Would love to know what you think. My son was born 6 weeks early and despite trying everything I could for 3 months, he would never latch. My pediatrician has recommended trying a soy formula. 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. But either way, would like your unbiased feedback on it. Out of all of the formulas, what is your current favorite today if you had to pick one for your child?

My peditrician doesnt recommend Hipp because she knows nothing about it and wants me to use Gerber. What do I do??? What do you think of the Happy Baby organic Infant formula? 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. Can you explain how to use the bottle warmer instead of boiling water for me. Oh, it must have been another comment! Hi, thank you so much for this post.

It was very helpful! 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.

Does anyone know what the ratio of palm oil to other oils in the Holle and Lebenswert? Hi Maia — I just saw that Happy Baby came out with a formula.

Hi Maia, thank you so much for this article. 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? I have a EBF 6 month old. With my supply dropping, I fear I will need to switch to formula soon. Please help me chose! Am I missing it, or are you still working on it? Thanks for your part in helping all of us moms do the best we can for our kiddos! When did they introduce this one? 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. My 6 month old son has acid reflux. It is a completely organic formula straight from Switzerland. 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. Due in September and looking forward to your formula update! My daughter was born in August 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. 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.

Thank you again for working to hard to provide useful information for those of us trying to raise healthy children! Could you please tell us a bit more about this retailer, including your process for vetting this company? 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. 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. Also, how long should you trial one type of formula to see if it will work for your baby? Hi I can really use your help. My son 1 year old suffers from bad stomach pain and gas.

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.

Your web site is a big help for me!!! Can you advise how many ounces a box of Lebenswert makes? So I am not sure if I am not doing a conversion right or something. 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?

Is the fat and protein content the same as most American formulas? 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? 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. I noticed she was very fussy so I assumed she had a reaction to dairy. 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.

Meaning if she likes the Lactorelief just keep giving her that. Thank you so much! Hello I have a 12 month old who has a milk allergy. 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.

However, This is the very first ingredient in it! When will the updated guide be released? Plum stand up to brands like Holle and Hipp. I did all of my research and thought I was doing right. We are starting foods, and keeping formula to oz of formula at this point. Please let me know what to do. 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.

Having a hard time deciding which is more important to me. The girls were too gassy and in pain on the Neosure so the pediatrician recommended Similac Alimentum. They are still gassy but better.

So what would you deem the very best one of them all for an 18 month old?? I read through all the comments but I wanted your opinion on choosing one.

I hated putting him on nutramigen but had no choice. Thank you for the updated info on formula! 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.

She takes in very little breast milk in a day probably max 15 oz but is thriving and chunky. It seems unclear, however, if this really matters, as many babies do fine on level 1. Thanks for the updated guide!! 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? 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! 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 for your diligence.

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. 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. 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. Thanks for your feedback!

Just so everyone is clear…. 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.

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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. My son, Jacob has been on Bimbosan Swiss formula since he was about two months old. Jacob was born at 35 weeks and weighed 3 lbs 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.

My pediatrician is amazed each time we go for a visit. 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. 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 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 s 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. It is well worth checking their website. The website is available in English http: 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.

I have also written to Maia with the request to verify me as a vendor. I hope this can happen soon. 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. 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. We just scrimped on other items to be able to afford it. Thank you so much for all the awesome information. In regards to taking DHA supplements when pregnant or nursing, what is the best kind to take? 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.

For reference, this is the passage I find bothersome:. I do not know Ms. Vallaeye ,however you seemsto insinuate that you do not agree with the precautionary principal, which she apparently follows.

However poor US regulations certainly have made it inconvenient for an American to simply try and be healthy and raise healthy family. 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 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. General Get more Babynes. Social Metrics Get more Babynes.

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