What to Avoid in Baby Formula
Soy lecithin is also bad, especially when not organic extracted with hexane. In fact, I would ask them to do so explicitly if I were you. You will find this additive in tons of stuff in your health food store, and infant formula is no exception. I wanted to know your thoughts on Earths Best vs Plum Organics. Does anyone know what the ratio of palm oil to other oils in the Holle and Lebenswert? People are just weary in general. Out of holle, hipp and babys only how would you rate them as your number one?
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The bouillon cube or Maggi cube is a meat substitute product that was introduced in In Haiti and throughout Latin America , Maggi products, especially bouillon cubes, are widely sold with some repackaging to reflect local terminology. In Spain and Mexico, it is sold under the name Jugo Maggi.
In June , tests in India found high amounts of lead in Maggi noodles. In India, Maggi noodles carry a green dot, meaning they are specifically formulated to serve vegetarians.
The soup mixes are packaged with a disposable fork and a seasoning packet. Moods Hospitality, which owns the "Yo! China" Chinese restaurant chain, sued Nestle for copyright infringement; Moods Hospitality initially won but Nestle appealed and was found to be not infringing, on the basis that the products were not similar enough for consumers to be confused. Like other dehydrated soup mixes, Maggi Onion Soup mix is often combined with reduced cream to create a French onion dip.
Recipe mixes or so called Fixes were introduced in Germany in The product offers to the consumers an idea and a recipe to cook with fresh ingredients and a Maggi mix. A complete step-be-step recipe is given on the back of pack. Following the recipe guaranties the result. These products were originally launched in Germany, where they became very popular, and some Western European countries.
In the ties recipe mixes were introduced in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia and Poland under Winiary brand , where they became a big success. Nowadays the portfolio of recipe mixes offer consumers more than recipe ideas across different European countries. In May , Food Safety Regulators from Barabanki , a district of Uttar Pradesh , India reported that samples of Maggi 2 Minute Noodles had unexpectedly high levels of monosodium glutamate , as well as up to 17 times the permissible limit of lead.
This finding led to multiple market withdrawals and investigations in India and beyond. Nepal indefinitely banned Maggi over concerns about the lead levels in the product. Maggi always insisted that their noodle product is safe. In India, Maggi products were returned to the shelves in November ,   accompanied by a Nestlé advertising campaign to win back the trust of members of the Indian community.
Nestlé has faced criticism of its advertising not adhering to marketing regulations in developed countries, and for making misleading claims in developing countries. The advert made false claims that the noodles would "help to build strong muscles, bone, and hair". IP Whois Get more Babynes. Safety status of Babynes. Google Safe Browsing reports its status as safe. Latest check 1 month ago. Gerber BabyNes Formula Dispenser: Worldwide Audience Compare it to Top Countries USA Top Ranks USA Traffic Analysis Compare it to You also receive the products in their original package.
My son is 7. Im researching to see which one would be best moving forward and trying to decide between these: Honest brand organic formula 3. Babys only toddler dha or no dha? Hi Sarah- Of the ones you listed, I would definitely avoid Similac. My best advice is to go to a pediatrician you trust and have him or her weigh in! Hi My 3 month old has been on Holle formula. Any recommendations for non dairy formulas?
Which one is cleaner? I,m little bit confuse. Sorry for the confusion! The difference is that in the case of Honest formula, it uses less corn syrup. The main sweetener is lactose. Still, I think the European brands of formula—which contain no corn syrup—are better. My son is almost a year old, and I was interested in giving him a few formula bottles a day at first.
What formula would you recommend for that stage? Also, have you heard anything about Aptamil one year plus? Hi Rachel- If it were my baby, I would do Lebenswert Stage 1, but of course you should check with your pediatrician. I need to do a review of Aptamil—stay tuned! Thanks for this post. Any better for little ones than their regular version? And definitely check with your pediatrician! How about Bimbosan from Switzerland? How do they compare with Holle?
I would love your feedback! We have 5 boxes of Hipp 1 that we ordered for our baby. We are going to try Holle and Baby Only. As I reached out to my friends in Austria for their views on Holle and Lebenswert Bio, they alerted me to tests done by Testberichte. The tolerable daily intake TDI , which served as an assessment standard was exceeded by 6. The fatty acid esters in animal experiments promoted the formation of benign tumors, as well as changes in the renal tubules.
Were detected increased fat pollutant content daily tolerance amount by which exceeded 2. In addition, one set of sulfite-reducing clostridia spores determined. This could indicate a lack of hygiene at the production site. Holle said that it continued working on the reduction of fat pollutants. What are your thoughts on 3-MCPD esters, fat pollutant, cholorate, and sulfite-reducing clostridia spores found in Lebenswert and Holle?
Should I be concerned? Honestly, I am having a hard time making sense of the translated text. Certainly we know that a variety of environmental toxins do accumulate in fat, in particular in dairy. You can read more about this here: My hunch is that nothing listed above that might be found in these European formulas is going to be any worse that the contaminants is American brands, and possibly even in breastmilk we know that phthalates and other toxins accumulate there, too!
I wish I could be of more help, but I think your best bet is to discuss your concerns with your pediatrician, and as I said the 3-MCPD would be the most concerning to me. I called and talked to Suzanne to get your thoughts on this company — she called me back, thank you. I also have not had great luck hearing back from them, which is why I am no longer advising my readers to buy from them!
My concern Is is it safe for me to give my baby the Hipp that I ordered if I have him on a different formula brand Honest Co?
What would you do? Where does it fall on your recommended formula list? Is it suitable for infants? Yes, I like Kabrita and definitely consider it Good Stuff: Hi Maia, Thank you for this article. I have been a concern dad worrying if our baby is getting enough and worrying if my wife can make it through a year with his healthy appetite. As you can figure we definitely do not want to use it and we would like to stay clear of the soy as well.
Thank you so much for this article. The information in it has been extremely helpful to me making a decision for my baby and I have shared it with other moms I know. Because LWO has been sold out for a while and it is so hard to nab from them in the few minutes the site has the order form open , I really need some other options.
Your thoughts would be welcomed on ordering from Germany. Thank you for all you do! Hi Maia, I am currently importing Holle Stage 1 and 2 and selling it on my site http: I am open to any vetting process that you may have. Hi CJ- Great question: One big issue with Enfamil is there is no organic option. Soy lecithin is also bad, especially when not organic extracted with hexane. If it were organic, I dare say it might be Good Stuff;.
Oh, except for the fact that it was found to have high levels of perchlorate rocket fuel: I am currently using hipp first infant milk, I love it. I have tried lebenswerts and hipp Germany but baby spit up horribly. Hi — Thank you for putting up such a useful source for concerned parents! I have a question regarding the amount of soy in these forumulas. Is there one that contains no soy? From reading it seems that Holle would be the best option. Yes, if you are looking for a formula that contains no soy, Holle or Lebenswert would be the way to go.
Maia- thanks so much for this article and for answering questions! I am hoping some readers will chime in here with some tips, but have you considered HiPP ready-made formula? When you add the predetermined amount of formula to the bottle, the machine will initially shoot a burst of boiling water to kill any bacteria that may be present in the formula.
The next step would be to cover and shake the bottle until mixed. The bottle is placed back to the machine and you hit the button again to complete the process resulting in the perfect temperature to feed the baby. It takes less than a minute and can make various sized bottles. When I go out I pre make a bottle and place it in an insulated bottle bag. She lives 45 min away so the pre-made bottle is usually consumed within one hour and thirty minutes or stored in the refrigerator for later use.
Below is a link to the machine I use. After reading the amazon. Thanks for the feedback, Sarah! We will definitely be including Kabrita when we research goat milk formulas: I wanted to make sure that everyone saw that we did review goat milk formula: The author is quite misinformed. Pretty much the entirety of edible oil industry uses hexane as extraction solvent. Ranging from vegetable oil to fish oil, it is industry standard to process the oil using hexane.
Hi Maia, We have been using Lebenswert 1 for our 7 week old pretty much from the start. We were concerned that she was spiting up a lot so the doctor recommended Enfamil AR.
Do you know if there is an equivalent organic version of this that you would recommend extra points for German brand? Thank you for all your research and support — you are truly my go to source on nutrition. This may be a repeat of my prior reply but I do not see it listed so I will try again just to be sure. I apologize in advance if that is the case. Given that this does not come in liquid form, will this product also be plagued by excessive aluminum like its sister product?
Hi Maia, How do I know for sure if there is any irradiation done on the formula that has been shipped to me? I ordered off of a website that ships from Germany. Hi there- My research has led me to believe that no, there is not a risk from the radiation.
Thus leading me down the path of researching formulas. My question is out of the 3 which would you say is the best??? So glad you had good experiences with those vendors. We are in the process of writing a blog about goat milk formula that will be published in the next few weeks!
Is there a good DHA supplement to add to formula? We heard that the brand Nordic Naturals is good because its derived from fish oil rather than hexane. I have a 10 month old that I have been able to provide breast milk so far but my supply is dwindling. It seems to be ok considering it has lactose in it as the first ingredient? Am I missing something else that deems it not so good? In your opinion is Earths Best good or not so good?
I also noticed that you recommend filtering water to make formula safer for infants. I have a plain Brita filter and was wondering if that would be just fine? Is that what can be used? Whats the difference between filtered water and nursery water? Is there a way of determining the amount of palm oil added to the various organic formula brands? Since my daughter will be on formula for a very short amount of time, I was wondering what are your thoughts on transitioning to milk whole milk vs coconut milk vs almond milk vs rice milk, etc.
Corn syrup was a concern and so was the process they use to create their DHA. Since breast milk is the best solution and nothing will reach that standard we settled for EB.
Also EB was alot easier at the time to get as Target sold it locally. We initially did BM with both of them and then half and half as long as possible until finishing off with just formula. Results for us was 2 healthy and intelligent kids. That was my experience, take it for what its worth. Our daughter is almost 5-months old and has an extreme intolerance to Dairy.
I tried Nutramagin and she had a horrible reaction, so I was preparing to try Soy until finding this post. If Soy is our only option, what is the best Soy option? Will do some more digging.
Will you add this one to the chart above? Excited to know that you are reviewing Plum. Eagerly awaiting your updated post. With that said it looks like I will have to choose between honest co or earths best, which would you go with? My 2 month old has had terrible gas problems on enfamil newborn and I am just now starting to investigate the ingredients.
Also, would this formula be considered good stuff… http: Do you have any recommendations for hypoallergenic formulas? Or partial hydrolyzed formulas? When will your goat milk review come out? Would Sammys be an option for suspected milk protein intolerance? Thanks so much for the help! Also would you say Holle jarred food is good stuff? What about Kirklands infant formula? Is plum also good stuff? My wife is not producing much breast milk anymore, and I am furious over feeding him enfamil.
She works as well, so holle and hipp are out of the question due to heating water pre-feed. Plum Organics also came out with a new formula that looks promising. I found this article helpful in regards to heating water with hipp formula. Alan just wanted to let your know that all formula should be heated like holle and Hipp recommend.
Europe has much stricter health regulations than we do. I use distilled water now but you can premake batch for the day and refrigerate to make it easier. They contain similarities but different packages and sizes. Some with soy, some w starch. You have to research which works best for you. If you want a dairy free, try holles goat formula. Fyi Hipp holle and lebenswert all come in the same foil packages.
I done believe one is safer than the other. I personally prefer this to plastic containers. Unfortunately there is going to be some drawback to every formula. I just personally trust the European standards much more than the United States which is sad as a U. All great customer service.
You have to decide if you want to over pay for fast delivery or not. I could tell the difference immediately just by how it smells and mixed so easily. I know this experience can be a trying one, I wish everyone good luck. Unfortunately his pediatrician says enfamil is fine and shouldnt be changed. I will look into some customer reviews in regards to sammys, if there is any.
Pediatricians are stuck in their ways and drones of the government. Also they give out these samples just like samples of medication from pharmaceutical reps and we all know how that works. Sometimes as parents we have to make the hard decisions on our own. I just ordered from https: Also, do you know if what I ordered is the most recent version of the Holle formula Stage 1 Lebenswert formula? Or did I just order the old version? My wife did not breast feed either of our daughters.
Browns bottles were also used. We had no problems ever and our daughters were almost never sick. I too called the manufacturer and then the labs where the ingredients were sourced. This was the best I could find and the results speak for themselves. I ordered some Holle Goat Formula 2 from Organicmunchkin and had a few questions.
I posted them on the website and the owner Peter got right back to me within minutes. Also, they offer free 2 days shipping? This kind of customer service seems almost too good to be true. Have you had recent experience with this company? My newborn baby had bad colick n gas screamed for hours.
Also when do you think is the best healthiest time to start fully giving your baby organic whole milk? Can you still give formula over a year?
Anyways I recommend people to use hipps ready to go liquid formula in the first 3 months it seems more gentle and easier to digest. I hope holle lebenswert comes out with a ready made liquid one! I am so so sad. Just discovered them and tried it out. Waiting for my shipment to arrive and hoping my son will do well on it. Hoping you find something that works for your baby! Your site was extremely helpful in a stressful and difficult time!
What are your thoughts? Also, it seems the new whey formula is promising do you think I should switch? My daughter is 6 months now and has been only the Dairy version since she was a few weeks old.
Would love your thoughts on Plum Organics Infant Formula: My son has struggled with gaining weight since birth, but I continued to breastfeed. At his 4 month check up; however, his head circumference and weight took a dive and the doctor said it was time for formula.
I wanted to bring to light something else I felt was very important to watch out for in baby formula; aluminum. Unfortunately we have to choose from a lesser of two evils. Here is the source http: I noticed the plum organically baby formula today. Have you looked at it? The first ingredient is organic lactose. We are needing to supplement our 11 week old for weight gain. My daughter has been EBF and is 6 months old, I want to keep some formula at home as backup incase I fall short on pumping at work.
Thanks for your kind words! So psyched to have found out about it. So for example, shelf life testing, bacterial contaminant testing, contaminants in sourced ingredients, running through a metal detector.. I would just feel too nervous about feeding it as a sole source of nutrition. Someone had sent me a picture of the farms they use milk from and it was like 20 cows operation, very human and manageable compare to what we have here. I have twin infants that use formula.
They are currently on enfamil but have terrible tummy pain. Is there a formula that you would recommend for them? Hi, I enjoy reading your blog and it has helped me choose wisely when it comes to feeding my baby. Did you happen to see the lawsuit regarding: I have a lot of family members who give me hard time about feeding my baby organic and they are always trying to find something that I use against me- so I know this will be one of them.
Yes, Plum formula seems like a great option. But on the whole, I would call this Good Stuff;. Ive asked this lady here, the website about the hexane issue. She answered me via Facebook and told me that Plum seems to be honest about how they obtain their DHA. So basically its a safer method.
Im using Plum Organics when Im not using Lebenswert stage 1. To sum it up, Plum Organics is the way to go regarding U. Thank you so much for this-very helpful!
Any thoughts on that one? This is the only downside to this formula. I was curious if you have any thoughts on Plum Organics baby formula?
I was able to breastfeed with my first off and on for about 10 months. I am currently pregnant with my second, and while I plan to breastfeed I want to have a back up choice we feel comfortable with. We used honest company with my first. My 7 month old has eczema and an allergy test just came back positive for dairy, eggs and peanuts. So, we are putting him on a formula while I can eliminate any of these out of my milk.
I am trying to also find a formula with out coconut as the doctor said the peanut sensitivity could extend to coconut and indeed when I put coconut oil on his legs, he has a flare up. DO you know of any organic, non-dairy that do not have coconut? Im kind of thinking about eventually switching to Hipp when my baby gets older but the high aluminum levels incident scares me!
Can you maybe look further into this and update your formula blog? I noticed on the Hipp USA site it talks about what happened with the high aluminum study and insists that the formula is still safe for consumption.
When I do more formula research, I will look into it. I have recently transitioned my 8 month old to formula and decided to go with Holle. I just want to make sure both companies can be relied upon as far as authenticity and quality of the product….
Both companies are legit. I would feel completely comfortable ordering from OM if it were my baby! Loved your article and very informative. We think he has a dairy intolerance because he has really bad eczema. Out of all the formulas you mentioned are there any hypoallergenic?
HiPP makes a hypoallergenic version, yes. Hello, Have you made any research on the new Gerber Nes formula in pods or heard anything about it? They dont disclaim any of the ingredientes in their website so i wonder whether anybody knows if this is a good quality formula? All I see at first glance is so much plastic! After doing loads of research, I decided to go with Holle Goats Milk 1 as a supplement for my 5 month old daughter unfortunately, I had to return to work and I respond poorly to the pump.
I worry because I have read about palm oil and gut issues. Secondly, does anyone have experience with http: I placed an order there to check it out and my formula arrived in perfect condition, proper batch numbers, exp date in december , 4 boxes to a sealed carton, everything in German as it should be and I also received samples of holle porridges and coupons.
I am worried that I am missing something. Nope your not missing anything. People are just weary in general. Nothing different from the U. I love their free samples too, extra nice of them. Hi again, My daughter was on Holle Stage 1 for her first few months then we switched to Lebenswert Stage 1. She took to both formulas very well! We switched simply because of the maltodextrin. Any thoughts on which one to go with Holle2 or Lebenswert2? Or for that matter would you recommend another brand altogether for Stage 2 formula?
As far as I can tell, Holle and Lebenswert Stage 2 are identical. Some people choose to just keep their babies on Stage 1 Lebenswert—you could ask your pediatrician. Thank you for your response!
Can I have your thoughts on Vermont Organic formula? I am an exclusive pumping momma who is slowly losing her supply and struggling between similac organic or honest company organic, with the recent lawsuit I am not sure what to do.
It has plant-based sweeteners rather than lactose which more closely resembles human breast milk. Great article and comments. I am adopting a newborn in September and the only known health issue of the birth mom is lactose intolerance which affects her whole family. So we would like to be ready for that assuming the child will also be intolerant. I have finally gotten it in check thanks to a very controlled diet without dairy, soy or gluten so I am very conscientious that you are what you eat and it can affect you long term.
Is there a dairy-free low soy option or should we look at goats milk? Again, as your pedi: So that adoption fell through but we did end up adopting a sweet baby boy in July who was quite a bit premature and in the nicu for a month.
Are there any full fat suggestions? Hi Maia, I have to start supplementing my baby with formula and I have been stressing about which to go with. I was so happy to stumble upon your website a month and half ago while searching for a new formula for my baby because she was suffering and I was in desperate need to find something good for her. When i found out how bad Similac and Enfamil where I felt so bad that I had been giving her both of them and understood why she was being extra fuzzy and having these diaper explosions.
Shes been now taking it ever since and loves it. But she recently started having some minor constipation. I read from you here that you have also heard that. So yesterday I decided to order her Stage 1 Lebenswert even though it has lactose I wanted to give it a try since European cows are obviously better than American ones and I also bought a box of the Holle 1 Goats Milk just in case the lactose in Lebenswert still gives her minor constipation.
That was my only thing. Do you have any information on the Plum Organics Formula. I recently switched my infant from Honest Company to Plum Organics as it seems comparable, but sligthly superior due to the fact that it lacks any corn syrup or glucose syrup solids. The only other major difference between the two is that Honest has taken DHA out of their formula and sells it as a separate supplement and the Plum still contains DHA.
I was just wondering what your opinion is regarding the Plum Organics. Hopefully this was a good switch? I think this was indeed a good switch. I finally received Lebenswert 1 from Organic Munchkin and my baby has been drinking it for about a week now and man its been incredible.
She has made a complete and is so different, much happier. But this formula has just been a blessing I am so happy I did the research that brought me to you and then Organic Munchkin. She looked up the formula while we where there and looked at our baby and was like wow this is really good stuff you are very lucky to have the parents you have.
She definitely said she would recommend it from now on. I like Plum and lebenswert but both contain Palm oil. Our ped did not recommend. Google what I mentioned earlier and you will see. You can also google FDA infant formula and see what the requirements are.
Holle is best, then plum, then earths best. Hi Maia- This is such helpful information! Would love your insight! Have you heard of either?
I used to buy from Organic Munchkin…but the formula is kinda of expensive from them. Awesome totally recommend them. I just saw that HiPP Organic now has soy. At least, their Follow On Milk one. Would you consider this unsafe now? Have you ever reviewed Topfer Pre? We started feeding our 3 month old Lebenswert which she is doing great on, but I had been concerned about the DHA because our pediatrician told us to get formula that has it.
So I have been trying to supplement with the Honest Co. The only downside is the maltodextrin. Hi Maia, Would love your opinion: We are trying to decide between Holle Stage 2 and Topfer for our 6 month old. And yeah it was hard at first to give to my baby in the dropper but mixing it with her formula has gotten easier.
I have been doing some research on both of those companies…. Plum Organics is new on the market and is Good Stuff: I want to know abt Bellamy as here it is the only organic formula available. Should the DHA extraction method be a concern or the fact that it does contain soy and palm soil?
For that reason, I want to choose Plum but am looking for your advice compared to the other options available in the US. When will your review be ready? I need to transition my baby to a stage 2 formula, she has been on Holle Stage 1 since birth, and we are trying to choose a follow up.
We have been buying from Organicmunchkin. Bulk pricing, FAST delivery, friendly service. Thank you for this informative and helpful breakdown of formulas. I have 8 month old twins and at this point they are getting half formula and half breastmilk because of my supply. I have been reading some UK studies drawing attention to dangerous levels of aluminum in infant formulas like Hipp because of the packaging.
I was wondering if you had any insight or opinions on this. You can see what HiPP has to say on the issue here: I check it for everything my family uses now. I try very hard to research what I use for my family, especially for my 4 month old daughter. What are your thoughts on this?
I just wanted to know your thoughts. On a side note, my so lives in Austria and we attempted to have him ship the Lebenswert just for her personal use, and it was a bust.
Hi, has anyone heared of milywayorganics. They sell all 3 German formulas. I have asked for a purchase proof and I received an invoice from Netherlands. I was talking to a guy from the company on Facebook messanger and he explained everything to me, but still, did anyone checked it?