Is Organic Infant Formula the Best for Your Baby?

Almost as soon as you learn you’re expecting, there are a ton of decisions to be made. Epidural or none? Cloth diaper or disposable? Breastfeed or formula feed?

And if you do decide to formula feed, you have even more choices to make. Soy based, cow milk based, organic, sensitive–with all the brand on the shelf, how can you tell what’s best for your baby? Is organic infant formula the right choice?

Board-certified Pediatrician and Physician Nutrition Specialist Dr. Maryellen Renna weighed in. The Earth’s Best spokesperson regularly shares her medical advice on shows like The Today Show, Fox N Friends, the WPIX morning show, Good Day New York and Long Island Talks. “Every vitamin is an essential need for babies..Vitamins A, all the B complex, C, D, E, K are all needed.”

When choosing a formula for your little one, look for a brand that includes all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Some infant formula brands include DHA and EPA, which are said to help baby’s brain and eye development.

A food is considered organic when it’s produced without the use of common pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that aren’t given antibiotics or growth hormones.

“The best foods to buy organic are fresh fruits and vegetables,” says Dr. Renna. “The fresh foods that have thicker or hairy like skins tend to absorb the most residual pesticides, for example fresh peaches tend to have a lot of residual pesticide.”

So is organic infant formula the best for your baby? Besides a slightly higher price tag, some popular formula brands also contain cane sugar, which, according to the New York Times, “…can harm tooth enamel faster than other sugars; once babies get used to its sweeter taste, they might resist less sweet formulas or solid foods; and some studies suggest that they might overeat, leading to rapid weight gain in the first year, which is often a statistical predictor of childhood obesity.”

“There are no studies that can state any real health advantage to organic formula over non organic formula,” says Dr. Renna. “But it is prudent that humans avoid any excess pesticide ingestion!”

If you do choose organic infant formula, be sure to look for a brand that clearly states its ingredients on the label. Any ingredient that ends in “ose”–like fructose, glucose, sucralose–is probably a form of sugar. If the formula includes DHA, make sure it’s non-hexane. “…the DHA and ARA found in many organic formulas are made by Martek Biosciences, and extracted from factory-grown algae and fungus using hexane, a known neurotoxic petroleum-based solvent.”

Dr. Renna recommends Earth’s Best. “I have always recommended Earth’s Best for my patients because they have a high quality organic formula.”

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14 Comments

  1. March 10, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I exclusively breastfed all 3 of my kiddos, but had we needed to use formula I definitely would have swung towards organic, it just sounds healthier for their itty bitty bodies and brains!

  2. March 10, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I used earth best when my son was little. He actually wasn’t about it at first because he was breastfed, but after a while it’s all I gave him only because it was researched that it’s closer to the taste of breastmilk. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. March 10, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I agree that it really is up the parents. We are doing organic formula right now with our daughter and it was a personal decision to make sure she’s not ingesting anything harmful – but with the same breath would never shame any parents for not choosing that path.
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  4. mami2jcn
    March 11, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I didn’t use organic formula because I wasn’t aware of that option.

  5. hannah
    March 12, 2017 / 1:42 am

    If I end up needing to use formula, then yes I would choose a high quality organic formula for sure!

  6. Kelly D
    March 13, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    No, I don’t think I used organic formula because I didn’t see many options at the time.

  7. March 14, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    I couldn’t find an organic formula for preemies for Teags. If i could have, I would have used it for sure!

  8. March 14, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I was able to exclusively breastfeed my first child so I never considered formula but it’s nice to know that there’s an organic option.

  9. March 14, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    It has been awhile. I do not think they offered organic options when my girls were babies.

  10. Lauren
    March 14, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Choose what works best for you and your child

  11. March 15, 2017 / 4:41 am

    I didnt use organic. I breastfed and supplemented non organic. If i have another i will supplement organic.

  12. Sherelle
    March 15, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I’m 21 week pregnant, and the information for moms to be can be daunting. I will try to breastfeed (praying on that). Knowing that there is organic formula available for babies is a great option! Thanks for sharing!

  13. March 20, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I ended up giving my baby both breast milk and formula. I didn’t even think about the different types of formula until. I had to create my registry. This article and your site are extremely helpful. Thank you =-)

  14. Chrissy
    March 20, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    I did not actually use organic formula. I breastfed and supplemented with non organic formula. I did a lot of research into the formula I used and truly felt that it was high quality and something I was happy to give to my baby. I do think the number of options is sometimes overwhelming and I tell all of my friends that they aren’t alone in feeling overwhelmed!

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