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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