Which Store-Bought Formula Is Best?

If you are a mother who cannot breastfeed for whatever reason, or you’re ready to move on to formula, don’t feel bad. Being a mom is hard enough, and it sucks that people will ridicule mothers who feed their children formula. You’re doing a great job, so don’t let anyone put you down!

Screen Shot 2013-03-10 at 10.04.28 PMIf you’re like me, when I started giving Pearl formula, I was a crazy person researching every single ingredient in every formula, comparing them all. Sadly, in America, our infant formulas are packed with crappy additives and bottom-of-the-barrel ingredients. Corn syrup and palm-olein are among the many things that are not so great for your kids. Not only does corn syrup spike the blood sugar unlike regular sugar, most of it is coming from GMO corn, which, as we know, makes rats grow ears out of their asses & become covered in tumors.

Screen Shot 2013-03-10 at 10.07.05 PMJust think about the long term effects of these GMO’s on humans. The corn is genetically modified to be less nutrient dense than regular corn, so not only are your cells being deprived of basic nutrition, you’re exposing them to diseases! No wonder everyone has cancer, ADHD, etc. We put horrible things in our food and wonder why everyone is sick and dying.

Screen Shot 2013-03-10 at 10.09.47 PMWith that being said, you do have some good choices when it comes to infant formula. Personally, I try to stay away from Enfamil & Similac as some of their formula’s first ingredients are:

Enfamil Ingredients

Enfamil Gentlease

Similac Ingredients

Similac Sensitive

Yes, you read that correctly. The formula is composed MOSTLY of corn syrup. Gross.

Even “Earth’s Best Organic” tries to hide the fact that they use corn syrup, so really, it’s no better. Here are their ingredients: Notice how they cleverly used the words “glucose syrup solids”…AKA corn syrup. Not to mention, it made my child extremely constipated. They are also owned by the massive food corp Horizon. Surprised?

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Earth's Best Infant Formula Ingredients

Earth’s Best Infant Formula Ingredients

SO, what formula is safe? You can either make your own baby formula using my recipe HERE …I use raw goats milk, but I know that’s not easy to obtain or affordable for most people. If you are determined to buy store-bought formula, here are your BEST options. Note this post has been revised, as there are better formulas available through international shipping nowadays.

1. Hipp Organic First Infant Milk

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Sadly, this is not readily available at your supermarket in the United States. Luckily, we can order it online. Why is this stuff so amazing? So far, it’s the closest formula to breast milk. Those Germans really have it figured out. This stuff is so easily digestible & organic, it makes baby’s poop look just like breast milk poop. You can order this online from many different websites, easily. The European Union has much stricter guidelines than America, so this formula really is the most elite choice. Also, one of their 800g boxes equals two containers of Gerber in weight and price. So, it’s really not anymore expensive.

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2. Honest Organic Premium Infant Formula

My second recommendation for infants is the new infant formula brought to you by the Honest company. They are really killing it right now. They do have some glucose solids & a few of my other non-favorite ingredients, BUT at least it’s organic and non GMO. They have also chosen to leave out the DHA that most formulas include, even though it is not proven to be safe due to the hexane method of extraction. The formula is the next generation of baby formulas. This formula is easy for infants to digest as well. It is easily available in the US, and it was just released, so it will be available by store any time now. Read about it HERE on their website.

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3. Nature’s One Baby’s Only Organic Formula

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After tons of research, I feel like Nature’s One isn’t hiding anything. They label the formula as a “toddler formula” to promote breastfeeding for the first year. It can be constipating, as the milk solids are larger & harder to digest than breastmilk. If your child is older, around 9 months, this formula can be great. I don’t recommend it for small infants, though.

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The Easy Whey to Greek Yogurt

Check out this new kitchen tool I just got for separating my curds and whey for my homemade baby formula

It’s called a Chinois strainer, and it’s awesome. You can use it for straining just about anything you don’t want solids to go through.

FYI when you strain the whey from yogurt, it turns into GREEK YOGURT (start with FULL FAT yogurt, cow or goat) yay!

Chinois Strainer

Sure, it costed a small fortune, and I quickly threw away the price tag before my husband saw it…but damn, was it worth it. No more washing cheesecloth full of yogurt! I can stick this bad boy in the dishwasher, and frankly, I’d pay any amount of money to not have to clean yogurt-covered towels anymore. Hallelujah. If you want a cheaper option, get a good DOUBLE MESH strainer. Check out my pics of the chinois in action below!


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Pearl and I with a Baby Goat!

We ran into some goat farmers at the farmer’s market. They produce goat milk products and sell them locally! The goat was so sweet and adorable!!! Such lovely creatures. Pearl was like, “hey, lemme tap that keg!”….If you didn’t know, I make her homemade baby formula from raw goat’s milk. If ya haven’t seen me in action making it already, watch the video below!


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