Camille - posted on 11/04/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




I have a 2 month old son and while doing my research on formula's I've stumbled across a lot about the high fructose corn syrup in the formula, also the type of DHA that is put in it and how it really hasn't been proven to be beneficial as it is nothing like the DHA found in breast milk & so forth...

First off I just want to clarify, yes I know breastfeeding is the best way for a baby but not all of us are blessed with a nice supply to suffice our babies and in turn have to resort to formula and with that comes complications - the spit up, gas, crying, constipation... I'm ready to say screw all these money hungry additive adding pharmaceutical formula companies. They aren't in this for the sake of my child, at least that's how I feel so my question is:


I know it says for TODDLERS, but that's because they are pushing for breastfeeding for the first year of life but in my case, that's not going to happen. So does anyone use this for their children under the age of 1? How has it benefited? Has it not?

Do you use any other type of organic formulas & can you tell a difference in your baby as far as spitting up & gas etc.?

Do you feel this whole organic thing is another marketing scheme and I should just continue my son on what he's on (Gerber Good Start)?

I'm a first time mom & want to do what's right for him so I'd just like some guidance from the other moms out there who know how hard it can be finding the right formula without feeling guilty for not being able to breastfeed :(



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There are always possibilities of having pesticides, artificial growth hormones, and other chemicals that are much more highly concentrated in powder form due to the processes it goes through so organic is definitely better than non-organic.

There are also other organic alternatives to commercial formula -

Giving your baby ANY amount of breast milk will be beneficial so keep breastfeeding and pumping whenever you can even if you have to supplement.
You don't have to feel guilty as long as you know in your heart that you are doing your best for your baby (that includes finding healthier formula alternatives!)

Good luck!


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Lilly - posted on 07/27/2013




Thank you for the link, Brittany Helmer! I will try to make the homemade baby formula for sure!

Dora - posted on 11/17/2010




I was a breast feeding mom but also had to supplement with formula at times. I used the organic formula and was extremely happy with it. It is definitely a lot more expensive then the regualr stuff but when it comes to my babies health I never put a price on it. I say give it a try. See if it works for your baby. It is doesn't than stick to the regular stuff.

Teres - posted on 11/16/2010




My last one suffers from reflux one thing my dr and midwife have said is stay away from Greber products they are the bigest colprits in adding things. I have used Earths Best Baby Oraginc it was $45 a can she spit it up the same. I found that for us A>R formula worked best or mixing 2 talbespoon organic rice ceral in her bottle with Krikland formula. I B.F. #5, wasnt possiable with #6. So dont feel guilty. I try to stay with Store brand Krikland is from Costco or Up & Up from target. Hope this helps

Carol - posted on 11/16/2010




There are tons of chemicals in formula and organic formulas arent very helpful for children since they are plant based. Your milk supply should be fine by now if youve been breastfeeding since day 1. As long as baby is growing normally dont be worried, if not suppliment with formula. Have you tried a breast pump? It can bring in more milk, or if your baby perfers to feed on one side pump the other. I used Enfamil with my son since he counldnt latch on good, but my daughter is a pro. Enfamil seems safe i havent heard of any recalls for it just Simalac.

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Here in the UK there isn't high fructose corn syrup in formulas. And we have an organic formula made by Hipp - there's the first stage from birth, hungrier from birth follow on from 6 months and growing up from 12 months.

The reason toddler formulas shouldn't be used until 12 months is that it has proteins in it much closer to cow's milk than infant milk.

Jevonna - posted on 11/16/2010




I have compared the ingredients in organic formula to the leading formulas and I found that there is just as much crap in organic formula as there is in the leading formulas. Just because it says organic high fructose corn syrup doesn't mean its healthier for you. If you are going to go organic the best thing is GOATS MILK. It is expensive but if you can buy organic you should be able to buy GOATS MILK. It is wonderful and my sister uses it for her little one when she had her wisdom teeth pulled and wasn't able to nurse because of the medication

Celeste-sa - posted on 11/04/2010




Hi Camille,

My LO is on Aptamil, I am in the UK though. I too am a first time mum to a 9 month old bub. I only managed to breastfeed for 6 weeks, after many tears and guilt due to insufficient milk, I put my DD on formula. She was so hungry, and I just couldnt take the stress of it anymore, and the pressure from everyone else. I tried my utmost hardest to continue BF'g but it wasnt to be. Anyway, I ended up trying numerous formulas to find the right one for my LO. I tried non-organic, then organic, and Im back to non-organic again, and have stuck with it for 6 months now. I personally found that my bub was spitting up more with the organic formula, not sure what the reason was (and it was more expensive), but she did the same with one of the non-organic formulas I tried before as well. These companies have pretty strict guidelines to follow when it comes to the manufacturing of these formulas, so I just made peace with the one that seemed to work best for her. My choice was based on the amount of sugars/ lactose in the milk, as well as the iron content. She is absolutely fine on it, and I wouldnt change again ( I have no need to this far down the line anyway.) I personally do prefer organic foods, so I just make sure I offer her a healthy variety of mainly organic foods now that she is weaning, which you could possibly do when your bub is of age. I wouldnt use a formula which is meant for older babies, as the balance of ingredients and vitamins probably arent correct for your little one. From my understanding, some older formulas and products contain more sugars and salt which arent suitable for little ones.

My suggestion is that if your LO is doing ok on what he is on, then I wouldnt change unless certain ingredients are worrying you, although I think Gerber has been around for yonks, so Im sure all will be fine. My LO, up to now has never suffered constipation as I ensure she gets sufficient water as well through the day. But I know some formulas may not suit all LO's and perhaps cause constipation.

You have nothing to feel guilty about, you are looking after and loving your bub which in the long run is what matters. It took me some time to stop the guilty feelings, and use that energy instead on loving and caring for my daughter.

All the best to you x

Melissa - posted on 11/04/2010




Amen sista...I wish there were. My research on it lead me to research many other chemicals and wow was i shocked at what I found....Proud of the bpa free act now i am with the act to clean everything else up!
Organic is not a scheme it is great...and more companies should jump on it...there is no need to put so many toxins in things!
Dont know about the organic formula for under 1!personaly I would stick to the regular and then switch when they turn one! The reason why I think, this is just my personal opinion, the gentelese and other use Hfcorn syrup is because corn syrup acts as a stool softener...kind of like people tell you to put Kyro syrup in the formula whne constipation! My Baby had major gas, colic, and reflux we used nutramigin but I am not sure if it contained hfcs...I am looking at the enfalim premium can I use now and it does not contain it....I would not use something geared toward a one year old...their tiny tummies might not be able to handle it yet.
Enfamil is great at answering questions...everytime I email a question to them i get a reply right away so maybe ask them! I am sure they will value the feedback. The DHA and ARA is a fatty acid and is put in because there is more proof that there is a very high content found in breastmilk...thus for formula babies it is supposed to be close to breastmilk! But the facts are still not clear on its benefits and if it is really needed on top of the oils already put in them.....its so hard these days to navigate through all the hype and marketing crap! Maybe just use a formula that does not contain DHA and that has no hfcs...

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