Why Parents Are Turning to Organic Baby Formula

By on November 5, 2019
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From the moment our little ones open their eyes parents strive to give babies the very best and part of that is giving them the best start to life. For some mothers, due to personal choice or unexpected complications, breastfeeding isn’t an option and they are left looking for an alternative. Enter: organic baby formula.  

Why are so many parents opting for organic? What is the difference between an organic baby formula and a regular formula? What are the benefits of using organic formula? If you’ve been looking for the answers to the questions asked by so many other parents, read on. 

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What’s the Difference Between Organic Baby Formula and Regular formula? 

At a glance, organic formula is very similar to the regular formula. Both come in powder or liquid formats. Both are acceptable alternatives to breast-feeding, and both have been the topic of heated debates. 

Once you compare the list of ingredients, you’ll quickly note the differences. Because breast milk has a naturally sweet taste, regular formulas are often sweetened up artificially to make it more palatable for the baby. 

The problem with this is that the sweeteners they’re using might not be the best for your baby. Corn syrup, palm oil, and synthetic nutrients are all ingredients that are commonly found in regular baby formula.  

What makes organic formula different is that it closely mimics breast milk, without any of the artificial ingredients. Ingredients like organic milk solids, vegetable oils, and probiotics make up organic infant formulas.   

Other big differences found between organic baby formula and regular formula are the price and availability of the product. Organic baby formula is more expensive than regular formula and because of this, it’s less commercially available. 

The 3 Big Benefits of Using Organic Baby Formula 

There are many benefits of using organic baby formula but the biggest benefit for many parents is that they know exactly what their baby is ingesting. On top of that immensely valuable peace of mind, there are other benefits that come with using organic formula. Let’s take a look at three of them.

  • Organic Formula is Baby Safe

An organic formula doesn’t contain any chemicals that could be harmful to your baby. On top of this, with dairy-based organic formulas, the cows are grass-fed and not exposed to dangerous pesticides that could find its way into the formula.

  • Organic Formula is Packed with Nutrients

Organic baby formula is full of vitamins, minerals, fats, antioxidants, and probiotics that are a must-have for developing babies. 

  • Organic Formula is Sustainable 

The ingredients used to create organic baby formula are certified organic, non-GMO and help promote a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way of living, farming and raising our babies. 

How to Make your Organic Infant Formula Even Healthier 

While opting to use organic baby formula is a step in the right direction, there are even more steps you can take to ensure you’re doing the very best for your baby.

Here are some tips to help your baby get the most out of the organic formula. 

  • Only use filtered water: Part of the appeal of organic infant formula is that you know what’s in it. A lot of the time, we don’t know what’s in our tap water so it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry and opt for filtered water over tap water. 
  • Don’t use a microwave to heat up water: In addition to possibly melting your bottles, microwaves deplete the nutritional content of whatever it heats. Instead, heat your milk over the stove, use freshly boiled filtered water directly from the kettle or run the bottle under a warm faucet.  
  • Discard unused formula: As far as possible, prepare bottles as and when your baby needs them. If you’re making formula in advance for late-night feeds, refrigerate it immediately and use within 24 hours. Any formula that is left in the bottle after a feed needs to be discarded promptly. 
  • Use BPA-free bottles: We know that it can be difficult to completely eliminate plastic baby bottles, but as far as possible only use plastic bottles that have been identified as BPA-free. If you’re able to go plastic-free entirely opt for glass or stainless-steel feeding bottles.   

When you look at all of the benefits that come with using an organic formula for your baby, it is easy to see why it costs so much more than regular baby formula. 

In a world where so many things are out of our control, it’s great to know that what we choose to feed our babies is very much in our control. 

As parents, it’s our responsibility to provide our babies with the best start to life—however, we deem fit. 

Let’s get this organic party started.  

 

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Why Parents Are Turning to Organic Baby Formula