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Why Formula Feeding Was Right For Me

Written by Mary Parrick of Purely Loved Organics

 

On April 21, 2015 my husband and I welcomed our precious baby boy, Maddox, into this world. Like many first time mommas, I had every intention of breastfeeding for the first year. From the time we left the hospital up until his two month check-up, everything was going great — or at least I thought it was. At his check-up we discovered he was in the 3rd percentile for weight. I was devastated. So many thoughts flooded my mind. Was I doing something wrong?  Am I a bad mother? How could I be failing my tiny baby? Maybe I’m not cut out for this.

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Why Formula Feeding Was Right For Me

We left that appointment with a solid game plan: I would continue to breastfeed, but supplement with formula. It was a no brainer that I would supplement with organic formula. Only the best for my little angel, right? Isn’t that what every mom says? I chose an organic formula with added DHA & ARA. It was a familiar brand, a brand that has been around for years, a brand I trusted.

Over the next several months I stuck to the plan. I did all I could to produce more milk. I tried all the natural approaches, but when nothing seemed to help, I started medication. This worked for a short time, but I decided I didn’t want to be dependent on a little white pill for the next 10 months. It was exhausting both mentally and physically.

Organic Baby Formulas

I stopped breastfeeding when Maddox was 5 months old. I started to have second thoughts about the formula I had chosen, and I wasn’t convinced the organic formula I bought was truly “the best.” I began to research the ingredients in a variety of organic formulas, and what I learned was concerning. I won’t go into detail, but many ingredients that shouldn’t be in organic formulas are. My research eventually lead me to several blogs raving about two European formulas: Holle and Lebenswert (Lebenswert is an umbrella brand of Holle). I ordered a few boxes and my son did well on it.

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I quickly realized that I needed to do something. I wanted moms in the US to have easy access to these high-quality, European formulas. Purely Loved Organics was born in October of 2015, in an effort to do just that. Along with Lebenswert formula, we have expanded to also carry infant and toddler goods from around the world.

Thank you for reading my story. There’s no handbook for this stuff, so just know momma, you’re doing a great job!

 

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My Baby Formula Recommendation (In light of the Honest Company Lawsuit)


The Honest Company is under fire again, this time they are accused of falsely labeling their baby formula as Organic when recent tests revealed 11 synthetic ingredients not allowed by federal law in organic products, including sodium selenite and taurine. In fact, Earth's Best and The Honest Company were sued simultaneously for the same reasons by the Organic Consumers Association.

{Click the following links to view the formal complaints against The Honest Co and Hain Celestial Group/Earth's Best.}

Whether the claims are true, partially true or not at all true, I think this gives us a great opportunity to discuss ingredients in baby formula in general.

While I believe breast milk is best for most babies, there are certainly situations that require full or partial supplement of a baby's food supply. In my case, my progesterone dropped so low, I stopped producing and wasn't able to get it back. Many others have similar or not-so-similar stories, and that's ok.

Now, I appreciate The Honest Company for creating cleaner options for skincare, beauty and baby care (I was never into their cleaning products), but I actually notified them of a few questionable ingredients in the Baby Formula, including taurine, when it was released in February 2014.

Honest responded to my questions, which I appreciated, but defended all the ingredients I called out and never addressed if they were using a synthetic version of taurine - they only explained why we need it.

According to this Cornucopia.Org article, "The Organic Foods Production Act, passed by Congress in 1990, explicitly bans synthetic preservatives in organic food.

“This is another blatant violation of the federal law governing organics by multi-billion dollar corporations that apparently think they can get away with anything,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, Director of Farm and Food Policy at The Cornucopia Institute.

The preservatives are beta carotene and ascorbyl palmitate, synthetics that are added to infant formula to prevent the oxidation and rancidity of ingredients such as the controversial patented supplements DHA and ARA, manufactured by Martek Biosciences Corporation (Royal DSM) and marketed as Life’sDHA®."

Taurine "used in infant formula is produced synthetically; one processing method includes the use of sulfuric acid, a toxic and carcinogenic material, and another technique involves aziridine, listed as a hazardous air pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency."
 

My Recommendations

I chose Baby's Only Organic as the best option for my daughter, and coincidentally, it was the best tasting and most similar to my breast milk. However, there are several other synthetic vitamin nutrients being used, I just found it to be the cleanest version available in the United States at the time.

This blog post gives an overview of each synthetic vitamin additive and which formulas they are found. *Note, Baby's Only is owned by Nature's One.

 

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Another option is Holle Organic Infant formula which is from Germany, and void of most of the concerning ingredients I listed above, except Palm Oil, but they still use Rape Seed Oil (Canola) and Maltodextrin. 

Besides those ingredients, they do not use most of the synthetic vitamin additives that others use and might be your best bet, even for those in the United States now that I found you can get it domestically from Purely Loved Organics or Natural Baby Organics without importing. It's still a wonderful option and FAR better than the drug store options!

 

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