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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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