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Which Organic Formula is Truly Organic?

With so much controversy on which formula to suggest to a client, I have decided to take this opportunity to point you in the right direction.

If I wanted to include the European formulas, we would have many to choose from, but because I have decided to include only U.S. formula, the selection is much more precise. When looking at the 'Organic" formulas, we can eliminate most of the formulas as they are not truly organic.

To be genuinely organic, you must not use artificial ingredients. Using Martek's DHA/ARA, you are technically invalidating the organic rule. And let's remember that sugar can technically be considered organic. So ingredients are huge in picking out a formula.

"Palm oil is used as a primary fat source in infant formulas; it could contribute to poor absorption of calcium and fat, potentially resulting in lower bone density," This according to, but it can and is used in an organic formula.
Synthetic preservatives such as beta carotene and ascorbic palmitate are used in some of these organic formulas. As is carrageenan, an added stabilizer which leads to leads to intestinal inflammation and colon tumors. Many are loaded with sugars, which may not be inorganic but is seriously bad for the child.

Here are some other ingredients to watch for in formulas

Carrageenan You will find this additive in tons of stuff in your health food store, and infant formula is no exception. Derived from seaweed, carrageenan helps stabilize liquid formula, but numerous animal studies suggest that it leads to intestinal inflammation and colon tumors. The European Union has outlawed the use of carrageenan in all infant formula, but in the United States, it appears in both conventional and organic varieties.

Preservatives. Synthetic preservatives are sometimes added to prevent the oils in the formula from spoiling. Two that have been snuck into organic formulas are: beta carotene and ascorbic palmitate.

Synthetic nutrients. There are several synthetic nutrients that you will find in organic formulas, none of which is legal in the European Union (for organic formulas). Look out for lutein (hexane-extracted from marigolds), lycopene (produced with toluene, a neurotoxic benzene derivative), nucleotides (produced from chemically treated yeast), taurine (processed with carcinogenic sulfuric acid), and l-carnitine (which was banned by the National Organic Standards Board because of concerns over carcinogenic properties). Unfortunately, even the U.S. formula we recommend below does contain some of these synthetics in order to meet FDA nutrition requirements.

Certain sugars. Breastmilk is naturally super sweet, so formulas invariably contain added sugars. The sweetener that most closely mimics that found in human milk is lactose, but this cow’s milk-based sweetener is expensive, so many manufacturers instead use plant-based sucrose, which was banned by The European Union in 2009 (except for babies with allergies), because of concerns of over-feeding and subsequent obesity. (The FDA provides no such regulation on what kind of sugars can be used.) Other sweeteners include maltodextrin (made from rice, corn, or potatoes), and “glucose syrup solids,” which is corn syrup solids. In 2012, concerns were raised about formulas sweetened with brown rice syrup when Dartmouth researchers found that organic formula made with organic brown rice syrup contained six times the EPA’s safe limit for arsenic.

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Here are some organic U.S made formulas:

  1. Happy Baby Organic
  2. Bright Beginnings Organic Baby Formula
  3. Parent's Choice Organic Baby Formula
  4. Similac Organic Baby Formula
  5. Baby's Only Organic Baby Formula
  6. Earth's Best Organic Baby Formula
  7. Vermont Organic Baby Formula
  8. Whole Foods 365 Organic Baby Formula
  9. Designed by Nature Organic Baby Formula

Eliminating the not truly organic formulas, you are left with in order of preference.

  1. Designed by Nature Organic Baby Formula
  2. Baby's Only Organic Baby Formula
  3. Earth's Best Organic Baby Formula (only the label with the DHA/ARA removed)

I hope this short article helps you when you are asked to recommend a formula.

Remember to always state "in my opinion" when speaking to a client.

I am not a medical professional or nutritionist. This is the information I have gleaned from research.


Foods to Avoid When Breastfeeding

Gas Producing Foods To Avoid For Nursing Moms

This list applies only to moms whose babies are showing signs of digestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea issues

We suggest that you go on a bland diet for 10 days and see if that helps your newborn. After the 10 days add one of your favorite foods back into your diet. Wait and watch for the next 24 hours. If the baby has no reaction to the added food, you are o.k to continue to eat that food. After 3 days add another food from this list and give it the 24 hour test with your newborn. Continue on. If you eat a food and find your baby is reacting within the 24 hour period that will be a food that you will completely eliminate from your diet.

The following list is a good sampling of gas producing foods. The first thing you may want to eliminate is dairy,. Gluten is another food that causes intestinal upsets in a baby, so consider also avoiding gluten in your bland diet. 


  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato Juice
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Rhubarb
  • Green Peppers
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Tomato
  • Corn
  • Onions
  • Turnip Kale and lettuce (salad is one of the big offenders) Spinach seems to be fine.


  • Apple (especially peels)
  • Bananas (can cause constipation)
  • Citrus fruits :strawberries or berries especially
  • Coconut


  • Dairy of any kind is a huge offender (lactose intolerance can provoke reflux in some babies)
  • Coffee (even decaffeinated)
  • Tea - Kombuca
  • Carbonated
  • Caffeinated


  • Beans Oats (rolled oats are OK)
    Tofu (in large quantities) Chili powder
    Fatty or Fried Foods (fats take longer to digest) Glutton
    Black pepper
    Creamy food such as gravy, etc. (basically anything with a high fat content)
The Effect Of Cannabis On Pregnant Women And Their Newborns (Study)

by Vlad  

It’s almost too taboo to discuss: pregnant women smoking marijuana. It’s a dirty little secret for women, particularly during the harrowing first trimester, who turn to cannabis for relief from nausea and stress.

Pregnant women in Jamaica use marijuana regularly to relieve nausea, as well as to relieve stress and depression, often in the form of a tea or tonic.

In the late 1960s, grad student Melanie Dreher was chosen by her professors to perform an ethnographic study on marijuana use in Jamaica to observe and document its usage and its consequences among pregnant women.

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Maybe you don’t need to burp your baby

Maybe you don’t need to burp your baby

Post-meal pats on the back may be instinct for parents, but it’s not necessarily helpful to babies

Laura Sanders

September 15, 2016

As satisfying as it is to coax burps out of babies, the practice isn’t backed by science.

I found burping my babies to be highly satisfying. A little jiggle, a little pat, and suddenly, a big, funny jolt of air comes flying out of a tiny, floppy baby. There’s lots of burping methods — the over-the-shoulder jiggle, the propped-up-on-the-lap pat, even the face-down-on-the-knees position — and they all lead to this amusing outcome.

I will not weigh in on burping methodology here. Instead, I am going to back up a step further. At the risk of losing all credibility with grandmas, I am prepared to argue that you might not need to burp your baby at all. Despite the immense joy and amusement burping brings, there’s scant scientific evidence that burping after meals actually does anything helpful for babies.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010


After many inquiries into whether or not Baby’s Only Organic’s Toddlers formula was safe for a newborn, I sent an official query to Baby’s Only. Here is the response.

Many thanks for your recent inquiry and also your interest in our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas. Regarding the use of our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas during infancy, similar to other commercially available infant formulas, our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas provide the correct balance of proteins, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals needed to support normal growth and development of full term, healthy infants. No extra dilution is needed. Nothing needs to be added to make the formula more “complete” when prepared according to label instructions. It is because of our strong position on breastfeeding that we prefer to maintain a “toddler” status, thereby not encouraging mothers to use our product when breast milk is available. Thus, we state that “Baby’s Only Organic® is not intended for infants under 1-year of age unless specified by a healthcare professional.”

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