Along with all of the unbelievably joyful moments that being a new parent brings, also comes the worrisome, guilt-filled ones. As someone who knows firsthand the benefits that eating the right foods can bring, I get consumed with what I am feeding Benjamin. With all that’s out here, I know I should be but it can be seriously overwhelming.
A recent dilemma I had was choosing a baby formula. It really should not bring this much anxiety to pick one, should it?
I have been giving Benjamin formula since birth, at the suggestion of the nurses at the hospital, and also breastfeeding. He had digestive issues along with some constipation that was painful to even watch. We tried lots of different ones and finally settled on a Soy formula by Gerber Good Start. After a few months though, I did not feel comfortable keeping him on the soy.
Then the hunt for a regular formula began.
Although very exhausting, breastfeeding was going pretty well so, I began to pump more hoping that I could have enough milk for him during the day while I’m at work. Between working, nursing, and pumping I was getting really burned out, and I just wasn’t making enough milk.
I did some online research and reached out to family and friends who worked in the pediatric nursing field for some help. Can I say I’m really surprised that there are no formulas without soy or dairy– ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.
Based on conversations I had with others and everything I read, I decided to go with Plum Organics and Earth’s Best Organic formulas. They were both listed in the top three formulas online and recommended by almost everyone I spoke with. What stood out to me was:
- no corn syrup solids added
- non-GMO ingredients
- no added sweetners
- organic lactose
I used Plum Organics organic formula for the past few weeks and I have no complaints! Benjamin drank it without frowning or spitting up (an issue he had when on soy sometimes). The price point though ($42 for 32 oz), was hitting our pockets pretty hard especially since we were buying it every week. I can definitely vouch for the great reviews though.
This week, I picked up Earth’s Best Organic instead. It’s a little less expensive (about $41 for 35 oz) and has the same ingredients. We’re just a few days in but so far, so good.
I never expected this to give me so much angst but, I’m glad there are great options out there for moms like me who are very particular about what their babies put in their bodies.
I also make all of Benjamin’s pureed foods at home but, I have supplemented a few times with the Plum Organics and Earth’s Best baby foods. They are the only two brands of baby foods I trust to give my baby outside of what I make at home.
Which brands of organic baby formula and foods are your favorites?