By Eric on August 1, 2012 57

What Ingredients Are in Infant Formula?

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We are NOT nutritionists; in fact, we are very far from it. We’ve only recently started to make a conscious effort to make better food choices. So, when we started taking Rooney to the chiropractor/wellness coach for her neck issues, we were very surprised at his recommendation to switch formulas.

Because breastfeeding didn’t work out, we opted to feed Rooney Similac Sensitive as the “next best thing.” Rooney seemed to spit up more with Similac Advance, but did fine with the sensitive, so we continued with that for a couple months and then switched to Target’s Up and Up sensitive formula to save money. Dr. Tyler’s recommendation was to switch to Earth’s Best organic formula. We (OK, Kelsey) began to research the Similac formula ingredients vs. other brands.

infant formula

Here’s What We Found:

Similac Sensitive Formula Ingredients

I’m not going to go through the laundry list of ingredients in each of the powder formulas, but let’s just take the top two from each for example:

Similac Sensitive Ingredients

It caught us by surprise that Similac’s No. 1 and 2 ingredients are corn syrup and sugar respectively. Kelsey read somewhere that corn syrup actually makes up 42.6% per serving. That is appalling! No wonder our baby was sleeping through the night at three months. She was chalked full of corn syrup, one of the most processed and hardest things to digest. Similac says this is the “#1 formula for sensitive tummies.”

On the other hand, Earth’s Best Organic Formula’s No. 1 and 2 ingredients are both organic: reduced minerals whey and nonfat milk. It is supposedly as close to breast milk as you can find on the market.

Earth’s Best Organic Formula Ingredients (This is NOT their sensitive formula)

Earths Best Ingredients

Pricing and Availability

We decided that we had to make the switch, so we had to figure out where we could purchase Earth’s Best formula in the Des Moines area. At the time, we couldn’t find it at Target stores, but they did have it at Babies ‘R’ Us, and Target carries it online.

Online was the bonus for us. We have a Target debit card that gives us 5% off and free shipping. Even still, feeding your baby organic formula will burn a hole in your pocket quickly.

Formula pricing comparison

(Similac can be even cheaper with the $5 off coupons they mail us regularly.)

But Target offers a four-pack of Earth’s Best for $102.99, bringing the price down to $25.75/can. With our 5% discount, it comes to $24.46/can. We can live with this. (If you don’t have a Target debit card, it is cheaper to buy on Amazon: $100.46 for four cans, or $25.12/can.)

NOTE: Two stores have opened in our area recently that carry Earth’s Best formula: Buy Buy Baby and Whole Foods. We still order from Target to buy in bulk for the savings.

Physical Affects

Going organic is wonderful overall and it gives us the peace of mind that we are feeding our baby the best that we can despite not being able to give her breast milk. But it did cause some physical affects to our baby that we have had to deal with during the transistion.

  • Sleep: Because Similac was so hard to digest, it kept Rooney asleep longer. She would often sleep for 12 hours without making a single noise. I know babies grow and change and we can’t say that the formula was the only reason she was sleeping, but as soon as we switched, she started waking up in the middle of the night. Maybe it was the 4-month sleep regression. Maybe it was a growth spurt. Still, it caused us to take note.
  • Head size: Formula-fed babies tend to have bigger heads (because of the steroids). Because breast milk is so efficient, it only gives your baby exactly what it needs to grow. Formula filled our baby with a lot of things she didn’t need and it caused her to plump up, especially in the head. I’ve noticed a subtle change since switching one month ago; her head is becoming more proportionate to her body.
  • Eating schedule: Along with sleep, it took us awhile to get adjusted to her new eating schedule. Because it didn’t fill her up as much, we had to give her more formula (8-10 oz instead of 6-8 oz), and she wouldn’t last as long between feedings. It only took us a few weeks to figure it out though.
  • Bowel movements: Yep, we’re going there. Rooney’s bowel movements were solid and formed after switching to Target’s Up and Up formula. It got better once we added pear juice to her bottles, but we didn’t like her having so much juice. Since switching, she has had more normal bowel movements (consistency like peanut butter).

The bummer of the whole situation is that most uninformed parents would never second guess the top brand of formula’s ingredients (including us). They give you sample after sample in the hospital when breastfeeding isn’t quite working out in order to get you hooked on their brand. And then somehow you get on their mailing list and they send you awesome coupons at the perfect time to keep you buying their brand.

Great marketing, but disappointing product when you look at the ingredients. It is also sad how expensive it is to feed our baby Earth’s Best. Organic = expensive. But, when it comes to the growth and development of our baby, we want to offer her the best we can, and if that means squeezing the budget in other areas in order for her to have the best, then that’s what we will do.

I think of it this way: It’s only for one year, and then she will be done with formula. We are already five months in and she will be starting solid foods in the next few months, and the formula consumption should hopefully dwindle the closer we get to the one-year mark.

What kind of formula do you feed your baby? Was it a conscious decision?

For more posts on Rooney and her development (click here)

Eric

Husband to Kelsey. Father to Rooney. Follower of Jesus. Born and raised in Iowa. I like blogging. Bulleted lists excite me. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Wow I can hardly believe those are the actual first two ingredients in Similac’s formula. Crazy! The infant formula industry is an $8 billion dollar per year business, so it’s not surprising that they stock up the hospitals with samples and send coupons. I read somewhere that marketing formula in developing countries is directly related to increased infant death because their water is contaminated. It’s more advantageous to their bank accounts for moms to formula feed than breast feed. That’s not to say formula feeding is bad or evil, but those ingredients are scary.

    • Ryan of the Green Gods April 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      I agree Courtney, its saddening to see money take paramount to all else–including well-being for our fellow brothers and sisters worldwide. Another great product is the Baby’s Only brand, which is inexpensive (12.7 oz for ~$10 online), non-GMO, organic, and uses non-hexane extracted DHA and ARA, as well as a complex carbohydrate such as non-arsenic brown rice syrup rather than a simple carb like corn sugars. There non-DHA/ARA supplemented formulas offer high levels of natural linoleic and linolenic fatty acids which are precursor fatty acids for the production of natural DHA and ARA in the body–meaning no need to buy the supplemented stuff, especially since the extracted forms of DHA and ARA are not efficiently absorbed by the body. Vote with your food-dollars, and big business will hear us!!! Peace, love and well-being to all

  2. We use Earth’s Best in our household and have been very happy with it. Just wanted to share…You can subscribe and save through Amazon.com and it ends up being roughly $86 for 4 cans. If you have Amazon Prime, you can get free shipping too. :)

  3. I was looking at formula a few weeks ago for the first time and was totally taken aback by the ingredient list…it’s kind of crazy that this isn’t more talked about. Turns out my girl is allergic to formula so we are sticking to donated breast milk until we are done (2 more months!!), but Earth’s Best was next on my list to try before I realized she was allergic!

    • Leah, where do you get your donated breast milk? I always wanted to look into that, but couldn’t find much on receiving milk (just donating).

      • I looked on Human Milk for Human Babies – Georgia (where I live) – I think they have FB pages for each state. The moms on there were AWESOME – one woman donated over 200 oz to me…amazing!!!

      • I heard you’re near the des Moines area and have a group you should contact. They are Amazing and have all kinds of info on breast milk donation, placenta encapsulation, doula services, chiropractic care etc. just a great resource to have in town. Email me and I can get you her email. I don’t want to post it here. They meet in beaverdale

  4. Looks like you made the right choice. Corn syrup and sugar as the first ingredients! CRAZY!

  5. Wow I would never have guessed they’d be so different! Good job for doing your research!

  6. No mention of Nature’s One organic formula. This company takes its ingredients list very seriously. Currently they are addressing the issue of arsenic in brown rice syrup that has surfaced in the media. Their website is definitely worth a read. On a personal note, this is a formula that actually tastes pleasant. Anyone ever thrown back some Similac or similar? Nasty!
    Amazon sells it or you can buy direct from the company. Our local Whole Foods used to carry it as well. It may be a matter of asking the store to stock it. Always worth a try at any grocery.

    • I looked into Nature’s One formula, and it seemed like a good option. I just can’t speak to it because I have no experience. Thanks for chiming in! Their website says it is recommended for babies 12 months or older. I am not sure but perhaps it says that because they are breastfeeding advocates. Did you use it up to age 3? I’d love to learn more.

    • Hi LKM,
      I talked to my wellness coach about Nature’s One today. The first ingredient is organic brown rice syrup, which is essentially sugar. There is sugar in Earth’s Best, too (#4 ingredient), but we are going to stick with that since it’s further down the list. Thanks for bringing this up, though, so I could look into it!

  7. Way to be informed consumers! Because breastmilk/formula should provide the majority of baby’s nutrition through the first year, I’m not sure you guys will see quite the savings you’re anticipating, depending on how baby takes to solids (they should compliment the formula, not replace it). But every dollar counts!

  8. I breastfeed my daughter for the full first year, but weaned her onto Baby’s Only by Nature One after her birthday. I would whole heartedly recommend Baby’s Only by Nature One to any mom who is unable to breastfeed. The company promotes breastfeeding which is why they say their formula is for babies 12 months and older. It has nothing to do with forumation. We used it to help wean her from breastfeeding to whole milk, but I know several moms who used it as formula for their infants.

  9. I applaud your commitment to being informed consumers of infant formula! Becoming a parent means becoming an amateur nutritionist :). When I stopped pumping breast milk at work, my daughter was 19 months old, we started supplementing with Earth’s Best Organic. We picked this formula on the recommendation of our daughter’s pediatrician and we liked that it was organic and included iron. Our pediatrician recommended against cow’s milk until after 2 years. Not because my daughter is allergic, but because the formula is more nutrient-dense and easy to digest. Milk also has the added hormones and antibiotics. We experimented with almond milk (after 1 year) but she didn’t really like it.

    I agree with Amber that you may or may not realize any cost savings on formula until after a year or so. I’ve known some babies who take to solid food quickly but my daughter was not one of them. I was so excited to start making my own baby food, so a group of new moms with babies roughly 6 months old got together for a baby food making party. We had a great time (more hands = less work and more fun!) but my daughter didn’t really start eating anything reliably until she was a year or more. It was disappointing to see her refusing the food I had so lovingly prepared, but I trusted her to know when she was ready for food, kept offering a few times a day and eventually she started eating more.

    I hope you have a lot of fun helping your little one experiment with the world of solid food!

    • I agree that becoming a parent means you become an expert on a lot of things. I’ve learned so much, especially with the neck issues we went through! I will be curious to see how Roo takes to solids. I don’t think she’s ready yet, which is fine with me!

      How awesome for your daughter that you nursed/pumped for 19 months! Wow! Did you consider Nature’s One formula? I’ve heard good things about that one, too. And I’ve been wondering if there is a better option than whole milk for Rooney at a year, so I was glad you referenced that. I’ll have to do more research!

  10. Although I tried to BF, I currently formula feed my 7 month old, as well. I have been using Enfamil Gentlease for sensitive tummies, but am now reconsidering After reading your blog. So I was researching the Earths Best website. They mustve recently changed their ingredients because this is what was listed as the main ones in that order:
    Ingredients: Organic Glucose Syrup Solids, Organic Palm Oil or Palm Olein, Organic Whey Protein Concentrate, Organic Soy Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic High Oleic (Safflower or Sunflower) Oil.
    Then I researched glucose syrup solids: Glucose syrup is a food syrup, made from the hydrolysis of starch. Maize is commonly used as the source of the starch in the USA, in which case the syrup is called “corn syrup”, but glucose syrup is also made from other starch crops, including potatoes, wheat, barley, rice and cassava.
    So….is it the same as corn syrup solids?? I dont know but I cant wait for my babe to be done with formula!

    • Hi Danibel! We are using the Organic Infant Formula With DHA & ARA (not their sensitive recipe). But, you are right about their sensitive one! That is crazy. There is still sugar (organic glucose syrup solids) in the one we’re using, but it’s #4 on the ingredients list and not #1. I am so ready for her to be done with formula, because I don’t feel confident in its ingredients. I’m wondering if it would be better for us to get donated breast milk even if we don’t know who it’s coming from…

      • I was reading through this blog post and the comments since I’m trying to write my own blog post about our experiences with formula feeding and I was so surprised to see my sister commented here! I remember sending her this link way back then. I’m glad she took the time to comment on this. How fun. :-)

      • Ryan of the Green Gods April 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        The simple carbs found in ‘glucose solids’ (blanket term for cheap sugar) have been shown to increase obesity rates by 30%, and the real kicker, breastfeeding with standard formula (Enfamil/Similac) was shown to increase chances adult obesity by 250%!!! Turning on the fat genes in the human body that early is sad, especially since it is something the individual with battle against for their ENTIRE life, all because of a choice they had no part in. Fruit juices also contain simple carbs like sugars, so be careful how much juice or sugar in general is fed to your loved one!

        • Ryan of the Green Gods April 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm

          TYPO CORRECTION: breast feeding with formula? lol I meant not breastfeeding during the first six months and using formula instead increases adult obesity risk by 250!!! Pays to get the info right the first time, my apologies.

  11. I feel conflicted in giving my son formula. It has been an emoitional ride for me after my milk never came in. We use Enfamil, but after reading your reasons for switching, I am interested. I just never gave it any thought…it was just buy what others use or what the Dr provides as the best option.

    What irks me, though, is seeing that organic seems to mislead consumers in that they do have corn syrup…it is just hidden under the name of glucose syrup. And even if it is listed as 4, what is the actual percentage or amount? I wish they would readily provide that info so I can compare. If my son needs more ozs/feeding will it be a wash anyway? Researching online, it looks like people are happy with Earth’s Best, with one complaint that there may be BPA in the lining of the can. Do you have any info on that or does thhe can indicate BPA free? I think I may consider switching as well. Did Rooney’s tummy do well with the switch?

    • Hi Liz,
      I wish there was more info out there, too. If you are really conflicted, have you looked into donated breast milk? Or making your own formula?

      I am not sure about the BPA in the can. I will have to check tonight! I have also read complaints about the hexane in the DHA and also that someone found spiders in their can. Yes, spiders. In my research, I found that there will always be complaints about the different formulas from someone. I have to make the best choice out of what I am provided with. This post was helpful for me. I just read it and I am still open to changing, but as you mentioned it can affect the baby’s tummy so I don’t want to keep trying new things. Luckily, none of the formula changes we have tried so far have seemed to affect her.

      I’d love to know what you end up deciding.

  12. I have to say when I read this post I was instantly concerned. I fed my one year old Similac Advance formula for six months after I stopped nursing and until we switched to whole milk. When you highlighted the ingredients I was worried I’d been giving him corn syrup but that is not the case at all. The regular Similac Advance does not list corn syrup or sugar as an ingredient at all and the ingredients aren’t really that different from Earth’s Best. The Similac Sensitive uses corn syrup in place of lactose as they are making the assumption that a lactose intolerance is causing the gas and fussiness. It’s still not something I’d be comfortable with my baby getting regardless but I do think the regular Similac Advance that was recommended by my pediatrician shouldn’t be grouped in with this. Also, there is corn syrup in organic formula – it’s just listed differently. The bottom line in all of this is that you have to do what works for your baby and what makes you comfortable. Thanks!

    • You are correct. Similac Advance does NOT have the same ingredients as their Sensitive line. I think most parents (us included) figured that if their 5-day-old baby was getting formula, that sensitive would be better than the regular, because their tummy is so little! But the ingredients list is so different, it’s not just that the lactose was removed.

  13. We tried Earth’s Best, but it keeps coming out of my little one’s nose. Ever seen spit-up from a nose? It’s exciting, let me tell you. They do make a sensitive formula though, so I’m trying that one next.

  14. Hey Kelsey! Love your post and how you are bringing the quality of formula into light! We had to supplement towards the last few months before Mason turned one and I seriously never paid attention. I assumed that sugars wouldn’t be the first thing a formula company could legitimately call “close” to breast milk…. At any rate… In response to your questions and curiosity about donor milk, I’ve been through it! I donated several hundred ounces when I had Makenna because she refused a bottle and I had to pump during the day so I ended up with more milk than I knew what to do with. Most milk banks heavily screen mothers and their milk. I had to undergo blood tests and a physical. My milk was always tested for alcohol, drugs, and contaminants. Some milk banks go so far as to pasteurize it, but of course some of the nutrients are lost in that process. I had to bag and freeze it within 24 hours and sent it in in special boxes of dry ice. The University of Iowa Hospitals runs a donation and milk bank if you want to learn more. As for almond or soy milk instead of cow’s milk, I would caution against it. You can get milk free of hormones and from the research I’ve done on soy products, it’s scary. Plus the baby still needs fats to help in brain development and will not receive enough calories from almond or soy milk to meet those needs. I didn’t waste time with jarred baby food either. Both kids were eating what we ate by 9-10 months (albeit a much mushier version) and have a very wide palate today. The key, though, is that you have to eat healthy! :) if you wouldn’t put it in baby’s body, why would you put it in yours?? Good luck! You’re such a good momma and dadda!

  15. We tried to avoid formula which contain high amounts of corn syrup, so we settled on a Kroger “organic” brand and our girl hasn’t had many problems with it so far. But she still has occasional gas pains and we’re not sure why. Normal at 2 months? I just don’t know, but it would be a reaction to the ARA DHA sources.

    But what got me thinking was when I investigated the SOURCES of the ARA/DHA in most formula. It seems that it’s NOT approved by the FDA as organic at all. Not to say it’s bad, but it’s cause for concern. (see: http://www.cornucopia.org/dha-safety-concerns/) At this point, I’m rather frustrated with the whole industry and think I may avoid the DHA supplemented formula as well.

    In my opinion, I don’t like feeding my baby cow milk-based formula or corn syrup formula. We breast feed but that’s not enough for her most of the time. I want better alternatives. Even a goat-milk based formula would be a great option.

  16. We’ve been using Natures One since birth and our girl has never had a problem. They also get their DHA from a less questionable source. http://www.naturesone.com/dairy-dha/

    Also, why to stay away from High Fructose Corn Syrup:
    A macroepigenetic approach to identify factors responsible for the autism epidemic in the United States: http://www.clinicalepigeneticsjournal.com/content/4/1/6

  17. Did you notice a difference in the torticollis after switching to organic formula?

    • Hi Natasha! Her torticollis completely disappeared after we started seeing a chiropractor. That was the same time as our formula switch. I attribute her improvement to being adjusted and getting her spine aligned! Prior to that we did physical therapy with no improvement.

      • We have done physical therapy and have been released but my sons tilt still seems to come and go even though we continue with stretches. He has been in a cranial band for just over three weeks and is now getting a tilt again. I know he is teething so I’m wondering if that is contributing to it. How often/how many times did you have her adjusted? Did it involve cracking or just positioning?

    • Natasha, we did, but I don’t think it was related. We switched form going to a physical therapist to a Chiropractor and believe the Chiropractor is what fixed the torticollis.

  18. You need to be honest in your comparisons. You compared Similac for sensitive stomachs with Earth’s best regular formula.
    Earths’ best for sensitive stomachs also starts with corn syrup essentially — at least, in the US glucose syrup is derived from corn starch. could also be potato, wheat,rice, barley– the wonderful thing is you don’t know WHICH you are feeding your baby.

    Ingredients: Organic Glucose Syrup Solids, Organic Palm Oil or Palm Olein, Organic Whey Protein Concentrate,

    and their soy-based formula also starts with corn syrup, as does Similac.

    • Thanks for pointing that out. We are being honest in our comparison. We switched from Similac Sensitive to Earth’s best regular. That was ‘our’ comparison.

      • Understood. But the way in which it was presented was as “Similac has corn syrup and Earths’ Best does not”, which is a bit disingenuous toward the readers, as is evidenced by the comments following the post.

        I’m all about improving nutrition for our children, esp. in the early years, but we need to be careful how ‘facts’ are presented in order to provide accurate information to others.

        • I’ve made some changes to the headings, clarifying that the Similac brand we are talking about is their sensitive product and that we are NOT talking about Earth’s best sensitive formula. Thanks for helping us clarify this!

  19. IMO, any formula that uses corn syrup as a base or main ingredient should be avoided. That goes double for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is used in a LOT of processed foods, so it takes reading the labels to avoid it.

  20. I know this is an older post but I wanted to see if you could help. I’ve been researching formula and decided to switch my 2 month old to Earth’s Best (I came across your blog while researching ingredients). She has been on Similac Sensitive for about a month. She will not take the EB formula. I’m assuming the SS is a lot sweeter. I’ve been trying for 2 days and she doesn’t like it. Did your daughter have any trouble when you switched and do you have any suggestions I can try to get her to take it? Thanks so much and I’ve really enjoyed reading through your blog (we’re a Dave Ramsey family too)!

    • Hi Julie! Thank you so much for reading our blog. We truly appreciate it, and love hearing feedback from readers.

      We didn’t have any trouble switching Roo to EB formula. I’m no expert in the field, but my only thought is to try the EB sensitive formula first (however, I think that does have high fructose corn syrup as one of the main ingredients). This is likely a closer option(taste) to Similac Sensitive since your baby is having trouble with the switch.

    • Hi Julie! Just a thought: Would she take half Similac Sensitive and half Earth’s Best? Make them both separately and then pour them together. You could try to wean her that way…and gradually move her to 100% Earth’s Best.

  21. To be honest, I think the scare mongering is a bit over the top. Corn syrup is not necessarily “bad.” It’s obviously easier to digest for some, hence the reason so many brands use it in their sensitive formulas, including organic brands. I think, to label something as outright good or bad is unfair. Don’t base your rhetoric on moral judgment of food. It would be bettersay what works for you. I know babies who did well on commercial brands. Regardless of the ingredient list.

  22. It is so great to see this discussion happening here. I often research and write about the benefits of breastfeeding and the very real problems with infant formula, many that you discuss here, but what I find are so many women who need to know what infant formulas are really better. I think you have found the only two commercial ones that I know. I also second the comment from the reader that discusses making your own. For those who are willing to do the research and take the time, this is a great way to control your ingredients, save money, and get the highest quality option. It isn’t right for everyone though because it isn’t easy. However, there is no reason to continue to give a baby infant formula past a year. It isn’t like nursing where they are getting all these great immunity benefits and etc. It just becomes expensive. It is far better to go to organic, whole milk if your child can tolerate milk. If not, then you can make bone broths for the calcium and other minerals. In many other countries, they start weaning children off of formula long before a year, as long as you are making enough interesting, nutritious, whole foods for him. I highly recommend the Weston Price Foundation website for information on all of this or stop by http://www.thegreenmama.com. Thanks for sharing your research with everyone.

  23. natures one babys only is the best formula on the market in my opinion. used it for all 3 of my boys. better and safer than earths best. they claim its for age 1 and up but that’s just cause they recommend the boob till then. can use from new born.

  24. Yes. I’m shocked by the sugar! You gave me a glimmer of hope for a second, but is no one reading the Earth’s best ingredient list?! The number one ingredient is organic glucose syrup. Hello? That’s corn syrup. It’s exactly the same. My baby is lactose intolerant, so now I don’t know what to do!

  25. Darillyn Lamb Starr December 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I was very happy when I realized that you weren’t going to recommend Similac Sensitive! My little grandson was put on it. That was the first time I had seen it and thought “Great! They’ve come up with a formula using hydrolyzed whey protein, rather than 60% casein, like the regular”. Then, I read the ingredients, and realized that the only thing different about it was that it contained corn syrup and table sugar, rather than lactose. It was great money-making ploy to name it that, and claim it prevents spitting up, on the label. Most parents have no idea that they might as well be feeding their babies pancake syrup, rather than lactase; the much more healthy sugar that nature puts into milk.

    It is also aimed at a group of people, which includes some physicians, who think that it is common for infants to be lactose intolerant. Truly lactose intolerant infants have a genetic condition called Primary Lactase Deficiency, which means that the infants’ bodies do not produce enough of the enzyme required to digest milk sugar. The condition occurs at a rate of something like 1 in 60,000. The manufacturer knows all about it, but they know that much of the general public THINKS that lactose intolerance is common in infancy, which provides them with an additional way to make money!

    It is possible for an infant to have a TEMPORARY lactose intolerance, due to intestinal inflammation or extreme overfeeding. The parents give the baby the lactose-free formula, and the baby feels better. BUT, once the cause is resolved, they could, and should, go back to the formula containing lactose.

    I had to use formula with my children because they were all adopted. I breastfed, and produced a significant amount of milk, but they also needed a significant amount of formula. I gave them the formula, mostly through the Lact-Aid, which can be used to provide supplement at the breast. They are all grown, now, so I didn’t have many of the things that adoptive moms can use, now, or the ways to get donated milk (Although, I did manage to get a little). I hadn’t even heard of organic foods, then, so I used several formulas put out by Meade Johnson, the makers of enfamil, and one made by Wyeth. I also made a formula based on raw goat milk, for my fifth child. I don’t think many people know that it only takes a small amount of breast milk to provide immunological benefits. Of course, 100% breast milk is the gold standard, but in cases where that isn’t possible, a decent formula and some amount of breast milk is a very acceptable diet for a baby!

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