It can be truly frustrating trying to find the perfect organic baby products for our little-ones. Whether we want to pass on our choice of lifestyle (such as vegetarianism) or whether we simply want to opt-out of specific ingredients, it has grown harder for us parents to find helpful straight-forward information regarding the products we plan to use. And of course we love our children and want the best for them. Everywhere we turn as parents there are inaccurate and even untrustworthy sources. Helpful, accurate and relevant information is scarce.
If you need organic baby milk formula because you need to supplement or exclusively feed, you likely want to know which is the best one. This article is to breakdown the important differences and what they mean.
EU Organic Certification
Organic doesn't make a formula entirely safe but it's a good start. Conventional formulas likely contains Genetically Modified Ingredients, traces of pesticides, milk with antibiotics or growth hormones and oils extracted with hexane which produces 3-MCPD and has been linked to cancer. Click here to read an article all about it.
Suitable for Vegetarians
Many parents want to pass-on their principles and values to their little ones. Vegetarianism is very popular so we added a column to help these parents decide which formula is best for them. However this does not mean they are suitable for Vegans.
Demeter and Bioland Certification
Only select formulas meet the strict requirements of the Demeter and Bioland Associations. Click here to read all about their differences in this article. All Lebenswert formulas are Bioland Certified and use milk from Biodynamic Farms. Click here to explore Lebenswert products. All Holle formulas are Demeter Certified and use premium milk from grass-fed, cage-free horned cows. Click here to explore Holle products.
GOS or Galacto-oligosaccharides
GOS also known as galacto-oligosaccharides, oligogalactosyllactose, oligogalactose, oligolactose or transgalactooligosaccharides, belong to the group of prebiotics. Prebiotics are defined as non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by stimulating the growth and/or activity of beneficial bacteria in the colon. Most formulas that contain GOS obtain it through Lactose. Majority of our HiPP formulas contain GOS. Click here to explore HiPP products.
Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. Whey proteins consist of α-lactalbumin, β-lactoglobulin, serum albumin, immunoglobulins, and proteose-peptones. Because whey contains lactose, it should be avoided by babies who are lactose intolerant. Dried whey contains 65 to 75 percent lactose and 11 to 12 percent protein. Babies can be allergic to whey or other milk proteins (this is an allergy, not lactose intolerance).
Lactose is a natural carbohydrate (sugar) present in milk. It is a disaccharide, a sugar whose molecules contain two monosaccharide residues. Monosaccharide cannot be hydrolyzed to give a simpler form. Therefore Lactose is the most simple carbohydrate whose molecules consist of glucose and galactose units. Some babies have trouble digesting lactose in their newborn tummies, this is known as a lactose intolerance.
Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide, a carbohydrate whose molecules consist of a number of sugar molecules bonded together. It is produced from starch by partial hydrolysis and is usually found as a white hygroscopic spray-dried powder. Maltodextrin consists of D-glucose units connected in chains of variable length. It is easily digestible, being absorbed as rapidly as glucose and might be either moderately sweet or almost flavorless. It is often used as an alternative to Lactose in soft drinks.
Lactose and Maltodextrin
Sometimes used in combination, these two make a great team for babies with a lactose intolerance. Substituting some of the lactose for maltodextrin makes it easier to digest. All Holle Goat-Based Baby Milk Formulas use lactose and Maltodextrin. Click here to explore Holle Goat-Based Baby Milk Formulas.
Starch is an odorless tasteless white substance occurring widely in plant tissue and obtained chiefly from cereals and potatoes. It is a polysaccharide (sugar molecules bonded together) that functions as a carbohydrate store and is an important constituent of the human diet. Starch is used in formulas to make the milk thicker and more filling for babies.
Human breast milk contains palmitic acid, or hexadecanoic acid, the most common saturated fatty acid found in animals, plants and microorganisms. Many formulas contain palm oil to try to replicate this nutrient. Unfortunately palm oil is not properly absorbedby infants and infants who drink formula with palm oil are shown to have decreased bone density.
Soy lecithin is an oily substances that occurs naturally in in soybean plants. formula is usually only recommended if a baby suffers from dairy intolerance. If you’re buying non-organic formula, the soy is likely read as soy lecithin. Luckily, organic European formulas use Soy Lecithin that has not been genetically modified. Soy-based formula contains soy protein that is isolated from soybean. It is made from soybean meal that has been dehulled and defatted. Soy formula also contains high levels of plant-derived estrogens (phytoestrogens). In fact, the concentrations of phytoestrogens detected in the blood of infants fed soy formula were shown to be 13,000 to 22,000 times greater than the concentrations of natural estrogens – the effects of this are simply unknown. Unfortunately, even most dairy-based formulas contain soy oils or lecithin.
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)
Alpha-linolenic acid is a kind of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. ALA fatty acid include walnut, edible seeds, clary sage seed oil, algal oil, flaxseed oil, Sacha Inchi oil, Echium oil, and hemp oil.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain, cerebral cortex, skin, and retina. DHA fatty acids include fish oils, egg oil, squid oils, and krill oil.
Linoleic Acid / Omega-6
Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health, but the body cannot make them. Most omega-6 fatty acids come from vegetable oils, such as linoleic acid (LA). Linoleic acid is converted to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in the body. It can then break down further to arachidonic acid (AA). Omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, and normal growth and development. Omega-6s help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and maintain the reproductive system.
We hope this guide has answered your questions about the differences of organic baby milk formulas. But if you still have questions or trouble deciding we might be able to help. Click here to contact us. Remember to choose whatever feels right to you. Whether it be Holle, HiPP, Lebenswert, Topfer or NannyCARE, you can always trust these brands. Choose which your children digest best and meets their nutritional requirements. Never forget to always consult your pediatrician first.