ingredients to avoid in baby formula

What ingredients to avoid in Baby Formulas

June 06, 2018

Every parent wants to give the very best available to their child, and this usually starts with the big decision of which formula you should feed your baby. We all know that breast milk is the absolute best for newborns until 6 months old, but sometimes, due to many different reasons we cannot feed our baby fully on breast milk and need to add or substitute with Baby Formula.

Today Ylva Williams, co-owner of the Organic Baby Food Shop and mother of two will share her experience.

Ylva Organic Baby Food Shop“When the first of our two daughters were born, due to low breast milk supply, we started to look infant formula to add to her diet!  We had already read a lot on this topic and were honestly worried, to say the least, about the ingredients and production of formulas in the USA.

During our investigations, we kept finding articles based on research that infant formula produced in Europe was of much better quality than the US-based infant formula, which includes ingredients that seemed almost poison to children.

We strongly believe in only feeding our babies organic foods, so we were very surprised to see that even the so-called “organic” baby formulas produced and sold in the US contain very harmful ingredients such as : Sucrose (pure sugar), Genetically modified Soy, Synthetic Nutrients (which can contain very harmful chemicals) Dioxin (can cause cancer), GMO (can cause cancer and organ failure) Melamine (can cause kidney failure in babies).

It seemed almost impossible to get an even organic formula that would not include at least one of the above-mentioned ingredients, which are truly poisoning for babies, within the USA. At this point we were desperate. Thankfully, we had a close family friend who lives in Germany come to the rescue. He was feeding his children Lebenswert and urged us to try it. When we researched Lebenswert, by a company called Holle not only did their formula not include any of the ingredients we were not willing to feed our babies but also stood for Demeter Standards and environmental sustainability. Demeter standards exceed anything we know about the organic farming. We were thrilled! We wanted to feed Lebenswert to our babies, but ran into another problem: It was not sold in the US. After a long online search, we ran into a few suppliers online, but who only sold formulas close to the expiration date, highly overpriced and provided poor service. However, this formula was so great and healthy that we had no other option. This was when we decided to go to Germany ourselves and meet with the Lebenswert manufacturer (Holle) in person to build up a great solution to share with families across the USA!”

Today, the Organic Baby Food Shop imports directly from Germany to our offices in Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, California; New Jersey / New York; and Chicago, Illinois and personally check each shipment before it departs Germany, as well as when it arrives in Texas, California, Illinois, and New Jersey, to ensure the best quality and freshness for your baby.

While nowadays it seems to be nearly impossible to completely avoid exposure to chemicals and toxins, we are what we eat! Limiting dangerous ingredients - especially in the most important stage of your baby's life - is essential to ensure healthy growth and a happy healthy future life.



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Organic Baby Food Shop Blog

Doulas Bringing Healthy Birth Practices Worldwide
Doulas Bringing Healthy Birth Practices Worldwide

May 21, 2020

During challenging times such as these, it’s vital to uncover and bring light to the beautiful, selfless and love-inspired work being done throughout our local and global communities. Our third partner, Wombs of the World (WOTW), is ingrained in the very act of bringing light into our world by ensuring the healthiest birth practices possible. Keep reading to learn more about our partnership with WOTW.

Read More

New York City’s Strongest Survivors
New York City’s Strongest Survivors

May 12, 2020

Last week we began sharing about our recent donations to and ongoing partnerships with three global organizations doing exceptional work to support vulnerable peoples now and moving forward. Now, in shifting focus to a local New York City organization, we spotlight Sakhi for South Asian Women who has long-provided essential services to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.

Read More

Supporting Our Communities During COVID-19 and Beyond
Supporting Our Communities During COVID-19 and Beyond

May 05, 2020

Amidst the current challenges facing all peoples across the world, it’s undeniable that certain communities are most greatly affected not only now, but are generally amongst the most vulnerable when it comes to healthcare access, food security, and physical safety. During the COVID-19 crisis we’ve partnered with three organizations. We’re inspired by each group’s work and are proud to share their invaluable work with the entire OBF Shop community!

Read More