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Organic vs. Non-Organic Formula: Deciding What Is Best For Your Baby
The moment you welcome your babies into this world begins a never-ending string of important decisions. It is our job as parents to decide what is best for our babies. Additionally, as a parent of multiples, we have two, three, and four times as many decisions to make. One of the most important decisions a parent can make is about their child’s nutrition. Breastmilk is the first choice for infant nutrition, but if and when you choose formula (even if just to supplement) it’s important to know the differences. The most important thing is making sure your baby does get adequate nutrition. According to the World Health Organization, “Adequate nutrition during infancy is essential to ensure the growth, health, and development of children to their full potential.” So when deciding what is best for your babies, do you know the differences between organic and non-organic infant formula? Here is more information to help you make the choice:
Understanding the Label: What makes it organic?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the ruling and labeling for organic products. In order for an infant formula to be labeled as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must be organic. These organic ingredients are farmed and raised through sustainable agricultural practices. Each of these farms must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances. The farms must prove that they do not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs), bioengineering, radiation, antibiotics, or growth hormones.
Evaluating the Nutritional Guidelines: Which offers better nutrition?
Infant formula is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration because formula is often used as a sole source of nutrition by a vulnerable population during a critical period of growth and development. These regulations include basic requirements for nutrients.
Both organic and non-organic infant formulas meet basic nutritional needs, they are both safe to consume, and they support healthy growth in infants that consume them. However, organic formulas must be produced using organic milk sourced from farms where cows are fed with certified organic feed and not given added growth hormones or antibiotics. You’ll also want to check for key beneficial ingredients that can be found in both organic and non-organic formulas, such as DHA & ARA (for brain and eye development), lutein (for eye development), prebiotic fiber (for immunity), and iron (for red blood cell development).
Considering the Price Difference: Is it worth it?
When deciding whether or not to buy organic or non-organic, many people believe that organic is much more expensive. However, this is not the case for infant formula. After completing a pricing analysis, we found that many organic formulas only differed from their non-organic counterparts by a few cents an ounce. You’ll want to break down the cost per ounce, since every brand packages their formula in different quantities, and do the math when you’re comparison shopping.
Additional Factors: What else is going to help you decide?
When it comes down to making a decision on whether to use organic or non-organic formula, it is essential to do your research, speak to your pediatrician, and consider your babies’ individual needs. For example, some infants have GERD, acid reflux, or are lactose intolerant. Other infants, such as NICU babies, may need to be on a special formula or formula mix to boost weight. Not every formula is perfect for every baby, and sometimes with twins they’ll need to be on different formulas.
It is never easy making decisions for our children, especially when it comes to nutrition, but when we are better informed we can make better choices. If you do your homework and ask the right questions to your medical professionals, you can rest assured that you’re making the best decision for your family.
Infant and Young Child Feeding: Model Chapter for Textbooks for Medical Students and Allied Health Professionals. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2009. Session 1, The importance of infant and young child feeding and recommended practices. Retrieved on December 28th, 2017 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK148967/
Organic Labeling Standards. United States Department of Agriculture; 2017. Retrieved on December 28th, 2017 from https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/organic-labeling-standards
Questions & Answers for Consumers Concerning Infant Formula. U.S Food & Drug Administration; 2017. Retrieved on December 28th, 2017 from https://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/PeopleAtRisk/ucm108079.htm#2
Tierra Nelson lives with her fiancé Martin and their one year old fraternal twin girls, Isabella & Claire, in Central Minnesota. As an avid photographer, Tierra enjoys capturing all of their adventures through the lens of her camera. In addition, she is a stay at home mother, college student, photographer, writer, blogger, and so much more. As a member of the St. Cloud Area Mothers of Multiple Club, she loves meeting and learning from fellow mothers of multiples. When her twins were 3 months old, she decided to take on another great adventure, gestational surrogacy. Author of her personal blog, Mama Bears Denn, Tierra writes about adventures in life, surrogacy, and twin mom life. You’ll also her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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