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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Kendamil Formula: Everything You Need to Know

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This in-depth guide will help you learn everything you need to know about possibly the most premium organic formula on the market: Kendamil. You’ll learn more about what Kendamil is, what the benefits are, how it compares to other organic baby formulas, and where you can find & buy it!

kendamil formula stages 1, 2, 3

With so many baby formula brands competing to create organic baby formulas—it can be hard to choose the right one for your baby. However, one brand from Britain, which supplies the British Royal Family(!), is setting new standards for natural, organic formulas, supported by rave reviews from parents around the world. For parents wondering if Kendamil is worth the investment and hype, and if it meets the criteria for a healthy baby formula, this post is for you!

What is Kendamil formula?

Kendamil is the only infant formula made in the United Kingdom. Built on over 58 years’ expertise in infant nutrition and located in the heart of the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kendamil is a family business committed to developing the most premium, natural, traceable and sustainable organic formulation in the world.

Kendamil’s unique advantages trace back to their founder’s commitment to nature. As a farmer himself, Ross McMahon was passionate about developing the most premium infant formula in the world, exclusively using local, traceable ingredients to guarantee quality from farm to formula. He partnered with Steve McCann, an industry expert with over 40 years’ experience in infant formulations to create Kendamil in 2016.

Every can of Kendamil is designed, formulated and hand-crafted in-house. They also work hand-in-hand with 220 local organic farms around the English Lake District to meet the highest standards of organic farming, animal welfare and milk quality. This collaboration enables Kendamil to include the highest levels of natural mammal fats in the industry, as well as to be the only whole-milk formula that is both palm oil free and vegetarian friendly (it includes DHA/ARA by using zero fish oil).

This devotion to quality paid off in 2019, when the Royal Nanny of Prince William and Princess Kate contacted Kendamil to help with combination feeding for Prince Louis!

Is Kendamil a safe and healthy baby formula?

From my extensive research including conversations with the Kendamil team, I am confident that this unique formula sets a new standard for natural, traceable and organic formulas.

Kendamil is the only infant formula whose cows happily graze in a UNESCO World Heritage Site all year round. All of Kendamil’s supplier farms (who they know personally!) are organic and Red Tractor certified – meaning they meet the highest standards of quality and care throughout the supply chain, from farm to formula. Kendamil is organic certified by the EU, a much higher standard than the US. In addition, Kendamil meets the even stricter standards of the British Soil Association (which has the strictest interpretation of the European organic guidelines allowing only 5% non-organic vitamins / minerals in the soil).

cows grazing on pasture

What are the benefits of Kendamil?

#1 | EU CERTIFIED ORGANIC, BRITISH GRASS FED COWS

European formulas are popular for a reason – European organic standards and farming regulations are much higher/stricter than US organic standards. You can read more about the standards for European formulas here, and the benefits of organic formula here.

Kendamil’s cows are grazed outdoors with access to indoor housing and milking twice per day, providing a stress-free environment and a healthy diet supplemented with silage and hay from grass production during winter. The native English Jersey cows are renowned for containing the highest % milk fat in the world and the highest nutrition per unit of volume of any cow in the world. Because of this, their milk is richer in Omega-3 fats, Vitamin E beta-carotenes and CLA fatty acids. Jersey milk contains 18% more protein, 20% more calcium and 25% more butterfat than average (a butterfat level up to about 6.8%). Furthermore, Jersey cows produce mainly A2 milk, which emerging evidence from studies in preschool children and adults suggests is less likely to be associated with digestive discomfort versus the A1 milk common in most cow breeds.

This is in direct contrast to American cows who produce A1 milk, and who are crammed into a factory, injected with antibiotics and hormones, and given low quality corn/soy based foods. The UK bans the use of growth hormones, and UK organic farms use natural manure and are prohibited from using artificial fertilizers, pesticides or chemicals. Kendamil ensures that their animals are treated ethically and with care, and that all organic feed and animal welfare standards are met for their cows.

Note: Kendamil recently launched a high quality goat milk formula for infants that follows the same farming practices as they use for their cows. You can find more information on Kendamil Goat here.

#2 | NATURAL & HEALTHY FATS, NO PALM OIL

Today, most infant formulas are made with skim milk and have added vegetable fats to meet WHO guidelines and match breastmilk (which contains up to 30% milk fat). While there is nothing wrong with skimmed milk in formula, and some added fats (like coconut oil) are healthy, palm oil has a negative impact on our rainforests, wildlife and indigenous populations. Additionally, palm oil may cause digestive issues like constipation and may lower calcium and fat absorption in infants.

Because Kendamil uses natural full-cream mammal milk fat, they avoid the need for palm oil and use less vegetable oils overall. The type of fat in whole milk has a high concentration of medium chain triglycerides with palmitic acid in the Sn2 position (similar to breast milk triglyceride composition), which helps with calcium absorption, digestibility and fat absorption, and minimizes constipation. Kendamil uses a blend of coconut oil, sunflower oil and canola to provide linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid, which infants need as a supplement in addition to the full cream milk fat to make Kendamil closer to breastmilk in composition.

#3 | NO FISH OIL, NO HEXANE, VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY

Omega 3 fats are essential to healthy infant development, which is why most formulas include DHA/ARA in some form (or, if they don’t, you have to supplement). Most formulas use fish oil as their source of DHA, which technically makes the formula not vegetarian or vegan friendly.

Kendamil uniquely sources their Omega-3 DHA from plant based pure marine algae (which is what fish eat to obtain their Omega-3). The algae DHA is extracted gently without the use of chemical solvents or hexanes. By going straight to source, Kendamil provides a non-allergen, plant-based source of essential DHA and ARA which also uniquely makes Kendamil suitable for vegetarians. They take their commitment to vegetarianism a step further by ensuring no animal rennet is used in the source of their Organic Lactose, Organic Whey and our Organic GOS. This makes them halal friendly too!

#4 | WHOLE MILK FORMULATION

Kendamil uses a whole milk base and contains the highest level of full-cream nutrients in the industry. Kendamil’s formula contains MFGM (Milk Fat Globule Membrane), scientifically proven to support infant cognitive development, and naturally found in milk fat (additional source here). Whole milk also contains naturally-occurring fat-soluble vitamins and minerals that babies need for growth and development. Skimmed milk has less of these vitamins, but formulas using skimmed milk end up adding additional vitamins back into the formula to make it match the components found in whole milk.

One nice feature of whole milk is that it’s naturally sweet! Which means that, without adding sugar, Kendamil’s formula has a unique golden color and creamy sweet taste that babies love.

#5 | NO SOY

Kendamil uses the full cream nutrient from cow’s whole milk to provide a source of naturally-occurring proteins, and on top of that, uses no soy ingredients (no soy oil, no soy lecithin and no soy protein). Why does this matter? Research has shown that too much soy in infancy can have negative effects later in life. Here is an in-depth explanation on soy during infancy.

#6 | LACTOSE AS THE CARBOHYDRATE

Unless your baby has lactose intolerance, lactose is the best primary carbohydrate that a baby formula can include. Cheaper, processed substitutes for lactose include: maltodextrin, corn syrup, glucose syrup solids, sugar, brown rice syrup, sucrose, etc. In formulas that are hypoallergenic, some of these ingredients may be unavoidable. But for regular, organic baby formula, these ingredients should not be included as a source of carbs. Kendamil Stage 1 uses 100% lactose for their carbohydrate, meaning parents are getting the best carbohydrate for their babies without the non-lactose sugars. Lactose is naturally broken down slowly in the baby’s digestion process , so the pancreas does not have to quickly release insulin, therefore lactose has a low glycemic index.

#7 | ALL NATURAL

In addition to these benefits, Kendamil doesn’t contain any of the ingredients I recommend avoiding (that other baby formulas do contain). Those include: GMOs, soy products, lutein, lycopene, L-methionine, added sugars, and synthetic ingredients. Kendamil does include nucleotides and taurine, but unlike most formulas – they add these nutrients without using hexane. Here is a direct quote from them on the inclusion of both of these nutrients:

Nucleotides are the building blocks of human DNA. The Kendamil QA Department ensure these nucleotides are produced through a physical fermentation and filtration process without the need for chemical solvents and no hexanes.

Taurine is found in breastmilk has been shown to help aid visual development of infants. Like all vitamins (which with the exception of 3 (Vitamin B2, B12 and D), taurine is made synthetically in a laboratory in order to ensure consistent purity.

You can see more details on which ingredients to avoid in baby formula here.

#8 | ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Kendamil has the lowest carbon footprint of any formula in the world thanks to their farm-to-formula, all-British supply chain. They are also the only formula that uses neither palm oils nor fish oils – protecting our rainforests and our oceans. Finally, all Kendamil products are stored in recyclable metal cans, perfect for re-use for planting or storage.

#9 | INCLUDES HMOs

For the first time in an organic infant formula, Kendamil has verified the presence of HMOs in Kendamil Organic through the use of High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), which identified the presence of 3’-GL , 4’-GL and 6’-GL. All three of these HMOs are found in mothers’ colostrum after birth. 3’-GL has been proven in ex-vivo laboratory studies conducted by Utrecht University to protect the lining of the intestine of infants, shielding them from inflammation and benefitting their immune system.

Where Can You Find and Buy This Formula?

The great thing about Kendamil is that it’s very easy to get in the US from two of my favorite distributors: My Organic Company and Bottles and Burps.

My Organic Company was founded in 2017 by two parents: Cecilia and Kevin who are dedicated to ensuring that organic European formulas are available to any parents who want them in the US! They have three different warehouses across the US to ensure safe, fast and reliable shipping. And their supply chain is so robust they virtually guarantee that they will be in stock of all formulas at all times!

My Organic Formula is also offering an additional 5% off by using the code “THEPICKYEATER” at checkout.

Other things that make them great: they have a comprehensive mixing guide for every formula that’s easily accessible here, they have a subscribe and save option (save an additional 5%), and amazing customer service! You can read more about My Organic Company’s story here and more about Kendamil’s story here.

Bottles & Burps: When it comes to reliability and affordability, Bottles & Burps is the lowest priced US retailer I have found that sells Kendamil. They can get all of these products to most US households in 2-4 days from their with their standard free shipping from Europe.

If you’re looking to save even more, you can order bundles direct from their warehouse in Europe (with free, express 2-5 day shipping to the US). Express shipping from Europe is important because the alternatives can take upwards of 30 days and suffer additional customs delays.

I met with Courtney and Blake, the co-owners, and learned that they had the same experience as I did when trying to find a healthy formula for their babies. Bottles & Burps is also offering a $10 discount code using the code PICKYEATER10 (just enter it manually in the checkout process!)

What are the Differences Between Stage 1, 2, and 3 of Kendamil?

There are slight differences between the 3 Stages of Kendamil – so to help you figure out which one is best for your baby, I’ve outlined the differences between Stages 1, 2, and 3 below.

Stage 1

Kendamil Stage 1 is for birth to 6 months. You can use this formula to replace breastmilk or use alongside it as a supplement. Kendamil stage 1 is based on the same whey to casein ratio as breast milk which is 60% whey and 40% casein.

This formula is easy on digestion due to the use of whole milk and no palm oil and contains all essential vitamins, including MFGM, Iodine and Iron (for cognitive development), Calcium and Vitamin D (for growth and bone development), Iron, Zinc and Vitamins A, C & D (for the immune system) and DHA (for visual development). Lactose is the only/primary carbohydrate used (Stage 1 is 100% lactose), and along with natural milk fats, a combination of coconut, sunflower and canola oils form the primary fat source.

Each Kendamil product comes in a 800g recyclable metal can (better for storage and shelf life) with instructions (in English!). You’ll get approximately 31 bottles per 800-gram can.

Stage 2

Kendamil Stage 2 is a “follow-on” milk perfect for babies aged 6-12 months.

Kendamil Stage 2 has been designed with a whey to casein ratio of 50% whey and 50% casein. This is more like cow’s milk and is a transition to the normal family diet. It is higher in minerals naturally found in milk like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus and more satisfying for baby.

Each Kendamil product comes in a 800g recyclable metal can (better for storage and shelf life) with instructions (in English!). You’ll get approximately 29 bottles per 800-gram can.

Stage 3

Kendamil Stage 3 is for babies 12 months and onward. This “toddler milk” is perfect for parents who want to use formula into toddlerhood.

Kendamil Stage 3 is based on a whey to casein ratio, of 20% whey to 80% casein, allowing children over 1 year to be ready to be weaned onto normal cows milk of a similar whey to casein ratio. The iron and calcium content is higher than Stage 2.

Each Kendamil product comes in a 800g recyclable metal can (better for storage and shelf life) with instructions (in English!). You’ll get approximately 29 bottles per 800-gram can.

kendamil formula container stage 2 on a swing next to a stuffy

Final Thoughts

For parents who value nutrition, wholesome ingredients, and EU organic certification—Kendamil could be the perfect formula for you and your baby! Kendamil is made with sustainable, organic British milk and has no synthetic ingredients, no palm oil, and no soy products – which means you can be confident your baby is getting a healthy, safe, and nutritious formula to promote growth and development. Kendamil is my top ranked organic baby formulas among all of the options out there! If my kids were still in the 0-12 months range, I would purchase Kendamil to give to them.

Note: Kendamil does make a non-organic version of their formula, so when you are purchasing Kendamil, be sure to pick the organic version (which you can find at My Organic Company).

90 responses to “Kendamil Formula: Everything You Need to Know”

  1. Hi there! We have been using Kendamil since birth and recently switched to Follow on stage 2 at 6 months. The follow on milk removes Choline and now my pediatrician is concerned. Do you know why this is removed?
    Thank you for your help.

  2. Hi Anjali,

    Our son currently uses BM but gets fortified with Formula to increase his calories. We recently looked at the ingredients, and want to make a switch. We like Kendamil’s Goat Stage 1 or Organic Stage 1. I am not a fan of the rapeseed (aka Canola Oil) but otherwise, I really can not find much to hate about the product.

    I was having a hard time finding what a basic 20kcal/oz nutrition label looks like and a fortifying formula or chart to fortify BM to 24kcal/oz that our son is currently on. I could do some presumptive math, but feel apprehensive about doing our back of the napkin math. Any insights or suggestions for reference?

    • Hi There! Unfortunately no, there isn’t a hungry baby milk from Kendamil — most hungry baby milks will add something to the formula to either thicken it up or make it more filling (like extra starch), and because Kendamil is committed to keeping their formulas as clean as possible, adding ingredients to their formulas to make them “heavier” isn’t something they’re doing right now!

  3. Is it ok to give my 6 month old daughter stage 2 Kendamil goat even if she’s not regularly consuming solids or should I stick to stage 1? I bought storage 2 Kendamil goat but then saw it said something about it being only for babies with a mixed diet. We’ve only tried introducing her solids a few times. She mostly just plays with the food, not much stays in her mouth.

    • Hi Michelle! Kendamil Stage 2 says it’s for babies with a mixed diet because Kendamil expects babies between 6-12 months to be eating a mixed diet (it’s another way of restating that the formula should only be used for babies older than 6 months of age). If your pediatrician is ok with you switching to Stage 2 of Kendamil, you should do that! Kendamil Stage 2 will have more iron than Stage 1, which is important because once babies pass 6 months of age they start to lose their iron stores from birth. I would ask your pediatrician if they are ok with you making the switch, and then go ahead and do it! Hope that helps!

  4. Hello! My baby is about to turn six months old and has been exclusively breastfed. My wife has stopped producing as much so we want to start him on formula. Since he has never had formula before, should we start with stage 1 or jump right to stage 2 since he is six months old?

    • Hi Seth! I’d start with Stage 2 since it’s formulated specifically for babies 6+ months. Stage 1 is fine, but it has less iron than Stage 2 (and babies tend to need more iron after 6 months of age because their iron stores start to get depleted). But make sure your pediatrician agrees and also wants you to start your baby on Stage 2!

  5. Hi there my son was incorrectly drinking kendamil 3 instead of 2 for a couple of weeks (we didn’t notice they had sent the incorrect one). Is there anything to be concerned about?

    • Hi Jay! Kendamil 3 just has slightly more iron and some of the other vitamins than Kendamil 2, but it’s not too different that a couple of weeks would make a huge difference (in my opinion). I wouldn’t be too worried about it personally, but I would also just check with your pediatrician to make sure they aren’t concerned either. Hope that helps!

  6. Hi Anjali, can I use Kendamil organic stage 1 till month 12? It took a while for my son to get used to Kendamil from Similac. I don’t want his tummy to go through that again. Is it ok to continue with stage 1? He is about to hit 6m mark. Thank you very much!

    • Hi Molly! The main difference between Stage 1 and 2 is the amount of iron in the formula (which increases in Stage 2). If your pediatrician isn’t concerned about your son’s iron levels, and they are ok with you keeping him on Stage 1, then you should be ok to keep him on Stage 1! Basically, I’d just make sure your pediatrician is comfortable with sticking to Stage 1 or if they want you to make the switch!

  7. Hi, My son is 1 next week. We have been giving him stage 2 Kendamil but can’t seem to purchase this in our local supermarkets at the minute. Is it okay to give him stage 3 now?

  8. I want to change my baby from HiPP to Kendamil. Is there any concern associated with the 0.75 mg of iron rather than over 1 mg?

    • Hi Maryah! From my perspective, no, that’s not concerning, unless your baby has low iron or anemia, but you should ask your pediatrician whether they have any concerns and make sure they are supportive of you giving Kendamil to your little one! Hope that helps!

  9. Hi Anjali!
    My son has reflux and I’ve been thinking for a while to make the switch to Kendamil Goat stage 2 (he’s 9.5 months old). I’m aware that this is not the formula you were reviewing but I am just wondering if you know if the goat formula has starch in it? I have searched the ingredients and I don’t think it does but I’m not sure. My son cannot tolerate cows milk formulas or starch. We’re currently on HIPP Pre HA and he tolerates it but I’m wondering if there’s something better for his silent reflux, maybe goat could completely resolve his symptoms. TIA

    • Hi Shannon! Thanks so much for reaching out! From what I know, Kendamil Goat Stage 2 does not have starch added to it so you should be ok ordering it! Hope that helps!

  10. Hi, I purchased kendamil formula this week by baby is 10weeks old, i didnt realise there was a organic formula too, currently started using the full cream stage 1… would it cause digestive or stomach problems if i change to the organic formula now?

    • Hi Sarah! If you’re switching from Kendamil regular to Kendamil organic, your baby shouldn’t have any digestive problems if they were doing well on Kendamil regular. That said, whenever you switch formulas, it’s always a good idea to do it gradually – over a period of 1-2 weeks where you slowly increase the new formula and slowly decrease the old one just to make it easy on your baby’s digestive system overall! Hope that helps!

  11. Hello. Why do you recommend organic version vs regular version? Other than being organic, is there any other major difference in 2 versions? Thank you 😊

    • Hi Lana! Being organic is actually a major difference between the two versions 🙂 When food is certified organic, it means it’s produced without the use of conventional pesticides, petroleum or sewage-sludge based fertilizers, herbicides, GMOs, antibiotics, growth hormones, or irradiation. Animals raised on an organic operation must meet animal health welfare standards, not be fed antibiotics or growth hormones, be fed 100% organic feed, and must be provided access to the outdoors. So that means that Kendamil’s organic formula will adhere to these standards, whereas their regular formula will not. That’s why I recommend the organic version whenever possible!

  12. Hi! My infant was on Kendamil until 12 months and now we are unable to get him to drink cow’s milk. He gags; clearly Kendamil was too delicious! Any suggestions for other milks or even milk alternatives that may taste similar?

    • Oh man! That is tough! I think the closest milk to Kendamil will be organic, whole milk — either Organic Valley or Organic A2 milk that has a cream top. I don’t think any milk alternatives will taste similar – they will be too thin in their consistency. I hope you’re able to help him make the switch soon!

      • Have you tried Aldi rich and creamy jersey milk? My baby is on kandamil and we bought this milk for my toddler. I tried it and thought it tasted quite similar. It has got sugars in it though so be cautious of teeth. Might help you get him drinking cows milk though.

  13. Hello,

    I have been giving my daughter a different formula for the first 6 months since I had a hard time with breastfeeding and finding the right formula at first. I decided to stick with that formula to help her grow and stop the tummy aches. Now that my daughter is way passed 6 months, almost 8 months I am excited to have her kendamil. My question is can I only give har kendamil stage 2 or have to still give her other formula as well. In other words can it be the main source since I don’t have my own milk. Please let me know thank you!

    • Hi Sue! You can give your daughter Kendamil Stage 2 if she’s 8 months old! You don’t need to give her another formula – just make sure your pediatrician is ok with Kendamil and you should be good to go!

  14. Hi Anjali, in your other post reviewing organic baby formula, you had made two points wrt Kendamil that I would like to clarify:

    1. You had actually rated Hipp Dutch at the top above Kendamil. Has that changed since then ?
    2. You had mentioned in a comment that Kendamil might be more suitable if the child is bloating (compared to Hipp Dutch), I am curious why you siggested that.

    Thanks a lot for helping us all understand these formula choices better. It is an amazing resource.

    • Hi Devesh! HiPP Dutch has prebiotics and probiotics, while Kendamil does not have probiotics, which is why I rank HiPP Dutch first (and yes, it still ranks #1!) However, because Kendamil is made with whole milk vs. skim milk, and includes HMOs, it can be easier to digest for some kids. Hope that helps!

  15. Hello, will kendamil formula help my baby gain an healthy weight? He is almost 4months and weights just 5kg.

    • Hi Olamide! Kendamil is made with whole milk and is nutritionally complete for infants – and contains all of the calories your baby needs to grow. If your baby is eating well / eating enough oz in a day, it should help him grow/gain weight, but it’s not specifically formulated for weight gain. That said, there could be other reasons why your baby isn’t gaining weight, so I would make sure to talk with your pediatrician about why he may not be gaining weight and also make sure your pediatrician is comfortable with you giving him Kendamil. Hope that helps!

  16. Hi Anjali
    I have been using Kendamil for about 2.5 months now and my LO is thriving on it. My only problem is how do I make it on the go? I can carry the formula and thermos of hot water but how do I cool it down, if I am in a place with no tap water around?

    • Hi Pooja! When I needed to carry formula on the go, I would pack the formula in one container and a thermos of warm water (not super hot) in a separate container. Then I would just mix and feed when my LO was hungry! I wouldn’t use tap water, I’d use either bottled water that I bought at a store, or filtered water that I brought from home! Hope that helps!

  17. Hi my baby has cows milk allergy he is now one and we need to introduce milk is this milk suitable

    • Hi Nazma! If he has a cow’s milk allergy, Kendamil likely won’t work for him as it is cow’s milk based. You could try a goat milk formula or even whole goat milk (if he is now 1), if your pediatrician thinks that might be a better option. Hope that helps!

  18. Hello!
    Just wondering…I ordered from both the sites you mentioned. I order the Organic Stage 2 formulation and and from site it came with a darker tan lid and the other site I ordered from sent me one with a more orange lid (like their non-organic version)…is there a difference that you are aware of?

    • Hi Esther! I think part of your comment didn’t come through — which were the two sites you ordered from? And you ordered Stage 2 from both of them but the lids were different colors? Are you just asking if that’s normal? If so, I believe the lids may vary in color depending on the batch of formula but as long as the container itself says Kendamil Organic you should be fine! You can also email their customer service to double check but that’s my understanding!

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