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Best Organic Baby Formulas: 2021 Guide

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This in-depth, parent-friendly guide will help you find and buy the best organic baby formulas. You will learn why you should consider organic formula, what ingredients to avoid in formula, and where you can reliably purchase the best organic baby formula. I update this post monthly to ensure that all of the information below is recent and accurate!

Click here to see the 10 best organic baby formulas!

Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

We’ve all heard the advice: “Breast is best.” For a few moms, that advice is easy to follow. Unfortunately for many moms, it’s not.

The truth is, breastfeeding is HARD.

Not hard as in “oh this is hard, I don’t feel like doing it,” but hard as in: My baby won’t latch; I have low milk supply; My nipples are sore/bleeding/blistered; I have no place to pump at work; I have mastitis; I’ve seen dozens of lactation consultants, and I’m still having problems. And then there are all of the moms who can’t breastfeed because of a medical reason, or because they are adoptive parents (or had their children via a surrogate).

That’s all to say – if you love breastfeeding, great. But if you need to supplement or switch to formula, that’s okay! Many moms feel guilt over weaning early or not being able to breastfeed as much as they’d like. But honestly, the most important thing is the love you give to your baby, and that you and your baby are happy and healthy. Breast isn’t best; FED is best.

For me, nursing my daughter was one of the most physically and emotionally challenging parts of new motherhood. Many of the early days ended in tears. When I weaned her after 6 months of emotionally taxing nursing and pumping, I needed to select a baby formula. I did a ton of research to find the best options on the market today. I read online, spoke with doctors, and asked fellow mothers to find the best formula.

Why Organic Baby Formula?

Through my research, what I learned is that most formulas, especially those produced in the United States, are loaded with ingredients that aren’t very healthy for your baby.

The good news is, there are a few high-quality, organic baby formulas available.

What Is Organic Baby Formula?

Organic baby formula is formula made with at least 95% organic ingredients. This means all of the ingredients in the formula have to adhere to organic standards which include:

  • No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
  • No Growth hormones
  • No Antibiotics
  • No Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • No Synthetic Preservatives
  • No Pesticides or Insecticides

In Europe, these standards are more heavily regulated than in the US, and additional considerations are added like:

  • No Sugar or Syrup Solids
  • Requires at least 30% of calories from lactose (the naturally occurring carbohydrate in milk)
  • No Synthetic Nutrients extracted with chemical solvents

European vs. American Baby Formula

When I was choosing a formula for my daughter, I chose a European Organic Baby Formula instead of purchasing one from the US.

Why Europe? Europe just has higher standards. While American Brands may have baby formula options that are made with organic milk from organic farms, there are major differences between US standards for organic products and the EU’s standards for organic products.

The main difference is: Europe regulates organic standards much more strictly than the US does. Not only do European organic baby formulas have to meet the 95%+ organic ingredients, the EU requires more transparency and has stricter regulations when it comes to detecting trace amounts of any toxic substances in baby formula.

Additionally, Europe has designations that are “beyond organic” like “Demeter” or “Bioland”. Demeter essentially means biodynamic farming on top of organic farming. It is focused on creating the most humane conditions for the cows and ensuring the farm “gives back” to the environment in their practices. “Bioland” means that the entire farm is 100% organic and there are no nonorganic products produced on that farm. Bioland is more strict than organic, but not as strict as Demeter. Holle is the only European formula that is Demeter certified, and Lebenswert is Bioland certified.

It’s worth nothing that the EU and USDA are aligned on a few things when it comes to what gets the official “Organic” label:

  • Both US and European formulas can only be considered organic if 95% or more of the ingredients are organic.
  • Both US and European organic formulas will not come from cows that have been given artificial growth hormones.
  • Both US and European formulas will contain the essential nutrients to support baby’s growth and development.

I know that when you’re a new parent, it can be overwhelming to figure out what might be a good option for your baby. That’s where this post comes in!

Below, I have summarized my research and listed the 10 best organic baby formulas available today. Later in the post, I cover the main ingredients to avoid in baby formula, provide an analysis of each top formula, include a detailed chart that ranks all of the organic formulas available, and list a few reliable places to buy formulas online.

Some of the items below were given to me to review by the manufacturer or as part of an affiliate program. I may receive commissions if you make a purchase through the links provided. I only recommend products I’ve actually evaluated, I believe are the highest quality, and can do the most to help you and your family. By purchasing any of these products from the links below, you help keep this blog running, so thanks for your support!

Keep in mind that every person & situation is different, especially yours, so make sure to talk to your doctor and see how these guidelines and tips can help you. These tips are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard or delay in seeking professional medical advice because of something you read here!

The 10 Best Organic Baby Formulas (Summary)

While there is no perfect formula, the baby formulas below are considerably better than the rest. Click on the formula name to go to the best online retailer of the formula.

HiPP Dutch Stage 1
HiPP Dutch Stage 1

The best overall organic baby formula. It has high quality formula ingredients including: a whey-to-casein ratio that mimics breast milk, uses vegetable oils for fat, contains prebiotics and probiotics, and contains DHA/ARA. It’s also free of GMO ingredients, added sugars, starch, soy, and synthetic nutrients and preservatives.

Loulouka

Loulouka uses skimmed milk and contains no soy or palm oil! It’s made in Switzerland and is the best option for parents who want a formula with DHA and prebiotics added (and are ok with supplementing with ARA/probiotics separately). Loulouka is also free of added sugars, GMO ingredients, starch, and synthetic nutrients and preservatives.

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Kendamil

Kendamil also uses whole milk (instead of skimmed milk) and contains no soy or palm oil! It’s made in the UK and is the best option for parents who want a whole milk formula with DHA, ARA and prebiotics added. It also contains HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides) which are meant to help strengthen your baby’s immune system by promoting good gut bacteria. Kendamil is free of added sugars, GMO ingredients, starch and preservatives. It does contain Taurine, L-Carnitine, and Nucleotides – but Kendamil does not use solvents to extract these nutrients.

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Löwenzahn Organics Stage PRE/1

Löwenzahn Organics is one of the newer European formulas on the market, but they are already proving to be one of the best organic formulas available today! Made in Germany, this formula mimics breastmilk, is 100% vegetarian but includes both DHA and ARA in a 1:1 ratio, includes prebiotics, and their entire production chain is completely transparent – the packaging of every product has a code that you can use to retrieve information about where the raw materials used in production are from.

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HiPP PRE Germany

HiPP Germany is a nutritionally complete formula that contains ingredients very similar to HiPP Dutch. The main difference is the packaging (comes in a cardboard box vs. a can), and HiPP PRE is designed for premature babies through 3 months of age (vs. HiPP Dutch which is meant for full term babies).

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HiPP UK Stage 1

HiPP UK is also quite similar to HiPP Dutch, the main difference is that it doesn’t contain probiotics (it only has prebiotics). At $0.048/gram, it is the best value organic infant formula option available.

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Bobbie Organic Infant Formula

The only mom founded and led infant formula company in the U.S. Bobbie is the first Organic, European-Style Infant Formula that meets FDA requirements. Bobbie’s recipe is modeled after breast milk and designed to meet the most recent EU nutritional standards for critical ingredients like DHA and iron, while also meeting all FDA nutritional standards for infant formula. No palm oil, USDA Organic, Milk sourced from Organic Valley pasture raised cows, No Corn syrup, No Cane sugar, No Maltodextrin, Non GMO, Gluten Free, No natural or artificial flavors or colors.

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Lebenswert Stage 1

Lebenswert provides a great option for parents who want a simple list of clean, organic ingredients. Lebenswert contains DHA, but parents will have to supplement with pre/probiotics and ARA separately. Lebenswert also has a proper whey-to-casein ratio and is free of added sugars, GMO ingredients, starch, soy, and synthetic nutrients and preservatives.

Holle PRE baby formula
Holle PRE

Holle PRE is very comparable to Lebenswert in ingredients. It is also a great option for parents who don’t want pre/probiotics or ARA added to their formula and want to supplement with that separately (it does have DHA added). This formula is specially formulated for babies aged 0-3 months but can be used for the first 6 months of life.

best goat milk formula - kendamil goat
Kendamil Goat

The best goat milk infant formula. Made with whole A2 Goat Milk instead of skim milk like most other formulas. Has no palm oil, no soy, no added sugars, and is 100% vegetarian – uses plant based DHA/ARA with NO hexane extraction. Contains prebiotics, has a whey:casein ratio that mimics breastmilk for easy digestion. Is technically not organic, but is non-GMO and has Red tractor certified ingredients. This means Kendamil follows rigorous production standards and the farms they obtain their goat milk from do not use growth hormones. Plus, the local farmers follow responsible use of animal medicines on their farms. Only the highest care and animal husbandry is used towards these family-owned and loved goats.

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Runner Up #1: Baby’s Only with Whey

Baby’s Only with Whey is also a lactose formula, but made with organic skimmed cow’s milk, and organic whey. It has no added sugars, and is free of synthetic ingredients, but lacks pre and probiotics. The DHA in this formula is derived from egg yolks, so it’s naturally extracted. Lastly, this is marketed as a toddler formula but similar to Kabrita, it meets the nutritional requirements for an infant formula. As with all formula, consult your pediatrician before using this for your baby.

kabrita best baby formula
Runner Up #2: Kabrita USA

The ingredients are non-GMO, with added prebiotics and a whey-to-casein ratio that closely resembles that in breast milk. This option contains no glucose syrup solids, no maltodextrin, no taurine or l-carnitine, and no palm oil. It is marketed as a toddler formula, but meets the nutritional requirements for infant formula. As with all formula, consult your pediatrician before using this for your baby.

best baby formula happy baby
Runner Up #3: Happy Baby

Happy Baby Organic doesn’t have gluten or corn syrup. It’s Non-GMO, and is designed for easy digestion. It contains pre and probiotics. It contains palm oil and soy oil, but has naturally derived DHA. It’s also a bit thin, so takes baby some time to get used to.

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Runner Up #4: Holle Bio Stage 1

Holle is comparable to Lebenswert in ingredients, and is also a great option for parents who don’t want pre/probiotics or ARA added to their formula and want to supplement with that separately (Holle does have DHA added). The main drawback to Holle Bio is that it has maltodextrin added.

holle goat baby formula
Runner Up #5: Holle Goat

A good alternative to Kabrita if you are looking for a truly organic goat milk formula with no ARA and pre/probiotics added (it does have DHA added). Like Holle Bio, the main drawback to this formula is the added maltodextrin.

Ingredients To Avoid in Organic Baby Formula

The US has a much larger range of standards for organic baby formula, which means that even the best organic formulas can have lower quality ingredients. Below are the ingredients that shouldn’t appear in organic formula—as outlined by the National Organic Standards Board—and are banned in the European Union, which really is the gold standard for what’s considered organic. Organic formula should not have:

  • Processed Refined Sugars (Syrup, Syrup Solids): Corn syrup solids (glucose syrup solids), maltodextrin (a partially hydrolyzed starch derived from corn, rice, or potatoes), sugar, or brown rice syrup. Manufacturers use these because they are cheaper than lactose (which is what should be in formula).
  • Oils extracted using hexane (DHA, ARA): DHA and ARA are important to have in baby formula, because they are essential fatty acids that are important for both brain development and eye development. However, specific types of DHA and ARA – C. Cohnii oil (DHA) and M. Alpina oil (ARA) are processed using hexane (a neurotoxic petroleum-based solvent). There are other forms of DHA and ARA that can be added to formula that do not require hexane for extraction. While the hexane is removed from the formula after processing and is non-detectable in European Formulas (see my detailed section on hexane at the end of this post), it’s worth noting that DHA and ARA do not need hexane for extraction when derived from sources other than algae and fungus. It’s also worth noting that any oils that are listed as “organic” on EU formula labels cannot use hexane for extraction.
  • Carrageenan: typically added as a stabilizer to ready-to-feed formula in the US; it is not allowed in the EU and has been linked to intestinal inflammation.
  • Synthetic Nutrients: This includes lutein, lycopene, nucleotides, taurine, l-carnitine and l-methionine. None of these nutrients are required in infant formula by the FDA, but many US infant formulas include them. The main reason these are problematic are: 1) They have to be extracted using chemical solvents, which are removed after processing, and 2) These are banned in formulas in the EU, but are allowed in the US.
  • Palm Oil: to mirror the levels of palmitic acid, which is found in breastmilk, some manufacturers add palm oil. The problem is that palm oil does not act the same way that palmitic acid does in the baby’s gut. Palm oil reacts with calcium, and causes the formation of “soaps” in the baby’s intestines (which can cause digestive issues). Palm oil is in most formulas (EU & US), but more manufacturers are now making formula without it.
  • Soy Oil: Soy protein (and soy formula) are problematic for infants because of their phytoestrogen content (check out this study about soy). Soy oil and soy lecithin contain minimal or trace amounts of phytoestrogens (source1, source2).

Unfortunately, nearly all baby formulas sold in the US have one or more of these ingredients to avoid.

So what’s a mom to do?

Stick to the high-quality European formulas. The EU has some of the best organic baby formula options, and HiPPHolle, and Lebenswert, all produce the high quality formulas with the best ingredients.

Below, you can find more details on the 10 best baby formulas available on the market today, and a list of places where you can buy these formulas online.

This list includes both European and US formulas. If you are looking for help finding the best baby formula made in the US only, go to this post.

The 10 Best Organic Baby Formulas (Details)

1. HiPP Dutch – Best Overall

HiPP Dutch Stage 1

Why I love it: Of all the formulas, this is the best organic baby formula. It has a whey-to-casein ratio that mimics breast milk, uses vegetable oils for fat, contains prebiotics and probiotics, and contains DHA/ARA. It’s also free of GMO ingredients, added sugars, starch, soy, and synthetic nutrients and preservatives. It also comes in an easy-to-dispense, airtight container!

Keep in mind: If you are concerned about hexane extraction, HiPP uses this method to retrieve the DHA and ARA in their formula. They claim, however, that 100% of the hexane is removed after extraction and is not detectable in their formulas. Given that this European brand follows guidelines that are much more stringent than those in the US, I’m inclined to believe them.

2. Loulouka – Best Formula with DHA and No Palm or Soy Oil

loulouka best organic baby formula

Why I love it: Loulouka is one of the few formulas that has DHA and prebiotics, but doesn’t contain soy oil or palm oil (it uses coconut oil instead!) Full of healthy fats, organic, from grass fed cows – it’s a great option for your little one, especially if you are looking for a formula free of ARA and probiotics.

Keep in mind: Like Lebenswert (which appears just a few spots down), this formula has no ARA or probiotics, so you will have to supplement if you choose this for your baby.

3. Kendamil – Best Whole Milk Formula with Prebiotics, DHA and ARA

kendamil baby formula

Why I love it: Kendamil is the only formula that uses whole milk instead of skimmed milk, and also does not contain soy oil or palm oil. Kendamil’s cows graze on pasture and are grass fed, they use coconut oil as one of their main fatty acids, and their formula contains non-hexane extracted DHA, ARA and Prebiotics.

Keep in mind: This formula does not contain probiotics, so you may have to supplement if you choose this for your baby. It also contains taurine, l-carnitine, and nucleotides, but Kendamil does not use solvents to extract these nutrients for their formula.

4. Löwenzahn Organics – Best Vegetarian Friendly Formula with Prebiotics, DHA and ARA

photo of lowenzahn formula

Why I love it: Löwenzahn is the only formula that makes their entire supply chain transparent to the consumer – so you can see where all of the ingredients are sourced from by scanning a bar code on the package! They also use grass-fed, organic milk, their DHA and ARA comes from algae and does not have any detectable hexane – making it a vegetarian friendly formula! Gentle on tummies, comes in 3 stages to grow with your baby.

Keep in mind: This formula does not contain probiotics, so you may have to supplement if you choose this for your baby.

5. HiPP Germany – Best for Babies 0-3 Months

Why I love it: HiPP Germany is a nutritionally complete formula that contains ingredients very similar to HiPP Dutch.

Keep in mind: HiPP PRE is meant for babies 0-3 months. Also, its container is harder to dispense from than HiPP Dutch’s is (foil bags vs. an airtight can).

6. HiPP UK – Best Value

HiPP UK Stage 1

Why I love it: HiPP UK is also quite similar to HiPP Dutch. At $0.048/gram, it is the best value organic infant formula option available.

Keep in mind: The main difference between HiPP UK and HiPP Dutch (besides the price) is that it contains no probiotics, only prebiotics. Like HiPP Germany, it also has a container that’s harder to dispense from (foil bags vs. an airtight can).

7. Bobbie Organic Infant Formula – Best Organic Baby Formula Made in the US

best baby formula - bobbie organic infant formula

Why I love it: Bobbie is the best organic infant formula made in the US. It is the best option if you’re looking for a US-made formula that is comparable to European formulas. It’s made by parents for parents, who are looking for a nutritious, organic, clean baby formula for their little ones. Bobbie includes DHA and ARA – and does not use hexane to extract the DHA. They do use hexane to extract the ARA, but it is not detectable in their formula. Bobbie has a 60:40 whey-casein ratio, is comparable to breastmilk, is non-GMO, free of added sugars, and has no synthetic nutrients or preservatives.

Keep in mind: Bobbie does not add prebiotics or probiotics to their formula. Personally, I prefer pre/probiotics added to formula mainly for convenience. If you want to supplement with prebiotics, I recommend BeginHealth prebiotics. For the best probiotics for infants, see my recommendations here!

8. Lebenswert – Best Formula Without Prebiotics, Probiotics, and ARA

Lebenswert Stage 1

Why I love it: Lebenswert provides a great option for parents who want a simple list of clean, organic ingredients and who want to supplement with pre/probiotics and ARA separately. If hexane-extracted DHA and ARA concern you, Lebenswert may be just the thing you’re looking for. Lebenswert has DHA added from a non-hexane extracted source (organic fish oil). Lebenswert also has a proper whey-to-casein ratio and is free of added sugars, GMO ingredients, starch, soy, and synthetic nutrients and preservatives. 

In addition to a top-notch ingredients list, Lebenswert also boasts a Bioland certification, which is even more thorough than EU organic certification.

Keep in mind: Personally, I prefer pre/probiotics and DHA/ARA added to formula – mainly for convenience. If you want to supplement with prebiotics, I recommend BeginHealth prebiotics. For the best probiotics for infants, see my recommendations here!

9. Holle PRE – Comparable to Lebenswert, Formulated for Babies 0-3 Months

Holle PRE baby formula

Why I love it: Holle PRE is very comparable to Lebenswert in ingredients, and is also a great option for parents who don’t want pre/probiotics or ARA added to their formula and want to supplement with that separately.

Holle baby formulas are Demeter biodynamic certified, which has even more stringent and careful regulations than Bioland. This ensures the purest, non-GMO ingredients, the highest standards for animal welfare, and a commitment to biodiversity and sustainability.

Keep in mind: Again, with Holle options, parents would need to supplement probiotics and ARA since it is not included in the formula (DHA is added in the new formulation). Holle PRE can be used until 6 months of age, but it’s specially formulated for babies 0-3 months. After 6 months you’ll have to move to a Stage 1 or 2 formula. As another note, Holle Bio PRE contains no added maltodextrin, but stages 1 and 2, which are still lactose-based, do contain added organic maltodextrin.

10. Kendamil Goat – Best Goat Milk Formula for Babies and Toddlers

best goat milk formula - kendamil goat

Why I love it: If you’re looking for the best goat milk formula, and a great alternative to cow’s milk, I’d recommend Kendamil Goat. The ingredients are non-GMO, with added prebiotics and a whey-to-casein ratio that closely resembles that in breast milk. This option contains no glucose syrup solids, no maltodextrin, no palm oil and no soy oil. For more details on why that’s my ideal choice for a goat milk formula, see my post on the best goat milk formulas here!

Keep in mind: Although Kendamil’s formulas contain clean, non-GMO ingredients, and they are red tractor certified, they are not technically organic. Kendamil formula is produced in Europe where strict regulations already limit the use of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides, and govern animal welfare.

Runner Up #1: Baby’s Only with Whey – Best Toddler Formula

best baby formula babys only whey

Why I love it: Baby’s Only with Whey is the one of the best cow’s milk-based formulas available in the US. It is made with organic skimmed cow’s milk, and organic whey. It has no added sugars, and is free of synthetic ingredients, and has naturally extracted DHA (from eggs).

Keep in mind: This is technically a toddler formula but similar to Kabrita, it meets the nutritional requirements for an infant formula. It also has no pre/probiotics so you would have to supplement with that separately. As with all formula, be sure to consult your pediatrician before using this for your baby.

Runner Up #2: Happy Baby – Best Infant Formula Available in the US

best baby formula happy baby

Why I love it: This formula doesn’t have gluten or corn syrup. It’s Non-GMO, and is designed for easy digestion. It contains DHA, pre and probiotics. And it’s also the best organic infant formula available in the US (since Baby’s Only is technically a toddler formula).

Keep in mind: This formula does contain soy oil, which is less ideal. It also has a thinner consistency that not all babies might like.

Runner Up #3: Holle Bio – Best Organic Standards

Why I love it: Holle organic baby formula is very comparable to Lebenswert in ingredients, and is also a great option for parents who don’t want pre/probiotics or ARA added to their formula and want to supplement with that separately.

Holle baby formulas are Demeter biodynamic certified, which has even more stringent and careful regulations than Bioland. This ensures the purest, non-GMO ingredients, the highest standards for animal welfare, and a commitment to biodiversity and sustainability.

Keep in mind: Again, with Holle options, parents would need to supplement pre/probiotics and ARA since it is not included in the formula (DHA is included in the formula). Holle Stage 1 also has maltodextrin added.

Runner Up #4: Holle Goat – Best Organic Goat Milk Formula for Infants

Holle Goat Milk

Why I love it: Holle Goat is the only goat milk formulas that is organic. Holle’s goat formula is also suitable for infants. Some evidence suggests the protein ratios in goat milk more closely resemble that of breast milk. There is also research that suggests goat’s milk is more easily and completely digestible by infants than cow’s milk is. This means that goat’s milk formula may be perfect for a baby with sensitivities to cow’s milk formula. 

Keep in mind: Unlike Kabrita, Holle goat milk formula does not contain added whey (so the whey:casein ratio in Holle might be constipating for some babies). Holle Goat also includes maltodextrin to balance the sweetness of the milk. It also contains no added pre/probiotics or ARA (DHA is included in the new formulation).

The Best Hypoallergenic Formulas For Babies

If you’re looking for detailed information about the best hypoallergenic baby formulas, this post outlines the best options as well as what ingredients to look for to find the best fit for your baby. I have included a short summary of the top 3 hypoallergenic formulas below as well!

1. HiPP Hypoallergenic – Best for Cow’s Milk Protein Sensitivities or Allergies

Why I love it: HiPP Hypoallergenic baby formula is free of casein and contains protein hydrolysates that break down proteins for infants who have sensitive stomachs. It also contains pre- and probiotics and DHA. Try this formula if your baby has a cow’s milk allergy or sensitivity and you haven’t tried another hypoallergenic option (or you’re trying to move away from the US hypoallergenic options because of concerns over ingredients). Has extensively hydrolyzed protein, (86-87% broken down), 100% whey (no casein), but with the same lactose content as a non-hypoallergenic baby formula. So if your baby has severe lactose intolerance, this may not work well for them.

Keep in mind: HiPP Hypoallergenic is not technically organic, because hydrolyzing the milk protein requires more processing. However, all other ingredients included are still organic.

2. HiPP Comfort – Best for more severe cow’s milk protein allergies

hipp comfort baby formula

Why I love it: This is an even more broken-down formula that is worth trying for babies who don’t do well on HiPP HA. It is the most similar to a US hypoallergenic formula. It contains extensively hydrolyzed protein, (86-87% broken down), 100% whey (no casein), reduced lactose content and modified fats. While technically, HiPP HA is a hypoallergenic formula and Comfort is not specifically a hypoallergenic formulation but rather indicated for gassiness, colic and constipation, we have found parents seeking a “hypoallergenic” formula have been successful with Comfort. But, their success may be due to the reduced lactose content in addition to the hydrolyzed protein.

Keep in mind: HiPP Comfort is not technically organic, because hydrolyzing the milk protein requires more processing. However, all other ingredients included are still organic. Also, while HiPP Comfort is the closest to a US hypoallergenic formula, it’s still not as broken down as Alimentum or Nutramigen (which is 93% hydrolyzed). The US hypoallergenic formulas are usually suited for babies who have a medical condition s called CMPA (cow’s milk protein allergy). So if your baby can’t tolerate Comfort you will have to move to a US hypoallergenic formula.

3. HiPP Anti-Reflux – Best for Reflux

HiPP Anti-Reflux

Why I love it: HiPP Anti-Reflux formula is EU certified organic, and it is a good choice for babies with sensitive tummies. This formula uses 100% whey (and no casein) to prevent reflux or spit up. It contains DHA, and also contains prebiotics and probiotics to benefit your baby’s digestive system.

Keep in mind: HiPP Anti-Reflux contains organic maltodextrin (in addition to lactose). This is to help in easing digestion for little ones.

Where Can You Buy European Baby Formula in the US?

If you want to buy HiPPLebenswert, or Holle online, I have found a few online retailers who are either based in the US or ship to the US in a reliable and safe manner! I’m in personal contact with the owners of all of these companies, I feel comfortable recommending all of them to you.

1. My Organic Company

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My Organic Company was founded in 2017 by two parents: Cecelia 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!

They have all the standard European formulas like HiPP DutchHiPP UKHiPP GermanyHolleLebenswertGoat Milk formula, and the sensitive formulas (HiPP HA, HiPP Comfort, Anti-Reflux); but they even have LouloukaGood Night Formula from HiPP, as well as Stage 3 and Stage 4 formula from HiPP, Holle, Lebenswert and Loulouka! They offer the largest most expansive set of European formulas available today.

My Organic Formula ships free on orders over $50, and you can receive 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 7%), and amazing customer service!

2. Organic’s Best

Organic’s Best is based in Germany, and is passionate about making organic baby formula and baby food available internationally (to any family who wants it!) They carry HiPP Dutch, HiPP Germany, HiPP UK, Holle, Lebenswert, and Loulouka. They also carry HiPP HA, HiPP Comfort, and HiPP AR.

One thing that makes this company unique is that they ship internationally for free, and they will guarantee express delivery between 1-4 business days to the US. Additionally, every new customer also receives two free boxes of formula! They have low prices, and they include free shipping insurance for every order, and they guarantee availability of all formulas – so you never have to worry about your favorites being out of stock!

3. Bottles & Burps

Bottle & burps - where to buy the best organic baby formula

When it comes to affordability, Bottles & Burps is the lowest priced US retailer I have found that sells HiPP, Holle, Lebenswert and Kendamil. They can get all of these products to most US households in 1, 2, or 3 days from their US warehouses with their standard free shipping (shipping is always free).

If you’re looking to save even more, you can order bundles direct from their warehouse in Germany (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 healthy formula for their little one. They are committed to bringing high quality, European formula to parents in the US at an attractive price. Bottles & Burps is also offering a $10 discount code using the code PICKYEATER10 (just enter it manually in the checkout process!)

4. Organic Formula Shop

organic formula shop

Organic Formula Shop is a family run company that delivers HiPP and Holle straight from the Netherlands, which prevents the formula from being stored at multiple warehouses. Organic Formula Shop was founded by two Dutch parents who both lived and worked in the US and Canada. While raising their families they realized there was a big difference in quality between the European and North American produced formulas. Their mission is to be able to provide parents in the US with the best formula options for their children!

They carry HiPP DutchHiPP GermanHolle and Holle Goat’s milk formulas. They also carry the sensitive formulas HiPP HA & HiPP Comfort.

Some things that make this company unique include: no matter your order size, all orders are delivered via Express DHL within 4 business days. If the formula you order doesn’t work for your baby, Organic Formula Shop will work with you to find the right option immediately. They also have 24/7 customer support, and allow bulk purchasing with a 20% discount. On top of that, they are offering my readers $5 off every order by using the code thepickyeater at checkout! Lastly, they even offer a Single Parent Scholarship designed to support a single mother or father with their college or graduate education! I would highly recommend them as a reputable place to order your HiPP and Holle formulas.

5. Organic Baby Food

Organic Baby Food - where to buy the best organic baby formula

Organic Baby Food is a reputable, online retailer based in the EU who has fast shipping to the US! They sell HiPP, Lebenswert, and Holle, along with Hypoallergenic formula and Goat’s Milk formula. They have reasonable prices, reliable shipping (within 1-3 business days!), amazing customer support, and I have been in contact with the owner personally.

In addition to baby formula they also have a variety of organic cereals and snacks for babies from HiPP/Holle/Leb, as well as a line of baby care products (shampoo, lotion, calendula) that are gentle and free of any synthetic ingredients so they are perfect for babies!

A few other great things about this company: guaranteed delivery within 2 days, money back if your shipment is delayed, dedicated customer support (a few hours turnaround time for emails or direct phone support at 1-800-701-4303), and deep discounts up to 60% off sometimes! They are also giving readers of The Picky Eater a 10% off coupon code at checkout – just use the code: PICKY and you will get the discount!

6. Kabrita USA

Kabrita USA - where to buy the best organic baby formula

Kabrita USA is one new option for Goat Milk that I recommend. Kabrita has a new formulation that is now available nationwide – in stores like Costco, Walmart, Whole Foods, and on their website! The new formulation has NO glucose syrup solids, no taurine or l-carnitine, AND has GOS (a prebiotic) added. The new formulation makes Kabrita the best Goat Milk formula out there – better than Holle Goat!

It’s cheaper than Holle, available in the US, European sourced, non-GMO, no Palm Oil (they use palmitic oil instead), no maltodextrin, easier to digest than Holle — Kabrita’s whey/casein ratio is very close to breastmilk, while Holle’s isn’t and I have heard that babies who struggle with constipation do better on Kabrita. Also, Kabrita is offering 10% off all ordes with the coupon code GENTLEKABRITA.

Best Organic Baby Formulas, Ranked From Best To Worst

Below is a detailed chart ranking all of the best organic baby formulas. At the top of the chart, I’ve included a hypothetical line for the “ideal” formula. Use the “ideal formula” line as a way to measure all of the other formulas against, to find the right baby formula for your child.

For anyone looking for a goat milk formula specifically, I have a separate chart in What’s the Best Goat Milk Formula for Your Baby?

best organic baby formula rankings chart

Note: Regarding GrassFed and PureBliss – they are not part of my best organic baby formulas list (since they are not technically organic). But they are non GMO and antibiotic free, and their ingredients list is relatively clean, so I would say they are better than all of the non-organic formulas available in the US today. More details on how they can be non GMO and grass fed but NOT organic are below in the 4/6/17 Update!

The Best Vitamin D, DHA And Probiotics Supplements For Babies

Recommendations on Supplementing: DHA, Vitamin D, Probiotics

I have gotten a lot of questions about what to supplement with if your baby is on a formula that doesn’t have DHA added, what probiotic to use, or what to do if your baby is getting some breastmilk along with their formula (in which case you need to add Vitamin D). Note: The EU just released new standards for DHA in baby formula which you can read about here. If you are looking for additional supplementation for DHA, Vitamin D and/or Probiotics, here are my top picks for baby supplements:

Vitamin D: I absolutely love these Baby Vitamin D Drops. There is literally nothing added to them (no flavors, colors, etc.). They are liquid and you only need one drop in your baby’s bottle per day. You can also just apply the drop on your baby’s pacifier, on your nipple (if you’re nursing), or on your finger and have your baby suck it off. Super easy, tasteless and pure.

DHA: The only Omega 3 supplement I’d recommend for kids is Nordic Naturals. They have an infant DHA supplement and a children’s DHA supplement – both of which are extremely pure, have no added preservatives or sugar, and are in liquid form so they can be added to just about anything!

ProbioticsI love Garden of Life’s line of probiotics – they are shipped cold and their infant/kids one can be added to your baby’s bottle (starting at 3 months of age), and can be used even when your child gets older (just add the powder to their milk). I also like Klaire Labs’ powdered probiotic. For infants 0-3 months of age, I recommend BioGaia’s probiotic. For older kids, Garden of Life also has a kids’ chewable probiotic if you need and option that doesn’t require refrigeration, and I take their adult capsule daily.

Prebiotics: There is only one prebiotic I’ve found that’s safe for babies and toddlers and has super high quality ingredients and no stabilizers or artificial flavors/colors added. I recommend BeginHealth if you are looking to supplement with a prebiotic for your child.

Baby Food: For those of you transitioning to solids and looking for homemade baby food recipes, I have a bunch of easy recipes you can try here! But in those instances when you’re on the go and looking for a healthy, organic, pre-made option, my list of the healthiest baby food pouches should help.

Final Thoughts

Not every baby likes every formula. Some formulas constipate or irritate some babies, yet keep other babies’ tummies perfectly happy. If you try the formulas I recommend and they don’t work for your baby – that is ok! 

There is no perfect formula, but some are still much better than others. If you can afford it, the best organic baby formulas are HiPP, Lebenswert, and Holle – so I’d recommend shipping your formula from Europe whenever possible! Organic infant formulas are more expensive than regular formula, and not every parent has the financial means to buy organic formula for their little ones – and that’s ok, too! Just do the best you can for your baby. No judgments here.

Overall, I advocate a world of no judgments when it comes to breastfeeding or formula feeding. All you can do as a mom is your best. Whether you breastfeed for a year, or 6 months or 1 month, or 0 months doesn’t make you a better or worse mother. A happy healthy mom and happy healthy baby is all that matters.

I hope this post helped you find the right baby formula for you and your little one!

Keep in mind that every person & situation is different, especially yours, so make sure to talk to your doctor and see how these guidelines and tips can help you. These tips are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard or delay in seeking professional medical advice because of something you read here!

My recommendations are based on the manufacturer’s claims and ingredients list, and what I feel best giving to my own family. Your individual results may be different based on your overall diet, exercise, age, weight, family history, or pre-existing conditions.

Appendix: More Info on Hexane Extracted DHA/ARA in Formula

I spoke with an expert who has her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, who worked in an organic chemistry lab for 2 years and worked with many solvents used in extractions, compound purification, and analysis, and then went on to get an MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is extremely knowledgable when it comes to hexane and extraction methods, so I asked her for her thoughts on how concerned we should be about hexane-extracted DHA/ARA in the best organic baby formulas on this list. Here is the summary: 

  • Hexane is often used as extraction solvent for extracting fats. This is because it has a low boiling point when compared to most fats, which makes it easy to get rid of post-extraction – leaving the fat behind.
  • To get rid of Hexane, chemists use a large apparatus called a “rotary vap” that gets rid of the solvents and you end up with a pure powder substance (usually a chemical compound). The next step is to check the purity of the compound using a machine called an NMR or MS, which tells you whether you have any of your solvent left.
  • This woman told me that she never, ever found an issue with having hexane still present after drying her sample.
  • Since formulas are a powder, they are heated to the point of water removal, and therefore the hexane should be all gone. It is unlikely that hexane is left in properly treated formula, but you are placing trust in the formula and manufacturing industry that all formula is being properly prepared.
  • Note: All oils that don’t have a cold-pressed process are extracted using hexane – this includes corn oil, soy oil, vegetable oil, etc. (unless otherwise specified on the bottle). Hexane is also used during the development process for drugs – many drugs are purified in a hexane solvent and then it is dried off. So if you are going to question hexane, you need to be aware of the other areas where it is used in our regular food and drug supply!
  • When it comes to being concerned about hexane vs. other questionable ingredients in organic formulas – maltodextrin, soy oil, etc., I’d be more concerned about maltodextrin vs. hexane extracted DHA. This is because maltodextrin’s glycemic index is much higher than table sugar and I personally believe a lot of issues today come from sugar and inflammation, and even when hexane is used it should be gone by the time the formula is packaged.
  • Unfortunately, there is no formula out there that doesn’t have at least one of the “offending” ingredients I have listed above! For me personally, I would choose hexane-extracted DHA over maltodextrin or soy oil for example. This is because soy oil is also extracted using hexane, and maltodextrin has an extremely high glycemic index. In addition, formulas that contain soy oil or maltodextrin are 100% guaranteed to contain these ingredients, versus hexane which is likely not traceable in a formula that has used it as a method to extract DHA/ARA before the formula has been prepared!
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