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The Best Organic Baby Formulas (2019 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!

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The hidden pitfalls of “breast is best”

We’ve all heard the advice: “Breast is best.” Exclusively breastfeed until your baby is 1 year old. Formula is “poison.” For a few moms, that advice is easy to follow: they had a natural birth, so much milk they could donate it, breastfeeding was pain-free, and their baby latched effortlessly. And while I wish it were that easy, unfortunately for many moms, it’s not.

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 baby isn’t gaining weight; I physically can’t breastfeed because I have a health condition; my nipples are sore/bleeding/cracked/blistered; I’m in excruciating pain; I have no place to pump at work; I have mastitis; I’ve seen dozens of lactation consultants, and I’m still having problems nursing; etc.

For me, nursing my daughter Layla was one of the most physically and emotionally challenging parts of new motherhood. Many of the early days ended in tears. While it was difficult and challenging every day, I nursed and pumped for the first 6 months, started weaning around 6.5 months, and fully weaned by 7.5 months. There was no way I was going to make it to a year, and I was ok with that.

I know a lot of moms feel guilt over weaning early, or not being able to breastfeed as much as they’d like – but honestly, whatever makes you a better, happier mom is what you should do.

If you love breastfeeding, great! But if you need to supplement or switch to formula, that’s ok too. The most important thing is the love you give to your baby, and that you and your baby are happy and healthy.

When I needed formula for Layla, I did a ton of research to find the best baby formula on the market today. I researched online, spoke with doctors, and asked fellow mothers to find the best formula.

What I learned is that most formulas, especially those produced in the US, are loaded with ingredients that aren’t very healthy for your baby.

Fortunately, there ARE a select number of high-quality, organic baby formulas available. Most of these formulas are produced in Europe, but there are a few reliable places to purchase them online.

Below I have listed the top 5 best organic baby formulas I have found. Later in the post, I detail what ingredients to avoid when looking for formulas, provide the best places to buy organic baby formulas, and include a detailed chart that ranks even more organic baby formulas!

The 5 best organic baby formulas of 2019

While there is no perfect formula, the five organic baby formulas below are considerably better than the rest. They are all produced in Europe, which has higher standards than the US. 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 organic baby formula. It’s has a whey:casein ratio that mimics breastmilk, has no added sugars, contains prebiotics and probiotics, and contains DHA/ARA. It also comes in an easy-to-dispense, airtight container!

hipp pre germany organic baby formula
HiPP PRE Germany

Very close to HiPP Dutch, with the exception of a container that’s harder to dispense from (foil bags vs. an airtight can).

hipp pre baby formula
HiPP UK Stage 1

Close to HiPP Dutch but it has no probiotics (only has prebiotics). It also has container that’s harder to dispense from (foil bags vs. an airtight can).

Lebenswert Stage 1 Organic baby formula
Lebenswert Stage 1

A great option for parents who don’t want pre/probiotics or DHA added to their formula and want to supplement with that separately. I prefer pre/probiotics and DHA added both for convenience, but also because there is no prebiotic supplement sold separately for babies (there are only probiotic supplements available)

Holle PRE baby formula
Holle PRE

Very comparable to Lebenswert with the added benefit of being formulated especially for babies aged 0-3 months (but it can be used throughout the 6 months of life). Also a great option for parents who don’t want pre/probiotics or DHA added to their formula and want to supplement with that separately.

If you’re looking for the best goat milk formula, I’d recommend Kabrita USA. For more details on why that’s my top choice, see my post on the best goat milk formulas here!

Ingredients to avoid in organic baby formula

Unfortunately, the US doesn’t have very strict standards when it comes to organic baby formula. Many organic formulas in the US have harmful 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 has much higher standards:

  • Processed Refined Sugars (Syrup, Syrup Solids) – corn syrup (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).
  • Synthetic DHA and ARA – DHA and ARA are naturally found in breastmilk, but the DHA and ARA added to formula are extracted from algae and fungus, often using hexane (a neurotoxic petroleum-based solvent). The National Organic Standards Board has guidelines against this, but the USDA still allows it in organic formulas sold in the US. The issue of hexane in formula is a complicated one — and I have more details about that below!
  • Synthetic Preservatives – ascorbic palmitate and beta carotene are the common ones here.
  • Synthetic Nutrients – this includes lutein, lycopene, nucleotides, taurine, l-carnitine and l-methionine. These are banned in formulas in the EU, but are allowed in the US (go figure). I won’t go into details on each nutrient listed above, but essentially – many are processed with neurotoxic solvents or are either themselves listed as a toxic ingredient.
  • Note about Palm Oil: Palm Oil is in most formulas (EU & US), but it can form “soaps” in the baby’s intestines – which can cause digestive issues/gas/etc. However, I’d still choose palm oil over the alternative some formulas that don’t have palm oil use (which is soy oil) because of this study about soy (among many others) that makes it problematic. 

Unfortunately, almost every single baby formula in the US market has one or more of these ingredients included.

So what’s a mom to do? Order your formula online from the EU where baby formula standards are higher. Hands down, the best organic baby formulas are being produced in Europe. That being said, US organic formula is still better than conventional formula – because at least organic formula is made with non-GMO ingredients and the cows producing the milk are hormone free.

Fortunately, you can order high-quality organic European formulas online!

HiPP Organic, Lebenswert, and Holle Organic, are three brands from the EU that have wonderful ingredient lists for their formulas. HiPP is the best, in my opinion and Lebenswert is a close second. I used HiPP for both of my kids, and it worked great for us.

Where can you buy European baby formula in the US?

If you want to buy HiPP, Lebenswert, or Holle online, I have found a 5 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 5 of these companies, I feel comfortable recommending all of them to you.

1. Huggable

screenshot of Huggable - where to buy the best organic baby formula

Huggable is the most reliable, reputable, online retailer for buying healthy, organic European formulas. Huggable is based in the Bay Area and founded by a mom who (just like me) was looking for healthier baby formula options for her little one. Madhu, the owner, is committed to making the first year of feeding your baby as easy and stress-free as possible.

After extensive research and conversations, I feel confident in recommending Huggable as the best place to purchase European baby formulas, including HiPP, Lebenswert, Holle, and Holle Goat.

Huggable formulas ship free on orders over $50 and arrive at your doorstep in 1-5 business days! And, they truly care about the comfort and happiness of both mom and baby. They have a baby satisfaction guarantee, where if a formula isn’t right for your baby, they’ll send you a box of another to try, 100% FREE.

Huggable makes it easy for you to see the ingredients in each of the formulas you buy. For HiPP: You can see the ingredients here, For Lebenswertyou can see the ingredients here, and For Holle: you can see the ingredients here.

Huggable also supports single moms — they recently launched the The Huggable Supermom Scholarship, which awards $2,000 and a year of free baby formula to single mothers who are on their way to achieving degrees!

2. DutchExpatShop

DutchExpatShop - where to buy the best organic baby formula

DutchExpatShop is pretty awesome because they are the most affordable online retailer for HiPP Dutch! Many of you have struggled with HiPP Dutch being out of stock, and DutchExpatShop pretty much guarantees that they will always have HiPP Dutch at an affordable price to ship to the US.

They are based in the Netherlands, and they also have the widest selection of Baby Care products from the Netherlands that I’ve seen. The cool thing about their shop is that you can get any products from Holland and Belgium through their site (even stuff for mama like yummy snacks, fresh cheesesbeauty products, body care and more!)

3. 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!

4. 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 HiPPHolle, and Lebenswert. 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.

Bottles and Burps has bulk pricing discounts which start at 2 boxes of formula for a 5% discount and increase to a 15% discount for 8 boxes. They offer FREE shipping for orders over $15, and orders arrive between 1-3 days in the US (same day for NYC!) Bottles & Burps is also offering a $10 discount code using the code PICKYEATER10 (just enter it manually in the checkout process!)

5. 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 – so you have something to measure all of the other formulas against.

Note: I update this post frequently – this chart is as of October 2019. All updates are listed in detail (by date) below the chart as well! 

best organic baby formulas chart ranking all formulas both european and us

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?

Final Thoughts

  • 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 formulas are more expensive than regular formula. I realize that not every parent has the financial means to buy organic formula for their little ones, and that is ok! If you don’t have the means, just do what you can for your baby. No judgments here.
  • Not every baby likes every formula. Some formulas constipate some babies. Again, if you try the formulas I recommend and they don’t work for your baby – that’s ok too!
  • I am advocating 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.
  • Regarding Hexane-extracted DHA and ARA, I have gotten confirmation that both HiPP and Topfer use hexane-extracted DHA/ARA – but they both claim that 100% of the hexane is removed after extraction and it is not detectable in their formulas. Given that these are European formulas and the guidelines in Europe are much more stringent than the US guidelines, I’m inclined to believe them.
  • 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, which is why I have added them at the bottom here as they are available in the US and 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!

Additional Information

What about 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). 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.

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.

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!

Detailed Updates by Date Below!

Update as of 7/22/19: Organic Start has unfortunately shut down due to regulatory issues with the FDA, so any updates below referencing Organic Start have had the links to their website removed. This was not the fault of Organic Start, and their formula and company is still reputable and the formula they were selling was high quality.  All of the other retailers of organic formula listed above are still selling European formula and I can vouch for all of them! Something similar happened in July 2017 (which you can see in my update list below). Note: Loulouka was a formula made by Organic Start, so that is no longer available as well.

Update as of 1/24/19: Honest Co. has improved the ingredients in their formula!! Yay!! They no longer use glucose syrup solids or taurine, and have added prebiotics. Because of this they jumped a bunch of places on the list and are now comparable with Happy Baby!

Update as of 12/31/18: I have added a reputable retailer to my site who I have been able to communicate with and understand the ins and outs of their company! They are DutchExpatShop – the cheapest seller of HiPP Dutch that I’ve found. Also, if you’re looking for a Facebook group about baby formula, I’d recommend this particular Facebook group that’s meant as an unbiased discussion forum for baby formula in a supportive, non-judgmental manner.

Update as of 3/15/15: The Honest Company just came out with an Organic Baby Formula – that, in my opinion, is now the best option for an Organic formula made in the US. The first two ingredients in the formula are similar to HiPP (Organic Non Fat Milk, Organic Lactose) — but then the third ingredient is “Organic Glucose Syrup Solids,” which is not great but still better than Baby’s Only (which has “brown rice syrup” as the first ingredient). The Honest Co. formula is still not better than Holle or HiPP, but is better than all of the other US formulas out there.

Update as of 5/25/15: Baby’s Only just came out with a Whey Protein Formula that now is probably the best option for an Organic formula in the US. Nutritionally, it seems much better than the original Baby’s Only formula with brown rice syrup. Some things to note: 1) It looks like the nucleotides in this formula aren’t added synthetically – that Baby’s Only just discloses that all milk proteins have naturally occurring nucleotides – in which case that seems ok. 2) They do have organic soybean oil and soy lecithin in their formula 3) They don’t have palm oil (like HiPP does) in the formula or glucose syrup solids (like the Honest Company’s formula) which is great. This makes Baby’s Only with Whey a pretty great option – and might be the best option in the US since it doesn’t have glucose syrup solids like the Honest Company’s formula does. Between HiPP, Holle and Baby’s Only with Whey, it’s a bit of a toss up between whether you’d rather have soybean oil or palm oil in your baby’s formula. I might still go with Hipp or Holle first, and then Baby’s Only with Whey Protein, and then the Honest Company’s formula in the US. Note: Holle also has a new formula called Lebenswert – which doesn’t have maltodextrin (for stage 1; it does for stage 2/3).

Update as of 3/31/16: Plum Organics just released a formula which is a great option for Organic formula in the US! It doesn’t have any syrup solids (yay!) and it has a combination of 4 oils (coconut and high oleic sunflower – which are great; and palm/soybean oil – not as great). Between Plum Organics and Baby’s Only with Whey – I think they are both great options for a formula you can purchase in the US. Baby’s Only with Whey might be slightly better because they don’t have palm oil, but honestly I’d say they are pretty comparable.

Update as of 4/30/16: Honest Co. is being sued because their formula contains Taurine and other ingredients that really shouldn’t be in organic formula. The problem is, those ingredients are considered OK by the FDA and the same ingredients are in many of the organic formulas available in the US (like Earth’s Best and Baby’s Only with Brown Rice Syrup)! That’s why I recommend the European formulas over any formula in the US – the EU formulas have the cleanest list of ingredients by far. I hope the FDA changes their standards on what ingredients are considered acceptable for organic formulas – depending on how the suit turns out I’ll update this list accordingly!

Update as of 6/21/16: I just found out about a German formula available in the US called “BabyLove“. The ingredients look great, are really in line with HiPP and Holle – and are a great option for your baby! The only ingredient on their list that I’m not sure about is “sweet whey powder” – I’m not sure if that is lactose, or if that’s added sugars. The company claims that their formula has no added sugars, but I haven’t found any more information than that. Either way, the rest of the ingredients look pretty comparable to HiPP or Holle so I’m adding it as a #3 option for your little one!

Update as of 7/23/16: HiPP UK has changed its ingredients for its Stage 2 formulas (they now include soy). BUT – the Dutch version of HiPP still has high quality ingredients and no soy. Also, a new formula called Topfer just came out, and their ingredients are very comparable to HiPP or Holle Leb! I’d definitely recommend their formula!

Update as of 11/4/16: Earth’s Best has recently changed the ingredients in their formula — they no longer use syrup solids as the sugar! Now they use lactose. That’s definitely an improvement! They have FOS (which is a prebiotic sourced from sucrose – so it’s not bad), and they still have palm oil, taurine, etc. on their ingredients list but getting rid of the syrup solids is a big plus.

Update as of 1/10/17: Regarding hexane extracted DHA in formula – this is what I’ve found to be true: Baby’s Only with Whey Protein has confirmed that the DHA in their formula is NOT extracted using hexane. As for the DHA in HiPP, their company statement says: “HiPP Infant milks use natural sources of DHA and ARA, derived from fish oils.”

Update as of 4/6/17: There are a few new formulas coming out (or that have just come out!) Happy Baby in the US, PureBliss by Similac, and GrassFed by Munchkin. HappyBaby is a decent option in the US – I’d rank it after Regular Holle (the chart above is updated!). GrassFed and PureBliss both have decent ingredients (the only “offending” ingredients are Soy Oil and Taurine) but they are not certified organic. Both say that their formulas are made with 100% Grass Fed Cow Milk, have no antibiotics and are non GMO – but they are not organic. This is likely because in some capacity, >5% of their ingredients by mass were not sourced-organic. Also, you can feed cows grass that has been sprayed with non-organic pesticides and it’s still considered “grass fed” but it wouldn’t be considered organic. They mention that the cows are GMO, rBGH and antibiotic free, but do not address the grass itself, so that might be another reason why it’s not organic. I have kept them on the list at the bottom because their ingredients are pretty good (you can read about GrassFed’s ingredients here), and are better than some of the other formulas in the US that are on the market today, but they can’t be considered “organic formulas.”

Update as of 7/1/17: Many of you have asked me questions about the FDA’s recent crackdown on US-based sellers of European formula. This is happening because the FDA does not allow sellers to buy formula in Europe and sell it here in the US under a US business name. The formula has to come directly from Europe. It is 100% legal to order formula from Europe for personal use. If your order is less than $800, you will not be charged duty. It’s important to use reputable sites who know international shipping declarations so that your package of formula doesn’t encounter problems when arriving in the US! That’s why I highly recommend Organic Baby Food, because they are familiar with these declarations and will get your formula to you without any delays or issues.

Update as of 4/1/18: There is a new Goat Milk formula that has recently come out – from Kabrita USA. Their Goat Milk formula has lactose and whey as the primary ingredients, palmitic oil instead of palm oil, and no glucose syrup solids in the newest formulation! I have also heard that it’s better than Holle Goat for babies who struggle with constipation. Currently their formula is labeled as a “toddler formula,” but their formula does meet the FDA’s nutrient requirements for an infant formula and I’ve heard that infants do well on it. Kabrita USA is moving through the required steps (laid out by the FDA) to be marketed and sold explicitly in the US as infant formula as well!

Update as of 4/10/18: Many of you have mentioned that HiPP Dutch can be out of stock from time to time and have asked for the next best thing. If you don’t want to use Lebenswert or Holle PRE, another great option is HiPP PRE! It’s basically identical in ingredients to HiPP Dutch, so it’s the perfect replacement when needed.

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1,010 responses to “The Best Organic Baby Formulas (2019 Guide)”

  1. I am spinning in circles & need to get this formula ordered. After your article & research I decided to go with Dutch Hipp. I went to order on Dutch Expatshop & I can’t get over the shipping to Connecticut. $50 for 3 cans. I am trying to make light of this… Do you suggest another company for a small shipping fee if not free. I also like the 900g cans.. just looking for the best bang for my buck. Thanks!

    • Hi Nichole! Huggable has free shipping if you order more than 4 units and they are based in the US! Dutch Expat Shop does charge for shipping, but if you order in bulk (6 cans or more) — the cost per can ends up being about $33 even with shipping included (which is what Huggable will charge you if you ordered 12 cans but not 6). So basically, I’d recommend DutchExpat for larger orders and Huggable for smaller orders with free shipping! Hope that helps!

  2. Hi! Love your site. But I’m not sure what is the most reputable place to buy holle stage 2- huggable is out and the organic baby food- has 2 sites- one that is US based and the other that is Germany. Please advise on websites- thank you!

  3. Hi there! Thank you for all of your knowledge you have shared on formulas. I have been so discouraged since I’m not able to breast feed . My body isn’t producing enough for my 2 week old bundle of joy so it has been so hard. We were giving her Holle goats milk for a weeks time and then we had ran out and switched to earths best milk since we had nothing on hand at the time. Kept giving f her this formula for a few days but found she then got direah and sometimes puked up the formula. I finally later got more of the Holle formula and just placed her on it again to see how she does. I’m frustrated bc I want to continue giving her this bc I think she had a sensitive tummy .. but it is spendy !:/ do you have any thoughts what yuh recommend that’s cost effective ? I know you mentioned Kabrita but looks like it’s for older babies …:/ thoughts ? Thank you!!:)

    • Hi Sarah! Yes Kabrita USA is cheaper than Holle Goat! And it actually has better ingredients than Holle Goat! It is marketed as a toddler formula but it meets the FDA nutritional requirements for infant formula – so as long as your pediatrician is supportive you should be fine using Kabrita USA for your baby! Hope that helps!

  4. Hi my son needs a gentle formula to try. If you had to pick between Baby’s only lactorelief and plum organic gentle…which one is better ingredients? I want to stick to us formula because it’s easier to get. Lactorelief is brown rice syrup but no Palm oil and plum gentle is sweetened with only lactose but has palm oil.

    • Hi Sofia! If you’re trying to pick between those two I’d go with Plum Gentle. Baby’s Only Lactorelief has brown rice syrup but also has soy oil. Plum Gentle Formula has palm oil and soy oil. Since both of these formulas have soy oil, you’re essentially choosing between whether brown rice syrup or palm oil is worse, and honestly I think brown rice syrup is worse. Palm oil, while not ideal, is not nearly as bad as the added processed sugar that syrup and syrup solids provide. So I’d get Plum Gentle if I were you!

      • Thank you!! I wish we had better options for gentle formulas. I can’t find any! Plum organics didn’t score so well on the clean label project but I can’t find a better option in the US. Hopefully Kabrita or Baby’s Only will come out with a more gentle option for sensitive tummies in the near future. Love your blog!

      • Hi Sofia! I completely agree! Honestly right now I’d use the European formulas for sensitive tummies (either HiPP HA or HiPP Comfort). If you order HiPP HA, it will be shipped in just a few days and is very easy to get – you shouldn’t have any fulfillment issues there because Huggable (the distributor) is super reputable. And I will definitely keep my post updated if a US company comes out with a clean formula option for sensitive tummies!

  5. Hi, in the UK I’m using a UK brand formula called Kendamil – there are two versions, and one is organic and palm oil free. I was concerned by its lack of probiotics, DHA etc but after reading your post I’m feeling more assured that it’s probably okay for my twins.

  6. HI, Can you tell me what do you think about honest organic formula? Another thing baby’s only toddlers formula can be feed my 6 month old baby? Thanks

    • Hi Melissa! I don’t like Honest Company’s formula as much as the European formulas for two reasons: 1) they use soy oil and 2) they don’t add whey into their formula which makes it not as close in composition to breastmilk as European formulas are. When it comes to Honest vs. Baby’s Only, Baby’s Only is better because it doesn’t have palm oil and doesn’t have hexane extracted DHA. As for whether your 6 month old can have Baby’s Only with Whey – I know lots of infants who do well on it, but I’d just double check with your pediatrician to make sure they are comfortable with it too!

  7. Hi!
    Your blogs have helped my wife & I so much to better understand these formulas. Our 3 month is currently on half breast & half Kabrita & seems well but oddly won’t finish more than 2 oz of it (even when trying to feed her a full 4oz with no breast) before she’s trying to remove the bottle from her mouth. She also spits up some days and some days she doesn’t. Should we keep her on kabrita or switch to a hipp formula?

    • I forgot to mention she’s a little gassy (don’t know if it could be from breast), but has a normal bowel movement every day which we like. That’s why we’re torn

      • Hi Raúl! Thanks for reaching out! I’m so glad my blog has been helpful for you and your wife! I think your wife might have actually asked the same question on another blog post of mine 🙂 But I’ll just share what I told her here as well! Spitting up is pretty normal as long as your baby isn’t throwing up large quantities of formula all the time, or is uncomfortable during eating/not gaining weight/etc. Gassiness is also common/normal in babies from time to time – as long as again, there aren’t signs of distress or an allergy. If she’s only drinking formula and doesn’t want more than 2oz at a time, that would be a bit surprising. What you could try to do is, since she doesn’t actually have a diagnosed allergy, is try 1 can of HiPP Dutch and alternate between that, Kabrita, and breastmilk if you have some to see how she does on each (and how much she’ll drink on each). I’d also recommend ordering HiPP Dutch from Huggable because if it doesn’t work, you can switch it for HiPP HA at that point and Huggable will switch it for you for free! Hope that helps!

  8. I love that you’re continually updating this.. I am curious if DHA/ARA in formula aren’t the best options (synthetic etc.) – what would you suggest as a solution.. are there supplements you can add to the milk that provides this better?

  9. What do you think about Bimbosan Organic Infant Formula? From what I have read, it is basically identical to Loulouka. It is available from Dutch Expat Shop.

    • Hi Andy! Bimbosan is great! But I checked with Dutch Expat Shop and they told me they actually don’t carry it on a regular basis, which is why I haven’t linked to it from this post since I haven’t found a seller that always has it in stock!

  10. Hello,
    Thanks for all the info. I don’t see that you’ve addressed or ranked the rapeseed/canola oil that is in these. That’s my one hesitation with ordering the European ones, considering it is naturally toxic.

    • Hi Violet! Regarding canola/rapeseed oil — the issues with those oils come when they are not organically sourced. When you’re using non-organic canola oil, it’s going to be high in GMOs, highly processed, low quality, etc. But in European formulas, they’re 100% organic, so that is not an issue. The other concerns with canola oil stem from omega 6 fats and the fact that rapeseed is high in erucic acid (which can be toxic in high doses) — but organic canola oil is bred to contain very low amounts of erucic acid. Regarding omega 6 fats, again, it’s all about quantity and I’m not concerned with the level of omega 6 fats in European formulas. This article on canola oil breaks down the concerns in a pretty balanced way. The short answer is, I don’t see the organic canola oil in these formulas as a major issue, and since no formula is perfect I’d choose that over the ingredients in most of the US formulas that are available today! Hope that helps!

  11. Hi anjali,
    I have two months old baby boy. I have not much breast milk for my baby. So I used to give similac advance to my LO. But when I saw your page and decided to give Hipp Dutch stage 1. So 2 days ago I started using hipp formula and my baby was ok at the first day but from another day when i feed him, he start crying. He had a little bit poop. May be he feels gassy and constipated.
    I don’t know. I am really worried. What should I do now?
    Please help ..
    Thank you

    • Hi Preet! If you were transitioning from Similac Advance to HiPP Dutch, and you made the transition too quickly (e.g. you just immediately switched all of his bottles from one formula to the other) — that likely is what upset your baby’s tummy. I’d recommend a super slow transition — increasing HiPP Dutch by 1oz every day and decreasing Similac by 1oz every day — and seeing how that goes. Also at 2 months, babies tend to get gassy and fussy because their digestive systems are still developing so easing him into the new formula should really help! Of course, if there are any super concerning signs of digestive distress you should call your pediatrician as well. Hope that helps! Keep me posted on how it goes!

  12. Hi there I was purchasing from organic start. Any chance they were shut down because there formula was tampered with?

    • Hi Stephanie! I don’t believe that was the case – the FDA shut them down because they have tightened regulations on European formula, and because Peter was one of the founders of Loulouka which (I believe) ended up making the regulation complicated since Organic Start was based in the US, and could be a distributor but not necessarily a creator of formula. But there is no evidence that any of the formula they sold was tampered with so personally I wouldn’t worry about that!

  13. Hi Anjali!
    Thank you so much for all the work you have put in to this blog. It has been incredibly helpful!
    My 8 month old daughter is currently on HiPP Dutch Stage 2. I understand that it doesn’t have DHA added, should I use a DHA supplement?
    Thank you!

  14. Hi Anjali,
    Loulouka is not made by Organic Start. It is made by a company in Switzerland. There is some stock available on other sites in the US but s bit more pricey as they are aware of the current issue with Organic Start (was a prime distributor). It is the best formula

    • Hi Teesha! Actually, Loulouka is made by the founder of Organic Start (Peter). He partnered with a formula maker in Europe to make Loulouka, but he is one of the founders of the product. Hope that helps clarify things!

  15. Hi Anjali. Your post doesn’t address the aluminum levels found in the HiPP powders. I’m curious as to your thoughts on that. Thanks!

  16. Hey, I’m ayah.
    My son has been exclusively breast feeding for 2 months. The moment we tried to add in formula ( Holle ) he has a super bad reaction – he projectile vomited and has constipation after doing it 4 times across 3 Days. I have now stopped it completely. So my questions are: 1) shall I switch already ?
    2) do I give him a probiotic to help with constipation?
    3)how long till I try a new formula? I have just ordered Hipp from Netherlands which is your number 1.

    Anything will help!

    Thank you so much !

    Ayah XX

    • Hi Ayah! So sorry to hear that Holle didn’t work for your little one! It sounds like he had a super strong reaction to the Holle so I’m not sure a probiotic will help counteract it completely. A probiotic can’t hurt, but it may not solve all of the issues he has with Holle. I’d recommend switching to HiPP Dutch Stage 1 and I would work in a little bit of formula at a time (start with 1oz two times a day, and increase from there) to get his body used to it. Starting with a whole bottle might be too much for him. Hope that helps! Let me know how it goes!

  17. Hi! So much great info here but I need some help…

    Baby was born at 29 weeks – had fortified breast milk for 2 months in the NICU. Two weeks before coming home they introduced Neosure 22 and he immediately got constipated and needed stimulation to pass stool. When we got home our pediatrician let us switch to Similac Total Pro Comfort. He immediately was able to go to the bathroom on his own but that only lasted a few days and he got really gassy/fussy/constipated quickly. They tested his stool and found blood and mucus and told us he has a milk allergy. We are now on Similac Alimentum RTF and our doc suggested probiotics, gassy relief drops, gripe water, etc. BUT – he’s 3 months actual, 2 weeks adjusted so is this too early? He’s still super fussy and I’d love to switch to something organic.

    Please help!! He’s such a happy baby until gas hits and night falls…

    • Hi Alanna! So sorry to hear about your baby’s digestive troubles! Since he has a milk protein allergy, I’d recommend trying HiPP HA or HiPP Comfort since both of those have broken down milk proteins. While no hypoallergenic formula is organic because the hydrolyzed milk proteins can’t be organically made, the European formulas will still have much cleaner ingredients than Alimentum. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Hi again! Thank you for this… we switched to HippHA on Monday.. tons of poops and wet farts and stomach gurgles… he seems to freak out during half his feeds as if he doesn’t want the food because of what it does to his tummy… there is still blood in his stool… it’s only been a week, though. In your experience, should we try another week or two or just switch to Neocate or Elecare, if so, which one? There are no other options for amino acid formulas, right? Thank you thank you!

      • Oh no!! Poor guy!! If you want to try one last thing you can try HiPP Comfort which has a reduced lactose content so it’s more gentle than HiPP HA. But it does sound like he might need an amino acid formula, and yes, Neocate and Elecare are the only options in that category! They are basically the same – it doesn’t really matter which one you choose! I might just go with Elecare because it’s slightly cheaper. I hope that helps and I hope he feels better soon!

  18. Anjali, you are God-sent! That k you so much for all the time you put in preparing such valuable posts for us! My question is, my son just turned one, and I’ve been using HiPP Germany Stage 2 -no starch- since he was 6 months. I’m thinking it’s probably time to switch to stage 3 but I’m not a fan of starch in formula. I know both HiPP Germany and HiPP Dutch Stage 3 have starch in them, so would you recommend staying on Stage 2? Would my son still be getting all the nutrition he needs? Also, do you prefer HiPP Dutch more than HiPP Germany? I’m also thinking of making the switch to Dutch but would love to get your input first. Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Bana! No problem at all, I’m so glad my posts have been helpful for you! To your questions – for Stage 1 or 2, HiPP Dutch and HiPP Germany are virtually equivalent (unless you are using the version of HiPP Germany with starch, in which case I prefer HiPP Dutch). The other reason I prefer HiPP Dutch is just because of the cans vs. the boxes/foil – the cans are much easier to use and store! And for Stage 2 vs. Stage 3, honestly I’d recommend just staying on Stage 2 if your son is a good eater (eats solids and a variety of solids). I never went to Stage 3 for either of my kids – stuck with Stage 2 until 12 months of age and then switched to organic whole milk. If your pediatrician is ok with sticking to Stage 2, that’s what I’d do! Hope that helps!

  19. Hi Anjali,

    I am so torn between HIPP and Holle. I have to wean my 6 month old from the breast suddenly due to health issues/medication that isn’t compatible with breastfeeding. I have two questions for you…why do you recommend HIPP stage 1 over the PRE? and Why do you prefer HIPP over Holle Pre?

    I am looking for the most breastmilk-like formula (as most mothers are 😉

    Thank you so much

    • Hi Kelly! So sorry to hear about your health issues – I’m sure that is very stressful! HiPP Dutch Stage 1 is virtually identical to HiPP PRE – I actually think they tie and I don’t necessarily recommend one over the other. The only reason HiPP Dutch gets a slight edge is practicality of use – it comes in a can and is much easier to scoop out and measure vs. the aluminum bags HiPP PRE has. Holle PRE is good but doesn’t have prebiotics or probiotics added which is why I rank HiPP Dutch Stage 1 higher than Holle PRE. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  20. Hi I need some clarification

    on the chart it says Hipp contains synthetic DHA ARA hexane extracted but an update from 2017 says the DHA in Hipp comes naturally derived from fish oils

    Thank you for your help !

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