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Best Organic Baby Formulas (2024 Guide)

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This in-depth, parent-friendly guide will help you find and buy the best organic baby formula. You will learn what you should consider when choosing a formula, what ingredients to avoid in formula, and where you can reliably purchase the best organic formula for your baby. This guide is updated monthly to ensure that all of the information below is recent and accurate!

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A Note On 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 more than okay, too!

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 8 months of emotionally taxing nursing and pumping, I needed to select a baby formula, and this guide is a result of the research I conducted (see my disclaimer, credentials, & methodology for details).

A Disclaimer & Our Methodology

As a board certified health coach and certified nutritionist, I support products and ingredients that are rooted in science and are evidence-based. Using my background in nutrition, along with extensive research (see below for details), consultations with experts, and my own personal experience giving my two kids formula, I was able to arrive at this list of the best and healthiest formula for babies in this guide. This post has also been medically reviewed and fact checked by Katie Drakeford, MA, RD, CSP, LD, CLC (see my about page for more info about Katie).

My baby formula recommendations are based on:

  • Over 200 hours of extensive research
  • Speaking with thousands of parents on what has worked for their children (along with personal experience with my own two kids)
  • Reviewing the manufacturer’s claims and ingredients list, stages, and varieties of over 65 different formula brands
  • Speaking with doctors and pediatricians
  • Reviewing countless articles and peer-reviewed studies

Though I may receive a commission (at no extra expense to you) if you purchase through some of the affiliate links provided, I only recommend products I’ve researched, evaluated, consulted experts on, and would feel comfortable giving to my own two children. 

As always, I only share products that are the highest quality and that can help you and your family the most. 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 baby & situation is different, so when it comes to choosing a baby formula, please consult with your pediatrician first before starting or switching to a new formula. My recommendations are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Quick Picks: Best Organic Baby Formula

Here is our “at a glance” view of the best organic formula for babies for a variety of different needs. Looking for the cleanest baby formula? A hypoallergenic formula? The safest baby formula? The best overall? We have you covered.

Further down in this guide, you will find a detailed list of the top 11 best organic baby formulas, a few runner-ups (good formula brands that didn’t make our top list), and why we love each of those options.

What Is Organic Baby Formula?

Organic baby formula is defined as being made with at least 95% organic ingredients. This means that 95% of the ingredients in the formula have to adhere to organic standards, (source), which include:

  • No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
  • No growth hormones or steroids
  • No antibiotics (or used extremely rarely – only when an animal is extremely sick and no other options will resolve the issue)
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • All animals are fed an organic diet
  • No synthetic or artificial preservatives
  • No pesticides or insecticides (note: natural pesticides and organic insecticides are allowed)

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

  • No sugar or syrup solids (Learn More: Sugar And Corn Syrup In Baby Formula).
  • Requires at least 30% of calories from lactose (the naturally occurring carbohydrate in milk)
  • No synthetic nutrients extracted with chemical solvents

A note on organic labeling: Certified organic does not mean the same thing as “made with organic ingredients.” If a package has the label “made with organic ingredients” it means that only 70% of the ingredients are organic, not 95%. (source).

Graphic describing what organic certification means.

Is Organic Baby Formula Better For Your Baby?

The benefits of buying organic baby formula are similar to buying organic foods in general. By buying organic milk formula, you can guarantee that your baby’s formula is made without growth hormones, genetically modified ingredients, non-organic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, etc.

Additionally, most of these formulas also have the added plus of not using processed or problematic ingredients like syrup solids, etc. that aren’t beneficial for your baby, making them some of the cleanest baby formulas.

Many doctors will say that there isn’t enough research on the topic of whether natural infant organic formula provides your baby with more clear, long-term health advantages than conventional formula does. It’s also important to note that most natural baby formulas tend to be more expensive.

That said, if you can afford it, any of these potential added benefits might be worth it to you if the cost fits your budget.

Luckily, there are some budget-friendly organic formula options available (see our quick picks below). And if you can’t afford any organic formula brands, I recommend choosing a formula that meets our criteria for choosing the best formula overall. That way, you may still be able to choose a budget-friendly, non-organic formula for babies that does not include syrup solids, or other problematic ingredients.

What Are The Different Types Of Baby Formula?

Organic Cow’s Milk-Based FormulaMost of this type of infant formula found at the grocery store is made from cow’s milk, and contains at least 95 percent organic ingredients. You can also be assured that the product is free from preservatives, toxins, artificial colors, and artificial flavors.

Non-Organic Cow’s Milk: Regular cow’s milk formula is still made from cow’s milk (hence the name), yet it might contain hormones, chemicals, and pesticides since it is not organic.

Organic Goat’s Milk Baby FormulaGoat milk is very similar to dairy-based formulas in terms of nutrients. But, because it’s made from goat milk which contains solely the A2 milk protein (vs. both A1 and A2 for most cow’s milk), it may be easier for some babies to digest who are intolerant to cow’s milk. Organic goat’s milk is non-GMO and free from preservatives, toxins, etc. Learn more: Goat Milk Formula vs. Cow Milk Formula and Benefits Of Goat Milk Formula.

Non-Organic Goat’s Milk: Regular goat’s milk formula is more common than its organic counterpart. However, it is a popular option because all goat milk still has the A2 vs. A1 milk protein, and can be easier to digest.

Hydrolyzed Protein Formula (Hypoallergenic Formula)There are two types of hydrolyzed formulas – there are partially hydrolyzed versions which have partially broken down milk proteins, and extensively hydrolyzed versions which have completely broken down milk proteins. These broken down proteins are easier to digest, and may help babies with a milk protein allergy or who just have more sensitive tummies.

A2 MilkA2 milk is an alternative to regular cow’s milk that is often easier for babies to digest, because it’s more similar to human breast milk. A2 milk can come from goats, or from a small population of cows that happen to produce A2 vs. A1 milk. (Learn More: Best A2 Baby Formula).

Soy-Based: These formulas don’t contain any milk and use soy protein as the base. They are a non-dairy formula option. Note: You should always consult your pediatrician before considering a soy formula for your child, due to research that shows it may not be suitable for all babies.

Toddler FormulaWhile most toddlers don’t need formula, toddler milk formula is designed to be consumed after a child’s first year of life. Essentially, it is a kind of transition formula and can be used to supplement a picky eater’s diet with critical nutrients.

Plant-Based Baby Formula: Plant-based formula is made without using animal products. Basically, you can think of it as being a dairy-free baby formula or vegan formula option. Formulas like Else and Baby’s Only Pea Protein are common vegan formulas available in the US. See this guide for the best dairy-free and vegan baby formula.

Powder Vs. Liquid: Most natural baby formula comes in a powdered option, where you have to mix with water before serving. Some brands of formulas will also have a liquid option, which means the formula is already pre-mixed and pre-made so you can feed it to your baby immediately. Liquid formulas are also known as “ready-to-feed” formulas. There are some organic ready-made formula options, but they may have more stabilizers than powdered versions to keep them shelf-stable.

Graphic describing the types of organic baby formula.

European Vs. American Baby Formula

When I was choosing an all-natural baby formula for my kids, I chose a European Organic Baby Formula instead of purchasing one from the US. What’s the difference between European and US baby formula?

All US-based formulas are regulated by the FDA and organic milk-based formula brands earn a certification from the USDA on top of being regulated by the FDA. The FDA is responsible for ensuring formulas meet infant nutrition requirements, while the USDA Organic certification means that the baby formula is adhering to the USDA guidelines mentioned above (e.g. no hormones, antibiotics, etc.). (source).

All European Formulas are regulated by the European Commission, which also certifies formulas as organic. Additionally, Europe has designations that are “beyond organic” like “Demeter” or “Bioland”. (source).

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. (Want to learn more about Demeter standards? See our guide to Demeter standards in Europe here.)

It’s worth noting 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 a baby’s growth and development.

So Why Choose European Formulas? Overall, Europe has higher standards and has more options for high-quality organic and natural formula for babies. Some American brands are similar to European brands in quality and ingredients, and we have included those options in this guide as well.

When it comes to regulation, anecdotally I have heard and seen that Europe regulates organic standards much more strictly than the US does. Not only do European organic baby formulas have to meet the 95%+ ingredients standard, the EU also requires more transparency and has stricter regulations when it comes to detecting trace amounts of any toxic substances in natural baby formula. (Learn More: Why Parents Love European Baby Formulas).

Historically, most formulas, especially those produced in the United States, have certain ingredients that aren’t very healthy for your baby (like glucose syrup solids and some stabilizers and preservatives). This is why it is great that there are so many higher-quality and healthy baby formula options available to parents today.

Note: Translated Nutritional Information And Preparation Instructions For European Formulas

When you buy European formulas, especially the Dutch or German formulas, their labels may not always come with an English translation. To help map European formula nutrition onto US standards, we have partnered with Bottles & Burps to provide you with detailed guides for all of the non-UK-based European formulas! (Note: Get 20% off any single pack using the code PICKYEATER20 when shopping at Bottles and Burps! Just enter it manually in the checkout process!)

See below for translated nutritional labels, ingredients, and preparation instructions so it’s easy to compare to any US-based formulas. You can also learn more about European formulas here: Are European Formulas Safe To Use?

Baby Formula Stages

European baby formula is designed in stages – so that the different stages of formula correspond to the different ages of your baby. Just as breast milk changes to meet the changing needs of your baby, the different stages of formula change to meet these evolving needs as well. Each stage is formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of a specific age and stage of your baby’s development.

US baby formula, on the other hand, is more commonly found in a one-size-fits-all model. That is, there is one stage of formula for all babies aged 0-12 months (also known as “infant formula”) followed by one separate stage for babies aged 1+ (“toddler formula”).

Here are what the different stages of European baby formula mean:

Stage PRE/1: This stage is suitable to give to your baby from birth. These formulas tend to use lactose as the main source of carbohydrates and are very gentle and easy to digest. They will contain less iron than do the later stages since your baby’s iron stores remain intact until about 6 months of age. Stage PRE/1 is for babies 0-6 months old. Stage PRE is typically a formula for newborns through 3 months of age, but can be used for up to 6 months. PRE is also slightly less filling than Stage 1, so you can adjust based on your baby’s appetite between these two stages during the first 6 months of life.

Stage 2: For formulas that only have 2 stages, stage 2 is for 6-12 months of life. For formulas that have 3 stages, stage 2 will typically be for 6-10 months of life. Stage 2 has more iron, and a slightly different mix of vitamins and minerals to adjust to your baby’s growing needs.

Stage 3: Typically used for 10-12 months of life, and sometimes can be used into toddlerhood. It is made specifically to supplement your baby’s diet of solid foods which should be increasing around 11-12 months of life.

All Ages Formula: Some formulas, typically US formulas, don’t come in stages, which means that they are all-ages formulas (also known as “infant formula”) and can be used for 0-12 months of life.

Ideal Baby Formula Ingredients

Here’s our ideal list of baby formula ingredients and criteria, and how we made our picks for the best formula for babies in this guide.

✅ Certified Organic (either USDA-certified organic or EU-certified organic).

✅ Meets nutritional standards for babies (in the US or the EU) and includes key vitamins and minerals for development

✅ No sugar, sucrose, or syrup solids (you want a formula without added sugar. Ideally, lactose should be the only carbohydrate) (Source).

✅ Whey to casein ratio that matches mature breast milk (60:40 whey to casein ratio)

✅ Includes Omega 3 Fats (DHA, ALA) and Omega 6 fatty acids (ARA, LA) (Source).

✅ Includes prebiotics and probiotics (Learn More: Prebiotics For Kids). (Source).

✅ Gluten-free and soy-free (except for organic soybean oil and organic soy lecithin, which are ok)

✅ Palm oil free (or uses palmitic acid, or sustainable palm oil. Learn more: Palm Oil In Baby Formula)

✅ No carrageenan

✅ No hexane extracted ingredients if possible (DHA specifically), or no hexane detected post-extraction

✅ No maltodextrin

✅ Mixes easily, reviews state that most babies can tolerate it well

✅ Suits your budget

Graphic describing the best organic baby formula ingredients.

Ingredients To Avoid In 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 baby formula – as outlined by the National Organic Standards Board. Many of these ingredients are banned in the European Union, which is the gold standard for what’s considered organic. Look for formulas that do not contain these ingredients:

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). (Source).

GMOs: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) ingredients, while recognized as safe by the FDA (source), often need a large amount of pesticides when they’re being grown, which not only has an adverse effect on the environment, but also comes with the risk of trace amounts ending up in the foods (and formulas) produced using GMO ingredients (Source 1, Source 2).

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). Other forms of DHA and ARA, such as DHA and ARA that are extracted from algae fungus, can be added to formulas 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 also worth noting that any oils that are listed as “organic” on EU formula labels cannot use hexane for extraction. (Source).

Carrageenan: Is typically added as a stabilizer to ready-to-feed formulas in the US; it is not allowed in the EU and has been linked to intestinal inflammation. (Source).

Synthetic Nutrients Extracted Using Chemical Solvents: This includes lutein, lycopene, nucleotides, taurine, l-carnitine, and l-methionine that are extracted in this manner. Some of these nutrients are not allowed in EU formulas, some of them (like lutein) are beneficial to babies, but they ideally are extracted not using hexane.

Palm Oil: to mirror the levels of palmitic acid, which is found in breast milk, some manufacturers add palm oil. The problem is that palm oil in formula 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 formulas without it. (Source).

Soy: Soy protein (and soy formula) are problematic for infants because of their phytoestrogen content (Source: Check out this study about soy).

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

So what’s a parent to do?

Stick to the high-quality European formulas or US formulas like Bobbie which mimic European standards. The EU has some of the best organic baby formula options, and HiPPHolle, and Lebenswert, all produce high-quality formulas with the best ingredients. For this reason, all of these are the best European formulas for babies.

Graphic describing ingredients to avoid in baby formula.

How To Choose The Best Baby Formula

While all of this information might seem overwhelming, at the very least, I recommend following these guidelines when choosing the best formula for your baby:

  1. Organic if possible, and if you can’t afford organic, try to find a non-GMO or at least a formula with no glucose, corn, or other syrup solids.
  2. Helpful nutrients – added DHA, ARA for brain development, prebiotics & probiotics for immune and gut health.
  3. Strong and reliable reviews from other parents.
  4. Pediatrician approval – your pediatrician knows your baby and has experience with many of these formulas, so they should be able to help you figure out which of these formulas will suit your baby the best!

This list includes both European and US formulas. Go to this guide for the best baby formula brands made in the US if you’re specifically interested in US-made baby formulas!

Below, I have summarized my research to help answer the question: what is the best organic baby formula available today? Later in the post, I cover what to look for in choosing a baby formula, the main ingredients to avoid, an analysis of each top formula, a detailed chart that ranks all of the organic formulas available, and a list of a few reliable places to buy formulas online.

The 11 Best Organic Baby Formulas

While there is no perfect formula, the baby formulas below are considerably better than the rest. Read on to see the best organic formula for infants and our top picks based on your baby’s individual needs.

HiPP Dutch – Best Overall

Can of HiPP Dutch Stage 1 organic baby formula.

Why I love it: Of all the formulas, this is the best overall 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! There aren’t many reasons not to consider this the best natural baby formula! Because of its closeness to breast milk, it can be one of the best formulas to supplement breastfeeding. HiPP has lots of different formulas, but HiPP Dutch is the best HiPP formula you can find. See translated nutrition facts, ingredient info and detailed instructions for preparation here.

Keep in mind: If you are concerned about hexane extraction, HiPP organic baby formula 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.

Price: $48.99 for a single pack. (Save if you buy in bulk: $42.99 each for a 24 pack).

What Customers Say: “My grandson is doing so well on this formula. My daughter loves it. Baby is not spitting up this formula like the Gerber brand. I feel so good about the baby drinking this in his bottles.” – Barbara R.

100% organic, non GMO
Whey-to-casein ratio that mimics breast milk
Contains prebiotics & probiotics
Contains DHA & ARA
No added sugars, no starch, no maltodextrin
Easy to dispense from container
No soy
Does use hexane to extract DHA & ARA, but hexane 100% removed and is undetectable in the formula
Contains palm oil
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HiPP UK Stage 1 – Best Value

Box of HiPP UK Stage 1 organic baby formula.

Why I love it: HiPP UK is also quite similar to HiPP Dutch. At $0.048/gram, it is the most budget-friendly healthy organic infant formula option.

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).

Price: $42.99 for a single box. (Save if you buy in bulk: $36.99 each for a 24 pack).

What Customers Say: “I chose Hipp Organic UK because I’ve heard so much good things about it! My baby was on enfamil & it was the WORSE! So I was determined to find the best Formula for my baby! UK brands are some of the best for your baby. I have no worries when it comes the safety of my baby’s formula & the safety of my personal information. STRONGLY recommend Hipp Organic!” – Irene W.

Affordable organic infant formula
Contains DHA & ARA
Contains prebiotics
Doesn’t contain probiotics
Harder to dispense from box
Contains palm oil
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Jovie Organic Goat – Best Goat Milk Formula for Babies and Toddlers

jovie organic goat milk formula

Why I love it: If you’re looking for the best goat milk infant formula, and a great alternative to cow’s milk, I’d recommend the European version of Jovie Goat. The ingredients are 100% organic, non-GMO, with added prebiotics and a whey-to-casein ratio that closely resembles that in breast milk, making it an incredibly healthy formula for babies. In addition, it’s made with organic whole A2 goat milk and lactose instead of skim milk for easy digestion. This best infant formula option contains no glucose syrup solids, no maltodextrin, no palm oil, no soy oil, and contains DHA & ARA. (Learn More: Jovie Formula Review).

Keep in mind: Jovie doesn’t contain probiotics, so you would have to supplement. It’s also not vegetarian, as it contains fish oil. Also, there is a US version of Jovie available, but it is not certified USDA organic because their whole goat milk powder is not USDA organic. The European version of Jovie does meet European organic standards.

Price: $62.99 for a single pack. (Save if you buy in bulk: $56.99 each for a 24 pack).

What Customers Say: “Great formula. My newborn was constipated on cows milk formula and became regular as soon as I switched her to this one. Smells great too.” – Karina R.

Made with A2 organic whole goat milk – easier to digest than cow’s milk
No palm oil
Contains DHA & ARA
Contains prebiotics
No glucose syrup solids
No soy oil
Doesn’t contain probiotics
Not vegetarian friendly (DHA is from fish oil)
On the more expensive side
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Bobbie Organic Infant Formula – Best Organic Baby Formula Made in the US

Can of Bobbie organic infant formula.

Why I love it: Bobbie is the best organic infant formula made in the US, made with milk sourced from Organic Valley pasture raised cows. It is the best option if you’re looking for a US-made formula that is comparable to European formulas, as it’s the first Organic, European-Style Infant Formula that meets FDA requirements.

The only mom founded and led infant formula company in the U.S., Bobbie is made by parents for parents, who are looking for a nutritious and organic baby formula for their little ones. In fact, it is the cleanest formulas for babies manufactured in the US! This best American formula 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 modeled after breast milk, is non-GMO, free of added sugars, and has no synthetic nutrients or preservatives. It also happens to be palm oil and soy oil free (Learn More: Palm Oil In Baby Formula). And with their starter bundle, you can try Bobbie in a budget friendly way (2 cans for only $20 per can + free shipping!)

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. (Learn more: Best Probiotics For Kids).

Price: $25.99 for a single can (at Target). $23.40 per can if you sign up for the monthly subscription on Bobbie’s website.

What Customers Say: “Thank you for providing such a great formula for our babies. My baby has been on Bobbie since she was born and has never had any other type of formula. Not once did she have a tummy ache from it. She always digested it well, and was always right on point in her nutrition per her pediatrician. Makes me sad to go, but we are officially on our last can and I’m so proud of our journey. Thank you.” – Julie

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.
USDA Organic grass fed infant formula
Designed to taste like breast milk
No palm oil, no soy oil
Organic lactose is the main carbohydrate
No corn syrup, no cane sugar, no maltodextrin
Non GMO, gluten free, no natural or artificial flavors or colors
Contains DHA & ARA
60:40 whey casein ratio for easy digestion
Available for sale in the US (at Target) and online
Affordable and budget friendly
Doesn’t contain prebiotics
Doesn’t contain probiotics
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ByHeart Infant Formula – Best Whole Milk Formula Made in the US

Can of ByHeart Whole Nutrition Infant Formula on a pink background.

Why I love it:  Made with organic grass fed whole milk and other organic and non-GMO ingredients, this clean baby formula is a newer player in the American market. Because it is made with whole milk, this formula has less added vegetable oils than does Bobbie or other brands that are made with non-fat milk. Furthermore, ByHeart ran one of the largest successful clinical trials of a new formula company has already received the Clean Label Project Purity Award.  

This formula has a whey-to-casein ratio that mimics breast milk as well as a patented protein blend that contains proteins, such as alpha-lac and lactoferrin, in the same ratios as breast milk.  Though I am usually not a fan of synthetic ingredients, these two are known to be helpful  in developing gut health (source).  Lactose is the primary carbohydrate source and the formula contains prebiotics, making it easily digestible for little tummies. ByHeart is made without corn syrup, gluten, maltodextrin, soy, hexane-extracted DHA, and palm oil as well. 

Keep in mind: There aren’t many reasons not to like ByHeart, but a few parents reported that the formula can be difficult to mix and a few parents report that the formula increased the amount of spit ups for their babies. 

Price: $42 for a single 24 oz/680g can. (Save with subscribe & save: $39/can).

What Customers Say:Our baby boy has been on ByHeart since birth. Tolerates it well, poops regularly, minimal reflux. Growing like a weed!!!!.” – Elizabeth V.

Made with organic grass fed whole milk
Received the Clean Label Project Purity Award
60-40 whey-to-casein ratio (same as breast milk)
Lactose is the primary carbohydrate
No corn syrup, maltodextrin, or added sugar
Gluten-free, Soy-free
No palm oil
Available for sale in the US (at Target) and online
Contains prebiotics
Contains DHA (not hexane extracted)
Doesn’t contain probiotics
More expensive US formula
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Kendamil – Best Whole Milk Formula with Prebiotics, DHA and ARA

kendamil baby formula

Why I love it: Kendamil is uses whole milk instead of skimmed milk. 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’s also one of the best baby formulas without palm oil. Kendamil contains HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides) which are meant to help strengthen your baby’s immune system by promoting good gut bacteria.

Kendamil’s cows graze on pasture and are grass fed, the formula uses coconut oil as one of their main fatty acids, and their formula contains non-hexane extracted DHA, ARA and prebiotics. It is one of the best formula milk for babies 0-6 months as it’s free of added sugars, GMO ingredients, and whole milk formulation.  This formula is also known to smell sweet and taste great, making it the best formula for picky breastfed babies.

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. (Learn More: Kendamil Formula Review).

Price: $52.99 for a single pack. (Save if you buy in bulk: $46.99 each for a 24 pack).

What Customers Say: “Our little boy has taken to the formula right away. We couldn’t be happier with how it’s working out. And it’s wonderful knowing that our baby is getting the proper nutrition he needs!” – Erin Marie M.

Made with organic whole milk
No soy oil, no palm oil
Contains HMOs for immune system support
Contains non-hexane extracted DHA & ARA
Contains prebiotics
No added sugars, non GMO
Is available in US stores (Target) and online
Doesn’t contain probiotics
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Löwenzahn Organics – Best Vegetarian Friendly Formula with Prebiotics, DHA and ARA

photo of lowenzahn formula

Why I love it: 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 breast milk, and includes both DHA and ARA in a 1:1 ratio in their follow-on formula. Their DHA/ARA is 100% vegetarian friendly, as it comes from algae and has no detectable hexane. 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! It is one of the best organic formulas for breastfed babies thanks to its gentle formulation, and it will grow with your baby – it comes in 3 stages from birth to 12 months. (Learn More: Löwenzahn Formula Review).

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

Price: $31.49 for a single pack. (Save if you buy in bulk: $26.99 each for a 24 pack).

What Customers Say: “The information on the website made switching to this formula an easy decision. Our baby is supplementing with this formula and is responding wonderfully.” – Melissa W.

Organic formula that mimics breast milk
Includes vegetarian-friendly DHA & ARA
Transparent supply chain
Contains prebiotics
Affordable and budget-friendly
Doesn’t contain probiotics
Only meant for babies up to 3 months of age (need to use stage 1 after that)
Contains palm oil
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HiPP PRE Germany – Best for Babies 0-3 Months

Box of HiPP PRE Germany organic baby formula.

Why I love it: HiPP Germany is one of the best organic brands from Europe, and 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 babies from 0-3 months of age. See translated nutrition facts, ingredient info and detailed instructions for preparation here. Want to learn more about German formulas? See our guide on the best German baby formula.

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).

Price: $37.99 for a single box. (Save when you buy in bulk: $28.99 each for 24 boxes).

What Customers Say: “My 4 week old son finally has no problems after eating formula. The one we used before made him nauseous and throwing up lot of times, to the extent he would be choking. With HIPP I don’t have to worry about it, I’m so glad I could use HIPP for my little one. It was same with my daughter, she just didn’t seem to feel good after other formulas. Thank you.” – Ewa W.

Comparable to HiPP Dutch in terms of ingredients, but more affordable
Organic and Non-GMO
Contains DHA and ARA
Contains prebiotics and probiotics
No starch
Only meant for babies 0-3 months of age, must move to stage 1 after that (which does contain added starch)
Box is harder to dispense from
Contains palm oil
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Lebenswert – Best Formula Without Prebiotics, Probiotics, and ARA

Box of Lebenswert Stage 1 organic baby formula.

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. Definitely one of the best natural formulas for babies!

In addition to a top-notch ingredients list, this organic grass fed formula also boasts a Bioland certification, which is even more thorough than EU organic certification. See translated nutrition facts, ingredient info and detailed instructions for preparation here.

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!

Price: $27.99 for a single pack. (Save when you buy in bulk: $22.99 each for a 15 pack).

What Customers Say: “The best formula ever! No complaints. I fed my 3 year old with Lebenswert as a baby and now my newborn. It’s been a life saver!” – Maria

Affordable organic European baby formula
Simple ingredients list
Contains DHA from fish oil
Bioland certification
No added sugars, no starch, no maltodextrin
Doesn’t contain ARA
Not vegetarian-friendly
Doesn’t contain prebiotics
Doesn’t contain probiotics
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Holle PRE – Comparable to Lebenswert, Formulated for Babies 0-3 Months

Box of Holle Bio PRE organic 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 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. (Learn More: Holle Formula Review, and see translated nutrition facts, ingredient info and detailed instructions for preparation here).

Keep in mind: Again, with Holle options, parents would need to supplement probiotics/prebiotics since it is not included in the formula (DHA/ARA 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 stage 2, which is still lactose-based, does contain added organic maltodextrin.

Price: $25.99 for a single pack. (Save when you buy in bulk: $19.99 each for a 24 pack).

What Customers Say: “It’s been great, mainly because the baby loves it. It mixes easy, it’s clean, and easy to find.” -Robert R.

Demeter biodynamic certified
Commitment to animal welfare and sustainability
Contains DHA & ARA
Organic ingredients
Holle PRE contains no maltodextrin, but Stage 2 does contain maltodextrin
Only suitable for babies 0-6 months (ideally 0-3 months)
No prebiotics
No probiotics
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Baby’s Only Infant Formula – Best Affordable Organic US Formula

Can of Baby's Only infant formula with iron.

Why I love it: Baby’s Only Infant Formula is made in the US, doesn’t contain palm oil, and is 100% organic and heavy metal tested! It’s one of the more affordable options for organic infant formula in the US, and it’s full of healthy fats and has no added sugars. It’s Clean Label Purity project certified, modeled after breast milk, contains no corn syrup, and no glucose syrup solids. It’s one of the best organic milk options for your little one, especially if you are looking for a formula free of DHA/ARA and probiotics. (Learn More: Baby’s Only Formula Review).

Keep in mind: Like Lebenswert, this grass fed baby formula has no DHA/ARA or probiotics, so you will have to supplement if you choose this for your baby.

Price: $19.99 per can.

What Customers Say: “I just love Baby’s Only. My child seems to love the taste and I feel good about the nutrition it provides for her growth.” – G

US made organic infant formula
FDA regulated
Heavy metal tested and Clean Label Purity project certified
No syrup solids, no added sugar
Contains prebiotics
Available in stores and online
No DHA, no ARA
No probiotics
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Moderately Recommended Formulas (Runner-Ups)

Baby’s Only with Whey – Best Organic Toddler Formula

Can of Baby's Only With Whey Toddler Formula.

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 protein. 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. (Learn More: Best Toddler Formula).

Price: $16.99 for a 12.7oz can

What customers say: “⁦I have tried MULTIPLE formulas, and this is the ONLY one my sweet baby will tolerate. We have zero digestive issues with this formula, and she has a lot of sensitivities. We landed on this brand and I’ll never look back.⁩” – Emilee W.

Organic formula, non GMO
Hexane free DHA
Made in the US
Is a toddler formula, not an infant formula (but meets the nutritional requirements for an infant formula)
No prebiotics
No probiotics
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Kabrita USA – Best Goat Formula Available in the US

best baby formula kabrita

Why I love it: There are a lot of benefits to Kabrita USA. It is FDA registered, has a super clean ingredients list, is certified glyphosate free, it contains no added sugars, no maltodextrin, no syrup solids and has the right composition of fatty acids to be gentle for babies’ tummies to digest. (Learn More: Kabrita Goat Milk Formula Review).

Keep in mind: Kabrita is technically not organic, but it does follow European standards and is non-GMO. It’s also a toddler formula, but Kabrita states that it meets the nutritional requirements of infant formula. However, the FDA has not regulated it as an infant formula, so make sure your pediatrician is comfortable with you using it before you start this formula.

Price: $19.99 for a 14oz can.

What customers say: “My baby girl loves it. We tried 6 different formulas after finishing breastfeeding and she would refuse them. From the first to the last drop of this formula she would actually drink the full bottle!” – Abby M.

Made with A2 goat milk – easier to digest
FDA regulated
No added sugars, no maltodextrin
Contains DHA & ARA
Not technically an organic formula, but is Non GMO
Is a toddler formula, not an infant formula (but meets the nutritional requirements for an infant formula)
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Holle Bio – Best Organic Standards

Box of Holle BIO Stage 1 organic baby formula.

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 added to their natural organic 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 organic cow milk formula has the purest, non-GMO ingredients, the highest standards for animal welfare, and a commitment to biodiversity and sustainability. This formula does contain maltodextrin, moving this formula from my top list to my runner-up list. See translated nutrition facts, ingredient info and detailed instructions for preparation here.

Keep in mind: Again, with Holle options, parents would need to supplement pre/probiotics since it is not included in the formula (DHA/ARA is included in this non toxic formula). Holle Stage 1 also has maltodextrin added. (Learn More: Holle vs. HiPP Formula).

Price: $25.99 for a single pack (buy in bulk and save $19.99 each for a 24 pack)

What customers say: “I noticed a dramatic change in my newborn when we switched to Holle formula. I feel better knowing she’s being fed a higher quality formula!” – Nancy L.

Demeter biodynamic certified
Contains DHA & ARA
Organic and Non GMO
Environmentally friendly
Doesn’t contain prebiotics
Doesn’t contain probiotics
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Holle Goat – Budget Friendly Organic Goat Milk Formula for Infants

Box of Holle Goat Stage 1 organic baby formula.

Why I love it: Holle Goat is the one of the few 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, making goat’s milk formula potentially one of the best organic baby formulas for breastfed babies.  See translated nutrition facts, ingredient info and detailed instructions for preparation here.

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). This organic infant milk also includes maltodextrin to balance the sweetness of the milk. It also contains no added pre/probiotics (DHA/ARA is included in the new formulation).

Price: $31.99 for a single pack (buy in bulk and save $25.99 each for a 24 pack)

What customers say: “My baby had horrible skin issues and being on this specific formula has completely changed his skin. I am so thankful for this formula!” – Meghan P.

Made with organic A2 goat milk
Contains DHA & ARA
Bioland certified
Whey-to-casein ratio doesn’t mimic breast milk, so some parents have mentioned that this formula can be constipating for their baby.
Includes maltodextrin
Doesn’t contain prebiotics
Doesn’t contain probiotics
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Happy Baby Organic Formula – Best Affordable Infant Formula Available in the US

best baby formula happy baby

Why I love it: This is one of the best infant formulas made in the US, and 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 American made baby formula does contain soy oil, which is less ideal. It also has a thinner consistency that not all babies might like.

Price: $27.29 for a 21oz container.

What customers say: “Bottom line; my baby loves it! He took to it right away and sometimes even prefers the formula to my breast milk. It’s been about a week and he is digesting it properly, pooping normally, and seems to be thriving on it. Highly recommended from this breastfeeding mama (and her baby)!” – CelRangelDesigns (Amazon customer)

Made in the US, FDA regulated
Organic and Non GMO
Contains DHA, ARA
Contains prebiotics
Clean Label Certified
Contains soy oil
Can be harder to find
Contains palm oil
Doesn’t contain probiotics
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The Best Hypoallergenic Formulas For Babies

I have included a short summary of the top 3 hypoallergenic formulas below, but if you’re looking for more detailed information, check out our guide to the best hypoallergenic baby formulas, which outlines the best options as well as how to find the best fit for your baby.

HiPP Hypoallergenic – Best for Cow’s Milk Protein Sensitivities

Box of HiPP HA formula - best hypoallergenic baby formula.

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 gentle formula without corn syrup 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. (Learn more: Lactose Free Baby Formula, HiPP HA vs. Nutramigen).

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.

Price: $41.99 for a single pack (buy in bulk and save $34.99 each for a 24 pack)

What customers say: “Helped my newborn so much! She felt better and it has helped her gain so much weight so fast! Plus shipping was actually reasonably fast for where the formula is coming from.” – Lauren K.

Hydrolyzed milk proteins for easy digestion
No casein
Contains pre and probiotics
Contains DHA & ARA
No syrup solids or added sugar
Mostly organic ingredients
Contains a regular amount of lactose (not a reduced lactose formula)
Only 86-87% hydrolyzed so may not work for babies with a diagnosed CMPA
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HiPP Comfort – Best For Sensitive Tummies

Box of HiPP Comfort formula - best hypoallergenic baby formula.

Why I love it: This is the most gentle formula from the EU, and is worth trying for babies who don’t do well on HiPP HA. It is the most similar to a US hypoallergenic formula and is more broken down than HiPP HA. 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. (Learn More: Best Formula For Gassy Babies and the Best Baby Formula For Constipation).

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.

Price: $39.99 for a single pack (buy in bulk and save $32.99 each for a 24 pack)

What customers say: “This has been the best formula we have ever tried. My LO has bad gas and acid reflux and this does not cause any flare ups or issues. He has gained weight very well since starting this formula and is overall a much happier baby!” – Becca P.

Has hydrolyzed milk protein (86-87%)
No casein
Reduced lactose content
Modified fats for easier digestion
Designed specifically for gas, constipation, colic
Mostly organic ingredients
No syrup solids or added sugar
Contains prebiotics & probiotics
Contains DHA & ARA
May not work for babies with a diagnosed CMPA
Contains maltodextrin
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HiPP Anti-Reflux – Best for 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 contains locust bean gum that thickens the formula slightly to prevent reflux and/or reduce spit up. It can be one of the best formulas for gas as well. It contains DHA, and also contains prebiotics and probiotics to benefit your baby’s digestive system. (Learn More: Best Baby Formula For Colic and the Best Formula For Reflux).

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

Price: $39.99 for a single pack (buy in bulk and save $29.99 each for a 24 pack)

What customers say: “Our daughter was always spitting up and feeling very uncomfortable. We had tried various formulas with little to no success. After a couple days of HIPP we saw a dramatic difference. No more 10 outfit changes a day, she sleeps better and longer. Overall she’s a happier baby.” – James B.

Contains a natural thickening agent that helps treat acid reflux
Lactose is the only carboyhdrate
No added sugar or maltodextrin
Contains prebiotics and probiotics
Contains DHA & ARA
No added starch
No hydrolyzed milk proteins or reduced lactose
This formula is not intended for infant’s with CMPA or lactose intolerance/sensitivity
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Discontinued Baby Formulas

There are a few baby formula brands I had to remove from our list above, due to them being discontinued. They are:

The Honest Company Organic Formula: Founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Company was created to develop high quality baby products with wholesome ingredients and budget friendly prices. They had two stages of Honest organic formula, but have since discontinued both.

Loulouka, And Loulouka Goat: Loulouka and Loulouka Goat used organic milk and contains no soy or palm oil! It was made in Switzerland and was the best option for parents who want a formula with DHA and prebiotics added (and are ok with supplementing with ARA/probiotics separately). Loulouka was also free of added sugars, GMO ingredients, starch, and synthetic nutrients and preservatives. Both were great options, but have been discontinued. We have heard they might be coming back and we will update this post as soon as we hear more about Loulouka’s availability!

Amazon Mama Bear: This formula was primarily available on Amazon, and was discontinued this year. While this formula was affordable, it wasn’t organic and contained a range of less-ideal ingredients like syrup solids, maltodextrin, etc.

Burt’s Bees: We love this brand overall, and they had an organic formula for infants that they sold through their website and in certain stores. Unfortunately, as of 2022, it has been discontinued.

Plum Organics Infant Formula: We don’t know why Plum Organics discontinued their infant formula, but it no longer appears in our guide since it’s no longer available.

Happy Tot Toddler Formula: This has been discontinued as of a few years ago.

Gerber Organic Formula: Also has been discontinued.

Note: Similac Organic Baby Formula seems to be out of stock, likely due to the formula shortage. It’s not one of our top picks, but it is worth mentioning since it can be a more budget-friendly option.

Best Organic Baby Formulas Comparison Chart

Below is a detailed chart ranking all of the best organic baby formulas, based on each of the ingredients in baby formula. You can see the differences between Kendamil vs. Hipp vs. Holle vs. Bobbie along with all of the other best baby formula brands. At the top of the chart, I’ve included a hypothetical line for the “ideal” formula. Use this 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 formula comparison chart in this guide to the best goat milk formulas.

best organic baby formula rankings chart

Note: Regarding GrassFed and PureBliss – while they are popular formula brands, 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.

Baby Formula Supplements: The Best Vitamin D, DHA, And Probiotics For Babies

Recommendations on Supplementing: DHA, Vitamin D, Probiotics For Infants and Babies

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 breast milk along with their formula (in which case you need to add Vitamin D). Note: In 2022, the EU released new standards for DHA in baby formula and all of the EU formulas are now adhering to those standards. (Source).

If you are looking for additional supplementation for DHA, Vitamin D, and/or Probiotics, here are our top picks for baby supplements:

Best Vitamin D Supplement For Babies

Bobbie Vitamin D Drops is my top pick for vitamin D drops for babies and toddlers. They’re USDA organic certified, vegan, and there is literally nothing added to them (no flavors, colors, etc.). Additionally they are 3rd party tested, Clean Label Certified and were granted the Pesticide Free Award. All you need is 3 drops per day for your baby.

Another good option is Raise Them Well (keep in mind this supplement also contains Vitamin K). Lastly, I also like Baby Vitamin D Drops (which doesn’t contain Vitamin K). These are also 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. (Read more on why Vitamin D is important for babies).

Best DHA Supplement For Babies

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, contain Vitamin D in addition to DHA, and are in liquid form so they can be added to just about anything!

Best Probiotics For Babies

Bobbie Probiotic Drops is one of my favorites for babies. These liquid probiotic drops can be used for infants (age 0-12 months) as well as kids, and includes 1 billion live cultures with two strains of probiotics. They’re virtually tasteless and can be mixed into just about anything. Not only that, they’re designed to help with colic and excessive crying, are organic, 3rd party tested, Clean Label Certified and were granted the Pesticide Free Award.

Other great options I like include: Garden of Life’s line of probiotics – they have one for babies, and one for kids. They are shipped cold and their kids one can be added to your baby’s bottle starting at 1 year of age and can be used even when your child gets older (just add the powder to their milk).

For older kids, Garden of Life also has a kids’ chewable probiotic if you need an option that doesn’t require refrigeration. They are a fantastic brand. In fact, I take their adult capsule daily.

Two other options I’d recommend are Klaire Labs’ powdered probiotic, and BioGaia’s probiotic for infants 0-3 months of age. For older kids, see this guide for the best probiotics for kids.

Best Prebiotics For Babies

There is only one prebiotic I’ve found that’s safe for toddlers age 1+ 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. I haven’t found a prebiotic supplement for babies age 0-1. (Learn More: Begin Health Review).

How To Choose The Best 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.

Where Can You Buy The Best 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 reliably to the US! I’m in personal contact with the owners of all of these companie and I feel comfortable recommending all of them to you.

1. 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 the top organic formula options like 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 have free shipping for all orders over $25 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, they include free shipping insurance for every order, and they guarantee the availability of all formulas – so you never have to worry about your favorites being out of stock!

2. Baby Milk Bar

Baby Milk Bar website photo.

Baby Milk Bar is a family run business based in Europe. They carry some of the widest selection of organic baby formula you will find! Each blend is handpicked by their team to ensure high quality formula to suit every baby’s needs.

They are committed to organic farming, so they carefully choose their manufacturers to ensure all of their formulas satisfy European and organic regulations.

They carry every brand you might want like HiPP DutchHiPP GermanLebenswert, Holle and Holle Goat milk formulas. They also carry HiPP HA & HiPP Comfort, among others. And they offer FREE shipping to the US and Canada for any orders over $100!

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 some of the best organic formulas for babies like HiPP, Holle, Lebenswert and Kendamil. They can get all of these products to most US households in 5 days from their warehouses.

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, often suffering additional customs delays.

They are committed to bringing high-quality, European formula to parents in the US at an attractive price. You can also get 20% off any single pack using the code PICKYEATER20 when shopping at Bottles and Burps! Just enter it manually in the checkout process!

4. Organic Baby Food 24

Organic baby food 24 logo.

Organic Baby Food 24 is a reputable, online retailer based in the EU that has fast shipping to the US! They have the best organic formula brands like 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:

  • Best Price Guarantee: Should you find a lower price elsewhere within 48 hours of ordering and you contact them, they will match the lower rate.
  • Happy Baby Guarantee: If a formula isn’t right for your baby, you’ll receive a store credit for two boxes to try another brand.
  • Fast And Reliable Delivery: All orders are shipped using insured express delivery, guaranteeing their arrival in only 2-5 business days.
  • Comprehensive Expert Support: Their team of formula experts usually responds to your emails within just a few hours on average.
  • Discount Code: They are giving readers of The Picky Eater a 10% off coupon code at checkout – just use the code: PICKY and you will get the discount!

5. Organic Formula Shop

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Organic Formula Shop is a solid company that offers a reliable and convenient shopping solution for HiPP, Holle, and Lebenswert anywhere in the United States. Based in the Netherlands, their mission is to share their gathered knowledge about European Formulas with parents and caretakers globally via their website and excellent 24/7 customer support. They also recently launched a new online store for the Indian market.

They carry some of the best baby formula brands like 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: no matter your order size, all orders are delivered for free via Express Shipping within 3 to 5 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 are one of the lowest-priced sellers out there and allow bulk purchasing with a 20% discount. 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.

Baby Formula FAQs

What is the closest formula to breast milk?

Any formula that has a 60:40 whey to casein ratio, and contains the key vitamins and minerals necessary for infant development are very close to breast milk. HiPP Dutch, Bobbie Formula, Kendamil Formula, Holle, and Lebenswert are all close to breast milk.

Some US brands like Enfamil claim that they have the formula closest to breast milk because they include proteins found in colostrum, like lactoferrin, however, Enfamil is not organic so I wouldn’t choose that brand over the others listed above just for the lactoferrin.

What is the best baby formula?

There are many options in this guide for the healthiest baby formula! We would rank HiPP, Kendamil, Bobbie, Holle, and Lebenswert all at the top of the list of the healthiest and best baby formula options.

Is organic formula really better?

Organic formulas tend to be better compared to conventional formulas because they are free from antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, hormones, and more.

However, not all families may be able to choose organic formula. Other considerations such as price, or needing a hypoallergenic formula (which by definition will not be organic due to the hydrolyzed proteins), or availability should also be kept in mind when choosing a formula.

How long is baby formula good for?

According to the CDC, most baby formulas need to be used within 1 month of opening the container. Unopened formula can be good for up to 6-12 months (use the expiration date on the container to determine how long your formula is good for).

Can you mix formulas?

Theoretically yes, but this can be tricky depending on which formulas you’re trying to mix. If you want to mix formulas, consult your pediatrician first to make sure you’re following the correct standard mixing instructions. You might want to mix formulas if you either feel like your baby does well with a mix of two formulas, or if you are trying to slowly transition from one formula to another.

How do I know which baby formula to choose?

Here are some steps to help you make an informed choice when deciding which is the right formula for your baby:
1) Talk to your pediatrician first – they can provide recommendations based on your baby’s specific needs.
2) Determine the type of formula – cow’s milk, goat’s milk, hypoallergenic, vegan, etc. based on your baby’s age and any allergies or dietary restrictions.
3) Consider the ingredients list and choose formulas that have no sugar or syrup solids added, are non GMO, and meet your baby’s nutritional requirements.
4) Consider cost & budget! Always choose a formula that meets your budget constraints.

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.

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!

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 in formula milk that 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!

1,236 responses to “Best Organic Baby Formulas (2024 Guide)”

  1. Hi there! Amazing information, thank you. I’m predominantly breastfeeding my daughter but just started supplementing with HIPP Dutch 1. So far so good but was just told about Serenity Kids toddler formula. Do you still recommend HIPP Dutch over Serenity Kids and Bobbi? Serenity kids website says they meet nutritional requirements for infants and go into why it’s better formulated than European favorites. Wondering your thoughts! Thank you!

    • Hi Paige! I’m always hesitant to use a toddler formula for infants – which is why I’d pick HiPP Dutch over Serenity kids. Regarding ingredients between HiPP Dutch and Serenity kids, they’re comparable (both are very high quality). Regarding HiPP Dutch and Bobbie – honestly both are great. HiPP Dutch has a slight advantage in that it has both pre and probiotics, which means you wouldn’t have to supplement with anything if you used that formula. Bobbie doesn’t have pre/probiotics – so you would have to supplement. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Anjali

    Between HIPP Uk , bellamys (Aus) and Kendamil what would be your top pick for stage 1? I have been trying to see some comparisons between the other two versus Bellamys but haven’t been able to find any. Any know-how on this would be super helpful!

    • Hi Vandana! Bellamys looks pretty comparable to Kendamil and HiPP UK actually – the main difference between these formulas is that Kendamil is vegetarian friendly (its DHA doesn’t come from fish oil), while Bellamys and HiPP UK uses DHA from fish. So I’d say if you want a vegetarian formula, choose Kendamil. If you don’t want a vegetarian formula, I’d pick the one that’s most affordable / easiest to get as you really can’t go wrong with any of these!

  3. Hi Anjali,

    My baby is drinking Enfamil Gentlease (colic, spit-ups, fussiness, gas etc.) and I want to switch her to something that is organic and similar to the above. I am looking at Hipp, Holle and Lebenswert but I don’t know which formula will suite her due to that fact she can’t take normal formula.

    Any recommendations? I have been looking online and comparing which ones are better but I’m pretty much stuck and with the formula shortage, I need to order some as soon as possible.

    • Hi Vickie! Has your baby been diagnosed with a milk protein allergy, or do you just suspect she has a sensitivity? If it’s just a sensitivity, you could try HiPP HA as a next step as long as your pediatrician is supportive! If you have more questions, feel free to just book a time with me here and we can chat in more detail about all of the other options you could try if HiPP HA doesn’t work! Hope that helps!

  4. Hello Anjali,
    I see you’re recommending Hippe Dutch formula to all. But I see it contains palm oil in the ingredients as per your chart. May I know why you still recommend it?

    • Hi Sampath! Great question – honestly the reason is because there is no perfect formula that eliminates all ingredients that are less than ideal. HiPP Dutch is a super high quality formula in almost every way, and the only drawback is that it has palm oil. This makes it a much better choice than other formulas that may not contain palm oil but contain more than one other sub-optimal ingredient. I hope that helps explain how I’ve thought about the rankings!

  5. Hi Anjali!
    Thanks for all the great information, it really helps.
    We started using HIPP Dutch 1 since day one and everything was great with it, until he turned 3 weeks old, that our baby started demanding more quantity than recommended and sooner than usual, so after trying everything without success, we switched to HIPP Germany 1, looking for a more satiating option within Hipp’s products even if it had starch, which we initially tried not to.
    It hasn’t changed much, probably a tiny more satiating but our baby is still demanding more than the usual recommendations.
    Do you have any experience or tip on that? Is there any option we should try other than what we’ve done to date? Would really appreciate your help on that.
    Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Rob! Thanks for reaching out! Honestly, all of the European formulas are going to be about the same in terms of how long they keep your baby full for. There isn’t like a “hungry baby milk” option from Europe to try as far as I know. Also, as babies hit that 4 week mark, they do start to eat a lot more — and the quantity they eat tends to keep increasing until they hit about 5-6 months and start solids! How do you know your baby is demanding more milk than he should? Is your pediatrician concerned about how much he’s eating? I think I’d need more information in order to advise you properly! Feel free to book a time with me here and I’d be happy to answer all of your questions over the phone! 🙂

  6. Hi Anjali,

    Thanks for the valuable information. We were feeding our baby HiPP Dutch Stage 1. He is now six months and should we go ahead with Dutch Stage 2 or you recommend any other formula for six months and older babies.

    • Hi! If your baby has done well on HiPP Dutch, it makes sense to move him to Stage 2 now that he’s 6 months old — Stage 2 is designed specifically for babies aged 6 months and up. The formulation between Stage 1 and 2 is similar (Stage 2 has more iron and slightly different levels of other nutrients which older babies need). I wouldn’t switch to another brand entirely if HiPP Dutch is working well for you and him! Hope that helps!

  7. Hi,
    We have been using Bobbie but do to cost I am considering using Happy Baby Organic Stage 2, do you think this is a close second? Thank you!

    • Hi Courtney! Yes Happy Baby is a decent second place to Bobbie – the main difference is that Happy Baby contains palm oil, and Bobbie does not. Hope that helps!

  8. There is a new supplier called Formula Vita.
    They seem to have a large portfolio of products including Humana and Aptamil. Any experience? They say that they have the best baby formula from Europe.

    • Hi Krystel! I don’t know much about them unfortunately! I don’t know anyone at the company so haven’t gotten any info about them. But saying that they have the “best baby formula from Europe” is a bit of false marketing, since anyone who carries HiPP / Holle / Leb formulas are selling the same formula (e.g. HiPP Dutch is equally high quality no matter which distributor you are getting it from). The differentiators are price, reliability, shipping, sourcing, etc. Sorry I can’t be more helpful here!

  9. This is extremely helpful! We’re in the process of infant adoption, and our baby is due in March! Just curious, what would you recommend to start out with, HiPP (Dutch) or Jovie Goat?

    • Hi Whitney! I’d probably just go with HiPP Dutch first, especially if your baby isn’t likely to have any major allergies (e.g. has no family history of food allergies). I’d switch to Jovie Goat or Loulouka Goat if your baby ends up having tummy troubles from the cow’s milk formula. Hope that helps, congrats on the adoption and on the soon-to-be-arrival of your little one! 🙂

  10. Hi there. Curious how you would rank Burt’s Bees Organic Sensitive infant formula with Iron? Does this even come close to any of these formulas you have reviewed and ranked here?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Danielle! I wouldn’t recommend it – the second ingredient is glucose syrup solids. It doesn’t come close to any of the formulas I’ve reviewed and ranked here! If you’re looking for a US based organic formula, I’d recommend Bobbie. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic formula, I’d recommend HiPP HA. Hope that helps!

  11. This article was exactly what I was looking for! THANK YOU for doing all this legwork, it is so appreciated!
    My little one is 8 months and I managed to breastfeed her exclusively until now. My supply is just not enough anymore for her intake.

    One brand I did not see in your list, that I am curious on your thoughts on is Babybim Ekobaby.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Hi Bree! No problem at all – so glad this post was helpful! To your question, do you mean Biobim Lac ekobaby organic? If so, I actually can’t find a detailed ingredients list for this formula anywhere – which is why I haven’t included it on my list. It looks like it is organic, but beyond that I can’t tell you much! If you come across a detailed ingredients list feel free to send it to me and I can share my thoughts about it! Thanks!

  12. Hi Anjali,
    First I would like to thank you for providing us mamas all this information.
    So with my first son I have used Holle and it was great.
    This time around with my second son I’m very confused what to use after I’m done with my pumped breastmilk.
    My son is born 6 weeks early, he’s getting breastmilk but soon I want to start giving him organic formula. I love Hipp dutch but was wondering if that is ok to give him since he’s born premature.
    I give him multivitamin that contains iron so I’m not worried about the iron in the formula.
    I would love your opinion to see which formula would be good to start with. My son is born 5 months ago but will turn 4 months actual.
    I appreciate your help.

    • Hi Almara! If he is 4 months adjusted then HiPP Dutch should work just fine for him! I would try that since it’s more comprehensive and has slightly better ingredients than Holle. If your pediatrician is comfortable with you using HiPP Dutch, then I would go with that! Hope that helps!

      • Thank you so much for your reply.
        My pediatrician is not fond of European formulas, but I am because of the cleaner ingredients. I followed your advice and started giving my baby Hipp Dutch and he’s doing great on it.
        Thank you again for your help 🙂

  13. OMG I have used US brands because that’s what the pediatrician gave me after countless questions they still say yes yes this is perfect for your baby. I see the ingredients and am so upset I haven’t seen this sooner. My baby is 7months. I breastfeed and supplement with formula. Is it to late to switch formulas now that they are used to this one? Will new formula upset their stomach? The baby seems fine but I’m sure the formula hurts their stomach. Is there a formula in the US that is truly organic at all? seems like not so much. very very upset 🙁

    • Hi Elisa! Thanks so much for reaching out and I totally understand where you’re coming from! But it’s not too late to switch to organic formula, since your baby still has 5 months of formula feeding ahead of them! If you are looking for a 100% made in the US organic formula, I’d recommend Bobbie. If you’re interested in trying a European formula, I’d recommend HiPP Dutch. When you switch, just make sure you transition very slowly – over a period of 1-2 weeks, where you gradually increase the amount of new formula in each bottle and decrease the amount of the old one. That’ll make the transition much easier on your baby’s digestive system. Hope that helps!

  14. Why is there no Bimbosan on this list? Is it that bad formula? As far as I’ve heard it’s the number 1 swiss formula

    • Hi Robert! I haven’t added Bimbosan yet because I haven’t gotten a detailed ingredients list to evaluate the formula in English yet, and I actually don’t even think there is a distributor who ships it to the US anymore (and historically it’s been pretty hard to get it). I’d go with one of the other formulas on my list instead!

  15. Hi Anjali – I am having tough time in getting the HIPP dutch stage 2 delivered. I used dutchexpat and customs held it. Looking for recommendations on which sites to order from that will more likely gets delivered, have you heard any success stories? Thanks.

  16. Hello,
    Thank you for this very in-depth detailed article regarding all things new parents need to know regarding formula, it’s been very helpful in helping us choose a formula to feed our son. We decided to purchase your top pick, Hipp Combiotik. After purchasing from and American company (Burps & Bottles), they were kind enough to send us a PFD file with preparation instructions and ingredients in English. Turns out, this formula has palm oil listed as an ingredient…? This was one ingredient we were trying to avoid according to your recommendations. Please offer your thoughts on this, as your write up calls out “vegetable oils”, but does not detail the fact that one of them is indeed palm oil.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Gina! Thanks for reaching out! I’m glad you found this post helpful! To your question — you are right that I list palm oil as an ingredient to avoid if possible. The issue is, the majority of formulas, even European formulas include palm oil. There really is no perfect formula that fits all of the ideal criteria and so my ranking is based on which formula comes the closest. HiPP is my top pick because it includes everything a formula should have (DHA, ARA, Probiotics, Prebiotics, no added sugar or syrup, no starch, no synthetic nutrients) compared to the other formulas on my list. It’s only issue is the palm oil. For example, Loulouka – my #2 pick, has no palm oil, but also has no ARA (which is hard to supplement with) and no probiotics. Kendamil, which is my #3 pick, has no palm oil but also has no probiotics. So essentially you have to choose what is right for your baby. For my kids, the palm oil didn’t disturb their digestive system (that’s the main issue with palm oil), and so I chose HiPP because it was the most comprehensive. But if you’re concerned about palm oil and don’t mind supplementing, I’d try Loulouka or Kendamil. Out of all of the ingredients to avoid, my perspective is that palm oil is the least concerning. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  17. I like Bobbie, but disappointed with the Soy oil they include. You recommend Bobbie as well, but say Soy should be avoided. Any insight on this?

    • Hi Megan! Great question! Bobbie does include soy oil, which I agree is not ideal, but the rest of their ingredients are really great and are on par with the European formulas on this list. The reality is that there just isn’t a US based formula that’s “perfect” from an ingredients standpoint, and Bobbie is the best US organic formula out there! The positive thing about soy oil is that it doesn’t have the same estrogenic effects as soy protein, so it’s less concerning than soy based formulas, etc. If you’re looking for a soy-free formula then I’d recommend one of the European formulas on my list! But if you don’t want to buy a European formula, Bobbie is going to be your best bet. Hope that helps!

  18. What are your thoughts on the recent recall of many of the products you mention, for insufficient iron to meet babies’ needs?

    • Hi Lauren! Great question! Here are my thoughts:

      From what I know, the term “recall” is inaccurate to describe what is going on with the FDA and European formulas right now. In my opinion, it seems like a loophole being used to shut Little Bundle down, because they weren’t in compliance with FDA regulations when it comes to distributing European formula in the US (they were doing US-to-US-shipment vs. Europe-direct-to-US-shipment). US-to-US-shipment for non-US products is not in compliance with the FDA. Here is what else I know about this “recall”:
      – We have inquired directly with HiPP, Holle, Lebenswert and Kendamil and they have confirmed that there are no recalls on their products and they all continue to meet European nutritional requirements. Families in Europe are still using these formulas on a daily basis.
      – US and EU standards are different for formula, but EU standards are actually more stringent than US standards.
      – The iron levels in the EU formulas meet the EU requirements and standards for iron in infant formula.
      – Kendamil (an EU formula) also meets the US standards for iron (as well as the EU standards). In fact, only 8 of the formulas listed in the recall don’t meet the US standards for iron, but over 20 formulas were recalled in total. (Again, this is why I think “recall” is not the term to be using for what’s going on)
      – My opinion is that while not all of the EU formulas meet the US standards for iron, they do meet the EU standards, and families in Europe have been giving their children these formulas for literally decades with no issues and no reports about widespread effects of the “low” iron in their formulas.
      – I gave both of my kids HiPP Dutch with no issues (their iron is normal).
      – Other thoughts about iron: infants have iron stores from their mother that remain with them for 6 months after birth. After that, they’ll be getting iron from both solid foods and from formula or breastmilk. So formula won’t be their only source of iron. That is all to say that if it were my kids, I’d still use the European formula. But I’m not a doctor and you have to do what you feel most comfortable with for your kiddo (and what your pediatrician feels comfortable with as well!)
      – I came across this article which outlines the FDA vs. EU requirements for infant formula in detail and shows how HiPP, Holle, Lebenswert stack up which might be helpful:
      That is all to say that if it were my kids, I’d still use the European formula. But I am not a doctor, and can’t give you medical advice. All I can say is that my opinion is this recall seems more of a method of shutting Little Bundle down than an issue with the formulas themselves. As with any decision, you should do what you think is best for your kid(s) and what your pediatrician feels comfortable with as well! If your pediatrician insists that you switch to a US based formula, I’d recommend Bobbie, as it’s the closest thing you’ll get to an EU formula. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  19. Hi. I have followed you for a few years. Burt’s Bees has new organic formulas. I would love your thoughts and reviews on them. Thanks.

    • Thanks for reaching out Katie! I hadn’t heard about Burt’s Bees Formulas but on first glance they look pretty good! They do contain palm oil, but they have DHA without hexane and they have prebiotics included, and it doesn’t look like they include any synthetic nutrients. I’d say it’s probably comparable to Bobbie, with Bobbie being slightly better because it doesn’t include palm oil (but Bobbie doesn’t have prebiotics). If you wanted to buy a US based formula, I’d say Bobbie and Burt’s Bees are probably the two best options. You just have to decide whether you’d rather have no palm oil and no prebiotics (Bobbie) or palm oil and prebiotics (Burts Bees). Hope that helps!

  20. Hi Anjali,

    I’ve been using the Hipp Dutch stage 1 formula for a couple months and noticed my baby gets a bit bloated and has a bit of spit up after. Do you think I should switch formulas if so is there a secondary one you would recommend? Thank you so much! Cali

    • Hi Cali! I would probably try Kendamil if HiPP Dutch isn’t sitting well with your daughter. When you do switch, make sure to do it very slowly, over a period of 1-2 weeks where you slowly increase the amount of the new formula and decrease the amount of the old one. Hope that helps!

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