All About Organic Formulas

Is organic formula right for your baby?
Alexandra Grablewski

You eat organic -- so you love the idea of giving your baby organic formula. But you have a few questions: Is it better for your baby than conventional formula? What does it really mean when a formula label says that it's organic? And is organic formula more expensive? Check out our guide to help ensure that you make the right decision for your baby.

Is organic formula better for your baby than conventional formula?

"There's no nutritional advantage to organic formula," says Jennifer Shu, MD, a Parents advisor and author of Bringing Home Baby. "It's a simply a personal preference. Whether you choose organic or conventional formula for your baby probably reflects what you do in your own home food-wise."

What does it mean when a formula says that it's organic?

If a formula is organic, it means that the ingredients in it have fewer pesticide exposures than ingredients in conventional formula, says Aliza Solomon, D.O., a pediatric gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. However, additives like DHA and ARA, which are often added to formula to help boost brain and eye development, might be synthetic, even in organic formula. So you'll need to be sure to read the labels before you buy formula to know exactly what you're feeding your baby.

Is organic formula more expensive?

Yes -- just like organic produce tends to be more expensive than non-organic produce, organic formula costs more than conventional formula.

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