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A Note On Lactose- It's Not Always An Allergy!

A Note On Lactose- It's Not Always An Allergy!

If It's Not An Allergy, What Could It Be?

Many healthy, thriving breastfed & bottle fed babies develop gastric symptoms, such as; excessive gas and frequent, watery bowel movements (only when associated with other symptoms) due to lactose overload, which is associated with large, frequent feeds. These symptoms cause tummy pains. A baby with tummy pain can appear to be hungry because he seeks to feed in an attempt to relieve this discomfort, (which it does but only temporarily). However, the extra feedings could further add to the vicious cycle of lactose overload and gastric symptoms.  Lactose overload - also called 'functional lactase insufficiency' - is a common but poorly recognized problem affecting countless numbers of breastfed and bottle-fed babies in the early months of life. The number of babies affected is unknown owing to the transient nature of the symptoms associated with this problem. The distress experienced by babies suffering GI discomfort due to lactose overload is typically dismissed as ‘its normal’ or misdiagnosed as colic, reflux, lactose intolerance, or milk protein allergy or intolerance.

When Does It Affect Babies Most?

Newborn babies are very susceptible to lactose overload due to their involuntary sucking reflex which disappears around 3-4 months old. It is triggered by pressure on the baby’s hard palate by the mother’s nipple, the nipple of a feeding bottle, a pacifier, the baby’s fist, or a parent’s finger. Once the sucking reflex has been triggered, the baby will suck regardless of whether she is hungry or not. Because a reflex is an involuntary, automatic response, she cannot not suck. The presence of a baby's sucking reflex increases the risk of overfeeding if parents are not careful, especially in the case of bottle-fed babies.

What Causes Lactose Overload?

Baby’s are designed to digest lactose, many cannot digest excessive amounts.  Larger amounts of milk that travel thru the intestinal tract will be pushed thru quicker, and unable to be digested properly.  It is the amount of milk that is in the intestines at any given time that causes the problem.  

As milk begins to drain from the small intestines this stimulates the gastro-colic reflex. This reflex causes contractions of the intestinal wall, which then pushes the contents along. It’s the body’s way of making room for the new feed. (The gastro-colic reflex action is why newborn babies often poop or pass gas during feeding and grunt at times.) If a baby is fed again before the lactose in the previous feed is fully digested, the gastro-colic reflex may push some of the undigested lactose from the previous feed from the small intestines through to the large intestine

Once there are undigested lactose in the large intestine, this is when the trouble starts.  Undigested lactose will draw in excess water from the intestine walls thru a process called osmosis.  Then the intestinal bacteria will begin to ferment the undigested lactose. The end result for baby is bloating, intestinal cramps, frequent watery/sloppy, foul smelling bowel motions, and lots of farts. Stools are acidic and can scald baby’s little bottom if left in contact with the skin too long.

Once your baby starts to feel pain, she will cry out for a bottle for comfort.  When this happens, the baby is consuming again too much milk & lactose so the cycle will repeat itself again.  


Symptoms:

  • A formula-fed baby’s bowel motions tend to be sloppy and foul smelling.
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Excessive gas (farting) - foul smelling.
  • Irritability/screaming.
  • Sleeplessness or wakefulness.
  • Baby appears to be constantly hungry.
  • Baby gains large amounts of weight (which is not the case when a baby is lactose intolerant).
  • Baby is usually less than 3 months old, but in some cases this problem can continue up to the age of 5-6 months.
  • The baby might also spit up or regurgitate milk (not due to lactose overload but rather overfeeding which causes
  • symptoms of lactose overload).
  • Fussing during the feed and bearing down.
  • Extreme grunting in early hours of the morning.

Lactose Allergy Vs. Lactose Overlaod

The GI symptoms associated with lactose overload and lactose intolerance are due to the fermentation of undigested lactose in the large bowel.  Hence, the GI symptoms for both problems are the same. A baby troubled by lactose overload will have false positive results when tested for lactose intolerance.  These tests check the baby’s stools (poop) for indications of acid, which is present when lactose is fermented in the large bowel (which will occur with both problems).  

In the case of lactose overload, it’s the excess lactose, beyond what is normal, that the baby has trouble digesting.  Although irritable due to GI discomfort, the baby is physically well and gaining weight well.  [Rarely, a breastfed baby might display poor growth as a result of this problem.]

In the case of lactose intolerance, the baby is unable to digest normal amounts of lactose.  This means the baby, whose main or only source of nutrition is milk, will be deprived of the calories that lactose provides (while she is fed milk containing lactose).  She will quickly become unwell and lose weight.  


Why Lactose Is Import For Babies

Lactose aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and supports the growth of good bacteria in the intestinal tract. (Good bacteria are a major player for prevention of bacteria & disease).  

Galactose, a simple sugar that comes from the breakdown of lactose, is vital to a healthy brain and nerve tissues. Galactose can be found is some foods, but milk containing lactose will be a baby’s only source of galactose during the early months - an important time of rapid brain growth and development.  

Glucose, the other simple sugar that bonds with galactose to form lactose in milk. Glucose is essential for energy, growth and cell development. Without glucose in the diet a baby will use body fat as a source of energy, and lose weight. A baby will not survive if deprived of glucose for a long period. Most foods, including lactose-free milk, will be broken down or converted into glucose in the body.

Preventing Lactose Overload:  

  • Use a slow flow nipple for the entire duration of the first year
  • Do not feed little & often.  Feed as your baby requires and allow adequate time between feedings.  Estimate how much formula your baby needs
  • Try to encourage your baby to go 3-4 hours between feedings during the day
  • If your baby is drinking a bottle in under 10 minutes, use a slow flow nipple & take frequent breaks
  • Allow your baby to be done with her feed when she signals, do not encourage her to keep drinking
  • Learn your babies feed cues vs sucking needs

Babies who are no longer experiencing lactose overload will have less frequent stools & sleep better.  Making adjustments to the way you feed your baby will be the ultimate best thing you can do for her.  Try these things before assuming your baby is lactose intolerant.  The better formulas for your baby will be non-hypoallergenic types, but ones made with simple ingredients.  Remember, babies have a desire & reflex to suck!  Don't get this confused by hunger.  As always, always speak to your pediatrician if you have concerns.  



Drinks To Avoid Giving Your Children

Drinks To Avoid Giving Your Children

When our son's 8 year old friend came to our home one day and asked where the drinks were at and I replied, "here is a cup, there is water in the fridge", and her response was "no I meant where are the drinks? Like soda?"  I began to realize that there is a real problem in society with drinks for children.  The countless times I have seen kids at restaurant drinking soda & babies drinking apple juice from bottles, is enough to really make me cringe.  In this blog, I talk about why it is not only a bad idea but a dangerous idea to get your child hooked on anything else besides water & milk.  

#1- Soda 

Some parents will believe that its okay to give their kids sprite because it's caffeine free or diet because its free from sugar.

Things to consider:

- Children who drink soda are more likely to become obese
- Soda will also suppress an appetite  so kids are less likely to eat healthy wholesome foods.
- Children who consume soda will typically become deficient in essential vitamins needed for growth & brain health
- Soda's also contain phosphorus which has been proven to cause brittle bones in children.
- Soda's contain acids which will also dissolve tooth enamel in as quickly as 20 minutes & of course cause cavities
- Caffeine in soda also messes with your child's brain chemistry, causing unstable moods
- Soda can contain other toxic chemicals that don't belong in your child's body such as MSG, artificial flavors & acids.  

When you are giving your child sprite, you may be saving her from the caffeine, but she's consuming a frightening amount of sugar.  Some parents will think no big deal, my child is skinny and needs the calories anyway.  However sugar goes beyond the calories.  Sugar causes acne in teens, increases the risk of diabetes (even in those who are skinny), it causes inflammation in the body as well as cancer (cancer also loves to feed on sugar), increases risks of depression, drains energy, creates a fatty liver & more.  Sugar is also very additive.  Did you know that sugar is more addictive then cocaine?  Ever been a sugar addict & tried to stop eating/drinking sugar for a day (or even a few hours?), the withdrawals are real.  Brown soda's contain caramel coloring, which sounds delicious right?  Wrong, Caramel coloring is in no way related to caramel.  This chemical created to turn your soda brown has proven to cause cancer & the state of California is even required to carry a warning label on drinks containing more then 29 micrograms of Caramel coloring.  One can of Pepsi One has 29 micrograms in it. We have to wonder how our FDA could possibly allow for this completely unnecessary ingredient in sodas?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zero Sugar & Diet Drinks

Diet soda's are extremely toxic to your child.  They contain aspartame which many studies around the world say aspartame use have led to brain tumors, brain damage & liver cancer.  It can also cause dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations & memory loss.  There is even one case where many Desert Storm soldiers, who drank warm diet soda drinks, came home suffering from symptoms similar to those in people with fomaldehyde poisoning.  Diet soda's also cause weight gain.  They create the same insulin trigger like sugar does which sends your body into body fat storage mode.  Like with sugar soda sodas, diet also contain acids which will kill the enamel on your child's teeth. Research compared the mouths of a cocaine-user, a methamphetamine-user, and a habitual diet-soda drinker, and found the same level of tooth erosion in each of them. The culprit here is citric acid, which weakens and destroys tooth enamel over time

#2- JUICE

Parents are led to believe that juice is healthy for children.  When in fact it is the complete opposite.  Fruit juice contains just as much if not more sugar then soda.  This can cause excessive weight gain, tooth decay & sugar addiction.  Children given juice were more likely to avoid eating healthy meals & become more dependent on liquid sugars.  In one cup of apple juice, you will find 24g of sugar which is equivalent to 6tsp or 6 sugar cubes.  Don't be fooled by the "100% juice label" either, these juices most often times always contain excessive amounts of sugars. A better option?  Squeeze a fresh orange or press a fresh apple for your child once in a blue moon as a treat.  Stay away from the store bought juices.  
 

#3- GATORADE

Gatorade was originally invented for professional sportsmen that needed to replenish their electrolytes & carbohydrates in their bodies to keep them from falling ill after a hard workout.  However, most people who consume gatorade today are not athletes in strenuous work.  A bottle of Gatorade contains 36g of sugar which may be slightly less then a soda, but a whole ton more sugar then any human needs to consume.  The sodium found in gatorade is also not a healthy amount for people who are sedentary, and especially in children.  The low calorie version of gatorade contain's very unhealthy artificial sweeteners which have proven health consequences.  There are also food dyes in Gatorade which have been proven in studies to cause hyper activity in children (over-diagnosed ADHD cases) & cancer.  Gatorade is by far one of the worst "lab created" drinks you could give your children, stay away!

#4- Flavored Milk

It's a common misconception that just because it's milk but has some added flavoring, it must still be good for kids right?  Absolutely... Incorrect.. When a child consumes chocolate milk, they are consuming twice as much sugar as you'd find in regular milk.  Flavored milk also creates a "sweet palate" for your child, making it harder to switch back to regular milk or water.  Many chocolate milks can also contain other ingredients to sweeten up the flavor such as high fructose corn syrup.  One type of chocolate milk 'TrueMoo' actually contains liquid sugar & cocoa is one of the last ingredients.  It also contains carrageenan, which is banned in Europe as its proven to cause cancer.

Choosing A Healthy Alternative

Water- Water is the life source of your children bodies ability to function!  Make sure your kids are consuming fresh, filtered water (of course free from fluoride).  The recommended daily amount of fluids is: 5 glasses (1 litre) for 5 to 8 year olds. 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to12 year olds. 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years.  Your child can start drinking water as early as 6 months of age to start getting her used to it.  

Coconut Water- An excellent choice for kids in sports activities & needing hydration!  Coconut water has a much lower sugar content then sodas for kids that need a boost after workout.  Most coconut waters do not contain any scary ingredients either.

Fresh Whole Milk (Raw is even better)- Getting farm free organic grass fed milk is a great treat for your child.  Raw milk has been given a bad reputation over the years for being dangerous.  However, there are to be further concerns with milk nowadays which is homogenized.  When a milk is homogenized, the original form of the fat is changed.  The body then processes the milk completely differently.  Studies have shown this may lead to heart disease.  One study even said:

"Homogenization is the worst thing that dairymen did to milk. Simple proteins rarely survive digestion in a balanced world.  Milk is a hormonal delivery system. With homogenization, milk becomes a very powerful and efficient way of bypassing normal digestive processes and delivering steroid and protein hormones to the human body (both your hormones and the cow's natural hormones and the ones they were injected with to produce more milk).  Through homogenization, fat molecules in milk become smaller and become 'capsules' for substances that bypass digestion. Proteins that would normally be digested in the stomach or gut are not broken down, and are absorbed into the bloodstream...Homogenized milk, with its added hormones, is rocket fuel for cancer."

 

In conclusion... set your baby up for a successful future.  Give your babies a European formula thats free from Corn Syrups (AKA: Powdered Soda For Babies) & dangerous toxins that have known to cause cancer in lab rats.  

In todays society it is hard to tell a child no when it comes to sugary drinks, this gives you an opportunity to educate your child on why it's dangerous to consume these drinks (and younger the better!).  Our 5 year old Benjamin is well educated about why Soda is bad for kids, so when he caught our babysitter giving our 1 year old daughter a sip of soda, he promptly said to her " you can't give kids sugar, it is bad for them".  And was not afraid to argue why even a sip was not okay for her.  We are proud that our child was educated in such a way so we can set him up for a better future.  We  cannot encourage teaching enough so your child can make decisions for herself vs being told she cannot have something.  

Happy drinking! 

 

 

Goat Milk For Baby Dry Skin, Eczema & Cradle Cap

Goat Milk For Baby Dry Skin, Eczema & Cradle Cap

Babies can develop dry, flaky skin as well as cradle cap in their first few months of life.  In most cases, it will resolve by 6 months of age.  In some cases the cause for skin problems can be the formula you are using such as an allergic reaction, a body wash or bad hygiene. 

Dry Skin

Dry skin is quite common in babies and happens mostly when babies are over-bthed.  When giving your baby a bath, do not use a bubble bath or harsh soap.  It is recommend to use a soap thats mild & meant for infants.  If you are bathing your baby more then twice a week in the first few months, it is best to use only water if your baby is developing dry skin.  We recommend if needed as daily soap, the best, non-harsh one to use would be a goat milk bar soap.  Be sure its free from scents & coloring.  Also be sure to keep it out your babies eyes.  Goat Milk has many nourishing properties on the skin & will keep your babies skin soft & moist.  We also recommend when using lotion on your babies skin, that you use a Goat Milk based lotion thats not scented.
 

Eczema

Eczema is usually caused by an allergic reaction.  It is genetic & it will never fully go away but can be kept at bay with proper diet or staying away from the allergen causing the flare up.  Eczema is small red bumps that start on the neck and upper back and extend down to the torso and into the arms and legs.  These spots usually are accompanied by dry skin. The bumps may even fill with fluid and burst open when irritated.  For a infant suffering from Eczema, we do recommend trying a Hypoallergenic formula as the proteins are hydrolyzed (meaning broken into to smaller pieces) and easier to digest, parents have found this has helped with eczema breakout.  The use of a Goat Milk Soap & lotion have also proven benefits to helping the skin be less inflamed.  

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is similar to dandruff in some ways & is very common.  It will usually go away by 6 months of age.  The cause of cradle cap is still unknown.  It may stem from overactive sebaceous glands, a fungal infection, or both. The sebaceous glands are found in the skin and produce an oil-like substance, known as sebum.  The best treatment is to use a very mild, non oil based shampoo or soap to gently clean the scalp.  Be sure to not use baby oil or oily lotion on the cradle cap as it can make it worse.  We recommend using a Goat Milk based bar soap thats unscented & color free.  The healing properties sound in Goat Milk have proven to help out breaks in cradle. 

How Do Goat Milk Soap & Lotions Help?

Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. Water-based soaps may use harsh chemical acids to accomplish this, frequently with skin-damaging results.

Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne.  Water-based soaps can be artificially fortified with vitamins, but most aren’t.

Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. 

Looking For Goat Milk Soaps?

Check out Little Moo Organics for a variety.  There are also lotions, bath bombs, skin repair & more from quality, goat milk product manufactures at excellent prices. 

Overnight Shipping Holle Hipp Nanny Care Lebenswert

Overnight Shipping Holle Hipp Nanny Care Lebenswert

It's Friday evening, your about ready to prepare your babies bottle for bed & all of a sudden you realize, you have enough left for one more bottle.  You start to panic trying to figure out what to do next.  Sadly, these formulas cannot be purchased at any grocery store in the United States.  So what do you do?  

Overnight Shipping

Overnight shipping is very pricy unfortunately.  We recommend using UPS or Fedex for overnight shipping as USPS Express is not by any means reliable.  Yes there have been circumstances when Fedex or UPS did not deliver the next day, these circumstance are rare & usually weather related.  

Despite the fact you may see your friendly mail carrier delivering on Sundays, this is not common practice.  Unfortunately this is only for Amazon deliveries.  There is no carrier at this time that will deliver on a Sunday or a Holiday.  

To go out overnight, a package must ship out by 5pm PST Monday- Saturday.  Please understand that it will take up to 2 hours to process a order & get it to the local Fedex office (the next town over).  We request any overnight shipment be ordered by 1-2pm PST.  If you place a overnight shipment on our website in the late afternoon, please email us at littlemooorganics@gmail.com & call 425-441-9156 to ensure your order was processed. 

Shipping Times:

Departure Day  Arrival Day
Monday Tuesday
Tuesday Wednesday
Wednesday Thursday
Thursday Friday
Friday Saturday (extra fees may apply)
Saturday Monday

 

What Will It Cost

We usually recommend just shipping a single box overnight and the remainder via free USPS priority mail.  Depending on your location, it will be $70- $140 to ship a single box (not including the cost of the product).  

What Can I Do To Prevent Running Out

We recommend first and foremost, order from a supplier in the USA.  Ordering from Europe is not only risky but it can take up to 8 weeks to arrive.  Getting a order thru customs can go sour really fast.  If your order is to be taken by customs, in most cases you will not be reimbursed by the company sending as the recipient is always liable and consumes the risk.

We recommend auto-ship services.  At Little Moo Organics we offer Auto-ship which includes a discount with every order.  You can set your order to arrive within 2-12 days.  You can also cancel or change your order anytime! 

In conclusion, it is best to order well ahead of time & not get stuck in a sticky situation.  But in the case that you do, you can count on us at Little Moo Organics to do what we can to help your out!

Goat Milk Baby Formula Benefits

Goat Milk Baby Formula Benefits

Goat milk formulas are not commonly found in the United States.  When they are found, they are for babies ages 12 months+.  Why is this?  The FDA has decided that it is not a adequate source of nutrition for babies under 12 months.  This is because there are so many strict regulations about so many ingredients that are required to be added to formulas, that are 100% not needed.  Europe & New Zealand have many different types of Goat milk based formulas and are 100% complete and suitable for babies.  

Why Can't I Buy Goat Milk Formula In The USA?

Ever noticed that a can of formula here in the good ol' USA is full of MANY things?  Most manufactures of Goat Milk formula's are not willing to ruin their formulas by adding ingredients such as soy or preservatives, which makes them not allowed to be sold here in the USA.  

What is the benefit to Goat Milk formula over Cows Milk?

Goat milk is easier to digest then cows milk, this a well known fact.  The proteins are smaller & resemble breastmilk.  When you compare the size of a goat to a human vs a cow to a human, you can see why the structure of Goat Milk would be better suited for humans over a 2400lb cow.  Goat's grow to a maximum size of 100-310lbs, very similar to an adult human.  When our babies consume proteins more suited for their size, they grow at a safer pace & have less obesity issues, just like breastmilk babies. Think about it this way: imagine boiling a big pot of water and adding broccoli to make soup. If you were to add large florets vs. small florets, your body would have to work a lot harder to digest (bite, chew, and swallow) the bigger chunks of broccoli vs. the smaller ones. The simple difference in the size of the milk’s fat molecules makes it easier to digest

Why in general is Goat Milk better then Cows Milk?

Goat's are typically free ranging animals no matter what the size the farm.  They are very selective eaters & will eat fresh plants or grasses.  When a animal is free ranging & eating fresh forage vs corn, the milk produced is not only better for your baby, but it is much tastier.

Naturally Homoegenimzed

Goat Milk does not have to be homogenized.  It is naturally occurring! The problem with such homogenization is that once the cell wall of the fat globule has been broken, it releases a superoxide (free radical) known as Xanthine Oxidase. Now free radicals cause a host of problems in the body not the least of which is DNA mutations which often lead to cancer! Thus, the benefit of natural homogenization comes into clear view. Goat’s milk has smaller fat globules and does not contain agglutinin which allows it to stay naturally homogenized thus eliminating the dangers associated with homogenization.

Goat Milk Rarely Causes Lactose Intolerance

A large portion of the population suffers from a deficiency in enzyme named Lactase which is used to digest Lactose. Lactose intolerance and cow’s milk allergy (cma) are two distinct conditions. CMA is due to a protein allergen, while lactose intolerance is due to a carbohydrate sensitivity.)  Goat Milk contains less lactose then cows milk & therefore easier to digest for those suffering from a lactose intolerance.  The theory is that because Goat milk is so well digested, there is no “leftover” lactose that remains undigested which causes the painful and uncomfortable effects of lactose intolerance.

Goat Milk Is Less Allergenic

The most common food allergy in children under 3 is a Cows Milk Allergy.  Mild side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes. The allergic reaction can be blamed on a protein allergen known as A1 Casein found in high levels in cow’s milk. The levels of A1 Casein in goat’s milk are about 89% less than cow’s milk providing a far less allergenic milk.  A recent study of infants allergic to cow’s milk found that nearly 93% could drink goat’s milk with virtually no side effects.

Goat Milk Formulas Available To Purchase

At Little Moo Organics, we carry 2 varieties of Goat Milk Formulas.  

Holle Goat Milk- Made from Fresh Raw Goats Milk, this formula is preservative free, GMO free & soy free.  There is less lactose by using maltodextrin from Organic sustainable resources only.  
There are 3 stages available based on the age of your baby. 
Stage 1 (0-6 months)
Stage 2 (6-12 months)
Stage 3 (12 months+)
Nanny Care Goat Milk- Made with milk from Goats that roam New Zealands freshest greenest pastures.  Limited ingredients & VERY tasty.  Babies just love the taste of Nanny Care.  
There are 3 stages available based on the age of your baby.
Stage 1 (0-6 months)
Stage 2 (6-12 months)
Stage 3 (12 months+)
The Best Baby Bottle Of 2018

The Best Baby Bottle Of 2018

We are given so many options for baby bottles nowadays and it we rely on the feedback of others to decide which one is best for our baby.  When formula feeding a baby, it is also very important to pick out the right bottle as so many factors come into play immediately and down the line.

Glass, Plastic or Stainless Steel? 

Plastic is never a good choice for drinking hot liquids.  Even if the bottle is BPA free, there are many other dangerous chemicals that will leach into your babies milk from the plastic when boiling hot water is poured into it.  We recommend staying away from plastic under any circumstance.  

Glass is a great choice but heavy & breakable.  Once your babies starts to hold her own bottle, she will start to throw her bottles.  Once this happens, you will start to see a lot of broken glass bottles.  However, they do not contain any dangerous toxins.  The other problem with glass is it's heavy, when bottle feeding a baby, it can get quite tiring holding a heavy bottle & inhibits your baby from holding it as well.  Glass also gets very hot on the outside so be very careful when giving your baby a bottle after initially making it.

Stainless steel bottles are the absolute best choice in baby bottle.  Not only do they regulate the temperature in the bottle, but the heat will not transfer like it would with glass.  Stainless steel is incredibly hardy and almost impossible to break (unless you accidentally run over one with your car like we did, but it took a lot of force!).  They also have interchangeable tops so as your baby falls in love with her bottle, switching over to a sippy top becomes less of a nightmare.  

Anti Colic Straws?

Doctor brown bottles now have these long straws that release air from the formula. We personally believe this is more or less a gimmick.  The other problem with these bottles is there are so many parts included that when you lose a part, the bottle isn't useable any longer.  

We believe a better option is anti colic nipples & correct feeding practices.  Anti Colic nipples release air bubbles in the milk as it comes closer to the teat, thus your baby doesn't swallow the bubbles.  Also after mixing your babies formula, allow it to settle for a few minutes (some formulas become very bubbly), then open the lid to release air and feed to baby.

The Absolute Best Baby Bottle of 2018?

 

Pacific Baby Bottles!  

  • Keep liquids warm or cold for up to 10 hours with this handy insulated baby bottle!
  • Great for traveling, afternoon outings and late-night, bed-side feeding.
  • Made of high-quality food-grade 304 stainless steel – fully recyclable.
  • Our nipple is made in Germany with unique anti-colic™ and non-collapsible™ nipples.
  • Exceptional view of formula through crystal clear nipples and with inner scale.
  • Use up to 5 years by changing accessory drinking tops.
  • Tight fitting and long-lasting steel cap – no spills in the diaper bag!
  • Choice of stylish color prints OR stylish silicone sleeve on silver.
  • Unique neck seal technology prevents the formation of steel dust residue.
  • 98% reduction in liquid exposure to plastic.
  • Standard wide-neck is compatible with many other wide-neck nipples.
  • Fully compliant with all FDA and European Union safety standards.
  • Steam or UV sterilizer, dishwasher safe (top rack).

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What Is The Best Baby Formula Closest To Breastmilk?

What Is The Best Baby Formula Closest To Breastmilk?

There are dozens of baby formulas available today.  Most will have enticing advertisements about how this formula is better or helps your baby grow or makes your baby smarter! We would like to start off by saying, any advertisement you see on a can of formula, just ignore & walk away.  

Why Stay Away From The Advertisements?

Formula companies have a lot of competition and their single purpose is to make money off of you.  They have to find ways to compete with the other formula companies so they will start to add unnecessary ingredients to their formulas to make them seem better.  At the end of the day, its one big marketing scheme & may be affecting your baby for the worst.

The DHA/ARA Marketing Scam

In 2002 a single formula company created a DHA/ARA from hexane extracted algae.  They slapped a label on the container saying "DHA/ARA for brain growth".  Parents went crazy thinking that their infants were missing out because their formulas didn't contain this special ingredient.  Not too long after, every formula on the shelf contained DHA/ARA and to this day it is hard to find a formula without it.  The problem DHA/ARA is its 100% synthetic and has no proven benefits for infants, only causes digestive upset.  Babies will be more colicky, sleep worse & many have severe diarrhea.  

In Europe they ban these ingredients in formulas as its toxic & not nessecary.  Instead, they add fatty oils such that have PROVEN beneficial for brain growth. 

No Growth Hormones/ Non GMO Labels

Formula companies recognized that consumers were becoming aware that their children were consuming hormones from cow milk & were the lab rats of America, testing out the ever so debated GMO's.  So they slapped a label on their formula saying " No Growth Hormones" & "Non GMO ingredients".  Seems like an improvement right? Not really.  While they may have removed a couple of the dangerous things found in baby formulas, it's not even close to where it should be.  

-Carageenan- Banned in Europe, causes inflammation in the gut. Found in most ready to feed formulas

-Sugar-Sweetened (Syrup solids, Maltodextrin, Sugar) – In many U.S. popular formulas, they use these type of sweeteners in them. These aren’t natural for a baby & only a lactose sweetener should be used in formulas. This will be the closest sweetener to breast milk for a formula. The European Union banned the use of sugar in formulas because of the increased risk of childhood obesity and overeating.

-Taurine, L-Carnitine and L-Methionine, Lutein, Lycopene, Nucleotides- These synthetic ingredients are BANNED in the European Union in organic formulas. These ingredients are also extracted using neurotoxins, like hexane. These are typically healthy for our bodies but the source of which they come from is not good. 

Is there a single decent formula sold in the United States?

In our opinion, not really.  There are choices that better then others but every single formula we found had soy, DHA/ARA, GMO's, synthetic ingredients, preservatives & more.  If you were desperate for something, we would recommend Happy Baby Organic Formula.  It at least is non-gmo, no corn syrup/added sugars, no synthetic DHA/ARA, no carrageenan & no synthetic ingredients.

The Best Formula for Optimal Digestion & Growth

There is no doubt the best formulas come from Europe.  However, Holle formula's takes the cake for the best formula for 2018. 

Holle formula is as pure as it gets.  The ingredients are farmed with Demeter Certified practices which is the highest certification any farmer could accomplishment.  This mean from the soil, to the air, to the animals, everything is perfect.  

The company was founded in 1933 and has uncompromisingly rejected chemical processing and preservatives from the very beginning. Learn more about the history of the company and celebrations here.

You aren't going to find anything dangerous in these formulas.  Maltodextrin & palm oil are the two most talked about ingredients in Holle but these ingredients are used out of necessity.  Why?  Maltodextrin replaces a large portion of lactose found in formulas, too much lactose can cause a dairy allergy in infants.  Palm oil is a high fat oil (from sustainable farming practices) that is proven very beneficial to brain growth.  Over 85 years of research has gone into Holle formula.  They have never lowered their standards to meet the current "trends" and they are all about purity & doing it the right way. 

Holle Cow Milk

Holle formula comes in 3 stages for the English boxes & 4 stages for the German boxes.  There is no difference in the English & German boxes.  We recommend you purchase a English box so you can properly see the box & read all the directions.

Holle Goat Milk

The Holle Goat milk formula comes in 3 stages for both English & German.  There are some slight variations in the nutritional content between English & German.  We again recommend purchasing a English box if you do not read German.   

What's Wrong With American Formulas?

What's Wrong With American Formulas?

Parents will typically come across European formulas when they've hit a wall with their babies formula.  Some have chronically unhappy babies that are suffering from reflux, colic, diarrhea, constipation & allergies.  We were in this situation 5 years ago and there were no other options that worked for our infant along with our standards of formula.  There was no way we would give him Similac, but every Organic formula seemed to make him ill.  So we began the research process.  American formula companies love to test out their formulas on your children to see what works & what doesn't.  Formulas in the USA are all about the right advertising.  Companies will put remarks all over the packaging talking about why all these extra ingredients will benefit your baby.  When really it is one big marketing scam.  

What's In American Formula's?

More and more parents are becoming educated about what's in their food as GMO's acts have been hitting the walls in the country.  However, we go beyond the GMO's in this blog and talk about other ingredients that can be found in many popular American formulas.

Corn Syrup:  Corn syrup is what you will find in most soda beverages.  It's a cheap sugar & made from GMO corn.

Pure Sugar/Sucrose: American formulas taste gross & they smell gross! In order to get infants to accept the taste, they add sugar or sugar like substances to sweeten it. This has been banned in Europe as it linked to a obesity issue in infants.  One study found that certain baby formulas contained up to 13.5g of sugar per serving.  To put that in preservative, there is 4g of sugar in one packet of sugar.  It is not required for companies to list the sugar content on their baby formulas.

Soy:  Soy has  been in recent years proven to alter hormone levels in babies by creating too much estrogen. Soy based formulas are extremely difficult to digest. Soybeans are inhibit the ability for the body to absorb nutrients.

Cupric Sulfate (copper sulfate): A herbicide, pesticide & fungicide.  It is also used to prevent growth of algae in pools & is considered a dangerous irritant to the environment.  It's used in formula as a drying property.  One study on adults exposed to copper sulfate experienced diarrhea, vomiting & abdominal pain.

Perchlorate: A chemical found in rocket fuel.  Used in 15 major brands. High levels of perchlorate (thousands of times higher than the doses estimated to result from consumption of infant formula or breast milk) affects the thyroid gland by blocking its ability to use iodine

Melamine: Used in plastics & adhesives. 

Artificial DHA & ARA: Derived from fungus & algae.  Has proven to have  no effect on brain growth when synthetically made.  Cause's diarrhea

Carrageenan: A stabilizer or thickening agent, studies have proven inflammation in the intestines & colon cancer.  Found in most ready to feed milks. BANNED IN EUROPE

 

Besides the fact there are some frightening ingredients found in American formulas, there are far too many.  Your infant was designed to digest breastmilk, when thats not possible, formula is the next best thing.  Infant digestive systems are brand new & still figuring out this whole new world of digestion.  The formulas found in Europe are simple & limited in ingredients.  This makes them a million times easier to digest, thus less colic & gas pains. 

Ingredients In European Formulas

Parents have voiced some concerns about what's in the European formulas.  We will talk about the ingredients used and why:

Maltodextrin:  Holle European baby formula contains small amounts of this in place of sucrose (sugar).  It also eliminates a good portion of lactose so that the formula is easier to digest.

Palm Oil: Mixed with other oils, it is in small amounts, needed for brain growth & development.  It has nutritional similarities to palmitic acid, a nutrient found in breast milk. Palm oil has a number of benefits as it contains vitamin E and beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is connected with vision development.  Palm oil may also prevent vitamin A deficiency.  As a natural fat, it brings balance into the cardiovascular system with its combination of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.  A diet with palm oil is a diet high in vitamin K.  This is good for bone health and helps blood coagulate. 

Rapeseed Oil (Canola):  Omega-3 fatty acids are receiving more and more attention. In infancy, they are especially important for the normal development of brain and nerve cells. In the first 2 years of life, the brain grows unusually fast, so a regular intake of Omega-3 fatty acids is crucial.  One of the best vegetable sources of Omega-3 fatty acids is rapeseed oil. Rapeseed oil contains particularly high amounts of Omega-3 – ten times more than olive oil, for example. The favourable fatty acid structure of rapeseed oil is very effective in helping the body to process these essential Omega-3 fatty acids. 

Soya Lecithin: This is not the same thing as found in soy based formulas.  It is used as a thickening agent.  Formulas in Europe do not use toxic solvents to extract.  

Europe has been developing formulas for over decades.  With a strict food regulation in place in regards to nutrition & what should in the formula, Europe produces the best formulas on earth.  

As many parents have soon to discover, the foods we consume here in the United States are less then healthy for us.  Independent food manufactures are taking back the industry with whole foods, less preservatives & less "stuff" in our foods.  We are slowly learning that our food system is corrupt and not in the best interest of Americans.  

At Little Moo Organics, we go thru the difficult process of importing European baby formulas so you have the best options available for your infant.  

Shop at Little Moo Organics here.  

 

Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas

Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas

When your baby is beginning to experience signs of an allergy towards formula milk, it can be quite the heartache.   When the body has trouble digesting dairy, it will react to the proteins like a foreign invader, like the flu.  This is how allergies are created as the body begins to fight back.  

Hypoallergenic formulas are typically partially or fully hydrolyzed proteins. In most cases, American formulas have more non-diary ingredients such as corn & small amounts of hydrolyzed proteins.  In European Hypoallergenic formulas, the ingredients are far more better for your infant & higher quality.  After all, the European nation would never let their infants consume corn syrup & sugar as a primary source of nutrition, they have a much higher standard in food practices. 

Types Of American Hypoallergenic Formulas:

Enfamil Nutramigen- The first ingredient in this formula is Corn Syrup Solids (48%).  This formula is unfortunately one of the more popular formulas used today for babies with allergies.  It may be designed for infants to avoid their milk allergies, but the ingredients are very questionable.  The taste is horrific & many infants reject it due to the taste. What goes in must come out = very stinky diapers.

Similac Alimentum- This formula is made up of mostly Corn Maltodextrin and the third ingredient believe it or not is sugar.  

These are the most popular, doctor recommended products for allergies in babies on the market today.  

 We do have to question if giving a baby corn syrup and sugar is a good solution to the problem.  Babies who are given sugar at a young age have been proven to develop sugar addictions (stronger then cocaine!) and have weight issues for their lifetime as well as develop other life threatening issues such as diabetes and leukemia.  

Soy Formulas

Many parents will turn to a soy based formula for milk allergies.  Soy has high levels of estrogen and has proven to disturb hormonal development in children.  

 Goat Milk Formulas

As of 2018, there is no Goat Milk formulas for babies under 1 year of age approved by the FDA.  However in Europe they have discovered that Goat Milk is a excellent alternative to cows milk and is much easier to digest.  For babies that are experiencing more milder forms of allergies such as constipation or diarrhea,  Goat Milk formulas are the excellent choice.  Goat milk is used in most other countries in the world.  Humans are not designed to digest cows milk.  This is why you see so many adults with allergies to cows milk but have no problem digesting goats milk.  The proteins in Goat's milk are much smaller and like human milk.  

Is It Really An Allergy? 

Many parents come to us with symptoms.  The most common is constipation, diarrhea, red skin, fussiness, colic & not willing to eat.  In many cases, this isn't really an allergy, this is a inability to process the junk found in American formulas. Humans were designed to eat one thing for the first 12 months, breastmilk.  However we know that in todays day and age, this isn't possible for everybody & we respect that!  As parents of 2 children ourselves, our kids were breastfed until 5 months of age.  After that we went thru a battle of trying to find a formula that was going to work.  We found Earths best would give our son diareha due to the DHA and Baby's Only would cause constipation due to the rice syrup.  One formula to the next, issue after issue. And the smell of each of these formulas was just repulsive to boot! 

European formulas in general are easier to digest.  WHY? There are fewer ingredients, less lactose, nothing synthetic & most are made with grass fed cows milk.  Ever tried grass fed milk over corn fed milk?  There is quite the difference!  In some of our formulas, the milk is actually raw, preserving the much needed antibodies that little humans need to develop immunity & grow into healthy adults.  

Our Suggestion For A Hypoallergenic Formula

Hipp Hypoallergenic: The Hypoallergenic protein diet contains milk which is split in simple molecules. This reduces the risk of allergies. The protein formula used in Hipp is completely hydrolyzed and was proven by studies to prevent allergies. A low-allergen diet cannot give complete protection but reduces the risk of allergies in infants. The HA formula should stay constant for 4 to 6 months in order to produce best results. A small amount of non-hydrolyzed protein can promote sensitivity and destroy the benefits of the low-allergen diet.

Hipp Hypoallergenic is produced in Germany.  It has Natural Lactic acid found in breastmilk. It has omega 3 & 6 for brain development. It also contains valuable fibers (galactooligosaccharides) derived from lactose & tailored to the specific nutritional needs of allergy-challenged infants.

Hipp Hypoallergnic is designed for infants without a "hard core" milk protein allergy already.  It is best for infants that are experiencing more mild forms & aren't doing well on the traditional formulas.  

 Before hydrolization, the proteins can only be partially digested
After hydrolization, the proteins are fully digestible

 

 In Conclusion 

We would start by recommending a European formula as a better alternative to American formulas and if you feel your infant is in need of a Hypoallergenic formula then you cannot go wrong with Hipp Hypoallergenic.

Please speak to your pediatrician if your baby is experiencing symptoms.  It is best to be sure your infant is not having symptoms of other issues first.