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Non-GMO Infant Formula Resources

The conversation around nanoparticles and genetically engineered foods becomes increasingly personal and much more time sensitive when we consider the foods that we are feeding our children in their most fragile developmental stages. Friends of the Earth (FoE) tested Enfamil, Similac, Gerber (Nestlé), and Well Beginnings (Walgreens) to reveal that six of the leading infant formula brands contain nanoparticles. This is especially shocking when recent studies found these tiny particles to be potentially toxic. Their tiny size allows nanoparticles to flow freely through our bodies, potentially getting into places (gut wall, bloodstream, organs and cells) that larger particles cannot.

From organic formula options, to donor milk, to making your own infant formula, there are non-GMO alternatives for the mother or infant who cannot nurse. GMO Inside has compiled a list of  resources:

Donor milk suppliers and resources

Organic infant formula option

Non-GMO Baby food options

Homemade Formula Resources

Alternative homemade organic baby formula recipes

Concerns about Nano, GMOs, and DHA in Formula:

TAKE ACTION: Please join us in calling on the US infant formula manufacturers (Similac, Enfamil, Gerber Good Start, and Well Beginnings) to remove their nanoparticle ingredients from their products.


Please share your own learnings our resources for organic and non-GMO infant formula in the comments section below.


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  1. Leah
    May 4, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Thanks so much for promoting breast milk banks!!!

  2. danielle
    May 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Do you happen to know if the organic version of similac is safe? We have been using that the past 4 months. Thanks!

  3. Jessica
    May 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Please give me a int on a brand that does not have gmo

    • Alex
      June 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      Earth’s Best formula specifically states that they are GMO free. Is this a lie by the company?

      • Shireen Karimi
        July 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

        Good question, Alex. The answer to this question might come down to the fine print. Upon researching Earth’s Best baby formulas, the description says they are USDA organic, meet FDA requirements for infant nutrition, are Kosher certified, and have no growth hormones, antibiotics, steroids or potentially harmful pesticides or herbicides. However, they found a way to tiptoe around the fact that they might still contain GMOs since a product can be determined as organic while still being a GM product. The problem is in the DHA, which is a synthetic version of fatty acid chains that is natural in a woman’s breast milk but artificially substituted in baby formula. There have been recent studies conducted showing that this can cause health problems in children. If you’re interested, read more about it here.

        Here’s a list of baby formulas that are known to contain DHA:
        Earth’s Best Organic Soy with DHA & ARA (Hain Celestial Group)
        Enfamil LIPIL (Mead Johnson Nutritionals)
        Enfamil Next Step (Mead Johnson)
        Isomil 2 Advance (Abbott Laboratories)
        Nestle Good Start Supreme with DHA & ARA (Nestle USA)
        Parent’s Choice Organic (Wal-Mart)
        Similac Advance (Abbott Nutrition)
        Ultra Bright Beginnings Lipids (PBM Products, LLC)

    September 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    It appears that Natures One is only for 1year old and up. Am I correct in this? If so, do you have any suggestions for my 3 month old?

  5. Gloria Andolina
    December 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    This is a wonderful and much needed resource, I will be gladly sharing it with my clients, friends and family. I have spoken to numerous mothers in my area that have had children over the past 18 months or so, and EVERY SINGLE ONE has had allergy, gastric reflux or GI issues with their babies (including myself) and ALL OF THEM were pushed to use or supplement with Emfamil or Similac formula in the hospital after giving birth. I truly believe there is a link between the GMO ingredients in these formulas (that, believe it or not, mothers are being told are more nutritious for our babies than mother’s breastmilk). I am afraid for this generation of babies, that they will suffer from the effects of GMO foods the rest of their lives.
    Here is a very interesting fact from this former scientific researcher turned Certified Health Coach: laboratory animals that are used for scientific studies are fed non-GMO, non-soy feed because it is a known fact GMO or soy-based feed can interfere with research data because of the detrimental effects it has on the animals immune and GI systems. Yet, our hospitals, doctors, media and government agencies say it is okay to feed it our precious newborns. Something is amok here! We need to spread awareness of GMOs in our food supply and most importantly our infant formulas and food.

  6. Mary Rabe
    December 31, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I am a new grandmother. I breastfed my 5 children, but my daughter-in-law did not and I am watching my grandson. My question is, if Baby’s only is the only maker of a non gmo formula, why do they not make an infant formula. I can only find the toddler version. Is it safe to use for an infant of 4 months? Thanks for the advice. Mary

    • Aj Martin
      March 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      Hello Mary, the USDA labeling of organic is probably the best you will get right now since labeling of gmo or non gmo is not a US requiremnt yet. As long as you understand that USDA Organic means AT LEAST 97% of the product is organic. Doesnt mean it isnt 100% but helps to know where you stand. I would say keep using Similac Organic. Otherwise, how will our American companies know its important to us?

  7. Crystal
    May 9, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    My son and his wife are expecting their first child in August, I do not think she wants to breast feed. Does anyone have experience with Simlac Organic?

  8. Lety
    August 2, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    My 11 1/2 month old son has never had a drop of formula. Only breastmilk but I recently had a drop in my supply and I started looking into formulas. Thankfully I focused on close pumping sessions again and my supply went back up.
    Look up european organic baby formula or baby “milks” as they call it.
    I’ve done read etch on the ingredients on all of the formulas. I was going to go with baby’s one organic but there I’ve read it tends to cause constipation.
    Look into hipp organic follow on milk or holle. They’re both German brands where they do not source from gmo ingredients. You get it shipped from the UK through amazon!
    I know have a box of hipp organic follow on milk in case of an emergency.
    I chose that one bc it has no soy(-lecithin as an emulsifier) but it just made me feel better.

  9. Tara Akuna
    November 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    I’d love to add my Homemade Organic Goat Milk Infant Formula that takes just as much time as the conventional formula takes. 🙂

  10. Anna
    January 30, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    Nature’s One is labeled as toddler formula because they promote breastfeeding for the first year. In actuality, as I have contacted the company and used this formula for both my daughters, the formula can 100% be used from birth.

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