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The Best Organic Baby Formula Brands of 2022

Even if you're buying organic, there are still some ingredients to look out for.

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Editor's Note: Supply chain issues, labor shortages and the recent formula recall have exacerbated the current infant formula shortage in the United States. We are continually updating this story to provide in-stock links. Families who are having trouble finding formula can visit hhs.gov/formula for more resources. For parents who may need to switch brands, we share some advice on changing formulas here and suggest first speaking with your pediatrician.


Every new parent wants to give their baby the nutrition they need. With all of the different formulas on the market, it can be difficult to decide which is best for your child. “Choosing a formula is a big decision for families," says Natasha Burgert, M.D., F.A.A.P., Philips Avent’s pediatrician. The good news is that all formulas must meet federal nutrient requirements, and infant formula manufacturers must notify the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to marketing a new formula.

But as concerns grow regarding food sources, chemicals and pesticides, choosing organic is an option for parents who are looking to minimize their baby’s exposure to certain preservatives and additives. Organic baby formulas go a step further than conventional ones as they have to meet additional federal guidelines to get the USDA Organic Stamp, but Dr. Burgert says there may not be a huge nutritional difference between the two.

Regardless of whether you are purchasing organic or non-organic formula, pay attention to the ingredients in whichever option you choose. Some formulas utilize glucose and corn syrup for their carbohydrates as opposed to lactose which is the main carbohydrate source in breast milk. Choosing a formula that is as close to breastmilk as possible or modeled after breastmilk is key, which is why we did the work for you and rounded up the best organic baby formula brands available in the United States. Here are the best organic baby formula brands, according to experts and parents.

Our top picks:

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Best Overall
Earth's Best
Organic Dairy Infant Powder Formula with Iron Milk-Based Powder
Earth's Best
Best for Digestion
Happy Baby
Infant Formula Milk Based Powder with Iron
Happy Baby Organics
Best European Style Organic Formula
Bobbie
Organic Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron
Bobbie
Best Toddler
Baby's Only Organic
Premium Dairy Toddler Formula
Baby's Only
Best Soy Free Organic Formula
ByHeart
Whole Nutrition Infant Formula
ByHeart
How we choose the best baby formula
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Registered dietitians in the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab analyzed over 20 organic formula products, evaluating everything from ingredient lists and DHA content to mixability and clumping. In addition to being certified organic, our top picks are also void of corn syrup solids and meet current FDA guidelines. We consulted a panel of parents who currently use the formulas with their infants for their real-life feedback on factors contributing to both parent and baby experience with the product, such as ease of use and baby tolerance. We worked with pediatricians for their insights as well and evaluated testing data and literature provided by the brands to support their claims.

What should parents look for when purchasing formula?
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“Choosing a formula is a big decision for families. The vast majority of infants use a traditional, milk-based formula. That's the type of formula I would explore first," says Dr. Burgert.

Dr. Burgert adds that there may be different formula additives or "extras" in certain brands, but the fundamental proteins, carbohydrates and micronutrients are very similar in all standard formulas. "Much of the extra value that formula companies claim on the label has little, if any, evidential support."

But finding the right formula for your baby and one that they tolerate may take some time. "Since every baby is different, feel free to experiment with different brands to find out the one that your baby likes best," Dr. Burgert advises. "Especially during the formula shortage, know that most babies will easily transition from one brand to another with little fuss. Read your labels to find formula equivalencies, and reach out to your pediatrician for help.”

Is organic formula better than conventional formula?
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Organic baby formulas go a step further than conventional ones as they have to meet additional federal guidelines to get the USDA Organic Stamp. That being said, there may not be a huge nutritional difference. “Conventional formula is nutritionally equivalent to organic formula," Dr. Burgert says. "Some families have a personal preference towards organic formulas, but there is no evidence that is a nutritionally superior choice.”

Both organic and conventional formulas usually contain nutrients like DHA, AHA, prebiotics and lutein which may all have beneficial benefits for baby, but organic formulas do tend to come at a premium price. But if organic eating is a priority in your household, there aren't any drawbacks to choosing organic formula so long as it meets FDA requirements.

Should I purchase formula from overseas?
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Purchasing imported formula online or through a dealer can be extremely risky and is not advised. Infant formula is one of the most highly regulated foods in America, and the FDA monitors all formulas and consistently inspects manufacturers to make sure products are safe for your baby. If they are not safe, the formula will be recalled and customers will be quickly informed. Lack of FDA regulation, shipping and storage concerns, and labeling differences are some of the many reasons why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has expressed strong concern over buying imported infant formulas online. There is no scientific evidence or research to show that imported formulas are better for babies. However, during the formula shortage, the FDA is looking closely at approving some imported formulas from reliable sources but this will be with full FDA oversight to ensure safety.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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As deputy director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab for the past two years, Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, CSO, CDN, NASM-CPT handles all nutrition content, product testing and evaluation. She stays up to date on the latest research to provide evidence-based reporting on all things diet and nutrition, and she also runs large-scale tests and analyses for products ranging from protein bars to supplements. She has a master's degree in clinical nutrition from New York University and has been a registered dietitian for six years, working in the clinical setting prior to Good Housekeeping and obtaining advanced credentials and board certifications in the nutrition field. As a new mom to an 8-month-old baby girl, Stefani is personally invested in thoroughly vetting and testing baby formula and baby food products for her family and yours.

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