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Standing in the formula aisle of the supermarket and looking at all the options in bright packages can be intimidating. (Those clammy hands and that racing heart? You’re not alone.)

You want the best for your child, but how do you know which brand that is?

While we cannot answer that question for you — and no study proves one formula is better or more effective than another — we’ve compiled a list of 7 of the most popular organic baby formulas.

These were chosen based on:

  • availability
  • experience
  • user reviews on shopping sites like Amazon and Little Bundle (formerly Huggable)

Looking at all the formulas on display, you’ll probably notice that some include a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification on the label, and some say that they’re “made with organic [ingredients].”

A formula that is organically certified by the USDA has ingredients that are grown in pesticide-free soil and meet USDA regulations for processed foods. These include being free from artificial flavors and colors as well as growth hormones and preservatives.

If a package indicates that the product is “made with organic [ingredients],” the formula contains at least 70 percent organically produced ingredients. The other ingredients are produced without prohibited practices like genetic engineering. This type of product will not bear the official USDA organic seal, but it’ll have a USDA-accredited certifier.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $1.15 per ounce
  • $$ = $1.15–$1.20 per ounce
  • $$$ = over $1.20 per ounce

Keep in mind: Prices fluctuate, and you can usually lower the price by buying larger quantities at a time. Also, the above prices do not take shipping into account, which is something else to consider.

When choosing which formulas to include on this list, first and foremost, we considered the ingredients included and comments from parents like you.

While there’s no perfect formula, we chose to focus on organic products that stood above the crowd for reasons like:

  • how they were sourced
  • their price
  • standout reviews

Best organic baby formula for babies switching from breast milk

Burt’s Bees Baby Organic Infant Milk Powder Dairy Formula

Price: $$$

Burt’s Bee’s Organic Dairy is made with iron, and the formula also contains vitamins D, K, and E, and DHA for brain and eye development. The milk powder is dairy-based and is a great source of calcium to help bone growth in developing babies ages 12 months and younger.

This is not a good choice for babies with lactose sensitivities, but for caregivers who do use this formula, it may be good to know that the milk is produced from cows who were raised in pastures and on a strictly organic diet.

Along with being organic, this formula is gluten-free and GMO-free, and many parents love that this formula is cheaper than some other options that use similar ingredients.

Though many parents rave about this formula, some complain that it is hard to mix.

Burt’s Bees Baby Ultra Gentle Organic

Price: $$$

Similar to Burt’s Bees Dairy Formula, the Ultra Gentle formula contains vitamins D, K, and E, and DHA for brain and eye development. This formula is dairy-based, but added proteins in this formula help babies with digestion, gas, and fussiness.

The Burt’s Bees brand is known for producing milk from pasture-raised, organically fed cows. The brand also uses water-assisted DHA extraction rather than hexane extractions to avoid added chemicals to the formula.

Many parents say that this formula is helpful for their babies who have colic, and some others say that this formula is great for babies that are transitioning away from breast milk.

Some parents have complained about the smell of the formula, while others say that their babies are not fans of the taste.

Best organic baby formula with grass-fed lactose

Earth’s Best Organic Dairy

Price: $$

Earth’s Best organic formula contains lactose from cows that are grain- and grass-fed. (One of the benefits of this brand is that it produces a variety of non-lactose or low-lactose options as well.)

This formula takes pride in using water to help extract DHA and ARA, which promote eye and brain development, instead of other more common extraction measures that can potentially leave chemicals behind in the formula.

Parents give Earth’s Best good reviews for digestibility — and the price tag is a little better than some other brands. Did we mention it’s also kosher?

Why might someone hesitate at pulling this product off the shelf? There are some synthetic nutrients, palm oil, and in the sensitivity version of this formula, lots of soy. The low-lactose versions also include added syrup solids (aka sugars).

The added iron in this formula may give it a metallic smell and taste — but iron is also crucial for growing babies. Some feel iron can lead to constipation. (It can also be a little foamy once mixed, which some parents say leads to extra gas in their child.)

GMO-free baby formula that’s most similar to breast milk

Similac Organic with Iron

Price: $

As the number one baby formula brand used in hospitals, Similac is considered a safe formula choice by many. Similac Organic Formula with Iron is a crowd favorite among parents who want to avoid artificial growth hormones, and the brand takes pride in using ingredients that make it a close recreation of actual breast milk.

While no formula presents an identical match to breast milk, Similac is close enough that most babies can adapt fairly well.

If you’re wondering why everyone is not feeding this formula to their child, some parents do not support DHA (because of how it’s extracted) and may try to steer away from Similac as a result. There have also been some recalls in the past that have left some parents with concerns about this brand.

Best organic baby formula for sensitive stomachs

Earth’s Best Organic Sensitivity with Iron Powder

Price: $$

Earth’s Best Organic Sensitivity formula has a reduced lactose-based formula to help with digestion in babies ages 12 months and younger. The company uses water-assisted extraction for the DHA contained in this product, which is paired with ARAs to help with brain and eye development.

The formula also contains lutein to help with the development of your baby’s eyes and prebiotic FOS to help with immunity.

Earth’s Best is kosher, non-GMO, and has no artificial colors or flavors. It’s also one of the least expensive options, and some parents rave about the easy digestibility of the formula.

Some parents complain that this formula gets foamy very quickly, which could make their little ones gassy after consuming it.

Baby’s Only Organic Sensitive DHA/ARA Formula

Price: $$

Although labeled an organic toddler formula, this formula is actually designed for infants. (The company says the labeling is because they suggest breastfeeding for babies under age 1 year. As with any formula, check with your doctor before using.)

One of the few organic formulas on the market for sensitive stomachs, this product gets rave reviews from parents for its taste and ability to keep gas at bay.

Why might you steer clear? Some parents do not support the use of soy products and brown rice syrup in making the formula. Instead of whey, it has high levels of the milk protein casein, which can be harder to digest for some infants.

Best organic baby formula with prebiotics

Happy Baby Organic

Price: $$$

Another formula that prides itself on its sourcing and similarity to breast milk is Happy Baby Organic infant formula with iron. One thing that parents love about this formula is that it has a high concentration of prebiotics. It also does not contain GMOs, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners.

And get this — the packaging itself is BPA-free and designed to tuck neatly away in a cupboard or diaper bag. (Nice bonuses!)

One common complaint is that this formula doesn’t always dissolve well in water and may require extra time and effort to prepare. And while the ingredients resemble breast milk, the texture doesn’t! (Many babies like the taste, but the consistency isn’t universally popular in the under-1 crowd.)

Like many formulas, it includes the controversial ingredients DHA and ARA.

When buying an organic formula, it’s still important to keep your eye on the ingredient list as some might have things that surprise you. The best formulas on the market will boldly state that they include:

And if purchasing a formula from another country, make sure to think about just how reasonable it is for you to frequently buy the product. Also, remember that the United States has different standards for organic formulas than other parts of the world, so fully investigate any formulas made outside of the United States before using them.

There are a variety of doctor-approved ways to keep your baby fed — all of them completely legit, no matter what the mom shamers may say. Even if you’ve decided to go with an organic formula, there are a range of options with different prices and ingredients available to you.

If in doubt about which direction to go, consult with your baby’s doctor and make sure that an option you can afford ends up in your grocery store basket!