Q: Breastfeeding is no longer an option for me.  What type of formula is best for my baby?  What ingredients should I watch out for, both good and bad?
A: Breastfeeding is best for baby and for mom.  If you are returning to work, you may consider investing in a good breast pump and seeking out the support and advice of other nursing moms or even a lactation consultant before you make a change.  If breastfeeding is not an option, take some time to familiarize yourself with the ingredients in conventional formulas.  Unfortunately, many available formulas contain a wide array of artificial ingredients, including sweeteners such as maltodextrose or even high fructose corn syrup; formula packaging may contain Bisphenol-A (BPA); and soy-based formulas may trigger an allergic reaction.  Certified organic baby formulas (look for the USDA Organic Seal) will give you the highest standard of quality and reduce your baby’s likelihood of toxin exposure.  Also be sure to use filtered water when mixing dry/powdered formula to reduce contaminants.

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Nancy Massotto is the Founder and Director of the Holistic Moms Network, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Nancy has a passion for living holistic and works to help parents connect, learn and support one another on their journeys through parenting and holistic living. Find more information about Nancy on her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.