If you’re a vegetarian and would like to keep your child on a vegetarian diet, you may be wondering, “what organic formulas are suitable for a vegetarian diet?” Although the selection of vegetarian-friendly formulas is small, thankfully vegetarians can choose to give their child an organic formula made according to the highest standards.
Although breast milk cannot be replicated, European formula manufacturers have developed formulas that are the next best thing to mother’s milk.
Unlike conventional brands of formula, infant formulas made in Europe are made in accordance with strict manufacturing standards similar to those demanded of drug companies. As a result, the quality of formulas made in Europe is far superior to anything made in the U.S.
Breast milk is a complex food comprised of just the right amount of fats, protein, carbohydrates, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals. To recreate the structure of breast milk, certain ingredients must be used in the making of a baby formula, such as milk, lactose, and whey powder.
Although milk, lactose, and whey powder are usually ok to eat while on a vegetarian diet, it’s the process of extracting these ingredients that makes most organic infant formulas unsuitable for vegetarians. To extract several formula ingredients, including prebiotics, lactose, and whey powder, animal rennet must be used.
If you wish to keep your baby on a vegetarian diet, the only formulas we carry that are safe to use are Holle Goat Milk based formulas (all stages). Holle has been making baby formulas for 80 years and is one of the finest formulas available. Holle Goat Milk formula contains milk sourced from goats raised on farms where the use of antibiotics, hormones or pesticides is not allowed.
Holle Organic Goat Milk formulas are available in 3 stages – Stage 1, 2, and 3 – and are:
Parents who wish to keep their child on a vegetarian diet may also be tempted to use a soy-based formula. Although soy-based formulas may seem like a great option for your little one, we recommend that a soy-based baby formula only be used in cases where a severe milk allergy or intolerance is an issue. Infant formulas made with soy, even organic ones, are made with soy protein isolates. In order to isolate the protein from the soybean, the bean must be chemically altered. Soy also contains high levels of plant-derived estrogens, which are known endocrine disruptors.
To browse our selection of Holle Organic Goat Milk Formulas, please visit our Holle shop. If you have any questions about Holle infant formulas or are not sure what formula is best for your baby, please contact our friendly team by submitting a case contact form.