I know a lot of friends having babies and this is one of the questions I get the most, feeding and formula! Well, I found after tons of research the best formula for us in my opinion.. The Holle Lebenswert Formula it is a German formula and when I lived there I know how strict the FDA was on what goes into their food; so naturally this is the type of food I wanted to give Layla. It’s $29.00 box if you buy more than 10 which I would recommend because they go through a box every 4-5 days. I order 15 boxes and reorder every 2 months or so. I purchase mine from Formula Land, link below. Shipping takes 3-4 days!
Lebenswert’s stage 1 formula is free of maltodextrin, relying instead upon lactose (which more closely mimics breast milk) to lend sweetness to the formula. Moreover, Lebenswert adheres to Bioland organic guidelines for farmers and manufacturers. These guidelines are even more stringent than the European Union’s Eco-Regulation; you can read more about them here.
Lebenswert does still contain palm oil and canola oil (called “rapeseed oil”), but it is definitely what I would choose if I were formula-feeding. Here’s a complete ingredients list of the stage 1 formula: Organic skimmed milk, organic whey powder (partly demineralised), organic vegetable oils (palm, rapeseed, sunflower oil), lactose, potassium chloride, calcium, vitamin C, sodium chloride, ferrous gluconate, vitamin E, zinc sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, copper sulphate , Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6 , Vitamin A, manganese sulfate, folic acid, potassium iodate, vitamin K1 , sodium selenate, vitamin D.
Because it’s from Germany, Lebenswert is not FDA approved, so it can be challenging to obtain here in the U.S. Please ask your pediatrician if the ingredients and nutrients are appropriate for your baby before using this formula.
The Baby Brezza Formula Pro instantly makes bottles as small as 2-ounces up to 10-ounces in less time than it would take for you to make them by hand and works with any brand or size of bottle. The easy to refill water reservoir holds 50-ounces of water and heats to near body temperature, which is perfect for most babies.
The formula storage container holds 700-grams of formula or one whole box of Holle formula. But learn from my fail and save the scooper that comes with your formula before you throw out the container. You never know when you have to make a bottle for travel and then you’re left, like me, trying to eyeball your scoops. (Total amateur move.)
Tips for using the Baby Brezza
I’ve actually gone online and read just about every customer review I possibly could just to get a feel of what kind of issues, if any, people had with this machine. And trust me, I also put it thorough its paces from running it until it was completely empty with both the formula and the water to leaving it on all day and night — really anything to replicate any possible problem. From what I can tell it comes down to two things: read the directions and clean it regularly. Seriously, read the directions. The set up of this machine is very detailed and specific to each brand and formula type. Setting the machine to the wrong formula brand and formulation can lead to wrong mixing ratios and nobody wants that… especially your baby. For the Holle formula we used setting 8 on the Brezza, but double check before you do!
As far as keeping it clean, I have just made it a habit of. Once a day, I take out the funnel and clean the underneath part where the formula comes out. This is the area where formula tends to collect and dry out. Because of this, I have yet to have an issue with clogging, clumping or misfires with dispensing in any way. Once a month I will wash out the reservoir and the formula storage, easy peasy.
I purchased mine on Amazon for $159.00 but I know you can also get it at Target, and Buy Buy Baby! But if you are smarter than me, I would totally register for it ;o)
Some baby gear items are luxuries, some are necessities, and then some luxuries turn into necessities…this is one of those items.