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We have been blessed to have nine months of exclusive breastfeeding. The only reason I have succeeded in this is because I am with my son 24/7. I have never spent a night away from him, the longest I’ve been away is to have a mini spa day (which was four hours). I don’t pump much milk and definitely wouldn’t pump enough to leave my son for an entire weekend. But next month, I am going on a business trip to LA and will be away from my son for TWO days! As soon as my trip was confirmed and the plane tickets were purchased, I began to panic a little bit because I am the only person who has ever fed my son!! I knew that we needed to get my son introduced to formula as soon as possible, so that my husband would be able to feed him!
When researching formulas, there were a few things that were really important to me. First of all, I wanted it to be organic — I am very cautious of what I put into my baby’s body and only want the best of the best. Secondly, the formula had to be non-GMO (no genetically engineered ingredients). I came across Plum Organics® Grow Well® Infant Formula at Safeway and loved that it met all of my requirements and then some.
Here are some of the reasons I LOVE Plum Organics Formula for my baby:
- No corn syrup solids added: lactose is the most abundant carbohydrate found in breastmilk. Plum Organic’s carbohydrate source is from cow’s milk lactose only.
- Milk from cows not treated with the hormone rBST (no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST-treated cows).
- Organic lactose. Some formulas use a combination of lactose and corn-derived sugars like corn syrup solids, glucose syrup solids and/or maltodextrin, but Plum Organics is just organic lactose. Why does that matter? All babies need carbohydrates for energy, and lactose is the most abundant carbohydrate found in breast milk.* In fact, carbohydrates make up 40-45% of baby’s energy, and this is especially important for their rapidly growing brains.**
- Plum Organic’s infant formula is the only one on the market certified by Oregon Tilth. Their seal of approval signifies that the formula meets USDA’s high standards for organic foods. The organic certification also means no genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) can be included.
- Plum Organic’s believes formula is food. In fact, it’s primarily cows’ milk, broken down into components and fortified with critical nutrients found in breast milk.
His first three bottles had 3 ounces of breastmilk and 1 ounce of formula. The rest of the day, he breastfed.
His first two bottles had 2 ounces of breastmilk and 2 ounces of formula. He then breastfed and before bed, he had a bottle with 1 ounce of breastmilk and 3 ounces of formula.
He had his first bottle with 4 ounces of formula. The rest of the day, he switched between boob and bottle of formula.
Photos by Melodee Lynn Photography
Now, I am confident that my son will be completely fine without me (I might not be so fine!!!) and my husband will be able to feed him! I am so happy we came across Plum Organics!
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Oh, and in case you’re wondering – Next month, I am heading to LA with cupcakeMAG for their Spring Issue cover shoot with three celebs and a celeb bridal shower! I cannot wait and can’t wait to bring you all along with me via Instagram!!
- *Vannucci RC, Vannucci SJ. Glucose metabolism in the developing brain. Seminars Perinatology. 2000;24(2):107-115.
- **Mepham TB. Physiology of Lactation. Milton Heynes. UK Open University Press; 1987 // Kalhan SC, Kilic L. Carbohydrate as a nutrient in the infant and child: range of acceptable intake. Eur J Clin Nutr. 1999;53(Suppl 11):S94-S100