As a Vegan mama, I researched like crazy during my pregnancy to try and find a plant based formula for my baby, just in case breastfeeding didn’t work out. I just had one question, is vegan formula available in the USA? And what did I find out? The sad truth.
Unfortunately, there are zero Vegan formulas available in the United States. But fear not Vegan mama’s, there are, however, dairy-free formulas. The closest thing to a Vegan formula for infants are Soy formulas. They may not be 100% Vegan, but hey, at least we have an option so that we don’t turn to cows dairy.
Initially, Soy formula was created for babies that cannot tolerate cow’s milk, because they’re not baby cows, of course. So, thanks to that realization we at least have Soy formula to turn to, if breastfeeding does not work out.
So why isn’t there a vegan formula available in the USA?
There are some federal regulations, in the US, that baby formulas must abide by. In order for formula to be sold, companies are required, by law, to add Vitamin D3.
What’s Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D3, also called Cholecalciferol, is made by the ultraviolet irradiation of a substance derived from sheep’s wool.
Hence, why Dairy-free formulas cannot be classified as Vegan. However, I know that this may cause a problem for some Vegan parents, because it’s an ingredient derived from an animal. This, however, is where your own definition of Veganism comes to play. To me, Veganism means to reduce the amount of harm to animals by minimizing the use of animal products, and since there are no other alternatives to dairy formula, the next best thing is Soy formula. The way I see it, as Vegan parents, we are still reducing harm to cow’s and with purchasing dairy-free formula’s we are letting companies know that there is a demand for dairy-free formulas.
So parents, I know it’s a hard decision to make, because I had to make this decision as well; but at the end of the day, Soy formula is better than having baby drink dairy. If it helps, go the organic route, that way baby isn’t stuffed with additives, such as high fructose corn syrup either. However, if you’re able and willing to breastfeed then by all means, but if not, here’s a list of my top 3 soy formulas that I recommend, click on the name to read the ingredients.
Happy Feeding Vegan Mama’s!