The recent formula recalls and shortages are scary and confusing. How do EU formulas compare to American formulas? We’re going to break down bobbie formula vs. others here!
A popular UK brand called Kendamil has been a choice for many caregivers and parents across Europe. So how do American parents know which formula to buy? This formula comparison will highlight the similarities and differences between Bobbie vs. Kendamil to help you choose what’s best for your baby.
European Infant Formula
More and more, parents have become interested in feeding their babies with organic baby formula made with high quality ingredients.There has been more education around what is actually in the infant formula they are feeding their babies.
Caregivers are looking for formulas that do not contain palm oil or have corn syrup as the primary carbohydrate source for their infant formula – which is why Bobbie and Kendamil have become so popular (with lactose as the primary carbohydrate source).
With the recent formula recalls, The FDA has allowed the import of certain formulas that are manufactured outside of the US. Given recent formula shortages, parents and caregivers are more willing to try new brands and are looking for quality formula options they can trust.
About Bobbie Organic Baby Formula
Bobbie formula was founded in 2018 by two moms who struggled to breastfeed exclusively and were frustrated with the infant formula options that were available in the United States at the time. Bobbie is the only European-style infant formula that’s both manufactured and sold in the US and is made in Vermont and Ohio.
Bobbie formula meets FDA requirements for infant formula and was inspired by European nutritional requirements. It is USDA-certified organic and is the first US baby formula to have received both the Clean Label Project Purity Award and the Clean Label Pesticide-Free Certification.
It is the only infant formula brand made in the United States to meet the EU standard for DHA at 20 mg per 100 calories of prepared formula.
About Kendamil Baby Formulas
Kendamil is a privately-owned baby formula brand made in the United Kingdom (UK) that has been in business for more than 60 years. Kendamil has 2 formula varieties that are recently available at Target stores in the United States: Kendamil Classic First infant formula, Kendamil Organic First infant formula.
Kendamil has become recently available to the U.S. market under the FDA enforcement discretion as part of Operation Fly Formula; A plan to increase infant formula supply in the United States.
Bobbie formula Vs. Kendamil Formula Comparison
Let’s compare Bobbie and Kendamil baby formulas – ingredients, qualities, and cost. Bobbie has one formula, it is organic and made in the USA. Kendamil has two formulas we will be using for comparison— Kendamil Classic First and Kendamil Organic First.
Bobbie, Kendamil Classic First and Kendamil Organic First are non-GMO and have a whey to casein ratio of 60:40. Most mature breast milk contains a whey to casein ratio of 60:40.
This means that Bobbie, Kendamil Classic First and Kendamil Organic First are digested similarly to how breast milk would be digested. Both Bobbie and Kendamil are lactose based formulas with intact proteins.
Bobbie, Kendamil Classic First and Kendamil Organic First would not be suitable for your baby if your baby has a lactose intolerance or sensitivity, however they are healthy for all newborns and babies that have no lactose issues.
Neither Bobbie nor Kendamil Classic contains palm oil. For fat sources, Kendamil uses a blend of fat from whole milk and sunflower, coconut, and rapeseed oils. Bobbie uses a blend of vegetable oils: safflower, sunflower, soy, and coconut.
Bobbie and Kendamil Organic First are both organic, while Kendamil Classic First is not. However, Kendamil has Human Milk Oligosaccharides (hMOs) while Bobbie does not.
HMOs are complex carbohydrates that are found in human milk. You can learn more about hMOs here.
Kendamil’s milk source is Red Truck Dairy, a not-for-profit company that is the UK’s biggest farm and food assurance scheme. They developed standards based on best practices and legislation that cover animal welfare, food safety, traceability and environmental protection.
Notably, Kendamil Classic First is not an organic infant formula. Bobbie is USDA organic and uses pasture-raised organic milk from Organic Valley farms in the United States.
Bobbie formula is an organic choice for parents searching for European-style infant formula made right here in the U.S..
The fat blends in Bobbie, Kendamil Classic First and Kendamil Organic First are pretty similar other than the addition of whole milk fat in Kendamil. DHA and iron components are relatively similar as well.
Kendamil Classic First: $1.07/oz
Kendamil Organic First: $1.42/oz
Bobbie formula, Kendamil Classic First and Kendamil Organic First are very similar formulas that would suit babies who tolerate lactose. The biggest difference I would take into consideration as a parent would be the importance of the formula being organic vs. importance of hMOs for you personally as a parent.
Cost between Kendamil Organic First and Bobbie formula are pretty similar, where Kendamil Classic first would be a more budget friendly option. It’s important to remember that all the formulas listed above are FDA regulated and available in the US as of the publication of this blog post.
Both brands are available at Target and on Target.com. Bobbie is also available by subscription, making it very convenient for parents to receive formula on their doorstep month after month.
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- How to correctly bottle feed your baby
- How to supplement with formula
- How to strictly formula feed after birth
- Everything you need to know about formula
- Similac Vs. Bobbie Comparison
- Aussie Bubs vs. Bobbie Comparison
- Aptamil vs. Bobbie Comparison
*This post is sponsored by Bobbie but is my true and expert opinion.