Did you know that not all baby formulas are the same?!

Did you know that not all baby formulas are the same?!

All baby formulas are not the same. We’re highlighting the differences between baby formulas, from ingredients, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and more, to help parents stay informed.

Here at Kendamil, we’re parents too. It’s our top priority to educate and inform fellow mums, dads and caregivers along their baby's feeding journey. Whether it be breastfeeding, combination feeding or bottle feeding, we’re always here to lend a helping hand, because we genuinely believe being informed is best!

For parents who choose to supplement with follow-on formula, you may be wondering “What’s the best follow-on formula milk for my baby?”, “What’s the best Ready To Feed follow-on formula on the market?’ or “What are the top 10 best baby follow-on formulas?”. We have you covered with all the step-by-step information, because we’re here to help you make the most informed choice for your family.

When buying baby formula, decide what’s best for YOU

Every family is different and every baby is their own unique individual from the moment they’re born. So what may be beneficial for some little ones may not serve yours. This means choosing the right follow-on formula comes down to doing all the research you can beforehand.

The best way to do this is to make yourself familiar with baby formula ingredients - ones that SHOULD be prioritised, because they’ve been proven beneficial in the long run and others that SHOULD have no business being in your baby’s milk!

So, when you’re considering which baby formula to buy for your little one, we recommend covering the following basis’:

  • 🤔 What ingredients are present within the formula?
  • 🐮 Does the formula contain whole milk? 
  • ♻️ How sustainable is the baby milk brand? 
  • 💰 Is the formula cost-effective?

These are the staple questions we’re embarking to cover. So, don’t panic. We’re gonna highlight the nitty-gritty of what makes a follow-on formula ✨exceptional!✨

🍼 Not all farms are the same: Quality of milk

The treatment and diet of an animal affects the quality of the milk it produces. Formula brands that source from grass-fed cows produce better milk. Not only is grass-fed milk a lot sweeter, but it’s higher in omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K2, AND vitamin E! PLUS, grass-fed milk also contains more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). 

Not all formulas use whole milk

Whole milk is a whole lot better at advancing your little one’s cognitive skills and immune system. That’s why we use whole milk in ALL our baby formulas! However, because of the price of including whole milk in baby formula, many other brands choose to leave it out in lieu of cheaper ingredients. Thankfully, here at Kendamil, we exclusively use whole milk, sourced from happy, free-range cows, providing our milk with a whole host of benefits.

Here’s how we put in the work:

  • We source our cow and goat milk from local family farms close to our factory in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, blending these wholesome milk fats with essential fatty acids like linoleic & alpha-linolenic fatty acids. 
  • All our cow milk fat comes from grass-fed happy cows at 220 local Cumbrian farms right here in the Lake District, where our factory proudly sits. 
  • And our Cumbrian cows are really happy up North because the regular rainfall makes the nutrient-rich grass grow plentiful!!
  • When the milk fat arrives at the factory in its liquid form, it’s checked by our Quality Assurance team. The team checks the delivery temperature, tests % fat, % protein and checks for any water contamination and any other residues, to make sure the milk is nice and safe!

🌍 Not all brands are sustainable

Sustainable brands are the way forward - especially when it comes to baby formula, which takes more than one definition of your little one’s future into account. When you’re considering an exceptional formula, it’s always best to consider the brand’s impact on the planet. 

Kendamil is proud to do all of the above and more! We are committed to a more sustainable baby formula process, being kinder on your baby's tummy AND the planet. That is why our factory runs on 100% renewable energy and we source ALL of our ingredients locally!

Saying no to palm oil and fish oil in our Kendamil baby milk range solidifies our commitment to your baby, and the planet, to be sustainable in everything we do, from farm to formula. 

🌴 The benefits of a palm oil-free formula

Palm oil is a leading cause of deforestation. Lowering palm oil production can lead to lower levels of:

🌴 Deforestation. From Amazon to Borneo, reducing our palm oil consumption protects rainforests, greenery and wildlife.

🐒 Endangered animals. Palm oil destroys the natural habitats of our wildlife, endangering several animal species. By reducing palm oil production, we’re keeping our endangered animals safe.

🌍 Global warming. Cutting down rainforests to extract palm oil releases tonnes of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. 

🐟 The benefits of a fish oil-free formula

The overharvesting of fish has led to a dangerous rise in environmental issues including:

🎣 Destroying huge populations of marine wildlife. Overfishing has led to an imbalance in marine ecosystems. Trawling (the use of heavy nets to capture large amounts of marine animals used for fish oil, among other products) can seriously damage the balance of an ecosystem.

🎣 Polluting precious reefs and marine plants. Marine overfishing also leads to higher levels of sea pollution. Plastic, left from abandoned fishing gear (which is terribly common when unsustainable and unregulated fishing happens) tends to be the main culprit in damaging sensitive marine ecosystems.

🎣 Coral bleaching. This is when oceans become ‘stressed’ due to sudden changes in a marine environment, such as overfishing. This results in coral turning white due to expelling symbiotic algae living in their tissues - essentially depleting their nutrient content and rendering them vulnerable to disease.

🎣 Deprivation in communities. Countless indigenous communities across the world rely on sustainable, ethical fishing practices for their livelihood. These communities rely on seafood for the majority of their diet. Overfishing depletes their resources. 

So, “How is Kendamil different from other brands?” Well, we genuinely care about having a kinder impact on the planet, and will continue to be committed to sustainability! 

♻️ 🇬🇧🐮 How is Kendamil different from other formula brands?

Kendamil is lovingly crafted in the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and home to Peter Rabbit and Postman Pat)! It isn't always sunny (or dry!) over here - but we don’t mind because it creates the perfect climate for our happy cows and organic farms. 

We manufacture our formula in the UK (which is home to the Red Tractor seal and some of the world’s highest food safety and animal welfare standards). This ensures the complete traceability of our ingredients and creates a more sustainable product. Not only are we inclusive of vegetarian diets by using plant-sourced DHA as our omega-3, but we’re also Halal, palm oil-free and fish oil-free! No chance of fishy smells or allergens!

With 60 years of experience, we’ve perfected our sustainable, vegetarian-friendly, award-winning recipe. And we’ve done so by being kind, traceable and 100% true to our roots.

🤔 What are Kendamil’s unique features?

Succinctly put, we’re all about quality ingredients, sustainability and ethical farming. We make products that are closer to nature AND kinder by miles. So when you choose Kendamil, you’re choosing:

In 2021, we also won quite a few awards that reflect our high-quality standards! In fact, our trophy cabinet may need an extension! Our Kendamil Classic Follow-on formula was most crowned winner of the prestigious and coveted Grocer’s New Product Award 2021, for the Baby & Infant Food category! We’re the first baby milk brand EVER to win this award, so we’re absolutely ecstatic, to say the least! 

2022 seems to be no less than 2021 on the awards front! Within the very first few months of this year, Kendamil has been shortlisted for not one...not two...not even three...but:

FOURMade For Mums 2022 awards! Here are our shortlisted nominees:

We’re proud of our roots - sustainably (and lovingly) produced in the Lake District, 100% renewable, Halal AND vegetarian-certified and the ONLY baby brand out there to contain whole milk PLUS no palm oil or fish oil in our formula. 

Oh, and we’re cost-effective too! We offer 100g more product than ALL other major baby brands on the market right now - giving you MORE formula for less! 🐮🐟🌴

💙 Interested in the nitty-gritty of what separates Kendamil from ALL other major baby brands? ‘Course you are! Check out our blogs:

🌟Need some parenting support? Our Customer Support Team are fellow mums and dads. 🌟

Reach out to us! Our customer support team of fellow mums and dads have helped thousands of parents. We're here for you.

< Chat and connect with a mum or dad here > 

Important Notice: Breastfeeding is best. Kendamil Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months and should be used as part of a mixed diet. Please talk to your Healthcare Professional.

related articles

19 May 2023

Fascinating Newborn Facts

As you are likely learning as a parent, your little one is full of surprises – and there’s plenty more in store! We asked...

read now

08 Jul 2022

3 ways to raise inclusive kids

Here at Kendamil, we believe that raising compassionate, inclusive children begins at home. And, because it’s never too early...

read now

23 May 2022

What Are GOS and FOS Prebiotics And Why Do We Need Them In Baby Formula?

Before we begin: Please note that probiotics, gut microbiota and gut flora are the same descriptors for live bacteria found in the intestine.   read now

20 May 2022

Sugar-free mini banana muffins!

Treat your little one (or yourself!) to one of these sugar-free mini banana muffins. We love them because they're the perfect healthy breakfast AND...

read now

17 May 2022

Kendamil is a Sustainable Baby Milk: Vegetarian, Fish oil-free, Palm oil-free & Plant-based DHA.

Here at Kendamil, we’re a fully sustainable brand. We believe in looking after your little ones’ future in more ways than one. That’s why...

read now

11 May 2022

When to stop formula feeding

If you’re a parent with a toddler on your hands, you might have a few questions about when to stop breastfeeding or formula feeding....

read now

03 May 2022

5 ways to support parents going back to work

Returning to work after maternity or paternity leave can feel a bit like a balancing act*. From managing your emotions on being...

read now

03 May 2022

3 Tips to support parents working from home with their little ones ✨

Here at Kendamil, we know what it’s like to be remote-working parents. For many of us, working from home is beneficial - helping us to...

read now

26 Apr 2022

Did you know that not all baby formulas are the same?!

Here at Kendamil, we’re parents too. It’s our top priority to educate and inform fellow mums, dads and caregivers...

read now

14 Apr 2022

🥬🌽 Spinach and Sweetcorn Muffins 🥬🌽

Our Spinach and Sweetcorn muffins are sure to be a hit for weaning little ones (and parents, too - we won’t judge if you grab one...

read now