First and foremost: Breastmilk is the best. It is truly custom made for your baby and changes according to your babies needs. It contains all the proper nutrients that your baby needs, including proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients, to name a few.
For over 50 yrs, HiPP Organic has studied the composition of breastmilk and with the aide and research of many scientists and experts, have created the next best thing to breastmilk. So whether you cannot or choose not to breastfeed, we offer the next best thing.
Unsuitable formula milks
While your baby is just drinking milk, it's important to choose a milk that will provide everything needed to fuel that rapidly-growing body and brain.
Some types of milk just aren’t good enough to be an infant drink, either because they don’t provide your baby with sufficient nutrients, or because they are too processed.
Ordinary cows’ milk isn't a suitable main drink for babies under the age of 12 months; it contains the wrong balance of nutrients for babies, with very little iron, vitamins A, C or D, and it's higher in saturated fat than formula milk. (However, it’s perfectly fine to use a bit of ordinary cow's milk when you're preparing solid foods for babies over 6 months.)
Sheep's or goats' milk are sometimes recommended as alternatives for adults with lactose intolerance, but they're not suitable for babies. If you suspect your baby might be lactose intolerant, ask your health visitor or GP for advice.
Soya-based formulas are best avoided unless your GP or health visitor recommends them. Soya beans contain phytoestrogens, which are similar to the female hormone oestrogen, and it's possible these plant compounds could affect babies' reproductive development.
Evaporated or condensed milk might have been used as a baby milk in our grandmothers’ day, but trust us - these milks are totally unsuitable for feeding your baby.
Rice, oat or almond milk might be lovely on your porridge, but again, they don't have anywhere close to the right balance of nutrients for feeding your little one.
Changing your formula
If you decide to switch brands or stages, you'll want to keep a couple of factors in mind.
If you decide you want to change your baby’s formula milk to a different brand or stage (e.g. from infant to follow-on milk), or even if your current brand launches a new formulation, there are a couple of things to bear in mind.
First is the type of formula milk your baby is currently drinking. There are four main types of formula milk: cow's milk based, goat's milk based, soya-based and hydrolysed protein formulas. Unless you've been advised by your GP or health visitor to switch from one type to another (usually because of a suspected allergy), you'll probably want to stick with the type of formula you're already using. For most parents, this is a cow's milk based formula.
You'll also want to consider your baby's age. If you've already started weaning, the transition from one formula to another can be quite quick. Try changing one feed on day one, followed by two feeds on day two, and so on until all feeds have been changed to the new formula.
If your baby is still only having milk, the transition may take a little longer. To start with, switch just one feed on both days one and two, and then switch two feeds on days three and four, and so on.
If you are changing to a different brand, instead of just a different stage of formula, you may want to swap as slowly as one feed every 2-3 days to allow your baby time to adjust to the new formulation.