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The Best Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas

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This in-depth, parent-friendly guide will help you find and buy the best hypoallergenic baby formulas. You will learn what types of hypoallergenic baby formulas are available, what ingredients to avoid in formula, and where you can reliably purchase the best hypoallergenic baby formula. I update this post monthly to ensure that all of the information below is recent and accurate!

best hypoallergenic baby formulas

Finding the safest and healthiest formula for your baby can be a stressful process! I’ve heard from many of you that my guide to the best organic baby formula has been helpful in making that process a bit easier.

But navigating the world of hypoallergenic formulas can be even more stressful – because on top of trying to find a healthy solution, you know that your baby is getting sick from the milk protein in regular formula!

I was lucky enough to have two kids who didn’t have any allergies, but I have talked to so many moms who are frustrated with the lack of options for healthy, safe, organic, hypoallergenic baby formulas. So that’s why I created this article!

Some of the items below were given to me to review by the manufacturer or as part of an affiliate program. I may receive commissions if you make a purchase through the links provided. I only recommend products I’ve actually evaluated, I believe are the highest quality, and can do the most to help you and your family. By purchasing any of these products from the links below, you help keep this blog running, so thanks for your support!

Keep in mind that every person & situation is different, especially yours, so make sure to talk to your doctor and see how these guidelines and tips can help you. These tips are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard or delay in seeking professional medical advice because of something you read here!

Below, I have listed the best hypoallergenic baby formula on the market today, followed by more details on each. Click on the formula name to go to the best online retailer of the formula.

The 11 Best Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas: 2020 Guide

While no hypoallergenic formula is perfect, the 7 hypoallergenic baby formulas below are considerably better than the rest. You can click on the formula name in the table below to find the best online retailer of the formula.

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HiPP HA PRE

Try first if: Your baby has a cow’s milk allergy or sensitivity and you haven’t tried another hypoallergenic option (or you’re trying to move away from the US hypoallergenic options because of concerns over ingredients). Has extensively hydrolyzed protein, (86-87% broken down), 100% whey (no casein), no starch, but with the same lactose content as a non-hypoallergenic baby formula.

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HiPP HA Stage 1

Try first if: Your baby has a cow’s milk allergy or sensitivity and you haven’t tried another hypoallergenic option (or you’re trying to move away from the US hypoallergenic options because of concerns over ingredients). Has extensively hydrolyzed protein, (86-87% broken down), 100% whey (no casein), starch added, and the same lactose content as a non-hypoallergenic baby formula.

hipp ha stage 2 best hypoallergenic formula
HiPP HA Stage 2

Try first if: Your baby is over 6 months of age, has a cow’s milk allergy or sensitivity and you haven’t tried another hypoallergenic option or are moving up from HA Stage 1 (or you’re trying to move away from the US hypoallergenic options because of concerns over ingredients). Has extensively hydrolyzed protein, (86-87% broken down), 100% whey (no casein), starch added, and the same lactose content as a non-hypoallergenic baby formula.

hipp comfort baby formula
HiPP Comfort

Use if: Your baby has a cow’s milk allergy or sensitivity and HiPP HA hasn’t worked. Most similar to a US hypoallergenic formula. Extensively hydrolyzed protein, (86-87% broken down), 100% whey (no casein), reduced lactose content and modified fats.

kabrita usa baby formula
Kabrita USA

Use if: Your baby has a cow’s milk sensitivity, but not a cow’s milk allergy. Goat milk formula has been a good option for babies with a cow’s milk sensitivity. But if your baby has a diagnosed cow’s milk protein allergy, they may have an issue with goat milk protein as well.

alimentum ready to feed - best hypoallergenic formulas
Alimentum® Ready to Feed

Use If: Your baby has a cow’s milk protein allergy, HiPP HA and Comfort have not worked, and you are looking for an option with less sugar (and you’re not as concerned about carrageenan). Carrageenan is a food stabilizer and thickener which can cause inflammation in the body. Between the two versions of Alimentum it’s a tradeoff with more sugar and no carrageenan vs. less sugar and added carrageenan.

alimentum hypoallergenic baby formula
Alimentum®

Use if: You have tried HiPP HA and HiPP Comfort and neither have worked, and your baby has a cow’s milk protein allergy. 93% hydrolyzed, so worth trying if HiPP HA and HiPP Comfort don’t work.

Nutramigen® ready to feed - best hypoallergenic formulas
Nutramigen® Ready to Feed

Use If: Your baby has a cow’s milk protein allergy, HiPP HA and Comfort have not worked, and you are looking for an option with less sugar (and you’re not as concerned about carrageenan). Carrageenan is a food stabilizer and thickener which can cause inflammation in the body. Between the two versions of Nutramigen it’s a tradeoff with more sugar and no carrageenan vs. less sugar and added carrageenan.

Nutramigen®

Use if: You have tried HiPP HA and HiPP Comfort and neither have worked, and your baby has a cow’s milk protein allergy. This is almost identical to Alimentum, so they are pretty interchangeable. It’s 93% hydrolyzed, so worth trying if HiPP HA and HiPP Comfort don’t work.

neocate baby formula
Neocate®

Use if: You need an amino acid based formula, and the other formulas on this list don’t work

elecare baby formula
EleCare®

Use if: You need an amino acid based formula, and the other formulas on this list don’t work

What types of hypoallergenic formulas are out there?

Soy Formulas

While these are an alternative to cow’s milk formulas, 8-14% of infants with a cow’s milk allergy will react to soy. On top of that, too much soy for infants hasn’t been studied in terms of its long term effects – so I don’t like recommending soy formula, especially non-organic soy formula, for babies with a cow’s milk protein allergy.

Goat Milk Formulas

This can be a good option if your baby has a cow’s milk sensitivity vs. a diagnosed cow’s milk protein allergy. For Goat Milk formulas, I’d recommend: Kabrita USA or Holle Goat. For more details on goat milk formula, check out What’s the Best Goat Milk Formula for Your Baby?

Partially Hydrolyzed Formulas

These take a cow’s milk protein whey and break it up into large pieces. But this can still trigger an allergic reaction in babies who are allergic to cow’s milk.

Extensively Hydrolyzed Formulas

These are hypoallergenic. They are made for infants who can’t digest or are allergic to intact cow’s milk protein. These formulas break the casein (the cow’s milk protein) into pieces.

The healthiest options in this category actually come from Europe.

HiPP Comfort is most similar to a US hypoallergenic formula. It has extensively hydrolyzed whey protein (86-87% broken down) and does not contain casein (100:0 ratio). In addition, HiPP Comfort has a reduced lactose content. What’s interesting about HiPP Comfort is that while, in formulation, it is the closest to a US hypoallergenic formula and is more broken down than HiPP HA, it’s technically not labeled as a hypoallergenic formula in the EU for regulatory reasons. Comfort is typically indicated for gassiness, colic and constipation.  We do, in practice, find that parents seeking a “hypoallergenic” formula have been successful with Comfort, so for those who have babies who are sensitive to both whey and casein, this may be the formula for you!

HiPP HA or HiPP HA PRE is another fantastic option, because it does contain extensively hydrolyzed whey protein (86-87% broken down), and it doesn’t contain casein (100:0 ratio), but it does not have a reduced lactose content. The difference between HA PRE and HA is that PRE has no starch added.

Common Extensively Hydrolyzed formulas in the US include Alimentum® or Nutramigen®, which are about 93% broken down – so slightly more than Comfort/HA. But if your baby tolerates HA or Comfort I would choose those over Alimentum/Nutramigen for a variety of reasons (more on that below!)

Amino Acid Based Formulas

These are hypoallergenic. These don’t include whole protein molecules at all. Instead, they contain all the basic amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. These are the most expensive and are used when babies react even to extensively hydrolyzed formula. Common and Amino Acid Based formulas in the US include Neocate® or EleCare®. These don’t have great ingredients, but there isn’t a better option that I’ve found out there!

What makes European hypoallergenic formulas better than US formulas?

  • No processed or refined sugars (syrup, syrup solids, maltodextrin, sugar, brown rice syrup, etc).
  • Minimal synthetic nutrients: this includes lutein, lycopene, nucleotides, l-methionine. I won’t go into details on each nutrient listed above, but essentially – many are processed with neurotoxic solvents or are either themselves listed as a toxic ingredient.
  • They taste much better than the US hypoallergenic formulas! US hypoallergenic formulas are notorious for tasting and smelling horrible – and that can make it even more challenging to get your baby to drink them. But because they’re made with whole food and minimally processed ingredients the European formulas are usually well tolerated by babies in terms of taste and smell.
  • They’re pretty comparable in price, and sometimes even cheaper than the US hypoallergenic formulas.
  • Note: while most HiPP formulas are organic, HiPP Comfort and HiPP HA are technically not certified organic because the hydrolyzed protein is not available in an organic form.

So are the US formulas really that bad?

Even if you just look at the sugar content and ignore the highly processed ingredients, yes. Look at the ingredients from some of the most popular brands – and you’ll see that over 50% of the ingredients are literally just sugar. That’s just like spoon feeding your infant table sugar! It’s ridiculous. And the two options without a high amount of sugar (Nutramigen® and Alimentum® ready to feed versions) have carrageenan added.

  • Alimentum®: Corn Maltodextrin (35%), Casein Hydrolysate [Derived from Milk] (18%), Sugar (15%), High Oleic Safflower Oil (10%), Medium-Chain Triglycerides (10%), Soy Oil (8%).
  • Neocate®: Corn Syrup Solids (51%), Refined Vegetable Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides (8%), High Oleic Sunflower Oil (6%), Sunflower Oil (4%), Canola Oil (4%)), Fructooligosaccharides (Oligofructose (4%), Inulin (0.5% )
  • Nutramigen®: Corn Syrup Solids (48%), Vegetable Oil (Palm Olein, Coconut, Soy, and High Oleic Sunflower Oils) (26%), Casein Hydrolysate (Milk) (16%)*, Modified Corn Starch (4%)

If you compare that to the Ingredients in HiPP Comfort or the Ingredients in HiPP HAyou’ll see that there is zero added sugar for both of these formulas!

So if your little one is allergic to cow’s milk protein, I’d definitely recommend trying HiPP Comfort or HiPP HA before any of the US based hypoallergenic formulas. 

As for where to purchase these formulas, I’m in personal contact with the owners of all 6 of these companies: Organic Start, Little Bundle (formerly Huggable), Bottles and Burps, MyOrganicCompany,  Dutch Expat Shop, and Organic Baby Food, and I feel comfortable recommending them to you as options!

I hope this post helped you navigate finding best hypoallergenic baby formulas available today. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me here – I respond to every message I get!

Trying to find a healthy hypoallergenic baby formula for your little one? This post outlines the best hypoallergenic formulas on the market today!

243 responses to “The Best Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas”

  1. Hi I’m krystle from the Philippines i just want to know What is best formula milk for baby sensitive skin? My daughter is 3 months old..thank you!

    • Hi Krystle! It’s hard to know whether your baby’s sensitive skin is due to a milk protein allergy or due to some other issue (e.g. environmental factors, the type of body wash/laundry detergent you use, etc.). HiPP HA is great for babies with a dairy sensitivity, so it could be worth trying that, or you could try a goat milk formula to see if goat milk works better for her. But I would ask your pediatrician first to find out if her sensitive skin is due to a dairy issue before picking a formula! Hope that helps!

  2. Hi. My son has been diagnosed with cmpa. He get alimentum from the doctor and I’m o dairy free diet. However he doesn’t even want to take a bottle with the formula. He doesn’t even want to eat my expressed milk from any bottle. When he was born he was bottle topping up with the normal formula and he was accepting all bottles and teats. Even now, when I’m on dairy free diet he still have a tummy problems ad is really gassy. Could you please advise with the milk and bottle either?

    • Hi Paulina! It’s common for babies who are breastfed to reject the bottle – because they would much rather nurse and be close to their mom! 🙂 Regarding transitioning to a bottle, the best thing to do would be to get some support from your pediatrician and perhaps an occupational therapist who can see your baby in person and provide recommendations on types of bottles to try, feeding positions, can recommend things like having your partner feed the bottle and you leave the house at that time, etc. Regarding the formula, you can certainly try HiPP Comfort or HiPP HA to see if he responds to that better than Alimentum, provided your pediatrician is supportive of that switch. Hope that helps!

  3. Hi
    My daughter is 3 months old and was on HiPP Stage 1 formula. The past month or so we noticed after every feeding she would go to the bathroom, which eventually led to a horrible diaper rash.
    She was happy, but her tummy wasn’t. I took her to the Pediatrician because she had blood in her stool. She diagnosed her with a milk protein allergy. Would HiPP comfort be an option? I’m not a fan of US Alimentum.
    Thanks

    • Hi Tori! Thanks for reaching out and I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s tummy troubles! If she was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy, you can try HiPP Comfort but there is a chance it may not be broken down enough for her (depending on how severe her allergy is). You can always try HiPP Comfort first (transition her slowly, over a period of 1-2 weeks) – and if it doesn’t work / she doesn’t do well on it – then you will have to move to a formula like Alimentum. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi! Came across your blog and it’s a true God send! My 4 month old has a sensitivity (unsure if he also has an allergy at this point) to diary. He is exclusively breastfed, yet still have painful gas and spits up often (he’s a happy spit upper though). I need to start supplementing with formula to ween him off due to my own health issues. I was going to try Kabrita, but then I saw you said the milk protein is similar?
    Is there a certain non-dairy formula you would recommend for my 4 month old with diary sensitivity/gas & spit up issues?
    The choices just seem overwhelming as a first time mom!
    Thank you!

    • Hi Rebecca! I’m so sorry to hear about your little one’s digestive issues! I know how stressful that can be! So yes, Kabrita won’t work for babies with a diagnosed cow’s milk protein allergy, but it sounds like your son may just have a sensitivity/hasn’t been diagnosed yet? If so, goat milk formula might be an option that works for him! If he’s a happy spitter that could just be developmental and not allergy related (the gas, though, sounds like a sensitivity to me). I’d say it’s a toss up between using HiPP HA or Kabrita for your son. Those are the two I’d start with. Unfortunately there is no way to know which is best without trial and error! I would ask your pediatrician whether they think you should move to a hypoallergenic formula directly (eg HiPP HA) or if they’d be supportive with you trying goat milk first to see if he improves (Kabrita). Based on what they say that will help you pick between these two options! Also, when you transition to any formula, make sure to do it very slowly, over a period of 1-2 weeks where you slowly increase the new formula and decrease the old one. Hope that helps!

      • Wow! Thank you so so much for responding! To clarify, which HiPP HA do you recommend? The HiPP HA stage 1 German or Dutch version? Or the PRE HiPP HA?
        Thank you!

      • Hi Rebecca! No problem at all! HiPP HA only comes from Germany (there isn’t a Dutch version). I recommend Stage 1 since your baby is over 3 months of age (HA PRE is for 0-3 months!) Hope that helps!

    • Hi my grandson suffers with terrible reflux. Anti reflux milk doesn’t work. He’s currently having soy formula which only works with Gaviscon infant. But he has terrible constipation. I was wondering if the HIPP comfort would be suitable for him?

      • Hi Victoria! It’s hard to know whether HiPP Comfort will work given his reflux and constipation issues. HiPP Comfort is designed to help with constipation and has a similar make up as a US based hypoallergenic formula (which can help with reflux) so I think it’s worth a shot as long as his pediatrician is supportive of trying HiPP Comfort. If you do decide to transition him to Comfort, make sure you do it very slowly, over a period of 1-2 weeks, where you gradually increase the new formula and decrease the old one in every bottle! Hope that helps!

  5. when should one choose Hipp HA Pre vs Hipp HA regular? I understand the difference is starch added or not and as such, when should you have starch vs. not for your baby? Thanks

    • Hi Vanessa! The added starch is primarily used to thicken the formula and give it a more creamy consistency. HiPP HA PRE is thinner than Stage 1, and it is also meant for babies under 6 months of age (and ideally for 0-3 months of age). It’s said that the lack of starch is easier for babies under 3 months to digest. HiPP HA Stage 1 is typically used for babies 3 months of age and up. Hope that helps!

  6. Hi! My baby was put on Enfamil Gentlease when we were discharged from the NICU. Almost immediately I did not feel she tolerated the formula well and after further research I didn’t like the ingredients. In search for a “clean” sensitive formula, we tried HiPP Comfort, however she seemed to have similar issues on HiPP Comfort. We then made the switched to Kabrita USA in hopes that the goats milk may be easier to digest. She has done noticeably better on Kabrita, however she still isn’t eating “normally”. Her average feeding takes a full hour and while she doesn’t completely refuse the bottle, it requires A LOT of patience. This led to additional conversations with our pediatrician as what the cause might be. We just received results on her stool sample and she has blood in her stool. As such it seems while Kabrita may have been better, she is still having an issue with protein. My question is it is worth trying HiPP Comfort again, or at least point do we need to go down the Alimentum/Nutramigen route and if that doesn’t work Neotate. I just wish there was a “cleaner” hypoallergenic formula out there.

    • Hi Jacqueline! I”m so sorry to hear about your baby’s’ discomfort! So unfortunately, if she didn’t tolerate HiPP Comfort well, and Kabrita is still giving her some issues, you may have no choice but to go to Alimentum/Nutramigen and if that doesn’t work, Neocate/Elecare. You can ask your pediatrician if they think trying HiPP Comfort one more time might work — but my guess is, if she didn’t tolerate it well before there isn’t a great chance she will tolerate it well now. But you should ask your peds for their opinion and go with what they recommend. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Hi, My baby have G6pD since birth but now he os 10 months old, and the pedia said that no soy, beans, for my baby and the doctor said that the formula milk will be given to my son is soy free that’s way I buy NAN Optipro but I want to change the milk because I feel my baby is getting weak in feeding his formula milk can you help me to decide the best soy free formula milk for my baby. Thankyou

      • Hi Jessa! I’m so sorry to hear that your baby has G6pD! That must be so hard to manage! Does your baby need a hypoallergenic formula or can he tolerate lactose/milk protein? If he just needs a regular cow’s milk formula with no soy ingredients, I’d actually recommend Kendamil which is a soy-free formula that is 100% organic. It’s not hypoallergenic, but it doesn’t sound like your baby needs a hypoallergenic formula. If he does, let me know and I can see if I can give you a different rec!

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