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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

The Best Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas

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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 where this post comes in! Here is your guide to the best hypoallergenic baby formulas on the market today!

Below I have listed the best hypoallergenic baby formulas I found, followed by more details on each.

The Best Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas

  1. HiPP HA or HiPP Comfort (most similar to a US hypoallergenic formula)
  2. Kabrita USA
  3. Holle Goat
  4. Neocate® or EleCare® (only use if you need an amino acid based formula, and the other formulas 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 comparisons, you can read my post here).

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 and does not contain casein (100:0 ratio). In addition, HiPP Comfort has a reduced lactose content. For those who have babies who are sensitive to both whey and casein, this may be the formula for you! HiPP HA is another good option, because it does contain extensively hydrolyzed whey protein, and it doesn’t contain casein (100:0 ratio), but it does not have a reduced lactose content. Common Extensively Hydrolyzed formulas in the US include Alimentum® or Nutramigen®, but I don’t like these for a variety of reasons (more on that below!)

best hypoallergenic baby formulas

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).
  • No synthetic preservatives (ascorbic palmitate and beta carotene are the common ones here)
  • 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.

  • 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 4 of these companies: HuggableDutch Expat Shop, BabyKindMarket, 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!

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53 responses to “The Best Hypoallergenic Baby Formulas”

  1. My baby is going to turn 8 month soon he is allergic to milk protein nuts and egg, he is currently on similac alimentum rtf formula he is doing ok with it but still have eczema and not thriving very well since on it very slow to gain weight. So I was going to try a amino based formula for him but heard great things about HiPP HA and COMFORT formula which one of these you would suggest me trying for my baby

    • Hi Michelle! Since your baby has a diagnosed milk protein allergy, I’d recommend HiPP Comfort since it is the most broken down European formula available. If that doesn’t work for your little one then you will likely have to switch to an Amino Acid based formula like Neocate. I hope that helps!

    • My daughter is 4 months old with moderate but worrying eczema and cradle cap but mild digestive issues. I suspect a casein allergy or sensitivity because I have a casein sensitivity and a history of allergies. Do you suggest HIPP comfort or start with with Hipp HA or amino acid formula?

      • Hi Sophie! Honestly I’d first get her tested to confirm an allergy. If you can’t get her tested or can’t confirm an allergy but the symptoms persist, then I’d start with HiPP HA since that’s the least broken down of the options — and if that doesn’t work then move to HiPP Comfort — and if that doesn’t work then move to an amino acid formula. But hopefully, if she doesn’t have a diagnosed milk protein allergy, HiPP HA will be all that you need!

  2. my son has severe GERD and is likely from a cows milk allergy.
    My question is, which would be best for him?
    Hipp HA
    Hipp Comfort
    Goats milk

    When would you choose goats milk over the other 2 Hipp options?

    • Hi Kristin! So sorry to hear about your son’s reflux – that must be so stressful! Has your son been diagnosed with a milk allergy yet? Or has he been tested but came up negative? If he has a diagnosed milk protein allergy I’d recommend going straight to HiPP Comfort because it’s the most broken down of all the formulas. If he hasn’t been diagnosed, I’d start with Kabrita USA. The reason I’d choose Kabrita over the HiPP Hypoallergenic options is that it’s organic (you can’t make organic hydrolyzed formula which is what HiPP HA and HiPP Comfort are). But Kabrita may not work well for babies with diagnosed milk protein allergies – in which case, depending on the severity of the allergy you’d want to use HiPP HA (for less severe allergies) or HiPP Comfort (for more severe allergies). I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Thank you for the blog posts. My wife and I have found them very beneficial for our 8 week old son. I was hoping you could clarify is this paraphrased statement in your post: The EU formulas are better than US because they do not have maltodextrin. However, the second ingredient in the UK Hipp Comfort is maltodextrin (excerpt at bottom of my comment).

    Is there a difference between the ‘corn maltodextrin’ in Alimentum and just ‘maltodextrin’ in the Hipp UK Comfort? If so, what is it?

    Also, does Hipp ever list the % of ingredients like the US based formulas do (e.g., Alimentum is 35% ‘corn maltodextrin’) so you can evaluate the amount of ingredients like ‘Maltodextrin’ in their product?

    Hipp UK Comfort Ingredients:
    Vegetable oils with beta palmitate (palm kernel oil, palm oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil), maltodextrin, lactose, whey protein hydrolysate, starch,…

    • Hi Andrew! Great question! So yes, overall the majority of EU formulas don’t have maltodextrin compared to the majority of US formulas which do (that was more a general statement about all EU vs. all US formulas – not specifically about hypoallergenic formulas). But when you get into hypoallergenic formulas the standards change because the ingredients are more limited in terms of what can be safely used in a hypoallergenic formula. HiPP HA doesn’t have maltodextrin, but it has the same lactose content as a regular formula which is why they can avoid the maltodextrin. HiPP Comfort not only is hydrolyzed but it has a reduced lactose content, so they make up for it by adding maltodextrin. Not ideal, but again – choosing between imperfect options when you’re looking at a hypoallergenic formula. As for the amount of maltodextrin in HiPP Comfort, I unfortunately don’t have information on the % of maltodextrin – HiPP doesn’t list that from what I’ve found. However, just based off the order of the ingredients — it’s standard to list the ingredient with the highest quantity first — HiPP Comfort lists maltodextrin second, vs Alimentum for example which lists it first. That leads me to believe that it’s likely that HiPP Comfort has less maltodextrin than Alimentum, or at the very least – the same amount. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  4. Hi Anjali,
    We’ve discovered that our 4 month old has a dairy sensitivity (Invisible blood in the stool and overall gassiness and trouble with sleep) I’ve been trying to wean off the pump (exclusively pumping, he doesn’t suck effectively) My dr. recommended Alimentum and we’ve been giving it to him for a few days, mixed with breastmilk, but it’s just so disgusting and it also gave him wicked, green diarrhea. I ordered Hipp HA before I came across your article about Hipp Comfort. Our doctor thinks his sensitivity is mild and, even with the diarrhea, he’s doing tons better on alimentum already. I tried to give him Holle goat but he spit up more than he’s ever done and he only had about 4oz, so we switched back to alimentum. I feel terrible giving it to him and it’s making me feel selfish for trying to wean. 🙁

    • Hi Sofia! First, I just want to say, please try not to feel guilty or selfish for trying to wean!! Exclusively pumping for 4 months is HEROIC. And getting as far as you have is wonderful – 4 months of breastmilk has been great for your little one! If you feel like you will be a better mom and a healthier mom after weaning, then it is the right decision for you. HiPP HA is a close match to Alimentum since both are extensively hydrolyzed so I think it’s certainly worth trying HiPP HA to see if his poop improves. And if not you can always go to HiPP Comfort and try that too. Allergies are tough, so it’s just a matter of trial and error to see what works best. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any questions!

      • We tried Hipp HA and he didn’t do well on it. His poops returned to the consistency it had when he was on regular hipp combiotik and his spit up got worse. He was only on it for a couple of days. His doctor doesn’t think that it’s a lactose problem, as he’s fine with breastmilk. I’m thinking he’s sensitive to Whey, in which case sounds like our only choices are alimentum or nutrimigen. That just breaks my heart. 😩 do you have any opinions on the ready to feed alimentum? It seems to have less sugar, no corn and almost no soy. I’ve also read that smell is better. I don’t know what to do here, since I don’t have enough milk. Really don’t want to increase how much I pump again. 😭 Thank you.

      • Hi Sofia! Awww man that is really too bad!! Poor guy!! And yes the Alimentum RTF is definitely better than the powdered version when it comes to sugar, soy, maltodextrin – which is so interesting because usually RTF is worse! The RTF version does have carrageenan though, which is linked to many forms of inflammation and can cause digestive issues. So I think it’s honestly a toss up between the two — less sugar and soy vs. carrageenan? I really don’t know which one I’d pick! I might just alternate between the two to reduce the sugar/soy overall but also not give too much carrageenan. Hope that helps and I hope your little one finds some relief!

  5. Hi Anjali,
    Words can’t explain how grateful 🙏 and thankful I am for coming across your blog. Thank you for blessing others’ with such amazing information. My question to you is I ordered HIPP HA formula from Bottles and Burps on Monday but as I was reading some of your reviews, I realized I should have ordered HIPP Comfort. My 3 month old son has a very sensitive digestive system. I know for sure he’s lactose intolerant. I wanted to know can I give him HIPP Comfort and Kabrita goat milk on different days? I had been giving him the HIPP DUTCH for two months and it gives him gas.

    I just received my free trial of the Kabrita goat milk today and I tell you he is sleeping well as I type this note to you. Although, I ordered the HIPP HA formula, I also ordered the HIPP Comfort, which will be better for him. I will be receiving the HIPP comfort tomorrow but I would like him to continue drinking the goat milk one day, the next day HIPP Comfort. Is that a good idea?

    • Hi Siddiya! Thanks so much for reaching out to me and for your kind words! I’m so glad my blog has been helpful for you. To your question, if your son is doing well on Kabrita – I’m thinking that you can just keep him on Kabrita and there’s no real need to switch back and forth between two formulas. Is there a reason why you feel like you should do that if the Kabrita is going well? I don’t think there are any issues with switching back and forth between two formulas – it would be the same as if you were switching between breastmilk and formula on alternate days (no issue there). So you could certainly use both if you wanted to. But for simplicity’s sake, if Kabrita is working well you could also just stick with that! I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks!

      • Anjali,
        Thanks for the reply. The Kabrita is definitely going well; however, my concern was feeding him 12-24 months Kabrita formula and would he be missing any nourishment for essential growth that a 3 month old should be getting. But after reading more about Kabrita he would be getting what is important for development. I will stick with the Kabrita. Now I have two boxes of the Hipp HA and two boxes of the Hipp Comfort. Should I keep them just in case I run out of the Kabrita? I know for sure I will not be using the Hipp HA has lactose like the Hipp dutch.

        Again, thanks for this blog and replying.

      • Hi Siddiya! Oh good I’m so glad it’s going well and that you’re going to stick with Kabrita! For the other formula, I’d keep HiPP Comfort if you know you could use it if you run out of Kabrita, but if you’re not going to use HiPP HA, then it’s probably worth returning it!

      • Hi Anjali,
        I wanted to give you an update with Kabrita, my almost 4month old baby boy loves the goat milk. He has no more gas and/or fussiness. My life has changed since giving him Kabrita. However, what I was noticing if I put three scoop of formula in his bottle, he wasn’t full. I tried 5, 6 and 8 scoopes. My friend she suggested I add rice cereal in his formula. What I did was added probiotic oatmeal. I put in 2 very small baby spoons. This has been a deal breaker. He sleeps like an angel and moves his bowel every single day. I am using the gerber probiotic oatmeal for babies. I did not want to use it at first but I took the chance. What do you think about gerber probiotic oatmeal? Any other suggestions?

      • Hi Siddiya! Hooray!!! I’m so happy to hear that! You must be so relieved! The probiotic oatmeal idea is interesting. I looked into the Gerber Probiotic Oatmeal and honestly my only concern is that it’s not organic. Oats/wheat/rice that are not organic are the most likely to be sprayed with Monsanto’s pesticide – Roundup, it’s also more likely to be contaminated with heavy metals. Given all of the research on Roundup I’d want to avoid it as much as possible. I would probably just make oatmeal at home (using organic rolled oats ground up in the food processor) and add in this DHA + this probiotic to it! Hope that helps!

      • Wow! Thank you, will do! I already have the DHA and will purchase the other items immediately. You are an ANGEL!

  6. Would love your opinion! We have 6 month old twins (4 months adjusted). We are on HIPP PRE HA currently. One of our twins is battling eczema… I know sometimes this can have to do with formula. I plan on utilizing the tips you wrote about regarding natural solutions for eczema, but regarding formula, would you recommend trying HIPP comfort or perhaps a goat milk formula in case of a cows milk sensitivity… ?

    • Hi Jessica! The main difference between HA and Comfort is that comfort has less lactose — but other than that they are very similar. So if you think it’s a cow’s milk issue, the reduced lactose in Comfort may not make a big difference. I’d recommend trying the natural solutions for eczema first and seeing if that helps, and then if it doesn’t maybe try a goat milk formula since that will tell you if cow’s milk is the issue! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Just curious, which comfort are you referring to in this blog? (UK or German)

        Thank you for all you do!!!

      • I was referring to the UK one, just because the instructions on the box will be in English 🙂 But they are virtually identical so either is ok!

    • Hi – I don’t see HA Comfort as an option to purchase? I see HA-pre and HA-1 and HA-2. Do you know how these differ and what is best for a milk protein and soy allergy for a 4 week old? It looks like HA-1 has Soy

      • Hi Cammie! There are two separate formulas actually – there’s HiPP HA, which you can purchase here, and HiPP Comfort, which you can purchase here. HiPP HA doesn’t have soy (you can see the ingredients here – just scroll down on that page), so you should be fine there. Hope that helps!

  7. Hi there! Thank you for your helpful post. My 4 month old is allergic, we had a blood test done and is specifically allergic to alpha lactalbumin (whey). He is not allergic to casein protein. Alimentum is casein hydrolsate. I ordered HiPP HA Pre which is whey hydrolsate. The allergist that we are seeing is very conservative and hesitant about HiPP HA for my son since it’s whey hydrolyzed. Would love your thoughts as I would like to get him off of Alimentum. He does ok with alimentum, but doesn’t have regular bowel movements. Thank you!

    • Hi Mia! That’s a great question! In general, I’d recommend deferring to your allergist and pediatrician. Is your allergist hesitant about HiPP HA because she thinks your son might have a reaction to it? Or does she think he definitely will have a reaction to it? What does your pediatrician think? Is there a way to give him HiPP HA in a controlled environment – e.g. at the doctor’s office, in a very small or diluted quantity, and have him monitored to see if he reacts? Because if you can “test” that scenario while being supervised by your allergist or doctor, then you’ll know for sure whether HiPP HA will work for your son and you won’t risk an allergic reaction in your home where you don’t have as many resources. If I were you, I’d ask your allergist how concerned they are that he’ll have a reaction, I’d get your pediatrician’s thoughts, and then I’d ask for a test in the doctor’s office with HiPP HA to see if he will react or not. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  8. Hi My six month old has milk / eggs / wheat/ peanuts / almonds allergic – and also really bad eczema. we have him on Elecare – for 2 months now (but it seems to be that he is not gaining any weight ) and it is very difficult to feed him. What other formula do you recommend that’s safe and for weight gain

    • Hi Lucy! I’m so sorry to hear about your little one’s allergies – that can be so stressful! Regarding Elecare — did your pediatrician recommend an amino acid based formula for him? E.g. is his milk allergy so severe that he won’t be able to tolerate an extensively hydrolyzed formula (the equivalent in the US would be Alimentum)? If that’s the case, then unfortunately Elecare and Neocate are your only options. But if you haven’t tried an extensively hydrolyzed formula yet, then I’d recommend HiPP Comfort as long as your pediatrician is ok with it! Hope that helps and I hope you find something that works soon!

  9. Hello, I’ve been struggling to find a hydrolyzed formula for my son that he will actually take. We’ve tried alimentum and it smells terrible. He absolutely wants nothing to do with it. I’ve been nursing since he was born (he is now 6 months) but he has always had a weak latch and now I believe I am not producing what he needs to satiate him. I am desperate to find a hydolyzed formula that tastes good or that is tolerable. I am fearful that my son will fail to thrive if I dont find something that will satisfy him and be nutritious at the same time. Does hipp comfort taste good or at least better than alimentum or nutramigen? My son seems to have a severe allergy to cows milk protien.

    • Hi Vanessa! I didn’t have to use HiPP Comfort for my kids personally, but I have heard from other moms that HiPP Comfort tastes and smells better than Alimentum or Nutramigen. It’s still extensively hydrolyzed so it won’t smell like regular formula, but it shouldn’t be as bad as the standard options here in the US. Hope that helps!

  10. Hi Anjali,
    I recently tried my son on HiPP HA, and his symptoms of gas and reflux seem to have worsened. I wonder if it is from the lactose. I contacted organic start to ask about HiPP comfort, as it has less lactose. They told me that comfort is only meant to be used as a supplement, not a full source of nutrition. Do you know anything about this? Thank you!

    • Hi Laura! Great question! HiPP Comfort is considered a “specialty formula” for babies with dairy/lactose intolerances or sensitivities. Oftentimes, babies will outgrow these sensitivities after 6 months of age, so the specialty formula is not “needed” anymore and they can move on to a regular formula. That’s why Organic Start recommends using it for supplementation or for a short period of time. But HiPP Comfort is still nutritionally complete, and can be used as the primary formula for a baby for as long as you need (assuming your pediatrician is comfortable with it!) Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  11. Hi Anjali! I’m based in the UK and my son has a mild cow’s milk allergy – rash on his face and bum. I tried Holle goat and he had the same reaction. Then was prescribed Alimentum which is the NHS recommended formula. It smelt disgusting and I immediately took him off it because of the ingredients which I find shocking. I am now using SMA HA which is partially hydrolysed and was easier to find than Hipp HA in the UK (impossible to find) and Hipp comfort. He seems to react ok to the SMA HA. Of Hipp HA, hipp comfort and SMA HA which would you recommend for a CMPA allergy? Which has the healthiest ingredients overall? And if Hipp HA do you know where I might find it in the UK? Thankyou!!

    • Hi Lydia! I looked at the ingredients for SMA HA and it actually looks pretty clean and comparable to HiPP HA! It has a few more processed ingredients than HiPP HA does (e.g. nucleotides) but it’s way better than Alimentum. I’m not sure where you can find HiPP HA in the UK unfortunately, but I think Dutch Expat Shop will ship HiPP HA to the UK so that’s worth a shot! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  12. Hi,
    Do you have an opinion regarding soy based formula? My 2 month old has a likely milk protein allergy (bloody stool) and the pediatrician recommended first trying a soy based formula. I have read conflicting things, and I have concerns about what sounds like estrogen exposure? Would there be a downside to using hypoallergenic instead? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Laura! Great question – I actually don’t recommend soy based formula, mainly because it’s just a lot of exposure to soy at such a young age – it’s the phytoestrogens in soy that are my main concern.
      Here is the research I’ve found to back it up:
      1) Weston A Price Foundation: Toxicologists estimate that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day. By contrast, almost no phytoestrogens have been detected in dairy-based infant formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products. A recent study found that babies fed soy-based formula had 13,000 to 22,0000 times more isoflavones in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula.
      2) PubMed: In a 2011 published study, time-to-menarche was assessed in nearly 3,000 girls. Those girls identified as early soy fed via soy infant formula had a 25% increased risk of menarche specifically in early adolescence.
      3) Medical News Today: Research from 2012 published in Biology of Reproduction’s Papers-in-Press describes the effects of plant estrogens found in soy on the mouse oviduct. The study was specifically designed to model the effects of soy-based baby formula on human infants. The results of the study suggest that exposure to estrogenic chemicals in the womb or during childhood has the potential to negatively affect a woman’s fertility as an adult.
      4) More along those lines: Science Daily, The NIH, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
      I don’t think there’s a downside to choosing hypoallergenic, and it’s definitely worth a shot to see if your baby tolerates it! So I’d definitely go with either HiPP HA or HiPP Comfort depending on whether your baby needs a reduced lactose content or not (which is what HiPP Comfort has, HiPP HA has full lactose). Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  13. I am looking for a hypoallergenic formula for my son and I spoke to a rep at organic start. She said Hipp HA does not contain casein and is extensively hydrolyzed, similar to alimentum. But in your article you mentioned that it does contain casein and hipp comfort is most like US hypoallergenic brands ?

    • Hi Jinna! Unfortunately there has been a lot of conflicting information on this, and the best research I had at the time was what I put in the post. But I have verified that what the Organic Start rep told you is correct – HiPP HA and HiPP Comfort are both extensively hydrolyzed and don’t contain casein. The main difference is that HiPP Comfort has a reduced lactose content, while HiPP HA has no reduced lactose. I have updated my post to reflect this! HiPP Comfort is still the closest to US hypoallergenic brands because of the reduced lactose, so that point is still correct. Thanks so much for reaching out! I hope this clarifies things!

      • Ok thank you! Yes it definitely clarifies things for me. Wouldn’t babies with milk allergies react to any level of lactose in formula even if was reduced ?

      • Hi Jinna! No problem at all! To your question – it really just depends on the severity of the allergy – some babies with a milk allergy do great on HiPP Comfort, but others need an even further broken down formula like Neocate or EleCare. Every baby is different and reacts differently! Hope that makes sense!

  14. My little one has been on neocate for 4 months.. he was diagnosed with CMPA and soy allergy at 2 months. He refused to drink the Gerber HA so we kept him on neocate. He does well on the neocate but I’m looking to switch him to HIPP. Which one is better for babies with CMPA and which one tastes better?

    • Hi Jackie! I think I saw your other comment and answered it there, but since your baby is currently on Neocate — that’s an amino acid based formula — so that’s one step further than anything available in Europe. HiPP Comfort is the most hypoallergenic formula available in Europe and that’s closer to Alimentum (extensively hydrolyzed). So you could try HiPP Comfort and see how he does, but if he needs something even more broken down then unfortunately, Neocate is the only option for him!

  15. My 2 month was just diagnosed with a likely milk protein allergy and has had blood in his stool. Which of the two HIPP products would be better for him? Is it ok that they both contain lactose? Thank you!

      • Hi Jackie and Laura! If your baby has been diagnosed with a milk protein allergy, technically, HiPP Comfort is closer to what your baby would be given in the US (e.g. Alimentum or Nutrimagen) since it has no casein, has a reduced lactose content, and is extensively hydrolyzed. As for whether any lactose is ok for your baby that really depends on the severity of their allergy — so I’d talk to your pediatrician about that. I do know that many babies with significant milk protein allergies do well on HiPP Comfort so I’d recommend starting there (as long as your peds is comfortable with it!)

  16. My 4 month old sone was recently diagnosed with a cow milk protein allergy. We tried Nutramigen and it gave him awful tummy problems. The next suggestion was the ready-to-feed Similac Alimentum. It has helped so so much, but I am concerned about the ingredients. I have been reading as much as I can about the imported HA formula, but am still unsure about it. What are your thoughts on the liquid Alimentum??

    • Hi Natalie! Alimentum is an extensively hydrolyzed formula, which does make it easier to digest for babies. That said, I don’t love the ingredients because the first ingredient is corn maltodextrin (a highly processed, GMO, high glycemic ingredient), and the third ingredient is sugar. HiPP HA also has extensively hydrolyzed whey protein, but does not have a reduced lactose content, so it’s not as broken down as HiPP Comfort. HiPP Comfort is closer to Alimentum since it’s extensively hydrolyzed and has no casein, and has reduced lactose. If your pediatrician is comfortable with it, I’d recommend HiPP Comfort first since it sounds like your little one is very sensitive! Hope that helps!

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