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Formula - Prebiotics (Aptamil) vs organic (Hipp)

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oysterpots Thu 06-Sep-07 09:12:18

DS has been on Aptamil, chosen because of its claim to be 'closest to breastmilk' and because it contains prebiotics (DS had to have big doses of antibiotics the first week of his life). I bf him until it got too much (I had mastitis followed by thrush) and decided to move to ff. He's now 6 weeks and for the past week has been almost exclusively ff other than two bf per day.

Now I'm wondering whether to switch formula to the Hipp organic one, as he's had so many chemicals in his short life already. I was thinking of adding infant acidophilus to this, which would incorporate the prebiotic element.

Any opinions? What would you do?

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Pannacotta Thu 06-Sep-07 09:26:28

DOnt knwo anything about the differentr formulas sorry (though I would choose organic myself) but if you leep giving some breastmilk your DS will continue have some protection from your milk,

Pannacotta Thu 06-Sep-07 09:27:01

sorry about the spelling (bad night)!

lissielou Thu 06-Sep-07 18:52:36

i hate to say it oysterpots, but all formula is pretty much the same. they all contain the same ingrediants and will nourish your baby in the same way. you could speak to your HV about the different varieties within the range (soya etc) but they will all do the same job tbh.

hope that helps

oysterpots Thu 06-Sep-07 19:36:30

Really? So I could save myself the cash and just buy the cheapest. Hmm...

Hipp Organic is certified by the Soil Association so that is a difference from the rest though, right?

What about formulas which claim to be 'easy digest'? And is it a bad idea to keep swapping brands or not if they are all pretty much the same?

So many questions!

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NAB3 Thu 06-Sep-07 19:39:01

HiPP organic. It is so creamy.

How can Aptimal say it is closest to BM? I thought that was illegal.

NAB3 Thu 06-Sep-07 19:39:48

Don't keep swapping. May give baby tummy ache.

I can't believe they are all the same. hmm

SleeplessInTheStaceym11House Thu 06-Sep-07 19:41:34

i think its because aptamil has prebiotics similar to the antibodies etc that would be in breastmilk

tiktok Thu 06-Sep-07 19:42:38

It is illegal, NAB. It doesn't stop them.

Why would swapping give the baby a tummy ache??

Seona1973 Thu 06-Sep-07 19:42:43

that means cow and gate should be joint closest along with its prebiotics too then wink

MrsBadger Thu 06-Sep-07 19:44:25

stacey, prebiotics are in NO WAY similar to antibodies
not at all, ever
sorry

NAB3 Thu 06-Sep-07 19:44:26

I had heard of some people who changed their baby's milk and then theyu had bad tummy aches.

mummymagic Thu 06-Sep-07 19:44:38

I thought they all said they were closest to breastmilk wink I think C&G does in their packaging.

I guess they all have a different way they are 'closest' eg texture/consistency, taste, ingredients, amount of a certain product, smell. So Aptamil might smell the closest to breastmilk, well la-di-da.

I'd go for the Hipp Organic one now that I know it's cheap - but C&Gate was the cheapest available in my local shop (and name I recognised) so that was that.

SleeplessInTheStaceym11House Thu 06-Sep-07 19:45:13

ok mrsbadger blush sorry just a thought.

ds has enfamil for reflux so thats the only one i know about!

tiktok Thu 06-Sep-07 19:45:59

Antibodies are not the same as prebiotics.

There are no antibodies in formula.

Prebiotics are derived from sucrose and glucose (neither found in breastmilk or indeed, in cows milk which the formula comes form). Not everywhere is convinced of their safety or effectiveness

such as Australia and NZ

Seona1973 Thu 06-Sep-07 19:47:25

I liked cow and gate and aptamil purely for the scoop leveller built into the side of the tub blush. No more rootling about trying to find a knife to make up the bottles, you just used the one that was there - is that a bit sad??!!

Seona1973 Thu 06-Sep-07 19:50:01

p.s. that link did say to do the changeover gradually as it could cause stomach upset:

It is important that infant diets are not changed suddenly as this can cause digestive upsets. The packaging of Karicare Gold Plus Infant and Follow-On Formula does not contain instructions for transitioning off these products, however NZFSA recommends that parents and caregivers choosing to make a change to an alternative product do so in a gradual manner. This could mean replacing one to two feeds a day over three to four days.

lissielou Thu 06-Sep-07 19:55:21

if i were you i would use whatever is stocked at your local shop. tends to be sma or cow & gate, i promise you all first formula's are pretty much the same. its about as different as different brands of bread. they are made the same way, using the same ingredients and aimed at the same people, there might be a slight variation in taste/consistency and thats about it.

oysterpots Fri 07-Sep-07 10:23:45

That's really interesting - thanks everyone.

I'd just started him on the Aptamil Easy Digest formula because his tummy has always been a bit dicky, so I'll see how he goes with that. Then I think I might go with the Hipp Organic and add my own prebiotics, seeing as I've already spent £24 on them! But will make it a gradual transition.

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gall Tue 09-Oct-07 16:35:23

How did you get on with aptimil easy digest?

My little one really settled down when i started using it.

colditz Tue 09-Oct-07 16:39:19

Use the one that is easiest to get hold of - FWIW Cow and gate was great for ds1, Farleys for Ds2, SMA Gold upset both of them, but some people love it. The scoop leveller on the side of the Cow and Gate box is a brilliant idea, and influenced me far more than all the claims to breastmilk similarities ever did.

Supermum9 Mon 23-Jul-18 12:38:30

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noselimit Mon 23-Jul-18 12:52:31

Reported again

Fuck off trying to sell formaula for £37.99

On an 11 year old thread hmm

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