When breastfeeding isn’t possible, every parent’s biggest concern is, what is the best alternative to breast milk? Here is why Hipp organic baby formulas, sold in the USA are better choices than American formulas.
These 5 aliments are incredibly common in infants. Almost every infant will suffer from one or the other at some point in the first year.
What Can I Do To Stop It?
This question has so many answers. First lets break down the different symptoms and talk about each one.
Almost every baby will suffer with constipation in the first few weeks of life. Their little bodies are adjusting to this new world of breastmilk or formula. When you switch your baby from different formulas or from breastmilk to formula, you will most always see constipation for a day or two. If your baby seems incredibly uncomfortable & is straining, thats when its cause for concern. Many babies will poop once a day, others will go multiple times. If your babies poops come out very solid and round, that's a sign of constipation. Other times when your baby is adjusting to new formulas, she may not go for a few days then have a huge blow out. You may also see many different changes in colors of the poop. Breastfed babies have tan colored/seedy poops. While formula fed babies tend to have darker poops. However, with babies fed formula from Europe, the poops will resemble breastmilk, as the ingredients are so much easier to digest & closest to breastmilk.
What can you do for a constipated baby?
If your baby is still constipated after a week, then you may need to try something new. For some infants its a matter of changing formulas to find the one that better agrees with their bodies. We recommend Hipp formulas for constipated babies, as it contains prebiotics that assist with setting up the digestive tract for better digestibility. The ingredients are also very easy to digest and babies love the taste.
Gas/Colic & Bottle's To Prevent Gas
Gas is a tricky one. Every baby will have gas. In most cases gas comes from inhaling too much air while feeding. This can happen in both breastfed & bottle fed infants. There are special bottles out there such as doctor brown that claim to reduce gas but we personally believe that gas is a matter of its gonna happen no matter what. As parents ourselves, we have spent hundreds on bottles, only to find the cheapest ones work no different from the expensive ones.
What can you do for a baby with gas?
The best thing you can do is to frequently burp your baby often. Babies are unable to burp themselves until they are at least 6 months of age. When babies start to sit up, they are able to start burping naturally. Burping doesn't have to be in the form of patting your babies back, rubbing in circles with firm steady pressure up and down your babies back can also release the bubbles. Rubbing your babies little buddha belly is another way, use clockwise circles with the tips of your fingers.
Babies with non-stop painful gas
If your baby is experiencing gas all the time and burping isn't relieving her., you may want to consider switching formulas. A formula that works for one baby may not work for another. If your baby is extremely painful you may want to try Hipp comfort milk. This formula is specially designed for babies that suffer with bad gas & colic symptoms. Hipp Special Comfort contains prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharide fibers like those found in breastmilk; as well as probiotic cultures which nourish and strengthen the gut and immune system. It also contains Beta-Palmitate, another substance found in breastmilk, which aids in the metabolism of fats, calcium absorption; and is important to the proper formation of stools and gut health.
What is colic?
Colic is when a baby cries for an extended period of time. It is believed that colic is caused from excessive gas. If your baby suffers from colic, you can do something about it! Switch the formula you use or evaluate what you are eating/whats getting into your breastmilk. Colic should never be considered a normal part of a babies young life. Switching over to a formula such as Holle Organic Formula which is so very to digest and has limited ingredients, may be all your baby needs to find relief from colic. Sometimes it can take trying a few different formulas to find the right one, but it will end up being worth it.
Diarrhea is something most infants will have at one point or another. Babies will have liquidity stools, however if your infant is having blow outs and they are happening frequently, this is considered diarrhea. Diarrhea will cause your infant to have nothing more then the worst diaper rash you've ever seen. In many cases, the skin will turn raw, red & be extremely painful to the touch. First, we don't recommend using baby wipes on the raw skin but rather taking your infant to the sink and lightly cleaning away the feces with warm water then patting dry. You may even need to leave your babies diaper off for a hour or so to dry out the area.
How to prevent & how to cure?
Prevention is always key with diarrhea. However, its envitable as babies bodies are always changing. However, if your baby is experiencing diarrhea daily, you may want to consider what's in your formula causing it. Many parents have found that the synthetic DHA found in most American formulas causes diarrhea in babies. This is one ingredient you will a absolutely not find in European. Yes you will find DHA/ARA however, it is not exacted using dangerous toxic hexane & the types of DHA used in European formula are of natural sources such as egg & oils. Formula companies will try to convince parents that DHA/ARA is an essential part of their babies growth and without it, they cannot possibly end up as intelligent as their breastfed counterparts. This is simply not the truth and there has never been any proof in this claim. The Cornucopia Institute has reported on babies experiencing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea that resolve with a switch to a DHA- and ARA-free formula, as well as instances of dehydration and seizures requiring hospitalization. If you are looking for a DHA/ARA free formula we would recommend
Holle- Highest levels of organic certification, extremely easy to digest, lower level of lactose due to the use of maltodextrin, essential fatty acids used for brain growth, cow & goat milk options.
Nanny Care- Goat milk based formula from New Zealand, no maltodextrin used, full fats goat milk used, very easy to digest, babies LOVE the taste.
Lebenswert- Stage 1 is free from maltodextrin but has added lactose, stages 2 & 3 contain starch to give your baby a more satisfied feeling
Acid Reflux, Silent Reflux & Projectile Vomiting
These symptoms are not only extremely messy but disheartening to watch your infant suffer from. Babies who suffer from Acid Reflux may even refuse to eat as they associate eating with the pain. Babies with silent reflux will feel the pain but with no spit up to accompany it, which leaves many parents scratching their heads as to what's causing their infant to feel so uncomfortable.
What causes it?
There is a small valve that every person has that keeps the contents of our stomachs from ending up back in our throats. When that valve is too relaxed, the acids from the stomach end up in our throats. With infants in particular, they are consuming only liquids so they may end up being more prone to these particular issues. The other problem is we tend to lay our infants down right after eating, which will cause the formula to come straight back up again. Babies who consume too much food at once are also more likely to experience reflux.
Projectile vomiting ( also know as forceful vomiting) on the other hand is when your baby vomits like young Regan on the exorcist. When a baby has forceful vomiting, the muscle in the lower part of the stomach, called the pylorus, builds up and blocks the flow of food into the small intestine. There's no mistaking the gushing, which usually starts a few weeks after birth. If your baby truly has this problem, she will need to see a doctor to be sure she is not dehydrated and may end up needing stomach surgery to correct the problem.
What can I do to prevent or stop it?
Reflux is one problem I feel is 100% preventable in both adults & babies. For babies, it is very common, if its mild, taking simple steps like propping your baby up after she eats, not letting her consume a whole ton of formula at once and making sure she's on a formula that agrees with her. European formulas in general are easier on the body, closest to breastmilk & digest better! Switching to anyone of our formulas for baby with mild reflux, can pretty quickly solve the problem. For others with more severe reflux, you may want to consider Hipp Anti Reflux.
Hipp Anti Reflux is a gentle, organic, thickened milk formula that is suitable for the dietary management of reflux and regurgitation. The addition of the natural thickener carob bean gum allows the formula to thicken in the bottle, helping the formula to stay down. HiPP anti-reflux milk can be used from birth as a sole source of nutrition or as part of a varied weaning diet from six months.
If your baby has projectile vomiting, please call our pediatrician immediately !
We personally have two children. Our first born son Benjamin had every issues mentioned in this article. It was not the best experience for a first time mom at all. When Ben was 6 months old, we put him exclusively on formula and thats when the problems started. Long story short, it took a good month of research for us find out about European formulas. After we imported Holle and saw these amazing initial results, it couldn't be kept a secret. When other parents began to see a huge difference in their child, we knew these formulas were quite literally the miracle that America needed.
With our second child Madelyn, she was breastfed until 4 months of age. She was a little more tricky as we did try 3 different formulas to find the perfect one for her. Her miracle formula was Hipp formula, which she was on for about 4 months then we moved her over to Nanny Care which she is still on today ( at 16 months old). She much prefers the taste of Nanny Care to regular cows milk so we have no problem keeping her on it. Holle didn't agree with her as well as Hipp did, and this is something you will see in your own infant, as no two infants are exactly the same.
Please always consult a doctor if your baby is ill, loosing weight, unhappy or has any problems. We are not doctors and we cannot give medical advice.
Doctors will say switch your baby to whole milk the day they turn 1 year old. Why the urgency we ask? When we brought our baby into the doctor, this was the first thing he said. So of course we put her on whole organic milk. Turns out her little body wasn't ready for that switch. We found that the milk was causing her extreme constipation, gas and fussiness. When we switched her back to her Nanny Care stage 3 formula, she was pooping normally within a few hours.
So why did she struggle? It's hard to say really. Maybe there was too much fat? Maybe it was the pasteurization? Maybe it was the homogenization? Maybe it just wasn't broken down the way her body needed it to be. After all, European formulas are rich in nutrients, most are not pasteurized or homogenized to preserve nutrition and the ingredients are simple and done right!
Our little girl may be 14 months old, but she is still very much a baby. We don't believe she's getting nearly enough nutrition out of her solid foods to discontinue formula, even if she was doing okay on whole milk. So we cannot personally agree with the doctors need to cut her off from her formula at this time and we will continue to use it until she's 2-3 years old, just like we did with our first child "Ben".
If you are looking for a quality toddler formula, may we suggest
We do discourage you to stay away from brands such as Similac, Pediasure & Enfamil. The ingredients found in these formulas are quite horrific, from corn syrup, pure sugar, straight soy & many preservatives.
We always recommend talking to your doctor in regards to your babies health, however, as parents, we always encourage you to do what you feel is right for your infant.
Pediatricians will recommend switching to whole milk at age 1. However, we would most definitely recommend a toddler formula if your child is not eating a completely healthy diet. The typical diet of children today consists of carbohydrates and very little vegetables or healthy whole foods. A toddler formula will aid in competing your child's diet so she can be sure to receive the nutrients her body needs.
We do not recommend however, using a sugary drink such as pediasure. These types of drinks are mainly used for gaining weight & are full of added sugars, preservatives and very little nutrition for your child.
The best options will be
These growing up milks are suitable for kids ages 1-3 years of age. They are meant to compliment a solid food diet and typical kids will drink 6-12 oz, 1-2 times per day. It is best to not allow your child to fill up on formula milks and always encourage healthy eating habits.
Always feed growing up milks in a sippy or big kid cup as sucking on a bottle can lead to teeth decay & growth restrictions.
Many parents have concerns about what kind of water to use in formulas and there is always the notorious question of, should I boil the water? We are happy to answer some of you most common questions about mixing water with your baby formula.
Should I use boiling water for my infant formula?
The reason behind boiling water is because formulas are not sterile. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using hot water to make formula in order to avoid the risk of infection by rare but deadly bacteria called Cronobacter that has been found in powdered formula. To kill this bacteria (if it's present in the powder) you must mix the formula soon after the water is boiled, before it cools below 158 degrees F. It would essentially "kill" the possibility. However, we know that when babies are hungry, they want to eat quickly and boiling water may seem like an eternity while your baby cries her lungs out. We cannot recommend skipping this step due to the precaution behind it but we can say, please use discretion when making that decision.
One option to consider is instant hot water via a reverse osmosis system. Not only will you get water free from about 85-92% of fluoride, you will have access to boiling water on demand. There are also some great brands of electric kettles that boil water very quickly. One we can personally recommend is Hamilton Beach. We have found, you can boil 8-10 oz of water in about 1-1.5 minutes.
What Kind Of Water Should Be Used For Baby Formula?
The best kind of water will not contain any fluoride. Fluoride is found in 70% of city water and sometimes in bottled water. Too much fluoride puts your baby at risk for enamel fluorosis, a condition that develops while the teeth are forming in the gums. It's not a disease, but it can result in faint white lines or white spots or areas on the permanent teeth. Fluoride can be found naturally in both formula & breastmilk or in the case with American formulas, added to the formula. However, Germany is one of the few countries in the world that does not add fluoride to their water supply or baby formulas, so any fluoride that may be present is 100% naturally occurring. This is one reason to avoid water with high levels of fluorides. There are also other numerous concerns about humans in general consuming fluoride, here is a great article for further reading: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/50-reasons/
As with other fresh water supplies (e.g., spring water, lake water, river water), bottled waters have low levels of fluoride. Fresh surface water contains an average of just 0.05 ppm. To put this in perspective, artificially fluoridated water (using industrial-grade fluoride chemicals) contains 0.7 to 1.2 ppm fluoride, which is 14 to 24 times more than the average natural level.
Best Water For Baby Formula
Common brands of formula that contain little to no fluoride are:
- Arbor Springs
- Aquafina Water
- Aqua Pure
- Black Berry Farms
- Blue Ice Natural Mineral Water
- Century Springs
- Clear Mountain Spring Water
- Crystal Spring Natural Spring Water
- Deja Blue
- Flowing Springs
- Fresh Market
- Glacier Bay
- Hidden Valley Natural Mineral Water
- Mountain Valley Spring Water
- Oasis Pure Drinking Water
- Polaris Water
- Smart Water
- Whole Foods 365
Some brands to avoid due to higher level of fluoride are:
- Belmont Springs
- Crystal Rock
- Crystal Springs
- Deer Park
- Diamond Springs
- Ice Mountain
- Mount Olympus
- Poland Spring
Most nursery waters are also known to have added high levels of fluoride so we do recommended avoiding those as well.
You can find a complete list of safe & unsafe bottled waters here. Always check the label of your bottled water for levels of fluoride.
Trying to avoid plastic bottles & fluoride? Try "Boxed Water Is Better". Not only is it free from toxic BPA & fluoride but the water goes thru a 8 step water purification process to ensure its completely free of impurities and minerals.
You can use fluoridated water to prepare infant formula. However, if your baby is does not eat or drink anything but infant formula that is mixed with fluoridated water, there may be an increased chance for mild dental fluorosis. To lessen this chance, you can use low-fluoride bottled water some of the time to mix with infant formula; these bottled waters are labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized, or distilled. If they have added fluoride, the label will say so.
What About Distilled Water For Baby Formula?
Distilled water can be used to dilute formula milk powder or used to make baby food. It will not bring unwanted effects since it is the purest form of water coming from condensation and re-condensation process.
The Center For Disease & Prevention suggests that using distilled water is safe to use for baby formula. ". To lessen this chance, you can use low-fluoride bottled water some of the time to mix with infant formula; these bottled waters are labeled as de-ionized, purified, demineralized, or distilled. If they have added fluoride, the label will say so." http://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/cdc.infant-formula-fluorosis.july2015.pdf
Is Fluoride The Only Thing To Avoid for Babies' Formula?
As far as bottled water, yes. However, if you are on a well or your city does not add fluoride to their drinking water. We do still recommend having your water tested for high levels of lead, nitrates, environmental toxins, manganese, fecal coloform & arsenic. Many home installed reverse osmosis systems can remove many of these toxins, consult with your reverse osmosis system expert for clarity. It is always a great idea when using tap water, to use a water purifier and be sure to change the filter as required. Some parents prefer to avoid bottled water all together due to the plastic
European Formulas Do Not Add Flouride!!
All European formulas may contain trace amounts of natural fluoride but there is absolutely never any added. Littlemooorganics.com has a great variety of baby formulas with low levels of fluoride.