It’s a controversial subject now, but I used organic European formula to supplement and, later, feed our son entirely when I was no longer able to breastfeed because of kidney stones. It’s mostly because European infant formulas are free from additives, preservatives, and GMOs. After I joined the Facebook group Holle and HiPP Formula Discussion, I was surprised to see at the time that were only 10k members. To date, there are 12.5k members. Formula is the best it has ever been, with brands like Holle and HiPP and now LouLouka that are accessible through the internet, and yet, only 12,577 parents are talking about them on Facebook?
I know Holle and HiPP formulas to be superior to mainstream ones like Similac or Enfamil because I’ve used them all and I’ve seen differences in my son’s diapers. It’s no joke. His poop after drinking HiPP or Holle looked and smelled just like poop from breastmilk. I never saw that effect with Similac.
I initially chose to use Holle because of the ingredients on the label but quickly switched to using HiPP. Our son experienced some problems with constipation and acid reflux early on. We found HiPP to be much gentler on his stomach and we also liked it because it contains probiotics. Even though more research needs to be done, studies are starting to show that probiotics can help babies who are born by c-sections.
Nutrition is very important to me and I know that I wouldn’t be able to manage my disease without it. My nephrologist swears that my diet has been helpful in keeping some of my levels where they need to be. So why wouldn’t I apply this same logic to feeding my son? Shouldn’t he also have the best possible nutrition, especially at a vulnerable age when his brain is developing?
And if you won’t take my non-endorsed word for it, you should consult with the Baby Formula Expert, a mom who is also a doctor and expert in infant nutrition. She’s on a mission to educate parents about infant formulas. If you’re curious and want to learn more about what’s in European formulas and how they compare, I highly recommend reading this post and looking for her brand breakdown.
Sure, it’s challenging to discover you can only buy these formulas online. The price point can also be challenging because it’s more cost-effective to buy the formula in bulk. But the knowledge of giving my child the best possible nourishment when I was unable to breastfeed? Priceless.
What’s even better is that HiPP now makes a ready-made bottle. It is a more expensive option, but it’s one of those products that gives parents “control and convenience,” as my husband likes to say. The ready-to-feed bottles don’t just save me time when we’re on the go or on vacation. As a mom who is often fatigued, I’m able to squeeze in one more power nap when I’m not forced to boil more water or sanitize another bottle. Or you know, for those times when I sublux a joint and need to rest with some frozen vegetables on my kneecap.
You’ll find I occasionally write about products that save me time and energy because, frankly, I wouldn’t be able to manage my autoimmune disorder and be a mom without them.