What to expect with hypoallergenic formula

  • Parents may notice a difference in the formula.
  • Your baby probably won’t notice the change in smell or taste.
  • Stools may look different.
  • The cost may be a little higher because of special processes and ingredients.

If your baby’s pediatrician suggests switching from a routine formula to a hypoallergenic formula, you may notice a few changes:

Smell and taste
You may notice a difference in the smell and taste of a hypoallergenic formula. That’s because in order to make hypoallergenic formula, milk proteins are broken down to very small chains of amino acids and individual amino acids. This can result in a bitter taste. But don’t worry, these changes are rarely noticeable to babies, because their sense of taste and smell are still developing.

Changes in stool
The color, consistency and smell of your baby’s stool can change from day to day or even between feedings. And you may see a change when you switch formulas, too. Greens, yellows and browns are all common stool colors, but you should call your pediatrician if your baby has red, white or black stools, or if you notice blood, mucus or excess water.

Hypoallergenic formula may be more “see-through” than your routine formula. It may appear translucent like skim milk or breastmilk, but be assured the hypoallergenic formula will have the same number of calories as your baby’s previous formula. Be sure to follow the mixing instructions closely because not all hypoallergenic formulas have the same mixing instructions. GERBER® Extensive HA requires one scoop for 1 fl. oz. of water.  

Higher price
Parents will notice that hypoallergenic formulas cost more than routine formulas because they’re more costly to make and often contain special ingredients.

Breaking the milk proteins down into very small pieces makes it easier for babies with cows milk protein allergies to tolerate the formula. If your baby has cows milk protein allergy, her symptoms should improve shortly after switching to a hypoallergenic infant formula.

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