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Can You Switch Back and Forward Between Baby Formula?

Can You Switch Back and Forward Between Baby Formula?


You get a free sample in your care package from the hospital.  Your friend gives you an unopened can or box because their baby started whole milk.  If they are not the regular brand you use, is it ok to give your baby different formulas?

Your Baby Can Switch Baby Formulas

When you look at medical concerns, there is no reason why you can't switch between brands of formula.  Ounce for ounce, each brand has about the same number of calories, types of fat, and nutrition that your little one needs.  With its similarities, it is up to you to decide if you want to be loyal to brand names or company’s mission. For example, you may enjoy the combiotic nature of HiPP formulas, but you are more interested in the quality and philosophy that Holle follows with Demeter International.

Keep in mind that your newborn is still developing a sense of taste.  If you are trying to find the right brand for your child, this is the time to make the switch to determine what works best for their digestive system.  As they age, closer to 6 months, your child may become more selective when it comes to the taste of their formula.

Your Baby Could Switch Baby Formula

Baby formula companies such as Holle offer both cow and goat infant formulas. Both are fortified and a great source of nutrition for babies. Making a switch between the two would not be as difficult for your baby. 

Want to know more about the difference between cow milk formula and goat milk formula? Click here to read more about Holle’s two products.

Soy-based formulas are more available on store shelves, so that may be an option for plant-derived formula. In that case, it is possible to switch between milk-based and soy-based formula. The difference in the taste of each formula is more noticable, so your baby may reject the new formula at first. The switch is not a big concern if there is no intolerance or allergy. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends soy-based formula for babies with heredity disorders in which they cannot digest milk. The Stage 1 products sold through this website are soy-free.

Your Baby Should Not Switch Baby Formula

If your pediatrician has diagnosed your baby with lactose intolerance or disorder such as heredity lactase deficiency, then you should not be so quick to switch back and forth between different types of formula.  Your little one's digestive system can only handle so much when it is dealing with intolerance. Most milk-based formulas contain lactose, so those would be the ones to avoid in favor or a reduced lactose or lactose-free formula.

Soy is one choice for lactose intolerance, but about 5% of babies with an allergy to milk are actually allergic to the milk protein.  In those cases, they may respond the same way to soy formula as milk-based formula. For that reason, there are specialty formulas.  With smaller milk proteins, there is less potential for a protein-related allergic reaction. HiPP Hypoallergenic (HA) has hydrolyzed proteins so that it is easier for babies to digest while reducing the likelihood of an allergic reaction. When it comes to the few instances of allergies, switching back and forth between baby formula is not recommended when you find the right formula for your baby's needs.


Overall, you may find a good baby formula product, but decide that another one is better for you and your baby. In most cases, it is ok to switch. If you choose to switch from conventional baby formulas to one of the many organic brands that you can buy on our website, it is more than ok. The organic ingredients along with the quality of those ingredients will be better for your baby’s health and well-being in the long run. 

Revised and reposted from December 2017