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Do You Need a Prescription for Baby Formula?

Do You Need a Prescription for Baby Formula?

Most of the time, no. Formula is available readily for anyone who needs it – just like any other food. 

But there are a few circumstances in which a pediatrician will prescribe formula to meet a medical need, meaning that parents can then get formula costs covered through insurance, or through a needs-based program like Women, Infants and Children. Many of these babies will need a specialist formula.

Conditions covered by this include (but are not limited to):

  • Endocrine disorders
  • Failure to thrive
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Severe food allergies (these require an amino-acid elemental formula)
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Premature birth

If you know or suspect your baby has any of these conditions, talk to your pediatrician to see what they recommend.

Can you get specialist formulas for allergies or reflux without a prescription?

Yes. Specialist formulas such as HiPP Comfort, HiPP Anti-reflux and HiPP Hypoallergenic are all available without prescription.

Because these are all European organic formulas, you might not be able to get insurance cover to help with the costs, although it’s always worth checking. 

You may also find that your doctor will recommend a different formula. If that’s the case, but you’d like to try a European organic formula, talk it through with them. Many doctors aren’t aware of European formulas, so will simply recommend what they know – but this doesn’t mean they won’t be open to a different formula. 

We do recommend that you always speak to your doctor before switching to a specialist formula. 

Help with the costs of specialist formula

Specialist formula can be transformative for babies who can’t digest or are allergic to regular formula. 

If you need a specialist formula, but are struggling with the expense because you can’t get a prescription, consider setting up a subscription and buying in bulk – this could save you up to 30% on the standard price.

Not sure which formula to order?

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