It can be overwhelming looking at the differences between formulas. As we have talked about before, not all formulas have the same ingredients. One of the questions we here at My Organic Formula get often is, “What is the difference between Hipp Bio and Hipp Bio Combiotik?” This is an excellent question. There are a few key differences that may help you make the best choice for your baby.
Hipp Bio is an organic, cow milk based formula manufactured in Germany. As with many European manufactured formulas, it is produced under the highest standards. It contains long-chain polyunsaturated omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, a key ingredient in breastmilk, for great brain and nervous system development. It has all the vitamins, minerals and starches your baby needs to grow strong and healthy. It is gluten free, soy free, egg free and contains no peanut products. It is available in a 600g/21oz box.
Hipp Bio Combiotik is also an organic, cow milk based formula from Germany and is manufactured under the highest standards. Like Hipp Bio, it contains long-chain polyunsaturated omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and all the vitamins and minerals a growing baby needs. It is also gluten free and contains no peanut or egg products. It is available in a 500g/17.6oz box.
Both Hipp Bio and Hipp Bio Combiotik are excellent choices in natural, organic formulas. However, there are a few key differences between the two.
Prebiotics are an important component missing from most formulas. Unlike cow milk, breastmilk contains prebiotic fibers that nourish the good bacteria in a baby’s gut. Hipp Bio does not contain prebiotics; however Hipp Bio Combiotik does. Hipp Bio Combiotik contains galacto oligosaccharides, a prebiotic fiber that mimics the prebiotics in breastmilk. This prebiotic formula helps develop your baby’s digestive system, which also supports the immune system. This ingredient makes Hipp Bio Combiotik a great choice for babies with sensitive stomachs, who need the nourishing benefits of prebiotics, and support to grow good internal probiotic cultures. This can be especially helpful if you or your baby have been on antibiotics, or you have had a cesarean birth, as both can interfere with the early establishment of essential probiotic cultures in the gut.
Hipp Bio Combiotik also contains probiotic cultures, which cannot be found in Hipp Bio. Probiotic cultures are a big part of intestinal health and play an important role in your baby’s immune system. Babies born vaginally receive a dose of probiotics as they pass through the vaginal canal. These probiotics then colonize the intestines and begin their natural healthy digestive work. When a baby is born via cesarean section or are put on antibiotics there are less probiotics present in the digestive tract. This can pose a real problem to healthy digestion and cause sensitivities and frequent upset stomachs in your baby. Supporting the digestive tract with a formula like Hipp Bio Combiotik can be just the thing to help your baby’s sensitive stomach become strong and healthy.
Hipp Bio contains starch as an added carbohydrate to fuel your baby’s quick growth. Starches can sometimes upset a sensitive baby’s stomach and cause gas. Hipp Bio Combiotik does not contain the added starch, so that it can settle better with a sensitive stomach.
Hipp Bio Combiotik is a little bit more expensive than Hipp Bio. It comes in a slightly smaller amount and is about one dollar more expensive. This is because of the special gut building ingredients it contains.
Both Hipp Bio and Hipp Bio Combiotik are good choices for your baby. If you have a baby who was born via cesarean section; was on an antibiotic or simply has a sensitive stomach, Hipp Bio Combiotik is the better choice for repairing and maintaining gut health. You can rest assured, in either case, that you are giving your baby the very best.