“ Hipp Organic Follow on Milk is a formula suitable from 6 months onwards and should be used as part of a mixed diet when moving from breastfeeding or infant milk. It can be used on its own as a drink, on breakfast cereals or mixed with solid foods. / Food quality: Organic food „
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I spotted the Hipp Organic forumla in Morrissons where I don't usually shop, I didn't even know that Hipp made formula, but decided to switch from my usual and try it as my baby loves their food jars, and organic is always better in my opinion.
First off the package doesn't seem as appropriate as other formula brands and is a little more flimsy, just a folded cardboard box. When you open the box the formula is packaged in two foil bags for "freshness" with a cardboard spoon holder that folds out inside the box. The packaging seemed very cheaply made for something you want to keep fresh and dry while using, formula gets very damp and solid very quickly.
I gave the formula the benefit of the doubt and started to use it. It has a much clumpier consistency than other brands, but was prepared the same way as all the others.
I used this formula through the first foil packet, and started to notice it wasn't agreeing with my daughter. She went from having one poo a day, to five! And on top of that it was VERY messy. The spoon leveler is on the cardboard box, so you have to try and position the foil bag under it, even though it isn't the same shape the box, there was so much formula wastage that fell to the bottom of the box! and because the spoon was held on the outside of the fresh bags, it always got clumped up and damp with left over formula.
I didn't even use the bag as it was so much mess making formula and I was convinced it was the reason my daughter was having tummy troubles.
I went back to using SMA milk. With it's metal and plastic tin, and leveler and spoon kept inside the tin, it is so much easier to use and way more appropriate when trying to safely prepare formula.
I really think the Hipp Organic formula is packaged very cheaply and inconveniently, and really isn't helpful for trying to prepare formula in a clean and safe way.
I tried all the formula milks available is Tesco and Sainsbury's. I tested them on both my sons and only Hipp organic was the one they both like and don't have colic of it.
It comes out in a light blue box, inside it contains two silver wrappings (450 g each) and a scoop. I use a large box with cover to store the formula milk in it, so after I run out, I pour a new one into the box as it is more comfortable to use.
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It is for babies of 6 months and older. It is worth changing from the Hipp Organic First Infant Milk to this one as your baby reaches the age of 6 months because it contains the vitamins and nutrient in other proportion, suitable for your baby at that age.
Values per 100 ml feed
Energy: 70 kcal
Protein: 1.5 g
Carbohydrate 8.3 g
of which sugars (lactose) 8.3 g
Fat: 3.4 g
of which saturates: 1.2 g
Polyunsaturates: 0.7 g
of which Linoleic Acid (omega-6): 0.6 g
Linolenic acid (omega-3): 0.08 g
Sodium: 0.03 g
Vitamin A: 71 ug
Vitamin D: 1.1 ug
Vitamin E: 1.2 mg
Thiamin (vitamin B1): 0.07 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 0.1 mg
Niacin: 0.6 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.07 mg
Folic acid: 13 ug
Vitamin B12: 0.2 ug
Biotin 2.8 ug
Pantothenic acid: 0.4 mg
Vitamin K: 5.6 ug
Calcium: 72 mg
Phosphorus: 40 mg
Iron: 0.7 mg
Magnesium: 5.7 mg
Zinc: 0.7 mg
Iodine: 11 ug
Potassium: 83 mg
Chloride: 48 mg
Copper: 39 ug
Manganese: 7.6 ug
Selenium: 1.4 ug
Fluoride: 36 ug
Gluten and sucrose free.
5fl oz 150ml 5 scoops
6fl oz 180ml 6 scoops
7fl oz 210ml 7 scoops
1 scoop = 4.7 g of powder so the whole box is for 6.7 litre of ready made milk. (My own calculation based on my experience.)
I usually buy it in Sainsbury's where it costs 6.23 pounds, in Tesco you can get it for 6.18 pounds. I found that the price was cut back by few pence last month.
It is an excellent ORGANIC formula milk for your baby. It costs about the same as the other formula milks on the market. I recommend it.
After breastfeeding for 7 months I decided to move on to formula milk after my son started growing gnashers and bit me (oww!) so after trying a few of the well known brands i saw the Hipp milk and having already been a fan of their baby food jars i was intrigued so bought a box, and was very pleased so we switched for good until he turned 1 and we could use cow's milk. I agree with the review below regarding the necessity of follow-on formula being debatable, but if like me you have breastfed and your baby isn't quite fully weaned on to solids for all their iron it is one way of ensuring they get the iron levels and calcium that you want, so as always its a matter of choice.
If follow on is something you want to use, i highly recommend using Hipp above the others, firsly it is organic, secondly it has less packaging so is easier to take on holiday for instance (with sealed foil packets instead of a heavy bulky tin) and recycle, and thirdly it is cheaper than other brands for the same amount, baffling why really but i can only summise it is due to less packaging costs maybe?!
My son enjoyed the taste of the milk (but he was one of those babies that will eat/drink anything as long as it's coming fast lol!) and had no nasty nappies with it unlike i noticed with cow&gate milk, so it was a fairly seamless transition from breastfeeding to formula drinking from a bottle then on to full fat milk at 1 for us.
Follow-on milk - the stuff you feed your baby from 6 months on, if you're not breastfeeding.
At least, that's the theory. Actually, you can just stick with the infant milk. Follow-on was invented by the formula companies when advertising of infant milk was banned. The follow-on looks the same as the infant milk - same branding - and they are allowed to advertise it. So follow-on milk is really a back-door way of advertising infant formula.
It does have more iron than the infant stuff, but not in a format that enables the baby to absorb much of it so its not crucial to swap to a follow-on milk at all.
The big difference between infant milk and follow-on milk is that you get loyalty points on follow-on milk - like Boots Advantage or Tescos Clubcard. And they are allowed to put it on special offer. But watch out - most brands increase the scoop size - so a 900g tub of infant formula makes 200oz of milk. But a 900g tub of follow-on makes 180oz of milk.
Now, as to Hipp Organic - well, all the milks are much the same. They are not allowed not to be - they all have to have basically the same ingredients. There are 2 reasons to choose Hipp Organic over one of the others.
1) It costs, at the moment, £5.50 in Tescos, rather than £7, £8 or even £9 like the other brands. And the scoop size isn't bigger, so you still get 200oz from the tub.
2) It doesn't contain untested "prebiotic" ingredients or the mysterious thing in Heinz Nurture that is supposed to stop babies being constipated. So, you can feed this to your baby and know they won't have constant diarrhoea for the next six months.
It doesn't come in such a nice box. It comes in 2 foil sachets in a recyclable cardboard box. So I decant the milk into a more convenient container.
Oh, and it's organic!