Enfamil Nutramigen is a hypoallergenic formula made with iron which will help support your baby’s brain and nervous system development. Nutramigen can be used to help babies who have a milk allergy, intolerance, reflux, or colic. The speciality formula is sold as either a powder, or ready-to-feed.
The formulation of Nutramigen is similar to breastmilk and provides the essential nutrients to help with your baby’s growth. The formula is also soy-free so it is safe for babies who have MSPI (milk soy protein intolerance) to drink. For babies who are experiencing colic, gassiness, or other symptoms from traditional formula, you should notice an improvement within 24-48 hours after switching to Nutramigen.
The main feature that sets Nutramigen apart from other hypoallergenic formulas available is that it contains a probiotic. The probiotic will help to heal and strengthen your baby’s intestine and gut.
A setback of Nutramigen, as with most specialty formulas, is that it is more expensive than traditional formulas. Similarly, most specialty formulas have a stronger taste and smell in comparison to traditional formulas. Nutramigen is known to not have a great taste and might smell a bit funny. You might notice that it could take some time for your baby to adjust to the new formula.
Similac Alimentum is another great option of hypoallergenic formula. This formula is intended to help baby’s who have a milk allergy, intolerance, reflux, or colic. As with Nutramigen, Alimentum is available to purchase as either a powder or ready-to-feed product. The formula is made with iron which is considered an essential vitamin for your baby’s development and growth.
Alimentum is a “predigested” formula, meaning the proteins are already broken down which will make it easier for your baby to digest. Because of this, you will notice the symptoms your baby is experiencing from breastmilk or traditional formula should go away within the first 24-48 hours.
Alimentum is significantly more expensive than traditional formulas which is one of the main downsides to the formula. Just as with Nutramigen, the formula will not have the same sweet taste that breastmilk or traditional formula has. You might find that your baby will refuse the bottle at first, however, with time, they should adjust to the new taste. If you need tips on how to overcome bottle refusal, visit our blog here.
We would recommend trying to start with Nutramigen because of the added probiotic that is included in the formula. If you find that Nutramigen does not work well with your baby, try switching to Alimentum. Overall, the benefits and drawbacks of both formula options are very similar and we recommend choosing whichever option works best for you and your baby.