Our formulas use milk that is sourced from either cows or goats. None of our formulas are vegetarian or vegan. We do not recommend any vegetarian or vegan formulas unless necessary. Please always consult your pediatrician.
LCP’s (AA & DHA) and prebiotic oligossacharides (GOS) are used in some formulas, so that bottle-fed babies can benefit. These are key ingredients which are also found in breast milk. It is the addition of these compounds which means that some formulas that might have once been considered vegetarian, may no longer be vegetarian such as HiPP. The LCP’s which are added to some infant baby powdered formulas are from a fish source, although the ready-to-feed versions contain an algae source. The prebiotics which are included in the ready-to-feeds and the follow-on-milks are made from lactose, and the extraction method used to separate this lactose from the milk involves animal rennet. Similarly, the lactose and whey powder used in some of our growing up milk (both powder and ready to feed) and good night milks use the same extraction method.
Unfortunately, sources of non-animal rennet are scarce, and this is an industry-wide problem. As a result, most of the formula milks currently available are not vegetarian. We believe strongly in the benefits of having prebiotics and LCPs in our formulas to help soften stools and aid digestion for babies so we believe the inclusion, and decisions made as a result, are the right ones in order to provide babies with ‘the next breast thing’.
For parents who wish to only feed vegetarian products, the options are either to breastfeed while following a vegetarian diet or use a soy-based formula, however this is not recommended unless if you are advised to do so by a healthcare professional.
"I have never seen a vegan option that has adequate nutrition, and even a vegetarian option without the Omega-3s from fish oil or the iron from liver would lack important nutrients."
HiPP Healthcare Professional Hub. 2016. Is HiPP Formula Suitable for Vegetarians? http://www.hipp4hcps.co.uk/milk-feeding/milk-feeding-products/what-is-in-our-formulas/is-hipp-formula-suitable-for-vegetarians. [Accessed January 2018]