Alimentum alternatives: Nutratigene, Gerber HA, Pregestimil or own-brand hypoallergenic formula. Prescription only for women, infants and children (WIC). Alternatives to EleCare Infant/EleCare Jr.: Nestlé Alfamino/Jr., Mead Johnson PurAmino/Jr. or Nutricia Neocate/Jr., EquaCare Jr.
Enfamil Nutramigen and Similac Alimentum are two formulas that share many similarities and can be good choices for your baby.
Both come at a high price and both lack sweetness. However, because Nutramigen is also soy-free and contains a probiotic, its effectiveness as a hypoallergenic formula wins over Alimentum.
Is there a generic Alimentum? Alimentum is a special baby formula that uses an extensively hydrolyzed (digested) cow’s milk protein, casein hydrolyzate, along with amino acids as a protein source in the formula. The only brand name equivalent is Enfamil Nutramigen. There is currently no generic equivalent.
The difference between HA PRE and HA is that PRE has no added starch. Extensively hydrolyzed formulas commonly found in the US include Alimentum® or Nutramigen®, which are approximately 93% degradable – slightly more than Comfort/HA. Gerber HA is 100% hydrolyzed, so it’s the most hydrolyzed formula I’ve found
Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive has all the properties listed above and contains 98% less lactose compared to Similac 360 Total Care, making it easy to digest for sensitive stomachs.
Alternative Similac Advance powder brands include Enfamil Infant, Gerber Good Start Gentle, H-E-B Baby HMO Advantage, Wal-Mart Parent’s Choice Infant Non-GMO, or Wal-Mart Parent’s Choice Advantage Non-GMO b>.
Ongoing supply chain disruptions related to the coronavirus pandemic have caused shortages in a variety of consumer products, but baby food shortages worsened in February after manufacturer Abbott issued a recall on products manufactured at a factory Made in Michigan and sold under the Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brands.
Can you switch between Nutramigen and Alimentum? Switching back and forth is not recommended. However, if you try one and it doesn’t work, I would recommend switching to the other to see if it makes a difference.
Parent’s Choice Hypoallergenic Infant Formula is NOT affiliated with Abbott Laboratories or Mead Johnson & Co. Parent’s Choice Hypoallergenic Infant Formula does not contain the identical proprietary ingredient blend of prebiotics, patented levels of nucleotides, lutein and lycopene in Similac® Alimentum®.
Similac Alimentum is often prescribed by doctors for infants with cow’s milk allergy. Some states require health insurance to cover baby formula if prescribed by a doctor. If you are prescribed Similac Expert Care Alimentum, the manufacturer, Abbott Nutrition, will help you with your insurance application.
Like the Nutramigen and Similac Alimentum brands, the brand’s hypoallergenic formula contains broken down (hydrolysed) cow’s milk proteins. This helps prevent your baby’s immune system from reacting adversely to cow’s milk protein and reduces the likelihood of CMA in most infants.
Extensively hydrolyzed formulas means the proteins (casein or whey) are broken down into small enough parts that are less likely to trigger allergic reactions. HiPP HA is broken down by around 86-87%, while Alimentum and Nutramigen are closer to 93%.
Gerber Extensive HA is the only hypoallergenic formula containing B. lactis, a probiotic similar to those found in breast milk to support digestive health.
Not every child responds well to every hypoallergenic formula and you may need to try more than one before finding a brand that’s right for your baby.