Quick reminder: always ask your baby’s pediatrician for advice on nutrition before trying any formula. Your doctor is the best source for advice on this topic!
What is A2 baby formula?
Yes, it’s the newest thing in baby formula: formula made from A2 cow’s milk.
So what is A2, you ask?
Cow’s milk has two types of protein: whey and casein. A2 focuses on the casein part. Most casein in cow’s milk is beta casein. And that beta casein comes in two types: A1 and A2.
Most cow’s milk contains both A1 and A2. A2 cow’s milk just has A2—from cows that just produce milk with only A2 protein. For the curious, A2 milk first came to market in New Zealand and Australia in the early 2000’s. (There will be a quiz on this next Tuesday).
If you are still with us, you might ask: what’s the difference between A1 and A2 protein? Well, the body digests each differently. There is much disagreement and conflicting claims about whether one (A1 or A2) is better than the other—we’ll let you make up your own mind.
Anyway, baby formula makers have decided to jump on the A2 milk bandwagon with all three major players (Enfamil, Similac and Gerber) debuting new A2 baby formula.
Interestingly, even though each is based on A2 cow’s milk, the formulas have rather significant differences.
Example: Similac’s Organic A2 Milk Infant Formula is the only organic A2 baby formula on the market so far (as of this writing).
What We Liked
• Approximately 80% casein (A2), 20% whey.
• Palm olein oil free.
• USDA Organic.
• No GMO’s.
What Needs Work
• No partially hydrolyzed protein. That’s a negative—Similac’s other “gentle” formulas feature partially hydrolyzed formula. Some parents prefer this for fussy babies. FYI: this is confusing because Similac is marketing its A2 baby formula as part of its Gentle line . . . but Similac’s other Gentle formula has partially hydrolyzed protein.
• No HMO prebiotics. See the next recommendation if you want this ingredient.
• No probiotics.