Different types of infant formula

There is now a wide range of different infant formula on the market and it may be confusing to understand what formula you should be using. So I thought I would explain the main ones I have come across and when they should be used.

First infant 

Like it says on the tin this is the first formula you will need to give your little one. Your little one can stay on this milk right up until you transition completely to using cow’s milk.


Some babies find it hard to process the lactose in first infant formula so comfort formula has been made. Comfort formula has a lower level of lactose which is a sugar that is found in milk and dairy. The lower levels of lactose in the comfort formula helps to reduce the amount of wind babies produce.

Hungry baby

This is specifically for babies that are hungrier as it may help to delay the need for weaning until the recommended age. I did look into this when my daughter was little but my health visitor advised me just up her feeds as she was happy on the formula we had her on.

Follow on 

Follow on milk is for little ones from the age of 6 months. It contains additional iron as from the age of 6 months your little ones iron stores start to deplete. They also suggest that it contains omega and vitamins to complement weaning.

You will also see formula in many different forms claiming to help with a variety of different things from colic to being hypoallergenic.

If you are unsure about what formula your little one should be using please speak to a GP or a health professional and they will be able to advise you. 

Did you know that whatever bottle you decide to use the Lily pad bottle bibs will fit it!