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Compare Prices and Nutrients of Baby Formula Brands in UK

Updated on May 22, 2012

Our first baby was breast-fed exclusively for nine months before I returned to work. We then fed her Heinz Farley's follow-on milk until she switched to regular whole milk at 12 months old.

When I chose formula at Tesco, I didn't bother to study ingredients of various brands available. I think nutrients in different formula brands are similar. I just picked the cheapest one available. Farley's was the cheapest baby milk then, about £5 per 900g tin.

Due to the trauma in the labor of my second child, I didn't produce enough breast milk to enable exclusive breast feeding. Our second baby is mix-fed. When it comes to choose the baby milk, I found that Heinz Farley's baby milk had just been discontinued and replaced with a fancy milk with extra pro-biotics etc and re-packaged at the cost of £7.95, which now becomes the most expensive one.


In terms of nutrients, milk-based formula takes account of the fact that breast milk is richer in whey, lactose, vitamin C, niacin, and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to cow's milk but leaner in milk protein.

I compare ingredients of these brands, highlighting four ingredients: polyunsaturates, omega 3, niacin, and vitamin K.


I compare prices of newborn milk 900g package at Tesco:

Hipp Organic £5.50 
Cow & Gate £6.98
SMA £7.21
Aptamil £7.92
Heinz £7.95

Hipp Organic

Typical Values Per 100ml feed

Energy 283kJ 
Protein 1.6g 
Carbohydrate 7.9g 
Of which sugars (lactose) 7.9g 
Fat 3.3g 
Of which saturates 1.2g 
polyunsaturates 0.7g 
of which linoleic acid 0.6g 
linolenic acid (omega-3) 0.07g 
Fibre Nil 
Sodium 0.02g 
Vitamin A 73µg 
Vitamin D 0.9µg 
Vitamin E 0.41mg 
Vitamin C 8.6mg 
Thiamin (vitamin B1) 0.06mg 
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 0.07mg 
Niacin 0.96mg 
Vitamin B6 0.06mg 
Folic Acid 4.9µg 
Vitamin B12 0.14µg 
Biotin 1.5µg 
Pantothenic Acid 0.45mg 
Vitamin K 4.1µg 
Calcium 71mg 
Phosphorus 43mg 
Iron 0.6mg 
Magnesium 7.4mg 
Zinc 0.5mg 
Iodine 8.1µg 
Potassium 84mg 
Chloride 51mg 
Copper 20µg 


Cow & Gate

Typical Values per 100ml feed

Energy 275kJ 
Protein 1.3g 
Carbohydrate 7.3g 
of which sugars 7.2g 
of which Lactose 7g 
Fat 3.5g 
of which saturates 1.5g 
of which polyunsaturates 0.6g 
y-linolenic acid (GLA) omega 3 1mg 
LCPs 18mg 
Arachidonic Acid (AA) 7mg 
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 7mg 
Fibre 0.8g 
Sodium 0.02g 
Vitamin A 55µg (RE) 
Vitamin D 1.2µg 
Vitamin E 1mg (a-TE) 
Vitamin C 8.3mg 
Thiamin (B1) 0.05mg 
Riboflavin (B2) 0.1mg 
Niacin (B3) 0.43mg 
Vitamin B6 0.04mg 
Folic Acid 12µg 
Vitamin B12 0.18µg 
Biotin 1.5mg 
Pantothenic acid 0.33mg 
Vitamin K 4.5µg 
Calcium 50mg 
Phosphorus 28mg 
Iron 0.53mg 
Magnesium 5mg 
Zinc 0.5mg 
Iodine 12µg 
Potassium 63mg 
Chloride 41mg 
Copper 40µg 
Manganese 7.5µg 
Selenium 1.5µg 
Fluoride <10µg 
Choline 10mg 
Taurine 5.3mg 
Nucleotides 3.2mg 



Typical Values per 100 ml feed

Energy 281 kJ 
Protein 1.4 g 
of which, whey 0.84 g 
of which, alpha-lactalbumin 0.22 g 
of which, casein 0.56 g 
Carbohydrate 7.3 g 
of which, sugars 7.3 g 
of which, lactose 7.3 g 
Fat 3.6 g 
of which, saturates 1.6 g 
of which, unsaturates 2.0 g 
of which, LCPs 19 mg 
Arachidonic Acid (AA) 12 mg 
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 7 mg 
Fibre Nil 
Sodium 0.016 g 
Vitamin A 78 µg 
of which, beta-carotene 2.5 µg 
Vitamin D 1.1 µg 
Vitamin E 0.74 mg 
Vitamin C 9 mg 
Thiamin 0.1 mg 
Riboflavin 0.15 mg 
Niacin 0.9 mg 
Vitamin B6 0.06 mg 
Folic Acid 8 µg 
Vitamin B12 0.2 µg 
Biotin 0.002 mg 
Pantothenic Acid 0.3 mg 
Vitamin K 6.7 µg 
Choline 10 mg 
Inositol 4.5 mg 
Taurine 4.7 mg 
Nucleotides 3 mg 
Calcium 42 mg 
Phosphorus 24 mg 
Iron 0.8 mg 
Magnesium 4.5 mg 
Zinc 0.6 mg 
Iodine 10 µg 
Chloride 43 mg 
Copper 0.033 mg 
Potassium 65 mg 
Selenium 1.4 µg 



Typical Values per 100ml feed

Selenium 1.5µg 
Fluoride <10µg 
Choline 10mg 
Taurine 5.3mg 
Nucleotides 3.2mg 
Energy 275kJ 
Protein 1.3g 
Whey 0.8g 
Casein 0.5g 
Carbohydrate 7.3g 
- sugars (lactose) 7.0g 
Fat 3.5g 
- saturates 1.5g 
- polyunsaturates 0.6g 
- LCPs 23mg 
- Arachidonic Acid (AA) 12mg 
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 7mg 
Fibre 0.8g 
Sodium 0.02g 
Vitamin A 55µg (RE) 
Vitamin D3 1.2µg 
Vitamin E 1.1mg (aTE) 
Vitamin C 8.3mg 
Thiamin (B1) 0.05mg 
Riboflavin (B2) 0.1mg 
Niacin (B3) 0.43mg 
Vitamin B6 0.04mg 
Folic Acid 12µg 
Vitamin B12 0.18µg 
Biotin 0.002mg 
Pantothenic acid 0.33mg 
Vitamin K1 4.5µg 
Calcium 50mg 
Phosphorus 28mg 
Iron 0.53mg 
Magnesium 5mg 
Zinc 0.5mg 
Iodine 12µg 
Potassium 63mg 
Chloride 41mg 
Copper 40µg 
Manganese 7.5µg 


Heinz Nurture

Heinz Nurture is the replacement of Farley's. It doesn't disclose the ingredients, but Heinz claims that it contains alpha-lactaburmin and is the only range of standard infant milk formula to include Betapol which reduces constipation in formula fed infants.

We tried SMA and Hipp Organic in Dory's first month. SMA has a strange fishy smell, probably because of the fish oil it contains. Hipp Organic has a proper smell of rich fresh milk; it is organic, and most of all, the cheapest, so we finally fix on this brand. Maybe it's a good idea to stock up some, just in case it plays the same trick as Heinz did.


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      7 years ago

      useful article.I will have a baby in 2012...someone said Aptamil is more better.

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      7 years ago

      So which is best from mothers experiance??? We used sma with our wst daughter and she has had problems throughout 0 to 12mnths with her toilets. Due number 2 in april so wanted to try a diff brand maybe?? Xx

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      8 years ago from Houston TX

      Wow,interesting article from someone who is actually a specialist in babies welfare and health.Its a pleasure browsing through this wonderful article of yours which is well written and organized.

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      new mom on the block 

      8 years ago

      what is the difference between the formula?

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      10 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Useful info. with a baby just about to join the family. I will pass it on to the new Mum. Thank you

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      10 years ago

      Hipp milk 900g is &pound;5.99 at my local Sainsbury's.

    • jim.sheng profile imageAUTHOR

      Dalriada Books Ltd 

      10 years ago from UK

      The price of Hipp Organic infant formula has now increased to &pound;6.25 at Tesco.


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