This New Baby Formula is the First of Its Kind

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This New Baby Formula is the First of Its Kind

Nothing can boost your mom-esteem quite like being the first to know things.  All the sudden, you turn from “regular friend” to “friend who knows things”.

Today, I’m going to grant you “knowing status” of a particularly juice piece of baby gossip.  Gossip that your friends are going to want you to share.

Especially those using baby formula.  Why?

Because there’s a brand new baby formula that has added something no other baby formula has ever added before.  It contains one of the “magic ingredients” that gives breastfeeding babies a big boost in their immune system.

Yep.  You heard me correctly.

A formula-fed baby can now benefit from an immune system-supporting ingredient similar to breastfed babies.   That’s the first piece of knowledge that will stir up your mom group.

Want to know the second piece of juicy baby gossip your friends will want to know? It launched this week, so you can have it sent directly to your doorstep tomorrow.

The Biggest Step for
Baby Formula in a Decade

Obviously, you’re going to need a bit more in your knowledge cap than that.  They are going to have questions.

If you remember from my post a few weeks ago, HMO’s are prebiotics that support the probiotics that live in your baby’s gut – which, you should know, is where 70% of your baby’s immune system exists.  2’FL HMOs are special because they go to the gut and beyond, circulating all around your baby’s body.

2’FL HMOs = Healthy Gut Support

Healthy Gut Support = Super Awesome Immune System

These HMOs are one of the reasons breastmilk is such a nutritional powerhouse.  Obviously, breastmilk is still the greatest nutritional powerhouse, but since not every mother breastfeeds, there’s been an immunity gap between breastmilk and formula.

An immunity gap that shrunk significantly this week when Abbott’s Similac launched the first formula with magical 2’FL HMOs.

Results from an Abbott sponsored clinical study on HMOs were just published in the Journal of Nutrition.  This study looked at the immune response of 200 babies, divided into three feeding groups.

  • Exclusively breastfed babies
  • Babies drinking formula without 2’FL HMO added
  • Babies drinking formula with the 2’FL HMO added

At the start of the study, five immune markers were different between the breastfed group and formula-fed group. After six weeks, results showed that those five markers were nearly identical when comparing the breastfed group and the group fed formula with 2’-FL HMO!

You can see why I’m excited!

It’s a major development in the quest for better baby formula!

Give Your Baby an
Immune System Power-Up

If you are a formula-feeding parent, this is the news your baby has been waiting for.  Similac currently has two formulas available with the added 2’FL HMOs.

Breast is best for babies.

But when breast is not available, it’s good to know this new immune-system boosting formula is on the shelf. 

This post was sponsored by Abbott, who has been studying HMOs for many years. They are committed to helping formula-fed babies have these immune-nourishing ingredients.  

This New Baby Formula is the First of Its Kind

Meet Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at Incredible Infant and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007.  She's certified in baby sleep coaching (yes, that's a real thing), has served as an Expert Parenting Panelist for numerous events, and has been a featured writer on blogs like,, My Kid's Adventures, Cafe Mom, and others.  If it's 2am and you're desperate to read SOMETHING, click here for all her darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn't be allowed to blog.  



  1. Hi Heather,

    I have a 2 month old and we were exclusively pumping up until about two weeks ago. My original goal was to make it to 3 months this way, but I just accepted a new job where I will be on the other side of the country for 2 weeks, so we obviously need to speed the process up. We have started introducing formula with Good Start Gentle, started with 1/2 a feeding a day for a week, then a full feeding a day for a week. The last week, my LO has been extremely fussy though and his bowels have slowed to every 2-3 days rather than about once a day. He cries unless he is sleeping or eating (he hasn’t been this way since he was a couple weeks old), so my natural reaction is that it is the formula that is causing the change in his behavior. Any advice?

    • Ashlee, it’s common for there to be some bowel changes after formula is introduced, because formula isn’t as easy to digest as breastmilk. That said, if you feel the formula may be playing a factor here, I’d trust your instincts and attempt a different brand. Some babies just do better on different brands. It’s something that takes some trial and error to figure out. That said, make sure your doctor is aware of the changes and what you’d like to do to work on it. I’d also ask him about adding a baby probiotic as well. That can also help with extra gassiness and constipation. I hope this can help!

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