What is the difference between Holle Pre and Holle Stage 1

What is the difference between Holle Pre and Holle Stage 1

February 01, 2018


Once you have decided which Formula is the best for your newborn and you happen to choose Holle Organic Baby Formula you might run into the next doubt, Holle Organic Stage Pre or Holle Organic Stage 1?

European Organic Baby Formula is divided by stages, depending on the age of the baby, for instance, for Holle Organic (Bio) Formulas the different stages are:

Holle Organic Formula Stage Pre : Suitable from birth until 6 months old

Holle Organic Formula Stage 1: Suitable also from birth until 6 months old

Holle Organic Formula Stage 2: Suitable for babies starting at 6 months up to 10 months

Holle Organic Formula Stage 3: Suitable for babies starting at 10 months onwards

Holle Organic Formula Stage 4: Suitable starting at 12 months onwards

While this is quite an easy way to know exactly what Organic Formula to feed your baby and when, you might have noticed that Holle Organic Pre and Holle Organic Formula Stage 1 are both suitable starting at birth until 6 months of age.

So what is the difference?

The main difference between Holle Pre and Holle Stage 1 Organic (Bio) Formulas is the source of carbohydrates. In accordance to the strict EU regulations, Organic or Bio Baby Formulas cannot contain sugars in its pure form. Though Holle has always avoided making their Formulas too sweet, they resemble them as close as possible to breastmilk both in nutrient values as also in taste.

Breast milk is naturally sweet and also provides the level of necessary energy for the baby, this is why Holle adds starch sugars such as found in carbs to their Baby Formulas, the most common ones being: Maltodextrin and Lactose.

What is the difference between Lactose and Maltodextrin?

While Lactose is a sugar composed out of  glucose found in milk, Maltodextrin is a starch that is produced through the hydrolysis of plants and wheat. Maltodextrin, as starch, has a slower release than Lactose, which means if you choose to feed your newborn an Organic Formula with Maltodextrin this can lead to lesser feedings as the baby stays full for a longer period of time.

As newborns need regular feeding for a healthy growth and development, Maltodextrin is usually found in Formulas after the newborn stage.

This is why Holle Organic Stage Pre does not include Maltodextrin (Starch) but only Lactose, while Holle Organic Stage 1 Formula does.

It is a personal choice which Formula you prefer to feed your newborn, either way with Holle Organic Formulas you can't go wrong.  If we would have to choose, we would recommend starting with Holle Organic Stage Pre, but that is just our personal opinion!

Get all Holle Organic Formulas here for the very best price. We have offices and warehouses in New Jersey, California and Texas, for the fastest shipping possible with local customer service!

Happy feeding :)

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