Frequently asked questions

Here you'll find the answers to the most common questions of our customers.

Top 5 questions

What is the expiry date of the formula you offer ?

The actual expiry date of each product is stated in the product description. You find it slightly below the price.
On the product itself you find the expiry date written at the bottom of the box in European format DD/MM/YYYY  ( Example: 01.08.2021 = 1st August 2021 )

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How many fl oz or liters can I get from one box of formula ?

This depends on the brand and stage you actually want to use. Below please find the approximate qty. per box.
Holle Stage 1 / Holle PRE / Holle goat = 100 fl oz / 3 litre
Holle Stage 2 - 4: = 140 fl oz / 4.25 litre
Lebenswert  1-3  = 115 fl oz / 3.50 litre
HiPP Combiotic 1-3 = 140 fl oz / 4.25 litre
We have also stated in our product descriptions how many fl oz or liters you can approximately get.

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How do I prepare the formula ?

Just click on the product and you'll find the preparation instructions for this particular product including the nutrition facts.
Furthermore you'll also get the preparation instructions after purchasing by email together with your shipping details.

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Why is maltodextrin used in infant formulas ?

Maltodextrin is derived from starch. The bigger starch macromolecules will be split into smaller units which makes maltodextrin easier to digest than starch. This is important for babies during the first months not having the capacity to digest complex carbohydrates.
Maltodextrin is very often called as "sweetener" , but there are different qualities available. Holle uses maltodextrin made from cornstarch without having a sweetening effect. The slightly sweet taste of the formula comes from the natural milk sugar (lactose). As infant formulas have a higher content of lactose than cow milk, they also taste sweeter than cow milk.

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Why does the formula contain palm oil ?

European formula producers use use a blend of vegetable oils from rapeseed, sunflower and palm oil in order to achieve a fatty acid pattern which is very similar to that of breast milk. Each of the oils used is characterized by an individual fatty acid profile and in combination they give a spectrum of fatty acid that is optimized to meet the nutritional requirements of infants.
Palm oil is important in formulas because it provides palmitic acid, which is also prevalent in breast milk. Palm oil is the vegetable oil that is rich in palmitic acid and is actually the best choice to use. The palm oil used in our formulas is only palm oil of the highest quality in order to meet the high standards of sustainability and safety.

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New questions

Is the infant formula iron fortified ?

We are often asked by customers whether our infant formula is also iron fortified, as many parents are of the opinion that infant formula cannot contain enough iron.
According to EU Directive 2016/127, which came into force in February 2020, the iron content of infant formulas sold in the EU must meet the following values:

Stage 1 and PRE formulas:  min. 0.3 mg – max. 1.3 mg / 100 kcal
Stage 2 and Stage 3 formulas:  min. 0.6 mg – max. 2.0 mg / 100 kcal

The Stage 1 and PRE formulas available from us have iron levels from 0.76 mg - 1.01 mg / 100 kcal, depending on the product.
The Stage 2 and Stage 3 formulas available from us have iron levels from 1.18 mg - 1.54 mg / 100 kcal, depending on the product.

Thus, all of the formulas available from us comply with the legal requirements of the EU.

Infant formula manufactured in the USA generally has a higher iron content, since in the USA no distinction is made between Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 formulas. The formulas are generally suitable for babies from 0-12 months. They must therefore have a higher iron content to be also suitable for older babies. Many US infant formulas would not be approved in the EU for babies aged 0-6 months due to the high iron content.

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There are so many brands, what are the differences ?

This comparison chart shows you the differences between the formulas we offer: 

Holle  Age Certified organic Prebiotics Probiotics  whey  lactose  starch maltodextrin  DHA
& ARA
Holle Stage Pre as of birth
 ✓

Holle Stage 1 as of birth



Holle Stage 2 as of 7th month

Holle Stage 3 as of 10th month
Holle Stage 4 as of 12th month
Holle Goat Stage 1 as of birth
Holle Goat Stage 2 as of 7th month
Holle Goat Stage 3 as of 10th month

  

Lebenswert  Age Certified organic Prebiotics Probiotics  whey  lactose  starch maltodextrin  DHA
& ARA
Lebenswert Stage 1 as of birth
 ✓

Lebenswert Stage 2 as of 7th month


Lebenswert Stage 3 as of 10th month

  

HiPP  Age Certified organic Prebiotics Probiotics  whey  lactose  starch maltodextrin  DHA
& ARA
HiPP Combiotic Pre as of birth  ✓

HiPP Combiotic Stage 1 as of birth


HiPP Combiotic Stage 2 as of 7th month

HiPP Combiotic Stage 3 as of 10th month
HiPP Combiotic Stage 2 (No starch) as of 7th month
HiPP HA Pre as of birth
HiPP HA Stage 1 as of birth
HiPP HA Stage 2 as of 7th month

  

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What does HA (hypoallergenic ) formula mean ?

HiPP HA ( hypoallergenic ) formulas are the latest generation of formulas designed to the particular nutritional requirements of infants being at risk of developing allergic reactions. An infant is considered to be at risk of developing allergic reactions when a direct family member (mother, father, siblings) already has an allergy.
The milk proteins of this formula are divided into small fragments (hydrolysed) which leads to much fewer allergic reactions of the immune system compared to formula with normal cow milk proteins.

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What is PRE formula ?

People often think that PRE formulas are for premature babies but that's not correct.
A PRE formula contains no other carbohydrates than lactose ( no starch or maltodextrin ).

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Why are there different sizes of measuring spoons ?

The size of the flakes of infant formula may differ from batch to batch resulting in different specific weights per batch. In order to make sure that a measuring spoon always carries the right amount of formula, the spoon which is included box is in accordance with the specific weight of the formula you're actually using.
Is therefore indispensable that you always use the spoon which is included in the box of formula.you're currently using.
This guarantees that you prepare a bottle feed with the right amount of formula.

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