Frequently asked questions

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


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
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
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
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


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.

What is the advantage of European organic infant formula ?

Our products are certified organic products made from 99% organically grown ingredients. Holle & Lebenswert only use cow's milk from cows raised on biodynamic farms in caring environments. This results in a top quality organic infant formula that complies with the strictest European standards, giving your baby the best that formula can provide.
European certified organic products have to be free from GMO (genetically modified organisms) and  also do not contain added flouride, corn- or rice syrup, chemical additives, added sugars, preservatives or colorants.

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 )

Why are different Stages of formula available ?

European infant formulas are divided into different stages. There are Stage 1 and PRE formulas specifically designed for the first 6 months (as of birth) and follow-on formulas like Stage 2 for babies after the 6th month and which are already getting a complementary diet.
Stage 1 and PRE formulas are designed to fully meet the baby's needs for the first six months and can therefore be used as the only nutrition during that period.
The PRE formulas contain, like breastmilk, only natural milk sugar (lactose) as carbohydrate. They don’t contain starch or maltodextrin.

A follow-on formula (Stage 2) can be given after the 6th month AND in combination with complementary food.
The energy content of a follow-on formula hardly differs from Stage 1 or PRE formulas in order to meet the latest EU standards.
Nevertheless, there are important differences, especially with regard to nutrients for which a significantly higher demand exists when the baby is already 6 month or older. Follow-on formulas also have, compared to Stage 1 or PRE formulas, a higher iron content.

A Stage 3 formula can be served if the baby is at least 10 months old.

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.

Are your products irradiated ?

Infant formula or cerals are not subject to irradiation. None of our products shipped to overseas are getting irradiated no matter to which country they will be shipped.

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.

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.

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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