Frequently asked questions
Here you'll find the answers to the most common questions of our customers.
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.
The actual expiry date of each product is stated in the product description.
On the product itself you find the expiry date written at the bottom of the box in European format DD/MM/YYYY ( Example: 01.04.2020 = 1st April 2020 )
European infant formulas are divided into different stages. There are Stage 1 and PRE formulas specifically designed for the first months (as of birth) and follow-on formulas (Stage 2 & 3) for babies 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 served if the baby is at least 6 months old and already gets 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ).