MANY AMERICAN PARENTS ASSUME THAT HOLLE PRE IS A STAGE BEFORE STAGE 1 FORMULA OR FOR PREMATURE BABIES
The reality is a little more complex.
Holle stage 1 contains maltodextrin, a sweetener and thickener device from grains, like rice or corn. Holle PRE uses only lactose to sweeten the formula. In both cases, the ingredients are 100% organic.
Some parents aren’t fans of maltodextrin. There are several reasons for their feelings, some of which are legitimate. There is also a lot of misinformation in the world about what maltodextrin is and its effects. Maltodextrin is separated from starches by enzymes. While not found separately in nature, it is a part of those grains, so it’s natural in the same way that separated lactose is natural. Be sure to read our article that looks at maltodextrin in depth.
If maltodextrin, which is not in breastmilk, is a concern, Holle PRE has only organic lactose.
BREAST MILK IS NATURALLY SWEETER THAN COW’S MILK
Adding either lactose or maltodextrin to any formula is not a big deal to make it as sweet as what nature provides.
This is all stark contrast to many American brands that use sugar, glucose syrup solids, corn syrup solids, and corn syrup. In other words, American brands use simple sugar to sweeten their brands, organic or not.
PRE formulas don't have starch or maltodextrin, so you can feed more to your baby on a 3-hour schedule. While these are good sources of carbohydrates and are perfectly healthy for a normal baby, they can be difficult to digest for some children.
Otherwise, the nutritional profile is the same and both are organic.
SO HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?
The reality is that both the PRE and the Stage 1 from Holle are top-quality products. The only difference is the existence of maltodextrin and starch.
So it’s that simple: both are 0 to 6 months, but PRE is for more sensitive tummies.
It’s your choice. No matter what you do, you’re getting some of the highest quality, safest and most natural baby formula in the world. Made to exacting standards and the world’s strictest organic farming practices, it’s better than almost anything on your grocery store shelves.
See which your baby likes better and tolerates better. That’s usually how you have to decide.
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