Last Updated on April 24, 2020
Finally. What you have all been waiting for as you search the internet for the answer to what seems a simple question. Like many American moms just learning about European formula or perhaps just learning about Holle formula, stages of formula is a completely new concept. Even more so, Holle has added the PRE stage, which some other brands do not have. A common assumption is that this must simply mean it comes before stage one...right???
The difference between Holle PRE and Holle Stage One formula is one ingredient ... Maltodextrin!
The Holle PRE stage formula contains NO maltodextrin, but instead substitutes organic lactose to provide additional nutritive content. Holle Stage One formula, on the other hand, does contain maltodextrin.
Not sure what maltodextrin is? No worries, let's dig deeper into what this means in respect to the formula we give our baby.