Holle Baby Formula: FAQ's
Answers to Common Formula Questions
Many customers have been asking similar questions about the holle baby formula brand. Whether it’s formula-related digestive concerns or how Holle formula compares to breast milk, I've happily fielded dozens of different questions from concerned parents who want what's best for their babies. In the spirit of transparency and to make the purchasing process easier, I decided to answer a few of these queries in full detail. Here are my answers to some of the pressing questions that parents most commonly ask.
Can Holle formula make my baby constipated?
If your baby is having trouble pooping, he or she might be suffering from constipation. Constipation is a condition in which people of all ages have trouble making bowel movements. The most common cause of constipation is hardened stool, and your baby's poop might become uncommonly hard for a number of reasons.
Constipation is rare when a newborn is fed exclusively with breastmilk as it is perfectly balanced.
Baby formula, on the other hand, can indeed cause constipation. Unfortunately I can not say exactly why a baby would be constipated but I can say there are no added reasons why Holle baby formula would cause any constipation troubles. This isn’t to say that no baby ever experienced constipation while on Holle but the odds are significantly lowered.
Can Holle formula make my baby’s tummy gassy?
There are a variety of reasons why baby formula might make your infant gassy. All infants go through one or more gassy stages, and natural changes in your infant's digestive system usually cause these stages. However, if gassiness persists for a long period of time or if it seems that your baby is in pain when they pass gas, you may have reason to believe that your baby formula is at fault.
Digestive allergies are most commonly the cause of excessive gas in infants. If your baby is allergic to a particular substance, his or her body will not process it effectively, and it will cause inflammation in the digestive tract. Some babies have a sensitivity to certain formulas, which can lead to side-effects like diarrhea and gas. Most formulas are based on cow’s milk, so if your baby is sensitive to it, they’ll end up with an upset tummy every time you feed them. In this case you may want to try Holle goat milk formula since its easier to digest and has a great potential to relieve your baby of unwanted side-effects like gas and diarrhea.
Another reason for gassiness could be your bottle. Yup, you read that right! It’s possible that it’s not the formula at all that’s causing your baby to be gassy.
Sucking quickly from a standard bottle means taking in a lot of air from the bubbles in the formula, but there are actually bottles that are meant for gassy babies. They have venting systems to remove the air while your baby feeds so they don’t swallow any of it, greatly reducing gas. Check out our favorite baby bottle here.
So before you jump to any conclusions and begin switching formula’s, you might want to consider switching your bottle first; it might make all the difference.
Is Holle formula safe? How does it compare to breast milk?
There's no question that breastfeeding is the superior. If everything goes right, the body of a mother knows how to produce the exact types of nutrients that a baby needs to survive. In addition, breast milk changes as a baby grows, which means that moms unconsciously tailor their milk to fit their baby's changing needs. However, there are some situations in which it simply isn't possible or desirable to provide breast milk to your baby, and since Holle makes organic and safe formulas available, there isn't any reason why a parent should feel worried about their choice to formula feed.
When it comes to formulas, Holle products are some of the safest on the market. Not only have these products been manufactured according to incredibly strict regulatory mechanisms of the EU and Demeter, but Holle also strives for excellence in everything they do. One look at the ingredients label of either Holle Cow or Holle Goat is enough to ascertain that these products are devoid of any ingredients that could cause your baby harm. There are plenty of complex scientific names in the ingredients lists of both products, but upon further examination, all of these big words simply refer to natural vitamins or minerals. There are no artificial ingredients present in Holle formulas, and all of the ingredients that these formulas do contain have been grown or produced in the healthiest and most sustainable manner possible.
As you consider the differences between Holle formula and breast milk, you should note that Holle cow contains both cow's milk and whey protein powder. Breast milk naturally contains both casein and whey, which are the two major types of protein in most kinds of milk. Cow's milk already practically mirrors the ratio of whey to casein that's present in human breast milk, and the inclusion of organic whey protein powder makes this formula as similar as possible to breast milk. Goat's milk, on the other hand, has much more casein than whey, but when you factor in the fact that goat's milk also contains incredibly high amounts of probiotics, the benefits of each type of Holle formula are easy to see.
Can I prepare bottles in advance?
No, it is mandatory that all your child’s meals’ should be freshly prepared, especially during infant to toddler stage.
Why do I have to dilute formula before feeding?
The protein, carbohydrates and minerals content differ between Cow and breast milk. There are more protein and minerals found in cow milk as compared to breast milk. Excessive protein, carbohydrates and minerals have to be secreted in urine. Since the baby’s kidney function only starts growing at infancy stage, and will result in excessive burdens on your child kidneys if he/she consumes undiluted cow’s milk. This can be detrimental to the child’s health.
Therefore, during the first six months of infancy, it is necessary to adapt cow’s milk to the physiological conditions of the infant by diluting it with water in a ratio of 1:1.
Is there a right way to prepare Holle baby formula?
Yes. Just check out our preparation guide below and for more extensive details click here.
What are symptoms of a sensitivity tummy?
Signs of sensitive baby stomachs include gassiness, diarrhea, or constipation. If you notice any of these issues, you should first establish whether or not your baby is under undue stress. If your baby is separated from you for a long period of time throughout the day or they aren't getting enough sleep, environmental stressors might be causing these digestive issues. However, it's more likely that the issue is dietary in nature.
If your baby is having digestive issues, the first step you should take is consult your pediatrician. They may be able to help you diagnose the issue; even if your pediatrician is incapable of putting their finger on what exactly is wrong, diagnosing the issue at hand is tantamount in this situation.
In most cases, you can take care of your baby's digestive issues at home. However, there are certain situations in which you should seek medical help immediately. For instance, if your baby is frequently vomiting or has diarrhea for an extended period, you should seek out emergency care. However, in most instances of sensitive stomachs in babies, something about the food your baby is eating or their routine is the culprit.
What do I do if my baby has a sensitive tummy?
It is important to understand that milk protein and lactose are two separate things. Lactose is the carbohydrate source, whereas the milk proteins are whey and casein. Lactose sensitivity/intolerance is possible in babies however it is extremely rare.
The reason for the sensitivity is usually the protein. Infants often times have a hard time digesting whey and casein. When this happens, their bodies see the proteins as invaders and attack them. This causes inflammation in the gut, diarrhea or constipation, gas, and acid reflux.
This makes it very hard for parents to find the right formula for their baby….
So What Should I Do You Do?
Consider goat milk. Goat milk also contains casein and whey BUT these proteins are smaller in goat milk and are structurally different from that found in cow milk. When the proteins in goat milk react with stomach acid, they form smaller curds than cow milk. Making it easier for babies with sensitive tummies to digest. Many parents have found that their baby, who is sensitive to cow milk formulas, thrives on goat milk formulas.
What are some differences between goat milk and cow milk formulas?
Holle Goat is good for babies with sensitive tummies. While all types of milk contain lots of probiotics, goat's milk contains about four times the number of probiotics that cow's milk contains, which means that this product has everything that your baby's belly needs to thrive.
More nutritional information on goats milk include:
46% more Vitamin A:
Also known as retinol, it is responsible for the formation of visual purple in the retina. This allows people to see in dim light. Retinol is also the vitamin that plays a role in the normal development of the teeth, soft tissue and skeletal tissue. As well as, growth of the skin and the mucous membranes, which can be found in body cavities as well as the respiratory system.
33% more Magnesium:
Magnesium is an inhibitory neurotransmitter responsible for the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that keeps us happy and calm. Toddlers who have problems sleeping can benefit from the high levels of magnesium in goat’s milk. Serotonin, may aid children to relax the muscles and maintain a good heart rate, making it easier for them to get to sleep.
Magnesium also aids in digestion. It helps the muscles of the digestive tract relax, this makes the stool move easier through the intestines. In addition, magnesium also neutralizes stomach acid, which can make toddlers experiencing digestive distress frequently a little more comfortable.
37% more Vitamin C:
Vitamin C plays a role in the production of collagen as well, the substance that keeps connective tissues healthy and supports numerous structures including skin, bones and blood vessels.
10% more Calcium:
Calcium is without a doubt one of the most important minerals for the growth and development of your child. The mineral is directly responsible for building and maintaining strong bones, but it is also used to perform important function for the heart, muscles and nerves.
- Jennifer Akiyama