Today, many moms prefer goat milk-based formulas, and this is no coincidence. In terms of its composition, goat’s milk is closer to breast milk. It can be a real salvation for babies who do not digest the protein of cow’s milk and have digestive problems.
Goat’s milk contains more special triglyceride elements that help absorb nutrients faster. Goat’s milk proteins are digested quite easily since they are more similar to those in breast milk in their structure.
The main difference between these formulas from others: they contain goat’s milk proteins instead of cow’s milk proteins.
Goat milk protein has a different structure. Therefore, in babies with an allergy to cow’s milk proteins, goat milk formulas are recommended in their diet. Changing the formula for babies with intolerances often leads to more than just the disappearance of the rash. But also to the normalization of concomitant digestive disorders (bloating, constipation, diarrhea).
What is goat’s milk formula made of?
Reliable baby food brands care about the health of formula-fed babies. They take advantage of new technologies and create foods that are easy to digest. Goat milk formulas usually include:
- beta-casein ( easy to digest and absorb)
- phosphorus and calcium (required for normal bone and brain development)
- probiotics (required for normal digestion, form the necessary flora in the digestive system)
- nucleotides (create strong immunity for the baby)
- vitamins of groups A, C, and D (participate in the normalization of blood circulation, metabolism, development of vision)
Goat milk formulas contain more amino acids compared to cow’s milk products. Lactose is 60% less. These ratios make the goat milk-based formulas easy to digest and safe for babies.
Advantages of goat milk-based infant formula:
- Easier digestion
- Close composition and nutrient quality to breast milk
- The minimum content of alpha-S1-casein, which causes allergies
- The formulas are enriched with all vitamins and microelements necessary for a baby’s healthy development.
A goat’s milk formula is an excellent option if your baby has frequent regurgitation, colic, and digestive issues.
Disadvantages of goat milk-based infant formula:
- Goat’s milk is more expensive than cow’s milk. Manufacturers explain the high prices for goat milk products by the cost of caring for animals. Goats also produce less milk per day in comparison to cows.
- Parents should remember that goat milk-based formulas are not hypoallergenic. Goat milk protein can also cause allergies. Therefore, a new formula should be introduced carefully and gradually, especially for babies prone to allergies.
But despite the obvious benefits of feeding your baby with goat’s milk formulas, it is not recommended to give fresh goat’s milk to babies under 1 year of age. Only infant formulas based on this type of milk are appropriate for babies from birth to 12 months. They are enriched with all vitamins and minerals necessary for full development.
How to choose a quality formula?
- The choice of infant formula must necessarily be carried out, taking into account the baby’s age and individual needs (For example Holle formula Stage 1 suitable from birth, stage 2 – suitable from 6 months onwards)
- It is important to study the formula composition and “controversial” ingredients carefully. Before choosing infant milk, You should talk to your pediatrician to choose a quality and safe product.
- Don’t forget to check the expiration dates.