The Benefits Of Goat’s Milk Formula

If feeding your baby breast milk isn’t an option, it can be reassuring to know that formula milk contains a wealth of benefits for developing little bodies. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the specific benefits of goat’s milk formula for children.

Goat’s milk formula is filled with nutrient goodness, while being gentle on tiny tummies. Some parents also find that little ones with fussy palates or dietary sensitivities enjoy it more than cow’s milk formula.

Let’s look more closely at some of the key benefits of goat’s milk formula.

Goat’s milk formula is nutrient dense

First up, let’s talk nutritional benefits of goat’s milk.

Research shows that goat’s milk formula is more similar to human breast milk than your typical cow’s milk formula. It also contains higher levels of calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C – vitamins that are essential for human growth and development.

These stats alone are amazing, but goat’s milk also has another great drawcard in the nutritional department…

Goat’s milk formula is rich is oligosaccharides (natural prebiotics)

Goat’s milk is high in prebiotics called oligosaccharides – ‘oligos’ for short. There are up to six times the amount of these natural prebiotics in goat’s milk when compared to cow’s milk. More precisely, researchers have found 14 naturally-occurring oligos in goat’s milk – five of which are also found in human breast milk. 

This is so exciting because oligos in breast milk are known to provide infants with significant health benefits, including:

  • Establishment and maintenance of a healthy gut microflora
  • Immune development
  • Protection against gastrointestinal infections.

Oligos are just one of the ways in which goat’s milk formula can help promote a healthier gut, and a happy tummy. 

Goat’s milk formula is typically easier to digest

Now let’s talk digestive benefits.

Eating and pooping is just about all your baby will do in the early days. As such, their little digestive system can use all the help it can get! Goat’s milk formula certainly has a lot to contribute in this area.

The fats and proteins in goat’s milk are smaller in size, and they form softer curds. This makes it easier for little bodies to break down and digest, and may be why goat’s milk formula sometimes suits little ones with reflux a bit better.

What’s more, goat’s milk naturally contains more A2 beta casein protein. By contrast, cow’s milk contains a higher level of A1 beta casein, which has been linked to increased inflammation and discomfort in some people. The A2 protein, found in greater quantity in goat’s milk formula, more closely mimics the protein in human breast milk. This may help support digestion.

Goat’s milk formula can support little ones with allergies and intolerances

We can’t touch on the digestive benefits of goat’s milk formula without also highlighting its suitability for some children with cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA), sensitivities or intolerances. 

These conditions are often what lead parents to try goat’s milk formula in the first place. Many families report great success using it as an alternative to cow’s milk formula. But this isn’t always the case. We recommend getting personalised advice from your paediatrician or child health nurse before giving your child with allergies or intolerances goat’s milk formula. Best to be safe!

Goat’s milk formula can taste better to fussy palates

Nutritional and digestive benefits aside, it’s important that your little one actually enjoys their formula, right? Sometimes this simply comes down to taste!

Studies show that little ones enjoy goat’s milk formula as much as they do cow’s milk formula. Some may even prefer the creamier, sweeter taste.

If your baby has been known to reject their formula, it’s worth giving goat’s milk formula a try.

(And by the way – if you’re considering a goat milk drink for your toddler you can request a free Oli6 Toddler Goat Milk Drink sample to test it out!)

Given all these benefits, it’s easy to see why goat’s milk formula is growing in popularity in Australia, as well as developing countries like the US and UK. Now let us just say this: 

Your feeding journey is your own. We know you’ll make the best decisions for your family. And if goat’s milk formula is what you choose to feed your little one, rest assured that it’s packed full of essential vitamins and minerals needed to promote healthy infant growth. 

You’re a great parent, and you’re doing a great job feeding your child.

One last thing: Goat’s milk formula differs slightly from brand to brand. Here’s how Oli6 Goat Milk Formula stacks up against the rest.

Check out some of the specific benefits of Oli6 Goat Milk Formula, and find us in your local supermarket or pharmacy.


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