Mums that are considering giving their toddler goat’s milk formula will find the following article incredibly interesting. Below, mums can find an overview of five important things they need to know about goat’s milk formula. Read on to find out what they are!
Goat milk naturally contains a high amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium and calcium than standard cow milk. Considering the benefits of these vitamins and minerals, toddlers can get some benefits from goat’s milk formula where growth and development is concerned.
Magnesium is one of those minerals that children can get numerous benefits from. As you may or may not know already, magnesium is a mineral that is connected to more than three hundred biochemical processes in the human body. Magnesium plays a role in nerve functioning, muscle movement, the health of the immune system, the regulation of blood glucose levels and bone strength. Needless to say, magnesium is a vital mineral during the early stages of your child’s life.
The high levels of vitamin A in goat milk cannot be underestimated either, because vitamin A is vital for the development of vision and sight. Vitamin A is also linked to functions such as cell growth and skin health.
A good calcium intake is also advised for children, considering the fact that calcium is needed to create strong bones. The body uses approximately 99 percent of its calcium to keep bones and teeth healthy, therefore contributing to a strong skeletal structure. Calcium is also a mineral that contributes to cell signalling, blood clotting, muscle contractions and the functioning of the nerve system.
Last but not least, vitamin C in goat milk can also contribute to better health and good development. The vitamin is needed to make collagen; this is a protein that is used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. During the growing stages, having a sufficient amount of vitamin C is quite important to ensure the efficiency of these functions.
Goat milk naturally contains six time more prebiotic oligosaccharides than standard cow milk; this means that a formula based on goat milk could be easier to digest for some children.
Prebiotic oligosaccharides are non-digestible fibres; this means that these fibres are not digested, but that they remain in the digestive tract. Oligosaccharides remain in the digestive tract to perform numerous functions that could prove beneficial for the digestion of the child.
The prebiotic oligosaccharides absorb water, promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria that aid with digestion and limit the number of pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract. By limiting the number of pathogenic bacteria, prebiotic oligosaccharides could prevent problems such as infection. By absorbing water, these prebiotic oligosaccharides also make the stool softer and considerably easier to pass.
Naturally, the benefits for the digestion of children could be quite valuable for some mums, especially mums with a toddler struggling to digest their cow’s milk formula or other formula. If you want to switch from your current formula to goat’s milk formula, be sure to contact your paediatrician for additional advice on formula switching.
Cow milk and goat milk both contain the proteins needed for healthy growth and development. However, there is a difference between these two milk sources where protein composition is concerned. When comparing goat milk to cow milk, it is evident that goat milk contains less of a specific protein that has been linked to digestive distress – αs1-CN – but also that goat milk is higher in another protein called β-CN.
The lower levels of αs1-CN could mean that goat milk is easier to tolerate for certain children. If your child has problems tolerating their cow milk formula, the lower levels of αs1-CN in goat milk could provide a viable solution. Of course, it is advised to contact your child’s paediatrician before making the switch to another formula.
Cholesterol is a substance that is needed for the production of steroid hormones as well as for normal development and functioning. Cholesterol also plays a function in the production of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Therefore, cholesterol is still needed in the diet of children as well as adults.
The substance cholesterol has obtained quite the bad name in the media, considering that “bad” cholesterol may cause problems such as heart disease. However, cholesterol can contribute to good health if used in moderation and if the “good” types of cholesterol are ingested.
Compared to cow milk, goat milk contains a little less cholesterol. Goat milk naturally contains 11 milligrams of cholesterol, while cow milk contains 14 milligrams per 100 grams. A lower cholesterol content will ensure your baby or toddler still gets the right amount needed for healthy growth and development, but also that parents can avoid problems that could occur through consuming too much cholesterol.
Certain formula brands aim to make their formula more environmentally-friendly and reduce their environmental footprint. Oli6 is one of those brands, because all the packaging used for Oli6 formula is recyclable.
Goat milk tends to be more environmentally-friendly than cow milk in general. Goat farms have a smaller environmental footprint than cow farms, considering goats need less room than cows. Goats also eat less than cows and need less grazing space.
The points described above are just some of the things mums should know about goat milk . There are also some additional benefits that we have not mentioned yet, including the fact that goat milk contains smaller fat globules, a lower level of lactose and more.
To learn more about the range of Oli6 dairy goat formulas and their benefits, please refer to the information pages on the website. On our website, parents can find more benefits connected to the use of goat formula and some valuable tips on bottle feeding.