Goat’s milk powder can be an excellent alternative for children unable to tolerate formulas derived from cow’s milk. To learn more about goat’s milk powder, and the natural benefits of goat’s milk, please read the below information.
There are a couple of reasons why goat’s milk powder could be easier to digest for your child. The first reason is a high level of prebiotic oligosaccharides, which is six times higher in goat milk than in regular cow milk.
Prebiotic oligosaccharides cannot be digested by the body and remain in the large intestine. In the large intestine, these fibres start to absorb water; this has a direct effect on the stool of the infant, because the water makes the stool softer and considerably easier to pass.
The prebiotic oligosaccharides in goat’s milk powder also stimulate the growth of important gut bacteria that aid with digestion; this includes friendly bacteria such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. By promoting the growth of healthy bacteria, prebiotic oligosaccharides indivertibly reduce the number of pathogenic bacteria in the large intestine. These pathogenic bacteria may cause infection, so the presence of prebiotic oligosaccharides in the large intestine has health benefits for the child as well.
Researchers have stated that prebiotic oligosaccharides could not only be beneficial for healthy digestion, since there is some documented evidence indicating that the non-digestible fibres may play a significant role in the management of certain allergy-related illnesses such as eczema. Even though the results of this research are not conclusive yet, the functionality of these non-digestible fibres cannot be underestimated.
One of the primary concerns many parents have when choosing a goat infant formula is the presence of the right proteins. Even though goat milk and cow milk contain the same proteins, there is a difference in the protein composition of these two milk types.
Studies have shown that goat milk contains less αs1-CN than regular cow milk. The protein αs1-CN has been linked to digestive distress and an inability to digest milk. When your child experiences digestive distress while trying to digest cow’s infant formula, it may be caused by this protein.
αs1-CN is a casein protein that requires specific enzymes to be digested. If your child lacks those enzymes, or has a shortage of those specific enzymes, they may find it difficult to digest an infant formula made from cow milk.
The lower levels of αs1-CN in goat milk formula could be a solution for children who experience digestive distress from a cow’s milk formula. However, it is always advised to contact your child’s paediatrician to determine the exact problem before you make the switch to another formula.
Goat milk formula is a product that is naturally high in vitamins and minerals. There are also certain vitamins and minerals that are present in higher levels in goat milk than in cow milk, indicating that goat milk formula could be more beneficial in some cases.
Compared to cow milk, goat milk contains 46% more vitamin A. Vitamin A is connected to the development of vision and sight, but also contributes to important body functions such as creating new cells, skin health, hair growth and the maintenance of tissues.
The levels of magnesium are also higher in goat milk than in cow milk (33%). Magnesium has more than three hundred different functions in the body, but its primary roles are keeping the teeth and bones healthy, ensuring the proper functioning of the nervous system and the metabolic process that produces energy.
Antioxidants are also important for the health of your baby, because these substances fight free radicals that could harm cells. Fortunately, there is a vitamin with antioxidant properties, whereof high levels can be found naturally in goat milk formula. That antioxidant vitamin is vitamin C.
Vitamin C is needed for the creation of collagen; this collagen has numerous important functions including holding the cells together, teeth health, gum health, improving iron absorption and providing resistance against infections.
Last but certainly not least, goat milk formula naturally contains 10% more calcium than cow milk. The benefits of calcium are known to most parents, because it is a mineral that is extremely important for good bone growth and healthy teeth. Calcium also plays a role in the functioning of the nervous system and blood clotting.
Selecting the best infant formula is easy at Oli6, because we offer the best infant formula for each stage of the early life of your toddler or baby. Therefore, parents will find three possible formulas on our website: Oli6 Dairy Goat Infant Formula, Oli6 Dairy Goat Follow on Formula and Oli6 Dairy Goat Toddler Formula. Simply choose the formula matching the age of your child to determine the best infant formula.
Our Dairy Goat Infant Formula is especially formulated to formula feed babies from birth. It can also be used as a substitute when the mum decides to switch from breastfeeding to formula feeding. Our Dairy Goat Infant Formula is nutritionally complete and rich in essential vitamins and minerals to ensure your baby gets everything needed for the best start in life.
Oli6 Dairy Goat Follow on Formula is most suitable for formula babies aged six to twelve months. Just like our infant formula, the Dairy Goat Follow on Formula is nutritionally complete, but also gentle on the tiny tummy of your precious treasure. The follow-on formula is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals, ensuring your child gets all the necessary nutrients when you start to introduce solid foods.
The Dairy Goat Toddler Formula is a great way to provide all the essential vitamins and minerals to your child when they have reached the age of 1. Considering it contains six times as much prebiotic oligosaccharides than cow’s milk formula; this formula should also be easy to tolerate and digest by your little prince or princess.
Oli6 formula could be the best choice for children prone to digestive distress, since Oli6 formula contains high levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides, compounds that aid digestion through the absorption of water and promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Since there could be underlying medical problems causing digestive distress in children, we always advise making an appointment with your child’s paediatrician. Before a formula is chosen, your child should be evaluated by the paediatrician; this to rule out the underlying medical problems that might cause digestive-related problems.
Want to switch to Oli6 formula from your child’s existing formula? To ensure a smooth transition, please contact your local midwife, general practitioner, or nurse, for some advice.
Even though most children do not experience as much problems when the parents decide to switch formula, it can cause some dramatic changes in bowel movements. Some formula switches can change the appetite of the child too, so it is important to have your child monitored during this time.
We must mention that it is important not to change formula too often, especially since it can cause some side-effects where digestion is concerned. Some children may find it difficult to adjust to a new formula where taste is concerned too. Therefore, if you have a decent formula already, a switch is only advised if your child has problems digesting it, or if your child’s paediatrician prescribes a formula.
Have you switched your child’s formula some time ago, but are some of the old problems returning? Be sure to report this to your child’s paediatrician immediately, since this can be a sign of certain underlying medical conditions.