Goat’s milk formula is seen by many parents as a better formula available, but why is this? If you are curious about the pros and cons of goat’s milk formulas in Australia, be sure to check out the information provided by leading goat formula brand Oli6!
One of the pros you may have heard about goat’s milk formula is that the formula is easier to digest for children. This is one of the main reasons why parents consider goat’s milk formula could be a better formula for their child.
Goat’s milk formula is a good formula for digestion thanks to the presence of prebiotic oligosaccharides. These prebiotic oligosaccharides are specific types of fibres, which are not digested by the body but remain in the large intestine.
Prebiotic oligosaccharides absorb water in the large intestine, and this water encounters passing stool when the body is digesting food. The passing stool subsequently becomes softer and easier to pass. Therefore, goat formula is not only the formula for better digestion generally, but also for children who suffer from specific digestion-related symptoms such as constipation.
In addition to the absorption of water, prebiotic oligosaccharides in goat formula promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria such as lactobacilli. Through the growth of these healthy bacteria, digestion becomes more efficient, but the growth of harmful pathogenic bacteria in the large intestine is also limited.
Parents who have checked recent studies on prebiotic oligosaccharides might have discovered additional benefits of these non-digestible fibres too; this includes the promotion of brain development and enhanced nutrient absorption.
One of the challenges parents may encounter during their search for goat milk formula is finding a formula that is 100% Australian manufactured.
Since we produce our goat’s formula in Australia, parents do not have to worry about their formula supply. So, when you choose Oli6, you can be sure on a continuous supply of our goat milk formula.
There are some differences in the vitamin and mineral content of Oli6 formula and cow’s milk formula. However, these differences play to the advantage of the Oli6 formula.
When you compare fresh cow’s milk to goat’s milk, you will notice a difference in the concentration of specific vital minerals and vitamins. Fresh goat’s milk is richer in minerals such as calcium and magnesium, but also vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin D. Therefore, the Oli6 formula could be useful for children suffering for certain deficiencies. Before you make the switch, always check with your child’s paediatrician first. If your child is deficient in a certain vitamin or mineral, there could be an underlying cause. So, it is always best to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
Parents can switch from cow’s milk formula to goat’s milk formula. However, we recommend that switching formula should happen under the supervision of a medical professional or on the advice of a medical professional.
Even though switching from a cow’s milk formula to goat’s milk formula will not do any harm to your child, your child can experience some side-effects during the switch.
There are some things parents can do to make the transition to another formula a little easier. If you are switching from a cow’s milk formula to goat’s milk formula, you need to consider the different protein structure in the formula. Therefore, parents must gradually make the switch to the new formula.
Most parents will prepare a formula that contains ¾ of the old formula and ¼ of the new formula; this helps with the transition of taste and proteins. However, before you do this, please check with the manufacturer of the new formula to make sure that such a combination is possible.
Parents who can introduce the formula by mixing it with the old formula, should start by giving their child the mixture once daily. Then, parents can continue by using ½ of the old formula and ½ of the new formula for the following day; this continues until the child has switched to the new formula completely.
During the transition to the new formula, it is important to look out for some digestion-related problems. The three common problems all parents should look out for include vomiting, excessive gas, and constipation.
Please note that some irritation symptoms may occur during the switch; this could include some minor diarrhoea and gas. Therefore, it is important to talk to your paediatrician about the symptoms that could indicate a more serious problem; this may include severe diarrhoea and chronic constipation. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact your child’s paediatrician as soon as possible.
One of the disadvantages of goat milk for little ones occurs when a child is sensitive to certain ingredients inside goat’s milk formula. As such, a child can experience certain side-effects and parents often have to ask their paediatrician for a formula recommendation, as most other types of formula will be ruled out as well.
Most children love the taste of our formula and it is packed with digestion-related benefits. What is not to love?
Do you need more information about Oli6 formula before you make the switch? Head over the many information pages available on the Oli6 website or check out the product description of our Oli6 formulas.
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