Not many people are aware of the existence of toddler formulas, even though they could be of benefit for toddlers. If you want to get more familiar with toddler formula – and with Oli6 goat’s milk formula – be sure to read our helpful information below!
Most children can switch from their goat’s milk formula to regular goat’s milk when they reach the age of 1. Of course, there are some exceptions to the rule, for example children who have not reached their desired weight gain, or children with a sensitive tummy.
When a toddler has problems digesting regular cow’s milk, a goat’s milk formula could be an alternative. Goat’s milk formula is gentle on a toddler’s stomach, since it forms a much softer curd than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk formula also contains non-digestible fibres called prebiotic oligosaccharides, which aid digestion by absorbing water and promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Even though goat formula and cow formula are both nutritionally adequate, there are some crucial differences between both formulas that could have an influence on your formula choice. To help you understand the crucial differences between cow milk and goat formula, we have created a comprehensible overview of the differences below.
We already explained how prebiotic oligosaccharides can aid your toddler’s digestion, but it is also worth mentioning that goat formula contains higher levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides than regular cow’s milk formula. Since prebiotic oligosaccharides are so important for your child’s digestion, goat formula could be the advised choice for children with sensitive tummies.
Oli6 formula also contains higher levels of certain vitamins and minerals compared to regular cow’s milk; this includes 46% more vitamin A!
Vitamin A is a crucial vitamin for vision development, and vision development in dim light specifically. Vitamin A also plays a role in the maintenance of the skin, teeth, skeletal tissue, soft tissue and mucus membranes. Therefore, a lack of vitamin A in the diet of toddlers could have some serious consequences.
Aside from our quality formula, there are more food sources you could use to add more vitamin A to the diet of your toddler. So, if you wish to ensure your child is getting enough vitamin A in his or her diet, be sure to add foods such as cantaloupe, pink grapefruit, apricot, carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and winter squash.
Our Oli6 formula contains more magnesium than standard cow’s milk too. Magnesium performs a role in more than 300 biochemical processes in the body, since Magnesium is a co-factor for enzymes.
Some of the most important functions of magnesium include maintaining nerve functioning, muscle functioning, supporting a healthy immune system and keeping the heart beat steady. Magnesium can also regular blood glucose levels.
There are many other sources of magnesium too; this includes bananas, dried apricots, avocados, almonds, cashews, peas, beans, tofu, brown rice and millet. So, once you stop giving your child goat’s milk formula, you must ensure these types of foods are present in the diet of your child.
One of the vitamins that should be closely monitored in the diet of your child is vitamin C, because the body is not capable to store this vitamin in the body. Therefore, having enough vitamin C in the diet of a toddler is crucial for good health and development.
Oli6 goat formula contains 37% more vitamin C than regular cow’s milk, which is a good nutritional value for children. Of course, there are other food sources containing a lot of vitamin C, so adding some of these food sources once you stop giving your child goat’s milk formula is recommended; this includes foods such as tomatoes, citrus fruits, broccoli and tomatoes.
The functions of vitamin C inside the human body cannot be underestimated either, because vitamin C is an antioxidant and is used for the growth and repair of body tissues. Vitamin C also helps to create collagen, a protein required for body structures such as skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.
Given the importance of vitamin C for the human body – and the fact that the body cannot store it – it is essential to keep a good eye on vitamin C intake!
Parents are often surprised to learn that goat formula contains more calcium than cow’s milk, because many people associate cow’s milk with a high calcium level. However, fresh goat’s milk contains more calcium than fresh cow’s milk, so a formula based on goat’s milk could prove more beneficial for toddlers who require more calcium in their diet.
Calcium is responsible for building strong bones and teeth, but it also fulfils roles such as blood clotting, nerve signalling, muscle contractions, hormone balance and keeping the heart rhythm steady. So, calcium does much more than keeping your bones and teeth strong.
Aside from goat’s milk toddler formula, there are other things you could add to the diet of your toddler to assure they get enough calcium. In addition to dairy, which are great sources of calcium, parents can also add foods such as kale, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, salmon, sardines and almonds. So, if your child is somewhat sensitive to dairy, you can still get calcium in their diet by choosing vegetables and nuts.
Still, if your child is so sensitive to dairy you cannot incorporate it, you must visit your paediatrician for some advice. Your paediatrician may recommend a supplement, because the concentration of calcium is usually highest in dairy products.
Are you considering acquiring goat’s milk toddler formula for your toddler, but do you want to find out more about our formula before you do so? Head over to our information pages and product description pages for more info! Alternatively, you can also contact our team via telephone or email.