One of the most common questions we receive at Oli6 relates to the difference between cow’s milk, soy milk, and goat’s milk baby formula. While most formulas are quite similar, there are some minor variations between formulas that could make a huge difference to parents. Read on to discover what these differences are and how they can impact your formula choice.
Parents who are searching for a baby formula will always look for formulas that are easier to digest. Compared to most formulas, goat’s milk baby formula can be the easier one to digest; this does not only apply to babies, but also toddlers.
The reason why goat’s milk powder can be the better choice for digestion can be found in prebiotic oligosaccharides content. These non-digestible fibres are present in high levels inside natural goat’s milk, subsequently providing a lot of their benefits to goat’s milk powder and the prepared goat’s milk baby formula.
High levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides inside goat’s milk powder are more important than most parents think. Prebiotic oligosaccharides inside goat’s milk powder do not only promote the growth of healthy bacteria, they also absorb water and limit the growth of harmful pathogenic bacteria. This large number of benefits is reason enough to choose goat’s milk powder over other formulas.
The preparation of formula depends on the type of formula you have obtained. For example, each formula comes in various forms; this can be ready-made, concentrated liquid, or powdered. So, if you choose a powdered goat’s milk baby formula, its preparation will not be much different from a powdered cow’s milk formula.
Many parents are aware of some of the disadvantages associated with soy milk formula. Therefore, it is rare for parents to choose soy milk formula over goat’s milk baby formula. In fact, the use of soy formula is not advised, unless it is specifically recommended by a medical professional.
One of the biggest problems with soy formula is that this type of formula can have a negative effect on the dental health of your child. Research has indicated that soy formula produces five to six times more acid in the mouth compared to other formulas. Since acids are a contributor to tooth decay, plaque, and cavities, the consequences on your child’s dental health could be quite negative.
Both types of formula are nutritionally complete, so both goat milk formula and cow’s milk formula are chosen by parents. However, some parents experience that goat milk formula is easier to digest for their child, mainly due to the higher levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides, which we explained earlier.
The nature of goat milk can also be gentler on the tummy of children overall. So, children who experience some cramping and discomfort with regular cow’s milk formula, could benefit from making the switch to goat milk formula.
Of course, if your child experiences severe cramping and other digestion-related problems, there could be an underlying medical problem, which means a simple formula switch may not be enough. If your child is showing such symptoms, it is best to consult your child’s paediatrician.
But how do you spot digestion-related problems before you child can talk? Well, there are some signs parents can spot. Common signs of digestion-related problems include severe diarrhoea, constipation, and vomiting. Babies suffering from digestion-related issues could also appear extremely restless after a feeding.
While there is nothing to worry about in most cases, there are some medical conditions that could cause serious digestive distress. So, when you spot some signs of severe digestive distress, it is important to get your child to a paediatrician as soon as possible.
Selecting formula often comes down to your child’s preferences and needs. For example, if your child is prone to digestive distress, a formula that is gentler on the tummy may be recommended. Some children prefer the taste of goat milk formula over cow milk formula; this could be another reason for parents to choose Oli6 formula over other formula types.
Parents can obtain loads of information about Oli6 formula on our website. We have several information pages created with parents in mind, but also a detailed product description, which lists all the ingredients in our formula.
Do you have an additional question before you can purchase our formula? Do not hesitate to contact the Oli6 team through Facebook for some additional information – https://www.facebook.com/Oli6Toddler.