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Parents who are looking for a new formula for their child, often do a significant amount of research to make sure the formula is suitable for their child. If you are considering goat’s milk formula, and need some additional information on the subject and its benefits, please find out all you need to know about this formula type below!

What Are the Main Differences Between Goat’s Milk Formula and Regular Cow’s Milk?

The nutrients that both formulas can offer are the same. However, there are some differences in the levels of certain nutrients. For example, goat’s milk formula contains more calcium, vitamin A, magnesium and vitamin C than regular cow’s milk.

There is also a difference in the levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides when you compare goat’s milk formula to regular cow’s milk. Compared to regular cow’s milk, goat formula contains up to eight times more prebiotic oligosaccharides, which are non-digestible fibres that aid digestion through the absorption of water and by promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria.

When comparing goat formula to cow’s milk formula, goat formula could be easier to digest for toddlers with a sensitive tummy, considering the higher levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides and the optimal protein balance of goat formula.

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Where Should I Store Goat Formula?

Parents who have bought more than one tin and want to keep this goat formula safe, should store it in a cool and clean location. Please make sure that the tin is not exposed to large amounts of sunlight or dust. Even though the formula inside the tin is protected, environmental conditions could have a negative influence on the formula; this is not only the case for Oli6 formula, but also other formula types on the market today.

Please note that parents should always throw away any formula that has been left after a feeding. If your toddler could not finish a bottle, it is tempting to store that formula for later use. However, during the time where the formula is not used, it could encounter bacteria. Therefore, to protect the health of your child, always throw away any leftovers.

How Do I Make Sure Bacteria Don’t Pile Up in the Formula?

Hygiene is key to ensure no harmful bacteria enter the baby bottle before a feeding. Before you make up the formula, we recommend washing the baby bottles and teats in some warm soapy water. Please make sure that no formula remains in the bottle before you move onto sterilising the bottles and teats.

Once the bottles and teats are properly cleaned, it is time to sterilise the bottle-feeding equipment. There are several methods to sterilise teats and bottles, but the most used methods are cold water sterilising, steam sterilising and boiling.

To sterilise bottles and teats with a cold sterilising solution, you will need a clean container and cold-water sterilising solution; this can be obtained from a variety of speciality stores. Cold water sterilising has some clear benefits, but the main benefit of this sterilising method is undoubtedly convenience.

The second sterilisation method you could use to sterilise baby bottles and teats is steam sterilising. Steam sterilising can be done with a special steriliser bought in speciality stores, but it could also be done with the microwave. However, the microwave is considered a more time-consuming option, since it constantly has to be sterilised too.

In addition to steam sterilising and cold-water sterilising, parents can also choose boiling. Boiling is the most affordable option, but it can damage bottles and teats prematurely. So, if you decide to use this method to sterilise bottles and teats, please make sure the bottle-feeding equipment is checked before you start using it.

Parents must also take surfaces into consideration once they have sterilised bottle-feeding equipment. Please make sure all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned before you place sterilised bottles or the formula on the working surface, otherwise bacteria could still pile up in bottles and teats.

When Should I Switch from Goat Formula to Regular Milk?

Most toddlers can switch from formula to regular milk when they reach the age of one. Naturally, there can be some exceptions to the rule; this includes children who are developing slowly, children who cannot digest regular milk and more.

If you are unsure if your toddler can tolerate regular milk, it is always best to make an appointment with your child’s paediatrician. Your paediatrician can determine if it is time for your toddler to switch to regular milk, or if your toddler should keep on goat’s milk toddler formula for a little while longer.

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Should I Teach My Toddler to Drink Formula from a Cup Instead of a Bottle?

It may take a while for a toddler to switch from a bottle to a cup, although there are some toddlers that make the switch without any problems whatsoever. In most cases, medical professionals recommend weaning the child of the bottle.

Switching from a bottle to a cup does have some benefits for a toddler’s health. Drinking from a cup will reduce the chances of your child developing tooth decay. Prolonged drinking from a bottle could also slow speech development for your child, so switching to a cup as soon as it is appropriate is certainly recommended.

When you teach your toddler to drink from a cup, please be patient. Some toddlers find it difficult to make the switch, so the stance you take during this switch can influence how successful they will be at it.

Where Can I Find More Information About Oli6 Goat’s Milk Toddler Formula?

Have you decided to use goat’s milk toddler formula for your toddler, but do you want some additional information first? Head over to our Oli6 goat’s milk toddler formula information pages or head over to the product pages for additional nutritional information.

Do you have some questions about our formula, and could you not find the answers on the website? Do not hesitate to contact Oli6 for additional information and we will be more than happy to help.