Goat’s milk formula as an alternative for your baby
Photo Credit: Kabrita, SA
With the recent advent of dairy-free products and a growing consumers' interest into cow's milk alternatives it was only going to be a matter of time before baby formula manufacturers included alternatives to cow's milk based formulas.
Although soy based formulas have been around for a while the launch of goat milk based formulas have been fairly recent, specifically on the South African market.
When choosing a baby formula we are driven by the notion of what’s best for our baby. And all babies are different. In today’s world we struggle more than ever with food intolerances in babies. If you want to consider an alternative to cow’s milk, goat’s milk-based formulas can be your answer. We compiled some scientific facts on the benefits of goat milk for your baby.
What is our microbiome?
All humans have a microbiome, which is a population of trillions of microorganisms, also called microbiota or microbes, bustling inside and outside our bodies.
Each person has an entirely unique network of microbiota that is originally determined by one’s DNA. A person is first exposed to microorganisms as a baby, during delivery in the birth canal and through breast milk.
In a healthy person, the many good and few bad “bugs “coexist peacefully, with the largest numbers found in the small and large intestines but also throughout the body.
Can diet affect your baby’s microbiota?
What we do know, is that the composition of microbes in our gut influences way more than just our digestion. Diet is considered as one of the main drivers in shaping the gut microbiota across our life-time. Intestinal bacteria play a crucial role in maintaining our immune systems. Gut bacteria that is changed has been associated with infections and disease.
Boosting your baby’s microbiota
Prebiotics can be seen as the food that helps to stimulate, grow and maintain the beneficial gut bacteria in your baby’s gut.
Human milk contains an abundant supply and diverse array of oligosaccharides, which possess these ‘prebiotic’ properties and which are significantly beneficial to breastfed infants.
These oligosaccharides that act as prebiotics in the gut help to maintain the health of the digestive tract of your baby by encouraging the growth of the good gut bacteria and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.
Why is goats’ milk considered to be more similar to human milk?
Goats’ milk naturally contains higher levels of the beneficial oligosaccharides relative to milk from other mammalian species. These oligosaccharides help to establish and maintain a healthy gut, boosts your baby’s immune system and protects against gastrointestinal infections.
Breast milk also contains a fatty acid called ß-palmitate, high levels of which can positively influence gut health, growth and comfort of babies. ß-palmitate is also found in high levels in goat milk-based formula.
Goat’s milk and digestion
Most types of milk contain both A1-type β-casein protein and A2-type β-casein protein. There is evidence that type A1 of β-casein may be more likely to cause digestive issues, inflammatory or allergic reactions, resulting in diarrhoea and abdominal cramping among babies.
Goat milk mostly contains type A2 β-casein, and therefore tends to be more easily digested by babies. It is the relatively low amount of A1 β-casein protein in goats’ milk that helps to form the softer curd in the stomach and makes it more digestible.
Furthermore, while the fat content of goat milk is similar to that of cow milk, the fat globules are up to 75% smaller, and this may make them easier to digest.
So not only goats’ milk is naturally easier to digest but according to some of our moms who have been feeding their babies with goat milk-based formulas goat’s milk has a smooth and creamy taste.
Moms might also consider goat milk as a great nutritional choice for the whole family. One glass of goat milk gives you more than two-thirds of the recommended daily requirement of zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral for the maintenance of healthy skin, wound healing and helps boost immunity.
Remember to always consult with a registered health practitioner before you consider the introduction of infant formula product supplementation or changing from the existing formula product your baby is on to a new alternative such as a goat milk-based formula.
Head to MyMilkClub store to learn more about KABRITA, goat milk formula product we have chosen, also available as AUTOMILK subscription
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. MyMilkClub reserves the right to its opinions and fully supports the notion of promotion that breast is best in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) infant feeding guidelines. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life, and continued breastfeeding with complementary foods for up to two years of age. Breast milk is the best food for infants. Good maternal nutrition is essential to prepare and maintain breastfeeding. If breastfeeding is not possible, an infant formula may be used according to the advice of registered health professionals. Preparation and storage of any infant formula should be performed as directed on the tin in order not to pose any health hazards.