Goat’s milk powder can be a good option for babies and toddlers who are somewhat sensitive to cow’s milk. However, goat’s milk powder is not an alternative for toddlers with lactose intolerance, given the fact that goat’s milk powder still contains lactose. To find out in which instances goat’s milk powder could be a viable infant formula option, please read our information below.
One of the reasons why some parents switch from cow’s milk to goat milk formula is the presence of a high number of prebiotic oligosaccharides in goat’s milk. Even though cow’s milk does contain these prebiotic oligosaccharides, goat’s milk naturally contains six times the amount of oligos compared to regular cow’s milk.
Prebiotic oligosaccharides are non-digestible fibres. These non-digestible fibres may aid the digestion of your toddler. When prebiotic oligosaccharides enter the body, they remain in the digestive tract. Once there, they perform numerous important functions to aid the digestion of your toddler.
The first function performed by prebiotic oligosaccharides is the absorption of water. By absorbing water, the stool becomes softer and easier to pass; this specific role can therefore reduce any digestive discomfort your child may be experiencing.
Goat formula with a high number of prebiotic oligosaccharides also has benefits where the prevention of infection is concerned. Oligos can limit the number of pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract. Pathogenic bacteria are responsible for infections but can also cause digestive distress.
In addition to limiting the number of pathogenic bacteria, prebiotic oligosaccharides increase the number of healthy bacteria. These healthy bacteria aid digestion, subsequently reducing the chance that your toddler may experience digestive distress.
The prebiotic oligosaccharides in goat formula is just one of the natural ingredients that promote the digestion of your toddler. Goat’s milk also contains 16% of medium chain fatty acids, which is twice the amount of medium chain fatty acids in cow’s milk (8%).
Medium chain fatty acids have been associated with colonic health and could therefore contribute to better and more efficient digestion. Products with medium chain fatty acids are often recommended by physicians and nutritionists for the treatment of clinical disorders relating to the digestive system. These clinical disorders include the malabsorption syndrome, premature infant feeding and cystic fibrosis.
Research has shown that the size of the fat globules in goat’s milk and cow’s milk are quite different; this certainly has an impact on digestion and the ability of the toddler to digest his or her formula. Cow’s milk fat globules are considerably larger than the fat globules in goat’s milk, which indicates that cow’s milk will be harder to digest and requires more energy in general.
Goat formula naturally contains more phospholipids than regular cow’s milk; this comes down to 20% of the total fat content. Phospholipids perform several important functions in the body of your toddler. They are the key components in cell membranes and have also been linked to brain development.
Phospholipids could also have an impact on the digestion of the toddler. Scientists have suggested that phospholipids could reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems, inflammation, stress, cancer, cholesterol absorption and gastrointestinal infections. Because of this, the presence of phospholipids in formula cannot be underestimated.
The proteins that are present in goat formula and cow formula are relatively similar, but there is a difference in the levels of certain proteins.
Studies have suggested that a certain type of protein, αs1-CN, could be the cause of many people being unable to digest cow’s milk. Compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk contains lower levels of αs1-CN protein, but higher levels of β-CN protein; this could mean that a goat formula might be easier to digest for some toddlers.
The benefits of goat’s milk do not stop with digestion, because the natural vitamin and mineral content in goat’s milk also contributes to the health of your toddler.
Firstly, goat’s milk is a great natural source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is the vitamin that is responsible for the development of vision and sight. Compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk contains 46% more vitamin A; this indicates that goat’s milk could be advantageous for the vision and sight development of your toddler.
Goat’s milk also contains 33% more magnesium than cow’s milk. Magnesium is a mineral that has been linked to many important functions in the human body. The mineral helps to maintain a normal muscle and nerve function. Magnesium also supports the immune system and keeps bones strong. The mineral also plays an important part in the regulation of the blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Scientists have also proven that the mineral plays a crucial role in processes such as energy provision and protein synthesis.
The vitamin C content in goat’s milk is naturally higher than cow’s milk as well, approximately 37%. Vitamin C is a vitamin could provide some protection against more serious conditions, including immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease and eye disease. It has also shown to be beneficial for adults, with additional benefits such as a reduction of prenatal health problems and wrinkles.
Last but certainly not least, goat’s milk is also a great natural source of calcium. Compared to standard cow’s milk, goat’s milk contains 10% more calcium. Calcium is an essential mineral for your child, considering it is responsible for the health of your toddler’s teeth and bones.
Doing research into various types of formula could help you determine if our formula is the best choice for your child. Of course, we at Oli6 strongly believe in the benefits our formula can deliver, so we provide countless information pages to parents who want to learn more about the natural advantages of the Oli6 formula.
On the Oli6 website, parents can find parent resources, but also product pages that describe all the ingredients in detail. We recommend printing some of these pages out if you child suffers from digestive distress on their current formula; this way you can take the information to your child’s paediatrician and determine if a switch to Oli6 formula could be a solution for your child’s digestive-related problems.
We must mention that it is always a good idea for new parents to visit a licensed child specialist regularly, especially in the beginning of your child’s early development.
Since there is much information to consider, many new parents feel overwhelmed and insecure. They often feel that they are forgetting something, doubting their own ability. However, with the guidance of a midwife or another licensed child specialist, parents can acquire the information they require and gain more confidence in their own ability.
Do you have any additional questions about the natural benefits of Oli6 goat’s milk formula? Or anything about the difference between organic and natural formula? Do not hesitate to contact Oli6 for more information. Parents can get in touch with the Oli6 team through Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Oli6Toddler/. We will be more than happy to answer your questions.