What You Need To Know About Goat Milk Baby Formula
If you are a parent with an infant who is lactose intolerant, or allergic to the protein in cow’s milk, you’ve probably asked yourself whether goat’s milk is an option you can turn to for your child. A baby with an allergy to sow’s milk or who is intolerant to lactose may gain something from goat’s milk baby formula seeing as goat’s milk could settle easier in the stomach and digest with less difficulty as well. It should, however, be noted that goat’s milk still has lactose and as such not all infants could get an advantage from a formula with goat’s milk.
Goat’s milk vs. Cow’s milk
Goat’s milk may have lactose but the levels are just a bit lower than that of cow’s milk and so the main advantage of using goat’s milk products for a baby with lactose intolerance or an allergy to cow’s milk is the protein and fat makeup of the goat’s milk. The greatest perk that comes with goat milk is the supposed lesser degree of allergenic proteins. This is because there is less coagulation in the stomach resulting from binding of the proteins by the stomach acids which then start digesting. This means proteins in goat’s milk are easily digested in the baby’s stomach and this is why it settles better in the stomach for digestion in babies who are allergic to the proteins in cow’s milk. Not to mention the fat composition that goat milk has which is quite different to that of Cow’s milk. These fats in goat milk may benefit children with these allergies.
Availability Of Goat Milk Formula
There are no formulas based on goat milk at the moment in the US, but they were available in the UK and all over the European Union but they are being removed from the market. Seeing as there have been statements from the E.U. Showing that it is not good for infants.
Reasons, why goat’s milk, is not a good alternative to cow milk based formula.
- It lacks Folic acid and Vitamin B6
- It has higher levels of protein compared to infant formula and breast milk, which puts a baby in danger of high renal solute load and dehydration
- Quite a number of the recipes involving goat’s milk for infants require dilution with the aim of reducing kidney solute load, but this dilution also comes with the dilution of nutrients as well as energy. This brings about a danger of water intoxication (can give rise to seizures) or hyponatremia.
- There have been secondary literature reports of acidosis from goat’s milk on account of the high level of protein
- It is better to try using a formula without intact soy, milk, casein or protein and gradually expose individual foods to the infant instead of relying on goat’s milk which is not advised for newborns.
Take into consideration all of the nutritional repercussions of using goat’s milk while making formula making sure to consult with your child’s pediatrician so as to ensure without a doubt that it will not put your child’s health at risk.