IS GOAT'S MILK INFANT FORMULA EASIER FOR MY BABY TO DIGEST THAN COW'S MILK?
Almost half of mums with children aged 12-24 months have to try to address their child’s digestive issues. Their main priority is to find formulas with prebiotics or probiotics. Prebiotics are a non-digestible food ingredient that, through its metabolisation by microorganisms in the gut, brings about specific changes in the composition and/or activity of the gut microbiota which promote host health and wellbeing.
Studies have also found that goat’s milk formula naturally contains 250-300mg/L oligosaccharides, which represents up to six times the concentration of prebiotic oligosaccharides than in standard cow’s milk to assist in the digestion process*.
Is Goat’s Milk Powder a Good Option for BABIES AND Toddlers with Allergies?
Goat’s milk powder can be a good option for babies and toddlers who are somewhat sensitive to cow’s milk which can be caused by lactose. However, goat’s milk powder can sometimes not be the right alternative for babies or toddlers with severe lactose intolerance, given the fact that goat’s milk powder still contains small amounts of lactose.
Does goat's milk have the same levels of protein as cow's milk?
The milk composition of major proteins differ somewhat between goat and cow milk. Goat’s milk formula has lower levels of αs1-CN and higher levels of β-CN than standard cow’s milk and therefore its casein profile is closer to human milk. αs1-CN has been suggested to be the cause of many people being unable to digest regular cow’s milk.
Why Are Prebiotic Oligosaccharides Important When Choosing the Best Infant Formula?
Among of the reasons why parents switch from cow’s milk to goat's milk formula is the presence of a high number of prebiotic oligosaccharides in goat’s milk. Prebiotic oligosaccharides are non-digestible fibres. These non-digestible fibres may help you baby or toddler with digestion. When prebiotic oligosaccharides enter the body, they remain in the digestive tract. Once there, they perform numerous important functions to aid in the digestion process including: absorption of water, making stools softer and easier to; and promoting the number of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.
Even though cow’s milk does contain these prebiotic oligosaccharides, goat’s milk naturally contains six times the amount of oligosaccarides compared to regular cow’s milk.
What are the benefits of feeding my baby goat's milk?
In infants who show an intolerance to cow's milk—symptoms of this can include colicky abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and facial rashes—parents often report that many of these allergic reactions disappear or greatly improve after switching to goat's milk. Here are the reasons why goat's milk is more easily digested and less allergenic than cow's milk in many infants:
Less allergenic proteins
The protein clumps that are formed by the action of the stomach acids on the protein are called curds. The softer the curd, the quicker it passes through the stomach. Goat's milk protein forms a softer curd, which makes it easier to digest. This could be an advantage for infants who spit up a lot or who have gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Goat's milk contains only trace amounts of the allergenic protein found in cow's milk—alpha-S1 casein. However, goat's milk and cow's milk both contain another type of allergenic protein, beta-lactoglobulin, which is why some infants who are allergic to cow's milk may also be allergic to goat's milk.
More digestible fat
The fat globules in goat's milk are easier to digest because they contain a higher proportion of short and medium-chain fatty acids. It's a biochemical result that allows the intestinal enzymes to digest the fat easier. Cow's milk contains more of the longer-chain fatty acids that require more work for the intestines to digest
Slightly less lactose
While both cow's milk and goat's milk contain the sugar lactose, goat's milk contains slightly less (4.1 percent versus 4.7 percent in cow's milk). It's possible that this is a slight advantage for infants who are lactose intolerant.