There are so many benefits of goat’s milk for babies that I wasn’t aware of until recently and wanted to share them with you.
As a mum of two small children, my biggest concern has always been for their health and safety.
I remember the early days of motherhood like it was yesterday. The hours spent consulting Dr Google with the hundreds of questions I had daily about my babies, if they were ok and if I was doing everything right.
The thing is, as a new mum, it’s hard to know if all is well because we don’t know all the signs and symptoms to look out for to know if something is amiss.
Meeting with my doctor and local education nurse helped so much with this. Just having that resource of advice and reassurance helped calm my nerves as an anxious new mum.
I breastfed both babies, although first time around I had a very low milk supply and supplemented feeds with formula after a while. At the time, I took my midwife’s recommendation for formula, a cow’s milk one. My daughter took to it quickly and all was well.
I have so many mum friends though who didn’t have such an easy time finding the right formula for them. Their babies were diagnosed with an intolerance to cow’s milk which made it more difficult for them to find a solution. Motherhood is hard enough and when all you want to do is feed your baby, any additional challenges are just so stressful.
These days, research has really improved and alternatives to cow’s milk formula are available, such as Oli6 Goat Milk Formula who are kindly sponsoring this post.
Is Goat Milk Formula good for babies?
Oli6 developed their range as a direct response from talking to Aussie mums who wanted products that were as natural as possible to help their little one’s growth and development.
The Oli6 Goat Milk baby formula range covers the three stages of a baby’s life: from Birth, Follow-On and Toddler Milk.
The formula has a high percentage of goat milk solids and is rich in many essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, vitamin A and C and prebiotic oligosaccharides (oli’s for short).
Goat Milk Vs Cow Milk – what’s the difference?
The difference between goat milk and cow milk is in its composition. Goat’s milk has high levels of important vitamins and minerals that are naturally present in goat’s milk like prebiotic oli’s.
In fact, goat’s milk has up to six times the prebiotic oli’s of standard cow’s milk.
I didn’t realise that many mums opt for goat milk rather than cow’s milk formula because of the health benefits of it even when their child doesn’t have a cow’s milk allergy or intolerance.
If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your baby, always consult your Doctor for advice.
Here are some of the things I’ve discovered:
Goats Milk for Babies Benefits
1. It’s Healthy Prebiotics
Healthy prebiotics increase good gut bacteria and a recent RMIT study has shown that baby formula made from goat’s milk is naturally rich in healthy prebiotics.
This helps to support baby’s immunity, digestive health, brain function and weight management.
The three-year study analysed cow’s milk formula, fresh goat milk and Oli6 goat formula. Scientists found the Oli6 goat milk formula contained 14 naturally-occurring oligosaccharides, five of which are also found in human breast milk.
2. It can help Digestion
I’ve had a lot of friends whose babies and toddlers have had issues digesting milk or certain formulas.
The Prebiotics in goat’s milk infant formula can help with this according to Oli6:
“Prebiotics are a non-digestible food ingredient that, through its metabolization by microorganisms in the gut, brings about specific changes in the composition and/or activity of the gut microbiota which promote health and wellbeing.
3. It’s naturally high in Vitamins and Minerals
One of the most interesting goat milk benefits for me was how naturally high in vitamins and minerals it is.
Goat’s milk is a natural source of vitamin A (great for their eyes), magnesium and vitamin C (for their growth and development) and calcium (for teeth and bones).
Oli6 doesn’t add artificial prebiotics (GOS) due to the high amounts of prebiotic oli’s already in their formula. They also do not add artificial nucleotides as there are similar amounts to human milk already found in goat’s milk. Finally, Oli6 do not add fish oil as it’s an allergen and goat’s milk already has high levels of phospholipids to assist brain development.
4. Goat’s Milk has many similarities to breast milk
I’m a firm believer in “fed is best” when it comes to choosing how to feed your baby. You do what works for your baby and your family.
For us, it’s been a mix of exclusively breastfeeding, combination feeding and moving fully on to formula.
What really interested me was learning that one benefit of goat milk for babies is that it has many similarities to breast milk
After examining the RMIT study’s findings, Advanced Accredited Dietitian Melanie McGrice said “There is no doubt breast milk is best for babies, but not every new mother can breastfeed.
Knowing there is a natural alternative that promotes good health can help to ease the anxiety about doing what’s best for bub,” Ms McGrice said.
“Goat milk formula is relatively new in the market and considered more an alternative for babies with allergies or an intolerance of cow’s milk formula. But this study shows its health benefits make it a stand-alone choice.”
One thing I’m really happy about these days is how much support and information is out there for mums.
I valued the support of my midwives and doctors so much, especially in the early months of motherhood. That said, my mums’ group was, and will always be, my first point of call when it comes to my MANY questions about the kids!
If I could go back in time, to when I was a new mum, I would tell myself to always trust my gut. I instinctively knew when something wasn’t quite right with my baby. We all have that “mum instinct”, don’t we?
If you want to find out more about the health benefits of goat milk for babies or shop the Oli6 range, click here.
You can purchase their powdered goat milk formula in either tins or sachets. The sachets are a great option to test with your baby before you invest in a bigger tin.
If you have any further questions, head to https://www.facebook.com/Oli6Toddler/ and consult your GP.
Were you aware of any of these benefits of goat milk for babies? Find out more about cow’s milk intolerence here.
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