Weaning is a major milestone in your baby’s development whether you are breast or bottle-feeding. For many moms the transition to the family’s ‘regular’ milk frees up time, and reduces cost. Though this may be a good solution for many families, cow or nut milk may not be right for all children. Here’s why.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that whole cow milk may be introduced at the age of one – however clinical and parental observation suggest that between 30-50% of children experience signs and symptoms associated with cow milk consumption such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, respiratory congestion, and eczema. This is known as Cow Milk Sensitivity (CMS).
Nut milks, with their low protein, micro nutrient and caloric content aren’t suitable options for children under age two, and whole goat milk lacks the folic acid needed at this age.
Goat milk formula, which is naturally easy to digest and contains 22 vitamins and minerals can be
Goat milk is more similar to breast milk
Goat milk proteins form and smaller and softer curd in the stomach, similar to breast milk, when digested, compared to cow milk. As a result goat milk moves through the body at about the same rate as breast milk, resulting in less digestive discomfort sometimes caused by the ‘churn’ of breaking down larger proteins.
It can reduce colic, eczema, constipation and more
Digestive churn can cause leaky gut – a condition where damage to the gut lining creates tiny openings that allow proteins that would normally be digested to enter the blood stream. This can cause inflammation, resulting in symptoms like colic, eczema and more. Choosing easy to digest goat milk formula can promote better gut health and alleviate symptoms.
It’s a good source of protein
KABRITA Goat Milk Formula delivers 5 g of protein with 2 half cup servings daily. Toddlers require, on average, 13g of protein daily. Many families whose children have cow milk sensitivity rely on rice, nut and soy milk but nut milk, for example, contains only 1 g of protein or less per cup. These beverages are better suited for older children and adults.
It supports toddlers’ micronutrient needs
Toddlers require 700 mg calcium daily. KABRITA Goat Milk Formula delivers 320 mg (almost 50% of daily needs) in 2 4 oz servings. Furthermore it’s fortified with the nutrients whole goat milk is deficient in, such as folic acid and vitamin B12.
Less gas and better calcium absorption
In addition to containing DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is critical for vision function and nervous system development, KABRITA Goat Milk Formula contains the unique OPO fat blend. The OPO fat blend is associated with a range of benefits, including increased fatty acid absorption, calcium absorption, decreased constipation, decreased colic and gas, and the promotion of healthy gut microflora.
There is no one ideal transition food from breast milk or infant formula. Cow milk is the most common choice but may not be right for your toddler if you suspect cow milk sensitivity (CMS). Goat milk is gentler on the gut and more similar to breast milk, making it a good solution for many. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any feeding changes and foods that will best meet your toddler’s daily nutrition needs.