Goat’s Milk is becoming a popular alternative to regular formula baby milk, but many parents aren’t sure if their baby would benefit, or be safe, to drink goat’s milk.
Why should I give my baby goat’s milk?
Goat’s milk can help babies who struggle to digest cow’s milk. While it’s not lactose free, it does contain less lactose than other milks, so can also be easier for babies with lactose allergies. The big advantage is that is contains less allergenic proteins so is gentler on small tummies that struggle with cow’s milk or formula.
Goat’s Milk is also high in lots of important nutrients, including Vitamins A, D, B1, B2 and B12, proteins and fatty acids. Because it’s easier to digest, the body can break down and make use of these nutrients very easily.
The milk has a mild taste, so could be a good choice for fussy eaters!
Is it safe?
Just like any other milk, it’s not advised to start giving your baby plain goat’s milk until they’re six months old. Formula using goat’s milk is perfectly safe from birth as a breast milk alternative or as part of combination feeding, however. Make sure you use a formula specifically made for newborns, such as NANNYcare First Infant Milk or Kabrita Goats Infant Milk Stage 1.
What about older babies?
Should I give my baby anything else along side Goat’s Milk?
Goat’s Milk does not have as much folic acid as cow’s milk. Check the formula you use, as it may be advisable to give your baby a folic acid supplement to support the goat’s milk. Remember, before making big changes to baby’s diet, you should always consult your paediatrician.