Goat milk is viable alternative milk for babies
Everyone agrees that breastfeeding feeding is best for babies. However, not all mothers are capable of producing enough to feed their child. Here is where formula milk comes in handy.
Humans have always relied on cow’s milk as an alternative to breast milk. It is an excellent source of calcium. It has vitamin D and it has potassium and it’s a complete protein source as well but a study suggests that there might be a better alternative –goat’s milk.
A Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) research has found goat’s milk formula is high in naturally-occurring prebiotics (oligosaccharides), which feed helpful stomach bacteria that are active in supporting immunity and digestive health, maintaining a healthy weight and influencing brain function.
The three-year study analyzed 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.
In an article from Australia’s Food Magazine online, advanced accredited dietitian Melanie McGrice explained that breast milk will always be the best for babies but having a wider choices of alternative to new mothers who can’t produce enough milk will be helpful.
“Knowing there is a natural alternative that promotes good health can help to ease the anxiety about doing what’s best for bub. 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,” she said.