Although many choose cow’s milk or vegetable milk over goat’s milk, research shows goat’s milk can be beneficial for children. This formula milk can help protect babies from gastrointestinal infections because it contains strong prebiotic and anti-infective properties.
According to a study by RMIT published by the British Journal of Nutrition, oligosaccharides in formula milk or similar prebiotic contents, can effectively increase the growth of beneficial bacteria and protect the baby’s intestines from harmful bacteria.
This finding is considered promising. But the researchers note further research including clinical trials is needed to prove this benefit for infants.
“Difososilasi is the most abundant oligosaccharide in breast milk and is a significant focus of commercial and important regulatory. Oligosaccharides have played an important role in the anti-infectious properties of breast milk,” lead researcher Harshan Gill said in Times Now News.
Babies may find goat formula milk easier to digest because it does not contain agglutinin. Agglutinin is a compound in cow’s milk that causes fats to coagulate together.
According to a report at livestrong.com, smaller fat particles and softer protein curds in goat’s milk formula can help reduce problems with regurgitation in young children. Regurgitation is the increase in food from the esophagus or stomach without nausea or strong stomach muscle contractions.
Goat milk formula can provide selenium, niacin, and vitamin A in infants compared to cow’s milk formula. Protein from goat milk has a smaller allergic potential. This milk also has less lactose than cow’s milk.
Goat’s milk also contains conjugated linoleic acid which can help improve brain health. In addition, research shows this milk provides better use of iron. This reduces the possibility of interactions between iron and other minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
According to babycentre, giving goat milk is not recommended for babies under six months of age. Parents should avoid making goat milk as a normal drink for children until they are one year old.
The most important thing, parents should always consult a pediatrician before making changes and adding formula as directed by the doctor. It can be noted that children under one year, if not breastfed, require approved infant formula.