A mother’s breastmilk is the perfect, natural source of nutrients for your child. However, goat’s milk has been thought of by many mothers as one of the alternatives for a growing child. Experts and researches disagree on goat’s milk being nutritionally sufficient. So, is goat’s milk good enough as an alternative if your child needs it? Here are some myths and facts about goat’s milk.
Is it a viable dairy product for your child?
Children under the age of one should not have dairy products such as cow’s milk or goat’s milk. They require a mother’s breastmilk, or at least specially designed formulated milk for babies if breastmilk is not an option.1
There is an opinion that goat’s milk has high calcium content and is easier to digest compared to cow’s milk because of its protein content.1 However, this is not the case. The American Paediatric Association does not recommend feeding goat’s milk to your child as it can cause allergies and life-threatening infections.1
Is goat’s milk suitable for my child?
Is goat’s milk a suitable alternative to cow’s milk? Before you make a decision, check the facts first. Goat’s milk that isn’t modified or processed isn’t suitable for your child because it contains high amounts of proteins and minerals as well as a low folate content, compared to cow’s milk.2
In addition to this, goat’s milk has a lower nutritional content compared to cow’s milk. It also doesn’t reduce the risk of allergy for those who have lactose intolerance.2
Formulated milk based on cow’s milk contain the right balance of nutrients and are easier to digest. However, while it may be suitable for some babies, it may cause problems for those who are allergic to regular cow’s milk protein. They may have to try a specially designed formulated milk.1
The use of goat’s milk is more suitable than formulated baby’s milk?
If breastfeeding isn’t an option, formulated milk based on cow’s milk is more suitable. There is no evidence to show that the use of goat’s milk or soy-based milk can reduce the risk of allergies, compared to formulated milk based on cow’s milk.3
However, if you suspect that your child has allergies or intolerance of cow’s milk, you are advised to speak to a healthcare professional for advice. A healthcare professional can prescribe the right formulated milk for your child.
Milk with partially hydrolysed protein is based on cow’s milk and has the same nutritional value as regular cow’s milk formulas. The difference lies in the protein, where the protein is broken down so that it is less allergenic.
Because of that, formulas with partially hydrolysed protein are more suitable for babies with allergies than goat’s milk.
To help support your child’s growth and development, he or she can try NANKID OPTIPRO HA 3; it is a specially formulated milk for children aged one and above. It is scientifically formulated with OPTIPRO, Nestlé’s Most Advanced Protein to support your child’s growth and development. It contains partially hydrolysed protein which is less allergenic compared to regular cow’s milk protein and easier to digest.
- Cheng, G. Y. (2014). Retreived from http://mypositiveparenting.org/ms/2014/01/14/pilihan-susu/
- Tee, E. S. (2015, April). Retrieved from http://mypositiveparenting.org/ms/2015/04/21/susu-untuk-anak-anda-yang-sedang-membesar/
- ASCIA Guidelines - infant feeding and allergy prevention (2016). Retrieved from http://www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergy-prevention/ascia-guidelines-for-infant-feeding-and-allergy-prevention.
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