Protecting and nurturing our bubs’ digestive systems comes down to the foods we feed them.
Breast milk, made especially for babies, is made up of essential nutrients, and comes in a form that baby can easily break down and use, thus providing everything your child needs to develop their body, mind and immunity.
But sometimes, for lots of different reasons, we might need to offer our little ones an alternative to breast milk - ideally something that’s as close as possible to human milk.
That’s where formulated goat’s milk comes in.
5 ways Bubs goat’s milk can help your toddler’s digestion
1/ Lower allergies and digestive complaints
Goats produce only about 2% of the global milk supply. However, research into populations who consume goat’s milk cite a significantly lower incidence of allergies and digestive complaints compared to groups who consume cow’s milk.
2/ Easier to digest
This makes sense when we look at the composition of goat’s milk. The smaller and more easily digested protein and fat molecules of goat’s milk (compared to cow’s milk), are less likely to cause allergic reactions and gastrointestinal symptoms such as colic, reflux, constipation and diarrhea.
3/ Similar composition to human breast milk
Casein and whey are the two main proteins in any type of milk. Most people who are intolerant to cow’s milk are actually sensitive to A1 casein. Goat’s milk contains only A2 casein, making it - protein-wise - the closest milk to human breast milk, which is also made up of the A2 casein protein.
4/ Reduced gut irritation and hypersensitivity potential
Cow’s milk is one of the major foods linked to food allergies and intolerances and this is partially due to the slow and incomplete digestion of the larger A1 protein structures. The fermentation and putrefaction of these protein residues can irritate the membranes of the gut wall leading to inflammation and damage.
Goat milk is often better tolerated and evokes less allergic reactions than cow's milk.
Many toddlers who cannot tolerate cow's milk protein respond well to goat's milk.
5/ Better-absorbed nutrients
Essential minerals are slightly more abundant and better absorbed from goat's milk than in cow's milk, providing the building blocks for healthy and robust development.
About the author: Karena Tonkin
Karena is a clinical nutritionist, presenter, educator and health coach working in private practice and within the corporate sector.
Karena's private Nutritional and Environmental Medicine practice in Brighton is dedicated to the integrative and holistic care and treatment of children and adults with chronic physical, mental and behavioural conditions.
Featured in this article
Goat milk naturally supports gentle digestion & may be a good alternative for babies with sensitive tummies. Goat milk is also naturally rich in probiotics and nucleotides.