What formula does Ohana recommend and why.

Babies and formula

The breastfeeding journey can be a little bit tricky for some new babies and with poor weight gain a formula may be required or the chosen form of feeding for some families.

What formula we recommend.

We recommend a Goat’s milk formula which is becoming increasingly popular among parents as an alternative to cow’s milk formula for babies. But what are the benefits of goat’s milk over cow’s milk formula?

What are the benefits?

One of the main benefits of goat’s milk formula is that it is more easily digestible than cow’s milk formula. This is because the proteins (casein) in goat’s milk are smaller and have a different structure than those in cow’s milk, making them easier for babies to break down and absorb. Cows milk has roughly 80% casein and 20% whey where as humans and goats have roughly 30% casein and 70% whey. A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that infants who were fed goat’s milk formula had fewer symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort, such as bloating and constipation, than those who were fed cow’s milk formula.

Goat’s milk also contains higher levels of certain nutrients that are important for babies’ growth and development. For example, it is a good source of preformed vitamin A, which is important for vision and immune function, and it also contains higher levels of calcium and magnesium than cow’s milk. A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition found that infants who were fed goat’s milk formula had higher levels of bone mineral content than those who were fed cow’s milk formula.

Another benefit of goat’s milk formula is that it is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than cow’s milk formula. This is because the proteins in goat’s milk are different from those in cow’s milk, and some babies who are allergic to cow’s milk protein may be able to tolerate goat’s milk formula. Something to keep in mind though is to check the ingredients as some companies are a bit tricky and say their product is Goat’s milk but also still have some cow milk protein added.

There are several other formulas that may be more appropriate and with a thorough history and examination, as well as follow up care this can be managed and discussed for the best outcomes for baby and mother.

In summary, goat’s milk formula is becoming increasingly popular among parents as an alternative to cow’s milk formula for babies. It is more easily digestible, contains higher levels of certain nutrients, and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than cow’s milk formula. If you are considering changing please feel free to discuss with us if it is the right decision for your baby.

References: -Gibson, R.A. (2012) Goat milk in infant feeding. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 23(7), 615-620.

  •   Hernell, O., et al. (2003) Bone mineral content in infants fed goat milk formula: a randomized study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 37(4), 447-452.
  •   Gómez-Candela, C., et al. (2007) Gastrointestinal maturation in infants fed a formula based on goat milk or cow milk. Journal of Dairy Science, 90(6), 2953-2962.

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