All mothers have one thing in common: they want the best for their baby. And when it comes to their nutrition, breast milk provides all the nourishment they need. That being said, breastfeeding isn’t for everybody. There is a plethora of perfectly legitimate reasons not to breast feed, be they medical or emotional. Luckily for these mommies, bottle feeding is the next best thing. Quality formula milk is enriched with vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients that infants need at each stage of their early life to support normal development. The most popular formulas are made from cow’s milk, fortified with extra ingredients to make them suitable for babies.
If you decide to go down the bottle feeding route, your options don’t end at cow’s milk. Goat’s milk formula is becoming an increasingly popular breast milk alternative among parents these days. Though nutritionally similar to traditional cow’s milk formula, it has some key differences which could be beneficial to your little one.
Why choose goat’s milk formula?
Easy to digest
Many parents choose goat’s milk formula for their child due to a cow’s milk allergy or intolerance. Around 3% of infants in the developed world are affected by this, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. What is interesting is that many of those with cow’s milk allergies do not experience the same reaction to goat’s milk. There are several factors which to which this could be attributed, notably:
- Goat milk protein tends to form a softer curd which makes it gentler on tummies.
- Goat’s milk contains less lactose than cow’s milk, potentially benefiting those with lactose sensitivities.
- Goat’s milk contains more short and medium fatty acids that are easier for intestinal enzymes to break down.
Vitamin and mineral content
Goat’s milk is naturally nutrient-dense, with a higher protein and fat content than cow’s milk. It is also packed with calcium, potassium, vitamin A and copper. It contains selenium, which plays an important role in immune health. Studies show that increased blood levels of this mineral are associated with an enhanced immune response, which is essential during infanthood. Goat’s milk may also enhance the body’s absorption of nutrients like iron, as suggested in animal studies.
Which brand can I trust?
There are plenty of goat’s milk formulas to choose from nowadays. However, it is important to note that no two brands are the same. Each has its own unique blend and manufacturing process, so make sure to do your research so you can make an informed choice. At Inish Pharmacy, we partner only with brands that deliver exceptional quality, which is why Honilac recently joined our range.
Honilac, made by the DANA Dairy group, is, in our view, one of the finest goat’s milk formula for babies and young children and is loved and trusted by parents all over Europe. Infants have important nutritional needs at different phases of life, which is why Honilac offers baby milk powder in three stages. These are formulated specifically for the newborn months, right up to toddlerhood. Honilac formula is made here in Europe under the supervision of leading infant nutrition specialists with years of experience in the field. Everything is produced in adherence to the strictest quality standards, in state-of-the-art, high-sanitary facilities.
What sets Honilac apart is its superior nutritional content. Its nourishing infant formulas are fortified with 13 vitamins and 12 minerals, as well as five nucleotides to support the development of your baby’s immune system. The Omega 3 and 6 plus DHA and ARA in its blend are linked to brain and vision health. Honilac is also enriched with FOS and GOS prebiotics to promote digestive welbeing. The range is free from GMO, flavours, preservatives, colourants, artificial additive and gluten. Its products do not contain palm oil, either. Honilac milk has a smooth texture that doesn’t cause inflammation, potentially making it a good fit for babies with bowel sensitivity.
What you feed your baby is a very personal choice. There is no universally “best” or “healthiest” substitute for breast milk. In this regard, whether goat’s milk is right for your baby depends entirely on your baby. Take care to explore your options, and before making any decision, chat to your child’s paediatrician to make sure they get all the nourishment they need during their first years of life.