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Infant nutrition is not one size fits all, which is why more companies are growing beyond just offering standard cow's milk formula. One of the most popular newer offerings is goat's milk formula, which is loved by many for its naturally gentle and nutritionally abundant formulation.
While cow's milk formula is perfectly suitable for most babies, goat's milk formula boasts an impressive nutritional profile, which is why many parents are now turning to this alternative to nourish their little ones.
The biggest difference between cow's milk formula and goat formula comes down to protein, with goat milk naturally containing a protein profile that is naturally gentle on a baby's stomach and closer to breast milk. This is because it is A1 casein-free, and no BCM-7 is produced during digestion.
Goat milk also naturally contains critical nutrients to support your baby's growth and development. For example, goat's milk contains high levels of selenium, which supports immunity.
Further, goat milk contains up to 10% more oligosaccharides than cow's milk, which acts as a prebiotic, thus supporting the digestive health of sensitive tummies. Prebiotics have also been found to improve bowel movements and reduce colic in infants.
Health Benefits for Little Tummys
1. Goat milk forms softer milk curds compared to cow's milk - Goat milk formula is processed differently by tiny tummies because it forms softer and more easily digestible milk curds in the stomach. Cow milk, on the other hand, forms harder curds that lay heavier in the stomach. As a result, goat milk formula, unlike cow's milk, is digested more quickly, easily, and completely by babies.
2. Goat milk contains easily digestible fats - Additionally, the fats in goat's milk can be broken down by the body more easily because it contains more medium-chain fatty acids (compared to cow's milk, which has more long-chain fatty acids).
3. Goat milk can help to address digestive issues - These differences can make goat milk baby formula a great option for babies with sensitive stomachs who deal with common tummy troubles like colic, constipation, and reflux or for those who have a sensitivity to cow's milk.
An important note to cover is that goat's milk formula is not suitable for babies with cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) or lactose intolerance. This is because goat milk naturally contains lactose, and despite some differences in proteins, they are similar enough to the proteins found in cow's milk infant formula to potentially evoke an allergic reaction.
EU Organic Standards in Goat Milk Production
The European Union (EU) mandates that any organic baby formula product, regardless of its type, must adhere to the same strict organic farming guidelines and production process regulations.
This means that European organic goat milk formula is made without the use of chemical pesticide sprays, growth hormones, steroids, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or antibiotics (unless necessary for the health of the animal).
Per EU organic guidelines, all organic goat's milk formula include at least 95% organic ingredients, making them a safe and nutritious alternative to cow's milk formula.
Several goat's milk formulas that we carry are also certified by other private European organizations, such as Demeter, Bioland, or the HiPP organic seal, and thus have even more stringent regulations than the already stringent EU organic standards.
Organic's Best Goat Milk Formulas Range
No matter what your infant formula preferences are, you're sure to find the right fit for your baby here at Organic's Best. From certified organic formulas to palm oil-free recipes and formulations based on skimmed or whole milk, there's a wide range of goat milk products designed to meet your baby's nutritional needs.
With so many great European organic brands to choose from, let's delve deeper into our wide range of organic goat milk formulas to discover what benefits they have for your baby!
HiPP's goat milk formula is especially gentle on tiny tummies. It is made with naturally mild organic goat’s milk, lactose and vegetable oils to provide your little one with well-rounded nutrition. It includes an optimal ratio of fatty acids including DHA (Omega-3) and ARA (Omega-6) to support brain and eye development, along with galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) prebiotics for gut health.
Holle's organic goat milk formula is made with premium quality milk from happy goats. Holle’s goat milk is EU organic certified, and Stages PRE to 3 are also certified Demeter biodynamic. Holle is the first and only manufacturer to offer infant goat milk formula in Demeter quality! This formula includes simple ingredients that support development, such as lactose, vegetable oils and essential fatty acids (DHA and ARA).
Holle offers their goat's milk in both German and Dutch versions. The German version is available in 600g boxes and in a wider range of stages, whereas the Dutch version is available in 800g cans and offers three stages.
Jovie formula is made with whole organic goat milk and includes goat milk fat that is high in palmitic acid, which aids in fat and calcium absorption so your little one can get the energy they need without tummy troubles.
This also eliminates the need for palm oil, making Jovie formula proudly palm oil free! Jovie also includes beneficial nutrients like fatty acids (DHA & AA), prebiotics (galactooligosaccharides / GOS) and a range of vitamins and minerals such as potassium iodide and sodium selenite.
Nannycare sources their whole goat's milk from family farms in New Zealand that raise goats exclusively for baby formula milk. Their formula is free of palm oil, maltodextrin, soy, and GMOs, and they leave out whey as it is unnecessary in goat milk formula.
This choice enables them to keep their formula processing as simple as possible. This formula also contains valuable ingredients like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and a mix of vital vitamins and minerals like vitamin E and magnesium chloride.
Löwenzahn Organics formula has a base of EU organic whole goat's milk and a palm-free vegetable oil mixture as the base. It includes valuable nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acid (DHA) from algae oil, prebiotics, amino acids and a range of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, D, and E.
Löwenzahn Goat Milk Formula comes in the following stage:
Now that you've gotten to learn a little bit about each formula, let's break down some of the differences to help you make an informed decision. Check out this chart if you're having trouble deciding which goat milk formula is right for your baby!
Goat Milk Formula Perfect for:
To put it simply, goat milk formula is just as nutritious and wholesome as cow milk formula, but in some cases, it may even suit your baby better, especially if they have tummy troubles.
If you're looking for a gentle formula for your little one or if you're on the hunt for a formula that closely resembles breast milk, then goat's milk formula might be worth a try!
Remember that goat milk and cow milk do share enough similarities that babies who have a cow's milk allergy may also have an allergic reaction to goat's milk, so we recommend consulting with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your baby's diet.