Weaning is a major milestone in your baby’s development whether you are breast or bottle-feeding. Read on to learn about why goat milk formula should be part of your weaning plan.
By Dr. Annie Salsberg, N.D.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that whole cow milk may be introduced at one year, but this may not be right for all children. Here are 5 reasons to wean with goat milk formula:
A gentle milk alternative
Goat milk protein (which is the base of KABRITA’s formula) is naturally easy to digest because it forms a gentler curd in the gut compared to cow milk protein. And, has also been shown to be broken down faster! This means that for little ones with tummy troubles associated with cow milk, making the switch to KABRITA Goat Milk Formula* may ease symptoms.
Supports toddlers’ micronutrient needs
Families may consider whole goat or plant-based milk (such as rice, nut, coconut or soy) as their cow milk alternative. While these are all delicious options for older children and adults, they lack important nutrients, such a B vitamins, folate, iron and zinc – all required for little ones’ growth and development. You can review detailed nutrition details here.
KABRITA Goat Milk Formula is enriched with 22 vitamins and minerals.
Source of protein
KABRITA Goat Milk Formula delivers 5 g of protein with 2 half cup servings daily. Toddlers require, on average, 13g of protein daily. Many families who avoid cow milk dairy may rely on rice or nut milk – but nut milk, for example, contains only 1 g of protein or less per cup.
High quality European non-GMO goat milk
Choosing non-GMO foods in increasingly important for many families. For those looking for a non-GMO option, KABRITA Goat Milk Formula is a great choice. It is produced in The Netherlands, where strict guidelines ensure that less than 0.9% GMO ingredients are in non-GMO foods (this is the same criteria as the non-GMO Project). You can learn more about non-GMO labeling here.
Improved calcium and fat absorption, softer stools
In addition to containing DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is critical for vision and nervous system development, KABRITA Goat Milk Formula contains a premium OPO fat blend. Fat blends with beta palmitate, such as KABRITA’s OPO fat blend, have been associated increased fatty acid and calcium absorption, softer stools, decreased colic and gas, and the promotion of a healthy gut microflora.
There is no one ideal transition food from breast milk or infant formula. Cow milk is the most common choice but may not be right for your little one. KABRITA Goat Milk Formula is a gentle milk alternative. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any feeding changes and foods that will best meet your toddler’s daily nutrition needs.
*not suitable for cow milk protein allergy
Dr. Annie Salsberg is a board-certified naturopathic physician and Nutritional Science and Education Manager at KABRITA.