What’s the difference and which should you choose? This is one of the most common questions we get asked. Firstly, we’d like to say breastmilk is obviously the best choice for your baby. But for whatever reason you have had to stop breast-feeding, then it’s time to consider which formula your baby will take to best.
We always tell our customers, each child is different and has their own sensitivities and preferences when it comes to taste.
A common problem found when introducing any milk other than breastmilk to a baby is lactose intolerance, where the baby could experience anything from mild to extreme discomfort (usually flatulence or diarrhea…we’ve even heard about green poo). Lactose intolerance is a common digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products.
Breast milk, cow’s milk and goat’s milk, all contain lactose. The reason why people always say goat’s milk is closer to mother’s milk is because it contains less lactose than cow’s milk and has a similar chemical structure to breastmilk, which may make it a better option for those with mild lactose sensitivities.
Once you have consulted your doctor and are sure that your child is lactose intolerant, some parents have given soy milk formulas to their babies. For those considering soy milk as an option…please note that soy milk is not recommended as substitute milk for babies under six months due to phytoestrogens and its high sugar content.
Another thing to consider is whether your baby is sensitive to cow’s milk protein. We have heard from some parents whose babies are allergic to cow’s milk protein itself but not allergic to lactose. In this case, then goat’s milk would be ok for their babies. Note, babies who are cow’s milk protein allergic are likely to be allergic to soya protein as well.
This brings us to the final type of milk we thought we’d give you a bit of information on. Organic Milk. Organic milk refers to milk from livestock raised according to organic farming methods. So you could have organic cow’s milk or organic goat’s milk but again, in both cases, it would also contain lactose.
The most important thing we can tell you is that, if you have any health concerns, and are concerned about lactose tolerance or any other sensitivities your baby might have, the best thing to do is consult with your health care practitioner.
All the different types of milk and the different milk brands have varied chemical structures and ingredients which may or may not suit your baby.
At Babydash, we have lots of different brands available…call us anytime if you would like to find out more about a particular type/brand of milk.