3 reasons your milk-sensitive child should be drinking goat’s milk
No parent likes to see their little one suffer with uncomfortable tummy symptoms. Many parents, however, may be mistaking their child’s symptoms for lactose intolerance, when in reality the symptoms are connected to proteins found in cow’s milk. Goat’s milk may offer a solution.
When it comes to tummy troubles associated with cow’s milk, lactose often gets a bad rap. But, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, lactose intolerance is uncommon before 2 or 3 years of age. It may be the milk protein, not the milk sugar lactose, which is to blame.
If you suspect your child is reacting to milk, goat’s milk might be a good solution. Here are three reasons goat’s milk can be easier to digest and gentle on tiny tummies:
Goat milk protein is easy to digest. Whey and casein are two main groups of proteins found in cow and goat’s milk; both are made up of various micro-proteins. During digestion, whey proteins dissolve readily in the stomach, while casein proteins group together and form a curd.
One of the key digestive differences between cow and goat’s milk has to do with the casein micro-proteins. While cow’s milk is associated with larger and tougher curds, goat’s milk produces smaller, softer, and looser curds in the tummy, making it naturally easy to digest.
Goat’s milk protein is degraded faster. Research has shown that goat’s milk proteins are degraded faster than cow’s milk proteins, both in the stomach and small intestine. Goat whey, in particular, is broken down more quickly than cow whey. Faster protein breakdown may also translate into quicker access to nutrients for little ones, which is an added bonus!
Goat milk fat is also easy to digest. Smaller fat globules are digested more efficiently than larger fat globules, and goat’s milk fat globules are smaller than cow’s milk fat globules.
Additionally, cow and goat’s milk contain different types of fats: goat’s milk fat contains significantly higher amounts of easier-to-digest short- and medium-chain fatty acids compared to cow’s milk.
While constipation or diarrhea may be associated with a new developmental stage (such as toilet training), travel, mood, or even temporary illness, persistent symptoms may be related to a food trigger. Determining the root cause of tummy troubles in toddlers may require careful evaluation, so it’s important to work with a health professional. If you suspect a food trigger, a useful starting point is to keep a 7-day diet diary.
Since goat’s milk forms a gentler curd in the tummy, and is degraded faster and more efficiently than cow’s milk, goat’s milk-based foods may be a solution for children with tummy troubles associated with cow’s milk consumption*.
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*Not suitable for children with cow milk protein allergy
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