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  • 3 reasons your milk-sensitive child should be drinking goat’s milk

    Posted By Dr. Annie Salsberg, ND
    May 22, 2017

    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*.

    KABRITA USA offers a line of goat’s milk-based foods specially designed for the youngest members of the household. If you’d like to see if KABRITA foods are right for your family*, you can check out this special offer!

    *Not suitable for children with cow milk protein allergy

  • Goat’s milk: a superior cow’s milk alternative

    Posted By Dr. Annie Salsberg, ND
    May 9, 2017

    There is no single food that is ideal as your baby transitions from breast milk or infant formula. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends beginning with whole cow’s milk at 12 months, but this may not be right for your toddler. Instead, there might be better options, including goat’s milk, that are easier to digest, and still offer an excellent nutrition profile. Read More »

  • Common food allergy myths

    Posted By David R. Stukus, MD
    May 9, 2017

    As a pediatric allergist, I receive a lot of questions from parents and physicians regarding food allergies. Whether it’s from the Internet, or even well-intentioned medical providers, misinformation is abundant. Here are some of the common myths I hear on a regular basis. Read More »

  • Sharing the Sisterhood of Motherhood

    Posted By Amy Jo Davies
    April 11, 2017

    In my experience, nothing could have prepared me for motherhood — with the exception of actually becoming a mother. Before my son was born, I had a preconceived notion that I was going to be “a natural” at being a mom. In truth, I’ve been floundering on every step of my journey. Read More »

  • Your baby has a nighttime medical emergency—who to call?

    With urgent care centers springing up on every corner and 24-hour emergency rooms available to most families within driving distance, how does a worried parent know where to take their sick child during a late-night emergency? Read More »

  • Down syndrome parents: Deciding against abortion, searching for a cure

    Posted By John Walsh, Foster Children's Project, Legal Aid Society
    March 1, 2017

    Five years ago, I had never had to confront the issue of abortion. My wife Jacki and I had four children already, and the thought of terminating a pregnancy was the furthest thing from our minds. All I knew was that the country was deeply divided on the subject: abortion dominated every election cycle. Read More »

  • Protect breast pumping rights for working moms: sign the petition

    Posted By Priya Nembhard, Co-founder of Moms Pump Here
    February 20, 2017

     “I am a breastfeeding mom, and I just went back to work after having my first baby. I want to reach my goal of breastfeeding for two years, and I can’t do that without being able to pump every three hours at work.” Read More »

  • Drug addiction in pregnancy is not a criminal problem

    I recently wrote an article about opioid use in pregnancy, and about whether or not using medications such as oxycodone or morphine is safe for mom or baby in pregnancy. Like so many things in medicine, it’s not a straightforward topic.  Read More »

  • Adele opens up about PPD at the Grammy Awards

    Over the weekend, Adele was given the coveted award at the Grammys for Best Album. The fascinating part of her speech, aside from honoring Beyonce, was her very public recognition of her struggles with postpartum depression and how it has affected her. Read More »