Breastfeeding is recognised to be the best for infant nourishment. And every mum wants the best for their child right! I am no different. I want the best for my boys. But if you know my story, both my boys are adopted. They were very little (age wise) when they became part of my family. Breastfeeding them was not really a viable nor possible option, and so milk formula was the natural choice.
Last year when picking up the Little Boy in Taiwan, we had to use a formula found only in Taiwan. Let’s just say trying to find a familiar Australian brand was tricky or pretty much improbable. And on returning to Sydney, a replacement formula then had to be found for the Little Boy. Let me say that the whole process was through trial and error. I bought everything from organic to lactose free to see what would work as it turned out that the little guy did have a little reflux issue.
When the Little Boy was examined by his pediatrician, I was advised at the time that it’s quite common for babies to have a little reflux during their first 12 months. Cue relief! And I was also advised of some strategies to help with his reflux; for example giving smaller but more frequent feeds.
Then last week I attended an information session at the Grounds about toddlers’ tummy issues. Oli6 hosted the event on the launch of their new dairy goat formula. I had not heard of a goat milk formula before, so was keen to learn about it given my experience with the Little Boy.
I learnt that according to a national online survey of mums 84% of children aged 13-24 months have experienced some form of digestive problem such as reflux and diarrhoea. I was glad to hear that my experience isn’t uncommon.
And I was also introduced to the benefits of goat’s milk as an alternative to cow’s milk formula.
According to Professor Gill, Head of Food Science and Nutrition Discipline from RMIT, goat’s milk has oligoscccharides or oligos that have prebiotic and anti-infective properties which may assist and promote digestion, gut health and immunity. These oligos exist in higher concentrations in goat’s milk than in cow’s milk.
Additionally, goat’s milk oligo properties are also structurally more similar to human breast milk than cow’s milk; making it gentler from a digestive perspective on a toddler’s tummy than cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is also naturally higher in vitamins and minerals than cow’s milk too.
And Oli6 is owned and manufactured here in Australia, and I’m always in for supporting Aussie businesses.
All these make goat’s milk formula a great option to cow’s milk formula and I am trying it out with the little boy. If you are interested in learning more about the product you can find more information here.