Milk Options and evaluation...once a Baby is over 12 months old.
PROS – Cow milk is higher in vitamin B12 and folate. It comes in several types - whole, 2 percent, 1 percent or skim - that nutrition is accessible no matter which option is chosen. CONS - Due to larger fat globules, cow’s milk is harder to digest. It takes your body about 2 hours to digest cow’s milk compared to goat’s milk 30 minutes. The 3rd most common allergy for children is cow’s milk. Furthermore, lactose intolerance affects a substantial number of Americans, causing abdominal pain, gas, bloating or diarrhea.
GOAT PROS – Goat’s milk is closest in structure to human milk. The fat globules are smaller which aids in digestion. In a recent study of infants allergic to cow’s milk, 93% of them were able to drink goat’s milk with absolutely no allergic reaction! The ease of digestibility is due to the high amount of medium-chain fatty acids, which has 35% fatty acids compared to cow’s milk at 17%. Goat’s milk also contains less lactose (milk sugars) than cow’s milk which helps those who suffer from lactose intolerance. Goat’s milk is slightly alkaline, unlike cow’s milk which is slightly acidic. CONS – Some people dislike the taste of goat’s milk - a combination of sweet and salty -which can be offensive. Furthermore, goat’s milk is more expensive than cow’s milk.
PROS – While there is some debate on the actual amounts of fat soluble vitamins in sheep’s milk, they still produce the CREAMIEST milk, and are famous for the deliciously succulent cheese their milk makes. They are efficient producers, only needing 100% cheap grass (no alfalfa or grain) to produce rich milk. They, like goats, have naturally homogenized milk, which means smaller fat globules and more medium-chain fatty acids. This aids in digestion just like goat’s milk. CONS – Sheep are instinctively natural prey, which means they have difficulty “relaxing” while being milked. Trying to milk a sheep is difficult because if you scare the sheep, even slightly, their bodies will produce adrenaline which counteracts the “letting down hormone” oxytocin and the subsequent production of milk.
With Zara we have done a combination of Goat mostly some Sheep and Almond. We have minimized soy so that it can be consumed as a food item in the form of tofu or edamane. She sees to tolerate this very well and very little constipation or Gas to report currently.