Toddlers and sore tummies make for very trying times in any family, particularly if it’s a recurring problem. If you have a toddler with a sensitive stomach, you may be able to ease their discomfort by giving them products that are easier to digest – like formulated goats’ milk. We’ve enlisted the help of a dietitian (who also happens to be a mum) to give us the low down on how this milk may be able to soothe sensitive tummies.
It’s really important to point out initially that if your child is having regular stomach upsets, they should visit your family doctor. You may find that the reason for continued tummy discomfort is an aversion to cows’ milk – in the form of either an intolerance, sensitivity or allergy, which are all very different. If you discover your little one is sensitive to cows’ milk, or has digestion sensitivity, specially formulated goats’ milk could be the answer.
Jacqueline Tyler, a practicing dietitian with two boisterous boys, suggests trialling a switch to goats’ milk to see if it helps ease sensitivity issues in your toddler, and here’s why:
Goats’ milk contains friendlier proteins
Jacqueline explains that goats’ milk contains less of the proteins that are usually the cause of cows’ milk sensitivity. “The overall protein composition also forms a softer, smaller curd able to be broken down quickly during the digestion process and little tummies may find goat’s milk more tolerable for this reason,” she says.
The fat profile is more easily digested
If you’re comparing goats’ and cows’ milk, the fat content is pretty much the same. However, the fat in goats’ milk tends to be digested more easily, and there are a couple of reasons.
“The small size of the fat globules in goats’ milk are dispersed more evenly throughout the liquid, creating a smoother, more consistent texture. There is a higher percentage of short and medium chain fatty acids, which are more easily broken down by digestive enzymes and used up as energy by the body,” Jacqueline explains.
It has lower lactose levels
Goats’ milk has a little less lactose than cows’ milk, and Jacqueline says this slight difference could be all it takes to ease a toddler’s sensitive tummy. “While lactose intolerance is uncommon in babies and toddlers, the reduced lactose coupled with the more easily digested fats contained in goats’ milk may make all the difference for sensitive little tummies.”
Goats’ milk contains natural prebiotics
As a bonus, formulated goats’ milk also happens to be a great source of natural prebiotics – which keep the digestive system performing at its best. Jacqueline says, “They also curb the growth of bad bacteria which can cause bloating, tummy pains, wind, constipation or diarrhoea. Goats’ milk contains naturally occurring prebiotic molecules called oligosaccharides at the highest concentration of any domestic animal milk. Although not an exact match, goats’ milk oligosaccharides are also structurally most similar to those in human breast milk.”
If you’re keen to find out if a switch to goats’ milk could help your toddler, Bubs Australia has a wide range of goats’ milk products, and Bubs Goat Toddler Milk is now available at Coles. Just remember that Goat Toddler Milk isn’t an alternative for infants who have a diagnosed cows’ milk protein allergy.
(This is a sponsored post for Bubs)