Breast milk is recommended as the optimal source of nutrition for your baby for the first 6 months. Formula milk is the next best alternative when breastfeeding is not possible or when weaning your child. There is often a big debate on the best type of formula milk for your child, so we’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions and concerns that parents may have when it comes to choosing the best formula milk for your little ones.
Q: At what age should I introduce formula milk?
For the first 6 months, the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding. Thereafter, infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.1
The best time to introduce formula milk is at the 6 month mark as a complementary food to breast milk. Formula feeding becomes an essential part of weaning to supplement the nutritional needs of children during this developmental stage.
Q: What are the main types of formula milk?
Q: What’s the key difference between goat’s milk formula and cow’s milk formula?
All formula milk sold in Singapore is safe and nutritionally complete for your baby to consume. If you’re worried about tummy troubles or allergies, goat’s milk formula is recommended over most dairy-based infant formula as it is less allergenic and more easily digestible. Goat’s milk is also associated with a wealth of impressive health benefits that make it the preferred choice amongst parents.
Q: Is it true that goat’s milk formula is a better alternative for sensitive tummies?
Milk allergy is often triggered by the presence of allergenic casein protein, ∝s1-casein, and goat’s milk formula is known to be ‘gentler on the tummy’ as it naturally containslower levels of ∝s1-casein. This unique property in goat’s milk is the secret to being naturally easier to digest. The casein micelles in goat’s milk are also 40% larger than those from cow’s milk, creating more porous curds for efficient digestion and giving goat’s milk formula a digestive edge over other dairy-based formulas. 2
Strong tummies rely heavily on the presence of “good” bacteria like probiotics to boost your child’s gut health, and prebiotics are the food for probiotics in the gut. A healthy presence of prebiotics can also help babies absorb more water from their gut, preventing constipation and bloating. Goat’s milk is also particularly rich in prebiotic oligosaccharides and contains six times the amount of oligosaccharides as compared to cow’s milk.3 Regular consumption of goat’s milk formula can help boost your child’s prebiotic intake to ease tummy troubles and strengthen gut health. Happy tummy, happy mummy!
Q: Is goat’s milk formula more nutritious?
Goat’s milk formula is a nutrient-dense food – children do not need to consume a lot of it to meet their daily nutrient requirements. A single cup of goat’s milk contains 40% of the daily calcium requirement and a particular amino acid, Taurine, is especially rich in goat’s milk, amounting to 20 times more than that of cow’s milk.4 Taurine is essential in supporting brain development and muscular functions in children, and since babies do not produce it naturally, it has to be obtained from breast milk or formula milk.
Among the many valuable properties of goat’s milk is the natural richness of nucleotides – building blocks of DNA essential for the development of the immune function, gastrointestinal development and metabolism in babies and toddlers. Formulas using whole goat’s milk have 40-50% higher naturally-occurring levels of nucleotides than other dairy-based formulas.5
Goat’s milk formula is also a preferred choice as it is rich in iron bioavailability – meaning it can be absorbed and utilised by the body. Research has also shown that iron present in goat’s milk is absorbed at similar levels to that of breast milk and is thus a better source of iron for infants than cow’s milk.6
Q: What’s the best way to introduce formula milk to my child?
Whether you are introducing formula milk or transitioning from breastfeeding to formula, it is best to ease into it and choose a time when your baby is in a good mood. A cranky or sleepy baby isn’t going to be thrilled with trying something new, so steer clear of introducing formula during the witching hour (late afternoon till early evening) or close to bedtime.
It is recommended that you start with one bottle per day at the time of day when your baby is their happiest and most calm. Once you’ve established this routine, you can gradually increase the number of formula feedings per day.
Q: Any recommended goat’s milk formula in Singapore?
If you are looking to introduce goat’s milk into your child’s diet, powdered goat’s milk formula is the preferred choice for toddlers and children as it contains natural ingredients like MCFA, Sn2-PA and vitamins (A, D, E, K). Karihome® goat’s milk also undergoes a single heating phase production to retain its natural nutrition, differentiating it from other traditional productions that undergo the heating process multiple times. It is then spray-dried at a low temperature to preserve its natural nutrients.
New Zealand’s Karihome® Goat Milk Formula is a preferred choice as their infant formulas are made with 100% whole goat’s milk sourced from 72 dedicated farms around New Zealand and processed in an ISO 9001 certified factory. Additionally, their formula milk is enriched with DHA, EPA, AA and other minerals and vitamins that are formulated to meet the nutritional needs of growing toddlers and young children.
Natural Nutrition For All Ages
Karihome® also carries a whole range of formulas that have been specially fortified with added nutrients to meet the nutritional needs of infants, toddlers and children, so you won’t have to worry about transitioning between brands when your child reaches a certain age. Supplement your child’s diet with Karihome® Goat Milk Formula to ensure that your little one is getting a wholesome blend of essential nutrients without the side effects of a milk protein sensitivity.