Goat’s Milk and Your Baby – Is Goat’s Milk Good for Lactose Intolerant Babies?
Parents of lactose intolerant infants, or infants with a cow’s milk protein allergy, often wonder if their babies might benefit from goat’s milk.
A lactose intolerant baby, and even a baby with a cow milk protein allergy, may benefit from goat milk based food products. Many parents have been told that goat’s milk may settle easier and also digest easier in the tummy of a baby with a known lactose intolerance. However, goat’s milk is not lactose free; it actually contains lactose and not all babies will benefit from goat milk based foods.
As mentioned, goat’s milk is NOT lactose free but it does contain less lactose than cow’s milk. The lactose level in goat’s milk is only slightly lower than the lactose found in cow’s milk. The main benefit of using goat’s milk for babies who may have a cow milk allergy or lactose intolerance, is the make up of the goat’s milk proteins and fats.
The big advantage of goat’s milk is that it is said to contain less “allergenic” proteins. The proteins in goats milk form smaller “curds” as the stomach acids bind to the proteins and then begin digestion. This makes the proteins found in goat’s milk more easily digested in baby’s tummy. For an infant who might have a cow’s milk allergy to cow’s milk proteins, goat’s milk may also settle better in baby’s tummy.
Goat’s milk also has a different fat makeup when compared to cow’s milk. A baby with a cow milk allergy or even reflux might benefit from goat’s milk due to its fats.