Goat’s milk or milk: who is better for a baby or newborn?

Parents want to give their children the best nutrition, what kind of milk to drink has become one of the most difficult things for parents. For example, “it is better to drink goat’s milk or milk” is a very hot topic. 

There are many people who advocate neonatal goat milk, which is actually very incorrect behavior. 

What kind of milk should a newborn or baby drink? This article solves this problem for you. 

Key tips:

  • For newborns, with the exception of breast milk and infant formula, no “animal milk”, whether goat’s milk or milk, can be drunk at all. 
  • The acidity and alkalinity of milk has nothing to do with good digestibility, goat’s milk fat particles are small, but “digestion-friendly” is only a guess, there is no scientific evidence to support, and modern technology to produce milk fat particles are already smaller than goat’s milk. 
  • People who are allergic to milk are often allergic to goat’s milk, and there is no scientific evidence to support claims by goat milk powder manufacturers that “goat milk powder is not allergic”. 
  • There was no significant difference in calcium content between goat milk and milk. vitamin B12, B6 and D in milk were higher than those in goat milk, while vitamin A and B3 in goat milk were higher than those in milk. The two have each other’s advantages, and it is hard to say who is more dominant on the whole. 
  • The content of short-chain fatty acids in goat milk is indeed higher, but it is “easier to absorb and better nutritious” is deductive.

Newborns should only drink breast milk.

Recently, some articles in China have suggested that newborns can drink milk or goat’s milk properly, in fact, this is very wrong! 

For newborns, the problem with drinking goat’s milk is not “what good” at all, but “should not be drunk at all”. 

The nutrition needed by newborns is provided entirely by milk-the best food, breast milk. 

Breast milk not only contains all the nutrients needed by the baby, but also the proportion of the various nutrients is within a reasonable range of the baby’s needs. 

In addition, the milk of any other animal in nature only meets the needs of that animal cub, far from the needs of human babies. 

Those who preach that the milk of any animal is “good for the newborn” are not only fooling, but harming people! 

If breastfeeding is not possible, infant formula is the only recognized option. 

Whether based on milk, goat’s milk or soy protein, the nutrients in infant formula have been adjusted to “mimic breast milk” as much as possible to meet the nutritional needs of infants.

The myth that babies drink milk or goat’s milk

After the child is one year old, nutrition should come from the regular diet, milk is only one part of it. Whether it’s milk or goat’s milk, it can be given to children.

Goat’s milk is easier to digest? 

The natural pH of milk was slightly lower than that of neutral 7. 0, while goat’s milk was slightly higher, but this had nothing to do with whether milk was easy to digest. 

When food enters the stomach, the gastric juice is strongly acidic, and the protein is initially digested by pepsin, which is active under strong acidic conditions. 

The fat particles in goat’s milk are small, but “digestible” is just a guess, not supported by scientific evidence. Moreover, the commercial production of milk has been homogenized under high pressure, and the particle size is much smaller than that of goat’s milk.

Goat’s milk is not allergic? 

Goat’s milk is not among the eight allergens, perhaps just because there are not so many people who drink goat’s milk, so there are not many cases of allergies. 

It is true that some people who are allergic to milk are not allergic to goat’s milk, but it is also found that people who are allergic to milk tend to be allergic to goat’s milk as well. 

The claim by sheep milk powder manufacturers that “sheep milk powder is not susceptible to allergies” is not supported by scientific evidence. 

At present, there is not enough evidence that “sheep milk powder is less likely to cause allergic reactions than cow milk powder,” the European Food Safety Agency said in an assessment report.

You don’t have to compare milk with goat’s milk.

The nutrients in milk are all in a range. some of the actual products will be higher, and some will be lower.

There are considerable differences in the milk obtained from different sheep and different methods of raising sheep.

This difference also exists in milk, but the modern industrial production of milk, through breeding standards can minimize this difference, the subsequent processing makes the milk on the market has a more constant composition.

The average calcium content of goat milk is about the same as that of milk. the average calcium content of goat milk is higher than that of milk and goat milk, and the content of other nutrients is also higher.

But on average, vitamin B12, B6 and D in milk were higher than those in goat milk, while vitamin A and B3 in goat milk were higher than those in milk. The two have each other’s advantages, and it is hard to say who is more dominant on the whole.

Goat’s milk is easier to absorb? 

The content of short-chain fatty acids in goat milk is indeed higher, but it is “easier to absorb and better nutritious” is deductive. There is no sufficient evidence of what impact it has on the human body. 

In the marketing of goat’s milk, it is often emphasized that “the absorptivity of goat’s milk is high”. 

Some animal experiments have shown that mice have a higher absorption rate of certain ingredients in goat’s milk than milk. In these experiments, however, the difference was significant in mice that had been specifically modified, but not in normal mice. 

More importantly, the conversion rate is only statistically different, only academic significance and not necessarily practical significance. 

In fact, the absorption rate of each component in milk and goat milk is very high, even if it can be distinguished, there is no practical significance. 

For example, absorptivity is 97% and 98%, 98% is higher in the number, but the human body needs to absorb the total amount rather than the proportion of absorption, the difference in absorptivity may be far less than the impact of a mouthful of milk. 

All in all, there is nothing wrong with drinking goat’s milk for children and adults over the age of one. But legend has it that it is better than milk, just no scientific basis for marketing gimmicks. And the most important thing is: whether it is goat’s milk or milk, can not be given to infants before the age of one year to drink.

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