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Goat Milk Formulas
- Why should I choose a goat milk formula over formulas made from cow’s milk or soy?
Goat milk is known as a gentle milk source. It has a number of unique characteristics that make it an excellent basis for infant formula.
- Goat milk is naturally easy to digest (due to a unique fat and protein composition)
- Goat milk is naturally rich in important nutrients such as Ca and vitamin A, and has a high bio-availability of iron.
- Goat milk has a deliciously mild taste, that baby’s love.
Kabrita goat milk formulas combine these natural benefits of goat milk with modern-day compositions, that can be compared to the compositions of premium cow milk formulas. This means that with Kabrita your little one gets the best of both worlds.
- What is the difference between Kabrita and other brands of goat milk formulas?
Kabrita is the only goat milk based formula that has a modern-day composition, which is comparable to the compositions used in premium cow milk formulas.
- Kabrita contains additional whey proteins to ensure the correct amount of amino acids in the formula. This also supports the advantage of easily digestible whey protein. The addition of whey proteins is nutritionally recommended by experts in the field and legislated in countries around the world.
- Being inspired by mothers’ milk, Kabrita contains our special DigestX OPO-fatblend (also known as bèta-palmitate). Breast milk is known to contain a high amount of bèta-palmitate and contributes to the typical breast-fed stools and calcium absorption.
- Kabrita contains the unsaturated omega-fatty acids DHA and AA (LCPUFA’s), which support the normal eye-sight and brain development of infants. LCPUFA’s are important structural components of the brain and retina.
- Kabrita contains prebiotic fibers: GOS / FOS. These fibers have a positive effect on the bacterial composition in the gut by stimulating growth of beneficial bacteria (Bifido- and lactobacilli).
Thanks to this unique combination between a modern-day composition and the natural benefits of easy to digest goat milk, you can feel secure that your little one gets all the nutrients he or she needs in a gentle way.
- What makes goat milk naturally easy to digest?
Goat milk is naturally easy to digest due to its typical protein and fat composition. Goat milk protein forms a softer curd in the stomach, due to the relatively low amount of αs1-casein protein. This softer curd allows the goat milk protein to pass through the stomach and intestines in a gentle way, which may reduce discomfort. In addition, goat milk contains a relatively high amount of short- and medium-chain fatty acids. These are easily attacked by the digestive enzymes and subsequently easily absorbed. Furthermore the fat globules in raw goat milk are smaller and therefore also easier to break down.
- What other advantages can be attributed to goat milk?
Besides its easy digestibility, goat milk is well known for its high levels of nutrients, its low amount of αs1-casein and bèta-lactoglobulin (which can be involved in allergic reactions) and its pleasant taste. In addition, some people experience less phlegm when using goat milk.
- Is goat milk formula a safe nutritional source for babies?
Yes, absolutely. There are several scientific studies* that prove that goat milk formulas are safe for babies, as long as the formula is enhanced to meet their nutritional requirements (like with Kabrita). The same principle applies to infant formula based on cow’s milk as well.
Goat milk naturally has a number of unique characteristics (easy to digest, rich in nutrients and mild taste) that make it an excellent source for infant nutrition. Like milk from other mammals, raw goat milk also has shortages of some nutrients that are important for your little ones development, such as folic acid. In Kabrita these shortages have been supplemented to optimal levels to ensure your little one gets exactly the nutrients that he or she needs (the same happens with cow milk nutritional products).
* These scientific studies have been extensively assessed by the European Food Safety Authority and led to an amendment of European guidelines approving goat milk as a protein source for infant nutrition.
Allergies, intolerances and other discomforts
- What is the difference between cow’s milk allergy, cow’s milk intolerance and lactose intolerance?
Cow’s milk allergy, cow’s milk intolerance and lactose intolerance are different conditions, that sometimes get misused because their symptoms can be comparable, resulting in confusion.
In case of a (medically) confirmed cow’s milk allergy, an immediate immune system reaction takes place in response to the protein in cow’s milk. This usually happens within hours of ingestion and results in moderate to severe symptoms, which can include:
- Swelling around the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Vomiting and regurgitation
- Severe diarrhea
- Food refusal
- Failure to thrive
- Severe colic
- In rare cases, anaphylactic shock leading to death
A cow milk intolerance can occur when components of cow milk – either the fat, protein, or a combination of components – are digested poorly. This leads to symptoms that can be mild to moderate and can affect the skin, gastrointestinal, and respiratory systems. Symptoms can take days, weeks or even months to present and can include:
- Mild to moderate eczema
- Diaper rash
- Abdominal discomfort
- Loose stools
- Lung and nasal congestion
A lactose intolerance gives symptoms because of poorly digested lactose. Lactose is present in all milks produced by mammals (including humans) and is also called the milk sugar. A lactose maldigestion occurs in many cases after weaning and may lead to symptoms as described below and is in that case referred to as lactose intolerance.
- Abdominal bloating and cramps
- Rumbling stomach
If you are unsure which condition might be causing you or your baby’s problems, than always consult your physician before switching to alternative products like goat milk.
- Can goat milk be an alternative in case of cow’s milk allergy?
No, if someone is allergic to cow’s milk it is very likely that there will also be an allergic reaction to goat milk. A cow’s milk allergy is mediated by the protein from cow’s milk. Although the protein from goat milk are different and contain less allergens, it is still very likely that a cross reaction will occur. Therefore we strongly advise against using goat milk as an alternative in case of a cow’s milk allergy.
Fortunately a medically confirmed cow’s milk allergy is pretty rare (only 1 to 3% of children under six have this condition), while there is a much larger group that experiences discomfort after consuming cow’s milk products. These consumers may suffer from a so-called cow’s milk intolerance where components in the milk – either the fat, protein, or a combination of components – are digested poorly. These consumers are likely to benefit from a switch to goat milk based nutrition.
- Can goat milk be an alternative in case of cow’s milk intolerance?
In case of a cow milk intolerance components in the milk – either the fat, protein, or a combination of components – are digested poorly. Goat milk is naturally easy to digest and can therefore very well be a suitable alternative if a cow’s milk intolerance occurs.
- My child is lactose intolerant. Do Kabrita formulas based on goat milk contain lactose?
Yes, Kabrita infant, follow-on and toddler milk contain lactose. If your child is lactose intolerant, than he or she will need lactose free nutritional products. However, a true lactose intolerance (lactase deficiency) is very rare amongst babies and young children, so make sure to ask your doctor or physician to examine your child and confirm this condition.
- Can goat milk be a good alternative after a milk free period?
Yes, Goat milk is naturally easy to digest and contains less allergenic protein and is therefore a suitable alternative to start with after a milk free period. In countries like Russia it is the standard procedure to use goat milk after a milk free period. Please make sure to always consult your physician if you are thinking about using goat milk after a milk free period due to a severe allergy.
- Where does the goat milk used for Kabrita goat milk formulas come from?
Kabrita goat milk formulas are made from high quality Dutch goat milk. This goat milk is collected from a select group of Dutch goat farmers, that have committed themselves to produce the highest quality milk needed for Kabrita.
- How and where are Kabrita’s goat milk formulas produced?
All Kabrita goat milk formulas are produced in our privately owned factories in the Netherlands.
Kabrita is a quality brand of Hyproca Nutrition, a subsidiary of Ausnutria Hyproca. This Dutch group of dairy companies is set up around three well known dairy factories:
- Hyproca Dairy – Located in Ommen since 1897
- Hyproca Lyempf -Located in Kampen since 1936
- Hyproca Lypack – Located in Leeuwarden since 1936
Over the years our factories have produced infant formulas for many different brands, including the big four.
Due to the delicate nature of our products, we perform the entire production process for Kabrita goat milk formulas ‘in-house’. This allows us to closely monitor quality of the product at every step in the production process, which ensures the highest quality products for your little ones. After production and extensive quality control, Kabrita’s goat milk formulas are exported to countries around the world, where local partners and distributors help to make Kabrita’s gentle goat milk formulas available to consumers.
- How can I check if I have an original Kabrita product?
The easiest way to check if you have an original Kabrita product is to check for the factory code of Hyproca Lypack. This code is NL Z0828C EC and should be on the bottom of the tin*.
* Please be advised that in China this number will be printed on the side of the tin and in Russia this number is not used on the tin at all, due to local legislation