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.
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.
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.
What do the goats eat?
Our goats are fed a mixture of feeds, including:
• Grass (fresh)
• Silage grass
• Maize silage
• Pellets * (pelletised raw materials e.g. cereals such as wheat and barley, but also soy hulls, etc.)
These feeds are often available on the farm. In nature, however, the diet available to the goats is more limited. Goats eat grass, leaves and branches of bushes and trees, depending on what is available. Our farmers supplement the diet fed to the goats as much as possible. They provide feed that contains the necessary energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. This has a positive impact on the health of our goats and the milk they produce. A very important part of their diet is water. A typical milk goat drinks about 10 litres of water per day.
What do the baby goats drink?
As soon as baby goats are born, they drink milk from their mother. Whether they can drink themselves or whether the goat is milked for them depends on how fast they are able to drink. They are always given colostrum from their mother.
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.
Why are consumers advised to contact a doctor or nutritionist first?
Kabrita's infant and toddler formulas have been developed to offer a healthy alternative based on goat milk that meets the average nutritional requirements at a certain age. As each baby is unique with its own, individual growth and development process, we advise you to establish how and when you can best use Kabrita in consultation with your doctor (the health professional who is closely involved in this growth process).
Does Kabrita have the expertise necessary to produce infant and toddler formulas?
Kabrita is a division of Ausnutria Nutrition. This dairy group is comprised around three well-known dairy and baby and infant formula production facilities in the Netherlands. The company has a rich history in the development and production of baby and toddler formulas.
Ausnutria Ommen was established in 1897 and is responsible for the production of high-quality goat milk powder and other dairy ingredients. Ausnutria Kampen and Lypack Leeuwarden have been producing baby formula since 1936. Over the years, we have produced baby and infant formula for numerous other brands at our production facilities, including a number of renowned, leading global brands.
Can I use products if they are over the Best Before date?
We do not recommend that you use products whose Best Before date has expired. The effect of the nutrients (e.g. vitamins) may decline after the Best Before date has expired.
How can I be sure that the product I have is an original Kabrita product?
The easiest way to check if you have an original Kabrita product is to look at the code on the base of the tin*. This code is linked to our production facility and should read: NL Z0238 EC, NL Z4057 EC or Pluto NL Z4056 EC.
*Attention: In China this code is not stated on the base of the tin, but on the side. In Russia this code is not stated at all due to local legislation.
Does Kabrita smell and taste like goat?
No, Kabrita has a surprisingly pleasant smell and taste. The fast production process of the fresh goat milk creates a fresh and gentle, mild taste, comparable to the flavour of cow milk-based formula.
*Just like other follow-on milk formulas.
Why should I choose Kabrita?
Mother's milk is best for your baby. However, if you are thinking about switching to follow-on milk or toddler milk, you can consider using Kabrita goat milk formula. Kabrita offers goat milk follow-on milk and toddler milk of exceptional quality. This is the result of decades of experience with bottle formulas and the outstanding quality of Dutch goat milk. Goat milk is naturally gentle and mild and forms a good basis for infant formula. Kabrita combines the natural mildness of Dutch goat milk with valuable nutrients such as goat whey protein, DHA Omega-3 fatty acids * and dietary fibres.
Kabrita complies with the regulations for infant formula and is a safe and complete alternative based on goat milk, and suitable for every healthy baby.
*Just like other follow-on milk
Is Kabrita a safe formula for infants?
Yes, Kabrita is a safe alternative for every healthy baby. The use of goat milk as a basis for infant formula has been approved and found to be safe *. Just like fresh cow milk, fresh goat milk contains too much protein and not all the nutrients that are vital for your child's development. The content of nutrients in all formulas - including Kabrita - have been optimally adapted and supplemented to ensure your child gets exactly the right amount of nutrients that he or she needs.
Kabrita complies with local legislation and regulations.
*Just like other follow-on milk
Is Kabrita available in trial packages?
No, Kabrita is not available in trial packages. We do not believe that the effect and success of a new type of formula can be assessed based on just one or two feeds.
Where can I purchase Kabrita products?
Kabrita products are available in various countries, directly or through our distributors. Please check our world map for more information about Kabrita’s sales points.
What is the difference between Kabrita and Kabrita Gold
The packaging has been changed, due to a new design of the tins, the word Gold has been removed from the packaging. This applies to all countries where Kabrita is sold.
With this change, the composition has also been slightly adjusted due to new EU legislation. This EU legislation is based on the latest scientific developments. The following minor adjustments have been applied to the recipe: Protein slightly down. Fat content slightly up Lactose up a little DHA and AA quite a bit up. Vitamins and minerals adapted to the new EU legislation.
Is Kabrita reimbursed by health insurance providers?
No. Kabrita is not reimbursed by health insurance providers.