Dairy from a goat or a cow?
Have you considered changing or giving your children a different dairy source? I use both- Yes, both. Variety is key to a healthy balance. We love our goat and cow dairy products. However, I was very particular while weaning my children from breast to cup.
I made a personal choice to give my weaning children goat’s milk at the ages 14 months and 9 months with my doctor’s approval. One of the greatest benefits of goat’s milk is it has a softer curd making in more digestible for infants and children. The softer curd content has been linked to goat milk’s low casein content [i].
Goat’s milk is a very good source of calcium, tryptophan, protein, phosphorus, riboflavin and potassium. It has been found to aid with the digestive and metabolic utilization of minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium[ii] and has an excellent bioavailability absorption rate of minerals compared to cow’s milk [iii]. Not only did I give my children goat’s milk to drink during weaning but I used goat whole fat yogurt when making their baby food recipes.
My new favorite whole fat yogurt is the Redwood Hill Yogurt. Not only does this yogurt taste great but the animals are treated humanely. The latest treat I made my children was Honey, Flax and Coconut Enhanced Raspberry Yogurt Pop (recipe below)! I have also used this yogurt in place of sour cream and it was wonderful.
- 1 cup Redwood Hill Farm Whole Fat Yogurt
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1 tbsp local honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Blend ingredients and freeze up to four hours.
Of course my frozen pops are not complete unless I use my wonderful HopeFull Tray. Please take the time to check out there mission to help cancer survivors! They have a wonderful product with a great cause.
Disclaimer: If goat milk is the sole source of nutrition (formula source) for an infant, I recommend a vitamin supplement and always consult your healthcare provider before using goat milk formula.
[i] Jasinka B (1995). The comparison of pepsin and trypsin action of goat, cow, mare and human caseins. Rocz Akad Med Bialymst 40:486-493.
[ii]University of Granada (2007, July 30). Goats’ Milk Is More Beneficial To Health Than Cows’ Milk, Study Suggests. Science Daily
[iii] Aliaga L, Alferez MJM, Barrionuevo M, Lisobnona F and Campos (2000), Influence of goat and cow milk on the digestive and metabolic utilization of calcium and iron. J Physiol Biochem 56:201-208.