Goat’s milk has been a really great dairy alternative to have on hand for our family. Our oldest child had symptoms that pointed to a dairy allergy for his first two years of life. As a baby he was colicky, suffered from eczema rashes, and digestive issues. We found that he is allergic to the casein protein in cow’s milk. Upon research and discussion with our medical practitioner, we learned that goat’s milk is a great dairy alternative for his diet. (We also frequently use almond milk.)
Goat’s milk is said to be the closest thing to human breast milk. In fact, the National Association for Child Development considers goat’s milk a great alternative when a mother is unable to breastfeed. This is because there are several nutritional benefits to goat’s milk.
“Such a composition makes goat milk almost an perfect food for man, containing all 16 vital elements and in quantities closely paralleling that of the human body.” (National Association for Child Development, 2014)
Nutritional Benefits of Goat’s Milk
- Magnesium: great for digestion.
- Choline: is known to help aid heart function & benefit the blood stream
- Flourin: great for teeth and bones
- Goat milk contains more vitamins than any other food
Dr. Sears, a well-respected pediatrician, notes on his website the symptoms of a dairy allergy. He also goes on to explain that he regularly recommends goat’s milk as an alternative in his pediatric practice. There are less allergenic proteins, a more digestible fat, and there is slightly less lactose. (Sears, n.d.)
Obtaining goat milk can be tricky. You may have to ask around to find a farm where it is available. Otherwise, many stores have goat milk available for purchase.
Farrah is a natural parenting blogger. She is passionate about breastfeeding, natural birth, toxic free living, and an overall natural lifestyle. She resides in rural Iowa with her husband and four kids. Read more at A Fulfilled Mommy.
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