Choosing the best formula for your toddler
Every parent wants to provide their toddler with the best source of nutrients possible. In an ideal world, once every child reaches 12 months old, they’d be able to get all of the nutrition, vitamins and minerals they need from eating a varied diet and drinking cow’s milk. But of course, this isn’t an ideal world (your kids would go to sleep without a hitch if that was the case) so everything from your toddler’s temper tantrum to their digestive issues can get in the way of a nutritious diet.
Toddlers & milk drinks
The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that you introduce pasteurised full cream milk to your child’s diet from 12 months of age. But sometimes full cream cow’s milk can be a little tough on a toddler’s tummy if they have dairy intolerances. In fact, almost half of mums with children aged 12 to 24 months have changed milk drinks to try and solve their child’s digestive issues. Or perhaps your toddler hates it and never drinks it, no matter how hard you try. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s impossible to incorporate cow’s milk into your toddler’s diet. You’ve read the health benefits of toddlers drinking full cream cow’s milk (calcium, protein and other nutrients), plus a warm and milky drink before bed can be a relaxing and comforting way to help your toddler stay fuller (and asleep) for longer.
So what do you do if your child isn’t drinking full cream cow’s milk? Goat’s milk formula will be your new best friend.
Why goat’s milk formula?
Goat’s milk formula gives your child access to the benefits of goat’s milk but in a form that may be gentler for their developing tunmmies. If you’re on the fence about giving your toddler goat’s milk formula, the following benefits may just change your mind...
Vitamins & minerals
Goat’s milk formula provides the benefits of 18 essential vitamins and minerals to support the development and growth of children*. In particular, goat’s milk is naturally high in vitamin A which can help with vision and sight, and calcium which helps with teeth and bone structure*. It also contains vitamin C and magnesium to help with your toddler’s growth and development.
If you’re wondering how goat’s milk formula is actually better for your toddler’s tummy, the answer is natural prebiotics called oligosaccharides or Oligos for short. Prebiotics are a handy non-digestible food ingredient that can help with digestion and gut health. And studies have found that goat’s milk formula naturally contains up to six times the concentration of prebiotic oligosaccharides than in standard cow’s milk. So if your toddler isn’t tolerating dairy, this prebiotic-heavy formula is the way to go.
The protein source of goat’s milk formula is derived from goat milk casein and whey protein. It contains higher levels of β-CN protein and lower levels of αs1-CN protein than standard cow’s milk. This is another win for parents who have toddlers with dairy intolerances or digestive problems, as the αs1-CN protein has been suggested to be the cause of people being unable to digest cow’s milk.
Concerned about cholesterol? No need to be! Goat’s milk contains a lower concentration of cholesterol than standard cow’s milk.
Which goat’s milk formula should you try?
If your toddler is one year of age or older, try giving them the Oli6® Dairy Goat Toddler Formula. Made from dairy goat milk, the delicious milk drink will be easier on your toddler’s tummy and is a great way for them to get some extra nutrients on top of their regular diet.
Plus, Oli6® conforms to Australia’s food regulations and requirements and is an associate member of The Infant Nutrition Council. Oli6® manufactures their products in Australia and adheres to strict Australian regulatory guidelines and also fully complies with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. So, in other words, you can trust this formula for your toddler!
For more information on goat’s milk formula for toddlers, check out https://www.oli6.com.au/goats-milk-formula/
*When consumed as part of a healthy and varied diet and is prepared as directed.
Breastfeeding is best for healthy full term infants as it provides many benefits not delivered via infant formula feeding. The use of a combination of breastfeeding and infant formula feeding may reduce the supply of breastmilk, which may be difficult to reverse. Prior to taking the decision to infant formula feed you should consider the social and financial implications and the health hazards of unnecessary or improper use of infant formula.
Have you tried goat’s milk? What milk drink did your toddler drink?