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Posted by: MOM | 2004/10/20

Q.

Is goat's milk ok?

I put my son on goat’s milk when I stopped breastfeeding (at about 1 month old). There wasn’t any medical reason; it is just a personal preference. My pediatrician admits that she doesn’t know a lot about goat’s milk but I have heard many rumors about it. He seems to develop and grow perfectly but is it rich enough in nutrients or should I be giving him any supplements?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

I would definitely NOT advise the use of goat's milk without a very specific indication. Goats milk does not have all the right nutrients like breast milk (which is by far the best) or specially adapted baby formula milk. It's folate content is especially low, which may cause severe problems with paleness (anaemia) in a few months time.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/20

Goats milk is for baby goats, as cows milk is for calves. The best is to use a formula derived from goats or cows milk, as these have been scientifically developed to be as suitable as possible for human babies, and have been supplemented.

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