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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: ROXIE | 2006/11/01

Q.

MILK PROBELMS

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE DISADVANTAGE AND THE ADVANTAGE ON GIVING A BABY OF 4 TO 5 MONTHS OLD COWS MILK OR GOATS MILK.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I am not sure that I understand your question correctly. Do you mean ordinary cow's milk and regular goats milk or the special infant formulas of each? If it is ordinary cow's milk then there are lots of disadvantages as cow's milk differs considerably in compostion from breast milk. All of the infant formulas today have been made to resemble breast milk as closely as possible and to use the correct term have been 'humanised' In addition these milks are supplemented with essentisl vitamins and minerals and more and more have probiotic and prebiotics added as well. Goats milk is very similar to cows milk, much more similar than most people think. It is a rather 'rich' milk, often causes constipation and is seriously lacking in folic acid-which can lead to a form of anaemia. Goat's milk which has not been correctly treated may be a carrier for a severe illness called Malta fever.

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