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Goat's milk for infants

Apart from being and excellent choice for adults, infants and children, this milk is known to be good for certain illnesses. Such illnesses are asthma, eczema, migraines, stomach ulcers, liver complaints and chronic catarrh. Lots of parents wonder how are they supposed to prepare meals with goat's milk. The first thing a parent should do is to make sure that the production methods are hygienic. This is important because goat's milk is best when it is given in raw form. Boiling changes the milk's constitution. When boiled, this milk will not be digested easily which is the best thing about this milk.

Lots of people fear that if the milk is not boiled the infants will have a greater chance of ending up with tuberculosis. However, many people agree upon the fact that the chances for that are extremely minimal if the goat is healthy. Milk obtained from a goat should only be boiled in the warm summer months when it is almost impossible to keep it cool. If the goat's milk is boiled the vitamin C levels may diminish. Apart from this, there is an unidentified substance in this milk that fights off certain diseases which may disappear or change if the milk is boiled. There is still no valid evidence that these substances exist but there is a strong belief that they do. Goat milk as a substitute for breast milk

There were cases when a mother does not have enough milk to satisfy the baby's needs. In these cases an excellent alternative is unsweetened goat's milk. It is also good to give it to the baby from a spoon so that the baby does not weans itself on to the bottle. Cow's milk for instance is not a good substitute. In some cases the baby refuses the breast milk at the next feed. The milk should be warmed to a blood temperature by putting the bottle in hot water.

If a person just started giving his or her child goat's milk in order to overcome digestive upsets, then the first few feeds should be given in a bottle where one half is goat's milk and the other is boiled water. When the clots of cow's milk are thrown out of the system the dosage should be increased gradually. Experts agree that the dosage should be 160 ml for every kilo of the baby's weight.

Since both human a goat's milk are low on iron and folic acid it is not uncommon that the infant develops a strange type of anemia. It is good that these nutrients are given to the infant at this stage of his or her life. A person need not worry since these deficiencies are no longer a problem once the infant starts eating mixed foods.

Lots of infants make the change from cow's milk to goat's and the change is apparent almost instantly. If these digestive upsets are still there a parent should take the infant to the hospital.

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