Follow-on formulas are adapted to the needs of infants in the second six months of life; they contain slightly higher levels of vitamins and minerals compared to the infant formula. In addition, they contain a slight starch supplement to provide carbohydrate.
Starch is a complex carbohydrate that, when compared to lactose, leads to prolonged satiation as it is digested more slowly. With the addition of starch, milk becomes thicker. The energy content of follow-on formulas is very similar to that of breast milk and infant formulas. You can also feed your child starch naturally with weaning foods, primarily via grains, as well as fruit and vegetables.
The main difference lies in the source of the milk and therefore in the taste. Formula with goat’s milk may be better accepted by your baby’s body, especially if your baby has a sensitivity or allergy to cow’s milk. In contrast to cow’s milk, goat’s milk contains more short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which can sometimes be digested more easily. The statutory requirements regarding the composition of formulas from cow’s milk and goat’s milk are identical.
Although goat’s milk and cow’s milk have many similarities, there are certain cow’s milk proteins that do not appear in goat’s milk, or are present in different quantities. This means that some babies who show signs of cow’s milk protein sensitivity may be able to tolerate a goat’s milk-based formula. Research also suggests that infants can digest goat’s milk more quickly and completely than cow’s milk. Holle Goat Stage 3 may help to alleviate symptoms of digestive discomfort such as constipation, gas, and cramps.
In the event of an allergy to cow’s milk, it depends on which protein your child reacts to. If he or she only reacts to casein, goat’s milk can still be tolerated. Compared to cow’s milk, certain proteins in goat’s milk have a different structure. It is therefore better tolerated by some children. Please discuss any allergy issues urgently with your pediatrician.
Our Organic Follow-on Formulas 2 and 3 from goat’s milk are an alternative for parents who wish to or have to deliberately avoid cow’s milk when feeding their child – for example, because the child tolerates goat’s milk better. Because the milk comes from goats rather than cows, it has a different flavor. Holle Organic Follow-on Formulas from goat’s milk contain all the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your baby requires. Our goat’s milk comes from farms that meet the criteria of EU organic standards.