If you are not breastfeeding, then baby formula is the next best food for your child. However, not everyone can tolerate dairy products?
All mammals give milk, therefore any milk from cows, goats, and other animals are considered dairy.
Lactose intolerance is one type of sickness related to dairy. It is when the body does not produce enough of the enzyme called lactase. When the body does not digest lactose, it can cause bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort. It is rare for infants to be lactose intolerant, however it is a possibility in premature infants who are born because they can fully develop their ability to create lactase.
Dairy allergy is when the body reacts to the milk proteins. The reactions can lead to skin irritations including rashes to more serious concerns such as breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness. Often symptoms are diarrhea and upset stomach. It is actually a common food allergy in babies and most children outgrow milk allergies by the time they are five years old.
Your pediatrician can take some tests to determine if your baby has an allergy. Often a stool test can reveal undigested lactose or a skin test can identify the allergen. Parents may look to soy formula as an alternative to milk-based formula, but often babies who are allergic to milk proteins cannot tolerate soy proteins either. Not only that, many non-dairy milks do not have the nutrients that your baby needs to grow and thrive.
Pediatricians will prescribe hydrolyzed infant formula. This type of formula is manufactured in which the milk proteins are broken down even smaller so that it does not cause allergic reactions or reactions of the same intensity. Conventional hydrolyzed infant formula on the shelves tend to have a stronger odor and some companies will cover it up with sweeteners like corn syrup.
If your baby has an allergy or a family history of allergies, you can be reassured that Holle formula is free of gluten, soy, egg, peanut and fish. It is also 99% organic so that there are not additives or preservatives that can cause reactions in babies with food sensitivities. Also, if your baby is lactose intolerant, it does not use lactose. Instead, it uses maltodextrin as the carbohydrate because it is easy to digest and can be sourced from organic farming.
If you are still concerned about dairy allergies for your baby, you can consider Holle Goat formula. The milk proteins in goat milk are smaller so it is easier to digest. It also has less casein and lactalbumin which can also trigger dairy-related allergies. Holle Goat formula also contains maltodextrin if lactose intolerance is a concern.
Even though Holle is not marketed as a hypoallergenic formula, it can be a good choice for babies with certain types of food sensitivity. You can talk to your pediatrician about offering Holle organic baby formula or Holle Goat formula.