New infant nutrition guidelines! Pediatricians now recommend goat milk-based infant formula

by |  March 28th, 2024

Although goat milk-based infant formula has been used for decades worldwide, it is new to the US infant formula market. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their guidelines to acknowledge that infant formulas using cow, goat, or soy protein as a base and meet all FDA requirements and the US Infant Formula Act for nutrients are perfectly acceptable as a breast milk supplement and/or complete nutrition for a baby’s first year. The first and only goat milk-based infant formula that meets all FDA requirements is Kabrita, a Dutch-based company, available for sale in the US since January 2024. Because goat milk protein is naturally more similar to proteins found in breast milk than cow milk, it is a popular option for babies who are fussy or seem to have trouble tolerating cow milk-based formulas. While it is not appropriate for babies with a true cow milk protein allergy diagnosed by their pediatrician, it is a great choice for everyone else!

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Dr. Ari Brown is a pediatrician and a mom. Dr. Brown is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been in private practice for over 20 years. Her passion to advocate for children and educate families extends beyond the office setting. She is the co-author the bestselling "411" parenting book series including Expecting 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Pregnancy, Baby 411, and Toddler 411. Dr. Brown has received several professional awards including the Ralph Feigin, MD Award for Professional Excellence, the prestigious Profiles in Power Award by the Austin Business Journal for her service to the community, Austin's Favorite Pediatrician by Austin Family Magazine, and Texas Monthly Magazine's Super Doctor.

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