Choosing infant milk for your baby is not trivial, especially when too many contaminated milk scandals still arise. Infant milk can be the exclusive food of your baby when you are not breastfeeding or an alternative in mixed breastfeeding, so you might as well be informed on the issue. Statistics show the organic milk retail sales in the United States from 2016 to 2019, measured in million pounds.
What are the differences between organic and non-organic milk?
This is a production method that is more environmentally friendly. When we speak of “organic” for infant milk, we are referring to the quality of cow’s milk which served as the basis for producing this milk, lactose, and fibers. On the other hand, it is not possible to manufacture vitamins and minerals of biological origin. This is why organic milk cannot be 100%. Organic infant milk is therefore mainly used because of the living and hygienic conditions of the cows:
The cows from which the milk comes live in vast meadows, where they are free to enjoy the open air in peace. Unlike industrial enclosures where cattle are crammed.
Usually, the spaces are large enough for the cows to change plots several times a month.
The grass of the prairies, which represents the food of the cows, is not treated with any pesticides, nor fertilizers.
Grazing is done in accordance with the seasonal cycle by allowing the cow to graze all year round depending on weather conditions. Spring being a very popular period since it is at this time that the young germ is full of vitamins and minerals (in other words we do not give dried straw all day, as it can be the case in other non-organic productions.)
The cows are not treated with antibiotics, but they receive homeopathic and herbal treatments.
In short: organic infant milk contains no residue, no antibiotics, or pesticides.
Which milk to choose?
Cow’s milk is the most consumed milk in France. Rich in vitamins B2 and B12, it covers the needs of infants in particular and contributes to growth. But the problem: some babies show signs of allergy to cow’s milk proteins (hives, malaise, poor weight gain, blood in the stool, etc.). They must therefore be replaced by goat’s or sheep’s milk. While they each have their own specificities, all provide a good dose of phosphorus, potassium, trace elements (zinc, iodine, selenium, etc.), and vitamins.
Goat’s or sheep’s milk
Sources of calcium and magnesium, sheep’s and goat’s milk have a more pronounced taste than cow’s milk. Sheep’s milk is also richer in lipids, proteins, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and D than cow’s milk.
To limit the risk of developing an allergy, some manufacturers offer gluten-free milk (a protein from cereals). On the ingredient list: goat’s milk, rice flour, and corn maltodextrins. These preparations are rich in protein, natural vitamins, and have a more digestible carbohydrate intake. An example of organic, gluten-free milk for kids (0-6 months old) is holle stage 1 formula.
Milk without palm oil
Palm oil does not have a good press because its cultivation accelerates deforestation, and its excessive consumption in adulthood increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. But an infant has different nutritional needs, and these fatty acids are essential. However, the lipids in palm oil come closest to the lipids in breast milk. So don’t worry if you see it on the label. However, if you want to avoid this ingredient, there are products, like those of the Premibio brand, without palm oil (replaced by coconut oil).
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