Oli6 – A new Australian manufactured goat’s milk formula, which contains prebiotics structurally closest to breast milk.
Growing up, we mainly consumed regular cow’s milk. It hasn’t been till much later in life, and particularly after having my own children that I’ve looked into the benefits other milks. Last week I attended a very informative brunch at the lovely Grounds of Alexandra to introduce a new range of formula.
Oli6 Dairy Goat Formula range is made in Victoria by the Australian owned Goat Nutrition Australia. I’m a big fan of supporting Australian business and innovation so it’s great to know we are producing products of such a high quality right here in our own country and of course that adhere to strict Australian regulations and requirements. Before I let you know all about this exciting new range it’s worth mentioning that nothing beats breast milk, you cannot reproduce the naturally amazing, complex nutrition that is provided from a mother’s milk. For women who are unable to breast feed, choose to use formula or supplement breastfeeding, it is very important that there are high quality options available.
Over a coffee and delicious brunch I listened to a range of speakers who opened my eyes to the amazing benefits of Goat’s milk, I actually turned my husband at one stage and whispered, “I need to drink this stuff!” Goat’s milk is commonly used in many countries around the world and is included in the infant feeding guidelines of Australia, New Zealand and the EU.
So what makes Goat’s milk perfect for infant formula?
Goat Nutrition Australia had RMIT University undertake extensive research and review more than 150 studies into Goat’s milk. They found Goat’s milk to contain high levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides. Hey, what? Well let me break that down for you, oligo means few and saccharides means sugars.
Oligosaccharides are a prebiotic dietary fibre and Goat’s milk contains 250-300mg/L, which is 6 x more than cow’s milk.
Oligosaccharides in breast milk cannot be reproduced however several oligos found in goat’s milk are similar to breast milk making it more closely matched to breast milk in structure. Oligosaccahrides are known to promote digestive health by stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria and fostering a healthy intestinal environment.
One of the speakers at Thursday’s brunch was Dietician, Melanie McGrice who explained that 84% of 13-24 month-olds have digestive problems and that 46% of parents will change formula to try and fix these tummy issues. Melanie speaks from experience as a foster mum who was unable to breast feed and needed to find a quality option to support the nutritional requirements of her children.
Breast milk is the most nutritious milk for infants, however not all mums are able to breastfeed. It’s important to have a variety of formulas available to suit the diverse dietary needs of toddlers” Melanie McGrice, Accredited Practising Dietitian
Another speaker, Prof Harsharn Gill who is the Head of Food Science and Nutrition Discipline, School of Science, RMIT explained that in addition to oligosaccharides, goat’s milk is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals including a natural source of magnesium for growth, calcium for strong bones, vitamin A for eye and vision development and vitamin C for immunity. Goat’s milk oligos have also been shown to possess anti-infection and anti-inflammatory properties.
Several oligos present in goat’s milk are similar in structure to those found in human breast milk and are therefore likely to provide similar health benefits in infants” Prof Harsharn Gill, Head of Food Science and Nutrition Discipline, School of Science, RMIT.
Toddler digestive distress is common and cannot be underestimated with one-third of mothers saying it is causing their child a significant level of distress.
A national online survey of 503 mothers of children aged 0-24 months found 84% of children 13-24 months have experienced some form of digestive problem with diarrhoea, constipation and reflux being the most common. With digestive problems so common it’s no surprise to hear that 6 out of 10 mums say their toddlers digestive problems have caused her or her partner distress.
Tina Li from Goat Nutrition Australia explained that the Oli6 Goat Milk Formula range had been developed in direct response to the request of Australian mums who wanted as natural a product as possible that met Australia’s stringent quality and safety standards. The range is minimally processed and nutritionally balanced which retains a range of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals as well as prebiotics.
The Oli6 range is available for children 0-3 years with Oli6 Dairy Goat Infant Formula – Stage 1 from birth to 6 months, Oli6 Dairy Goat Follow On Formula – Stage 2 for 6-12 months and Oli6 Dairy Goat Toddler Formula – Stage 3 for 12-36 months. Oli6 is available in pharmacies Australia wide and online at www.oli6.com.au RRP $37.99.