Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions. Here you will find the answer to questions that have been asked in the past. To find the answer on a specific question please use the search function or select a specific category. If you're question is not yet answered in the FAQ, than please contact us directly through our contact page.

Can goat milk be an alternative in case of cow's milk allergy?

No, if someone is allergic to cow’s milk it is very likely that there will also be an allergic reaction to goat milk. A cow’s milk allergy is mediated by the protein from cow’s milk. Although the protein from goat milk are different and contain less allergens, it is still very likely that a cross reaction will occur. Therefore we strongly advise against using goat milk as an alternative in case of a cow’s milk allergy.

Fortunately a medically confirmed cow’s milk allergy is pretty rare (only 1 to 3% of children under six have this condition), while there is a much larger group that experiences discomfort after consuming cow’s milk products. These consumers  may suffer from a so-called cow’s milk intolerance where components in the milk – either the fat,  protein, or a combination of components – are digested poorly. These consumers are likely to benefit from a switch to goat milk based nutrition.

What is the difference between cow's milk allergy, cow's milk intolerance and lactose intolerance?

Cow’s milk allergy and cow’s milk or lactose intolerance are different conditions, that sometimes get misused because their symptoms can be comparable, resulting in confusion.

In case of a (medically) confirmed cow’s milk allergy, an immediate immune system reaction takes place in response to the protein in cow’s milk. This usually happens within hours of ingestion and results in moderate to severe symptoms, which can include:

  • Swelling around the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vomiting and regurgitation
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Food refusal
  • Failure to thrive
  • Severe colic
  • In rare cases, anaphylactic shock leading to death


A cow milk intolerance can occur when components of cow milk – either the fat,  protein, or a combination of components – are digested poorly. This leads to symptoms that can be mild to moderate and can affect the skin, gastrointestinal, and respiratory systems. Symptoms can take days, weeks or even months to present and can include:

  • Mild to moderate eczema
  • Diaper rash
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Loose stools
  • Colic
  • Lung and nasal congestion
     

A lactose intolerance gives symptoms because of poorly digested lactose. Lactose is present in all milks produced by mammals (including humans) and is also called the milk sugar. A lactose maldigestion occurs in many cases after weaning and may lead to symptoms as described below and is in that case referred to as lactose intolerance.

  • Abdominal bloating and cramps
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Rumbling stomach
  • Vomiting

If you are unsure which condition might be causing you or your baby’s problems, than always consult your physician before switching to alternative products like goat milk.

Can goat milk be an alternative in case of cow's milk intolerance?

In case of a cow milk intolerance components in the milk – either the fat,  protein, or a combination of components – are digested poorly. Goat milk is naturally easy to digest and can therefore very well be a suitable alternative for consumers that have a cow’s milk intolerance.

What is reflux?

Reflux is when the stomach contents are brought back up into the esophagus after a feed. A common symptom of reflux is the regurgitation or spilling of milk feeds or solids.

Reflux is very common among babies. It is caused by an undeveloped valve between the stomach and esophagus, and therefore the stomach is not closed properly. During the first year of live the valve develops and in most cases the complaints decrease or disappear.

My child has constipation. Can Kabrita provide a solution?

Being inspired by mothers’ milk, Kabrita Gold formulas contain our special DigestX OPO-fatblend (also known as bèta-palmitate). Breast milk is known to contain a high amount of bèta-palmitate and contributes to the typical breast-fed stools.  

My child is lactose intolerant. Do Kabrita formulas based on goat milk contain lactose?

Yes, Kabrita ingoat milk formulas contain lactose. Lactose is an important source of carbohydrates that provide the energy required for a healthy growth and development of your baby or toddler.

To ensure babies and toddlers get enough carbohydrates, European Legislation has determined the minimal amount of lactose that an infant formula has to contain. This minimal amount exceeds the amount that naturally occurs in (goat) milk and therefore has to be supplemented. Because globally there is very little goat milk lactose available, goat milk formulas are being supplemented with lactose from cow's milk. However this doesn't have an affect on the product, because the structure of lactose is identical in all types of milk. Therefore it doesn't make a difference if the lactose is obtained from goat milk, cow's milk or even breast milk. 

Since breast milk also naturally contains lactose, the chance of having a true lactose intolerance (lactase deficiency) is very rare amongst babies and young children. We therefore advise you to consult your physician to confirm this condition.

The stool of my baby has changed now that I have switched to formula feeding, is that normal?

Yes, it is normal for stools to change consistency, colour and/or frequency after introduction of solid foods or after a change of formula. 

My child suffers from excessive mucus. Can goat milk provide a solution?

Although not scientifically proven, some people do experience less phlegm when using goat milk.

The stool of my baby has changed now that I have started with solid foods, is that normal?

Yes, it is normal for stools to change consistency, colour and/or frequency after introduction of solid foods or after a change of formula. 

I am lactose intolerant. Does goat milk contain lactose?

Yes, goat milk contains lactose; about 10% less than cow’s milk. Lactose can be found in almost all mammalian milk; including human milk. A lactose intolerance gives symptoms because of poorly digested lactose. Lactose maldigestion occurs in many adults and young children after weaning. Did you know: Most people with Lactose maldigestion can tolerate a dose of up to 12 g of lactose (~ 240 ml milk). Because of the lower amount of lactose in goat milk and its high digestibility, goat milk may be easier to tolerate in case of lactose intolerance.  

Can goat milk be a good alternative after a milk free period?

Yes, Goat milk is naturally easy to digest and contains less allergenic protein and is therefore a suitable alternative to start with after a milk free period. In countries like Russia it is the standard procedure to use goat milk after a milk free period.

Please make sure to always consult your physician if you are thinking about using goat milk after a milk free period due to a severe allergy.   

Which allergens can be found in Kabrita?

Kabrita’s goat milk nutritional products all contain milk. The recipe of the products may differ per country, and can contain fish oil and/or soy. Please check the package for specific information on allergens in the product.  

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