My baby is lactose intolerant. Does Kabrita goat milk formula contain lactose?

Yes, Kabrita goat milk formula contains lactose. Lactose is an important source of carbohydrates that deliver the necessary energy for the healthy growth and development of your baby or toddler. Lactose can be found in almost all milk produced by mammals; including breast milk. A lactose intolerance causes symptoms due to poorly digested lactose. As breast milk also naturally contains lactose, it is very unlikely that your baby or toddler will be lactose intolerant.

To ensure that babies and toddlers are given enough carbohydrates, the minimum amount of lactose that a formula must contain has been established in the European legislation on infant formula. This minimum amount of lactose is higher than the standard amount of lactose in (goat) milk and therefore has to be supplemented. As there is a great shortage of lactose from goat milk available over the world, goat milk formula is supplemented with lactose from cow milk. Because the structure of lactose is the same in all milk types, there is no influence on the product. It therefore does not make any difference whether lactose from goat milk, cow milk or, for example, breast milk is used. 

In case of complaints always consult your doctor first - or the health professional at the child health clinic- to rule out a lactose intolerance, before switching to Kabrita goat milk formula.