It’s Official – First Goat’s Milk-Based Infant Formula Introduced To The UK
We all know that breast is best, but if you can’t breastfeed your baby, or its time to stop, then please consider using the best kind of infant formula. Many brands are simply full of junk preservatives, dangerous chemicals and even high in sugars. Cows milk also causes tummy upset to far too many children. Therefore, consider using a goats milk formula which is much more gentle to the stomach.
NANNYcare Ltd has worked tirelessly over two decades to gain acceptance and finally allow their NANNYcare Goat Milk Nutrition product to take its proper place as a fully regulated goat milk infant formula.
On the back of recent changes to the Infant and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007, allowing for the first time in Europe the use of goat’s milk protein in the manufacture of infant and follow-on formula, NANNYcare Ltd is renaming their NANNYcare Goat Milk Nutrition product, as had always been intended, NANNYcare First Infant Milk.
This recent amendment brought DH regulations in line with the August 2013 European Commission (EC) Directive 2013/46/EU. Prior to this EU rule change, only protein sourced from cow’s milk and soy was permitted for use in infant formula and follow-on formula in Europe, despite the acceptance and success of goat milk formula over several decades in many non-EU countries including Australia, New Zealand and other countries
Claire Magee, Managing Director of NANNYcare explains ‘This is of course very welcome news for us and for those parents who would like the option of a goat’s milk formula for their baby. NANNYcare Goat Milk Nutrition has been available for the last 20 years in the UK and has built up a market of loyal users. To go forward and have NANNYcare accepted as an infant formula, we prepared and presented a detailed submission to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which was based around the first double-blind clinical trial. This was a huge task for a small company and although this first submission did not quite achieve the result, it took us a significant part of the way and left the door open for the more comprehensive trial and submission, which was prepared in tandem with our manufacturer and which was finally successful. It has been a prolonged and sometimes difficult process but we believed strongly in the quality of our product and that belief helped us persevere and eventually brought us to this successful conclusion.’
For the time being, NANNYcare Infant Formula will continue to be available as NANNYcare Goat Milk Nutrition at outlets including Waitrose. However with an increasing number of requests for information from parents, it is important that the product be properly labelled as ‘infant formula’ as soon as possible and will be, in a matter of weeks, reflecting its new status as a fully regulated ‘breast milk substitute’. A full launch into further multiples will come with the launch of Follow-on Formula in the autumn.
‘We are, of course, aware that FSA advice is that children with cow’s milk protein allergy should not be given formula based on goats’ milk unless on the advice of an appropriately qualified health professional. We understand the Government’s position and will not promote NANNYcare for cow’s milk protein allergy. We see NANNYcare rather as providing an alternative for babies in good health but who. for whatever reason, goat milk may suit better than traditional cow’s milk based formulas. Additionally, parents who prefer goat milk products themselves would now naturally have a choice in giving goat milk infant formula for their baby.’
The goat’s milk used to manufacture NANNYcare is sourced from and manufactured in New Zealand by the Dairy Goat Cooperative. Claire Magee explains ‘The New Zealand goat milk base is from a co-operative of farms with rigorous and consistent standards. The goats are bred and fed specifically to produce milk, which is particularly suitable for infants and young children and for the manufacture of infant formula. With these exceptional quality standards, which are aligned with our own company values of care and authenticity, we are committed to using this particular goat milk base and manufacturer.’
The NANNYcare formulation is the only goat milk infant formula worldwide whose nutritional suitability has been proven and endorsed by a double-blind clinical trial – in fact by two such trials. It was the result of these trials that inevitably changed the Directive and allowed NANNYcare to go forward.