DGC developed the world’s first goat milk based nutritional products for infants in 1988. Infant formula (sometimes known as "starter formula") is designed to meet the nutritional needs of infants from birth, while follow-on formula is designed for use by infants from 6 months of age. DGC brands combine the most recent nutritional science with state of the art processing and “whole of milk use” to deliver the natural nutritional benefits of goat milk.
DGC’s goat infant formula brands
- are manufactured in New Zealand with 100% goat milk proteins.
- incorporate latest infant nutritional recommendations regarding nutrient levels.
- use whole goat milk to retain the natural features of goat milk.
- are formulated with added folic acid, vitamin B12, C, D, E and iron to meet internationally accepted nutrient levels for infant formulas.
- have no added whey proteins to reduce the allergenic burden.
- use the natural blend of goat milk fat and selected vegetable oils rather than extensively modified fats.
- comply with the Codex Standard for Infant Formula and New Zealand standards to provide a safe and effective source of nutrition for infants.
- have been proven through randomised clinical trials to support appropriate growth and nutrition outcomes for infants less than 12 months.
Since developing the world’s first goat milk based infant nutritional product, DGC has developed a range of products that are carefully formulated to meet the specific nutritional requirements of older children.
Growing-up milk is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of children aged up to 3-4 years. It is specially formulated to enhance the natural goodness of goat milk to better meet the nutritional needs of growing toddlers and young children. It provides additional nutrients such as iron, plus vitamin C to promote iron absorption, that ordinary milk provides only in lower amounts. It is also enriched with calcium and folic acid.
Milk for kids is targeted at the 3-7 year age group and is a natural progression from growing-up milk. Its composition has been modified to meet the nutritional needs of this age group.
Professional advice should be sought before using an infant formula. Good maternal nutrition is important for breastfeeding and reversing a decision not to breast-feed can be difficult.
Proper use of an infant formula product is important to the health of the infant. Infant formulas should be used as directed.
WHO guideline and DGC’s policy position
The World Health Organisation (WHO) adopted the International Code of Marketing Breast-milk Substitutes in 1981.
The aim of the Code is “to contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants, by the protection and promotion of breast-feeding, and by ensuring the proper use of breast-milk substitutes, when these are necessary, on the basis of adequate information and thorough appropriate marketing and distribution”.
As a responsible manufacturer of infant formula, DGC supports the Code and unequivocally supports breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for babies and infants.
It is however important that safe, nutritionally complete infant formula products are available to non-breastfed infants. Caregivers should consult with a doctor or health professional before using an infant formula.
Infant formula preparation
For information on the preparation and safe use of infant formula, please visit Infant Nutrition Council (INC) at http://infantnutritioncouncil.com/safe-prep-and-handling/