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June 1946

GOAT'S MILK AS A SOURCE OF BONE-BUILDING MINERALS FOR INFANT FEEDING

Author Affiliations

AMHERST, MASS.
From the Massachusetts State College and Agricultural Station.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(6):647-653. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020290070007
Abstract

THE natural food for an infant is its mother's milk, but some women cannot nurse their babies satisfactorily and artificial feeding has to be adopted. Frequently goat's milk is used for this purpose. Like the milk produced by other mammals, goat's milk contains protein, fat, lactose, minerals and vitamins. According to the Associates of Rogers,1 goat's milk contains about the same amount of fat, two thirds as much lactose, two to three times as much protein and over three times as much ash as human milk. Holmes and his co-workers2 found that goat's milk contains desirable amounts of nicotinic and pantothenic acids, riboflavin and thiamine. Hilditch and Meara3 and Hilditch and Jasperson4 in an extensive study of goat, ewe, mare and human milk fats found that several of the fatty acids which were common to both were present in human and goat milk fats in approximately

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