Hello to a2 Milk!
My 4 years old missy loves her regular cows’ milk with her cereals, chocolate powder stirred and in her milkshakes! But … she does complain of tummy ache every day!!
We have been to the Paediatrician and they did not actually diagnose anything. She came out normal with no milk allergies. So where is the problem?
I felt it’s really too early to switch her to almond milk or soya milk as she would protest and I have been afraid that she might give up on her milk.
I had been really keen on checking out alternate forms for the regular milk that taste nearly the same and came across a2 Milk.
A few research materials and case studies that I have come across have mentioned “If regular cows’ milk makes you feel bloated or uncomfortable, it might be due to the A1 protein. Try switching to a2 Milk as you might find it easier to digest.”
So what is a2 Milk?
Regular cows’ milk contains a mixture of A1 and A2 proteins. a2 Milk is milk that comes from specially selected cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein and are free from A1.
We switched my little one from regular milk to a2 Milk before we travelled to our holidays for a week and it has been amazing. She stopped complaining of tummy ache or discomfort after her morning milk. All of us actually enjoyed the taste! I am not really sure if we are meant to notice a difference but we didn’t.
The children would have surely made a fuss for the change. Voila!! Nothing actually happened.
She did have a break in her milk routine as we travelled away for holidays for a good fortnight. And the same kind of complaint began again. I was kind of getting sure that it’s the a1 protein in the milk causing her trouble!
She is back with her regular a2 Milk and a happy toddler 🙂
A1 Protein in milk has been linked to a range of symptoms with digestive functions such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, cramps and more. The A1 protein digests differently to the A2 Protein and can be easier on the tummy.
a2 Milk is not suitable for people diagnosed with a milk allergy, but is an ideal option for people having A1 protein intolerance.
What’s the bottom line?
Milk is a very important source of nutrition and giving it a miss completely from the diet is the not the best thing to do.
If you find that drinking regular cows’ milk is giving you digestive issues, do not jump to a conclusion that it is lactose intolerance or allergies. It could actually be the A1 protein causing the bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, cramps and more. It’s absolutely worthwhile to switch to a2 Milk which is a lot easier to digest.
Disclosure: This is a commissioned review for a2 Milk. All opinions expressed here are of my own and under no influence.