Goat’s Milk Baby Formula

Nothing replaces Breast milk – lets get that clear! However, if you don’t nurse, cannot nurse, don’t make enough milk (like me), this is for you! I wasn’t able to nurse past 2 months due to the SCD diet not providing me with enough carbohydrates and calories to make milk. This does not apply to everyone on SCD! Weight has always been a struggle for me with Crohn’s.

All of us Mommy’s know what commercial Infant Formula is like. Horrible. Some of the first ingredients are corn syrup and so on. Not to mention how hard dairy is on their little systems. I’ve read so many articles about bacteria, arsenic, DHA from algae, and other toxins were found in formula even ORGANIC and the FDA won’t pull it off the shelves until some of those poor babies die, like some have. Not all cases are that severe, thank God.

I researched an alternative–keep reading below.

Goat Milk Vs. Human Milk

  • The protein structure of goat milk is close to that of breast milk, with plenty of whey proteins, and very few heterogeneous proteins common in cow milk that can cause allergic reactions. Therefore, goat milk is easier to digest than any other dairy products and seldom causes allergies like stomach discomfort and diarrhea. This is a dairy product that fits most people regardless of physical condition.
  • The lipid structure of goat milk is similar to that of human milk, so excessive drinking will not accumulate fat in the body.
  • The micro-nutrient make-up of goat milk is similar to that of human milk, and is plentiful in minerals, trace elements, vitamins, taurine, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
  • Just like breast milk, goat milk is rich in the hormone epithelial cell growth factor (EGF), which can effectively repair mucous membranes in the nasal cavity, blood vessels, and throat, as well as improve the body’s resistance to viruses thereby reducing the risk of catching colds and other diseases.

Conclusion

Goat milk is the closest supplement to breast milk with the most diversified nutrient make-up. It is also the dairy product most easily absorbed by the human body.

Here are some articles on Goats milk vs Breast milk and how similar they are. I won’t go into how far off dairy is- the reason they chose dairy you ask? It’s cheaper.

I researched and played with ingredients and figured out what would work best for my daughter and our lifestyle. You should do the same and just make sure that the appropriate amount of carbs, fats, and vitamins are there. I also ordered all my ingredients online because it’s cheaper. This costs roughly, $50 a MONTH to make, depending on the ingredients you choose.

 

Here we go… All based on an 8oz bottle.

Your biggest choice— Raw, pasteurized refrigerated milk or Meyenberg Powdered Goat Milk? -Raw is a bit easier digested. However, I went with powdered for its shelf life and ease. The product I ordered 100% natural- no antibiotics, preservatives, or growth hormones, that is important. On Amazon I got a great deal with their Subscribe and Save for 3 cans. That will last almost 3 weeks. 1 TBSP – powder – Please research if you will use Raw, it needs to be diluted with water due to it’s high protein.

Next- Carbs aka sugar—Brown rice syrup, molasses, agave? -I chose molasses because it’s high in Iron and many many other nutrients! Also, I found it online in a Powder Unsulphured Non GMO! So, I mix it in the goat powder and that is one less step for me! Non GMO, no fillers like wheat, etc is another important factor. If you do powdered and make a batch, use 1 TBSP per 12 oz container to make a batch. Any Black Strap Unsulphured Molasses is okay. (Remember I am not making per bottle I am making a container of this powder)

Fats- Olive oil or Coconut Oil—Anything coconut I am in! It has amazing anti-fungal properties, lauric acid found in breast milk and so many other health benefits, read about it! The oil is hard when on the go because when it’s cold it is hard, it has to be warm. Just be sure to do it as much as possible, even if it’s only when you are home and able to warm it up. If you were using Raw milk obviously you would be warming up your milk anyways, so coconut oil would be a good option. I am also using Coconut Water as part of the water needed to make the bottle, I’m doing it in parts. 2oz Coconut Water, 6oz H2O. MUST HAVE No additives or flavors. I use Olive oil if I need to pre-prepare a bottle. (This is PER bottle not batch)

Vitamins/Probiotics- Any infant drops and powdered probiotics will do. I went with powdered Rainbow Light NutriStart Multivitamin it will last 2 months. I also just mixed this right in the powder batch! 3 packets per 12 oz container. (Per container) These also have probiotics right in it!

Omegas/DHA- For their little brains! Omegas are wonderful for anti-inflammatory as well. Any infants DHA drops that are from a fish source, not algae etc. And this you can put right in their mouth or in each bottle.

Store formula mix in a NEW BPA free sealed container or Glass jar. Adjust ingredients as you see fit but please research what you are doing. Let me tell you, if you bring this to your pediatricians attention he will think you are crazy. We don’t do things the right, healthy, smart way here in America. We do it cheap and in a way to make the rich, richer.

A few reasons to avoid Cow’s milk-

Milk

  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis-YES it can deplete your calcium levels
  • Zits, Puss in the Milk
  • Allergies and Mucus
  • Milk and Colic Disease
  • Growth Hormone, rBGH, Milk, and Prostate Cancer
  • Eczema and other skin conditions
  • Candida yeast infections

My daughter was constipated from the day I stopped breastfeeding until I started her on this formula. She is doing great.

It is not a lot of work I promise! You will feel better you are doing this for your little one. And saving money! Don’t forget most babies need breast milk (or formula) until at least 2 years old. So you can definitely get some use out of this!

Ask questions if you need help! And maybe you know someone with a baby you could pass this on to…We can help one baby at a time! Let me repeat NOTHING replaces mother’s milk!!

38 thoughts on “Goat’s Milk Baby Formula

  1. Jaelynne

    Hi! Very interesting! I would love to hear more about how to do this with pasteurized goat milk… can it be done? I have a 3 month old with bad eczema. Not wanting to go the route of steroid cream that we did with her older brother….

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  2. Julie

    How much coconut oil per bottle? Als o, my by is only 3 weeks old so are the powdered vitamins you recommended ok since they say for 6 months old to 4 years

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    1. BrittanyBrittany SCD foodie Post author

      No multi vitamins just yet maybe just D drops. Maybe 1/2-1 tsp just watch bowel movements.

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  3. Kristy Folkerts

    I will be mixing this with breast milk (supplementing on low production days.) Do I need to add all the extras if I am mixing it with breast milk?

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  4. jen

    Thank you for sharing your research! We adopted our infant son and at that time weren’t aware of how awful formula is. We thought it was our only option and the hospital started him on it so we just used what we were told. *cringe* We are adopting again and don’t want to make the same mistake. I’m so grateful for this information. Do you think it would be okay to start a newborn on this formula?

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    1. BrittanyBrittany SCD foodie Post author

      Yes!!! Try to find Raw Goat’s milk in your area. Search online, facebook co-ops, craigslist coops etc Just be sure you are watering it down due to the high protein content.

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  5. Zeah

    I love your website. After reading this blog and all the comments I have a few questions of my own. I know that just because the FDA approves commercial formulas doesn’t mean that what is in them is good for our babies but with the comment above on waiting to put the vitamin packets in the formula until your baby is around 6 months…don’t all commercial formulas have similar vitamins in them? So it wouldn’t hurt your baby any more than what is in commercial formula, in theory.
    Also, you added that while leaving out the vitamins until your baby is a little older it might be a good idea to add some Vitamin D until then. Would you really need to add more if the dried goats milk already has Vitamin D in it?
    I truly appreciate all you have shared on your site. I recently had twins and I am not producing enough milk to feed them just breast milk. It frustrates me because I focus a lot on nutrition in my life and I know that the commercial formulas are not optimal and we just realize that out son is allergic to milk. I was able to breastfeed and pump milk for our first son for 9 months and didn’t think much about the formula back then because I felt like I had given him a really good start by making it to 9 months but it is stressing me out thinking about giving my twins a poor start nutritionally with commercial formulas introduced this soon. So thank you for sharing your recipe and all the additional research.

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  6. ashley

    If I’m only having to use the goats milk for maybe 2 bottles a day and breastfeeding the rest of the day do I need to still add all the other stuff?

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  7. Maria

    Thank you for sharing!! Question about coconut water (which I love and drink myself everyday!). You said you use it as part of the water needed to make the bottle. I’m confused about the addition of water. So, do you add 8oz of water to the whole batch? Could you elaborate a little more on the dilution with water? I was thinking about doing pasteurized liquid goat’s milk….would you suggest that or using the powder?
    Thanks

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  8. portia

    my son is turning a year this weekend and I want to wean him off from breast milk but I want him to still be receiving the same vitamins ….im thinking of goats milk but not sure..pls advice

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  9. Zeah

    Hey Brittany,
    I recently had twins and made it three days shy of six weeks pumping milk for them and then got mastitis. I cannot sustain my exhausting schedule once I go back to work. We found out that our baby boy is allergic to cows milk and I really am not excited about give them both formula for a year. I started making my own goats milk formula (thank you for all your insightful information on your site) and I was wondering what you did for vitamins/minerals before your daughter turned 6 months? Thanks!
    Zeah

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    1. BrittanyBrittany SCD foodie Post author

      I used the drops that only have like Vitamin A and D no iron. Be sure you are diluting with enough water when the babies are that little.

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  10. tammy comfort

    Hi,
    I love what you have here, it sounds great! I have a 5 month old grand daughter, and have hated the formula fact from the day she was put on it. We are going to put her on this recipe I just don’t know how much coconut oil/olive oil to put into each bottle. She has reflux so we only give her 5 ounces at a time otherwise she throws it up. Also, just to be clear, the molasses, omegas, and vitamins/probiotics ALL go into EACH bottle? I have read a few more sites about this type of recipe, and they are adding, what seems to me, to be tons of oils! lol That just doesn’t seem right? Thanks again for this information.

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  11. Tony Spencer

    I was nearly convinced by a few friends to switch our 4 month old from Gerber formula to homemade goats milk formula.

    I urge you all to read this case report if you are considering making your own goats milk formula as its far too much protein and sodium.
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/4/e973.full

    “The infant’s respiratory distress seemed principally to be the result of severe metabolic acidosis with respiratory compensation. A comprehensive metabolic panel revealed acidemia, severe hypernatremia, and azotemia, with significant hyperosmolarity. He had hyperchloremia, hyperphosphatemia, hyperuricemia, and an elevated creatinine kinase level.”

    “Goat’s milk contains 50 mg of sodium and 3.56 g of protein per 100 mL, approximately 3 times that in human milk (17 mg and 1.03 g per 100 mL, respectively). The estimated requirements of sodium and protein for infants <6 months old are 100 to 200 mg/day and 9 to 11 g/day, respectively. The infant described here was receiving ∼500 mg/day of sodium and 30 g/day of protein, with a total intake of 32 oz of goat's milk per day. The immature kidneys in very young infants have difficulty handling the byproducts of foods with a high renal solute load. Sodium excretion capacity matures more slowly than glomerular filtration rate and does not attain full capacity until the second year of life. Therefore, infants fed fresh goat's milk are at substantive risk for hypernatremia and azotemia, particularly in the face of dehydration (as in the case described here), which may in turn result in major central nervous system pathology, including diffuse encephalopathy, intraparenchymal hemorrhage, or thromboses as manifested in our patient."

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    1. BrittanyBrittany Post author

      That is why it is diluted properly. It should never be given without dilution. Goat’s Milk is extremely close to breast milk much closer than that of a cow. Not to mention what is added to formula.

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  12. Amy

    Hi there! With the molasses you switched from 8 oz to 12 oz – does that mean if I’m making an 8 oz bottle to put a little less or did you mean 8 oz?

    I’m new at this and want to get it right. Thank you for posting this!

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  13. Melisa

    Hi thank you for the information!I just want to be sure, we use the daily dosage of probiotics and DHA drops in each 8oz bottle?Many thanks!!!

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  14. Shasta Reann Koppenhaver

    Thank you for this recipe I will be pitting my lo one it next week. Did you state how much coconut or olive oil to use because I can\’t seem to find it. Also it is either or on the oil right? I saw another recipe and it called for both so I just want to clarify. Lastly, the other recipe I saw calls for brown rice syrup, raw turbanido sugar (or something like that), or organic maple syrup. Is it not necessary to add it to your recipe? Thank you so much for your input. I just want to make sure I am making it correctly as iti is a big decision iI feel I am mamaking :-)

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    1. BrittanyBrittany Post author

      Yes it is listed where it says recipe “per bottle”. Either or on the oil. And the sugar is basically for a carb and because we were already fighting candida I wanted to limit that in her diet. I think the molasses is enough. However if you find your baby more hungry than normal, you may want to consider something else. Do not use brown rice syrup, it can contain high levels of arsenic.

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