Discover how this Homemade Goat Milk Infant Formula Changed my Daughters Life

The Stout family circa August 2011

EDIT: 2/4/15 I have slightly adjusted the recipe to use whole goat milk powder. Check it out here: Homemade Goat Milk Formula Recipe 2.0.

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I have been a lifetime goat milk consumer due to a nasty allergy I had developed as a young child to cow milk. A careless licked ice cream spoon was all it took to send me over the edge and into an intense allergic reaction. It was safe to call my allergy severe but I can’t claim that it was unusual. Cow milk allergy is the number one allergy in kids and symptoms include irritability, vomiting, wheezing, swelling, hives, and even anaphylactic shock! Thankfully the solution to this problem became evident and I was immediately placed on goat milk and thrived.

Fast forward nearly 30 years and I am married with my own family. My wife Elizabeth and I have 3 children and another on the way.

homemade infant formula baby liesl has two older brothers and sisters

Liesl’s older brother and sister Charles and Eva

Liesl is 9 months and it was with her that I saw firsthand, the genetic impact I had on my children. Because we have been blessed with children that are very close in age, it was necessary to supplement breast-feeding with some kind of formula. The standard recommendation in such a case is to put your baby on some kind of basic Enfamil/Similac formula.  Since we wanted to do what was best for our little girl we went and bought a bottle of the powder. While it nearly costs us an arm and a leg, we were willing to do it because what parent doesn’t want to give their children only the best.

goat milk infant formula baby liesl

Liesl at 9 months!

While it may seem obvious now that Liesl would be allergic to the formula, at the time, Elizabeth and I were both shocked at the severity of her allergy to the product. Right away we noticed, hives on her cheeks, legs, and arms. She then developed an awful diaper rash, as well as severe diarrhea. Needless to say we took her off of that formula immediately and started her on goat milk.

Now I believe goat milk is the perfect alternative to cow milk and I wasn’t satisfied with the homemade infant formulas I saw being discussed online primarily because they all relied on cow milk. Cow milk contains an extremely allergenic protein called alpha s1 casein which is the reason it is the number one allergy causing substance in kids. Anyway, I was convinced that a goat milk formula was what was needed and I decided to put my six and half years of nutrition study to work. While goat milk is the perfect alternative to cow milk in an infant formula, an infants needs are slightly different than those of an adult or even a young child. First, if goat milk is the sole food being provided to an infant than protein content needs to be taken into account. The milk should be diluted to lower the protein content. This will ensure that the formula doesn’t contain protein levels that would be stressful to the newly formed kidneys of the infant. However once you lower the protein levels by diluting the milk, you now have to increase the calories, carbohydrates, and fat, accordingly to make up for the dilution level.

The below chart on the left shows the nutrition levels of breast milk. While goat milk is one of the closest milks to human milk, there is are still few nutritional gaps that needs to be equalized. Therefore if you follow the recipe I outline below, the nutrition information of your goat milk infant formula should look like the chart on the right.

Human Breast Milk Nutrition Facts vs. Goat Milk Infant Formula Nutrition Facts

Pretty much nutritionally exact.

Note: breast feeding is always better and that no formula can match it.
Our goal is to come as close as nutritionally possible.

Now I want to make clear that this formula I have used for my daughter was introduced after she started eating solid food. This means that she was getting supplemental vitamins and minerals from the fruits and vegetables we were currently feeding. These foods were only ancillarcy though and the milk (formula) is still the primary calorie source. Also I should note, that while I have multiple degrees in nutrition, it is up to each parent to discuss with their doctor how they want to introduce this goat milk formula.

EDIT: 2/4/15 I have slightly adjusted the recipe to use whole goat milk powder. Check it out here: Homemade Goat Milk Formula Recipe 2.0.

Recipe for Homemade Goat Milk Infant Formula

(Note: The proportions listed are for making an 8 oz. bottle.) 

Goat Milk PowderCapraMilk - All natural premium goat milk powder
1 tbsp. This is the most important part of the formula because it delivers much needed protein, fat, and carbohydrates in a form that is easily digestible and absorbable. If you can get your hands on safe, raw goat milk, do it, otherwise I recommend using CapraMilk

Goat Milk Lactose
 – 1 tbsp.

Capra Lactose - Goat Milk Lactose SugarCarbohydrates are the main source of energy for baby and there is a fair amount of flexibility here. I prefer to use lactose as it is true “milk sugar”. Lactose is a combination of glucose and galactose which is perfect for an infants diet. Babies naturally poduce excessive amounts of lactase, an enzyme used to digest lactose so the fit is natural. Also, lactose is really helpful in establishing Lactobacillus acidophilus (good bacteria) in the newly formed GI tract of your little one. Other good options for your carbohydrate sources are organic, raw turbinado sugar, organic maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and even cow milk lactose. Honey is not a good option as it is not recommend for babies less than 12 months old.


Organic coconut oil for homemade infant formulaCoconut Oil
1 tsp. This is one of nature’s greatest fat sources. Don’t let our high strung public health officials scare you into thinking saturated fat is all bad. Without saturated fat, we would all be dead. The saturated fat in coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides, and contains such important compounds as lauric acid which is found in high amount in breast milk.

Olive Oil
1 tsp. Olive oil delivers more healthy fats, this time in the form of monounsaturated fats. Make sure you buy a high quality brand as many olive oils have been adulterated with lesser quality oils. The Kirkland Signature variety from Costco has been a good source for us but you may find others that work well too.

Blackstrap molasses
⅛ tsp. This thick black syrup is high in vitamins and minerals and keeps baby from getting constipated so be careful not to give too much! Make sure you get the unsulphured variety as it is far better for your little one I bought my bottle at Safeway.

Infant probiotic strain
⅛ tsp. Probiotics are a naturally high in breast milk and there are several different strains that are perfectly designed for infants. Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, and Saccaromyces boulardii all have clinical research that shows safety in infants as well as many beneficial effects. I recommend the Garden of Life brand but there are many high quality infant probiotics available. Since most probably will only recommend them for kids 3 and up, I suggest only using half a dose.

Natural source of vitamins
1 tsp. I came across an all natural multivitamin drop that is readily absorbable called Country Life: Maxi Baby Care. This is not the only available multivitamin drop for infants but it is the best one I have found. Feel free to comment if you’ve found a better one.

A free download for you!

goat milk formula recipe card download

I have spent many hours researching and refining this goat milk infant formula recipe. I have formatted it into a convenient recipe card size that is easily printable and comes with step by step instructions. It also has a conversions table so that you can mix 1 pint, 1 quart, and 1 gallon of the formula without doing a single calculation in your head. How’s that for convenience!

I will send this free recipe to you instantly. All you have to do is join the Mt. Capra family ‘Inner Circle’ by putting your email in the form below and confirming your subscription. 


Let me know what you think!

This has been a formula that has worked wonders for our daughter and I think it can work wonders for your kids. Once again, let me stress the importance of talking about this with your doctor before you get started.
I would love to hear your feedback in the comment section.

Here’s to your health!

Joe Stout, M.S.
Father of 5

Joe holds both a M.S. and B.Sc. degrees in Human Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Bridgeport and Washington State University. Joe has been married to his wonderful wife Elizabeth for seven years and has 5 beautiful children. He is the President of Mt. Capra and lives on and manages the family goat dairy.

698 thoughts on “Discover how this Homemade Goat Milk Infant Formula Changed my Daughters Life

  1. Alicia says:

    I see that this recipe is not intended for younger babies, my daughter is almost 3 months old and is on hypoallergenic formula and zantac for reflux. I would like to try this recipe, but I am concerned she is to young, she was born at 5 lbs. 15 ounces, and weighs almost 10 lbs. now if that makes a difference. She is eating 4 ounces of formula a day, should I hold out till she is a little older, or is there a way to alter this recipe for younger babies.

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  3. Leah says:

    I am sure this has been answered by someone but I can’t find it in old comments. How do you keep the oil from separating? We have been using this to supplement for my daughter and the oil seems to usually float to the top. She usually falls asleep before nap or bedtime before we are done with an entire bottle, so that means lots of the good oils are left at the bottom! Any tips for this? Thanks!

  4. Thais says:

    I’m so grateful to have found your recipe! My daughter who is 5 months old is suffering from acid reflux. We have been trying to get rid of it with homeopathic remedies. Her pediatrician and chiropractor has recommended that we change formulas. She’s was exclusively breastfed until she was 3.5 months. Then I introduced baby formula with breast milk which she did well with. Then when it was just formula she developed the acid reflux. Now she has really bad constipation and because of the reflux she coughs and chokes often overnight. I haven’t been able to sleep for almost 2 months because I’ll never forgive myself if something happens to her :(
    I’m really hoping this is the missing link to ridding the disease!

    Questions: I want to make a daily batch. Is it okay to blend the reconstituted milk with the oils, colostrum, maple syrup before storing in the fridge so that the oils don’t seperate? Will it destroy any of the nutritional properties of the oils or other ingredients?
    I’m planning on making 32ounces a day. The probiotic, DHA and multivitamin I will administer once a day in one of her bottles and not including it in the big batch.
    Is this okay?

    Thank you!

  5. Vilma says:

    I am currently using raw goats milk and supplementing probiotic, Vit D, and DHA/EPA all the good cod liver oils. Adding folic acid.

    I’ve met my farmer and the goats graze on the land that hasn’t had any pesticides in over 40 years :) but he does have to supplement with grain feed. I have a list of the ingredients in the feed and I don’t see corn or soy (maybe disguised?) but some of these items -hmmm grNted it’s for goats.

    I had my adoptive son on 4 mons of breastmilk I wouwld buy from a friend. I even got collostrum. But his eczema was having major flair ups. And I couldn’t control her food I take and I thought it might be the dairy.
    He’s been on raw goats milk for about 16 days loves it and his skin has cleared up substantially. He did have a little flair up but I was out of calendula which has been a huge blessing.
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  6. carol alexander says:

    Big Thank You to Dr. Stout! I’ve been using this recipe since my son was 6 weeks old and everyone always comments on how healthy he looks. I wasn’t comfortable with the formula my pediatrician suggested and through the grapevine I had heard good things about goats milk. I am so grateful for this website and having the choice not to feed my son products that I don’t agree with i.e cow milk or soy. O is 8 months now and he is the perfect baby and my new pediatrician tells me that he is in excellent health.

  7. Dusty Bly says:

    I accidently ordered nonfat milk instead of whole milk, I opened it before I realized. Is the formula recipe still the same? Or do I need to change it somehow?

  8. Kim says:

    Hi Joe,

    My husband and I are interested in using this formula for our little girl. Like your wife and yourself, our kids are close in age and breastfeeding/pumping is hard to uphold with an 18 month old who also needs mommys attention. Is 3 weeks old too young to start using this? I saw you mention the additional vitamims that your daughter was getting due to solids as well. Is the recipe posted safe for a brand new infant?

  9. Oksana says:

    I have a 7 month old with MSPI. was thinking to try the goat milk formula.. If I have access to raw got milk, what other ingreadients i till need?
    Also, if i decide to use the powder version , how long can i store it in fridge for? i want to make a lot a onse…thanks

  10. Cami Ene says:

    Hi Joe! I have your old recipe for the formula. Why was the amount of oils increased and diminished the amount of sugar ? I have been preparing your old recipe for my daughter. I am just worried that it wasn’t nutritional enough. Could you pretty please answer my question ?

  11. Larry Parker says:

    HI. Thanks for your very helpful site. I have been using the formula to feed my 5 week old baby as my wife has limited milk supply. However every time I put in the olive oil, he vomits a bit up. Just added the organic coconut oil today when it arrived and he vomited more than usual.

    Have you come across this before? what might the solutions be?


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  14. Trysha Regala says:

    How do I get the free download? After all mixed together, is this a already present mixed formula? How long is it good for in the fridge and room temperature. My son doesn’t do well withave lactose so what would I use that is best in place of the lactose? Thanks for the blog, I hope to make some of this soon

  15. Tiffany says:

    How can I change this for my 13 month old? she is breastfed but I am looking for a supplement so that I can leave her a little more. thank you!!

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