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

by Joe Stout on May 7, 2012

EDIT: 1/21/14. Thank you everyone for your kind responses and questions. I apologize for not responding sooner to many of your comments. I have recently posted Frequently Asked Questions. I will try and get all the comments up to date. In the mean time. Check out the FAQ page and see if your question is answered there. I will update that post as more questions come in. Thanks so much!

In a world where narcissism reigns supreme, blogs tend to be the schoolyard where the truly self-absorbed come out to play (alone of course). Here at Mt. Capra we’ve attempted to deliver helpful articles without being too into ourselves but today we’re breaking the mold and getting personal.

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.

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.

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.

Recipe for Homemade Goat Milk Infant Formula

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

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.

Note: CapraMilk is back in stock! We have a limited supply so get it while it lasts!



Coconut 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.

Carbohydrates
1 tbsp. There is a bit more room for flexibility in this arena because there are a lot of high quality carbohydrates that can be used. I recommend organic raw, turbinado sugar, lactose, organic maple syrup, or brown rice syrup. This is an important component because the main nutrient in breast milk is carbohydrates. I use the turbinado sugar that I found at Safeway.

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.

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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. - Clinical Nutrition ScientistJoe Stout, M.S.,  President of Mt. Capra, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science from Washington State University and a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. He has written for various magazines and is the editor of The High Road to Health newsletter. A nutrition teacher and speaker, he lives with his beautiful wife and 3 wonderful children in Washington State.

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Cindy June 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Can anyone tell me: if I am using raw goats milk do I have to dilute it with water half n half? Also how much do I use with this receive?

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Jessica Rodriguez July 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Hi there, just wanted ti let you know that all my research says YES we do still need to dilute the fresh milk. 50/50 so 4oz milk, 4oz water :)

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Julie June 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I felt like my kitchen was turning into an OILY STICKY mess making this formula 4 times a day. Today I had an idea that I thought I’d share. I liquefied the coconut oil and put the 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp olive oil and the 1/8 tsp molasses into ice cube trays and FROZE them. The mixture is shallow enough that it freezes quickly and is able to slip right into the bottle to thaw. I had 3 trays so I was able to make 48 bottles worth in a matter of minutes and now I don’t have to mess with the oils for almost 2 WEEKS!!! I couldn’t find anything saying the oils lost any health properties being frozen so please let me know if this is a NO, NO. :)

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Christine July 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I think that’s brilliant Julie! My only challenge would be to get it to defrost in time for consumption but I may try that. Thanks for the idea!

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Tennille July 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

I have loved this formula! We adopted and I did attempt to breastfeed but wasn’t producing enough and so we needed something to supplement with and now this is all we use. Our pediatrician wants me to move him on to the weston a price formula and it scares me. The pediatrician says there isn’t enough fat in the recipe so I attempted to just add more fat to see if that helped (our little guy wasn’t gaining as much weight as the dr would like to see, (now he is gaining weight and is growing he’s 3 months and 12 lbs, 23 1/4 in., I have to trim his nails daily, he is in 3 mo. clothes, he is healthy, happy, meeting developmental milestones and sleeping well up to 8 hour stretches at night). When I increase the fats he chokes when eating and throws up constantly in between feedings. It’s not spit up it’s gagging and throwing up. Any suggestions? I don’t want to do the WAP recipe, I don’t know how I could make that work with our lifestyle. I’m very open to suggestions!
BTW LOVE Julie’s idea of freezing the liquids in the ice tray! Brilliant!
Help! Please!
Thank you!

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katie July 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm

I’m not sure if it is my son going through a phase or if the formula is making him sleep a lot less. Has anyone else had any problems with sleeping??? Please help.

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gabriela July 8, 2014 at 2:24 am

can i give this formula to my one month?

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Becky July 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

I am adopting a newborn in 4 weeks and want to use goat milk formula for her. I was wondering if its safe to use from day one as listed in you recipe here, and what about the goat milk colostrum? Is it used with infants?

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Tennille August 15, 2014 at 5:05 am

Congratulations Becky! We adopted a newborn 4 1/2 months ago. I was able to breastfeed with supplements and domperidone (rx) but only lasted about 2 months (didn’t produce enough) although IF I had started domperidone a few weeks before he arrived I probably would have been fine breastfeeding longer.
I Started our little guy on this formula at 2 months, it’s been amazing! Just read through all of the notes, you do need to adjust the oil and I added more using 1/8-1/4 tsp of (flax, avocado, grape seed, coconut, olive and sunflower oils). I also do Nortic Naturals infant oil in 1-2 ounces/day. I ordered goat colostrum and add a scoop to every bottle as well. I did have to play with the amount of fat and calories because our pediatrician said he needed to put on weight and too much fat would make him spit up more and he’d avoid the fatty part of his bottle. I use 1 tblspn + 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup per 8 ounces. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, our little guy is 19 1/2 weeks and doing fantastic!

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laura blessing July 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm

http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/goatsmilkforbaby.htm#.U8USYbF8rjA
My pediatrician is not condoning the use of this formula due to the reasons listed on the site pasted above. Can you send me information to respond to this please? I love the formula and so does my daughter. Yet this site gave me concern as well with stating that the use of goat milk formula are being taken off the market in the U.K. and also these reasons:
Goat’s milk is not indicated for use in infancy. Here is some rationale:

1) Goat’s milk is deficient in folic acid and vitamin B6.

2) Goat’s milk is higher in protein than human milk (1.0 gm pro/100 ml) and infant formula (1.4 gm/100 ml). It actually has 3.6 gm pro/100 ml, which puts an infant at risk for dehydration and a higher renal solute load.

3) The reason many of the “recipes” for goat’s milk for infants call for dilution (usually the recommendations are to dilute it to 2/3 strength, but in this case, it appears to be for half strength) is to decrease the renal (kidney) solute load. When it is diluted, however, nutrients including energy, are diluted. With this comes the risk of hyponatremia or water intoxication, which can result in seizures. Dilution of goat’s milk to half-strength supplies about 10 calories per ounce.

This means to meet the energy needs (98 kcal x 8.25 kg, which is the 50th percentile for a 7 month old boy), 80 ounces per day of goat’s milk would be required.

4) Goat’s Milk Acidosis has been reported in the literature most likely secondary to the high protein level.

5) It may be appropriate to try a formula that has no intact protein, milk, casein or soy and gradually introduce individual foods rather than rely on goat’s milk which is not recommended for infants.”

Thank you for your help.

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Stacey July 25, 2014 at 1:57 am

Laura, all of your questions are thoroughly addressed in the FAQ section. It is recommended to give an infant multivitamin to supplement folic acid and b vitamins. The goat milk is diluted and the carbs and fats are added back in through the oils and sugar. There is no risk of hypothermia or water intoxication due to adding the fats and sugars back in. Goats milk acidosis is not an issue because of the dilution, and goats milk is excellent for infants. This recipe was developed by a professional nutritionist with an advanced degree. Pediatricians are not nutritionists. When they have a question about nutrition they look it up on the internet just like the rest of us. Your pediatrician appears to have quoted the same information which has been quoted and required many times over.

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Stacey July 25, 2014 at 1:58 am

‘re-quoted’ not ‘required’ pardon me

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Sarah July 20, 2014 at 2:26 am

I’m in the UK and I don’t have access to those particular vitamins. The ones I purchased from Amazon (Well Baby multivitamin drops) don’t have 100% of the RDA for any of the vitamins listed. It only has about 20-30%. Is my baby getting enough vitamins? I know the molasses has some, but is it enough to pick up the slack from the vitamin drops? My son seems fine, if a bit irregular since starting this formula despite putting triple the molasses in his bottles, however I’ve noticed his nail growth has slowed and this makes me think he’s not getting enough vitamins. Thoughts please? I’m quite worried and will be taking him to the doctor to get this checked :(

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Sophie July 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm

The oil keeps separating as soon as I make the bottle, I have to keep pulling it out of her mouth to shake it up, at this rate she’s going to have nothing but oil to drink in the bottom of her bottle. I don’t wanna make her sick, is there a trick to fix this?

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Tennille August 15, 2014 at 5:10 am

we have that happen too. I use to give a good shake when burping and now 2 1/2 months later he’s fine with drinking the oils. Sometimes I would add a scoop of goat colostrum and shake that up with the oil he had an easier time drinking it. Another thought (which I was thinking about trying but now that the oils don’t bother our son I haven’t attempted) would be to use the milkshake/protein shakers (with the mixer ball in it) to see if that helps.

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Mrs H July 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

So I have used this for my now 13 month old, since he was 6 months! I am in LOVE with this recipe!! It’s so easy to make, and my little one has thrived on it! I had two others before him that I had to put on formulas, and after the second I knew there HAD to be a better option than what I was getting at the store!! Wish I would have found this sooner, but thankful I found it when I did!!

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Becky August 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Hello! We just adopted and I had found your recipe beforehand. I started her on it after she came home from the hospital. One questions I have is what about ARA and DHA for brain development in a newborn? Do you have recommendations for a supplement?

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Tennille August 15, 2014 at 5:13 am

Nordic Naturals has a good supplement http://www.omega-direct.com/prod_dhainfant.html and I’ve added more oils (just less of each) 1/8-1/4 tsp of (flax, avocado, grape seed, coconut, olive and sunflower oils).
Baby’s Only has a ARA and DHA powder we use when we travel.

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Becky August 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Also…I signed up so I could get the recipe card for larger batches and couldn’t figure out how to retrieve it? Was it supposed to be emailed to me?

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