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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Isaiah September 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

How should we transition from formula to this goat milk formula?

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Mt. Capra January 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Hi Isaiah. I apologize for the late reply. I explain it all on our FAQ page here: http://www.mtcapra.com/goat-milk-infant-formula-frequently-asked-questions/

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Lily September 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Hi,
Thank you for the formula. We started our little 7 month old on it about a week ago, 1x a day, since I don’t have enough breast milk. He was fine with it until this week. He developed diarrhea after each time I give him this formula. Do you think this is a reaction? Should I cut down on something? I use powdered goat milk (Capramilk) and I don’t add vitamins since he is getting mostly my breast milk. Thank you.

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Mt. Capra January 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Hi Lily,

I would recommend cutting back on the blackstrap molasses or slightly increasing the amount of milk powder firm up the stool. Thanks

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kaylee September 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Just wondering how to make the recipe with fresh goat milk…is it still 1 tbs of goat milk or 1 tbs of goatmilk and 1 tbs of water?

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm
Lia September 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I am so desperate to switch to goats milk as my baby is constantly regurgitating/vomiting after every feed. I want to make sure it is ok to give to my girl who is 9 weeks old? I live is canada and am looking for any input in this…

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Mt. Capra January 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Hi Lia. I apologize for the late reply. I explain it all on our FAQ page here: http://www.mtcapra.com/goat-milk-infant-formula-frequently-asked-questions/

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carmen September 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

my 11 weeks old daughter has cows milk protein intolerance. she had blood /mucous in the stool. she tried so far 4 formula and is hardly gaining weight. her GI doc said that she might need a feeding tube if doesnt increase oral intake( scary). she is taking 15-20 ounzes a day. she is on elemental formula (nasty taste). she has bad eczema , gassy, constipated. Her ped said that i can try goat milk(buy in the local store) and see how she does. i saw online Meyenberg Powdered goat milk formula. Do i need to add your ingredients above or just to try the formula. im so desperate and scared . i tried for many years to get pregnanat and now that have a beautiful daughter -she is going thru all of this. Any advice will be appreciated.

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Hi Carmen. I’ve never seen a Meyenberg formula they only supply the milk powder. Their milk powder is high quality though so don’t be afraid to use it. Thanks

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Kathryn September 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Hello! I have the same questions as most of the above. I am using whole pasteurized goat milk from a local farm so how to convert that… and I would love the gallon recipe. Thanks!!

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm
Kristina September 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Hi I’m trying to find these items… What is Safeway? never heard of it.

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Hi Kristina, safeway is our regional grocery store here in the northwest. I’m sure your local grocery store will have everything you need. Thanks

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Tammy September 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I have a huge concern. We took my grandbaby off the store bought formula nutramigen once I started reading about how bad baby formulas can be, because of what goes into them. I found tons of info on goats milk being better for babies, so long as you add the few things to it that it’s lacking. My concern is that I made the batch of milk up according to Dr. Sears recommendations, and my grand baby isn’t doing that great on it. I have now forund your website, and see that the dilution of powder to water is CONSIDERABLY less than Dr. Sears, which now scares me to death because of my fear of the protien being too high for my babies kidneys to process. I have read that diluting it too much to avoid the high protein, lessens everything else that is good about it. I am so scared that I have hurt her kidneys for the last week trying to better her diet, and I am not sure what to do now. I will dilute it down to your measurements for sure though.

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Hi Tammy. Yes. I answer this question here: http://www.mtcapra.com/goat-milk-infant-formula-frequently-asked-questions/ Bottom line is that your baby is probably just fine. These little ones are so resilient and with the way breast milk changes drastically over the course of a week a little extra protein for a little while won’t be the end of the world. Thanks!

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Tony Spencer October 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hi Mr. Stout,

Can you please clarify the stats listed in the charts comparing human breast milk to goats milk?
http://www.mtcapra.com/discover-how-this-homemade-goat-milk-infant-formula-changed-my-daughters-life/

Is that per 100ml? If so one of the charts has to be wrong.

I urge you to read this case report :
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/4/e973.full

I’ve read your nutrition label for CapraMilk and it seems a baby would be getting far too much protein and sodium per 100ml.

“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).6 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.7 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.8 Sodium excretion capacity matures more slowly than glomerular filtration rate and does not attain full capacity until the second year of life.9 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 thromboses10 as manifested in our patient."

Sincerely,
Tony Spencer

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Hi Tony. Thanks for this thoughtful question. Both the protein and sodium were taken into account as the milk powder has been diluted to half the strength of normal goat milk. This as a result mimics the nutritional composition of breast milk. The article you link to refers to goat milk fed undiluted which can pose a risk for overconsumption of both sodium and protein. I hope this helps. Take care.

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SciChick January 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Hi Tony. I had the same question, and I sat down and did the calculations. I’ve gone over them several times, and I would really appreciate a fresh set of eyes (both yours and Joe’s and anybody else who is interested) going over them as well.

Human milk contains 1.1 g protein per 100 mL (Source: Wikipedia)
There will be 2.596 g per 8 ounces (=236 mL)
Babies drink approximately 24 ounces breastmilk per day.
Babies who drink 24 ounces of human milk per day will get about 8 g protein

The Mount Capra formula calls for 2 tablespoons of the Myenberg whole powdered goat’s mik (=8 g protein as per the container label) to 8 ounces.
If a baby drinks 24 ounces of formula per day, then it would get 24 g protein per day, which would be 3 times what is delivered through breastmilk—-should the formula be revised?

See below calculations for a revised formula:
One ounce of Myenberg whole powdered milk (=2 table spoons) contains 8 g protein (Source: container label).
How many tablespoons of Myenberg goat milk powder should be added to 8 ounces of water to deliver the same amount of protein as 8 ounces of breastmilk?
Calculations:
2 tbsp Myenberg contains 8 g protein
0.649 tbsp Myenberg would deliver 2.596 g protein (the amount found in 8 ounces of milk)
Hence 0.649 tablespoons (=2.596 g protein) Myenberg powder should be added to 8 ounces of formula mix (=236 mL)
Therefore, 1.947 (i.e. approx. 2) tablespoons should be added to 24 ounces (=710 mL)
Based on these calculations, 1 can of Myenberg’s whole powdered goat milk should last about 10-12 days.

Note that these calculations were made for a newborn.

Like I said, I would really appreciate it if all interested parties could go through my calculations and provide feedback. I can be reached via my blog.

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Joe Stout, MS January 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Thanks for your insightful regarding regarding the protein in goat milk.

When I developed the formula I scoured through peer-reviewed research detailing the nutritional composition of breast milk trying to find a unifying number.

These studies would evaluate the nutrient composition of breast milk from women of varying age, ethnicity, postpartum stage, lactation cycle etc.

What I finally came up with is that breast milk varies an extensive amount from not only woman to woman but region to region, month to month, day to day, and even minute to minute (ie foremilk vs. hindmilk)

I realized that I was shooting in the dark if I tried to fix an exact number of grams of protein per 100mL breast milk.

The numbers I used therefore were based off of the 1980 Infant Formula Act which specifically stated the amount of nutrient required in formula.

You can read the act here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-94/pdf/STATUTE-94-Pg1190.pdf

Based off of the regulations in that law, the infant formula must contain at least 1.8 grams of protein and no more than 4.5 grams of protein per 100 kcal formula. My formula has 173 calories and 3.5 grams of protein per serving (8 ounce bottle) therefore falls within the regulations.

Whether or not the required nutrient numbers laid out in the 1980 Infant formula act are valid or not, that is what I based the formula on.

Regarding the milk powder, our milk powder makes 1 gallon of pure liquid goat milk from 1 pound of milk powder. This equates to 28 grams of milk powder per 8 ounces serving.

For the infant formula, I recommend reducing the powder to 14 grams per 8 ounce serving so as to not include to much protein in the diet of the newborn.

For our product this means approx. 1 heaping tablespoon of milk powder.

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Hannah October 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Thank you so much for this.

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Kayla October 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I was giving my 3month old Meyenberg powdered goat milk for the last 48 hours the way it says to make it on the can. When I found your recipe I tried it this morning. I used the brown rice syrup as my carb. He was doing amazing on the powder and water only. After giving him this formula he threw up ever bit if it. Any advice? We are desperate. We’ve tried every formula out there and so far the goats milk is the only thing he has done good on. Thanks.

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Hi Kayla. You really shouldn’t use goat milk powder at the strength indicated on the can. I explain this here: http://www.mtcapra.com/goat-milk-infant-formula-frequently-asked-questions/ Usually transition time takes a few days so stick with it and your boy should do just fine on the formula. Thanks

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nausheen October 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hi, Can you please comment if it is possible to make maybe a gallon ahead of time and then freeze for later use? Will it still be good? I’m using this formula only to supplement breast milk to will not be using so much at a time.

Also – how long does it last in the fridge?

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm
brendelyn beck November 4, 2013 at 2:56 am

Hello, I am looking for the recipe card for the formula. I don’t see it in my email?

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Jennifer November 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I want to use raw goats milk.. So do I just make this recipe with the raw like it was powder??

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cassie November 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Would this formula be suitable for my 3 month old?
He is currently getting breast milk in bottles but my supply is running low.

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Connie November 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I received my recipe card email but I do have a question. When making the larger quantities, how long is it good for once refrigerated. My intentions is to supplement while I’m at work only so I will probably make 1 8oz bottle and use a portion of it at each feeding during the day until my breast milk supply comes up enough that I’m able to pump enough for my son. I’d hate to waste it if we only use 3 or 4 oz in a day but want to be sure to have enough prepared in case he needs more. Would it store for 24 hrs? And if I make the larger qty, is it ok to freeze it and thaw in smaller quantities for daily use? I’m already adding a probiotic to my breast milk daily because he was on antibiotics shortly after birth for 5 days so I wouldn’t need to add any to this formula since he’s getting his daily dose already I believe…

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Alyssa Feeser November 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

My son has been on this formula since 4 months old and we absolutely love it and what it has done for him! My son is now 11 months and how do I start un-diluting the goats milk properly for him since he is almost 1?

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Amber T November 24, 2013 at 5:26 am

Hello! My baby is 7 weeks! I don’t use the powder I use
RAW goat milk but add the ingredients in ur forumla recepie
The reason I switched is because my baby is
Always very gassey fussy! Is there anything I need to
Cut out because it is raw goat milk? Do I add water
PLEASE help thanks !

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Sarah November 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Hi, we just started our 4.5 month old on this formula (shw has been EBF till now, but my supply is not keeping up with her demand). She really likes the taste, and is doing well with the transition. I just had a couple of questions:
1. Would you recommend a DHA supplement?
2. How long can a bottle of this formula be out before it is trash? I know with traditional formula the rule is 1hr.
3. If I make up a quart or a gallon, how long can it stay in the refrigerator?
Thank you so much for this recipe!
Sarah

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kristel lamb November 29, 2013 at 4:14 am

hello. i love your formula! but i was wondering if it is supose to change your babies bowl movements? i was breast feeding due to complications i had to stop but wanted something very similar to breastmilk. and now her bowl movements are watery and green and chunky. did i not wean her the right way? is she constipated or have diahrhea? is that normal for transitioning? she is also getting a diaper rash. she has been on this formula for almost 2 weeks now. is her body rejecting something in it?

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Tricia January 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Hi Kristel! My son is getting the same symptoms as your daughter. I was wondering if everything cleared up for you or if you changed something? Thanks!

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Kirsten December 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

What recipe would you give a 7 week old? Can you give me the recipe by the gallon?:)

My sons been having some health issues with the store bought formula
So we are hoping this helps! Greatly appreciate a reply!

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Andrea December 15, 2013 at 4:39 am

Hello!

Please reply to my post! I was breastfeeding for the first 5 months and when I returned to work, I switched my son to Holle formula, imported from Germany. Now that he is 13 months old, I have been giving him Goat Milk – however, without any extra vitamins, oils, etc. I went to the doctor for his 12 month check-up, and he tested slightly anemic. I almost fainted! He has a fantastic diet, loves all veggies – but I feel that I dropped the ball with the milk. I purchase the goat milk at a local farm. They offer pasteurized and raw. Can you PRETTY PLEASE tell me how I should alter the goat milk for my son in order to ensure that he is receiving all the proper nutrients? Do I need to dilute the milk, etc? Thanks a million!

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Hi Andrea. Sorry for the delay in responding. At 13 months, you shouldn’t need to dilute the goat milk at all. However you should be carefully watching his iron intake. Sweet potatoes, winter squash, organ meats, even fortified cereal all contain good to excellent amounts of iron and will help boost those iron levels. Bottom line is that goat milk is a great food for your 13 month old. Make sure he is getting a multivitamin along side his other foods as well. Thanks~

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judy December 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

My daughter has a 2 month old. He had surgery for plyoric stenosis. He has healed nicely from surgery. He has allergies, eczema, stuffy nose, gerds. . But he had a difficult time, throwing up and crying with formula, such as enfamil. They have switched formulas, but he constinued grunting and in pain with the Enfamil. So my daughter and I got all the ingredients and incorporated your recipe. He did so well the first day. We were so hopeful. But now he is throwing up up and crying. Do you think he needs more time to adjust? My daughter e mailed you also yesterday and we are having a difficult time. We would appreciate any help…my daughters name is Kirsten. Thank you so much!

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Hi Judy. Sorry to hear about the crying and throwing up. Babies need time to adjust to a new diet. I explain it more here: http://www.mtcapra.com/goat-milk-infant-formula-frequently-asked-questions/ I hope your grandson is doing well on it now.

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ozgur ozer December 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Hi,
Is it ok this formula suitable for newborns? I have twins- so my breast milk not enough :(( And I do not want to give known formulas which they have lots of hazardous things in :(((

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm
Maria M. K. December 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Hello Joe,
I (like “Sarah” below found on April 30th) signed up for your newsletter, however did not receive your “Free Download” of Goat Milk Formula recipe index cards / conversion charts. Please advise.
Your website is fantastic and as a Holistic Nutritionist myself, I find it reassuring to find and hear about like-minded parents focussed on great, natural nutrition. I just had a baby boy at the beginning of Dec. and am looking forward to using this recipe, as I am currently supplementing breastfeeding with 1-2 bottles of formula per day.
I look forward to hearing from you again Joe.
All the Best & Abundant Health for 2014!!
Maria :)

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm
Liz January 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

Hi there,
My son is 11 months old and has been breast fed since birth. I’m starting to think about “the next step” as I near the one year mark. The things I’ve read about cows milk worry me, and I have started to think about goats milk. Would you mind shedding some light on what this recipe would look like for a 1 year old, and how I would phase it in during the weining process of breastfeeding. For example, what should the ratio of breast vs goats milk look like gradually before moving to complete goats milk.

In addition, based on your nutrition background, would you mind sharing your recommendation for how many ounces a 1 year old should be getting per day? Four 4 oz. bottles? Two 8 oz bottles? Thank you so much for taking the time to answer questions.

Happy new year,
New mom Liz

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Hi Liz. I answer this question here: http://www.mtcapra.com/goat-milk-infant-formula-frequently-asked-questions/ Regarding how many bottles a 12 month old should be receiving. I would be careful not to wean him to quickly. Toddlers need a large portion of their diet to come from milk even at 12 months. I would look to keep him at the minimum 16 ounces per day. If you can keep it to 24 -32 it would be even better. Thanks!

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Caryn Talamo January 9, 2014 at 3:08 am

I have been feeding my baby this recipe since he was 4 months old. I was previously breastfeeding him but just couldn’t produce enough milk to satisfy him. He was so skinny and was beginning to look sickly. Against my better judgment i started looking at formula. I read the backs of the containers and was mortified at the ingredients. Corn syrup being the first one in most of them. Thats when i said NO WAY. My baby deserved better than that. I began searching online for an alternative. As soon as i found this recipe, i knew in my heart of hearts that this was the answer. After i made my first batch i tasted it and it was actually delicious! I fed it to my baby and he drank the whole bottle. He has been drinking this formula for 4 months now and is fat and happy! He is now a wonderfully healthy 8 month old who has never been to a doctor other than for a well baby checkup. No skin issues, no diaper rash, no allergies or has. I thank God every day for this recipe. And thank you Mt. Capra for getting it out there to the public!

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Thanks for the kind words Caryn!

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Denise January 12, 2014 at 7:08 am

I just came across this because a friend of mine switched her son to this formula. I am on day 3 of the formula and my daughter who is 3 months old went from pooping twice a day consistently to only pooping once yesterday (which she cried while doing) and didn’t poop today. She seems gassier and is wanting to eat a WHOLE lot more. I noticed an earlier post said the same thing. I am concerned about this and was wondering what to do? She has acid reflux but never spits up and now has started spitting up every few bottles. So, even though I believe this may be healthier for her than the similac, so far I am not seeing the benefits. Has anyone else had these problems and if so what did you do?

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm
Annette January 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Thank you so much for this article. Due to a stroke and complicated delivery I was unable to breastfeed my fourth daughter. This was devastating for me. Worse was when the commercial baby formula caused horrible reflux in my daughter.
Grace is 7 months old and we just came home from children’s hospital. My husband and I had woken up at night and discovered her not breathing. We interrupted “SIDS” the doctors said. It was terrifying. The doctors have said it is due to the reflux caused by the infant formula. All other tests show she is healthy and perfectly formed.
Commercial baby formula almost killed my baby.
I am now looking hard for a perfect recipe for formula. For the past few days I have been feeding her goat’s milk, some molasses, some raw sugar, some coconut and almond oils and a vitamin dropper and a bit of cream while needing to make the internet search I have finally begun today.
Thank you so much for providing a recipe that does not rely on a whole lot of questionable ingredients and unstable additives like cod liver oil and thank you for making the post a delightful and informative read. As a nutritionist and nut myself I cannot fathom why I never gave a thought to my use of commercial formula. I insist my children all consume whole, live, healthy and real foods…. I even make my dogs’ food from whole foods… and yet I was poisoning my own sweet baby Grace and she almost paid the ultimate price. Thank you very much for your post.

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Hi Annette. Thanks for your kind words. Praise God for His kindness and you and your husband interrupting SIDS. (it gives me shivers just thinking about it.) Blessings.

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Tarrin January 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm

If I am using regular goats milk for the formula how much do I dilute it?

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm
Holly Mendez January 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Hello!
I just started using the formula and we love it so far, thank you so much! My question-can the formula be mixed with breast milk? I exclusively pump, but am not meeting the needs of my son currently. Would I be able to do a half and half bottle of goat milk formula and breast milk? Also, how long does formula stay good in fridge?

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Hi Holly. I answer this question here: http://www.mtcapra.com/goat-milk-infant-formula-frequently-asked-questions/ Regarding mixing the formula with breast milk. Absolutely. That would a wonderful thing to do.

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Lilya January 16, 2014 at 7:52 am

Hello this was awesome to read, thanks for all the great info. I buy the ultra-pasteurized goat milk and want to know if I could give that to my 5 mo old diluted with water, since something in my breast milk is giving him an itchy rash on his face :( thanks for ur help.
Waiting to hear from u :)

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Mt. Capra January 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm
anna January 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

My son doesn’t seem to like the taste. Any thoughts?

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Mt. Capra January 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

It may be that he needs time to transition to the recipe. Don’t give up!

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Hannah January 17, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Hi! I was wondering if my son doesn’t finish the bottle can it be refrigerated and then warmed back up?

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Mt. Capra January 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm
marjie January 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Do I still need this recipe if I use raw goat milk?

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Mt. Capra January 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm
laurie January 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Hello,
Should I give one dropper full of the multivitamin drops per 8 ounce bottle, or spread it out through the day so my baby receives one dropper full total per day. Thanks!!

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Joe Stout, MS January 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Hi Laurie. You can do it either way. It will certainly be easier to just add it to one bottle.

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Emily January 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Maybe I missed it above, but my husband bought low fat goat milk. I know low fat cow milk is higher in lactose. Can we use this or are we at greater risk of an allergic reaction? Also can we use store bought meyenberg liquid goat milk instead of powder?

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Joe Stout, MS January 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Hi Emily!

I answer the liquid goat milk question here: http://www.mtcapra.com/goat-milk-infant-formula-frequently-asked-questions/

Regarding higher levels of lactose. The formula is built around using the low-fat goat milk powder. Any variance in lactose levels between fullfat and low fat will be negligible and so I wouldn’t worry about allergic reactions.

Thanks

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jenny January 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Hi. We are making this formula for twins and do we are going to prep the gallon and refrigerate. I was wondering what the amount was for water in the gallon

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Joe Stout, MS January 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Hi Jenny,

The way I think about it is like this. I need to end up with a gallon of liquid. First I add all the ingredients, then I add the water so that I end up at 128 ounces. I don’t know the exact amount of water to use (although it wouldn’t be terribly hard to figure out, I’m just not in my kitchen) but as long as you end up with a gallon of finished liquid you are good to go. Thanks

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Jessica January 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm

My baby is allergic to black strap molasses, is there any substitute?

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Joe Stout, MS January 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Hi Jessica,

Sorry to hear your baby isn’t tolerating the blackstrap molasses. The inclusion of the molasses in the formula serves two things. It is a good source of minerals, vitamins, and most importantly, iron. Also, it can be used to ease constipation for babies. You can leave it out completely if your baby is allergic to it. The vitamin drops will satisfy all the requirements except iron. You may want to supplement with iron supplement drops but check with your doctor. Blessings on your little one!

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jessica February 7, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I am using a vitamin with iron. my baby is 5 months but is now seeming constipated… possibly because her iron supply is still there plus the added iron? any suggestions?

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Rama January 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I think I might just cry. I got several plugged ducts in my left side and finally mastitis. My 4-week-old screamed for three days straight and wanted to nurse constantly before I finally took her into her Pediatrician to see what was wrong. He said she wasn’t getting enough milk and hadn’t gained in a week and I needed to start supplementing until I got my supply back up. He handed me several commercial formula cans and gave me suggestions for organic brands. I was in tears. One, for feeling like it was my fault for starving my child and two, because I so desperately wanted to breast feed exclusively. Enter Earth’s Best Organic Formula made with low lactose for fussiness and gas. We supplemented from 4 weeks old to 6 weeks old as I did everything to I could to work on getting my supply back up. I would nurse her the usual amount of time and just supplement afterward to give her enough. She spit up the formula and was fussy from the day we started supplementing. We hated the stuff, she hated the stuff, but I couldn’t really find a better option. Then last night I went to the store to get a second can, I had looked online at alternatives a few days earlier and read this. I was standing in the aisle looking at the options, not really wanting to buy that stuff again, when I saw the powdered goat milk. I immediately went to my phone and started researching homemade formulas again. I re-read this and made my decision instantly. I picked up the powdered goat milk can, got unsulfured black strap molasses and a bag of organic turbinado sugar. I had the rest of the ingredients at home already. I gave her three ounces of your recipe when I got home, then she wanted more so I gave her another two ounces, then she wanted more and at this point I was hesitant because it was new to her and I didn’t want her puking it all up if it didn’t work out. I gave her one more ounce for a total of five ounces. I burped her, she had her bath, we swaddled her, she spit up the tiniest amount, the same she would when breast feeding, just barely, and then we put her to bed. She seemed content. Six hours later, SIX!!! ladies and gentlemen!!! she woke up ready to eat. No fussy baby, no uncomfortable baby, no gassy baby, just a content, happy baby that slept through the night and was ready for her next feeding. She is six weeks on the dot this morning and if everything continues to go this way, I am not ever buying store-bought formula again. THANK YOU!!!

Sincerely,
Rama & Kyle, Two non-sleep deprived parent for the first time in weeks

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Joe Stout, MS January 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Hi Rama,

Wow. We’re thrilled your daughter is doing well.

What a great story. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Blessings on your new little one.

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anna January 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

My son doesn’t seem to like the taste and isn’t drinking it :( Any thing I can do?

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Joe Stout, MS January 29, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Hi anna,

Sometimes babies just need time to adjust. Commercial formula tastes terrible so I doubt your son would like them better. Anyone else have any tips?

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brendelyn February 3, 2014 at 4:18 am

I’ve been using a mix of maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and Fruit Sweet to sweeten the formula. (my daughter loves it) Fruit Sweet is a concentrated pear juice and pineapple syrup. Maybe try some different sweeteners? Also, some olive oils can have a really strong taste, that might be the problem.

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Joe Stout, MS February 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Hi Brendelyn,

That sounds great. Fruit Sweet sounds like an interesting product!

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Lindsay January 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I am very interested in using this with out newborn (coming in March). I’ve had two horrible breastfeeding experiences and have very tummy/skin sensitive children, so I’m looking to start this as a newborn. If anyone has used this formula with their newborn and would be willing to chat, please email lins.ernst@yahoo.com.

It seems like most people use it after their milk has depleted or realize a sensitivity. We already know this one will have tummy/skin issues and looking to start off on the right foot! Thank you!

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Joe Stout, MS January 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Thanks Lindsay!

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Tricia January 30, 2014 at 2:13 am

I feel the need to tell you how incredibly grateful I am that I found your recipe!! My lo weaned himself at 8 months and I was devastated about putting him on formula. After a couple of months I found your site and what a difference it’s made! My son would eat MAYBE four ounces at a time but once I introduced the goat milk formula he inhaled eight ounces!

I do have a couple of questions though:
LO has developed a diaper rash since I started him on the formula a couple days ago. Is there something that might cause that or is it coincidence?

Also, I have agave nectar in my pantry and was wondering if it is an acceptable carbohydrate. If so, what amount would you recommend?

Again, thank you thank you thank you for this recipe!!

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Joe Stout, MS February 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Hi Tricia,

Thanks for the kind words. We love hearing your kind of positive feedback!

Regarding the agave nectar, I don’t usually recommend simply because its so dang expensive and really no different than the other carbohydrates.

A diaper rash when switching food sources is a common reaction. I would just give your LO a good air bath and see if they don’t adapt pretty quickly.

THanks!

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Christine January 31, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Could you please recommend a specific vitamin and probiotic? I know you mentioned Garden of Life and Country Life, but could you please specifically mention what products you use. The infant drops from country life are all flavored. Do you use the flavored drops.
Thanks!

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Juliette February 5, 2014 at 4:05 am

This may be a dumb question, but when you add the water- are you using the purified or distilled water? Thanks!

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Joe Stout, MS February 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hi Juliette,

I have a filtered tap. I believe most tap water would be fine. If you wanted to though, you could use purified or distilled.

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Stephanie February 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I gave my 6 week old daughter her first bottle of the goats milk formula and she seemed to do great on it. However later on that day when she had her bowel movement it looked a little slimy like mucus. Has anyone ever experienced this? I am wondering if she has an allergy to something. I haven’t gave her a bottle since (just breast milk). Any advice?

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Andrea February 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm

My son is almost 9mths and he gets this twice a day. I make all his food and that is what he gets in between. I was only giving him the goats milk and not adding the stuff here so I just ordered what you said to put in the bottle. I give him Meyenberg Goats milk. He was on Nutramigen formula and was spitting it up and pushing it away. He would not drink it then I switched to the goats milk and I add a little oatmeal or fruit to it and he loves it!

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lara Wedlund February 18, 2014 at 1:18 am

Is it ok to give my almost 5 month old? Hes about 22 weeks. I started it today and I am nervous. Im nervous hes not getting enough nutrition and all that. Plus he keeps spitting some of it up.

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Joe Stout, MS February 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Hi Lara,

Yes. I used it for my 5 month old and she did wonderfully.

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