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

The Stout family circa August 2011

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FYI: This post was written in 2012 and our family has grown significantly since then. We now are expecting number 6 any day now.
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.

Recipe for Homemade Goat Milk Infant Formula 2.0

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

CapraMilk - All natural premium whole goat milk powder

Full Fat Goat Milk Powder – 1 heaping tbsp. (14 grams)

This is really where all the magic begins. Goat milk is a remarkable food in that it more closely resembles the protein, fat, and carbohydrate structure of breast milk than literally any other ingredient available. The benefits range from the nucleotide (DNA) structure of goat milk being as similar to breast milk to the presence of taurine in goat milk amounting to 20 times that of cow’s milk which is, not surprisingly, the same ratio found in breast milk.

Capra Lactose - Goat Milk Lactose SugarGoat Milk Lactose – 1 tbsp. (12 grams)

Carbohydrates 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 produce 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.

100% Grass-Fed Pastured Goat Milk Ghee Clarified butterGoat Milk Ghee  ½ tsp. 

This is one of nature’s greatest fat sources. Ghee is the clarified “butter oil” from goat milk cream and does not contain any of the allergens found in cow milk. Mt. Capra is currently the only company in the world producing this unique food. Saturated fat is extremely important for the brain development and overall health of your growing little one. The saturated fat in goat milk ghee is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) and because our goats are grass-fed, our ghee contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) as well as important fatty acids such as lauric acid which is found in high amounts in breast milk. EDIT: Coconut oil is still a great option for the saturated fat category of the formula and can be used in the same amount as the goat milk ghee. Coconut oil was the most requested ingredient replacement question as it is unfortunately somewhat common as an allergen. We created our goat milk ghee to address this need and because this formula is meant to be a low-allergy option, the Goat Milk Ghee is a great tool for those little ones who are especially sensitive to the allergens found in coconut oil.

Organic Sunflower Oil – ½ tsp sunflower oil for infant formula goat milk

Sunflower oil delivers more healthy fats, this time in the form of poly and monounsaturated fats and especially the essential fatty acid linoleic acid which is vital in infant nutrition. Sunflower oil is also a great source of Vitamin E but make sure you buy organic or at least non-GMO varieties of this oil.

Unsulphured Blackstrap molasses – ⅛ tsp
blackstrap molasses for homemade infant formula

This thick black syrup is high in B vitamins, minerals, and is a natural source of iron. It also can help keep baby from getting constipated so be careful not to give too much! Make sure you get the unsulphured variety as it is far less processed.

Infant probiotic strain – ⅛ tsp.

Infant formula probiotics homemadeProbiotics are naturally present 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 Primal Defense Kids 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 but probiotics are amazingly safe and I would have no problem using the regular strength or even double the strength if the situation needed it. Remember, this ingredient only needs to be added only once per day and should be kept in cold storage until right before you add it to the bottle.

Natural source of vitamins/minerals – ¼ tsp.

NutriStart Multivitamin Powder for infant formulaI am updating my recommended source of natural vitamins to NutriStart Multivitamin Powder created by Rainbow Light®. There are a lot of possible vitamin/mineral combinations to use but this one contains no added preservative, colors, or artificial flavors. Remember, this one you only need to add to one bottle per day as it will contain all the vitamins/minerals needed for that day. Please don’t add this to every bottle.

 

Optional Ingredients

I get many questions from responsible parents inquiring why I don’t include this or that ingredient. The top two most requested ingredients are DHA and colostrum. Interestingly enough, Mt Capra offers the only commercially available goat milk colostrum so it might seem odd for me to leave it out of the formula.

I should explain that my goal is to make this formula simple enough that I would still make it regularly and to keep it far less expensive than store bought formula. However, DHA and colostrum are awesome additions to your formula which will make a great formula that much better. Here are my recommendations.

Capra Colostrum - Goat Milk Colostrum 174 g powderGoat Milk Colostrum – 1 scoop (1,450 mg)

Colostrum is the thick yellow fluid which is produced as a precursor to mother’s milk. It is found in humans, goats, and other mammals where it is produced by the mother for two days following birth. Colostrum can be described as a brilliantly designed transfer system which effectively “jump starts” a newborn’s undeveloped immune system. Colostrum adds many beneficial bioactive ingredients such as lactoferrin, cytokines, growth factors, and immunoglobulins. It only needs to be added once per day. Make sure to get the powdered version for easy mixing.

DHABaby DHA for infant formula – Based on weight

DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic acid is found in fish, algae and most importantly here, breast milk. It is not found in goat milk and I would highly recommend adding it to your formula if you don’t mind the slightly fishy taste it might give the milk. This is another ingredient that only needs to be added once per day based on the the weight of baby.

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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!

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The entire Stout family!

This has been a formula that has worked wonders for our daughter and I think it can work wonders for your children too! Please be sure to talk over the formula with your doctor so he or she is aware of your choice.

I would love to hear your feedback in the comment section.

Here’s to your health!

Joe Stout - Homemade infant goat milk formulaJoe Stout, M.S – Father of 6
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 eight years and has 6 beautiful children. He is the President of Mt. Capra and lives on and manages the family goat dairy.

Joe Stout

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.

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

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      I don’t know a lot about coconut sugar but based on the nutrition data I think it would work fine.

      UPDATED: I looked into coconut sugar and it looks fine to use as it is basically brown sugar. The best sugar to use, and the one I recommend, is the goat milk lactose as it can help colonize the digestive tract with Lactobacillus acidophilus

  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.

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      We have heard great success stories of parents raising their little ones on this formula from birth. Keep your doctor in the loop but I have total confidence that this is a great option from birth.

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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:

    Hi!
    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.
    Suggestions.

    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:

    Hi,
    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.
    Cheers

  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:

    Hi,
    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?

    Thanks

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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

      • Kathleen McGovern says:

        We are loving this formula so far! She’s been on this for about 3 weeks. Unfortunately it looks like I reordered our Mt. Capra Lactose a tad too late to get here. If we use Turbinado Sugar do we measure out same amount as if we were using the Lactose (i.e. one cup of lactose to one cup of turbinado sugar?)

  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!!

  16. Destynee says:

    Im using a liquid multivitamin for infants. My daughter is 3 months old therefore, i could not use the nutristart based on her age. The direction ls say 1 ml per day however im noticing other recipes using this vitamin are using 4 ml per daily batch. Im quite confused because I dont want to overdose her yet theres got to be some reasoning for this. Or is there a multivitamin you recommend for her age? Thank you in advance!

  17. Addie says:

    This goat milk formula saved my life! I was unable to breastfeed my daughter and every organic formula I tried caused horrific constipation in her. I knew I wanted organic and started googling and came across this. I made it for my daughter when she was 4 weeks old and she’s been on it engr since. She’s 19 months old now and I’ve just adjusted to her development and growth. She’s perfect and healthy and I sing goat milk praises to any mother searching for formula answers! THANK YOU!

  18. Jana says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for this formula! I have been unable to nurse any of my three children. My two year old and 8 month old have both used it. I started my 2 y.o. on it at about 3 months because I was really uncomfortable with giving her Similac, my previous formula of choice, after reading up on it. Her eczema and cradle cap immediately began to respond and clear up. Her skin problems and stomach/bowel troubles cleared up within a week. From then on out she only had problems if she was introduced to something else she was allergic to. She is a very healthy little girl, and was quite healthy as an infant after we began this goat milk formula. As soon as we were home from the hospital I started my now 8 month old on this formula as well. She’s never had any of the problems my other two had, that I now attribute to commercial formula. She is a very healthy, thriving little baby girl. Thanks for all the work you put into this! Blessings to you and yours!

  19. liz says:

    concerned about using baby DHA because my son and husband are allergic to fish! any other healthy options I can use to support brain development that is fish free?

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      Hi Liz. No need to use the DHA if there are fish allergies. Are you certain that DHA (fish oil) will trigger an allergic response? Usually the allergic response is due to fish protein and perhaps the DHA (fish oil) would not cause the allergy. The only other option for DHA I am aware of is algae based DHA which is available in soft gels that could possibly be added to the formula. However I’m not familiar with the form of DHA or if the body metabolizes it differently that marine based DHA.

  20. Nicole says:

    How long is one kit going to last? I’m thinking some ingredients keep longer than the goats milk? Does the goats milk expire pretty quickly? I was also wondering if you’ve heard of infants preferring the taste over regular store bought formula? My 7 month old will not drink the stuff. I’m hoping she will enjoy something homemade.

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      Hi Nicole,

      The homemade goat milk formula tastes WAY better than store bought. Seriously that stuff tastes like nasty rust water. The kits are put together in small batches to ensure that all the ingredients are fresh. The goat milk has a 12 month shelf life and we are bottling new milk every month. Take care.

      • Laura says:

        Is the 12 month shelf life based on an open or unopened container? I noticed that there is a packaged date on the bottom of the container and I’m wondering how long it is still fresh/good once opened?

        Much Thanks!

  21. Sara Williamson says:

    I want to mix this supplement in with my stash of breast milk. My daughter is 8 months old. I’m think 3 ounces supplement + 2 ounces breast milk in the same bottle. Would that be ok?

  22. Katie says:

    Do you know if babies that develop a rash on the goat milk formula are allergic to it? Possibly it takes time for babies digestive system to adjust to the formula? I was told by MT capra that I may want to substitute some imgredidents to see if rash and stuffy nose subside. I have breastfed my baby for the past six months and wanted to supplement with the goat milk formula a few times a day. I called MT capra today and asked if i could use coconut sugar instead of turbinado sugar and they said no. Yet in your comment above you mention it should be okay to use the coconut sugar as a carb replacement. I’m a bit confused. I copy and pasted the Q&A below.

    “Annie
    Can I use coconut sugar for the carbs. Pure and refined? Same amount of carbs.

    JANUARY 24, 2015 AT 10:21 AM REPLY

    Joe Stout, MS
    I don’t know a lot about coconut sugar but based on the nutrition data I think it would work fine.”

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      Hi Katie,

      I looked into coconut sugar and it looks fine to use as it is basically brown sugar. The best sugar to use, and the one I recommend, is the goat milk lactose as it can help colonize the digestive tract with Lactobacillus acidophilus

  23. Nathan says:

    I’m curious what happened to the original formula? I recall it had coconut oil instead of goat milk ghee, and other substitutions as well.

    My first daughter thrived on that formula, and I would like to use it again.

  24. katelyn says:

    1 question i have: my son was diagnosed with a condition called laryangomalacia. the muscles in his laryanx are underdeveloped and cause him to aspirate on thin liquids. the doctors tell me that i have to thicken his formula with cereal to prevent that. they called it “nectar thick” consistency. i put a scoop of cereal per 2 oz of formula. how would i implement that into this formula?

  25. Jenny says:

    I was wondering when making bigger batches (1 quart) if I can make the batch with ALL the ingredients or do I have to mix individually one bottle at a time. I work full time and am nursing and pumping but my 3 month old is now wanting more than I can produce so I need to supplement and therefore to make it easier on the daycare provider, I would like to make the bottles in advance as I am not sure she would be willing to mix all the separate ingredients. Thank you for your time.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Jenny. You can make up a bigger batch and store it in separate bottles, but the oils in the formula will separate and rise to the top while in the fridge, and you’ll need to re-heat / mix it thoroughly before giving it to your baby.

  26. Megan Wight says:

    If I am still breastfeeding and needing additionally milk, can I nurse and then give my 5 mo old this recipe? Wont be too much of anything? Needing a supplement in addition to my milk. Thanks!

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