Goat Milk Infant Formula – Frequently Asked Questions

It has been nearly 2 years now since I wrote about how my homemade goat milk formula recipe had changed my daughters’ life. Since I posted that article in May of 2012, I have received hundreds of emails, comments, and questions asking for further explanations and advice.

In that time my wife and I have welcomed a fourth and fifth child to our home (Elliana and Jack)! Liesl has continued to grow and thrive on goat milk as have all of our children.

This follow up post is meant as a general FAQ or sorts so that when concerned moms, dads, and doctors email me they can save themselves some time by checking so of the most frequently asked questions. A quick note before we begin, my initial advice over these many months has always been the same, I am not a doctor and cannot give medical advice. Parents, please keep your own doctor informed regarding what you are doing so they can monitor growth and health of your new baby.

With that disclaimer out of the way let’s get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long will the formula last once in the fridge?

This is by far the most common question I receive. My advice is to use the formula as quickly as possible and to not let it go beyond 2-3 days. How much you are feeding will determine how much you should make ahead.

How long can the formula be out of the refrigerator once it is made?

The rule of thumb for all prepared foods is to not let the food stay out for more than 4 hours at room temperature. I recommend reducing this to no more than 3 hours. Once baby is done with her bottle, put it in the refrigerator as quickly as possible.

I want to take the formula with me traveling. What tips do you have for making the formula while “on the road.”

My wife and I would make the bottles only one at a time. We would fill a standard baby bottle with all the dry ingredients for an 8 ounce batch and bring a thermos with hot water. We would keep a small supply of coconut oil in a Ziploc bag and the olive oil in a simple Tupperware bottle with a good lid. (in hotter climates you should probably keep the coconut oil in a small Tupperware bowl in case it melts) Then we would add the hot water to the dry ingredients, add the oils and be ready to go!

I want to use raw goat milk in my formula instead of the powder. How should the recipe be modified?

The second most common question and an easy ratio to remember. 1:1. It is a 1:1 ratio of milk to water. 4 ounces milk measure 4 ounces of milk to four ounces of warm water and everything else in the recipe stays the same.

Note: I actually don’t always think using raw goat milk is a good idea in the infant formula for one very important reason. Raw milk can be incredibly healthy but can also be incredibly dangerous. I am specifically referring to raw milk that has been improperly handled. Dirty raw milk will get you sicker quicker than anything! Babies especially are even more susceptible to kind of food borne illness. If you don’t trust your source of raw goat milk than don’t take the risk!

I want to use this formula for - insert age here . Can I do this?

Interestingly enough when I first developed this formula I was uncomfortable with parents using the formula for very young newborns. However, we have had such overwhelmingly great feedback for all ages between newborn and 1 year that I feel comfortable recommending the formula to all ages. I never get tired of saying this though, keep your doctor in the loop. There are few things as important as what your baby is eating so keep your doctor informed.

Can I freeze the formula after its made? How long will it last?

Yes you can freeze the formula and it will last as long as breast milk lasts in the freezer. 1 month if its just the standard freezer that sits on top of your refrigerator or up to 6 months if it is a chest freezer.

Where should I buy all the other ingredients?

Amazon, your local grocery store, etc. are all great places to find the more common ingredients like molasses and olive oil. If you really want easy you can simply purchase the goat milk formula kit we offer. Total retail value of kit is over $200 and contains all the wholesome ingredients necessary to make the formula at home. Check it out here:

Do we use the multivitamins/probiotics in every bottle we make?

No. Just include those nutrients in one bottle per day and your baby will receive his/her needed vitamins and probiotics.

I thought goat milk was low in folic acid and vitamin b12?

You are right. (good job!) That is why we add the multivitamin drops.

The directions on the milk powder says I should use 2 tablespoons but your recipe only calls for one. Why is that ?

A baby under 12 months old still has developing kidneys. Straight, “full strength” goat milk powder uses two heaping tablespoons. There is simply too much protein in that amount of milk powder for the maturing kidney’s of a baby to handle. Therefore we reduce the amount of milk powder to reduce the amount of protein. We then increase the amount of carbohydrates to make up for what we’ve taken out. ***As of January 2016 we began including a scoop in every bottle of CapraMilk. If your bottle does not have a scoop just know that it is approximately 1 heaping tablespoon.

Is my baby getting enough iron with this formula?

This is an excellent question and requires a bit of explanation. When a baby is born full term they usually have a 6 month supply of iron that they have stored up while still in the womb. Therefore, from 0-6 months, the iron requirement for infants is only .27 mg/day. After six months however, the requirement jumps up to 11 mg for babies between 7 -12 months and then drops back down to 7 mg/day for toddlers 1-3 years of age. (The iron RDA won’t go back up to 11mg/day until your son or daughter is a teenager.) The formula that I created will deliver the .27mg/day with no other fortification because blackstrap molasses contains a good amount of iron. Usually by the time a baby gets to 6 months, they begin eating a variety of solid foods and as long as parents are careful to include iron rich foods (winter squash, sweet potato etc.) along with vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables (vitamin C assists with iron absorption) supplementing with iron drops shouldn’t be necessary. However if you choose to supplement with iron drops remember that often these can cause constipation.

My baby just started the formula and loves it! He seems constipated though. Should I be worried?

It is very common for slight constipation to occur when switching to formula. There are several easy fixes that will help the transition. First, give them time to adjust on their own. The digestive system of a infant does not react as quickly as a mature digestive system to changes in diet and sometimes all the baby needs is a little more time to regulate on their own. If however it seems that they need a little help you can do one of two things. First, add less milk powder to the formula. Instead of using 1 scoop (1 heaping tablespoon) per bottle use 2 heaping teaspoons and let the formula be a bit watered down for a day or two. This will usually clear things up and then you can go back to the regular recipe. Another trick is to add a generous amount of blackstrap molasses to the formula, blackstrap molasses is a natural laxative. The recipe calls for 1/8 of a teaspoon of molasses but feel free to use double, triple or even quadruple that for a short period of time to help clear up the constipation.

I’m using goat milk powder from Meyenberg. Is that okay? Does it change the formula?

Yes this is okay but I don’t recommend the liquid goat milk Meyenberg offers at your local grocery store because it has been ultra-pasteurized which gives it a much longer shelf life but drastically decreases the digestibility of the milk. If it is your only option, it will still be much better than cow milk but it is the least desirable for your infant formula.

Many have been confused because Meyenberg’s instructions are to mix the milk powder with 4 scoops  per 8 ounces and CapraMilk calls for two heaping tablespoons per 8 ounces of water. Since my recipe uses only 1 heaping tablespoon per 8 ounce, Parents were under the assumption their formula (using Meyenberg’s product) was too diluted or weak and that their child was suffering as a result. This is really a result of the inadequacies of imperial measurements (eg. cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, etc.). Whenever precision is absolutely needed, weighing ingredients is the most precise way of measurment. For my homemade infant formula recipe, one should use 14g of milk powder for 8 ounces water. ***As of January 2016 we began including a scoop in every bottle of CapraMilk. If your bottle does not have a scoop just know that it equals approximately 1 heaping tablespoon (14g).

For CapraMilk, this means one scoop (1 heaping tablespoon). For Meyenberg’s powder, this means 2 level scoops (1 heaping tablespoon) per 8 ounces water. Wether you use CapraMilk and/or Meyenberg’s remember that the regular serving size is 28 grams powder per 8 ounces of water. How you get to the 28 grams (or 14 grams for that matter) depends on whether you use a scale (most precise) or tablespoons/scoops (less precise)

The vitamin drops say to use for a 13 pound baby? My baby hasn’t reach 13 lbs yet what should I do?

Reduce the vitamin drops to half the dose until your child reaches 13 pounds. Then increase to the recommended serving.

Another formula I researched contain raw liver, nutritional yeast, acerola powder, avacado oil, etc.? Why don’t you recommend these ingredients.

The formula I’ve created is meant to be a simple wholesome formula that is both affordable and practical. Including all those other ingredients may be a good thing and it may be a bad thing (raw liver? eww) However if I included all those extra ingredients, it would simply keep the formula out of reach for most people including myself. FYI I know raw liver is added to boost iron levels in the formula but its still a pretty gross ingredient.

I’m stressing out that I won’t make this formula right. I want it to be perfect for my baby!

I do too! Developing infants need a lot of wholesome nutrition in their first year of life but we sometimes forget how resilient the growing body is to various forms of nutrition. Breast milk alone is obviously the gold standard but the nutritional composition varies wildly from week to week, day to day, and even hour to hour. Therefore don’t stress out about every little microcosm of the formula. If you baby gets a little more oil in a bottle then the recipe calls for, don’t worry about it. Breast milk fat, lactose (carbs), and protein go up and down a lot. If you forget to add the vitamins, calm down, it’s not the end of the world. You baby will be fine. Just follow the recipe as closely as you can and your baby will do great!

Are there any good alternatives to coconut oil?

Not a lot (at least to my knowledge). Coconut oil is a saturated fat and breast milk is high in saturated fats. Butter could work but then you are adding cow milk ingredients to the formula which for many parents is not an option.  EDIT 12/3/15: Yes there is! Goat Milk Ghee is the perfect replacement for coconut oil and can be used at the same levels.

The coconut oil hardens once I place the formula in the refrigerator. How do I keep it evenly dispersed?

This is a common question that simply does not have a convenient answer. Coconut oil is a saturated fat meaning that it will be hard at room temperature (like butter) and even more so at refrigerator temperatures. If you choose to include the coconut oil in your large batches it will prove difficult to keep emulsified throughout the formula once the formula gets cold. However one thing that can be done is to add the coconut oil individually to each bottle made once the formula has been warmed up.  EDIT 1/18/16: Goat Milk Ghee is less hard at room temperature and stays in solution better than coconut oil. Both are excellent but if this is a concern the goat milk ghee is slightly more convenient.

Can I used organic maple syrup, or brown rice syrup instead of the lactose? What is the conversion?

Yes you can use any of these. 1 tbsp per 8 ounce bottle is a good rule of thumb. These ingredients vary somewhat in carbohydrate content but it is negligible. Lactose is the gold standard and ought to be used unless it is unavailable because of its ability to assist in the colonization of the intestinal tract with the healthy probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus.

The formula seems too sweet. Won't this make my baby addicted to sweets later in life?

I believe this to be unlikely. Breast milk, the gold standard, is very sweet so I don’t believe this to be a problem. If you are using turbinado sugar, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup instead of the goat milk lactose then it will certainly taste much sweeter as lactose is only 20% the sweetness of those other carbohydrates.

Q. Does the formula require any changes as my child gets older?

A. As your infant grows into a toddler his kidneys develop and mature so that he is able to handle the higher protein content in goat milk. Between the age of 10-12 months, you can begin to transition your baby to a high concentration of goat milk powder. Instead of only 1 heaping tbsp of milk powder you can begin putting 1 heaping tbsp + 1 heaping tsp milk powder. As you gradually increase the milk powder, you should gradually decrease the added carbohydrates and fats as the milk contains carbohydrates and fats to compensate. The table below will gives an example of how you might choose to transition your child whole milk version of CapraMilk.

Age

Milk Powder

Lactose

Oils

Water

9 months

1 heaping tbsp

1 tbsp

1 tsp

8 ounces

10 months

1 heaping tbsp.

+ 1 heaping tsp.

2 tsp.

1 tsp

8 ounces

11 months

1 heaping tbsp.

+ 2 heaping tsp

1 tsp.

1/2 tsp

8 ounces

12 months

2 heaping tbsp

None

None

8 ounces

I will continue to add to the FAQ page as more questions come in. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have further questions and I will try to get it answered as soon as I can.

530 thoughts on “Goat Milk Infant Formula – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Danielle says:

    The vitamins recommended seem to clog the bottle nipples is there a way to dissolve the vitamins better? Any suggestions?

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      This seems to be a recurring problem. I may search for an alternative vitamin powder/liquid to add. In the mean time I’ve found success by slightly enlarging the nipple hole with clean pin which allows the formula (and vitamin powder) to flow through better.

      • Laura says:

        We use PixieVites by Dr. Fuhrman. They mix very well and are a all plant based multi vitamin supplement for both infants and older children. Might be a good option.

      • Timothy Watkins says:

        Hi Joe. I’m going to try your product but noticed that all of your “find it here” links seem to be disabled. I had to search the internet for an alternative way to access your store. Why is that? Otherwise, I’d like to buy enough product for 21 days. So I created a spread sheet and calculated how many of each product I’d have to buy and came up with about $300 worth of product. Do you have a 21 day package? If I wanted to buy a 90 day supply is that feasible?

        • Kristia says:

          Also, do you if it’s ok for baby’s with severe acid reflux? I breast fed my son until he was 3 months old (my milk supply dried up), he had AF then but was still gaining weight. Once I had to supplement with formula it’s been down hill from there. Doctors have been no help. We’ve tried homeopathic remedies (Nat Pho 6), to no avail. We’ve been on every formula on the market. He’s developed milk and soy allergy as a result of the commercial formula brands. He’s now 9 months old and only 13 lbs. I honestly don’t know what else to do. We’re on a medical grade formula at the moment called Neocate. After tons of research on GERD I’ve learned that it also deals with digestion. So we went from 4-5 oz every 4 hrs to 3 oz every 2 hrs (2months ago) until his digestive tract stabilized somewhat. Now we’re recently back up to 5-6 oz 4hrs or whenever he wants a bottle, with no screaming at night from reflux. But I’m still concerned it’s not enough. Do you think this formula may help ? Is it too late for my son ?

          • Jeff Andersen says:

            Hello, Kristia. As I mentioned in my previous response to you, the recipe has been carefully designed by a specialist in clinical nutrition. The vast majority of babies on this formula are thriving. Now, having said that…we are not doctors and do not prescribe. My suggestion to you is that you consult with your pediatrician regarding the use of the goat milk formula recipe. At the 9 to 10 month point, normally you would begin to add more milk powder to the formula to increase the amount of protein your child is receiving…but that may not be appropriate in your son’s case. Check with your pediatrician to see what he / she thinks. Best wishes to you and your son.

    • Shawna Melvin says:

      I used the recipe for goat milk formula in 2012/13 for my daughter. I want to transition my son to goat milk formula now. I have the 2012 recipe. So I am using mt capra milk (whole) with the 2012 recipe. Is this correct? I’m confused because it talks about whole vs nonfat milk. I don’t remember if the milk I used in 2012 was whole or nonfat.

  2. Audrey says:

    Hey, Joe! First off, THANK YOU for your years of research to develop this formula. My 3 month old’s puking/spitting up problem has virtually disappeared (we went from cow’s milk formula to Kabrita…and while Kabrita was better, the problem was not eliminated all together). Anyway, I was using Meyenberg ordered from Amazon, but ran out and we need to make more formula tonight. We are going to use Meyenberg’s pasteurized goat milk purchased from our local store, as they don’t have the powdered version. I know that it’s a 1:1 conversion as far as the mixture, but I am just curious about your thoughts on using this instead of powder? Is the pasteurization eliminating the health benefits?

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      Hi Audrey, because goat milk is a specialty ingredient, Meyenberg has little choice but to ultra-pasteurize if they are to supply the national market for liquid goat milk. Ultra-pasteurization is difficult for babies tummies to digest and is the reason I don’t recommend using any products (organic or not) that have been ultra-pasteurized.

  3. Lyani says:

    Hi there I am planning on using the formula to supplement my breastfeeding. My baby instep months old bit is consuming more than I am currently supplying. Does he still need the vitamin pack if he is only taking the formula a couple bottles out of the day and if yes then is there a ratio I need to adjust to use it as a supplement to breast milk instead of his main supply of food. can you share the nutritional breakdown of the completed formula?

  4. Sara Williamson says:

    First off, thank you so much for this formula. I was very stressed about using formula when I was forced to supplement because of medication I was on. Two questions that I’m sure you already answered:

    1. I am mixing the formula with breastmilk in every bottle. Right now I’m doing 2.5 ounces of each. If I am giving her BM in every bottle, do I still need to add the vitamins and probiotic?

    2. As related to the question above, if I don’t need to add the vitamin and probiotic because of the bmilk, can I lower the bmilk to 1.5 ounces (so I can make my stash last longer) and still be giving her everything she needs without vitamins and probiotics?

    Thank you!

  5. KBG says:

    Hello Joe!

    We’ve been using the formula (recipe included) with my twins since they were 4 months. I have one that is lactose intolerant and the other had awful spit-ups (maybe reflux). They are now 14 months and I am still using the recipe. Should I just be using the whole milk powder and water now….nothing else added? Do I need to make sure they get vitamins and probiotics once they receive just powder and water? I saw the FAQ but it doesnt mention the molasses…

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      Hi KGB. So are you saying the twins did well on the formula? After mixing full strength goat milk with water (2 level scoops per 8 ounces water) molasses would not be needed any longer but wouldn’t hurt anything to continue to add it.

  6. Megan says:

    Just starting this formula, and it is clogging the holes on the nipple of my son’s bottles. Any suggestions?

  7. Lacey Reyer says:

    Approximately how much does one pint batch of this cost with none of the optional add ons? I am trying to compare cost to regular organic formula. Thank you!

  8. Meigan says:

    Hi- I was wondering if it’s ok to mix half the water to the goat milk to keep in refrigerator, then add the other half of hot water to make the concentration complete when ready to use? I wasn’t sure if there was a contraindication to adding hot water to the cold milk solution. Then I could just carry bottles with the half concentration in an insulated bag and a thermos of hot water. For a little more convienece for on the go type of situation. Let me know! I’m ready to do this for my baby seems to have some reflux issues but my husband is putting up a fight for the “inconvenience” factor😝

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      Yes you can. I prefer to use regular coconut oil (I know it is less convenient) because fractionated CO has undergone the processing step of breaking (fracturing) the longer fatty acid bonds.

  9. Sjurgs09 says:

    First off, I’d like to say thank you SO much for sharing this recipe. My son is 10 weeks old and has been gassy and severely constipated since week 2 and has been on a laxative since week 3. Switched to this goat milk Formula and he is no longer gassy or constipated. He loves the formula but I’ve noticed that he is eating way more often than when he was on cow milk formula. Can I add more of the goat milk powder when making the recipe so that he stays satisfied longer. (He is currently driving close to 6 ounces about every 2 hours ).

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      It is awesome to hear your son is doing well on the formula! As long as it doesn’t cause him to spit up, I would increase both the olive oil and ghee by about 1/4 teaspoon per bottle. This will increase the calories without increasing the protein to a high level.

  10. dean says:

    Hello,
    Our adopted baby girl is now one and has done so well with this formula. Thank you for providing a non-dairy, non-soy option! I have been transitioning her to the whole goat milk using the guidelines posted on your site. Would you continue using molasses, vitamin supplement and dha or does the whole goat milk contain all the vitamins she needs at this age?
    Thank you.

  11. Carleen says:

    What is the date stamp on the bottom of the goat milk powder. Is it the manufacturer date or the best by date and what is the life span of a can of goat milk powder?

    Thanks
    Carleen

  12. Sarah says:

    Hi Joe. THANK YOU so much of this incredible recipe. My son needed to be supplemented in addition to breastmilk at 4 months and I struggled with giving him formula, but I felt really good about giving him this one. By 7 months he was fully formula fed and he will be a year next month and is doing great! He loves it! So much so, that I think it will be hard to wean him from it! My question is, I am thinking of transitioning him from the formula (we are now doing the recipe modification you recommend for 11 month olds) to full goat milk when he turns 1, but I would like to use raw goat milk (thoughts on this?) and I would like to begin to use liquid goat milk in his formula before just giving it to him straight. What would the ratio of liquid milk to water be for an 11 month old? Thanks again! I don’t know what I would have done without your recipe!
    -Sarah

    • Lauren says:

      I feel so blessed to have found this recipe and your farm as a source. What do people typically do once your child has reached 12 months? Do they just use full goat’s milk bought from the store? Or do they continue to use the powder and/or the full recipe with oils etc…?

      • Jeff Andersen says:

        I’m not sure there is a ‘typical’ pattern. By the time a baby is 1 yr. old, they can be fed whole goat’s milk. Some families continue with the formula, and some do not. : – )

  13. Rachelle says:

    So if you’re making an 8 oz bottle of just the goat milk powder (for my 14 month old) you use the scoop that comes with it but you put two scoops of goat milk powder per 8 oz water?

  14. Taylor J. says:

    Hi there,

    I’m trying to gather all the info I can about homemade goat milk formula. So far I see each one I’ve found calls for molasses, but I’ve read molasses has the possibility of carrying botulinum spores (like in honey) and that it might not be safe for babies under 12 months (my son is 7.5 months). Can you speak to that and/or recommend an alternative?

    Thank you,
    Taylor

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Megan. We can’t provide a cost-per-ounce, since the kit includes ingredients that will last differing amounts per ingredient. The recipe can be made in 8 oz, 1 pint, 1 quart, or 1 gallon amounts.

  15. Olga G. says:

    Can I use Meyenberg evaporated goat milk instead of the powder? Would I dilute it 1:1 or 1:2?

    Both of my boys have adored this formula and I love making it and knowing exactly what’s in it!

  16. Diana says:

    Hello, my question is my baby is breakout around her lip when she eats. she also does not want to eat it. do you have any advice ?

    thank you

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      If you’re using a latex nipple on the bottle, your baby may be allergic to the latex. Ask your pediatrician for an alternative. If your baby refuses to take the formula, then of course you’ll want to find a different formula.

  17. Amanda says:

    Hello! If I make the formula in bulk say like the recipe for 1 quart how much water would I add to each bottle?! Is it still the 5oz of formula with 3 oz of hot water? Thanks

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Amanda. One quart equals 32 ounces, so you will follow the recipe using a single container, and multiplying each of the recipe ingredients by 4. When making a large batch like a quart, mix all the ingredients with only half the required water until everything is well-mixed, then finish by adding the remaining water up to the final desired (one quart) total. Once you’ve thoroughly mixed the quart, you can then pour it into the 4 bottles.

  18. Shaela says:

    I used this formula for my now 4 year old and she did amazing on it! I have a 3 month old that I am breastfeeding but am supplementing with this at least 12 oz a day. He’s not gaining as much as he should be so is there anything I can increase to add calories to each bottle? Thank you so much for this formula, it’s been a huge blessing !

  19. Brooke MerrRoberge says:

    I completed the form, but haven’t recieved the recipe card yet, just ordered products for my 9 mo old son and would love to have the recipe card handy. Thanks

  20. Jem says:

    I have a 2 years old still on the same formula since a year ago. Should I still stick to the same formula or increase the powder and omit the coconut and olive oil?

  21. Candace Detrick says:

    Hello, Thank you so much for your recipe. I used it when weaning both my children off of breastfeeding for a couple months and they loved it and did great! Now a friend wants to do the same. I had bought the Meyenberg powdered milk and I remember in the past reading something about having to cut the oils in half when doing that. Is that still the case? I can’t seem to find where I read that. Thank you!

      • Jill says:

        Joe,
        I am confused about the formula- non-fat vs. whole milk. For an infant less than 10 month old, is the recommendation to use the non-fat or just half of the whole milk (1 scoop vs. 2 scoops) due to the kidneys’ not being mature. I thought I was understanding to use the non-fat formula until 10 months old and then switch to whole milk formula but now I think I may have misunderstood. If I did, why would you want to choose the non-fat version over the fat version? Thanks in advance.

        • Jeff Andersen says:

          Hello, Jill…Jeff here to answer your question. Nearly all mothers give their babies the whole milk formula recipe. The non-fat recipe version is for people who happen to have been purchasing using non-fat milk powder themselves, have a supply on hand, and wish to start their baby on goat’s milk formula. You will notice that the non-fat recipe version actually adds in the fat that is missing in the non-fat milk powder by way of ghee and the other oils in the recipe.

          Protein in the milk is the reason the milk powder is diluted until the 10th month. – not fat. Very young infants have immature renal systems that might be damaged by full-strength milk protein. The fat has nothing to do with this issue. You should dilute both the whole milk and the non-fat milk version of the recipe until the 10th month, so your baby does not get too much protein. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Thanks for choosing Mt. Capra products!

  22. victoria says:

    Hey! I love this recipe and so does my 6 month old son. Just wondering why in the initial blog post it says to use sunflower oil but the recipe card says olive oil? Does it matter which one I use? Is one recommended over the other?

    Thank you!!

    Victoria

      • Yani says:

        Hello Joe, I am in the process of weaning my baby off of breastmilk he is only 9months old. I have used your formula for the last few months to supplement my supply. My pediatrician requested a micronutrient report since I am planning on using your formula as his breastmilk alternative. Do you have one?

  23. Lana says:

    Hello! I used your first recipe about a year and a half ago. I may need to use it again with our daughter, but I can’t find the old recipe on the website. Though I’d love to try your new recipe, we cannot afford to do so right now. I very very much enjoyed your previous one and am asking if you could please email me the old recipe, I would really appreciate it! Thank you!!

  24. Melissa says:

    Hello, I am currently looking to switch my baby to goats milk. He is, however, 13 months old. Can you explain how the recipe changes for a baby over one year of age and what we should modify to meet his nutritional needs? Perhaps there is a modified recipe for babies over the age of 12 months? Thank you for your guidance.

  25. Cortney says:

    The recipe sent to my email (the recipe card), is that the recipe I should use for my 4 month old until 12 months of age? I keep reading about too many proteins and adding more as they get older. I don’t know which recipe is age appropriate?

  26. Angela says:

    Hi can I warm the milk & cool it back down without it going rancid? Also would it be feasible to reheat the formula? Thanks

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      You can store a partially consumed bottle back in the fridge…and yes, it is OK to re-heat it, if done within a day or so…but always taste-test it before giving it to your child. The more often you put milk and / or formula thru a heating / cooling cycle, the greater the chance for microbes to grow and turn the milk sour.: – )

  27. Maria says:

    Hi, sorry for the basic question, I am going to be a first time mom- what type of water should I be using to make the formula? Distilled water? Regular spring water from a gallon? Gerber Pure Purified Water? Boiled tap water?

  28. Laura says:

    Hello,
    My daughter is 9 months, i had made the recipe when she was 6 but did not do well. Unfortunately i had to go to conventional formula from stores 🙁
    She is noe almost 10 months, i introduced goat formula and loves it!!!
    My question….i have also started her on a vegan formula using almond milk. She is alsi doing fantastic. Can i used both formulas???
    Another question..
    .once she reaches the 1year mark can i just give her the powder?
    Thank you for work and so blessed to have found you guys!

  29. Dhanya Sobha says:

    Hello,

    My baby girl is now 11 months,can I follow the receipe in the same format or any modification is required? I think I can stop adding lactose and also sunflower oil …but is it okay to keep the exact recipe ?

  30. Ashley says:

    Howdy! I started using this formula for my one month old one time a day at most and not every day, shes mostly breastfed. I have noticed when she takes the formula she sleeps much longer than normal. Why is this? Every time she drinks it she gets around 4hrs of sleep! Which is alot for her. Would one of the ingredients be putting her to sleep like that? Is this safe for her?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Ashley. There is nothing in the recipe that would cause excessive sleep. However, the formula is so fully nutritional, your baby may simply be very satisfied. I would definitely discuss this issue with your pediatrician, just to be on the safe side.

  31. B W says:

    Our daughter is 5 months old. We are doing half of the feedings with breast milk and started yesterday with your formula mix. She seemed to do really well and enjoyed it with her first introduction to your formula mix. If we dont plan to switch entirely yet over to the formula from breast milk, do we need to adjust the amount of once a day items, mainly the vitamins, however colostrum, probiotics, and DHA? Will she be getting too many vitamins if daughter is getting breast milk half the day and formula mix the other half. My wife eats healthy and still takes Garden of Life Prenatal.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      If you are breastfeeding half the time and giving her the formula half the time each day, you do not need to include any of the once-a-day ingredients, including the vitamins. When you begin to transition her to more formula and less breastfeeding, start with 1/2 the normal daily amount of each of those ingredients. As you increase the ratio of formula-to-breast milk, gradually increase the amount of daily vitamins etc. that you add to the formula. When she is on the formula 100%, include 100% of those ingredients.

  32. lacy says:

    Is the recipe suitable for newborns? I read your reply to someone, Jeff, mentioning you’d email a version suitable for newborns. Thanks!

  33. Andrea says:

    I have a question re: the optional colostrum. I live in Canada and want to try to find an acceptable replacement in our local health food store before resorting to ordering your goat milk colostrum (shipping is expensive). Is bovine colostrum an okay substitute? If so, what would the measurement be?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Andrea. Our recipe card is coming to you shortly, in a separate email.

      Regarding your question about bovine colostrum. The only thing that might be a problem would be if your baby has any intolerance of cow’s milk proteins. Bovine colostrum will contain cow casein protein, which some infants are sensitive to or allergic to. I would suggest that you try the formula for a short period without colostrum of any kind, and then add in the colostrum to see how your baby reacts. Assuming that the bovine colostrum is not concentrated or fortified in any way, you should be able to use it just like the goat colostrum…but to be sure you probably should check with your pediatrician.

  34. Sandra says:

    Hello, my son is thriving with this formula. We started him at 5 months and now he is 10 and I am starting to modify the formula. The question is: does he still need the vitamins to be added? He is already eating food, so I am thinking that probably he doesn’t need them anymore. Thank you!

  35. Chelsea says:

    Jeff,

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s so nice to have a formula that I can feel completely comfortable putting into my little guy’s body.

    Quick question: if I’m making a quart at a time, do I add the cold water until I have a quart of formula, or do I actually add 4 cups like the ingredients list? I made it last night and it was the difference of about 2/3 cup of water, from what I could tell.

    Thanks for your help!
    Chelsea

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello Chelsea. You can add 4 cups (more or less) to make (more or less) one quart. Yes, it does end up being slightly more than one quart, when you factor in the milk powder and other ingredients, but that’s OK. It’s not critical that it ends up being exactly 4 cups of formula. : – )

  36. Ruthie Mills says:

    With a toddler of 2yrs old, would you use the same formula as with a 12 month old?
    We have a family history of eczema, and so far he hasn’t had any issues. Could I still add some of the coconut & olive oil to the goats milk? Or is that not necessary? Thanks for the infant formula–it was a life saver!

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hi, Ruthie! As long as your toddler enjoys the formula, you can continue with the modified recipe (for children 10 months and older). And yes, organic coconut and olive oils are good sources of healthy fats for your child. Keep up the good work!

  37. Jo Kolstee says:

    I am an adult (Actually senior citizen), with severe kidney stone problems. I am a kidney stone factory and have had stone removal surgery 6 times in the last year on both kidneys. I am told the stones are a very rare type only seen in a few percent of those who get stones and they are usually quite large, one was 23 mm which impressed the urologist and many are 12 to 14 mm. They are to hard to break up with laser so they have to go in and break up what they can. Then I deal with stents for 3 or 4 weeks to pass what I am able to. The most recent surgery was Feb 14th. They say I still have over 100 in my kidneys. I was told to really lower my protein intake to help. Therefore I would like to try your recipe. I requested it a few minutes ago but wanted to ask if you thought this might be appropriate for me.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Jo. I will send you the recipe in a separate email. There is no ‘adult’ version, except the ‘modified’ version for infants older than 9 months (which I will also send to you.) We suggest that you share the recipe with your medical team to evaluate its suitability for you and your health conditions. Under normal circumstances the goat milk formula is highly nutritional… but due to your particular health condition, we advise that you consult with your team. God bless.

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