Goat Milk Infant Formula – Frequently Asked Questions

by Joe Stout on January 21, 2014

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 fact, I completely was overwhelmed by the amount of questions in the comments section and had to give up responding for a while, my apologies).

In that time my wife and I have welcomed a fourth child to our home (Elliana) and are expecting our fifth child, a boy, by the end of February! Liesl has continued to grow and thrive on goat milk as have all of our children.

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Liesl Carolina – 2 years old

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.

Q. I subscribed but I never received the recipe card. Where is it?

A. It’s coming. The email usually comes a few minutes after you subscribe. If you haven’t received it in 30 minutes then check your spam folder and email me and I will send you a copy.

Q. How long will the formula last once in the fridge?
A. 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 4 – 5 days. How much you are feeding will determine how much you should make ahead.

Q. How long can the formula be out of the refrigerator once it is made?
A. 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 the baby is done with her bottle, put it in the refrigerator as quickly as possible.

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

Q. I want to use raw goat milk in my formula instead of the powder.  How should the recipe be modified?
A. 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 is incredibly healthy and can be incredibly dangerous. Now before you start thinking I’ve gone and joined the health department just know that I am 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!

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

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

Q. Do we use the multivitamins/probiotics in every bottle we make?
A. No. Just include those nutrients in one bottle per day and your baby will receive his/her needed vitamins and probiotics.

Q. I thought goat milk was low in folic acid and vitamin b12?
A. You are right. That is why we add the multivitamin drops.

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

Q. Is my baby getting enough iron with this formula?
A. 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.

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

Q. I’m using goat milk powder from Meyenberg. Is that okay? Does it change the formula?
A. Yes this is okay. Meyenberg produces a high quality goat milk powder and it will work great in the formula. One thing to note however is that they offer both a low-fat version of their goat milk powder and a full fat version of their goat milk powder. The formula I created was meant to be used with CapraMilk™ which is a low-fat goat milk powder. The fats are then added back in  which mimics breast milk. If you happen to buy Meyenberg’s full fat goat milk you still need to dilute the formula with only 1 heaping tablespoon milk powder (14grams) to 8 ounces of water but you will also what to only use ½ the recommended oils as the milk powder will come with additional fat included. On a side note, 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.

EDIT: 6/21/14. We have been receiving a lot of attention from people using Meyenberg’s goat milk powder for their infant formula. This is totally fine, but keep in mind it is a milk powder I’ve never used personally. I have never bought the goat milk powder, I don’t resell it either, and I certainly don’t represent them or their products. Any advice I give regarding the fine products they sell should be taken as a courtesy to the many caregivers using this homemade formula for their infants.

So with that out of the way let me clear the air.

Many have been confused because Meyenberg’s instructions are to mix the milk powder with 4 scoops (included?) 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.

For CapraMilk, this means one heaping tablespoon. For Meyenberg’s powder, this means 2 level scoops (tablespoons?) per 8 ounces water. For both CapraMilk and Meyenberg’s, full strength is 28grams powder per 8 ounces of water. How you get to the 28 grams (or 14grams) depends on whether you use a scale (most precise) or tablespoons/scoops (less precise)

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 as the milk contains carbohydrates to compensate. And one final note; by the time they are using “full strength” milk powder, (2 heaping tablespoons (28g) per 8 ounces water) you will still need to add the fats as CapraMilk is a low-fat milk powder. You can though completely leave out the carbohydrates at that point. The table below will gives an example of how you might choose to transition your child.

Age

Milk Powder

Carbohydrates

Fat/Oils

Water

9 months

1 heaping tbsp

1 tbsp

2 tsp

8 ounces

10 months

1 heaping tbsp.

+ 1 heaping tsp.

2 tsp.

2 tsp

8 ounces

11 months

1 heaping tbsp.

+ 1 heaping tsp

1 tsp.

2 tsp

8 ounces

12 months

2 heaping tbsp

None

2 tsp

8 ounces



Q. The vitamin drops say to use for a 13 pound baby? My baby hasn’t reach 13 lbs yet what should I do?
A. Reduce the vitamin drops to half the dose until your child reaches 13 pounds. Then increase to the recommended serving.

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

Q. I’m stressing out that I won’t make this formula right. I want it to be perfect for my baby!
A. 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! FYI I know raw liver is added to boost iron levels in the formula but its still a pretty gross ingredient. J

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

Q. Are there any good alternatives to coconut oil?
A. Not a lot. 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.

Q.  The formula seems too sweet. Won’t this make my baby addicted to sweets later in life?
A. I believe this to be unlikely. Breast milk, the gold standard, is very sweet so I don’t believe this to be a problem.

Q.  Can I used organic maple syrup, or brown rice syrup instead of the turbinado sugar? What is the conversion?
A. 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.

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.

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Nathan May 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

Andrea,

I came to the FAQ tonight with the same question. I want to let you know you can find the answer in the comments above. If you scroll up, you’ll see Mr. Stout explained to Morgan on January 23rd that Capra Milk directions are in heaping tablespoons, and Meyenberg directions are in unpacked level scoops, but both of them are to be mixed at half strength. He says the right amount is 14 grams per 8 oz bottle. My Meyenberg can says that two unpacked level tablespoons makes 28 grams, so I think we should use one level tablespoon for every 8 ounces of the formula.

It might be a good idea to add this information to the part of the FAQ that discusses Meyenberg milk, because the way it reads now someone might start mixing the formula with 1/4 strength milk. I made one bottle that way before I went through the comments again to double-check…

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mellissa June 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

You are so right! Thank you for for clarifying this, I was confused.

Dont pay attention to the scoop. Meyenberg serving size is 28g. I tablespoon is 14 grams.
Capra calls for 28 grams normally and that cut in half is 14 grams.

Same for Meyenberg. Confusing ncs mayenberg recipe calls for 2 scoops and says one scoop is 2 tlbsps. That sounds like to make one cup you need 4 tblspns.

Doesnt make sense that way.

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Joe Stout, MS June 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Hi Nathen,

Thanks for the suggestion, the FAQ has been updated.

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Connie July 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I made this 1/4 strength for the last 6 MONTHS!!! UGH!! *sigh* REALLY aggravated with myself right now for not catching this. I’ve been using it because I had to go back to work and wasn’t getting enough pumping. I read that can 15 times the first few times I made this too and never got it right. *smh* Glad to see this NOW at least so I can start doing it right. Thanks for posting this info!!!

Connie

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Kelley May 10, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Does anyone know should the daily intake in terms of # of ounces be the same as what formula is? My little guy is 7 weeks old and he was in taking about 30 ounces formula per day. He seems to get hungrier more quickly on the goats milk. Should he be eating the same quantity as formula?

Thanks!

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Courtney May 12, 2014 at 2:26 am

Thank you for this! I know there is a danger in giving infants too much water. Could this at all be a problem since the milk is so diluted? Or does adding back in the carbs and fats take care of that? I would love to start using this but that is my one concern. Thank you for your time!

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Kimberly May 13, 2014 at 1:05 am

Hello!
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful formula recipe. I’m having to start supplementing my breast milk and I hated the idea of using cow milk formula. But, my friend told me about this and it sounds awesome! I do have a question. This summer I’m going to be in Asia for 6 weeks with my daughter who will be 7-8 months old then. What do you recommend? Should I just bring all these ingredients with me and hope they all make it through customs? Is there a way to simplify it even more just for a short time? Thanks!

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Tammy pike May 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

If I’m just supplementing with this formula, is the vitamins and probiotics needed?

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Mia May 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi there,

Would you be able to post a conversion chart for the formula using Meyenberg full fat milk for when infants are 10, 11, and 12 months? I’m not clear if I should use 1tbsp.+ 1tsp. but still use half of the oils, which would be (1tsp)? And do I need to adjust the carbs at all?

I know you probably hate this question, but Meyenberg is easiest to find at my local healthfood market :-( I have asked them to look into Capra! Thanks!

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Tara Koleniak June 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I’d like to know the answer to this as well.

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Mariela May 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm

If anyone has experience any skin allergy in baby tummy ?

I start to feeding my baby when he was 2 1/2 months, after a month, he has some allergies spots in his skin but just in his stomach. He love this recipe, he’s doing great, definitely he is a happy and healthy baby boy, but I have this little concern, I NEED HELP!!! ( I can send you pics of his tummy, not spread to other art of his body)

Thank !! Mariett

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Galilee May 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Hi There
I’m wondering if you have a nutritional guide for the fomula that I could show my pediatrition.

Thank you
Galilee

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Krystle James May 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Hi,
I just started my nearly 5 month old on the Meyenberg and didn’t know about weakening it. It says as you know 2 scoops for 8 oz I’ve been doing one scoop for her 4oz bottle and a Mulli vitamin once a day. She’s very constipated today. What should I do? How much should I weaken it too? Help please and thank you!!

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Jasmine May 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Thank you for the formula recipe, my soon is a month old, and my milk supply has been compromised. I have such a hate for mainstream formula, mainly bc I felt like I am feeding my son toxins, I am ready to start the goat milk formula, I ordered every ingredient online, everything has come besides the probiotic, can I start the formula without, and add it in when I recieve it? I just don’t want to give my son the store brought formula anymore

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jaime jo fisher May 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

hi there,
i am excited to try this formula on my son since i need to start supplementing him. first, thanks for the great information you provide here. it’s great knowing there is another option besides commercial formula. what are your thoughts on using stevia for the sweetner vs turbinado or another sweetenter you suggest. if you can recommend it do you have an idea of how much to add per 8oz bottle.

thanks so much for your time,
jaimejo

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Elena July 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Please, please, please don’t use stevia. Yes, it’s a more natural alternative to sugar-free sweeteners, but babies need the maple syrup/brown rice syrup/turbadino as a source of carbohydrates. Stevia will not provide any carbohydrates.

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Svetlana May 23, 2014 at 2:55 am

Hi, I’m wondering about DHA that a growing baby and toddler needs. Understandably, the toddler would be getting most of his/her requirements from foods like fish and eggs, but what about a baby who isn’t eating those types of solids yet? Does the saturated fat in coconut oil provide what the growing baby needs for healthy brain development? Would you reccomend fish oil with the formula? Thank you!!!

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Tia May 23, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Hi,

What about a 1 year old…all I can find on the internet is how to make goat’s milk formula for infants. My son just turned 1 year old and we are choosing to give my son goat’s milk vs cow’s milk, but I want to know what vitamins and minerals to supplement with. I use the liquid meyenbergs brand. I purchased a baby multivitamin and omega 3 drops that I add to one of his bottles per day. IS this enough? My son’s pediatrician isn’t much help – they push the cow’s milk!

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Galilee May 24, 2014 at 4:29 am

Hi There
I’m also wondering if there is a safe way to increase the calories in the formula for my six month old baby as he isn’t gaining enough weight.

Thanks
Galilee

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Stacey May 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe – my grandson’s eczema has cleared up completely since we started using it 3 weeks ago, and he’s now having regular bowel movements and no abdominal pain. It’s amazing! I make it using my own fresh goat milk.

I’m wondering if you’ve looked into patenting and what it would take to get licensed to manufacture and sell it. Also wondering if it could be tweaked a little and used for tube feeding/nutritional supplement for adults.

I’m a registered nurse, in the process of starting my own goat micro dairy. I would like to someday get licensed as a Grade A facility and possibly make this to market through our local health food store both as an infant formula and as a tube feeding/nutritional supplement. I have a feeling it would be difficulty to get FDA approval but it wouldn’t hurt to look into it.

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emily May 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Hey all! I just got all the ingredients and made my 1st batch of the goats milk formula. I bought the meyenberg brand but was curious when making the formula in bulk how much should you use in one bottle if you’ve made 1quart of formula?

Thanks!

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Yani May 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

My 4 month old has been spitting up the majority of his milk since he was born. This is my first day attempting this formula. He is currently drinking only 4 oz at a time so I make the 8 oz bottles, store them in the fridge until use..adding the coconut oil each time. The only thing is he is still spitting up a bit. It appears oily and smells like the Olive oil. When buying the ingredients, the only organic Olive oil I found was extra virgin…is this not a good one to use? Or do I need to simply cut down on it? Any input would be appreciated

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Yani May 29, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Every bottle I’ve given him has been followed with spit up. Even those that I’ve decreased and even eliminated use of the oils. Now I am using the meyenberg non fat powdered milk and trying my best to follow the recipe to the “T”. I even included 1tsp of oatmeal to assist thickening it but spit up still follows. Can anything be adjusted to help this? Or is my sons issue mechanical? Sorry for double excerpts but I’m desperate…thank you

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Connie July 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

If you cut the total ounces back and feed more regularly does it still happen? Maybe give 2 ounces and wait an hour and give 2 more??? Just an idea – I’m not even close to a medical professional… :-\

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Janelle May 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Hello,
My baby is 6 mo old and he has been exclusively breastfed up until TODAY! I have been researching goat milk formula for a few weeks now because I am constantly concerned about my supply. It’s usually just an overreaction on my part being a first time mom, however, earlier this week I had a menstrual period and my supply dropped significantly. Therefore I felt compelled to supplement with a formula. My baby has a cow’s milk sensitivity that was discovered by me eating dairy. His reaction started with gas and constipation and has developed into a skin rash as well and I don’t want him to have soy. Hence, the goat milk formula research. I mixed up a 36 oz batch of formula last night and decided to give him a taste of it today to see if he has any reaction. he was only given about 1 oz. No reaction so far and its been about an hour. He REALLY liked it too! The plan is to give him a small bottle at night (3-4 oz) before he goes to bed and breast feed the rest of the time. The reason I am writing is to run the recipe by you. I am a little unclear about the protein needs and amounts for a baby his age. There is a lot of confusing information out there.

So here is the recipe I used for a 36 oz batch. Let me know if you think there is too much of something, something missing or not enough of a particular ingredient. I have enjoyed reading your blog! Thanks so much for your time and input!

3 scoops of Meyenberg powdered whole fat goat milk (decreased from 4 to 3 scoops to decrease amount of protein)

4 c filtered water

1 tsp Blackstrap molassas ( I used a bit less)

2 tsp raw coconut sugar

1/4 tsp infant probiotic powder

1/2 tsp children’s DHA oil

1 tsp liquid children’s multivitamin

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp coconut oil

2 tsp nutritional yeast

Thanks Again!

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Jillian June 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Just curious( and if this question has already been answered I apologize) if I am using the goats milk just as an occasional supplement to breastfeeding can I just dilute with water or should I make the recipe?
Thanks!

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Heather P June 2, 2014 at 12:55 am

Thank you for the recipe. I am planning on starting my 3 month old on it as we have tried store formulas and all they have done is cause my son a terribly upset stomach. I noticed, however, that the majority of people trying this recipe have children 6 months and older. Any advice on whether to use this recipe, as is, for my 3 month old, or do I need to reduce some ingredients to better suit him? I don’t know if his weight matters, he is a big boy for his age, already over 13 lbs. thanks :)

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Connie July 3, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I started my son on it at 7 or 8 weeks… no extra changes and he’s great at 9 months….

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Danna June 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Very excited to try this but still slightly confused about the measurements for goats milk instead of powder. For an 8oz bottle using powdered goats milk, you would use 1 tbsp of powder. How much goats milk (non powder) will I need to use for an 8oz bottle? any help would be appreciated as I don’t want to mess it up!!

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Christina June 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Joe,

Thank you for all of this data! Would it be acceptable to add the vitamin/probiotic to a large batch instead of one bottle?

Thanks again,
Christina

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Hannah June 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Hi I have a question. My son is 11 months old. I have had him on this formula since 6 months old. I have always using mt capra goat milk. Right now I’m using as directed on your chart for his age but I am alittle confused about when he is 12 months. How long do I continue to use the fats added in and when would I just give the plane goat milk? Because at 12 months your chart says to continue the fats. I also thought I understood in one of your comments that if I used the meyenberg at 12 months I would not have to add any of the fats because meyenberg is a full fat goat rather than the mt capra is a low fat? Also the same question for the molasses? How long will I continue to add this as well? Thank for all your help and information! My son was breaking out all the time and constinanly constipated!!! After 6 formula changes and using the most expensive and broke down formula on the market he still was having major problems! I was at my wit end then 3 days after being on this he hasn’t been constipated since!!!! And skin issues cleared up! What a blessing! I can’t thank you enough!

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Judy June 9, 2014 at 3:08 am

My daughter loves this formula! Question: What about DHA and ARA? Is this needed? If so, any suggestions on a brand? Thank you!

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Tiffany June 13, 2014 at 6:37 am

Hey I went to a special store to get your capra milk and she said it was the right one. However I noticed that it isn’t the goat milk powder but the protein but I have already made the formula with the protein. Will this tremendously affect my babies health? What are the risks?

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Alissa Ramirez June 15, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe! Its very practical! I have been pumping breast milk for my now 10 month old preemie from the start because she never latched. My supply is very low now and I have been so worried about supplementing with formula. She’s sensitive to cows milk and the doctor recommended a soy formula which I was not happy about. I looked at organic formulas and it just wasn’t great. I have a very hard time rationalizing 40% corn syrup solids in my baby’s food. I found raw goats milk at our whole foods and thought I would try this. My daughter loves it! Its been a lifesaver and I did the math and we are only spending $20 a month on making this. Thanks again!

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Amy Gilman June 16, 2014 at 3:41 am

Just a couple questions. I started my two month old daughter on this formula yesterday, using the Meyenberg powdered goat milk. She seems extremely fussy all day-unless I hold her which is unusual for her. I’m concerned that the formula seems so sweet-could I be doing something wrong when making it? I’m using 1 tablespoon of the powdered goat milk, one and a half teaspoons of turbinado sugar, 1/8 teaspoon unsulphured molasses, 1/4 teaspoon each of coconut oil and olive oil. Then I mix the probiotics and multi-vitamin in one bottle daily. She is eating between 5-7 ounces at each feeding (which is increased from 4oz of Gerber Good Start formula). I just want to make sure I’m not mixing anything incorrectly and causing her harm. Did anyone else experience a fussier baby after starting on this formula?!? Advice and suggestions are much appreciated!!

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Brooke Lewis June 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Hello,
My daughter has severe reflux and has been on this formula for a month now and doing great. Initially I omitted the oils because it really triggered her reflux. She is now on some solid foods and I had hoped to replace the fat with avocado however the acidity of that also triggered the reflux. I am worried she is not getting the much needed fats in her diet, have you had any experience with or have any other suggestions on something we could try? She does have a milk and protein allergy. Thank you so much for your help!!

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Padma June 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Hi, I made the formula and it was very watery / liquidy. Is that how it is supposed to be? My 7 month old seemed to get very hungry within a couple of hours after drinking it. Also, would you give the same amount as breast milk (4-6 oz) for a 7 month old?
Thanks
Padma

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Kirsti June 19, 2014 at 7:39 am

I am in Canada and am using Happy Days powdered goat milk. I just realized I have the full fate version and I have been using the oils based on the skim version. Can my child be in any danger from too much oil? I will back off now. I also was using maple syrup but with the measurement for the sugar and not the syrup. Quite the difference. My 4 month old has been getting too many boils and sugars. I feel terrible! Should I be worried?

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connie June 21, 2014 at 2:54 am

I love your recipe and thank you so much for providing it for others to use. I’ve recommended it to so many mothers! I can only find Meyenburg full fat powder so I’ve cut the fats like your FAQ’s said.

Today, my local supplier was out! I won’t make it through the weekend! I bought the evaporated canned Meyenburg milk instead of a refrigerated product. It’s sterilized, of course, and condensed by half so double strength. My son is just almost 9 months. I’m going to adjust the recipe and thought this calculation might help others with the question.

12 oz can of condensed milk plus 36 oz of water equals half strength milk to accommodate this recipe under 10 months old. Use 8 oz of this in place of the water and powder in the recipe and keep the reduced amount of oils since it was a condensed full fat milk.

I hope this helps someone! I now know where I can buy more powder and intend to buy a case to have plenty on hand, but using the condensed has got to be better than the commercial brands!

Thanks!
Connie

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Brittni June 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

Hi!
Quick question! My daughters been on formula for 2 weeks now and seems to do really well on it other then when she poops! She get very upset like it hurts when going.. Does this sound familiar with anyone else? She also has gone a ton more then before, she’s going about 3x every morning.. Is this normal with this formula? Can something be changed within the recipe so she doesn’t go so ofter, I don’t want her to get dehydrated..
Also thank you so much for all the FAQs and information!
Great work!
-Brittni

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Shannon June 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Hello!
Sorry if this is a stupid question or one that has already been asked but in the instructions on your card for making a single serving 8oz bottle to add 5oz of very hot water, the ingredients, then at the end add milk powder and cold water to total 8oz. For making a gallon of the recipe, how much hot water do you start with and how much cold water do you end with? Or is it a gallon of hot water that you mix all these ingredients into and add no cold water? Again, sorry if this is a stupid question or if it has been asked already.

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Nathan June 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Has anyone tried making this formula with barley malt syrup? My wife ordered this, but I want to make sure it is a safe replacement for the turbinado sugar.

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Nathan June 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

In various places on this website, you speak of “heaping tablespoons.” It makes me wonder if the tablespoons used to measure the carbohydrate should also be “heaping tablespoons.” More precisely, how many grams of sugar are indicated for an 8 oz bottle? Also, about how many calories and grams of carbohydrates should this add up to, if we decide to use a syrup of some sort instead of sugar?

By the way, this formula has been our daughter’s main source of nutrition since she was about 4 weeks old. It has really done wonders, and she’s thriving. Thanks!

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lilyana July 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Can you please let me know why cod liver is not used in your recipe? Don’t kids need it for brain development? Thanks.

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Chrissy July 6, 2014 at 1:08 am

My almost 5 month old has been on a ton of different formulas, from Soy to Elecare. The GI specialist put him back on Alimentum but he’s still fussy and cries all the time. My mom suggested switching to goats milk and I came across this and it seems like something I would like to try but I’m nervous that it will be more damaging, since I read at other sites that homemade formula can be dangerous. I read a scary article about a baby being hospitalized because of goat formula and that it can mess up kidneys and cause more harm to body than good. Is that true? And I’m worried his stomach and intestinal flora is all out of wack due to all the switching (and medicine) the pediatrician has put him on. I was going to start him on Kefir to see if that will help first and then if I feel your formula is safe and I am confortable maybe switch to goat formula. Also, since kefir is probiotics can that be added to this formula as the probiotic? I am a nervous first time mom and just want te best for my baby. I want him comfortable, happy and healthy and would do what it takes to get him there.

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Ivette July 8, 2014 at 1:51 am

I am still confused about the right measurement to use to prepare the formula using Meyenberg’s powder. The instructions state that to make 1 cup (8oz) you need to mix 2 unpacked level scoops (28gr). Per the instructions each scoop equals 2 tablespoons. Thus, to make 8 oz of milk at full strength you use 4 tablespoons. Some of the comments stated above use tablespoons and scoops interchangeably which, I believe, is incorrect. Unless I am missing something, I believe that to make 8 0z of milk using Meyenberg powder at half the strength (14mg) you need to use one scoop (2 tablespoons). Is this correct ?

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Andrea July 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

My son is 3 months old and I recently just started this formula after having terrible reflux and issues with cow based and soy formulas. I realized that I have been making his bottles wrong even though he has been taking them fine….He is drinking an 8 ounce bottle made with 2 heaping tablespoons of the Capra goat milk powder every 4 hours. After reading through the FAQ I understand that is too much protein and I should only be using 1 heaping tablespoon. However, I am worried that by not giving him the 2 tablespoons of powder, it will lower the caloric intake and he will not be sustained as long. He already drinks 8 ounces and I can’t imagine giving him more than that, but if I go down to 1 tablespoon do I need to make up the calories somehow or give him more ounces per feeding?

Also I noticed that he spits up clear like water and oil with a few little curds in it, is it normal to have clear/watery spit up or is this an indicator that he is drinking too much water?

Lastly, I know that you say to tell your pediatrician, but I was wondering if you had a nutritional chart to show the breakdown for an 8 ounce bottle so I can show her and hopefully not get too much backlash. Thanks for the help!

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Ali T July 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Hey there! I am just starting this whole process of making the goat milk formula and I am so excited about it for my 6month old little boy. Currently we have meyenberg evaporated goats milk fortified with vitamins a, d, and frolic acid. It is a full fat milk. It shows the ratio to be a 1:1 as far as dilution. I am ordering Mt. Capra powdered goat milk today but was hoping for some input on this. So my exact question is, will your recipe work with the evaporated goats milk? Thank you for all the shared knowledge.
Thanks so much!

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Meredith July 14, 2014 at 12:33 am

Hello!
I started my 6 week old baby on this formula two days ago. I’m feeling very nervous about making formula instead of buying it. She was exclusively breastfeed but after two bouts of mastitits, the latest landing me in the hospital this weekend, it had to stop. That being said I want to make sure my baby’s brain is getting what it needs. Where do the DHA/brain building fats come in?

Thank you!!

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Nathan July 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Hi,

In addition to my question about barley malt syrup, I would also like to ask about coconut sugar as an alternative carbohydrate. I get the sense from your posts that most alternative carbohydrates are acceptable as long as they contain the right amount of simple carbohydrates, but I can’t find any sources one way or the other on coconut sugar being safe for infants, and I also don’t know how to tell what counts as a “simple” carbohydrate.

Thanks!

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Andrea July 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

So to change my previous question….I have had to give him more than 8 ounces per feeding to keep him sustained, but he really is throwing up a lot. He has reflux so I know that some of that is going to be normal, but what I’m concerned about is that it seems like he is just throwing up the olive oil. Could the olive oil be triggering his reflux and if so should I replace it with more coconut oil or just remove the olive oil for now? Any advice would be helpful. I am using the Costco brand organic extra virgin olive oil.

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Jenica July 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Hi,

Can someone tell me what kind of infant probiotics you use?

Also I can’t seem to find the country life maxi drops without flavoring (cherry or raspberry) I am thinking I would need them without a flavor so it doesn’t affect the taste of the formula.

Is this correct?

Thanks for the help,
Jenica

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Sophie July 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Hi one of the questions you answered was about keeping the ingredients simple and affordable which is why I’m so interested in this recipe, but is it nutritionally comparable, or are we sacrificing a significant amount of nutrition for affordability? ? I’m desperate for a formula that my baby can eat without issues but I am concerned this seems so easy compared to that other recipe. Thanks for your help
Sophie

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