Discover how this Homemade Goat Milk Formula Changed my Daughters Life

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FYI: This post was written in 2012 and our family has grown significantly since then. We now have 6 little rug rats!
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 Formula

(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.

A free download for you!

goat milk formula recipe card download

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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Our famous homemade infant formula recipe can now be purchased as a kit. The total retail value of the kit is over $200!  and contains all the wholesome ingredients necessary to make the goat milk formula at home.

joe stout and family
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.

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

  1. Lisa says:

    I would like to say Thank You to Joe and the wonderful Mt. Capra crew!!! My son had severe excema…oozing skin, scratching til he bleed, rashes covering his entire body head to toe! After trying every formula: hypoallergenic formulas, non-dairy formulas, etc…I was encouraged by family and friends to try goat milk. In fear that my 3 month old would not get the nutrition he needed I was hesitant to try goat milk. And, of course, my ped was totally against, which only increased my fears! Finally, after researching and researching online I stumbled across Mt. Capra and their formula!! I bought every product (on amazon, except for the ghee) and made the formula!! First off, I was shocked at how easy it was. I was so nervous it was going to be difficult or that I would mess things up…but it actually was extremely easy! My son gobbled it down, no problem and we saw an instant change! He would get diaper rashes/skin irritation instantly from poop and pee, so bad we would have to change him immediately after he peed or pooped. After his first bottle, we did a diaper change and we were shocked that his skin was not irritated!! He has never had a diaper rash or skin irritation in his diaper area since!! His excema did improve greatly over the next few months and we did not have oozing, irritated skin skin anymore! Now the formula was not the only thing that helped with his skin, we had several interventions in place and he still has very sensitive skin…but the formula definitely played a role in his skin improvement PLUS the pure, organic products helped repair his system from the inside out! I no longer feared what long term effects the chemicals and modifed products in the store bought formulas would have on his digestive system. He is now 14 months old and is still drinking Mt Capra goat milk with molasses in it! Throughout our journey any time I had a concern or question I would call or email and Joe, himself, would call me back to answer any questions! He was very helpful throughout this process and even offered his new goat milk soap products and send me some free samples…which worked great on my son’s skin (not irritating it at all)! This has been such a great experience for me and I encourage anyone who may be ‘on the fence’ about whether or not to use this product to DO IT!!! It was best decision we made for our son and I am so greatful for that night that I discovered this company! If anyone has any questions about using the formula and how to make it work for their family please feel free to ask! I have 3 kids, am a teacher and hubby has a very busy schedule, rarely home. If I can make it work anyone can!

    Thank you Joe and Thank You Mt. CAPRA!!!!

  2. Crystal says:

    Say I have submitted my email several time and can’t seem to find a return email with the recipe for the goat milk formula. If you could send it I would greatly appreciate it. Thank

  3. Mariah says:

    Hi, I’ve been trying to submit my email and get the recipe card for the homemade goat milk formula but it is not working. Can I get that emailed?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Simply dilute the fresh goats milk by 1/2, i.e., 1/2 cup water with each 1/2 cup of fresh goats milk. PS – this information is available in the FAQs on our Mt. Capra web site blog. : – )

  4. Elisa Meyers says:

    I’ve been having the same problem with the new recipe. I actually have an old one but would like the updated one, I’m expecting my little one soon. Please & Thank you.

  5. Deana Cavan says:

    I absolutely love the recipe you have put forth, Dr. Andersen. I really want to try this for my 9 mo daughter, who does not appear to have allergies, but simply because I hate the ingredients in the commercial formulas on the market. I have exclusively breastfed until now but lately she has been weening herself and not getting enough liquid. Only issue is that she has been picky with formula and I do not have the money to invest in these products unless I am sure she will drink it. Do you offer any pre-mixed small samples for babies to try?

  6. Molu Lusia says:

    A brilliant post on substituting cow’s milk with goat’s milk! I will try this in the future but also another alternative for children to reap the benefits from formulas such as Pediasure is making a muffin from the powder! Sometimes my children don’t have the stomach to drink the shake everyday, so I found online a recipe for baking muffins that infuses Pediasure. The benefit is that it’s a win-win situation, my children get a variety of ways in consuming Pediasure and their growth and development is taken care of too!

  7. Victoria says:

    I put in my email but have not gotten the recipe card yet! Please, I would love the recipe!! My twin girls are 3 months and on Comercial formula, but spitting up/puking/diarrhea currently and would love to try something new!!

  8. Kelly says:

    If I want to use goats milk to supplement with breastfeeding for my now one year old, is it necessary to add all of the extra ingredients or can I just use the goats milk now that she is older?

  9. Victoria says:

    Hey, I got the email and recipe card! My plan was to make the “powder” mix and then calculate how much to use in each bottle but to keep it powder form until I use it. Is this something other people have done? If so, do I just keep it as long as the longest shelf life of the ingredients? Do I have to refrigerate it?
    I figured if I did all of the ingredients minus the water, I would be able to melt the coconut oil and mix it with the powder so that way we don’t have to worry about it hardening.
    Thank you so much in advance!!
    I am so, so excited to try this! When I came across this website, it literally made me want to cry. When I struggled to produce for my twin girls, we have tried so many formulas (which I have been against for my family) but have struggled to find one that both girls sit well with.. so. Much. Spit. Up. Every. Day. And I asked my doctor about goats milk, all she said was no (because of lack of nutrients). They both as fussy, have dry skin, and I have a hard time trying to get them to actually eat the formula most days. Another thing is the smell.. holy goodness, it is so awful. The fact that there is hope for these girls! Ah, my heart. Thank you so much to everyone who is involved in getting this to the general public!! I can’t wait to let you all know how it works for our family!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Pre-mixing the powdered ingredients is a great idea. And, no, you do not need to refrigerate the pre-mixed powder as long as you keep the container(s) capped until you add the liquids. DO refrigerate the formula after it is fully prepared (including all liquids) of course!

  10. Hannah Rios says:

    I came across this recipe at a time of desperation. Due to medical reasons, I am not able to produce enough Breast milk so I supplemented from about 2 weeks on. My son had so many issues with eczema and congestion. He would often throw up due to coughing and choking on the congestion in his chest. We started allergy testing at 3 months and although we were able to make changes based on his results that cleared up a lot of his congestion, we were unable to get his skin to heal. We tried every formula in the store. Once I stopped nursing at 5 months when my supply stopped, his skin became even worse. We started to suspect a corn sensitivity and every powdered and ready made formula we could find had some sort of corn derived ingredient in it. My son was about 7 months when we found this recipe and within a few weeks of using it, his skin completely cleared up. He is 2 now and healthy and thriving.
    I recently had another child and we decided to try commercial formulas again for supplementation. By 3 weeks, he was showing signs of lactose intolerance. He was miserable, extremely fussy and straining for hours to have a bowl movement only to have super runny and mucousy results. After working with the doctor and changing formulas a few times, we decided to go back to this recipe. It took a week and he was finally regulated and doing fine. No more straining, normal movements and a lot less fussy. Although I have had some criticism for using something “alternative”, i would recommend this recipe to others who are desperate and I have had the opportunity to do so. The results speak for themselves. Thank you so much for sharing your story and creating this recipe.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Thank you, Hannah, for sharing your story, too. We hear similar stories from parents all over the world, and it’s really no surprise given that goat’s milk is the closest thing on Earth to mother’s milk. Blessings to you and your family!

  11. Shallon Holland says:

    Please email me the recipe. I have tired to get it via email, but I have not received it any time I have submitted it.

  12. Debbie says:

    Hi, please could I have the recipe, I have two boys already, the older one has terrible eczema, I am due my third baby in June and I really want to feed this baby differently to my others, thanks in advance!!!

  13. Adela Ulloa says:

    The recipe says olive oil but the ingredients say sunflower oil. Am I supposed to use the sunflower oil instead of the olive oil?

  14. Shearra Duren says:

    I would love to try the recipe for my 3 month old. Trying to get my milk supply back up after going back to work. She is having a hard time with formulas as well. Will you please send it to me?

  15. Tyler says:

    I would like to start off by saying thank you for sharing this information! I used this recipe with my daughter (now 3) from 6 months old to a year and she thrived on it. I have a 7 week old baby boy and would like to use it with him too, but it looks like there have been some changes. Can you please send me a recipe card? Also, I ordered the non-fat Mt. Capra powdered goat milk instead of the whole milk by accident. Is the non-fat milk ok to use? And is the recipe still ok to use with him being so little?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      I’m going to send you 3 documents (in a separate email): (1) a whole milk recipe, (2) a non-fat recipe, and (3) a modified recipe table for children 10 months and older.

      The non-fat version of the recipe simply adds the fat back in that is missing from the non-fat milk powder. : – )

      The recipe for children below age 10 months is safe to be given children less than 10 months old.

  16. Becky Schorr says:

    Hi Jeff, I’d love the recipe also 🙂 I have a 6-month old and have just had to start using formula, due to medical reasons with nursing. Right now he’s on HiPP formula – as that is the most natural and healthy one I could find? I’m curious to try your recipe 🙂 Thank you!

  17. Bridget says:

    Hi. Two of my boys have been on hypoallergenic formula (amino acid based) for protein allergies (I tried and tried ellimination diets that didnt work) i now have boy #3 and the amino acid based formulas dont seem to be helping. My husband had to drink goats milk as an infant due to allergies so we may want to try this. Can you send me the recipe?

  18. e says:

    Thank you for the amazing information and inspiration to make my own formula. Living overseas we have not been able to find the ideal formula for our baby and now the one we were using has been back ordered because of high demand. Can you please send me the recipe. We are excited to make the switch. Thanks again.

  19. Jenny says:

    Hi, I am interested in trying this formula. Would you please send me the recipe along with the adjusted 10 months recipe?

    Thank you kindly.

  20. Lori says:

    Hi! I was using a recipe from my pediatrician that used a different powder milk and maple syrup. She still has some eczema so I just switched to Capra Lactose, ghee and powdered mills to see if it helped and I think the lactose is upsetting my daughter. What is the ratio of maple syrup in place of lactose in your recipe? Also, can I get the recipe for 10 months and older by email? For future as my baby is only 4.5 months right now.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Lori. Use the same amount of maple syrup by weight in grams as lactose, and vice-versa. The recipe mods for children 10 mos and older is on its way to you in a separate email. : – )

  21. Heather says:

    I have a 6 month that I have been exclusively pumping for. He drinks 30-32oz of breast milk 4-8oz bottles) and I am short one 8oz bottle of breast milk and want to supplement with goat milk. Does he need to do this formula if I am only offering him 8oz throughout the day? Or can I just dilute goat milk for him.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Yes, you can do that…but remember, if you increase the ratio between breastmilk and goat milk from less breastmilk to more goat milk, if you do not then add in the vitamins, oils, etc., you will be short-changing his nutrition. And once he starts taking the goat milk it becomes very easy and convenient for new mothers to start giving more ‘formula’ and do less breast feeding. Just remember that if he starts taking more goat milk, you’ll definitely need to add the other ingredients in to insure he’s getting all the nutrition he needs. : – )

  22. Emily says:

    Hi! I’m looking to supplement just 1 bottle a day for my 9 month old son. Could I please get the recipes emailed to me, including the adjusted 10 month old recipe? He is not yet wanting much solid food, so should I just use the original? Thanks so much!

  23. Ashley says:

    Forgot to ask if I could use organic cold pressed olive oil in place of the sunflower oil? I already have a large bottle of it on hand.

  24. Kris says:

    I am always looking for alternatives for formula and fruits and things for my little one. I currently make all my solid baby foods at home with all organic non-GMO fruits and vegetables for my son. All meats are all grass fed as well that I include in the meals for him. I am very eager to try this goat milk formula recipe that you have. My son spits up often with his current formula. I should add I breast feed as well, but I only notice he spits up after I supplement with a bottle of formula. Can you send me a copy of this recipe please? Also, can I refrigerate it after I make it if I need to and for how long does it stay good for? Can I freeze it? What would you suggest as a heating method for the formula if it is refrigerated? I don’t like to give my little one cold formula. I think it is unnatural that way….beast milk comes out warm why shouldn’t his formula be as well?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hi, Kris. We’ll send you the recipe card in a separate email, coming to you shortly. Yes, you can refrigerate it as well as freeze it. When made fresh, it should stay good for 3 to 4 days, and you should always give it the smell and taste test after 3 days. Warming the bottle in hot water is a good way to heat the formula…remember to test the warmth on your wrist before feeding. : – )

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