Homemade Goat Milk Infant Formula

In the Old Testament, Psalm 16 contains the following beautiful lines; “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”

As a father and husband staggering under the weight of God’s kindness, I often reflect on how truly the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. My wife Elizabeth and I have been blessed with 5 little joy-filled souls to care for and as a result we feel a real sense of responsibility in how we care and love them, especially in the what we feed them.

Liesl three years old goat milk formula
Liesl is a happy and healthy three year old who thrived on the homemade goat milk formula

Since our middle child Liesl was around 5 months, we have used a homemade goat milk formula I created to supplement natural feedings. Almost as an aside, I decided to share the recipe here on our blog in hopes of encouraging other parents and caregivers in their quest to give their little one what I considered to be the best food available next to mother’s milk.

The positive response to this formula has been overwhelming! We have literally had thousands of parents flock to the formula. Some use the formula exactly as I wrote but many have adjusted the formula to fit the needs of their own little one. Nearly every parent who has tried some version of the formula with a goat milk powder base has experienced amazing results.

When breast feeding isn’t an option or supplementation to breast feeding is needed, parents now have the choice to make their own formula and avoid some of the nasty ingredients found in commercial formulas. Most commercial formulas amazingly come loaded with junk like corn syrup, GMO soy and vegetable oils, preservatives and other artificial ingredients.

My goal in creating this formula was to make the recipe resemble mother’s milk as closely as possible. However, mimicking breast milk is like trying to mimic the weather; it is constantly changing.

There is no standardized nutritional profile for breast milk.

I know, I know, we want a nice little nutrition facts panel that clearly details exactly the amounts of fat, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, bio-active components like nucleotides, cytokines, and growth factors in mother’s milk.

However this is never going to happen.

There are literally huge changes in the composition of breast milk that make it impossible to give an exact nutritional profile.

The best we can do is analyze thousands of samples of breast milk for hundreds of different women at different times during their lactation taking into account such variables as time post-partum, minutes into feeding (foremilk vs hindmilk), ethnicity, region, age, diet, health status, etc. The list of variables needed to determine the nutritional profile of breast milk is mind boggling.

However, we are not completely in the dark, we do have some detailed analysis that shows in each 8 ounces of milk on average breast milk contains the following nutrient profile.

Per 8 ounces Goat Milk Formula Breast milk
Calories 163.3 165.6
Carbohydrates 17.5 17.5
Fat 9 9.3
Protein 4 3.3

So even though the nutritional composition of breast milk might vary (some estimate by as much as a factor of 3 during feeding) we can get a general ballpark for where an infant formula should be nutritionally speaking. You can also see that the recipe I am about to share with you is very close in overall nutrient composition.

Five health stout kids
From left to right: Eva (6), Charles (5), Liesl (3), Elliana (2), Jack (11 months)

When I first shared my original formula recipe, I only had access to skim goat milk powder. As a result of this, the recipe I created took into account the limiting factor of fat in the nonfat goat milk powder.

All that is now changing.

Due to overwhelming demand, we are now offering a whole goat milk powder that will result in an even better homemade infant formula.

The original goat milk recipe utilizing non fat goat milk powder is still a wonderful alternative to soy/cow milk based commercial formula and I completely stand by it but moving forward I will be suggesting parents and caregivers use the following recipe.

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 level scoop* (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. *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.

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.

sunflower oil for infant formula goat milk Organic High Oleic – Sunflower Oil ¼ tsp

High Oleic Sunflower oil delivers more healthy fats, this time in the form of monounsaturated fats. High Oleic (not cheap standard) sunflower oil is the highest source of monounsaturated fatty acids available on the supermarket shelves. Olive oil is acceptable to use here if it is high quality and not adulterated with low quality oils. Sunflower oil is also a great source of naturally occurring Vitamin E.

500ml_Grapeseed oil for goat milk formulaExpeller Pressed Grapeseed Oil⅛ tsp

Grapeseed oil is present to deliver the essential fatty acid linoleic acid which is vital in infant nutrition. This is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that the body cannot produce on its own but is not in need of in large amounts. Commercial formula manufacturers pack their formulas with cheap canola/safflower oils that are high in linoleic acid but much higher than an infant needs for proper health. Since these oils are high in polyunsaturated Omega6 fatty acids, they tend to be inflammatory as opposed to the saturated/monounsaturated fatty acids. Since you are making your own formula, you get to add only the necessary amount of this essential fatty acid without flooding the formula with polyunsaturated fatty acids. You won’t find that level of flexibility in any prepackaged formula.

molasses for goat milk formulaUnsulphured Blackstrap molasses – ⅛ tsp

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.

Baby DHA for infant formulaDHA – 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 is a required addition to the formula for its content of DHA as well as Vitamin D and Vitamin A. This is another ingredient that only needs to be added once per day based on the the weight of baby.

NutriStart Multivitamin Powder for infant formulaVitamin/mineral supplement – ¼ tsp.

NutriStart Multivitamin Powder created by Rainbow Light®. 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.NutriStart Multivitamin Powder™ delivers key nutrients in optimal potencies and combinations for the special needs of young children. 100 mg vitamin C (250% DV), 400 IU vitamin D3 (100% DV), and 50 mcg vitamin K. Please don’t add this to every bottle.

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

Mt Capra offers the only commercially available goat milk colostrumColostrum 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.

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.

goat milk formula recipe card downloadI 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! Now that there are two recipes I will always include both recipe cards for the whole milk version and the older nonfat version.

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Our famous homemade infant formula recipe can now be purchased as a kit. Total retail value of kit is over $200! Kit contains all wholesome ingredients necessary to make the homemade 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.

506 thoughts on “Homemade Goat Milk Infant Formula

  1. Yelena says:

    Hello, I currently have all you products and recipe. I noticed the recipe says olive oil but the site recommends the sun flower oil. I was wondering if the sun flower oil should be added instead of the olive oil, and in the same amount? Or should both oils be added? Thank you, I’m really excited to try this formula!

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Yelena, you can use either organic virgin olive oil, or the organic sunflower oil. The sunflower oil has a bit more linoleic acid per serving, so that is why we switched up the formula. But the olive oil has adequate supplies of this essential fatty acid. : – )

      PS – yes, you would use the same amount of either oil.

  2. Megan Murphree says:

    Is there any sub for the molasses? I am thinking that it does not agree with my daughter. Also, when using maple syrup for the sweetener, is it still 1 tablespoon per 8 oz? Thanks!

  3. Lauren says:

    Hi there, excited to try this formula my son is 4 months old and really struggling with breastfeeding as well as the couple decent formula options on the market. Our pediatrician is concerned about iron levels/and-or electrolyte balance potentially linked to seizures etc. I remember reading somewhere on here about this but was wondering if you could help me figure out how to explain this. Thank you so much!

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      Hi Lauren,

      Both iron levels and electrolyte levels are fine for baby with this formula.

      Here is the response on iron from the FAQ section: 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.

      • Lauren says:

        I was wondering if I could get the recipe cards for 10 months on? I believe that is when the recipe changes, correct? Thank you

  4. Lauren says:

    Thank you for your response, so far he is loving the formula. We are noticing more spit up as well as a strong throw up smell. Is this typical of the goat milk? Thank you

  5. Andrea says:

    What are your thoughts on the following two critiques of your ingredients list… 1. The molasses: it is recognised for its iron and being high in other important minerals; however, is high in sucrose, glucose, and fructose and ranking at 55 on the glycemic index. 2. It has been written that powdered, whole goat milk is overprocessed, denatured, and a potential allergen.

    I am in no way attacking. This is just going to be a significant undertaking for me and one that I am a little nervous about starting so these questions are important for me to have addressed before I feed this to my baby. Thank you! I really appreciate it.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Absolutely it can be given to newborns. Just make sure you follow the recipe, which is specially designed to reduce the amount of protein, so as not to harm your newborn’s immature kidneys and renal system. In case you don’t have the recipe card, we’ll send one to you right away (in a separate email).

      • Vanessa says:

        Got the email with recipe card. Thank you! My husband and I are working on building our family through adoption. We know that we definitely don’t want to use store bought formula or cows’ milk. We will try to obtain breast milk, but need something as a back up or as supplemation. So excited to have found this! I have seen other homemade recipes online but they are all way too complicated for me to realistically do. Thanks again!

  6. Andrea says:

    Hello, sorry if this has already been covered somewhere… which of these ingredients covers the vitamin D? Or, is it within the multivitamin? Thank you!

  7. Andrea says:

    Hello! We are on our 2nd batch of your formula and our son loves it! It also seems to be really agreeing with his system because, for the first time in months, he is passing easy bowel movements every day! Previous to this he would be every 2nd nf or 3rd day and they would cause him a considerable degree of discomfort while trying to pass. We are so relieved and happy. Thank you, so much, for this formula.

    I do have one question with regard to supplementing with commercial formula, as necessary. If, say, our 8.5 month old son gets two, sometimes three, 4-oz bottles of commercial formula in a 24 hour period, is there anything in the homemade formula that should be adjusted to account for this? Given that the commercial formulas are already fortified with iron, and other vitamins and minerals. I guess what I’m asking is of there is the possibility of vitamin and mineral overkill by supplementing with a commercial formula sometimes in the course of a full day?

  8. Isabelle says:

    Love this formula! I’m only having one issue… the multivitamin doesn’t really mix with the rest and there’s often some left at the bottom of my baby’s bottle or even the sides. Any tips? Also, it says on the multivitamin ”do not mix with hot foods”… Obviously since you chose this multivitamin it’s fine to use, but just wondering what you thoughts are on this as there must be a reason for those special instructions.
    Thank you! 🙂

    • Natalie Kashi says:

      My son did not do well with the multi vitamins, it made his behind red and with overall bad diaper rashes, consistently each time we used it. Recenlty the health store said that specific brand is not for babies under a year old. (Said to Check with ped if you do use it). Otherwise, the formula is great, raised my son on goat milk for the last 11 months and he is a happy healthy boy (without the vitamins) , my son has loved it turning 1 in three days!

  9. Laura says:

    Hello, my son is loving the formula so far but has been really gassy since being on it. Just wondering if there is anything in specific that would be making him more gassy that I could change. Also as he gets older he will be drinking multiple bottles of formula per day just wondering if the amount of ghee and oil would add up to be to much. Eventually he would be having 2-4 tsp a day…seems like a lot or should I not be concerned?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Laura. You could try substituting organic Turbinado sugar in place of the CapraLactose, and see if the gas moderates. And, with regard to the ghee and oil…your baby needs plenty of raw fuel to grow, and that ghee and oil is a big part of it. It won’t be too much for him. As always, consult your son’s pediatrician first with respect to his diet.

  10. Megan Murphree says:

    Hello,

    I am interested in making this formula with fresh raw goat milk while keeping the other ingredients the same. Could you please tell me how much raw goat milk should be used in place of the powder? Thank you!

    Megan Murphree

  11. Robert says:

    When we switched from the store bought formula to the recipe we have immediately seen our son’s stool go from a pasty yellow and frequent (soiled diaper every other hour)… to brown and once a day. I put this down to the fact that one is processed crap and the other is actual real food… so it is taking longer to go through the system and more of it is being absorbed… but, I am concerned that only once a day or longer is not good. I thought that the molasses would sort that out (I have only used what the recipe outlined) but it hasn’t. Is there something else in the formula that might be a cause for this. Full disclosure we are using Meyenberg Powdered Goat’s Milk because we had some already and we mix it diluted 1 part milk to 4 parts water (i.e. it is watered down to a 1/4 of the regular milk). We originally used coconut oil but he seemed to be gassy. We are now using the Mt Capra ghee, extra virgin olive oil and maple syrup. I don’t want to go back to formula but wondered if you had any experience with this happening. We don’t use the probiotics or vitamins in the formula yet. We used a similar formula with all three of our other children when they weened but the youngest was about 4 or 5 months before. Our fourth child is only 2 months but my wife has MS and needs to get back on her meds. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Robert. You’re making several substitutions / deletions from our recipe as written, so it’s difficult for us to make many suggestions. You can always reduce the amount of any single ingredient for a day or two, and see what the result is.

      You did not mention whether or not your son is constipated. If he is not constipated, but is having only one bowel movement per day, is is not under any distress, and the movement is ‘normal’ in consistency, I would not be concerned. However, if his single daily bowel movement is due to constipation, I suggest that you increase the amount of molasses, up to double the recipe amount, and see if that helps. Beyond that…you’re already diluting the milk, so at that point you may wish to consult with your pediatrician.

      • Robert says:

        Appreciate the response. He went again today and the movement was not hard, etc. I don’t think it is constipation… so I am going to leave things alone. Again… thanks for the response!

  12. Andrea says:

    What are your thoughts on using Hemp Seed Oil instead of Sunflower? I am concerned about Omega 6:3 imbalances and it seems as though hemp seed oil has the closest ratio.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      We are not familiar enough with the fatty acid profile of Hemp Seed oil, and so cannot offer an opinion. We can tell you with confidence that the ratios of Omega 6 vs. Omega 3 found in organic sunflower oil are appropriate and healthy for a normal healthy infant.

  13. Alesha Spirko says:

    Hello There,

    I started my 6 month on this formula as a supplementation to breastmilk, as my supply is dwindling down. He loves it, but seems to be having more spit up and reflex symptoms since beginning that he has not had since roughly a month after birth when we realized dairy may be affecting him. I have a very small amount of dairy in my diet currently and I am thinking it could be the reintroduction of lactose? Could I use 1/2 of the recommended lactose amount and still have the recipe meet the health requirements?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hi, Alesha. Try reducing the CapraLactose for a couple of days and see how he does. If you find he responds well, you can substitute organic turbinado sugar for the lactose (in equal portions).

      If I understand your first question, the answer is: assuming you have healthy digestion, the chance that you could be passing dairy lactose to your child thru your breast milk is pretty much zero. Lactose is normally fully digested (i.e., broken apart) in your intestines, and cannot survive a healthy digestive process.

  14. Dasha Balcom says:

    Hi, I am wondering if i need to maintain the D drop once a day, or is there going to be enough in the multi vitamin I am adding?

    In addition, how long will this keep for if I make a bigger batch? Also, if my son takes a bottle and doesn’t finish it does it have to be dumped immediately?

    Thanks!

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      The formula, properly prepared, provides all of the nutrition, minerals and vitamins for a typical infant. If your child has any special requirements, you will want to consult with your pediatrician.

      A batch will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. No, you do not need to dump out an unfinished bottle..you can re-refrigerate it once. Just make sure it is used up with the very next feeding. : – )

  15. Yelena says:

    Hey! I’ve been using this formula for several months now, thank you again for the great option. I was wondering how to reheat milk after the fridge I’ve always done it under warm running water and then used the microwave once, not knowing if it is allowed.

    • Ruthie Mills says:

      Hey Yelena–
      We have using this formula for almost 2 yrs now. We make up batches, put it in bottles, refrigerate the bottles and then take the bottles out as we need them and warm them in a bottle warmer. At the baby-sitter’s house, she doesn’t have a bottle warmer. She unscrews the lid slightly and puts the bottle in a saucepan and warms it up. I personally would not use the microwave. I would be concerned that the milk would get too hot. Hope that helps!

      • Yelena says:

        Is this the only reason you do not use microwave? Because of the temperature or does it actually kill nutrients? I’m not worried about the temperature because it gets as warm as I wanted it. I’m worried that microwaves kill the nutrients. Is this true? Does anyone know?

        • Lauren says:

          We always heat a mug of water for a minute and place the bottle in it 🙂 if we’re on the go, we get a venti cup with 1/4 filled hot water from Starbucks and let the bottle sit in it for a few minutes 🙂 this has worked wonders for on the go.

  16. Lacey says:

    Hello, my little one has been on this formula since 3 months old and is doing very well! He will be turning 10 months soon. Are there any recommendations for the formula recipe as baby gets older?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      The prepared formula will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Please be sure to taste- and smell-test it on the 4th day to insure is has not turned. Yes, you can prepare it in advance, and you can re-heat and re-serve a bottle that was not finished at the initial feeding…just take care that the unfinished bottle is the first bottle you give your child at next feeding, so you are not re-warming bottles multiple times (which might allow for unwanted bacterial growth over an extended period of time).

  17. Dasha balcom says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Could you please send me the recipe for older babies, my son just turned 9 months adjusted.

    I also have a question about iron, my son was born three months early and therefore was lacking in iron stores, he has been on iron supplements since birth should I continue with those, how much iron is provided in the formula.

    I made a batch for my first time yesterday, I mixed the oils in one 1 cup of hot water and the rest of the ingredients in another 1 cup of water and combined the two together. I am just a little confused on the volume, is it a total of 2 cups of water before all the ingredients are added in?

    In addition, I am still waiting on the ghee to arrive in the mail (I ended up ordering bulletproof brand ghee so it’s cows milk as I couldn’t get the goats ghee to Canada fast enough) do you see any issues with that? I used coconut oil in my first batch.

    Once I refrigerated the formula I found that (what I think is coconut oil) solidifies into clumps, do you find this to be the case with ghee? The clumps seem to dissolve once I warm the formula in a hot cup of water. Just want to confirm that this is the norm.

    Sorry about the endless questions! Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for your support.

  18. Andrea says:

    This formula has changed our lives, I can’t thank you enough for it. Our son is 10 months old now and I realise the milk and lactose amounts will change. I have a question about the continued multi-vitamin supplementation. He is eating solids now, three meals a day. We feed him whole, homemade foods – never processed – and are careful of including vegetables and proteins that cover the important vitamins and minerals he needs by reading which foods are highest in them. (Ex. Liver, romaine lettuce, egg yolk, red meat, organ meats, salmon, etc). I am wondering if, by this point, the daily multi-vitamin is still necessary? Or, if it is continued, is there a concern for over-vitamin’ing (I just made up that word, ha) if he gets the vitamins and minerals from natural food sources as well as from supplementing? Hope this makes sense, thank you again!

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Pretty simple. Store fresh batches of the formula in your refrigerator up to 4 days. On the 4th day of storage, be sure to taste- and smell-test the formula before feeding your child.: – )

      • Robert says:

        I chuckled when I read this because my wife says it smells awful and tastes disgusting when I first make it!!! So I guess she will not be able to take on this task!!! I think it tastes sweet and buttery and my son inhales it 8 ounces at a time so as long as he is happy and thriving… there is no debate!

      • Dasha Balcom says:

        Thanks Jeff. I am wondering what i should do if my son starts his bottle and doesn’t finish it while we are out and about and i don’t have access to a fridge? In addition, if i take out a bottle from the fridge and warm it up and he does not finish it can i put it back in the fridge and warm it up once again? I am sorry about my endless refrigeration questions, i pumped exclusively for 11 months for my preemie and the guidelines were extremely strict, want to make sure i don’s accidentally give him an upset tummy or food poisoning. Thanks!

  19. Isabelle says:

    My little one was very small at birth and they even did a c-section to take her out earlier because she wasn’t growing a lot while she was in my belly. Needless to say, it was a stressful time as she was always jusssst inthe the 3rd percentile. Her little head needed to grow and she needed to put weight on. When I saw that I was not producing enough milk to 100% breastfeed my daughter, panic mode kicked in as I didn’t want to give her store formula. I heard about your formula through friends and like them, it has been a huge success in our home! My daughter is now 4 months and drinks approx 75% formula and 25% breastmilk. Today, I can happily say that my daughter is now in the 50th percentile for her length and head circumference and in the 15th percentile for her weight. This formula is AMAZING and our baby is thriving because of it! Thank you so much, I appreciate the recipe, the amazing products and ALL the help. I’ve always been amazed at how you always take time to reply to my questions via email.

    Thank you from Canada! 🙂

  20. Andrea says:

    Our son started on this formula at 8 months. Now, at 10 months, we recently adjusted the milk powder and lactose quantities accordingly. Is there a chance that the increase in milk powder could provoke a reaction similar to an infant who has a cow’s milk sensitivity? I ask because since increasing the milk dose, I have noticed my son to be quite uncomfortable/gassy more often than not. In addition, his stools have become more difficult to pass and he has developed a light rash on his cheeks and lower legs. Prior to changing the quantities he had been doing so incredibly well with your formula recipe. Now, he seems to be reacting much the same way he has to cow’s milk (he has quite a severe sensitivity). It could all be coincidental, but I am curious if you think increasing the goat milk powder may be the cause for his discomforts and if it would make sense to stick to the under 10 month milk quantity for now and maybe try again next month? Thank you, as always.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Andrea. It’s very unlikely, but go ahead and just revert back to the original formula to see if these conditions resolve. Be aware that at his age he’s going to need more protein than the original formula provides. That’s why the amount of milk powder is increased at around 10 months (from the original formula). We also suggest that you test any and all solid foods he’s getting now, assuming that he is taking some solid food. Keep in touch and let us know how things go with your little one. : – )

      • Andrea says:

        Thank you! He is doing well with protein solids. Chicken, beef, salmon, cod, and some organ meets like chicken hearts and beef liver, and egg yolk dishes are his main sources of solid food protein so I’m not as concerned about his protein intake in that sense, it’s just the mystery of why he has suddenly become more uncomfortable and developed this small rash. Nevertheless, I will revert back to the under 10 month quantities, confident in his solid food protein intake, and let you know if it makes a difference.

  21. Candace says:

    My son is just about to go to straight goats milk and I still have a lot of lactose left. Is there anything else I can do with it, and what is its shelf life? Thanks!

  22. Jessica Gaines says:

    Hi there! I signed up for the recipe card, but it never came. I checked my spam folder. REALLY wanting to make this for my 4 month old! Many thanks!

  23. Kara says:

    I am having issues with the Ghee getting hard and not fitting through the nipple hole I do heat up my bottles. What do I do about this issue am I not doing something right?

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Kara. Very surprised to hear that the ghee would be the problem, since it is usually liquid at room temperature and should not be staying solid at all in a heated bottle. Some families have attempted to crush Colostrum capsules instead of powder in the recipe, but this will not work, and the result is clogged nipples. That’s the only ingredient that we’ve heard of that will clog bottle nipples. Let us know if you’ve made any modifications to the recipe, and we’ll try to give you some other suggestions.

  24. Kaylee says:

    Hello, can I get the recipe card? We previously used this awesome goat milk formula for the last Baby (who is now 15months, 25 lbs). We now need to supplement here and there for our newborn, but I no longer have the recipe card. Thanks

  25. Myiesha Demery-Warden says:

    Hi. Could I get a copy of the recipe card? My little one is premature and not agreeing witu formula. Thus I am looking for a total substitution recipe. She require 24calories per oz. Additionally I ran into your recipe after having followed one that called for meyenberg vitamin d powdered goats milk version, coconut oil. Turbinado sugar, olive oil, and nutritional yeast. I add a probiotic, and multivitamin once a day in a bottle. Is this sudficient for my little one? Also what can i add in substitution of the molasses? Pedi believes there is a risk of spores?

  26. Robert says:

    Took my son to his 4 month well child visit today and had the pediatrician read me the riot act about using goat’s milk formula. By the time she got to it being an irritant to their GI track and blood in their stool and the need for iron because they could become anemic I tuned her right out. Her argument was that regular store bought formula was better because to had iron in it. I was thinking… but it is made with cow’s milk… how is that better than goat’s milk? Surely it is just as much of an irritant to their GI track. I don’t know… it seems that the main stream just wants to exert more and more pressure on us to conform to a preset method. Don’t question anything… lest you be branded a pariah!

  27. Katie says:

    I used this formula with my son from 6 months on, and am now using it with my newborn daughter. There is at least one bottle during the day that we have a really stressful time getting her to drink the formula because of all the multivitamins that end up in that one bottle. It gets clogged and she cannot suck it out. I have two concerns; 1) How can I guarantee she is actually getting her daily dose of vitamins and minerals, and 2) Am I making the formula or filling her bottles incorrectly which causes all the powder to concentrate into one bottle? I make a few quart jars of the formula following the recipe card instructions. Before I fill the bottles, I make sure to shake it up so as to not have a bunch of the oils/vitamins in one bottle, but I still end up having this issue. I am thinking of just reverting back to a liquid multivitamin like the country life brand you used before the powder. However, I prefer to use the powder knowing it does not have the preservatives. I just hate seeing her cry and get so frustrated when she wants to eat.

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      Hello, Katie. You can split up the multivitamins into two bottles, as long as you make sure your daughter completes both bottles each day. That may help reduce the clogging. Another option would be to mix the formula in a blender, putting in just half of the liquids with all of the powders, blending vigorously, then adding the remainder of the fluids, and blending vigorously again.

      You should also be able to purchase bottle nipples with larger holes. Some manufacturers offer them…you’ll have to check your local store to see if they have them in stock, or if they can order them for you. Best wishes.

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Katie I know when my son was a little younger we would mix the multivitamin and the probiotic powder with a little bit of water and feed it by spoon or dropper once a day. The only thing we would add to one bottle /day was the DHA. Now that he’s a little older we still don’t add the multi-vitamin powder or the probiotic powder to the bottle instead we put it in one of those little medicine bottles it looks like a medicine cap with a bottle nipple on top. It usually comes in one of those baby value packs with the nail clippers and the file and the thermometer Etc. This has worked really well for us as the hole in that one is bigger and we didn’t want to cut holes in each of our bottles. Hope this helps 🙂

  28. Victoria says:

    I have a question. Can this be given to a 1 week old newborn? If so, do I use the amount of vitamins and probiotics you listed in the recipe or reduce them? If I make a whole gallon, what do I store it in and how long is it good for?

      • Victoria says:

        If I make a batch of 2 days’ worth, can each bottle be warmed before being fed to my baby? Or does warming it ruin the nutritional composition of it? Also, should I store it in glass?

  29. Victoria says:

    I saw that the linoleic acid in your homemade formula is significantly less that the amount in conventional formulas (860 mg per 100 cal). I read that linoleic acid is essential for brain development, so I’m worried that your formula doesn’t have enough of this nutrient. Is there any other supplemeny I could give my infant to make up for the difference in amounts? Thanks

  30. Camilla Kim says:

    Hello, what are the modifications for a 1-year old (taking into account the new formulation)? I saw somewhere that I can remove all the oils/ghee but do I still add molasses? What about the various vitamins/supplements?
    Thank you!

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      Hi Camilla. By 12 months of age you can start increasing the amount of milk powder that you add to the formula. As you increase the milk powder you can decrease the added fats/oils as the milk powder has both protein and fat. By 12 months you can add a full 2 scoops of milk powder per 8 oz. bottle. It would probably be a good idea to keep adding the vitamins/molasses/DHA to baby’s bottle.

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