Goat Milk Formula Recipe – Easy to Digest, Easy to Make

Just so you know…

Breast milk is the gold standard for infant nutrition.
But you already knew that.
What you might not know is that Mt. Capra does not manufacture a goat milk infant formula. We have created a formula recipe that mimics breast milk and follows the guidelines created by the 1980 Infant Formula Act. The products we produce, sell, and recommend are simple wholesome ingredients, not finished infant formula. Nothing written here or anywhere on this site should be seen as medical advice. Talk with your doctor before making any changes to your infants diet. 
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I have been a lifetime fan of goat milk and goat milk products. This has been in part due to a nasty allergy I had developed as a young child to cow milk. Goat milk formula wasn’t available to me at the time and therefore something as insignificant as a carelessly 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.

KEY: Cow milk allergy is the number one allergy in kids and symptoms include irritability, vomiting, wheezing, swelling, hives, and even anaphylactic shock!

Thankfully when my cow milk allergy was evident I was immediately placed on goat milk and thrived never having another allergic reaction again.

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 breastfeeding 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 commercially available 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.

Meet Liesl 4 months old and allergic to commercial infant formulas

While it may seem obvious now that Liesl would be allergic to the cow milk / soy milk commercial infant formula, at the time, Elizabeth and I were both shocked at the severity of her allergy to the different products we tried. 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 a goat milk formula I developed.

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 recommended online primarily because they all relied on cow milk and were nutritionally incomplete. 

The Number on Allergy in Kids Under 3

Cow milk contains an extremely allergenic protein called alpha s1 casein. This protein is the reason cow milk is the number one allergy causing substance in kids under 3. Also, if you are allergic to cow milk, you have a 70% chance of being allergic to soy milk. The vast majority of commercially available formulas contain as their protein cow milk or soy milk. There aren’t really any other options. 

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 infant formula, an infant’s needs are slightly different than those of an adult or even a young child.

Ideally we want to mimic the nutritional content of the gold standard of infant nutrition: breast milk. When we compare breast milk and goat milk we see right away that the protein content of goat milk is too high. This means that the first step we must take in creating a scientifically appropriate goat milk formula is diluting the goat milk thereby to lowering the protein content. This will ensure that the goat milk formula doesn’t contain protein or sodium levels that would be stressful to the newly formed kidneys of the infant. Once you’ve diluted the milk concentration by half, you now have the perfect vehicle for delivering a protein that is very similar to breast milk.

However, diluted goat milk is not nutritionally sufficient in calories, carbohydrates, fat, and certain vitamins and minerals. We need the rest of the formula to add back these vital components. 

goat milk infant formula baby liesl
Liesl at 9 months!

Looking at the two charts below, the one on the left shows the approximate nutrition levels of breast milk. While goat milk protein is extremely similar to human milk, we must fill those nutritional gaps I spoke of earlier. If you follow the recipe I outline below, the nutritional profile of your goat milk formula will 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 milk is the gold standard of infant nutrition. 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 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

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 recommended 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.

Expeller 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.

Unsulphured 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 is 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 weight of the baby.

Natural source of vitamins/mineralsNutriStart Multivitamin Powder for infant formula – 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.

Goat Milk ColostrumCapra Colostrum - Goat Milk Colostrum 174 g powder – 1 scoop (1,450 mg)

Mt Capra offers the only commercially available goat milk colostrumColostrum is the thick yellow fluid 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. Only add it to one bottle 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 Saccharomyces 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, add this ingredient to only once per day. Also, keep it in cold storage until right before you add it to the bottle.

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!

I will send this free recipe to you instantly. All you have to do is join the Mt. Capra family ‘Inner Circle’ by putting your email in the form below and confirming your subscription. 


Purchase our famous homemade infant formula recipe 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.

 

goat milk homemade infant formula starter kit recipe
The Goat Milk Formula Recipe Kit

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, MS

Questions about the goat milk formula? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

FYI: This post was written in 2012 and updated in 2019. Our family has grown significantly since then. We now have 7 (soon to be 8) little rug rats! Liesl (now 8 years old) is in the back on the right and now her little sister Josephine (on mama’s lap) is on the same goat milk formula!

joe stout family

Joe Stout, MS

Joe and his wonderful bride Elizabeth have been married for over 12 years and have been blessed with 7 (soon to be 8) beautiful children. Joe has earned both Masters and Bachelors of Science Degrees in Human Nutrition. Along with running the farm, he has engaged in graduate studies of Sustainable Food Systems and is also certified in Permaculture Design.

869 comments on “Goat Milk Formula Recipe – Easy to Digest, Easy to Make

    • Because that tiny amount of grapeseed oil delivers the needed amount of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid. EVOO doesn’t have enough linoleic acid on its own.

  1. Hello,
    I have searched this page and can not find the answer I am looking for! First of all, what a relief to find some solid information on this!

    I am able to get fresh, raw, goats milk from a neighbor. My 3 month old is having a really hard time with formula. I’ve given him goats milk and have seen huge improvements. I am unable to breastfeed now so I am needing a full recipe. Here are my questions.

    Do I need all the ingredients except the Goat Milk Powder if I am going to use fresh goats milk?

    And would I just add water to each bottle along with all the other ingredients?

    Do you have a recipe for people who can use fresh, loca, goats milk? That’s what I am looking for 😁 Thank you!

  2. This has been so educational, and I’m very grateful. My first son weaned himself at 10.5 months old, and I put him on goat milk- nothing added, not diluted. He did fine with digestion and continued to be healthy. I realize now after reading your recipe and nutrition information that I should have added some vitamins to the milk- specifically folic acid. Now with my second son (currently 9.5 months old), I’m thinking about weaning him in the next month or two, and I’d like to start to supplement with goats milk. I’m seeing comments from others about a modified formula for older infants. Is this modified formula recipe posted somewhere on the site?

  3. Can you please send me the recipe? Thank you! M baby is 8 months old and I’ve nursed her exclusively until she started solids last month. I still nurse 4 times a day, but my production is going down quickly. I plan to nurse, then provide solids with additional milk. Will plain goat milk be enough at this point?

    • It depends upon what your daughter’s entire diet consists of. At 8 months, plain goat milk with no other solid food or breast milk is not enough. However, if she is eating plenty of solid (or pureed) food, and getting some of mother’s breast milk, plain goat milk may be adequate. That is not to say it will be optimum. We still recommend a modified formula that consists of full-strength goat milk (at 10 months and beyond) plus the vitamins, DHA, and colostrum up through at least the 12th month, or whenever your child is taking plenty of a variety of solid food (purees).

  4. I’m looking for a supplement to give my three month old when I leave the house just once a month or give a little bottle before bed. Just cause she is 99% breastfed, can I just use the powdered goat milk? She doesn’t really need the extras because she’s getting mostly my milk. Maybe just sweeten goat milk powder with some maple syrup so she’ll take it? Thanks!

    • I want to answer very carefully here. Firstly, the recipe as written, provides all of the nutrients your baby needs, if you are not breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding 3/4ths of the time, and providing CapraMilk 1/4th of the time, your baby is not getting all of the nutrients she needs 1/4th of the time. Secondly,

        she should not be given full-strength re-constituted goat milk from powder

      in any case. Full-strength goat milk might be too much protein for her immature kidneys and renal system. That is why the Goat Milk Formula recipe dilutes the milk down to 50% strength. And thirdly, some mothers find it gradually easier to move their babies more to the CapraMilk over time, and do less breastfeeding. If you do that (and it is not difficult to ‘fall into’), you will not be providing your child with the proper nutritional balance giving her diluted re-constituted goat milk only.

      Having said all that…diluted CapraMilk (at 50% strength) is OK as an ‘occasional’ supplement to your breastfeeding. Take care that you do not rely on it as a ‘complete’ substitute for either your own breastmilk, or for the complete Goat Milk Formula Recipe.

  5. I just purchased the mt Capra powdered goat milk. I’m going to start my 6 month old on it. The above recipe says one scoop for 8oz. But the actual container says two scoops for 8oz.??? What do I do? We just don’t have the funds right now to buy the whole $200 kit. We got flax seed oil to add to it. I just mainly need to know which measurement to follow. Thanks!

    • 1 scoop for 8 oz. of formula produces milk at 50% strength, which is what the RECIPE calls for. 2 scoops is for full strength, and you do not want to give your baby full-strength goat milk, as it might – might – be too much protein, and possibly damaging to their immature kidneys and renal system. Use 1 scoop per 8 oz. of formula. : – )

  6. My 4month old has had a chronic cough for 2 months now. We have tried everything, even a chest x-ray(horrible experience) and they have her on an inhaler! We are now trying soy milk formula to see if that will clear it up?! If it doesn’t work then we may have to go see a GI specialist! I was wondering if any other parents baby has went through this and then switched to goat milk and it cleared up?!

  7. Also do I need.to follow a different recipe for a.6 week old other than the one that was sent with my kit? I saw comments above about a different recipe for under 10 months …want to be sure I make it right. Thank you.

  8. If I am using this to supplement breast feeding by only giving an ounce or so after each time my 6 week old nurses should I add the once a day ingredients those out?

  9. Good morning, I am a new grandmother and have been searching for a goats milk formula recipe that was easy to make since my daughter was only able to breast feed for 2 weeks. We have tried other organic formulas on the market but still not happy with all the added crap. I came across this recipe and we are excited to give it a try once we gather all the ingredients. My granddaughter is just over 6 weeks and she is amazing! Can you please send me the recipe card? THANK YOU!

  10. If I was using goats milk instead of the powdered formula. How much should I be diluting it? My daughter is 4 months old.

  11. Could I use Avocado oil instead of Sunflower Oil? I also noticed that the dha drops contain vit D and the multi vitamin contains the recommended dose per day of vit D….is that not too much for one day?

    • Hi Michelle, yes you can use Avocado Oil instead of High Oleic Sunflower oil as it is an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids. The DHA drops do contain Vitamin D which is why I recommend including them (in addition to the DHA) There won’t be a risk of too much Vitamin D because overall the amount of Vitamin D present is still relatively low but fulfills the requirement for infant formula.

  12. Thank you for sharing this! I wish so much I’d have had this information when my boys were babies. We adopted and they got standard formula. My ten year old is now on Mt. Capra goat colostrum while we work on some health issues. I’m convinced some of what both of my boys have dealt with health-wise have been formula related. I’m going to spread the word so others don’t have to go the route we did!

  13. What’s the best recipe for a 14 months old to add to goat milk? Since he turned one, I have just been giving him the liquid Meyenburg goat milk. Would love any advice.

  14. Just mixed this up for the first time today. I calculated all the nutrients myself in a super awesome spreadsheet, compared to the FDA nutritional requirements for infant formula and it looks great! It tastes soooo sweet, though! I was very careful when mixing it and am 95% sure I added the right amount of sugar. I know that 4 T (for 32 oz formula) is the right amount nutritionally because I calculated it myself. But it just tastes crazy sweet. Is that normal? Or did I probably mess up? Or is it just that conventional formula taste so bad, lol?

  15. One question! I’m considering using this homemade formula for my son, who has both dairy and corn sensitivities and can currently only tolerate one (very expensive) formula. To double check the safety of the formula, I’ve been calculating all of the nutrition facts myself and comparing them to the FDA requirements for infant formula. The only nutrient I have found to be below the FDA’s levels is copper. The copper content of goat’s milk I’m finding varies between sources and blackstrap molasses and the nutritional yeast also have small amounts of copper. Overall, I’m calculating somewhere in the range of 220 mcg/day or about 33 mcg per 100kCal of formula. This meets the daily recommended intake of copper for infants 0-6 months old of 200mcg/day, but falls short of the FDA requirement for infant formula of at least 60mcg/100kCal. Did you come across this in your development of this formula? I’m excited about the possibility of using this formula, but also want to obviously make sure all of my son’s nutrition requirements are met.

    • Thanks so much for the resources! I also came across the same info on the infant liver stores of copper. I feel pretty confident in using the formula and am excited to try it!

  16. 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?

    • 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. : – )

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

    • 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. : – )

  20. 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.

    • 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. 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.
    Jenny

  22. Hello,
    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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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!

  25. 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?

    • 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.

  26. 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?

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

  28. 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!!!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

    • 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!

  31. 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!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 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!

  32. 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?

  33. 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!!

  34. 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!

  35. 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?

  36. 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.

    • 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. : – )

  37. 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?

  38. 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

  39. 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!!!!

  40. I just starTed my 6month on this formula. she was primarily breastfeeding. she never trew up. she has been trowing up since I started the formula. she is not fuzzy, pampers are the same, and sleeping is perfect.
    is this normal? is it because it’s formula?

    • Difficult to say. Try temporarily moving her back to breastfeeding, and if she stops throwing up, then I’d say, yes there is a component to the formula that she is not tolerating well.

    • Whole goat’s milk should not be given to a baby under 6 months, because it may contain too much protein for a baby’s kidneys / digestive system. However, our infant formula can be given to a newborn and older, since the protein content in the formula has been diluted to an appropriate level. Thanks for asking, Lauren.

  41. Were your children pale skinned or at risk for iron deficiency anemia? I’ve been feeding my daughter this and she seems healthy in every way but her skin has become increasingly pale. She’s now 5 months old.

    • Mine weren’t. Babies come with a built in “iron supply” when they are born and it lasts them until they are 6 months so iron deficiency would not be common in a 5 month old. If you are worried, I’m sure your doctor could perform a blood test and see.

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

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

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

  44. 1 question i have: my son was diagnosed with a condition called laryangomalacia. the muscles in his laryanx are underdeveloped and cause him to aspirate on thin liquids. the doctors tell me that i have to thicken his formula with cereal to prevent that. they called it “nectar thick” consistency. i put a scoop of cereal per 2 oz of formula. how would i implement that into this formula?

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

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

      • Thanks, Joe.

        Would I also be substituting olive oil for sunflower oil, and more importantly are all of the proportions the same? My daughter is only three weeks old and I want to be absolutely sure I have the ratios right.

        By the way, the links to the original formula on this website are broken. They have apparently been dynamically replaced with the new formula. Even my emailed recipe card from two years ago now points to a new image. 🙂

        • You could use the olive oil in place of sunflower oil but I changed that ingredient to ensure that baby was getting enough linoleic acid. Olive oil ranges in its linoleic acid content and sometimes there is enough and other times there isn’t. It’s not the end of the world but full disclosure. We are constantly looking to improve the formula which is why replaced the older version with the updated one.

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

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

    JANUARY 24, 2015 AT 10:21 AM REPLY

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

    • Hi Katie,

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

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

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

    • Hi Nicole,

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

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

        Much Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

  53. How can I change this for my 13 month old? she is breastfed but I am looking for a supplement so that I can leave her a little more. thank you!!

  54. How do I get the free download? After all mixed together, is this a already present mixed formula? How long is it good for in the fridge and room temperature. My son doesn’t do well withave lactose so what would I use that is best in place of the lactose? Thanks for the blog, I hope to make some of this soon

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

  55. HI. Thanks for your very helpful site. I have been using the formula to feed my 5 week old baby as my wife has limited milk supply. However every time I put in the olive oil, he vomits a bit up. Just added the organic coconut oil today when it arrived and he vomited more than usual.

    Have you come across this before? what might the solutions be?

    Thanks

  56. Hi Joe! I have your old recipe for the formula. Why was the amount of oils increased and diminished the amount of sugar ? I have been preparing your old recipe for my daughter. I am just worried that it wasn’t nutritional enough. Could you pretty please answer my question ?

  57. Hi,
    I have a 7 month old with MSPI. was thinking to try the goat milk formula.. If I have access to raw got milk, what other ingreadients i till need?
    Also, if i decide to use the powder version , how long can i store it in fridge for? i want to make a lot a onse…thanks

  58. I accidently ordered nonfat milk instead of whole milk, I opened it before I realized. Is the formula recipe still the same? Or do I need to change it somehow?

  59. Hi!
    I’m so grateful to have found your recipe! My daughter who is 5 months old is suffering from acid reflux. We have been trying to get rid of it with homeopathic remedies. Her pediatrician and chiropractor has recommended that we change formulas. She’s was exclusively breastfed until she was 3.5 months. Then I introduced baby formula with breast milk which she did well with. Then when it was just formula she developed the acid reflux. Now she has really bad constipation and because of the reflux she coughs and chokes often overnight. I haven’t been able to sleep for almost 2 months because I’ll never forgive myself if something happens to her 🙁
    I’m really hoping this is the missing link to ridding the disease!

    Questions: I want to make a daily batch. Is it okay to blend the reconstituted milk with the oils, colostrum, maple syrup before storing in the fridge so that the oils don’t seperate? Will it destroy any of the nutritional properties of the oils or other ingredients?
    I’m planning on making 32ounces a day. The probiotic, DHA and multivitamin I will administer once a day in one of her bottles and not including it in the big batch.
    Is this okay?

    Thank you!

  60. I am sure this has been answered by someone but I can’t find it in old comments. How do you keep the oil from separating? We have been using this to supplement for my daughter and the oil seems to usually float to the top. She usually falls asleep before nap or bedtime before we are done with an entire bottle, so that means lots of the good oils are left at the bottom! Any tips for this? Thanks!

  61. I see that this recipe is not intended for younger babies, my daughter is almost 3 months old and is on hypoallergenic formula and zantac for reflux. I would like to try this recipe, but I am concerned she is to young, she was born at 5 lbs. 15 ounces, and weighs almost 10 lbs. now if that makes a difference. She is eating 4 ounces of formula a day, should I hold out till she is a little older, or is there a way to alter this recipe for younger babies.

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

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

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

  62. I love the option of mixing a gallon at a time! Do I leave it in the country though? Won’t the coconut oil get hard in the fridge??

    • I have been meaning to get on here for a while now and post my experience with this formula.

      I had 8 children who I breastfed exclusively (I didn’t even pump :)) until they were a year old. When I had my 8th, I realized I had to nurse almost constantly to keep weight on my little girl–a very trying experience, to say the least. So, when I had my ninth child, I started nursing as usual, but even nursing 16-18 hours a day, my baby was losing an ounce a day. By ten days, I knew I would have to start supplementing. I was scared to death. I knew that babies who do not breastfeed are not healthy. I was in tears when my sister told me about this formula. I looked it up and spent several hours reading all the comments. I was not comfortable giving my baby other women’s breastmilk, so I had no other option and decided to go for it. I kept nursing, but I introduced this formula an ounce at a time. The first time I gave it to my young son, he got a small rash on his arms. Of course, that did nothing to help calm my raging nerves, but he seemed so happy to finally feel satiated. He would eat and then sleep– the way all my other babies had done at the breast. It really was even cute to me the way he nursed the bottle. For the first 4 months, I made him nurse for about 20 minutes before giving him the bottle. But, I guess he got tired of sucking so vigorously and getting so little, so he finally would not take the breast any longer. It was very hard for me emotionally, but I dealt with it. He is very healthy and beautiful now, at 9 months old. He actually has been as healthy as my breastfed babies. I’m studying some information now, that may help me produce more milk for my next baby (I’m expecting again–my cycle came back early because I was not nursing :)). But, all in all, it hasn’t been nearly as bad as I was expecting. There are some pros–my children and husband can help feed, I don’t have to cover up on hot days when nursing in public, and I can go on longer dates with my hubby. The cons are–HUGE poopy diapers, and the emotions associated with not being able to do what I know is best. I still cradle the baby every time I feed him–I think I’ve only done the “prop up” method two times :). He still will not even hold his own bottle, because to him I guess, I’m nursing. Hope this helps anyone who may be partially in my shoes.

      As an aside, I’ve always put more molasses because it helped his stool be the ‘breastmilk’ consistency. And, I’ve usually used the Meyenburg brand, because I like the higher animal fat content. I hate that Mt. Capra doesn’t sell a higher fat milk, because I would love to support them exclusively. I truly thank God for Joe Stout–He literally is a life saver!!!

  63. My almost 3 month old has been on this formula for about a month. He seems extra gassy and his poops seem more liquidy. Could he be allergic to something? Has anyone else had this experience. I Started using this formula due to the amount of spit up he dies which this has not helped but since I feel this is better then any store formulas I was sticking with it.

  64. Hi, I would like to use lactose as source of carbs on this formula, have you looked into it? What would be a good brand to buy? Thanks!

    • Lactose, as a source of carbohydrates, is one of the options given in the original recipe article. Keep in mind, however, that any lactose source would be bovine (cow) derived.

  65. Since the recipe card shows a conversion chart for making larger amounts does that mean you can make enough at once for the whole day?

  66. The vitamins… Does anyone know anything about bio-strath? It’s safe for 1 year olds. I’ve been using it, only im using half the amount it says to use for a 1 year old. It’s new and I’ve heard good things about it… Any input?

  67. I subscribed and it has been about a day, i was wondering when I would be getting the recipe card as i need to start making the formula asap. Also does the card have a recipe for raw goats milk instead of powder? Very excited to try this with my 8 month old!

  68. Hi,
    I just came across this recipe and I’m so excited to try it because my 6 month old son may be allergic to cow’s milk formula. For making the larger quantities, such as the pint, would you mix a pint of water with the ingredients?

  69. I found a multivitamin baby drops from Swansons supplements website. It’s called Child life – multivitamin & mineral . Check it out and let me know what you think. It’ has more in it.

  70. Has anyone noticed this recipe has tons of little air bubbles, no matter how gentle you stir? Any tips of preventing this….it’s making my 2 month old colicky baby very angry!!

  71. I am wondering how the baby gets DHA from this formula? I am using child’s life multivitMin and it does not have dha in it. So do I need to add that too?

  72. I started making my daughters formula at 5 months when I could no longer breastfeed. I refused to formula feed and wanted only the best. I purchase 1 gallon of fresh raw goats milk weekly, but I also add Mt Capra’s whey and colostrum into the formula recipe; along with most the ingredients above. I found that the easiest way for me to make batches is a little over 8 oz at a time. I mix in the Evenflo glass bottles. I start off with 3-4 oz coconut water and add all the ingredients to it. I shake really well and then add the raw goats milk. I have to heat up with each feeding because the coconut oil hardens, but my baby has thrived so much off this. Even our ped is shocked and loves it; although he says technically he can’t support this without FDA approval but said to keep doing what we do. She is 11 months old now and has never been sick; not even a fever. I am very happy with my choice of choosing to make her own formula!

  73. Please let me know how long this recipe is good for once refrigerated. I made a quart and I only use it as needed when I get too exhausted from feeding so much. I don’t want to keep it past when it would be good though. THANKS!

  74. I got a multivitamin for the formula but I cannot find one that contains folate, so I got a seperate bottle of just folate. So my question is, per 8 oz how much folate should I add ?

  75. I don’t quite understand some things regarding goats milk.
    On the chart you have listed goats milk is almost identical to human breast milk.
    If we don’t have to supplement when nursing our babies. Why do we have to add all kinds of stuff when supplementing with goats milk? Please help me clarify. I just bought raw goats milk today and want to start my now 16 week old on it.

    • I know you posted this a few weeks ago so i dont know if you have an answer yet. if you dont, the chart you are refering to compares breast milk to this goat milk formula recipe. Adding the other ingredients gets it nutritionally up to par with breast milk.

  76. I wanted to share my idea for making a quicker bottle when you need
    Take your 5oz. of water put in a small sause pan on low heat add your oils, brown rice surup (carb.) and molasses and heat until coconut oil is just melted. Pour into a sm. 5-6 oz. bottle. You can make as many of these a head of time as you want. You can also put these in your small pumping cooler with a very hot wet towel for hours so your coconut oil does not reharden. Then when its time just take one of the bottles you have pre made reheat slightly put in bottle that your baby will be drinking from. Then add your milk powder more water then the probiotic and there you have it. Hope this comes in handy for some of you.

  77. I wanted to share my idea for making a quicker bottle when need
    Take your 5oz. of water put in a small sause pan on low heat add your oils, brown rice surup (carb.) And molasses and heat until coconut oil is just melted. Pour into a sm. 5-6 oz. bottle. You can make as many of these a head of time as you want. You can also put these in your small pumping cooler with a very hot wet towel for hours so your coconut oil does not reharden. Then when its time just take one of the bottles you have pre made reheat slightly put in bottle that your baby will be drinking from . Then add your milk powder more water then the probiotic and there you have it. Hope this come in handy for some of you

  78. Hi
    I have a 2 month old baby that is really suffering on the marketed infant formulas, could I use this?…I know some of you have, could you give me an ingredient list ratio for a 2 month old. I do t want to screw it up!!THANK YOU!!!!

  79. I’ve been using this formula for about 6 months now and have loved it. One trick I have learned is if you use an imulsion blender to blend everything together the oils don’t seperate as much. There’s still some seperation but not to the extent I had when I just stirred or shook it.

  80. I have looked for the country life vitamins and couldn’t find them locally or online. I did find two other vitamins though – twinlab’s infant care mutlivitamin with DHA (but doesn’t contain folate!) and child life multivitamin and mineral (contains folate and B6/B12 but has added calcium, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese, chromium, and potassium, and is indicated for ages 6 months and up.)
    My son is 2 months old and I am breastfeeding, but I work full time and am pumping as much as I can, but I am having to supplement 4-6 oz per day, and we appear to have a milk allergy.
    So, the question is, should I use the twinlab vitamins and add nutritional yeast, or use the child life vitamins with added minerals… and will it really be a big deal since he is getting mostly breast milk?

  81. I am a new grandmother and the baby’s mother wants to supplement with this. Could you please tell me what the storage suggestions are and how long will a gallon of your formula keep? Thanks

  82. I want to start making this formula for my newborn but i also have a 1 yr old That instead of starting him on cows milk I want to start him on goats milk because of the similarities in goats milk vs human milk. I plan on still adding the vitamins and his probiotic to it but should i dilute it still? Or should I start him on the goats milk formula first then wean to regular goats milk? Any thoughts on this?

  83. Hope everyone is reading their milk instructions carefully. I picked up a can of condensed milk liquid (because that is all I could find) and it requires you to dilute it 1:1 with water for whole milk, so that means 3:1 (water/milk) for this recipe. 1oz of condensed milk ends up making 4oz of this recipe.

    Also, at my local health foods store, they had a choice of 2 multivitamins. The one I picked up looked to be the more complete of the two. The brand is called “Child Life Essentials” one of the things I was happy to see in it is Selenium.

    Lastly, looking at the recommended dosing of the vitamins for this recipe are you sure 1tsp is not too much? The bottle calls for 1tsp per day. If your little one is consuming 24oz per day he/she ends up getting 3x the recommended daily dose. I will only be supplementing 1 bottle per day for my little one so I might go ahead and keep the full dose (ill adjust as needed down the road) but, if this formula was 100% of my baby’s nourishment, I personally would be inclined to cut back on the vitamins a little. Thoughts?

  84. That is a great idea. Just a thought: Why not use breast milk storage bags? Medela makes a good bag and so does Lansinoh. They come pre-sterilized and it seals the milk from the elements. Of the two, I prefer the Lansinoh – easier to thaw & they stack better when frozen. FWIW: Both allow you to freeze up to 6oz of milk per bag.

    • Hi Ladies!

      I make 3/4 a gallon at a time with milk powder, sugar, molasses, and oil olive. I add the coconut oil before heating the bottle. I just shake the jug real good before heating 🙂

  85. Also…I signed up so I could get the recipe card for larger batches and couldn’t figure out how to retrieve it? Was it supposed to be emailed to me?

  86. Hello! We just adopted and I had found your recipe beforehand. I started her on it after she came home from the hospital. One questions I have is what about ARA and DHA for brain development in a newborn? Do you have recommendations for a supplement?

  87. I created a group on facebook called Mt Capra Moms and Dads, to help each other out. I have questions that I want answered and I think we can help each other.

    • my naturopath told us to add 1/2 teaspoon cod live oil to one bottle each day for the dha and other essential fatty acids. my Baby is 6 months old now though so not sure what it would be for a younger baby

  88. I would also like to know if this is the recommended recipe, mainly concerned with the pro biotic and vitamin doses, for newborns? I can’t find any recommended dosages for infants under 6 months so I have no idea. Thanks!

    • Hi, I’m just wondering if anyone answered you about proper dosing for under 6 months…my daughter is 2 months and I’m just trying to figure this out. TIA!

  89. I am having supply issues in my 9 month of breast feeding. I am able to pump about half of what I need. How do I mix breast milk and capra milk together in one bottle?

  90. My son is 4 months old and we’ve had problems feeding him within the first few weeks of his life. I stopped breastfeeding at 7 weeks.. We’ve tried countless formulas to no avail. Everything made him projectile vomit, he seemed constantly in pain and was having solid poops! Its been a rollercoaster of emotions and wanting to help my son….. For the past month, his appetite had decreased to around 18 ounces in a 24 hour period. Scary! My sister suggested goats milk, I found this formula….. Its only been 32 hours since I started him on it, but I feel like the clouds have opened up and the bright and shiney days are upon us! He consumed 49 ounces of this formula in 24 hrs, he loves it!!! A weight has been lifted off my shoulders.. Its amazing to see my sweet baby suck his bottles dry! I’m one very happy mommy. I personally use raw goats milk with this formula, I think its easier and the kind I get is a very good, reputable organic grass fed goats milk.

  91. How long will the formula last in the refrigerator once you make it? Once the baby has drinking out of the bottle how long will it stay good ? Can you put it back in the Ridgerider and feed the same bottle later? Thanks

  92. I’m sorry, I’m a little confuse and I promise I’m not an idiot; but on the recipe card, it has instructions on the bottom left for water and such for making the 8oz, what are the instructions for that section for the gallon or quart? My baby only take 5oz bottle so making 8oz is not going to work. ALSO if we make a quart or gallon ahead, the coconut oil will solidify, how do you suggest we get bottles from this? Maybe store in something you can scoop out instead of pour out? NEED HELP PLEASE REPLY! TIA

    • I made a quart and placed it in the refrigerator. When it was time to use it, it seemed to have solidified, but I just gave it a good shake and it loosened right up again.

  93. I actually put about 2 oz or so of super hot water into the bottle and drop in the oil ice cube then add the dry ingredients shake it and add luke warm water…It is usually thoroughly dissolved by the time my little one is putting it into her mouth 🙂
    ***UPDATE on freezing the oils and molasses***
    I noticed that the molasses was sinking to the bottom and being a sticky mess at the bottom of the ice cube tray. After trial and error I found that putting in the liquefied coconut oil in first and freezing for 10 mins then adding the olive oil and molasses in that order was the key to nice easy to pop out cubes that left no molasses behind in the tray. You can use a spoon to help pop them out after they are frozen through and store these oil cubes in a freezer bag for quick and easy bottles!!

    • I also started combining larger amounts of the GOAT MILK and Turbinado Sugar together in a separate container. I add 1 cup powdered milk and measure out 1 cup turbinado sugar (before I add the sugar I take out 2 Tb and 2 tsp of it to accommodate for only needing 2 1/2 tsp sugar to 1 Tb milk) SHAKE IT THOROUGHLY and then repeat. Then when I make the bottle I can just add a little less than 2 TB of the dry mixture and be done!! Doing this in conjunction to freezing the oils really makes bottle prep a BREEZE!!

  94. So I have used this for my now 13 month old, since he was 6 months! I am in LOVE with this recipe!! It’s so easy to make, and my little one has thrived on it! I had two others before him that I had to put on formulas, and after the second I knew there HAD to be a better option than what I was getting at the store!! Wish I would have found this sooner, but thankful I found it when I did!!

  95. The oil keeps separating as soon as I make the bottle, I have to keep pulling it out of her mouth to shake it up, at this rate she’s going to have nothing but oil to drink in the bottom of her bottle. I don’t wanna make her sick, is there a trick to fix this?

    • we have that happen too. I use to give a good shake when burping and now 2 1/2 months later he’s fine with drinking the oils. Sometimes I would add a scoop of goat colostrum and shake that up with the oil he had an easier time drinking it. Another thought (which I was thinking about trying but now that the oils don’t bother our son I haven’t attempted) would be to use the milkshake/protein shakers (with the mixer ball in it) to see if that helps.

  96. I’m in the UK and I don’t have access to those particular vitamins. The ones I purchased from Amazon (Well Baby multivitamin drops) don’t have 100% of the RDA for any of the vitamins listed. It only has about 20-30%. Is my baby getting enough vitamins? I know the molasses has some, but is it enough to pick up the slack from the vitamin drops? My son seems fine, if a bit irregular since starting this formula despite putting triple the molasses in his bottles, however I’ve noticed his nail growth has slowed and this makes me think he’s not getting enough vitamins. Thoughts please? I’m quite worried and will be taking him to the doctor to get this checked 🙁

    • If you are using goat milk formula, PLEASE be sure to use a multivitamin WITH trace minerals. all the ones sited above do not have trace minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, etc. Ones that only have Vitamin A, D, E, and the B vitamins is not sufficient. NanoVM is a powdered vitamin product that does contain all of these- they have a Registered Dietitian on staff that can assist you with proper dosing depending on the age of your child.

  97. http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/goatsmilkforbaby.htm#.U8USYbF8rjA
    My pediatrician is not condoning the use of this formula due to the reasons listed on the site pasted above. Can you send me information to respond to this please? I love the formula and so does my daughter. Yet this site gave me concern as well with stating that the use of goat milk formula are being taken off the market in the U.K. and also these reasons:
    Goat’s milk is not indicated for use in infancy. Here is some rationale:

    1) Goat’s milk is deficient in folic acid and vitamin B6.

    2) Goat’s milk is higher in protein than human milk (1.0 gm pro/100 ml) and infant formula (1.4 gm/100 ml). It actually has 3.6 gm pro/100 ml, which puts an infant at risk for dehydration and a higher renal solute load.

    3) The reason many of the “recipes” for goat’s milk for infants call for dilution (usually the recommendations are to dilute it to 2/3 strength, but in this case, it appears to be for half strength) is to decrease the renal (kidney) solute load. When it is diluted, however, nutrients including energy, are diluted. With this comes the risk of hyponatremia or water intoxication, which can result in seizures. Dilution of goat’s milk to half-strength supplies about 10 calories per ounce.

    This means to meet the energy needs (98 kcal x 8.25 kg, which is the 50th percentile for a 7 month old boy), 80 ounces per day of goat’s milk would be required.

    4) Goat’s Milk Acidosis has been reported in the literature most likely secondary to the high protein level.

    5) It may be appropriate to try a formula that has no intact protein, milk, casein or soy and gradually introduce individual foods rather than rely on goat’s milk which is not recommended for infants.”

    Thank you for your help.

    • Laura, all of your questions are thoroughly addressed in the FAQ section. It is recommended to give an infant multivitamin to supplement folic acid and b vitamins. The goat milk is diluted and the carbs and fats are added back in through the oils and sugar. There is no risk of hypothermia or water intoxication due to adding the fats and sugars back in. Goats milk acidosis is not an issue because of the dilution, and goats milk is excellent for infants. This recipe was developed by a professional nutritionist with an advanced degree. Pediatricians are not nutritionists. When they have a question about nutrition they look it up on the internet just like the rest of us. Your pediatrician appears to have quoted the same information which has been quoted and required many times over.

      • Also if I may add I feel that many doctors can not recommend any homemade formula due the rules there bound by and fear of being sued. My doctor flat out refused to even hear me out he said breast milk commercial formula and thats it. I chose to go against the doctors advice.

  98. I am adopting a newborn in 4 weeks and want to use goat milk formula for her. I was wondering if its safe to use from day one as listed in you recipe here, and what about the goat milk colostrum? Is it used with infants?

    • Congratulations Becky! We adopted a newborn 4 1/2 months ago. I was able to breastfeed with supplements and domperidone (rx) but only lasted about 2 months (didn’t produce enough) although IF I had started domperidone a few weeks before he arrived I probably would have been fine breastfeeding longer.
      I Started our little guy on this formula at 2 months, it’s been amazing! Just read through all of the notes, you do need to adjust the oil and I added more using 1/8-1/4 tsp of (flax, avocado, grape seed, coconut, olive and sunflower oils). I also do Nortic Naturals infant oil in 1-2 ounces/day. I ordered goat colostrum and add a scoop to every bottle as well. I did have to play with the amount of fat and calories because our pediatrician said he needed to put on weight and too much fat would make him spit up more and he’d avoid the fatty part of his bottle. I use 1 tblspn + 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup per 8 ounces. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, our little guy is 19 1/2 weeks and doing fantastic!

      • Hi there, I have been pumping for almost 7 months and will be transitioning to this formula. I am a little confused about the oils. From the FAQ page, you only add probiotics and multivitamin drops to 1 bottle, but the carbs, fats, and molasses are added to every bottle, correct? And did you use all of the oils you mentioned above for every bottle or did you rotate them? For instance, did you combine flax, avocado, grapeseed, coconut, olive, and sunflower oils for EACH bottle or did you choose flax for one bottle, coconut for another, etc? And with the Nortic Naturals, you added that in addition to the other oils you are already adding? You said you add it in 1-2 oz/day. Can you add it to the whole bottle since my child drinks about 6 oz with each bottle as of right now? Did the goat colostrum come with a scoop or do you have a specific measurement of how much should be added to each bottle? And as for the maple syrup, did you get grade B in the small glass bottles or the big plastic jug? I always thought they were the same product, but when tasting them, they both taste completely different even though the ingredients appear to be the same and both say Grade B on it. Sorry for all these questions, I just want to make sure i do this correctly 🙂

      • So did you add 1\8 tsp of each of those oils or just one of them? My son is 2 months old and I am trying to come up with what the best combination would be. He is currently having trouble with constipation since I put him on this formula, so I must need to do some adjusting. Any suggestions

      • So did you add 1\8 tsp of each of those oils or just one of them? My son is 2 months old and I am trying to come up with what the best combination would be. He is currently having trouble with constipation since I put him on this formula, so I must need to do some adjusting. Any suggestions?

    • I gave this formula to my infant at one month after being so exhausted from what seemed like constant feedings. I do not use the sugar, but I do use all the rest of the ingredients. I also have not given more than one bottle (he eats approximately 3 oz. at a time) per day. It was strictly as a supplement to help me rest. He has done fine, and I didn’t need it every day. He LOVES it though, and takes it with no problems.

  99. I’m not sure if it is my son going through a phase or if the formula is making him sleep a lot less. Has anyone else had any problems with sleeping??? Please help.

    • I’ve just started my little guy on this formula as well a couple days ago. Though he is still sleeping well at night he does seem to be awake more! I wanted to know if and how you fixed your sleeping issue? My boy Is 9 weeks old

    • I’m havering this same problem! I’m reducing the sugar t night and it seems to just barley help. But some nights she’s up till 4am

  100. I have loved this formula! We adopted and I did attempt to breastfeed but wasn’t producing enough and so we needed something to supplement with and now this is all we use. Our pediatrician wants me to move him on to the weston a price formula and it scares me. The pediatrician says there isn’t enough fat in the recipe so I attempted to just add more fat to see if that helped (our little guy wasn’t gaining as much weight as the dr would like to see, (now he is gaining weight and is growing he’s 3 months and 12 lbs, 23 1/4 in., I have to trim his nails daily, he is in 3 mo. clothes, he is healthy, happy, meeting developmental milestones and sleeping well up to 8 hour stretches at night). When I increase the fats he chokes when eating and throws up constantly in between feedings. It’s not spit up it’s gagging and throwing up. Any suggestions? I don’t want to do the WAP recipe, I don’t know how I could make that work with our lifestyle. I’m very open to suggestions!
    BTW LOVE Julie’s idea of freezing the liquids in the ice tray! Brilliant!
    Help! Please!
    Thank you!

    • Hi! I am having the same issue with my some not gaining enough weight and not having enough fat in the formula. Can I ask how you adjusted the fats and with what? I want to keep him on this due to not being able to breastfeed. Thank you!

  101. Can anyone tell me: if I am using raw goats milk do I have to dilute it with water half n half? Also how much do I use with this receive?

  102. Does Safeway also carry the vitamins and probiotics? If not where’s the best place to get them locally? and best online store?

  103. I’m thinking of trying this for my ten week old. I’m wondering if it needs an emulsifier so the oils don’t float to the top and baby finishes feeding before they’re consumed? Have you ever used lecithin or needed to use an emulsifier??

  104. Hi, what would you suggest to use instead of coconut oil? Since it;s still considered a nut, i’m a bit hesitant using it since he’s 8 months old, and I myself am allergic to it.

    • I have the same question. My daughter has been on the goats mild for a few weeks but now breaking out in hives. She does have a nutt allergy according to her blood work. Is coconut considered a nut? Wel I’m taking it out of the recipe for a few days to see if it helps. Since originally I took her off her formula because of an allergy. I thought the allergy was dairy but her results showed no dairy allergy. It said nut allergy. So not I’m thinking the oil ingrediant that’s in both is the coconut oil. So should I put extra olive oil instead? I did that last night and she was extremly gassy and I uncomfortable all night.

      • Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. I hope this helps.

  105. I forgot to add that my son was a different baby after starting this formula! I’m not sure why my breast milk was upsetting him so much, other than the fact that I am pregnant! He is usually very content and hardly ever cries…one more question, I like the idea of using coconut cream instead of coconut oil. I would also rather use just coconut oil and no olive oil. Will anything specific be lacking by doing this? Will it lower vitamin E or omega 3s in a way that would not be beneficial? I would love to give him a more naturally occurring form of fat. I am using the Meyenburgs full fat goats milk as well, but I haven’t lowered the oils because I know my breastmilk was very fatty as I ate lots of coconut milk, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocados everyday since he has been born and that has satiated him well enough that he always has gone 3-4 hours between feeds and sleeps through the night (since around 3 weeks old), so I want to make sure we are still doing that! 🙂

  106. I am so thankful for finding this recipe, I never thought I would be bottle feeding let alone formula feeding! I exclusively breastfed my first for 18 months, and some of those times were rough! With my second baby who is now 4.5 months old, I have been exclusively breastfeeding, but with a new pregnancy he was having issues and I need to wean to protect the pregnancy as well. I’m so glad that I have found a healthy alternative to commercial baby formulas, weaning was already hard enough! Giving him all that nasty stuff would have really been hard for me! Anyways my question is, I am not even fond of the artificial ingredients I am coming across in the infant multivitamin drops, and the fact that they are synthetic vitamins. I personally use Vitamin Codes raw prenatal vitamin, and I like that it is whole food derived and amino acid chelated…so I have been adding 1/3 of a capsule of that to his first bottle of the day along with 1/3 capsule of acidophilus. Do you think this would be ok or should I bite the bullet and buy the infant drops instead?

  107. I signed up for the newsletter, but I don’t believe I have received my download for the goats milk formula recipe. My son is 8 months old and has lost weight due to my insufficient milk supply. I a currently feeding him do or milk but if it runs out or something happened to it I would really lie to try this recipe.
    Also I found this recipe then about a week later my husbands coworker told him that his son was thriving Ina goats milk formula and that he would share the recipe, turns out it was this one : ) Thanks!

  108. I’m so sorry if this has already been asked but I was curious if I could use Organic Sucranat in place of the turbinado sugar. I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks so much!

  109. thank you so much for the information you provide in your website. I have a 2 week old baby. is it ok to give goat milk or is she too young?

  110. Hi,
    I’m in Australia and the goats milk powder I have bought is 1tbs (15g) to 150mL water which gives 4.1g protein. Do I still half this powder amount?

  111. My son (almost 3 months) has reflux & taking meds for it but was still spitting up large amounts after every bottle even though it was thickened with cereal, not to mention the constipation. His pediatrician will not change his prescription for WIC because he says goat milk has too much sodium. Is the doctor correct? We use a similar recipe we received from our chiropractor. My husband refuses to switch our son from the goats milk because he is doing so much better.

  112. Can I substitute 100% pure organic prune juice for sugar? If so, do I add the prune juice by the comparable carb count of the organic turbinado sugar? Also, minerals are extremely important do you recommend an infant vitamin supplement with minerals as well?

    Thank you so much!

  113. Hello, my son is 18 months but is very delayed. He has a severe heart defect and has endured several open heart surgeries. He will not eat any solids or purées yet and lived solely on pumped breastmilk. Drs want me to give him pediasure that is 56% corn syrup:( would your formula be suitable? Should I alter it bc of his age? He is on a multi vitamin. Nutritionists in our area are not very creative and only push prepared soy, dairy and corn syrup ladened crap as his only option.

  114. Hi,

    I just wanted to say thank you for putting this on the web. I’m a mom of 9 beautiful children and went to realmilk.com looking for the formula, as I have been sick and my milk is drying up on my newest sweetie who’s almost 8 months. The formula that they have is extensive and great as I’ve had to use it in the past, but for emergencies who has all of that on hand? Anyways, I just knew that there had to be a way to make my fresh raw goat milk suitable for my little guy and you did it! Thank you!!!!

  115. I am in need of a high calorie additive to my breast milk as my child is failing to gain weight as quickly as the doctors would like. He is 7 months old and less than 14 pounds. He also has acid reflux and was a month early. I am interested in adding this formula to my breast milk to increase the calorie value. How much of this mixture would I put per ounce of breast milk? I have tried Nutramigen as my first child had a reaction to normal formula with the cows milk protein. He did fine on Nutramigen but it does not seem to be helping my second gain the necessary weight. He has also been sick so I think the probiotics in this formula should help with that as well. Could you help inform me as to how much to add?

    I appreciate all the help I can get!

  116. A friend of mine gives her 5 months old baby a mix of goat’s milk, orange juice and water (not sure the proportion). Would it be a concern?

  117. I haven’t tried your formula yet but I’ve got everything in place and will be purchasing the ingredients and trying it out tomorrow! Thank you so much for this. I was hesitant to try raw goats milk for my 5 month old and I’ve been trying to supplement with formula but he hates it, so this is perfect and I can’t tell you how incredibly stoked I am about making my baby a formula almost as good as bm for when mommy has to work. Maybe daddy will finally get some sleep!

  118. First of all, Thank you very much for sharing your formula recipe.

    I was very excited about trying this formula out for my 6 months old son and hoped he will not be allergic to it. My heart were lifted to the throat and I kept close eye on his reaction to this new formula during and after. He seemed like it and ate 160ml at the first time and there was no immediate reaction. We were so happy!

    Then we found he was looking for more in very short intervals. We are now struggling about how many ml is it in “a heap of tbsp”? We took out all the measuring tools we have in the house and have not come to a conclusion, but we truly believe that our little 6 months old fella was underfed!

    Please help!

  119. How many oz a day should my son be eating? Would it be about the same amount as the formula he was on? I have been feeding 3 oz and he acts like he is still starving. I do not want to give him too much in one day because of the high protein..is there an amount I should not exceed per day? He is 6 weeks old.

  120. Thank u so much for this amazing alternative to the terrible stuff they put in standard baby formula! My question is regarding the use of raw goats milk instead of the powder. Do I use the same measurements for the oils in the original (low fat powder) recipe? Or am I to cut the oil measurements in half, like u suggested for using the full fat meyenberg powder?
    Thank you, look forward to hearing back from you!

  121. Hi! I have been breastfeeding my daughter for 2 years and I recently weaned her and put her on goats milk as she is allergic to cows milk. I was wondering if

    1) it is better to use fresh pasteurized or powdered?
    2) How many ounces should I feed her with your formula?
    3) Do I use your formula for 12 months old or different as she is already now 25 months old?

  122. Joe,
    I’m hoping to use lactose powder instead of molasses. Can you email me what that recipe would look like?
    You also talked a bit about Meyenburg’s powdered milk. I like the idea of using that instead of mt Capra only because it has more fat in it and I don’t have to add so much other kinds of oils.
    How do we vary the recipe for that?
    Thank you for your help.

  123. I am supplementing my 8 week old with this formula recipe. She is getting mostly breast milk. Just wondering what your sterilization process is for making the formula? I try to sterilize each item/utensil that I use, bottles, water, measuring spoons, etc., I do my best, but the ingredients themselves, should I be concerned with anything there? How can I know that the ingredients are safe, and not contaminated, for example? This was the only concern when I mentioned this recipe to my doctor.

  124. Hi,
    I am wondering if it could also be possible to use Organic Agave Nectar for the carbohydrate?

    Thank you!

  125. I signed up for the recipe card so it wouldnt be a pain but i didnt get one and i cant find anywhere on this site to actually look at it. Why cant it just be free to look at anyhow

  126. Hi,

    I’m wondering if you could give me your opinion. I just started an antibiotic, and it is my only option even though it is not breastfeeding friendly. I have a pretty good freezer stash, but I’m worried bc I know that pumping all day usually lowers my supply some. I’m not concerned that I won’t get it back up, but I’m looking into a supplement in case–possibly a way to extend my freezer stash if I need to. I would need 2…mayyyybe 4…oz a day. Do you suggest creating the “formula” or do you think with that small amount compared to breastmilk I could get away with a few oz of watered down goats milk mixed with a bottle of pumped milk? Thanks for your help (if you get a chance to answer :))

  127. My 6 1/2 month old has started having recurrent ear infections. He had RSV when he was 3 months old and started developing ear infections after that. It finally cleared up , but he recently has developed another ear infection from catching a cold. I feel like the cause of the congestion is the colds he is catching, but I spoke to a nurse today who said the congestion could be coming from his cow based formula and if I switch to goats milk his congestion will completely clear up. I am willing to switch if this is true. My child has never never had a rash from any formula I have tried, but he does spit up quite a lot. Have you heard of someone making the switch to goats milk because of congestion and does it clear it up?

  128. Hello

    Pls I need ur advice. I started givin my daughter raw goat milk based on the formula .she was on commercial formula before.but she has thrown up twice now after eating.
    What do you think it is please?
    Do u think I should remove all the ingredients and give her the raw goat milk ?
    Thanks for your help

  129. Hello,
    so far I have been supplementing with this formula using goats milk from our local farmers market. There are alot of variations on the ingredients being used for homemade formula,yours being the simplest.Another receipe called for lactose,several oils,raw milk,probiotic ,homemade liquid whey,cod liver oil,nutritional yeast,acerola powder and gelatin. I understand the acerola,oils and cod liver oil from a vitamin standpoint,but don’t understand the need for gelatin ,liquid whey (im assuming for protein) and nutritional yeast.I guess the lactose are for the carbs? Im thinking just use the diluted goats milk that I have been using,add some organic vitamin and mineral complex standardized to the requirements for infants,alittle bit of carbs(organic of course) and call it day.My wife still breastfeeds as well.What are your views on my idea vs your recipe vs the other recipes out there from your nutrional experience? Also,what is proper dillution between goat milk and water .So far I have been using half and half.
    Thank you in advance,
    Jeremy

    • Im sorry,just saw the FAQ section. Yea make sense and as I research and think about it,my formula seems good.Thank you anyways

  130. My baby- 6 mons. been having horrible acid reflux for many many months now, and switched from organic whole foods to gentlease and still throwing up twice-everyday. We tried all the broken down formulas, and she hates it. Soy she throws up on, must be allergic. The doctor gave me amino formula but saw it had MSG. I was told about goats milk and brought it up to him. He said thats also a good option if you don’t want to do the amino acid formula. We were told by him not to dilute it like you said and only add vitamin drops and dha drops with our rice to thicken. I read your page, and I feel it makes sense to dilute and add what you said to add, but when I brought this up to my gastro again, he said not to do this. Many people other than in US give infants and babies goat milk and even cows milk, and it has the same amounts of protein, and it would not affect the renal system like many webpages say it would. He said diluting it will produce a water toxicity. I am just split on what to do. The doctors orders or the (many) webpage/internet opinions. Help? (we are using the meyenberg full fat option).

  131. Hi
    I’m looking to start my 9.5 mo on some formula because my milk is drying up. If I give him 1-2 bottles around 6-10oz a day I would say do I need to add the probiotics and multivitamins to it? He would still be getting around 10oz of breast milk a day as well as well as a good mixture of solids. Just looking to add something else in to help extend out my freezer of milk and try to get him to still have some BM till a year. I’m very opposed to commercial formulas. I saw the card about mixing the differences the older they get so keeping that mixture in mind. Thank you!

  132. Mr. Stout,
    I just started my baby on your formula. He was on the Neocate formula, and has had eczema for the past 4 months. This is day 5 on the goats milk fomula, and his eczema seems to have gotten worse. I am wondering if you, or any of the other parents on here, have an idea of how long I should give it before noticing a difference in his skin? I am adding brown rice syrup for the carb, and I got multi-vitamins that didn’t have folic acid in them, so I am giving him brewers yeast with his vitamins. He has gone from only drinking 2 1/2 to 3 oz per feeding, to drinking almost 5 per feeding. He is 5 months old, and only 11 lbs, so I’m hoping he will fatten up on this. I so want this to work for him, any words of wisdom would be much appreciated!
    God bless,
    Julie

  133. Hi Joe-

    I thank you so much for the time you’ve taken to not only share this wonderful recipe, but to then respond to the frequent questions. Obviously what you’ve done is something that there is a need for.

    My daughter has a congenital heart defect and was born 10 weeks premature. (She is now 6 months old, 4 months adjusted). We have been fortifying my breastmilk with Enfamil Enfacare so that it is at 28 calories/ounce. My breastmilk is about to run out and I hated using commercial formula for fortification. I can’t imagine putting her on a diet of that alone. Do you have any ideas for how we could increase the calorie/ounce for this recipe?

    Thank you so, so much again.

  134. According to directions on The Meyenberg can, one once requires 2 scoops (scooper comes in can) but the can says each 1 scoop is 2 tbsp. Therefore, 4 tbsp of Meyenberg is one serving vs Mt Capra’s 2 tbsp. This also means that it is 2 scoops (4 tbsp) that is 8g protein not 2 tbsp, for the Meyenberg. should this be taken into consideration when making the formula? I use the scoop, my daughter is 10 months old so I’ve increased her amount from 4 scoops to 6 scoops (full strength is 8 scoops/32 oz) but it is still twice the amount you recommend due to serving size difference. I just want to make sure that I am doing it right and that others are aware of the serving size difference. Thank you for all that you have done in helping babies!

  135. hello-
    our daughter is almost 9 months and mom has gone back to work. her milk supply is slowing down a bit, although she is still breastfeeding primarily. we have introduced some solid foods, steamed sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, etc though she is only half interested in them. we are starting to have problems pumping enough milk for her while mom is gone to work(two days a weeks). she will still be breastfeeding in the morning and at night and we are looking for a way to farther stretch the milk we are able to pump, or possibly just use this formula as a substitute. should we mix breast milk with this formula or should we give it to her separately? also is it necessary to add the vitamins since she is still breast feeding every day? we are planning on adding the probiotics for sure…your help is greatly appreciated! thank you kindly-

  136. Hi,
    My son is 8 1/2 months he’s been on similac formula since day one due to an emotional set back so I could not breastfeed… I’m 25weeks pregnant with our second boy and I intend to breastfeed. My question is, my son now does extremely well on his formula its incredible… But my husband and I were talking about it and want when he turns a year old to give him a sippy cup with milk I only thought of goats milk for this but would it be ok to just give him goats milk I think its called mayburge or something close to that name and its pasteurized. Is that ok? If I don’t use the powder and only liquid form is there any difference to the recipe? Before I found this I was going to keep him on his formula till he didn’t like the taste anymore. If I confused you at all I apologize. Thanks in advance!

  137. I have a 7 month old with cystic fibrosis. Because of his trouble gaining weight, we had to add formula to my breastmilk. For months, they had him on acid reflux medicine but it wasn’t until we stopped formula and took dairy out of my diet that all his acid reflux issues stopped within three days. So apparently it was an allergy and not reflux, but we fell even more behind in his weight because he was in so much pain eating that he never ate a lot. Now he eats more, but because it’s only my milk it still isn’t enough calories for him to gain much weight. So, I would like to add the capramilk to my milk. I would like to add as many calories to each bottle as possible, any suggestions on how much to add? He eats about 27 ounces a day. Also, because we are so far behind on weight, they are doing a feeding tube soon. I don’t want to use Elecare, an elemental formula. I was wondering if I could use the capramilk for this as well. Thank you so much for any advice.

  138. So grateful for this recipe and this site! I was raised on goats milk when I was small and have always enjoyed its health benefits. Now I have an infant that’s 2 weeks old and having issues with milk supply to my surprise. The lactaction consultant I saw put us on Similac which was a blessing at the time because of jaundice and dehydration but quickly became a nightmare. Thank you thank you thank you for putting this site together.
    My questions have mostly been answered thru your FAQ page but wondered how you warm the milk and for how long?

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  139. Hi there. 2 girls (2.5 years and 4 months). Oldest was breast fed till 5 months and then I dried up 🙁 formula after. After 1 year organic cows milk. This baby I wasn’t able to bF but a few weeks. Terrible breast infections. Went to formula, but had been terrible gas, fussiness, spitting up, she’s obviously feeling terrible. Sometimes constipated. Trying organic now. But we want to switch to goats milk. Was curious if we could use evap goats milk? Waiting on the powder to come in. Thanks 🙂

  140. My son has responded very well to this formula and recipe however he is constipated. How do I adjust this to help him become regular?

  141. My baby is 10 months old, I am breastfeeding him and he gets solids twice a day. I also take a wholefood prenatal still, and an extra B-complex, a cod liver oil and an evening primrose oil. How would you make this milk for him? I can only get whole goat milk (non homogenized low vat pasterized). I only supplement him with donor milk like 1-2 bottles a day, but it’s getting harder to find donor milk. Can I keep this whole, or dilute just a bit? Would I still need to add the oils and stuff. Or give him a vitamin? Thanks so much.

  142. I am very interested in using this formula recipe for my 3 month old, as I need to stop breastfeeding for medical reasons. I purchased the Meyenberg Whole Goat Milk powder and was comparing nutritional info with the CapraMilk, as well as traditional store bought formula to make sure the nutritional info would all match up. I believe I have found a significant discrepancy for anyone using the Meyenberg powder. On the Meyenberg can, it calls for 2 scoops of powder to 8 ounces, and it notes that 1 scoop = 2 Tbsp. So that’s 4 Tbsp. per 8 ounces. The nutritional info says that protein is 8 grams per 1 cup. The CapraMilk is 7 grams per 1 cup but that is for 2 Tbsp. So it seems to me that if someone was following your recipe and using the Meyenberg powder, they would only be getting 2 grams of protein per 8 ounces rather than 3.5, which seems like a big difference added up over the course of a day. The store bought formula BTW, has about 4 grams of protein to 8 ounces, which is in line with your recipe if someone uses the CapraMilk. It appears the recipe should be modified to 2 Tbsp. per 8 oz. (still half strength) for the Meyenberg product. Are my calculations correct?

    • Sara..hi I just started my baby 3 months old on this formula. Like you I’m confused! Did you figure out if its 2 tablespoons with Meyerberg powder? How is your baby doing? Thanks..

  143. Dear Mr. Stout
    I live in Italy and i’m very interested in your formula. I’m so worried about my 3 mnths old little girl, who is formulafeeding, as i don’t trust the qualities of the sold formula on market. Plus my daughter is suffering from reflux and in order not to give her medicines i am thinking of make her try this homemade formula….but as I don’t live in US I cannot buy online the necessary ingredients you reccomand. I found these goat mik powder on line, which is biological, but the ingredients seem different:
    http://www.emporioecologico.it/alimento-per-bambini-a-base-di-atte-di-capra-dopo-il-12-mese-holle.html?gclid=CLfB0tHh4rwCFU_KtAodiX0AHA
    if it doesn’t bother you, can you give me an advice if it is ok to use for your formula, and if yes do the other ingredients remain the same and of the same quantity??? anyhow every other suggestion is more than welcome 🙂 thnx a lot

  144. Hi , I have a quick question. I was reading the formula , but it didn’t say anything about the water. So would I just add water to the combination of ingredients to have an 8 oz bottle ?

  145. I bought all of the ingredients to make this formula as a back up. My daughter is 15 weeks and I recently went back to work. I pump at work but have not been able to keep up with her. I plan to continue pumping even if I have to supplement. Do I still need to put the multivitamin in if she’s getting breast milk? Also can I mix breast milk with the formula?

  146. Good afternoon, thank you for your contribution to helping our babies grow healthier and happier lives. I have tried to buy raw goats milk but int he state of Florida the consumption of raw goat milk is prohibited in humans. So I am trying to see how I can get around this without getting a powdered form? & also why is it prohibited for consumption? Thanks

  147. My daughter is just about a year old and I wanted to start her on milk. Ive read and heard about all the nutritional values of goat milk and was wanting to start her on it. My question is since she’ll be a year old soon, in the next 2 weeks, should I put her on goats milk only or could she benefit more from the formula recipe?

  148. Could u please tell me what other things I could use for carbohydrates and maybe if there’s a substitute for the molasses?? thank you.

  149. Is it ok to give my almost 5 month old? Hes about 22 weeks. I started it today and I am nervous. Im nervous hes not getting enough nutrition and all that. Plus he keeps spitting some of it up.

  150. My son is almost 9mths and he gets this twice a day. I make all his food and that is what he gets in between. I was only giving him the goats milk and not adding the stuff here so I just ordered what you said to put in the bottle. I give him Meyenberg Goats milk. He was on Nutramigen formula and was spitting it up and pushing it away. He would not drink it then I switched to the goats milk and I add a little oatmeal or fruit to it and he loves it!

  151. I gave my 6 week old daughter her first bottle of the goats milk formula and she seemed to do great on it. However later on that day when she had her bowel movement it looked a little slimy like mucus. Has anyone ever experienced this? I am wondering if she has an allergy to something. I haven’t gave her a bottle since (just breast milk). Any advice?

  152. Could you please recommend a specific vitamin and probiotic? I know you mentioned Garden of Life and Country Life, but could you please specifically mention what products you use. The infant drops from country life are all flavored. Do you use the flavored drops.
    Thanks!

  153. I feel the need to tell you how incredibly grateful I am that I found your recipe!! My lo weaned himself at 8 months and I was devastated about putting him on formula. After a couple of months I found your site and what a difference it’s made! My son would eat MAYBE four ounces at a time but once I introduced the goat milk formula he inhaled eight ounces!

    I do have a couple of questions though:
    LO has developed a diaper rash since I started him on the formula a couple days ago. Is there something that might cause that or is it coincidence?

    Also, I have agave nectar in my pantry and was wondering if it is an acceptable carbohydrate. If so, what amount would you recommend?

    Again, thank you thank you thank you for this recipe!!

    • Hi Tricia,

      Thanks for the kind words. We love hearing your kind of positive feedback!

      Regarding the agave nectar, I don’t usually recommend simply because its so dang expensive and really no different than the other carbohydrates.

      A diaper rash when switching food sources is a common reaction. I would just give your LO a good air bath and see if they don’t adapt pretty quickly.

      THanks!

  154. I am very interested in using this with out newborn (coming in March). I’ve had two horrible breastfeeding experiences and have very tummy/skin sensitive children, so I’m looking to start this as a newborn. If anyone has used this formula with their newborn and would be willing to chat, please email lins.ernst@yahoo.com.

    It seems like most people use it after their milk has depleted or realize a sensitivity. We already know this one will have tummy/skin issues and looking to start off on the right foot! Thank you!

    • I’ve been using a mix of maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and Fruit Sweet to sweeten the formula. (my daughter loves it) Fruit Sweet is a concentrated pear juice and pineapple syrup. Maybe try some different sweeteners? Also, some olive oils can have a really strong taste, that might be the problem.

  155. I think I might just cry. I got several plugged ducts in my left side and finally mastitis. My 4-week-old screamed for three days straight and wanted to nurse constantly before I finally took her into her Pediatrician to see what was wrong. He said she wasn’t getting enough milk and hadn’t gained in a week and I needed to start supplementing until I got my supply back up. He handed me several commercial formula cans and gave me suggestions for organic brands. I was in tears. One, for feeling like it was my fault for starving my child and two, because I so desperately wanted to breast feed exclusively. Enter Earth’s Best Organic Formula made with low lactose for fussiness and gas. We supplemented from 4 weeks old to 6 weeks old as I did everything to I could to work on getting my supply back up. I would nurse her the usual amount of time and just supplement afterward to give her enough. She spit up the formula and was fussy from the day we started supplementing. We hated the stuff, she hated the stuff, but I couldn’t really find a better option. Then last night I went to the store to get a second can, I had looked online at alternatives a few days earlier and read this. I was standing in the aisle looking at the options, not really wanting to buy that stuff again, when I saw the powdered goat milk. I immediately went to my phone and started researching homemade formulas again. I re-read this and made my decision instantly. I picked up the powdered goat milk can, got unsulfured black strap molasses and a bag of organic turbinado sugar. I had the rest of the ingredients at home already. I gave her three ounces of your recipe when I got home, then she wanted more so I gave her another two ounces, then she wanted more and at this point I was hesitant because it was new to her and I didn’t want her puking it all up if it didn’t work out. I gave her one more ounce for a total of five ounces. I burped her, she had her bath, we swaddled her, she spit up the tiniest amount, the same she would when breast feeding, just barely, and then we put her to bed. She seemed content. Six hours later, SIX!!! ladies and gentlemen!!! she woke up ready to eat. No fussy baby, no uncomfortable baby, no gassy baby, just a content, happy baby that slept through the night and was ready for her next feeding. She is six weeks on the dot this morning and if everything continues to go this way, I am not ever buying store-bought formula again. THANK YOU!!!

    Sincerely,
    Rama & Kyle, Two non-sleep deprived parent for the first time in weeks

    • Hi Jessica,

      Sorry to hear your baby isn’t tolerating the blackstrap molasses. The inclusion of the molasses in the formula serves two things. It is a good source of minerals, vitamins, and most importantly, iron. Also, it can be used to ease constipation for babies. You can leave it out completely if your baby is allergic to it. The vitamin drops will satisfy all the requirements except iron. You may want to supplement with iron supplement drops but check with your doctor. Blessings on your little one!

      • I am using a vitamin with iron. my baby is 5 months but is now seeming constipated… possibly because her iron supply is still there plus the added iron? any suggestions?

  156. Hi. We are making this formula for twins and do we are going to prep the gallon and refrigerate. I was wondering what the amount was for water in the gallon

    • Hi Jenny,

      The way I think about it is like this. I need to end up with a gallon of liquid. First I add all the ingredients, then I add the water so that I end up at 128 ounces. I don’t know the exact amount of water to use (although it wouldn’t be terribly hard to figure out, I’m just not in my kitchen) but as long as you end up with a gallon of finished liquid you are good to go. Thanks

  157. Maybe I missed it above, but my husband bought low fat goat milk. I know low fat cow milk is higher in lactose. Can we use this or are we at greater risk of an allergic reaction? Also can we use store bought meyenberg liquid goat milk instead of powder?

  158. Hello,
    Should I give one dropper full of the multivitamin drops per 8 ounce bottle, or spread it out through the day so my baby receives one dropper full total per day. Thanks!!

  159. Hello this was awesome to read, thanks for all the great info. I buy the ultra-pasteurized goat milk and want to know if I could give that to my 5 mo old diluted with water, since something in my breast milk is giving him an itchy rash on his face 🙁 thanks for ur help.
    Waiting to hear from u 🙂

  160. Hello!
    I just started using the formula and we love it so far, thank you so much! My question-can the formula be mixed with breast milk? I exclusively pump, but am not meeting the needs of my son currently. Would I be able to do a half and half bottle of goat milk formula and breast milk? Also, how long does formula stay good in fridge?

  161. Thank you so much for this article. Due to a stroke and complicated delivery I was unable to breastfeed my fourth daughter. This was devastating for me. Worse was when the commercial baby formula caused horrible reflux in my daughter.
    Grace is 7 months old and we just came home from children’s hospital. My husband and I had woken up at night and discovered her not breathing. We interrupted “SIDS” the doctors said. It was terrifying. The doctors have said it is due to the reflux caused by the infant formula. All other tests show she is healthy and perfectly formed.
    Commercial baby formula almost killed my baby.
    I am now looking hard for a perfect recipe for formula. For the past few days I have been feeding her goat’s milk, some molasses, some raw sugar, some coconut and almond oils and a vitamin dropper and a bit of cream while needing to make the internet search I have finally begun today.
    Thank you so much for providing a recipe that does not rely on a whole lot of questionable ingredients and unstable additives like cod liver oil and thank you for making the post a delightful and informative read. As a nutritionist and nut myself I cannot fathom why I never gave a thought to my use of commercial formula. I insist my children all consume whole, live, healthy and real foods…. I even make my dogs’ food from whole foods… and yet I was poisoning my own sweet baby Grace and she almost paid the ultimate price. Thank you very much for your post.

  162. I just came across this because a friend of mine switched her son to this formula. I am on day 3 of the formula and my daughter who is 3 months old went from pooping twice a day consistently to only pooping once yesterday (which she cried while doing) and didn’t poop today. She seems gassier and is wanting to eat a WHOLE lot more. I noticed an earlier post said the same thing. I am concerned about this and was wondering what to do? She has acid reflux but never spits up and now has started spitting up every few bottles. So, even though I believe this may be healthier for her than the similac, so far I am not seeing the benefits. Has anyone else had these problems and if so what did you do?

  163. I have been feeding my baby this recipe since he was 4 months old. I was previously breastfeeding him but just couldn’t produce enough milk to satisfy him. He was so skinny and was beginning to look sickly. Against my better judgment i started looking at formula. I read the backs of the containers and was mortified at the ingredients. Corn syrup being the first one in most of them. Thats when i said NO WAY. My baby deserved better than that. I began searching online for an alternative. As soon as i found this recipe, i knew in my heart of hearts that this was the answer. After i made my first batch i tasted it and it was actually delicious! I fed it to my baby and he drank the whole bottle. He has been drinking this formula for 4 months now and is fat and happy! He is now a wonderfully healthy 8 month old who has never been to a doctor other than for a well baby checkup. No skin issues, no diaper rash, no allergies or has. I thank God every day for this recipe. And thank you Mt. Capra for getting it out there to the public!

  164. Hi there,
    My son is 11 months old and has been breast fed since birth. I’m starting to think about “the next step” as I near the one year mark. The things I’ve read about cows milk worry me, and I have started to think about goats milk. Would you mind shedding some light on what this recipe would look like for a 1 year old, and how I would phase it in during the weining process of breastfeeding. For example, what should the ratio of breast vs goats milk look like gradually before moving to complete goats milk.

    In addition, based on your nutrition background, would you mind sharing your recommendation for how many ounces a 1 year old should be getting per day? Four 4 oz. bottles? Two 8 oz bottles? Thank you so much for taking the time to answer questions.

    Happy new year,
    New mom Liz

  165. Hello Joe,
    I (like “Sarah” below found on April 30th) signed up for your newsletter, however did not receive your “Free Download” of Goat Milk Formula recipe index cards / conversion charts. Please advise.
    Your website is fantastic and as a Holistic Nutritionist myself, I find it reassuring to find and hear about like-minded parents focussed on great, natural nutrition. I just had a baby boy at the beginning of Dec. and am looking forward to using this recipe, as I am currently supplementing breastfeeding with 1-2 bottles of formula per day.
    I look forward to hearing from you again Joe.
    All the Best & Abundant Health for 2014!!
    Maria 🙂

  166. Hi,
    Is it ok this formula suitable for newborns? I have twins- so my breast milk not enough :(( And I do not want to give known formulas which they have lots of hazardous things in :(((

  167. My daughter has a 2 month old. He had surgery for plyoric stenosis. He has healed nicely from surgery. He has allergies, eczema, stuffy nose, gerds. . But he had a difficult time, throwing up and crying with formula, such as enfamil. They have switched formulas, but he constinued grunting and in pain with the Enfamil. So my daughter and I got all the ingredients and incorporated your recipe. He did so well the first day. We were so hopeful. But now he is throwing up up and crying. Do you think he needs more time to adjust? My daughter e mailed you also yesterday and we are having a difficult time. We would appreciate any help…my daughters name is Kirsten. Thank you so much!

  168. Hello!

    Please reply to my post! I was breastfeeding for the first 5 months and when I returned to work, I switched my son to Holle formula, imported from Germany. Now that he is 13 months old, I have been giving him Goat Milk – however, without any extra vitamins, oils, etc. I went to the doctor for his 12 month check-up, and he tested slightly anemic. I almost fainted! He has a fantastic diet, loves all veggies – but I feel that I dropped the ball with the milk. I purchase the goat milk at a local farm. They offer pasteurized and raw. Can you PRETTY PLEASE tell me how I should alter the goat milk for my son in order to ensure that he is receiving all the proper nutrients? Do I need to dilute the milk, etc? Thanks a million!

    • Hi Andrea. Sorry for the delay in responding. At 13 months, you shouldn’t need to dilute the goat milk at all. However you should be carefully watching his iron intake. Sweet potatoes, winter squash, organ meats, even fortified cereal all contain good to excellent amounts of iron and will help boost those iron levels. Bottom line is that goat milk is a great food for your 13 month old. Make sure he is getting a multivitamin along side his other foods as well. Thanks~

  169. What recipe would you give a 7 week old? Can you give me the recipe by the gallon?:)

    My sons been having some health issues with the store bought formula
    So we are hoping this helps! Greatly appreciate a reply!

  170. hello. i love your formula! but i was wondering if it is supose to change your babies bowl movements? i was breast feeding due to complications i had to stop but wanted something very similar to breastmilk. and now her bowl movements are watery and green and chunky. did i not wean her the right way? is she constipated or have diahrhea? is that normal for transitioning? she is also getting a diaper rash. she has been on this formula for almost 2 weeks now. is her body rejecting something in it?

    • Hi Kristel! My son is getting the same symptoms as your daughter. I was wondering if everything cleared up for you or if you changed something? Thanks!

  171. Hi, we just started our 4.5 month old on this formula (shw has been EBF till now, but my supply is not keeping up with her demand). She really likes the taste, and is doing well with the transition. I just had a couple of questions:
    1. Would you recommend a DHA supplement?
    2. How long can a bottle of this formula be out before it is trash? I know with traditional formula the rule is 1hr.
    3. If I make up a quart or a gallon, how long can it stay in the refrigerator?
    Thank you so much for this recipe!
    Sarah

    • i figured it out on my own not by givien it to my baby but my husband and i tasted it when we first made some put 2 oz in one bottle 2 in other one in the frig one on the counter it starts tasting funny after 2hours on the counter 3days in the frig not soured funny but me personally not good enough to feed to my baby

  172. Hello! My baby is 7 weeks! I don’t use the powder I use
    RAW goat milk but add the ingredients in ur forumla recepie
    The reason I switched is because my baby is
    Always very gassey fussy! Is there anything I need to
    Cut out because it is raw goat milk? Do I add water
    PLEASE help thanks !

  173. My son has been on this formula since 4 months old and we absolutely love it and what it has done for him! My son is now 11 months and how do I start un-diluting the goats milk properly for him since he is almost 1?

  174. I received my recipe card email but I do have a question. When making the larger quantities, how long is it good for once refrigerated. My intentions is to supplement while I’m at work only so I will probably make 1 8oz bottle and use a portion of it at each feeding during the day until my breast milk supply comes up enough that I’m able to pump enough for my son. I’d hate to waste it if we only use 3 or 4 oz in a day but want to be sure to have enough prepared in case he needs more. Would it store for 24 hrs? And if I make the larger qty, is it ok to freeze it and thaw in smaller quantities for daily use? I’m already adding a probiotic to my breast milk daily because he was on antibiotics shortly after birth for 5 days so I wouldn’t need to add any to this formula since he’s getting his daily dose already I believe…

  175. Would this formula be suitable for my 3 month old?
    He is currently getting breast milk in bottles but my supply is running low.

  176. Hi, Can you please comment if it is possible to make maybe a gallon ahead of time and then freeze for later use? Will it still be good? I’m using this formula only to supplement breast milk to will not be using so much at a time.

    Also – how long does it last in the fridge?

  177. I was giving my 3month old Meyenberg powdered goat milk for the last 48 hours the way it says to make it on the can. When I found your recipe I tried it this morning. I used the brown rice syrup as my carb. He was doing amazing on the powder and water only. After giving him this formula he threw up ever bit if it. Any advice? We are desperate. We’ve tried every formula out there and so far the goats milk is the only thing he has done good on. Thanks.

  178. Hi Mr. Stout,

    Can you please clarify the stats listed in the charts comparing human breast milk to goats milk?
    http://www.mtcapra.com/discover-how-this-homemade-goat-milk-infant-formula-changed-my-daughters-life/

    Is that per 100ml? If so one of the charts has to be wrong.

    I urge you to read this case report :
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/4/e973.full

    I’ve read your nutrition label for CapraMilk and it seems a baby would be getting far too much protein and sodium per 100ml.

    “The infant’s respiratory distress seemed principally to be the result of severe metabolic acidosis with respiratory compensation. A comprehensive metabolic panel revealed acidemia, severe hypernatremia, and azotemia, with significant hyperosmolarity. He had hyperchloremia, hyperphosphatemia, hyperuricemia, and an elevated creatinine kinase level.”

    “Goat’s milk contains 50 mg of sodium and 3.56 g of protein per 100 mL, approximately 3 times that in human milk (17 mg and 1.03 g per 100 mL, respectively).6 The estimated requirements of sodium and protein for infants <6 months old are 100 to 200 mg/day and 9 to 11 g/day, respectively.7 The infant described here was receiving ∼500 mg/day of sodium and 30 g/day of protein, with a total intake of 32 oz of goat's milk per day. The immature kidneys in very young infants have difficulty handling the byproducts of foods with a high renal solute load.8 Sodium excretion capacity matures more slowly than glomerular filtration rate and does not attain full capacity until the second year of life.9 Therefore, infants fed fresh goat's milk are at substantive risk for hypernatremia and azotemia, particularly in the face of dehydration (as in the case described here), which may in turn result in major central nervous system pathology, including diffuse encephalopathy, intraparenchymal hemorrhage, or thromboses10 as manifested in our patient."

    Sincerely,
    Tony Spencer

    • Hi Tony. Thanks for this thoughtful question. Both the protein and sodium were taken into account as the milk powder has been diluted to half the strength of normal goat milk. This as a result mimics the nutritional composition of breast milk. The article you link to refers to goat milk fed undiluted which can pose a risk for overconsumption of both sodium and protein. I hope this helps. Take care.

    • Hi Tony. I had the same question, and I sat down and did the calculations. I’ve gone over them several times, and I would really appreciate a fresh set of eyes (both yours and Joe’s and anybody else who is interested) going over them as well.

      Human milk contains 1.1 g protein per 100 mL (Source: Wikipedia)
      There will be 2.596 g per 8 ounces (=236 mL)
      Babies drink approximately 24 ounces breastmilk per day.
      Babies who drink 24 ounces of human milk per day will get about 8 g protein

      The Mount Capra formula calls for 2 tablespoons of the Myenberg whole powdered goat’s mik (=8 g protein as per the container label) to 8 ounces.
      If a baby drinks 24 ounces of formula per day, then it would get 24 g protein per day, which would be 3 times what is delivered through breastmilk—-should the formula be revised?

      See below calculations for a revised formula:
      One ounce of Myenberg whole powdered milk (=2 table spoons) contains 8 g protein (Source: container label).
      How many tablespoons of Myenberg goat milk powder should be added to 8 ounces of water to deliver the same amount of protein as 8 ounces of breastmilk?
      Calculations:
      2 tbsp Myenberg contains 8 g protein
      0.649 tbsp Myenberg would deliver 2.596 g protein (the amount found in 8 ounces of milk)
      Hence 0.649 tablespoons (=2.596 g protein) Myenberg powder should be added to 8 ounces of formula mix (=236 mL)
      Therefore, 1.947 (i.e. approx. 2) tablespoons should be added to 24 ounces (=710 mL)
      Based on these calculations, 1 can of Myenberg’s whole powdered goat milk should last about 10-12 days.

      Note that these calculations were made for a newborn.

      Like I said, I would really appreciate it if all interested parties could go through my calculations and provide feedback. I can be reached via my blog.

      • Thanks for your insightful regarding regarding the protein in goat milk.

        When I developed the formula I scoured through peer-reviewed research detailing the nutritional composition of breast milk trying to find a unifying number.

        These studies would evaluate the nutrient composition of breast milk from women of varying age, ethnicity, postpartum stage, lactation cycle etc.

        What I finally came up with is that breast milk varies an extensive amount from not only woman to woman but region to region, month to month, day to day, and even minute to minute (ie foremilk vs. hindmilk)

        I realized that I was shooting in the dark if I tried to fix an exact number of grams of protein per 100mL breast milk.

        The numbers I used therefore were based off of the 1980 Infant Formula Act which specifically stated the amount of nutrient required in formula.

        You can read the act here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-94/pdf/STATUTE-94-Pg1190.pdf

        Based off of the regulations in that law, the infant formula must contain at least 1.8 grams of protein and no more than 4.5 grams of protein per 100 kcal formula. My formula has 173 calories and 3.5 grams of protein per serving (8 ounce bottle) therefore falls within the regulations.

        Whether or not the required nutrient numbers laid out in the 1980 Infant formula act are valid or not, that is what I based the formula on.

        Regarding the milk powder, our milk powder makes 1 gallon of pure liquid goat milk from 1 pound of milk powder. This equates to 28 grams of milk powder per 8 ounces serving.

        For the infant formula, I recommend reducing the powder to 14 grams per 8 ounce serving so as to not include to much protein in the diet of the newborn.

        For our product this means approx. 1 heaping tablespoon of milk powder.

        • Hi, I have a 5 week old that we are attempting this formula. I read here you said one heaping teaspoon, I thought it was two teaspoons of goats milk powder…

  179. I have a huge concern. We took my grandbaby off the store bought formula nutramigen once I started reading about how bad baby formulas can be, because of what goes into them. I found tons of info on goats milk being better for babies, so long as you add the few things to it that it’s lacking. My concern is that I made the batch of milk up according to Dr. Sears recommendations, and my grand baby isn’t doing that great on it. I have now forund your website, and see that the dilution of powder to water is CONSIDERABLY less than Dr. Sears, which now scares me to death because of my fear of the protien being too high for my babies kidneys to process. I have read that diluting it too much to avoid the high protein, lessens everything else that is good about it. I am so scared that I have hurt her kidneys for the last week trying to better her diet, and I am not sure what to do now. I will dilute it down to your measurements for sure though.

  180. Hello! I have the same questions as most of the above. I am using whole pasteurized goat milk from a local farm so how to convert that… and I would love the gallon recipe. Thanks!!

  181. my 11 weeks old daughter has cows milk protein intolerance. she had blood /mucous in the stool. she tried so far 4 formula and is hardly gaining weight. her GI doc said that she might need a feeding tube if doesnt increase oral intake( scary). she is taking 15-20 ounzes a day. she is on elemental formula (nasty taste). she has bad eczema , gassy, constipated. Her ped said that i can try goat milk(buy in the local store) and see how she does. i saw online Meyenberg Powdered goat milk formula. Do i need to add your ingredients above or just to try the formula. im so desperate and scared . i tried for many years to get pregnanat and now that have a beautiful daughter -she is going thru all of this. Any advice will be appreciated.

    • How is your daughter? My twins are having trouble gaining weight and so we are trying this formula in addition to my breast milk

  182. I am so desperate to switch to goats milk as my baby is constantly regurgitating/vomiting after every feed. I want to make sure it is ok to give to my girl who is 9 weeks old? I live is canada and am looking for any input in this…

  183. Just wondering how to make the recipe with fresh goat milk…is it still 1 tbs of goat milk or 1 tbs of goatmilk and 1 tbs of water?

  184. Hi,
    Thank you for the formula. We started our little 7 month old on it about a week ago, 1x a day, since I don’t have enough breast milk. He was fine with it until this week. He developed diarrhea after each time I give him this formula. Do you think this is a reaction? Should I cut down on something? I use powdered goat milk (Capramilk) and I don’t add vitamins since he is getting mostly my breast milk. Thank you.

    • hey lily, same happened to my baby it is normal just cut the molasses in half and should fix the issue or switch to grandmas molasses can be found at walmart the molasses is like a natural laxative and blackstrab was to strong for my lil man but grandmas brand works great

  185. Our daughter just turned 1 and is not the best eater. We currently give her goats milk (pasteurized) from our goat along with Meyenberg powdered goats milk while we are out. I was wondering if the formula would still be sufficient for her until she is eating solid foods better than she is. She doesn’t sleep through the night (even with goats milk) and we are worried that she may not be getting enough “food” to make her full. We just made our first batch of the formula to give her a bottle before bed and then a bottle during the day, will giving her the formula twice a day give her enough protein/dietary nutrition along with food or do you have any suggestions? Our pediatrician is not familiar with goats milk or the goats milk formula so we are not sure where to go to get these questions answered.

    Also, if we use the pasteurized goats milk, do we do 1/2 milk, 1/2 water in the recipe to make an 8 oz bottle? Currently I used the powdered goats milk to make the first batch.

    Thank you for your help, it is much appreciated!!

  186. I’m so happy to have found this website and this recipe! I have three month old twin boys that can’t keep breast milk or standard formulas down. So far, they’ve done excellent on this recipe. Thank you!!

    I also love reading the comments on this page but I really wish I could see the responses… I have some of the same questions. My biggest questions is about growth and changing the recipe as they grow. Do I need to change anything as my boys get older?

  187. My sister has a two week old baby, she has bf her other 5 children, but has recently been diagnosed with a heart condition. She had a C-section, and the stress of surgery caused her to develop congestive heart failure. She is now on heart meds that are not safe for baby. I’m if you would use your recipe for a 2 week old? She has 3 moms in her church who are pumping for her, but they are not going to be able to keep up with the demand for long. She is wanting to have a goat milk option to supplement the breast milk. I am trying to do the research for her while she rests.
    Thanks!

  188. I noticed you measure 1 tbs goats milk as opposed to the 1/4 cup per 80z that the meyenberg calls for. Should I be using less goats milk powder or are these two goat milk powders just different in how they measure? I was also wondering about the folic acid missing in goats milk. Should I be adding nutritional yeast?

  189. Also, I see that the Max baby vitamin supplement does not have iron in it. My LO is only 13 weeks and I know iron is important…is the molasses providing enough iron? I actually use about 1 tsp of molasses for 1 quart. I looked at the PolyViSol w iron, but that doesn’t have Folic Acid. But I am using Myenberg which has the Folic in it….

  190. I noticed that their is a huge calorie difference in brown rice syrup and turbinado sugar….would you still recommend 10 tsp of brown rice syrup?

  191. Thank you! I started using this recipe about 4 months ago when my milk supply was a little low. I nursed my baby but she needed just a little bit more so for a couple of months I gave her 1 bottle of this recipe a day. I skipped the vitamins since it was only 1 bottle a day and since I give her probiotics every morning. If I wasn’t home, I simply mixed all the liquids together and had the powdered goats milk in a separate container. I added it to the liquid mixture when my baby was ready to eat and would shake it up. It was so easy this way because I didn’t have to worry about the milk going bad or keeping it cold. Thank you again!

  192. Since oil floats to the top are the babies ever going to be able to get it out of the bottle? I am going to try it, just wondered about that.

  193. Joe,

    For the olive oil, do you recommend Extra Virgin or Regular? Also If using raw goats milk do you use it straight or dilute it using water? Thanks in advance.

    Adam

  194. I used to supplement an 8oz bottle a day for my son when he was 3 months old on and he loved it … I would take a quart of goats milk a tbsp molasses and a 250mg frolic acid tablet crushed up mix and divide into 8oz bottles.. Recipe was given to me by my midwife… So glad that others are recognizing the benefits of goats milk as well ..

  195. Hi I was wondering what your recommendation would be for an age to start this with? Is it safe for newborns, and if not rather than using a similac type formula is there anything you would recommend besides breast milk to start a newborn with? Thank you.

  196. There are so many questions I share with others on here but I cannot find the answers to them. Are they answered privately in one’s email??

    My biggest question is… can I give this formula to my newborn when she comes??

    This is my fifth babe and because of a past surgery I am no longer able to breastfeed to any degree. 🙁

    I have read that B12 and Folic Acid are lacking in Goat’s Milk. I have learned nutritional yeast helps with that or does the recipe have it covered with the vitamins?

    I am thinking I may use local fresh Goat’s milk. How would you use that in the recipe? I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this information! Three of my children have suffered as babies with milk formula and one of them had stomach problems for years later. It was horrific to be so helpless and to be told that she is just colic, not the formula and she will grow out of it, even at 9 months. They said it was prolonged colic! OIY!!!

  197. This recipe looks very “do able”. One quick question….what do you do to make up for the extra iron that’s needed? Do you give an extra supplement or try to get that in through the solids foods?

  198. “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.”

    This is a little mis-leading. Having children close in age does not necessitate formula. It was your CHOICE. Plenty of women nurse throughout pregnancy and nurse more than one child at a time. I would hate for other women to see your post and think that those things are not possible simply because your family chose to use formula.

  199. Hello! We have been using Meyenberg Goat Milk (the actual milk, not the powder) for our almost 1 year old daughter for about 6 weeks. She has been very constipated for the past few weeks, and I’m wondering if the goats milk is the contributor. She does eat solids, but all fruits and vegetables. Should I be diluting the milk with water, or adding anything to the milk? Thanks so much for your help!

  200. Hi, can I feed my 5 months old baby the CapraMilk powder? My baby has extreme eczema since 4.5months and has been on steriod creams after creams but still not cure. I came across this website and was considering giving my child goat’s milk instead of Similac sensitive formula that she is currently taking. Is this powder better or the liquid goat milk at whole food better? Please advise

  201. Hello,

    My son just turned 11 months old and has a cow’s milk protein allergy. I’m going to start him on your formula recipe today to bridge the small gap between my final stash of frozen breast milk until he turns 1 yr old when I’ll start him on goat’s milk. I went and purchased all the ingredients today and the only options available here Meyenberg Pasteurized Goat’s Milk as well as the Meyenberg powder. I purchased both and will try first try with the refrigerated/pasteurized (diluted 1/2 and 1/2 with water as I’ve read in all your commented responses). I just have a couple of questions:

    1. In your opinion, is it better to go with the powder goat’s milk or the the 1/2 and 1/2 pasteurized goat milk/water mixture. Or does it not make much of a nutritional difference?

    2. Since my son is already a little over 11 months old, should I start out with a more milk to water ratio? (i.e. 80% milk to 20% water)

    3. I noticed there were different options for the olive and coconut oils. I purchased organic for both, but wasn’t sure if I should used refined or unrefined. I purchased unrefined for both and was curious if there is a big difference between unrefined and refined for your recipe.

    Looking forward to trying out your recipe and spreading the word to friends with babies as well.

    Thanks so much in advance!

    Grace

  202. Thank you for sharing!! I’m at my wit’s end with trying to find the right tools to help minimize the severe discomfort my baby girl is in. She has terrible reflux and her doctors and I are in the process of determining the root cause of her reflux, whether it be a weak LES, MSPI, poor stomach emptying, a hital hernia, or a combination of any of the aforementioned. I do believe she does in fact have a casein intolerance and we removed it from her diet. We are currently on an amino acid formula and it seems to sustain her but something is still not right. I believe she is also experiencing a soy intolerance. I’m looking to try goat’s milk but I’m looking into trying Meyenberg’s liquid goat’s milk.

    First, in your opinion are there any drawbacks to the liquid vs. the powered?

    Second, since you recipe calls for the powered version, how will the calculations for the additional ingredients differ when/if I use the liquid…i.e., how much water should I use to dilute, etc, etc.

    Please advise. Anxiously looking forward to help my baby girl get past this trying and painful time for her. Thanks!

  203. Thank you for a wonderful article. My son is 12 months and constipated with whole cows milk. If I switch to Goat Milk what nutritional supplementation do you recommend? Eg. Folic Acid/B12 drops? Thanks in advance.

  204. Hello,
    Just wanted to give you a quick update! My almost 10 month old boy has been in your formula for 4 months now, and he is doing GREAT! Thank you so much for this recipe and for taking the time to answer so many questions!! His congestion, runny nose, gas and tummy problems are ALL GONE! I make 1 gallon of formula in half the water, and when it’s time for a bottle, I add warm water to help the oils dilute! Works great!
    I have a question though… I was reading the comments and you mention that by age 1 babies should be drinking undiluted goat milk. So, with the 1 gallon recipe, how much more powdered goat milk should I gradually add? Right now I add 8 scoops… per 1 gallon.
    Thank you!
    Sandra

  205. Hello:
    What would you recommend I use to supplement DHA in the formula? I’m apprehensive to use cod liver oil with a baby under a year old, but I noticed that flax seed oil doesn’t have the same nutrients as cod liver oil. Is there a vegetarian based DHA out there?Also, I read that the mineral content in blackstrap molasses almost exactly matches the minerals that are put in standard infant formulas (except no iodine, selenium, and chloride). Do you know if there is a food item or supplement that has these 3 minerals? I breastfeed and would like to gradually wean my 5 month old to goats milk formula in the next 2 months due to my own health issues. I have given her just 50/50 goats milk/water one bottle a day for the past week and all is going very well. Now, I will start to add in the other nutrients. Thank you for your great recipe!

  206. Is this recipe ok for new borns? my daughbter read somewhere it might betoo watery for new borns. this should have all the nutrints a baby needs right? my 3 week old granddaughter likes it but my daughter wants to make sure its not too watery. thanks for ur advice.

  207. So far, my 10 month old likes the formula. At one year, when we switch to straight goats milk, any suggestions on transition? A lot of friends using cows milk said their babies had a hard time moving from warm formula to cold milk so they mixed the two for a while. If I do that with this formula and regular goats milk, the coconut oil would solidify, should I just remove that part from the mix then?

  208. Hi Joe,

    What about a pediatric DHA? Would you suggest this in addition to the other healthy oils or as a replacement to either? I have been using a “recipe” for goat’s milk formula from my midwife so I have most of the ingredients you have listed, but am interested in trying yours. I currently have DHA Infant by Nordic Naturals and am very happy with it. As you know, DHA is very important in neurological development… But maybe you know something I don’t as far as the DHA content in the coconut oil and olive oil? Or is there enough that naturally occurs in the CapraMilk?

    Thank you,
    Stephanie

  209. Hi, I noticed in one of your replies that if your using raw goats milk to just use it half and half with water. Just wondering would I use the raw goats milk with all the oils or just with water?