Discover how this Homemade Goat Milk Formula Changed my Daughters Life

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FYI: This post was written in 2012 and our family has grown significantly since then. We now have 6 little rug rats!
I have been a lifetime goat milk consumer due to a nasty allergy I had developed as a young child to cow milk. A careless licked ice cream spoon was all it took to send me over the edge and into an intense allergic reaction. It was safe to call my allergy severe but I can’t claim that it was unusual. Cow milk allergy is the number one allergy in kids and symptoms include irritability, vomiting, wheezing, swelling, hives, and even anaphylactic shock! Thankfully the solution to this problem became evident and I was immediately placed on goat milk and thrived.

Fast forward nearly 30 years and I am married with my own family. My wife Elizabeth and I have 3 children and another on the way.

homemade infant formula baby liesl has two older brothers and sisters
Liesl’s older brother and sister Charles and Eva

Liesl is 9 months and it was with her that I saw firsthand, the genetic impact I had on my children. Because we have been blessed with children that are very close in age, it was necessary to supplement breast-feeding with some kind of formula. The standard recommendation in such a case is to put your baby on some kind of basic Enfamil/Similac formula.  Since we wanted to do what was best for our little girl we went and bought a bottle of the powder. While it nearly costs us an arm and a leg, we were willing to do it because what parent doesn’t want to give their children only the best.

goat milk infant formula baby liesl
Liesl at 9 months!

While it may seem obvious now that Liesl would be allergic to the formula, at the time, Elizabeth and I were both shocked at the severity of her allergy to the product. Right away we noticed, hives on her cheeks, legs, and arms. She then developed an awful diaper rash, as well as severe diarrhea. Needless to say we took her off of that formula immediately and started her on goat milk.

Now I believe goat milk is the perfect alternative to cow milk and I wasn’t satisfied with the homemade infant formulas I saw being discussed online primarily because they all relied on cow milk. Cow milk contains an extremely allergenic protein called alpha s1 casein which is the reason it is the number one allergy causing substance in kids. Anyway, I was convinced that a goat milk formula was what was needed and I decided to put my six and half years of nutrition study to work. While goat milk is the perfect alternative to cow milk in an infant formula, an infants needs are slightly different than those of an adult or even a young child. First, if goat milk is the sole food being provided to an infant than protein content needs to be taken into account. The milk should be diluted to lower the protein content. This will ensure that the formula doesn’t contain protein levels that would be stressful to the newly formed kidneys of the infant. However once you lower the protein levels by diluting the milk, you now have to increase the calories, carbohydrates, and fat, accordingly to make up for the dilution level.

The below chart on the left shows the nutrition levels of breast milk. While goat milk is one of the closest milks to human milk, there is are still few nutritional gaps that needs to be equalized. Therefore if you follow the recipe I outline below, the nutrition information of your goat milk infant formula should look like the chart on the right.

Human Breast Milk Nutrition Facts vs. Goat Milk Infant Formula Nutrition Facts

Pretty much nutritionally exact.

Note: breast feeding is always better and that no formula can match it.
Our goal is to come as close as nutritionally possible.

Recipe for Homemade Goat Milk Formula

(Note: The proportions listed are for making an 8 oz. bottle.)

CapraMilk - All natural premium whole goat milk powder

Full Fat Goat Milk Powder 1 level scoop* (14 grams)

This is really where all the magic begins. Goat milk is a remarkable food in that it more closely resembles the protein, fat, and carbohydrate structure of breast milk than literally any other ingredient available. The benefits range from the nucleotide (DNA) structure of goat milk being as similar to breast milk to the presence of taurine in goat milk amounting to 20 times that of cow’s milk which is, not surprisingly, the same ratio found in breast milk. *As of January 2016 we began including a scoop in every bottle of CapraMilk. If your bottle does not have a scoop just know that it is approximately 1 heaping tablespoon.

Capra Lactose - Goat Milk Lactose SugarGoat Milk Lactose – 1 tbsp. (12 grams)

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for baby and there is a fair amount of flexibility here. I prefer to use lactose as it is true “milk sugar”. Lactose is a combination of glucose and galactose which is perfect for an infants diet. Babies naturally produce excessive amounts of lactase, an enzyme used to digest lactose so the fit is natural. Also, lactose is really helpful in establishing Lactobacillus acidophilus (good bacteria) in the newly formed GI tract of your little one. Other good options for your carbohydrate sources are organic, raw turbinado sugar, organic maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and even cow milk lactose. Honey is not a good option as it is not recommend for babies less than 12 months old.

100% Grass-Fed Pastured Goat Milk Ghee Clarified butterGoat Milk Ghee ½ tsp.

This is one of nature’s greatest fat sources. Ghee is the clarified “butter oil” from goat milk cream and does not contain any of the allergens found in cow milk. Mt. Capra is currently the only company in the world producing this unique food. Saturated fat is extremely important for the brain development and overall health of your growing little one. The saturated fat in goat milk ghee is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) and because our goats are grass-fed, our ghee contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) as well as important fatty acids such as lauric acid which is found in high amounts in breast milk. EDIT: Coconut oil is still a great option for the saturated fat category of the formula and can be used in the same amount as the goat milk ghee. Coconut oil was the most requested ingredient replacement question as it is unfortunately somewhat common as an allergen. We created our goat milk ghee to address this need and because this formula is meant to be a low-allergy option, the Goat Milk Ghee is a great tool for those little ones who are especially sensitive to the allergens found in coconut oil.

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

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

500ml_Grapeseed oil for goat milk formulaExpeller Pressed Grapeseed Oil⅛ tsp

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

molasses for goat milk formulaUnsulphured Blackstrap molasses – ⅛ tsp

This thick black syrup is high in B vitamins, minerals, and is a natural source of iron. It also can help keep baby from getting constipated so be careful not to give too much! Make sure you get the unsulphured variety as it is far less processed.

Baby DHA for infant formulaDHA – Based on weight

DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic acid is found in fish, algae and most importantly here, breast milk. It is not found in goat milk and is a required addition to the formula for its content of DHA as well as Vitamin D and Vitamin A. This is another ingredient that only needs to be added once per day based on the the weight of baby.

NutriStart Multivitamin Powder for infant formulaNatural source of vitamins/minerals – ¼ tsp.

NutriStart Multivitamin Powder created by Rainbow Light®. Remember, this one you only need to add to one bottle per day as it will contain all the vitamins/minerals needed for that day.NutriStart Multivitamin Powder™ delivers key nutrients in optimal potencies and combinations for the special needs of young children. 100 mg vitamin C (250% DV), 400 IU vitamin D3 (100% DV), and 50 mcg vitamin K. Please don’t add this to every bottle.

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

Mt Capra offers the only commercially available goat milk colostrumColostrum is the thick yellow fluid which is produced as a precursor to mother’s milk. It is found in humans, goats, and other mammals where it is produced by the mother for two days following birth. Colostrum can be described as a brilliantly designed transfer system which effectively “jump starts” a newborn’s undeveloped immune system. Colostrum adds many beneficial bioactive ingredients such as lactoferrin, cytokines, growth factors, and immunoglobulins. It only needs to be added once per day. Make sure to get the powdered version for easy mixing.

Infant probiotic strain – ⅛ tsp.

Infant formula probiotics homemadeProbiotics are naturally present in breast milk and there are several different strains that are perfectly designed for infants. Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, and Saccaromyces boulardii all have clinical research that shows safety in infants as well as many beneficial effects. I recommend the Garden of Life brand Primal Defense Kids but there are many high quality infant probiotics available. Since most probably will only recommend them for kids 3 and up, I suggest only using half a dose but probiotics are amazingly safe and I would have no problem using the regular strength or even double the strength if the situation needed it. Remember, this ingredient only needs to be added only once per day and should be kept in cold storage until right before you add it to the bottle.

A free download for you!

goat milk formula recipe card download

I have spent many hours researching and refining this goat milk infant formula recipe. I have formatted it into a convenient recipe card size that is easily printable and comes with step by step instructions. It also has a conversions table so that you can mix 1 pint, 1 quart, and 1 gallon of the formula without doing a single calculation in your head. How’s that for convenience!

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

joe stout and family
The entire Stout family!

This has been a formula that has worked wonders for our daughter and I think it can work wonders for your children too! Please be sure to talk over the formula with your doctor so he or she is aware of your choice.

I would love to hear your feedback in the comment section.

Here’s to your health!

Joe Stout - Homemade infant goat milk formulaJoe Stout, M.S – Father of 6
Joe holds both a M.S. and B.Sc. degrees in Human Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Bridgeport and Washington State University. Joe has been married to his wonderful wife Elizabeth for eight years and has 6 beautiful children. He is the President of Mt. Capra and lives on and manages the family goat dairy.

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

  1. Elisa Meyers says:

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

  2. Deana Cavan says:

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

  3. Molu Lusia says:

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

  4. Victoria says:

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

  5. Kelly says:

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

  6. Victoria says:

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

    • Jeff Andersen says:

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

  7. Hannah Rios says:

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

    • Jeff Andersen says:

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

  8. Shallon Holland says:

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

  9. Debbie says:

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

  10. Adela Ulloa says:

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

  11. Shearra Duren says:

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

  12. Tyler says:

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

    • Jeff Andersen says:

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

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

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

  13. Becky Schorr says:

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

  14. Bridget says:

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

  15. e says:

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

  16. Jenny says:

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

    Thank you kindly.

  17. Lori says:

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

    • Jeff Andersen says:

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

  18. Heather says:

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

    • Jeff Andersen says:

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

  19. Emily says:

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

  20. Ashley says:

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

  21. Kris says:

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

    • Jeff Andersen says:

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

  22. Heather Smith says:

    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.

  23. Heather Smith says:

    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?

  24. Myiesha Demery-Warden says:

    Hi. Could I get the infant version of the recipe. I joined the inner circle and never received a card. Thank you in advance. I have a 32.5 week preemie who is 3 months now uncorrected. I was wondering if you came up with the detailed nutritional facts for this formula? That would be so helpful in determining if she’ll be getting what she needs with your formula. She requires 24 k/cals per ounce.

  25. Blaze Shipley says:

    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.

  26. Tracie Trim says:

    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!

  27. Michelle says:

    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?

    • Joe Stout, MS says:

      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.

  28. Hannah says:

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

  29. Kathy says:

    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!

  30. Rebekkah says:

    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?

  31. Rebekkah says:

    Also do I 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.

  32. Kaylee Bishop says:

    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?!

  33. A says:

    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!

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      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. : – )

  34. Tara Liggett says:

    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!

    • Jeff Andersen says:

      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.

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