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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Since our middle child Liesl was around 4 months, we have used a homemade baby formula I created to supplement breast milk feedings. Almost as an aside, I decided to share the goat milk formula recipe here on our blog in hopes of encouraging other parents and caregivers in their quest to give their little one what I considered to be the best food available next to mother’s milk.
The positive response to this homemade baby formula has been overwhelming! We have literally had thousands of parents flock to the formula. Some use the formula exactly as I wrote but we have also assisted many along their journey to adjust this homemade baby formula to fit the needs of their own little one. Nearly every parent who has tried some version of the goat milk formula has experienced amazing results.
Homemade Baby Formula Recipe: The Goal and the Challenge
When breast milk isn’t an option or supplementation to breastfeeding is needed, parents now have the choice to enjoy the many advantages that making a homemade baby formula offers and avoid the nasty ingredients found in commercial formulas. Most commercial formulas amazingly come loaded with junk like corn syrup, GMO soy and vegetable oils, preservatives and other artificial ingredients.
My second goal in creating this homemade baby formula was to make the recipe resemble mother’s milk as closely as possible. However, mimicking breast milk is like trying to mimic the weather; it is constantly changing.
There is no standardized nutritional profile for breast milk.
I know, I know, we want a nice little nutrition facts panel that clearly details exactly the amounts of fat, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, bio-active components like nucleotides, cytokines, and growth factors in mother’s milk.
However, this is never going to happen.
There are literally huge changes in the composition of breast milk that make it impossible to give an exact nutritional profile.
The best we can do is analyze thousands of samples of breast milk for hundreds of different women at different times during their lactation taking into account such variables as time post-partum, minutes into feeding (foremilk vs hindmilk), ethnicity, region, age, diet, health status, etc. The list of variables needed to determine the nutritional profile of breast milk is mind-boggling.
However, we are not completely in the dark, we do have some detailed analysis that shows in every 8 ounces of milk on average breast milk contains the following nutrient profile. As a comparison, the nutrition data of the homemade baby formula recipe as prepared is also included.
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So even though the nutritional composition of breast milk might vary (some estimate by as much as a factor of 3 during feeding!) we can get a general ballpark for where a baby formula should be nutritionally speaking. You can also see that the recipe I am about to share with you is very close in overall nutrient composition. Now on to the recipe!
Recipe for Homemade Baby Formula
(Note: The proportions listed are for making an 8 oz. bottle.)
Whole 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.
Goat 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.
Goat 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. Coconut oil is still a great option for the saturated fat category of the formula and can be used in the same amount as the goat milk ghee. Coconut oil was the most requested ingredient replacement question as it is unfortunately somewhat common as an allergen. We created our goat milk ghee to address this need and because this formula is meant to be a low-allergy option, the Goat Milk Ghee is a great tool for those little ones who are especially sensitive to the allergens found in coconut oil.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – ¼ tsp
High Oleic SunflowerOrganic Extra Virgin Olive Oil delivers more healthy fats, this time in the form of monounsaturated fats. It is a good source of oleic acid.
Expeller Pressed Grapeseed Oil – ⅛ 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 blackstrap molasses variety as it is far less processed.
DHA – 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 ingredient only needs to be added once per day based on the weight of baby.
Head Start Multivitamin Powder – ¾ scoop
Head Start Multivitamin Powder by Dr. Wholeness is an excellent children’s multivitamin with essential ingredients for growing children. It contains everything you want and nothing you don’t. It is unflavored and unsweetened and does not contain any colors, preservatives, fillers or GMOs. The use of methylated b-vitamins sets this multi apart and ensures that it is absorbable for all. Goat milk is naturally low in folate, B12 and iron and this multivitamin powder will help remedy that issue. You only need to add this to one bottle per day as it will contain all the vitamins/minerals needed for that day. Please don’t add this to every bottle.
Goat Milk Colostrum – 1 scoop (1,450 mg)
Mt Capra offers the only commercially available goat milk colostrum. Colostrum is the thick yellow fluid which is produced as a precursor to mother’s milk. It is found in humans, goats, and other mammals where it is produced by the mother for two days following birth. Colostrum can be described as a brilliantly designed transfer system which effectively “jump starts” a newborn’s undeveloped immune system. Colostrum adds many beneficial bioactive ingredients such as lactoferrin, cytokines, growth factors, and immunoglobulins. It only needs to be added once per day. Make sure to get the powdered version for easy mixing.
Infant Probiotics – 1 scoop a day
Probiotics are naturally present in breast milk and are the key to a healthy gut. I recommend the Dr. Wholeness Flora Start 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. Flora Start contains 8 key strains, including three strains of Lactobacilli and three strains of Bifidobacteria, as well as Streptococcus thermophilus and Saccharomyces boulardii, an extensively researched microorganism shown to help restore microflora balance by enhancing commensal organism function. The eight strains in Flora Start Kids have been strategically selected based on research supporting their survivability and adherence to the intestinal tract. Add this ingredient to only one bottle per day. While it isn’t necessary to keep this particular probiotic in the fridge, you can store in the fridge if you would like.
Free Download For You
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. Don’t forget that you must confirm your subscription before the recipe will come. I also include a ton of useful and exclusive information that allows you to dig way deeper into this formula and become extremely informed.
By the way, if the thought of sources each of these ingredients on your own is overwhelming, have no fear. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you! Our famous homemade baby formula recipe can now be purchased as a kit. Total retail value of kit is over $200! Kit contains all wholesome ingredients necessary to make the homemade goat milk formula at home.
This has been a homemade baby 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 recipe 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
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FYI: 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 homemade baby formula recipe!