Goat Milk Formula for BabiesUpdated: February 22, 2017Raw Milk and Childcare
I nursed all 3 of my children exclusively until they started solid foods. I practiced extended breastfeeding as well, 2 years total for each of my first 2 children and 4 years total for the youngest.
I loved every. single. minute.
Nursing my children was a glorious experience the memories of which I will cherish forever! I’m sure most breastfeeding mothers would report the same.
While homemade formula, even the more widely accepted raw goats milk formula, is a highly charged and controversial subject, it is in reality a very important option for women to consider and have available who are not able to have a breastfeeding relationship with their baby.
This is because unpasteurized, donor breastmilk is not always available from reputable sources and in sufficient quantities to meet a baby’s growing appetite. A friend of mine is dealing with this very situation right now with her adopted daughter. While she does her best to secure quality donor milk, the truth is that it isn’t enough, and she must supplement. Her first choice depending on local farm availability is goats milk formula as it seems to be digested a bit better by her baby.
Of course, all brands of commercial formula even if organic are best avoided if at all possible. The graphic to the right summarizes the problems with commercial formula quite succinctly.
Why Goats Milk Formula?
With commercial formula best avoided and relying solely on donor breastmilk a risky proposition, homemade formula becomes an option well worth consideration.
But why goats milk formula in particular?
The reasons could be as simple as availability of goat milk versus cow milk. Homemade formula is best made with a clean source of raw milk and some parts of the country have raw goat milk far more readily available than raw cow milk.
Another reason could be the digestibility of the formula. The natural homogenization of the fat globules and different structure of the goat milk proteins do make it easier to digest for some babies.
If a baby has trouble with homemade formula made from raw grassfed cow milk, for instance, then the next best option would indeed be goats milk formula.
I always suggest to mothers to try homemade formula made with cow milk first because although goat milk is wonderfully rich in brain building fats, it must be used with caution in infant feeding as, unlike cow milk, goat milk lacks folic acid and is low in the nutrient vitamin B12 both of which are critical to the proper growth and development of a baby.
Fortunately, if goats milk formula does indeed become the necessary choice, the inclusion of small amounts of nutritional yeast and organic grated (or desiccated, freeze dried) liver in the formula easily remedies this nutritional dilemma.
Below is the recommended recipe for goats milk formula as published by the Weston A. Price Foundation. I personally know at least a dozen women who have used this recipe with great success when raw grassfed cow milk was either unavailable or did not digest well for their baby.
Goats Milk Formula Recipe
Makes 36 ounces
2 cups raw goat milk (do not substitute pasteurized or powdered goat milk as these are heavily processed, denatured and allergenic foods)
1 7/8 cups filtered water
1/4 cup liquid whey
4 Tbl Goat lactose (if budget is a concern, less expensive cow lactose is also fine)
1/4 tsp Bifidobacterium Infantis Powder2 Tbl good quality raw or pasteurized cream. Do NOT use ultrapasteurized cream!
1/2 tsp unflavored, cod liver oil
1/4 tsp high vitamin butter oil (optional, but highly recommended)
1 tsp expeller pressed, organic sunflower oil
1 tsp organic, extra virgin olive oil (in a dark bottle)
2 tsp virgin coconut oil
2 tsp nutritional brewers yeast (quality source)
2 tsp finely grated, organic raw chicken liver (frozen for 14 days as recommended by the USDA for safe consumption) or 1/2 tsp of raw, desiccated liver powder (find it here).
2 tsp gelatin
1/4 tsp acerola powder
*You can order all of the required ingredients for the homemade baby formula in one easy package from Radiant Life by clicking here.
Fill a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup with filtered water and remove 2 tablespoons (this will give you 1 7/8 cup water).
Pour about half the water into a pan and turn burner on medium.
Add the gelatin and lactose and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
When gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove pan from heat and add the rest of the water to cool.
Stir in the coconut oil and butter oil until melted.
Put remaining ingredients in a glass blender. Be sure to use only liquid whey and never powdered whey whey from making cheese as it will curdle the goats milk formula.
Add the water mixture and blend for about 3 seconds.
Pour goats milk formula into glass baby bottles or a large glass jar and refrigerate.
Before giving to baby, warm glass bottle in a pan of hot water or a bottle warmer (I like these).
Never microwave baby bottles!
Below is an instructional video I filmed for the Weston A. Price Foundation on how to prepare homemade formula yourself. Enjoy!
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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