If you read my last post “A Baby, A Graduation And a Move to the Country” you know I ran into some issues with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for baby — we all know that — but not every mama is able to breastfeed like she hopes and some moms choose to adopt. I personally had a low milk supply due to postpartum thyroiditis (low thyroid) and was desperate for something other than store-bought formula to give to my baby girl. I definitely wasn’t going to choose conventional store-bought formula if I didn’t have to, which is full of GMOs, corn syrup, denatured proteins and synthetic vitamins but, even store-bought organic formula isn’t all that great either. I tried organic, cow-based formula with her for a week and it did not go well. She was spitting up and puking so much. We were both miserable. I thought, “There has to be something better than this.” I looked at quite a few recipes online and they all had a long list of ingredients and most were cow based. First and foremost, I am all about whole foods and traditional nutrition like some of the homemade formula recipes out there, but I honestly couldn’t do all of the ingredients like raw milk and liver and afford it at the end of the day. I attempted to find a balance between cost, nutrition and time.
Weston A. Price Option
The homemade formula from Weston Price Foundation/Sally Fallon is popular, but the original recipe is cow-based, was a bit pricey for us and involved. I love Weston Price and if you can do this one, great, however, my little one needed something different and so did her mama.
Then, I found a recipe that seemed more attainable for our family and the cost breakdown was awesome. Nutritionally, it was so much better than store-bought formula, it came out to be substantially cheaper and seemed more do-able to make each day. Win! Joe Stout, M.S. came up with this recipe for his daughter. His daughter also had issues with cow milk and she thrived on his goat milk formula recipe.
Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk
Goat’s milk contains smaller fat molecules, non-allergenic, A2 beta-casein proteins (A2 milk) and less lactose (milk sugar) than cow’s milk making it a better choice to consume all-around. Goat’s milk even resembles human breast milk if you can believe it. Because the fat molecules in goat’s milk is smaller than cow’s milk, it is easier to digest.
We are milking the wrong cows in the U.S. and should be milking the brown, Jersey and Guernsey breeds which produce a higher ratio of A2 to A1 proteins. The black and white Holstein cows we milk today produce the majority of dairy products in the U.S. and the milk from these cows contain A1 beta-casein proteins. A1 beta-casin milk proteins are why many of us have milk allergies, especially in young children. According to Dr. Keith Wolford, author of the Devil in the Milk, there is a correlation in the consumption of A1 cow proteins and the incidence of type 1 diabetes, autoimmune disease, heart disease, autism, and schizophrenia. A1 proteins also cause issues in people with leaky guts. Goats produce predominately A2 milk protein and contain slightly less lactose (milk sugar) than cow milk and because it is overall easier to digest it has been known to be a better option for people with lactose intolerance even though the difference in lactose between goats and cows is small. When it comes to supplementation, goat milk is better over cow milk for infants who already have permeable, not-quite-formed guts.
My Hybrid Option
My recipe is a hybrid of the two recipes above. Goat milk has more calcium, B6, potassium and Vit. A than cow’s milk, but it is lacking in sufficient carbohydrates, B12, folic acid and Vitamin D to be a complete replacement for breast milk. That is why raw goat’s milk by itself isn’t recommended to be used as a complete formula. We have to add the missing nutrients and vitamins back in as best we can to mimic mother’s milk. I used the main components from Joe Stout’s recipe + my holistic nutritionist self wanted to include Great Lakes gelatin powder for digestion and gut building (I take this every day myself), nutritional yeast for B12 and folic acid and the choice of either Vit. D. drops or fermented cod liver oil for Vitamin D. (*Updated note: You can also add acerola cherry powder for Vit. C and DHA drops, we didn’t because she was mostly breastfed until she started solids, but it is a great option to include. Add 1/4th tsp. per 32 oz.). It should also be noted that goat milk/goat milk powder contains too much protein for an infant’s kidneys to handle, so goat milk and goat milk powder must always be diluted with water. The directions on the Meyenberg Goat Milk Powder calls for 8 oz. of water to 2 level scoops of goat milk powder. As you can see in the recipe below, that has been cut in half. It is 1 scoop to every 8 oz. of water. If using raw goat’s milk, the dilution is a 50:50 ratio. 1 cup goat’s milk diluted by 1 cup water, etc.
Every time I take S in to see her pediatrician, she is doing remarkably well. She was in the 50th percentile for weight and 67th for height at her 9-month checkup. She is now eleven months old; it will be great to see how she is doing at her 12-month checkup.
Homemade Goat Milk Formula Recipe
- 8 oz. of filtered water
- 1 level scoop of full fat Meyenberg goat milk powder (base for protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals)
- 1 Tbs. organic, raw turbinado sugar or organic real maple syrup or goat milk lactose (carbohydrate)
- 1/2 tsp. coconut oil (healthy saturated fat)
- 1/2 tsp. olive or avocado oil (healthy monounsaturated fat)
- 1/2 tsp. nutritional yeast (B12 + folate)
- 1/4th tsp. Great Lakes gelatin powder (helps digestion and builds/seals gut)
- 1/8th tsp. organic, unsulphured blackstrap molasses (B vits, iron and helps bowels)
- 1/8th tsp. powdered probiotics (healthy gut flora, immunity) - (you can increase dose as baby gets older)
- Vit D drops (400 IU) or 1/4th tsp. non-flavored fermented cod liver oil (Vitamin D)
- 1/4th tsp. baby multi-vitamin drops if not nursing
- I find the best way to make this recipe is doing 32 oz. at a time and using a blender to emulsify the fats. If you want to make 1-8 oz. bottle, here's how to do it.
- Add 4 oz. hot, filtered water to an 8 oz. glass baby bottle. Add all of the ingredients but the goat milk powder and probiotics (probiotics are heat sensitive). Shake. Then add 4 oz. cold water, goat milk powder and probiotics. Shake again.
- Store in the refrigerator and only leave it at room temperature for a few hours max.
- 32 oz. filtered water
- 4 level scoops full fat Meyenberg Goat Milk Powder (base for protein, fats, carbs, vitamins and minerals)
- 1 tsp. Great Lakes Gelatin Powder (helps digestion, builds/seals gut)
- 4 Tbs. raw, organic turbinado sugar or real maple syrup (carbohydrate)
- 1 tsp. unsulphured organic blackstrap molasses (B vits, iron, helps move bowels)
- 2 tsp. olive or avocado oil (healthy monounsaturated fat)
- 2 tsp. coconut oil (healthy saturated fat)
- 2 tsp. nutritional yeast (B12 + folate)
- 1/4th tsp. powdered probiotics (healthy gut flora, immunity)
- Vit. D drops (400 IU/dy.) or 1/4th tsp. fermented cod liver oil (Vitamin D)
- 1/4th tsp. baby vitamin drops if not nursing
- Update: You can also add 1/4th tsp. acerola cherry powder (Vitamin C) and/or DHA drops if you want
- In a blender, add 3 cups of filtered water and 1 cup hot or boiling filtered water. Add all ingredients except the probiotics, Vit D and baby vits. Blend. Store in a glass mason jar with a BPA-free lid.
- Add the probiotics, Vit D and baby vits to 1 bottle per day.
- Storage is the same as breast milk: Store in the refrigerator and when pouring a bottle only leave the bottle out at room temperature for a few hours. It should keep for 4-5 days in the refrigerator and some people have had success in freezing it. When taking a large amount with you for the day, bring a mini cooler to keep it from spoiling. Some people like to take the dry ingredients, oils and water separately with them and mix as they go. You will find your groove and what works for you!
- *Once my daughter was drinking 32 oz. in one day, I would add the Vit D and baby vits to the blender and stir in the probiotics and store it all in a 32 oz. mason jar bc I knew she would get those within 1 day. Also, if your blender mix happens to be too hot, wait until it cools to add the probiotics, they are live bacteria that are temperature sensitive and are destroyed by heat.
Share This with Mamas Who Need It
This recipe saved us. So many parents are spending too much on store-bought formula full of crappy ingredients, even the organic brands!! I wish I had known this the first time around. I had trouble with my first as well and would have made this had I known. I didn’t know what I know now about soy, A1 proteins, GMOs, denatured vitamins, junk sugars and hydrogenated oils. All of it is in conventional store-bought formula and some of it is even in organic store-bought formula. Yuck! This recipe is cheaper, nutritionally better for babies and incredibly easy to make and it occurred to me, “Why would I want to give my baby crappier ingredients that are more expensive?” It became a no-brainer for me once I found out I had this option. I hear from a lot of mamas who have trouble breastfeeding, they think their only option is store-bought formula and many feel so dejected. I completely get that. Supplementing wasn’t my first choice and I wish I could have solely breastfed, but knowing I am able to give my girl the best supplemental ingredients I can while being able to source all of the items needed and still being able to afford it makes us feel really good at the end of the day. Share this post with a mama you know who could use this recipe and any of the other homemade formula recipe links that resonate with you and let mamas know they have better options! If you try this recipe for your little one(s), I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
This FAQ on Joe Stout’s page is a great resource. So many questions are asked and answered and ideas are given on how to store it and make homemade goat milk formula on the go. Check it out.
Homemade Goat Milk Formula Buying Kit
This is optional if you are breastfeeding. If you aren’t, you need to supplement with multi-vitamin drops for this recipe. I honestly couldn’t find a stellar multi-vitamin drop brand on the market that didn’t have some kind of flavoring or preservatives. If you know of a better one, leave it in the comments.
A mama wrote me and said this recipe has saved her! Her husband who is a math whiz broke down the cost comparison to store-bought formula (organic, I believe). His conclusion was the homemade goat milk formula is about half the cost of store-bought formula. These are estimates based on where they went shopping and will vary depending on the price of ingredients in your state/country and where you shop. But, what a huge gap in price! And, better ingredients all around. Win!
Be a part of the Freshly Grown community. Like FG here on Facebook.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or medical professional. Please speak to your physician before using this recipe, always do your research and make your own informed decision. I am not responsible and will not be held liable for the use of this recipe. This is a recipe that my pediatrician approved for my child. It works for her and she is thriving. I am simply sharing it as a testimonial.
A huge thank you to Joe Stout, M.S. for creating his goat milk formula recipe, without it I wouldn’t have known where to begin and now we have a happy, healthy 11-month-old baby who is getting solid nutrients and thriving.