We used a goats milk formula for our baby number three and I so wish I knew about it for my other two babies. I seriously struggled to make enough breast milk. Like really struggled.
My eldest was hospitalized at 3 1/2 days old for severe dehydration/jaundice and had lost a pound from birth. With her we used commercial formula, and when number two came along we did the same thing.
She struggled with terrible reflux and gastro problems which did eventually settle down, but we discovered that cows milk made her terribly bloated as a toddler and the moment she stopped having bottles her sleep at night improved significantly.
My mother got herself some milking goats and started supplying us with goats milk, and Chloe’s tummy stopped being so bloated.
I Found Goats Milk Formula!
When baby number three came along I decided to look into home made formulas without cows milk in them. The one here from Western Price Foundation is very whole-foods and idealistic, but not terribly realistic for a busy mum like myself.
So I kept searching and eventually found one here that was nice and simple. Its macro nutrients are very similar to breast milk and it uses pre-prepared vitamins so that removes a lot of ingredients from the recipe. I altered it to fit what we had and what the baby would actually drink. He thrived on it!
We chose to go with goats milk as my family all tolerate goats milk better than cows milk, and we had a free source!
As the protein levels are too high in straight goats milk for young babies new kidneys you must dilute the milk 50/50 with water. This leaves the other nutrients short so you need to add extra sugar and fats.
Super Easy Homemade Goat’s Milk Infant Formula
Fresh Goats Milk 125ml – less than 3 days old.
Goat milk is a remarkable food in that it more closely resembles the protein, fat, and carbohydrate structure of breast milk than any other naturally occurring milk.
Even the taurine in goat milk is 20 times that of cow’s milk which is the same ratio found in breast milk. You can used powdered goats milk if you cannot get fresh, simply follow their directions on the can to make up 125ml of milk.
- Filtered Water 125ml
Sugar 1 tbsp. (12 grams)
Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for baby and there are several choices. I usually used brown sugar as it dissolves easily. Other options are: Lactose, organic raw sugar, organic maple syrup, brown rice syrup. Don’t use honey in infants under 1 year.
Coconut Oil ½ tsp (2.5g)
This is one of nature’s greatest fat sources. Coconut Oil is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) also found in breastmilk.
Butter ½ tsp (2.5g)
Butter contains vitamins A, D and contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster.
- Organic Olive Oil ½ tspDelivers more healthy fats, this time in the form of poly and monounsaturated fats and especially the essential fatty acid linoleic acid which is vital in infant nutrition.
- Blackstrap molasses ⅛ + tspHigh 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!
***In ONE bottle per day I also added:**
- Infant probiotic strain ⅛ tsp.
Probiotics are naturally present in breast milk and there are several different strains that are perfectly designed for infants look for Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, and Saccaromyces boulardii
- Liquid Infant Vitamins/minerals ¼ tsp.
You can also get powders that would work. Follow the daily dose recommendation in the packet.
- Fermented Codliver Oil – ¼ tsp. Full of Omega 3’s and DHA and other essential oils for baby’s brain development.
I would make this up in a double or triple batch, depending on how many feeds we were needing it for in 24 hours, and I would store it pre-divided into bottles as the butter and coconut oil do set hard in the fridge.
To use, simply heat in a mug or bowl full of hot water until the milk is blood warm.
Discard unused milk once heated and do not store made up formula for more than 48 hours in the fridge. Sterilize bottles in babies under 3 months of age.
Have you tried homemade formula in your house? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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Dana is a homesteading, homeschooling mama to 3, based in the south of New Zealand.
She is a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach, and natural wellness expert, as well as a Registered Nurse, with post grad training in mothers and babies. She has struggled with infertility and PCOS and conceived all 3 babies naturally.
Dana is passionate about natural health and gentle parenting. With a background in well child / baby nursing she loves sharing what she knows with mamas, mamas-to-be and mama-want-to-be’s.
She enjoys getting out in the garden, or just sitting at the beach in the sun. Dana also blogs about fertility and pregnancy at naturalearthymama.com, coaches people through Simplyketogeniclife.com and creates meal plans for earthlarder.com