If you are reading this then you are already aware of the benefits of goat milk and eager to try the formula for your baby. I am already feeding my 8-month-old baby homemade goat milk formula and would like to share my experience here along with a DIY homemade recipe and tips.
I was obliged to go for an alternative milk source because I am unable to produce enough breast milk for my babies. I have IGT (Insufficient Glandular Tissue) that is also known as breast hypoplasia. I do produce breast milk but I have two children and the milk I produce is not enough for both of them. As a result, I had to decide if I should go for donor milk which I did for my first child or the conventional formula or make my own formula. Finally, I decided to search for a safer and effective baby formula alternative that I could make right at my home.
I did a lot of research and found that The Weston A. Price Foundation’s study on goat milk formula was very trustworthy. I tried their goat milk variation of homemade baby formula recipe and it turned out great for my baby. Also, in my extensive research on homemade goat milk formula, I found that feeding goat milk to babies is much better than the traditional cow’s milk. Let me walk you through the recipe in detail so you can ensure proper growth of baby without endangering their health.
Goat Milk Recipe (32oz):
- 2 cups raw goat milk, preferably from pasture-fed goats
- 2 tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultra-pasteurized)
- ¼ cup liquid whey (homemade)
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon expeller-pressed sunflower oil
- 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
- ¼ teaspoon acerola powder
- 2 teaspoons grated organic raw chicken liver
- 1 to ⅞ cups filtered water
- 2 teaspoons gelatin
- 4 tablespoons lactose
- ¼ teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (optional)
- ½ teaspoon unflavored/ fermented high-vitamin or 1 tablespoon regular cod liver oil
- ¼ tablespoon Bifidobacterium infantis (probiotic)
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
Raw Goat Milk:
The first step is to pour your raw goat milk into the blender. Use a glass blender so that nothing leaches into your formula since some plastic materials leach out toxins if you have used them before for other purposes.
Tips: If you do not have a reliable raw milk supplier you can alternate it with ultra-pasteurized goat milk for babies. I used Mayenberg goat milk sometimes as an alternative to raw milk and it worked really well. Pasteurized milk uses blast heat exposure to kill some of the potential bad bacteria while leaving the good bacteria alone. Also, keep in mind that due to exposure to high heat for a long time, the milk loses some of its good bacteria too. But it is economical and easily available when you have no option to get raw goat milk in your area.
The next thing you need to add is the grass-fed pasteurized heavy cream. This cream is a great source of fat and calories, and it also stabilizes your baby’s blood sugar levels between feedings. Since the cream is mostly fat, this would never be an issue if your baby is sensitive to it.
The next thing you need is whey. The liquid whey is a great source of healthy gut flora and lasts in your fridge for up to 8 months. Since breast milk contains a high amount of whey, you shouldn’t be missing this ingredient in your formula.
Tips: Goat milk whey in liquid version can be very hard to find. However, it can be easily made at home with goat milk yogurt. Just put the yogurt in a strainer bag and hang it overnight to let the whey strain. In this way, you are going to separate the liquid whey from the yogurt. Do not use any powdered form of whey or the whey that is a byproduct of the cheese-making process. Your formula milk will curdle if you use it. Always use homemade whey made from kefir, yogurt or separated raw milk.
Olive & Sunflower Oil:
Now you can add these oily ingredients. In order to get a healthy ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 and for a more balanced formula, you will need cold-pressed and unfiltered olive oil and sunflower oil.
After that, you have to add nutritional yeast that you can find in your local health food store. They usually come in two forms – one in bottled-form with a scoop and other with bags.
After you have added the yeast you need to add acerola powder. This is a vitamin C powder that is very important for the growth of your baby as they need vitamins and minerals, especially in the colder seasons. I like to add a little bit of extra acerola powder when I find my kids are having any common cold symptoms.
The next ingredient is liver that is crucial for a baby’s brain and cognitive development as well as for neurological support. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation that the recipe is based on, you can freeze the actual liver from chicken for 14 days and then grate it into the formula. When I found that I was not comfortable with this process and it was also too much work for me to get that ingredient ready, I began looking for a healthy alternative and found Radiant Life, which was desiccated liver powder and was much cheaper as well. It was also a lot easier to use because you could directly add it to the recipe.
Mixture- Water, Gelatine, Lactose & Butter Oil:
For this mixture, you need to boil 1 ⅞ cups filtered water on a saucepan over the stove. While heating up your saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, add gelatin. The gelatin is great in reducing joint and bone pain and in improving brain function, so look for good quality gelatin like the Great Lakes Gelatin.
Tips: I use filtered water, though you can also use vitamin and mineral water. But you shouldn’t use distilled water because distilled water has nothing in it and you also don’t want to use tap water because there’s a lot of stuff in tap water that your baby shouldn’t be exposed to. So, definitely get a good source of filtered water.
When your water is warming up and gelatin starts to dissolve, pour the lactose on the saucepan and stir them together with a spatula. You need lots of lactose powder because breast milk is also high in lactose.
I personally prefer Green Pasture butter oil, which actually is an optional ingredient of this recipe. You may not want to put this in your recipe, but it’s fantastic for your baby’s brain development. And for healthy fats, I always make sure to add it to my milk formula.
Let the mixture be heated for a few minutes to get dissolved and mixed properly. When everything is sufficiently dissolved, remove from the heat, and add the rest of the water to help cool down the whole mixture. Make sure everything is well stirred before pouring the mixture into the blender.
Cod Liver Oil:
Once you have poured the mixture from the saucepan into your blender, you can add fermented cod liver oil. Fermented cod liver oil is crucial for brain development and has many other health benefits. This is also a wonderful ingredient to add to your baby’s formula. You can use unflavoured, fermented or the regular cod liver oil.
The last thing you need to add is B Infantis Probiotic for infants. It is important for a baby to develop a healthy digestive system from very early on, so make sure you add a little bit of probiotic to your goat milk for infants formula. You can use a dairy-free probiotic if your baby has a sensitive stomach or if you’re trying to avoid as much dairy products as possible.
When you have poured all the ingredients into the blender, give it a good blast. After blending store it on a glass bottle and refrigerate. Make sure you have poured a little bit of coconut oil in the bottom of your glass bottle to keep the formula healthy. Before feeding to your baby make sure you heat up the milk by placing the bottle in warm water or with a bottle warmer. However, do not warm it in the microwave oven.
Finally, I would like to encourage you to try this goat milk formula recipe even though it can seem really intimidating for you to prepare it at first sight. But once you get the hang of it, you will be able to do it with your eyes closed! After trying the recipe for a few times you won’t have to check out the ingredients anymore, so don’t let this scare you. You can take your baby’s health and diet into your own hands with certain guidelines, and this is one of them. Of course, there are things that you definitely want to abide by and that is why it’s great to have such a popular recipe at your disposal to trust on.