How to Use Goat's Milk Instead of Formula for Infants

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Powdered or evaporated goat's milk
Rice syrup
Vitamin supplement

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  • Goat's milk is commonly fed around the world to infants in place of cow's milk or formula. Many infants suffer allergies to infant formula and goat's milk contains far fewer allergenic proteins, making it more easily tolerated. Once ingested, the goat's milk forms smaller curds in the infant's stomach as the proteins bind with stomach acids to digest. This can lessen irritation and reflux. It also aids in settling the infant's stomach. Goat's milk has been found to help infants who suffer from ongoing colic.
  • Measure six scoops of powdered goat's milk into 36 ounces of water. Add 6 1/2 tbsp. rice syrup. Refrigerate until used. When using evaporated goat's milk, mix 12 oz. evaporated goat's milk with 24 oz. water. Add 5 tbsp. rice syrup. Refrigerate until used.

  • Sterilize all bottles and nipples before adding goat's milk and feeding the infant. Place the bottle and nipple into a large pan of boiling water for five minutes or run the bottle and nipple through the dishwasher. Bottles that take liners can also be used, but sterilize the nipples after each use.

  • Feed bottles of goat's milk at room temperature to baby. Cold bottles can cause an upset stomach and excessive gas.

  • Refrigerate all bottles that have not been consumed. Do not allow goat's milk to sit out at room temperature for longer than one hour. In hot weather that exceeds 80 degrees F, refrigerate any leftover goat's milk within 30 minutes.

  • Provide a vitamin supplement every day. Follow the directions for the vitamin supplement provided by the pharmacy or your pediatrician.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use only pasteurized goat's milk, evaporated goat's milk or powdered goat's milk.
  • Goat's milk does have some lactose. If your infant is lactose intolerant, goat's milk may not be digestible.
  • Goat's milk is deficient in folic acid and vitamin B6 as compared to formula.
  • Goat's milk should only come from natural grass-fed goats that haven't been exposed to pesticides.
  • When baby reaches 1 year old discontinue using rice syrup.
  • Mix pasteurized goat's milk at a 50 percent ratio with water. Add 2 tbsp. rice syrup per 10 oz. bottle and feed to baby.
  • Goat's milk can cause intestinal irritation and anemia in some infants.
  • Always consult with your baby's pediatrician before using goat's milk instead of formula.
  • Goat's milk can contain a bacterial infection known as brucellosis which can be passed to the infant.
  • Some pediatricians advise only feeding goat's milk to infants over 6 months of age while others advise feeding to younger infants to help with colic and reflux. Consult with your pediatrician for advice on the appropriate feeding age for goat's milk.
  • Never give undiluted goats milk to infants.

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