Since posting my son's story and this recipe several years ago, the response has been overwhelming. I have been able to connect personally to so many of you amazing moms who are taking this step towards providing the 2nd-best nutrition for your baby (obviously, we all wish we could breastfeed).
I get tons of questions every week about the goat milk, and if you don't hear back from me on the comments, please e-mail me: carrie (at) organicthrifty (dot) com and I would be happy to help you personally on this matter!
Also, I am now a trained and certified Nutritional Therapist and I use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis to assess and evaluate my clients and to set up an entire, comprehensive nutritional protocol for them. I highly encourage you, if you are a recently post-partum mama to consider a consultation to help you repair and rebuild, especially if you have a low milk supply. This can be due to a low thyroid condition or heavy metal toxicities or many other mechanisms, and we can get to the bottom of it in a nutritional consultation with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. To learn more, please visit my Practice Website, Northwest Holistic Nutrition.
I am offering a special right now for my postpartum mamas and their babies on this formula: 2 for the price of one. Get yourself and your baby on a protocol to heal any and all imbalances and get you the right start! Please contact me and mention "2 for 1 for goatie babies" !
And as an update, my son Jonathan (below) will turn 4 next month, and he is doing fabulously. We have him on a Nutritional Balancing protocol and that additional nutritional support, specifically tailored to his unique physiology, is growing him into a strong, smart, energetic, and good-natured little boy! He is taller than nearly all of the kids in his little Bible Club class and he hasn't had a need to see the doctor for being sick in his whole life!
I am so thankful to Sally Fallon of the Weston A Price Foundation for her inspiration for this recipe, and so grateful that it has provided so many others with a healthy alternative to commercial formula.
To our children; our future!
*********************Several weeks ago, I shared the amazing story of my son, Jonathan, in his recovery from "failure to thrive" through the use of raw goat milk formula. In that post, I did not include my recipe, but have since gotten inquiries for it. Google searches for goat milk formula uncover various results, but here's what worked for Jonathan!
Disclaimer: It must be said that you should consult your health care practitioner for any and all infant feeding questions, and be certain that you have taken all measures in order to increase your breast milk supply if in fact you are supplementing for lack of milk as I was. Since I had thoroughly exhausted my efforts at increasing supply, I sought the most high-quality alternative under the supervision of two naturopathic doctors. Also, make sure to get a supply of goat milk from a farmer you can trust. If you must use pasteurized goat milk, you can do so as well.
This recipe is adapted from Dr. Mary Enig & Sally Fallon's Milk-Based Formula recipe in Nourishing Traditions:
Raw Goat Milk Formula
2 cups raw goat milk (Why raw? Raw milk provides numerous enzymes, and allows the proteins to stay in tact while pastuerization renders them denatured. While raw milk will give optimal nutrition, it is my opinion that pastuerized and even powdered goats milk may be perferable, in some cases, to cow's milk for children with extreme sensitivities.)
2 cups filtered water (As the child grow, you should adjust this water-to-goat milk ratio by increasing the amount of goat milk and decreasing the amount of water. This can begin gradually at about 9 months. If stools become more difficult for the child to pass, then increase the amount of water and try again in another month).
1/4 cup liquid whey from goat yogurt or kefir (contains lots of good probiotics and is very nourishing; making it more like breast milk. To get whey simply strain goat milk yogurt or fil mjolk from Cultures for Health. (I get a lot of questions about the whey. You can also make it by straining plain cow milk yogurt, as long as there is no severe intolerance. Some people omit the whey, but I think it's very important)
1 -2 tsp organic blackstrap molassas (start with less, add more if needed. This provides B-vitamins, iron, trace minerals, and helped relieve constipation.) (If stools are too loose, decrease amount!)
2 tsp raw agave nectar (adds carbs, necessary for brain growth. Alternatively, you could use lactose, but I wanted to avoid this as I could not find a source that was made from goat milk since Jonathan was reacting to anything made from cow milk. Organic Brown Rice Syrup is also an option, but I didn't like the processing involved here. Obviously honey is out.) Update: Grade B, organic maple syrup is looking like the most ideal option out there in terms of sweeteners, so consider this if you are concerned about agave nectar. My son did fine with the agave, and he is not addicted to fruit or carbs (I have him on a sugar-free, low-starch and low-fruit diet).
1/4 tsp of bifodobacterium infantis (I used Metagenics "Bifidus" which is a dairy-free culture and of high quality. Also, Bio-Kult is a strong probiotic that has been used with infants as well. Consult your ND! Available through naturopaths, chiropractors, and other practitioners)
1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin cod liver oil (I used the Quantum brand from Radient Life) but any will do.
1 tsp unrefined sunflower oil (Rapunzel brand) for Vitamin E
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil for monosaturated fats
2 tsp virgin coconut oil (this is very important, as it contains lauric acid which is a medium-chain fatty acid. It's an important antiviral, antifungal that's found in breast milk)
2 tsp nutritional yeast (this is also very important as it contains the B vitamins. I like Lewis Labs Nutritional Yeast because it's gluten-free and full of a wide spectrum of minerals ) If your child is gassy or has reflux on this formula, remove the yeast first and see if it improves. Yeasts vary from brand to brand, and I can only recommend Lewis Labs.
1/4 teaspoon amla or NOW acerola powder (I prefer amla, as it does not contain any extra additives, and I found this for cheap in an Indian store)
Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Pour into individual glass bottles or one large. To warm, place in a pan of simmering water. Never use a microwave. This formula is best made daily to preserve freshness and to optimize nutrition.
Notes: Many recipes say to add frozen, raw goat liver for the purposes of replacing B vitamins. I never did this, but did begin feeding my son pureed chicken liver at 6 months.
Updates: Yes, you can add liquid B-vitamins such as Folic Acid and B12 rather than the Yeast. B-vitamins should be given at 1/4 of the adult dosage listed on the label.
Coconut oil can be difficult as it is solid when cold. You will notice it forming clumps on the surface of the formula. It can help to liquify the coconut oil by melting it slightly before blending. Then, when you warm up the formula in a hot water bath, the coconut oil will liquify and you can shake it up. The oils are the biggest bugaboo, honestly, of this formula, and if they don't work well for you, you can omit them and it won't be the end of the world nutritionally :)
Any questions or comments are much appreciated, although I will NOT be debating the issue of feeding raw goat milk to a baby, for it is a real, nourishing alternative to the limited, nasty canned formula options on the market, which are laden which ultra-high temperature processed, denatured milk with a myriad of refined corn and soy oils, with corn syrup added. This stuff is not food. Wet nurses were not an option for me, and neither was starvation. This is what worked, and worked amazingly well!