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We are expecting our third son shortly and know we are unable to breastfeed. But it just tastes crazy sweet. I wish that I had this recipe 8 years ago when my eldest was born, and 3 years ago when my second daughter was born. Also, are you aware of any other ingredient that could be used for a carb in this formula besides a form of sugar? This was due to an inept nurse trying ten different heel pricks while my daughter lay there screaming. I would just add the wet ingredients when I was ready to make the formula. Thank you for the reply again!

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There are many health factors that all affect the immune system and if any one of them are disrupted, your immune system can fall causing you to get sick MUCH easier. With a healthy immune system, I am rarely sick and when I do somehow manage to catch someone else's bug, I am sick for a much shorter period of time. Some of the health factors that affect your immune system are:. There are plenty of herbs that help to boost and support the immune system.

You can incorporate some of these herbs in your cooking, in tea, or even add them to an immune boosting tincture. Whenever anyone around you is getting sick or you start to feel even the slightest tickle in your throat, you should start immune boosting! If you are going on a trip that requires you to be in an airport, train station, or some other crowded area, start boosting your immunities weeks before your trip to prevent illness.

I like to make the tincture of this because it is much more effective, but I do always keep the herbal mixture on hand for a quick tea! I love to add lemon juice and honey to my teas, both for their antiseptic properties and their yummy flavoring capabilities. Allow to steep for minutes before straining and drinking. The longer you steep the tea, the more potent it will be. Allow to steep in the jar for weeks, shaking daily to mix.

This is completely up to you. The downside of it not being warmed up is the coconut oil hardens when cold so it gets clumpy and all weird in the bottle and you WANT those nutrients to get to your child vs. We honestly never carried warm water with us. We would make 32 oz. It always worked out. Post back if you found a neat tip or trick we could all use! My son has been labeled as FTT because he is unable to consume all of the calories he needs.

He currently has a gtube and I give him pediasmart soy formula because that was the only organic option in was given at the hospital, which I hate. He is 2 years old. Im looking for alternative homemade formulas and I came across this recipe that I really like. Is this recipe strictly for an infant or can I use it for a toddler 2 year old that needs to put on some weight? I still give it to my daughter daily bc of all the nutrients and she is now 18 mths.

Definitely include everything else in the recipe as stated. Coconut oil is fantastic, probiotics are huge! And yes, bravo for ditching the soy!! Such gnarly stuff for anyone really, but boys in particular bc of the phytoestrogens. My little gal was losing weight at her 1 month I mostly breast fed her and supplemented with this and she thrived and is still thriving! I will of course check with the pediatrician as well.

First of all, thank you so much for sharing this with us! I have a 6 month old who I still breastfeed but I do not pump enough to leave with my aunt who babysits her , so she is given formula from 8: After finding out about goat milk through a post on instagram I began my research and wish I had known about goat milk before I came back to work at 3 months. Should I just give her what the can calls for without the added ingredients? Also, should I still cut the scoops in half like you did in the recipe?

My baby is 3. Is this like shelf formula where it has to be used within the hour or can a big batch be made each morning and refrigerated for the day? She is currently only taking 4 oz every 3 hours.

So if I make up the 32oz batch, I can have it in the fridge for how long? Lol Does it smell funny btw? One question — I would love to use raw goat milk, but my husband is very opposed. I have access to pasteurized milk NOT Ultra-pasteurized, like Meyenberg fluid goat milk from a local goat farm.

What are your thoughts on that as opposed to a powdered form? It sounds like that is the closest thing to raw without being raw. Just note the part in the post where it calls for dilution. Once your babe is over 1 they can have full strength bc their kidneys can handle it, but before then goat milk MUST be diluted with water and the other nutrients added in bc it is lacking. Yes, breast milk is very sweet and the majority of its nutritional profile consists of carbohydrates in the form of sugar.

I wondered the same thing at first. I always say run it by your Ped to be sure. Also, just make it just like the recipe calls for and if you are not breastfeeding add the liquid, baby multi-vitamins. I started feeding this to my son when he was about a week old. He is now almost a month, and he started spitting up a large amount of it and is VERY gassy and cries and cries.

This milk has been found to cause a dangerous condition called metabolic acidosis when fed to infants in the first month of life. Were you able to read the entire post? The gelatin powder is specific to the kind I listed, it is hydrolyzed gelatin, not regular gelatin. Once gels and the other is for quick absorption and easy on the tummy hydrolyzed. Goat milk may not be for everyone, but I have not heard of anyone having issues with it yet.

Maybe take the gelatin out for now and if you can get the kind I linked to the green can. It actually aids in digestion and is soothing for the gut. You can even use it everyday for yourself to improve gut health, skin, nails, joints and as a protein powder replacement. It is full of collagen, amino acids, and minerals. Just follow the recipe as exact as you can and you should be good to go.

If he still has trouble, you might have to try something else. That is a good question! Thank you so much for posting this! For babies, though, they HAVE to have it.

The majority of breast milk is carbohydrates in the form of lactose, milk sugar. All of the options listed are all forms of sugar and you can pick your fave: I personally used raw org. I always say have your Ped look over the recipe to make sure.

Thank you so much for posting this recipe and the links to the exact ingredients on Amazon — what a time and stress saver! I just ordered everything and am excited to get started! I have been breast feeding but not producing enough and having to supplement about one bottle per day. It makes me so sad. Really hoping she likes this!

Unrelated and per your field — do you ever do any personal consulting for meal planning with leaky gut? I cannot have gluten of coarse, but also am now allergic to oats and need to sprout any grain before eating it rice, quinoa, ect …I cannot have any dairy either. Just wondered if you know anything about these autoimmune diseases and if I could hire you to help me with meals for myself so that I can keep producing milk for my baby.

Either way — thank you so so very much for this formula recipe!! It was a life saver for us when I was going through low milk supply. Mine struck after my 2nd was born. The brain fog is aw-ful. I would love to work with you. We can Skype, email, chat or talk whatever works for you. I will send you more info.

My practitioner site is under construction at the moment. Hi… Thanks for much for sharing about your goat milk formula. I have purchased everything from Amazon, but because I am in Canada, the goats milk is very expensive. We have a store that carries Meyenberg powder called Fred Meyers and a lot of natural grocery stores carry it as well.

Just keep a look out. Capra might be another way to go as well, they carry a great goat milk powder. I am now only giving him this formula, therefore needed a multivitamin. My only issue is it says on the box for ages 6m and older. I was wondering if I used half of the recommended dose for ages 6mm , if that would be safe for my 2m old? Also, are you aware of any other ingredient that could be used for a carb in this formula besides a form of sugar?

Thanks in advance, and thanks again for sharing this recipe. I have passed this along to a friend of mine with twins, who is beyond grateful as well! Great news, Elizabeth and thanks for the recommendation.

The two options I found: Some folks have also used brown rice syrup as well. And yes, as long as you take the multi vit dosage down a bit you should be just fine, but always check with your Ped to make sure! I have been giving it to her since she was a month old. She is about to be 4 months and I was wondering if I should change up any of the doses of ingredients for her changing nutrition. We will start her on rice cereal in a month and baby food when she can sit up on her own. As such, do I need to lessen anything in the formula?

There is not a choice for pediatricians where I live and the one I have to go to does not agree with feeding a baby anything but store bought formula. He evens pushes women to use formula and not breast feed, thinking he must be wanting a job as an infant formula spokesperson…lol. However, my little Ember is tall and strong and extremely healthy because of this formula. I should also add that I also breast feed. We do half and half. Keep these ratios the exact same and then you can change them a bit once she turns 9 mths.

Never stop giving her probiotics, those will always be a daily thing the fighters that make up her immune system and coconut oil is wonderful, full of lauric acid, which is found in breast milk, coconut oil is antimicrobial, excellent for the gut, etc. Rice cereal is actually one of the worst foods to start baby on. I know, crazy, huh? Veggies, fruits, meats and fats are the very best foods to start baby on if you can believe it. I listed it at the bottom! If you can find a better one please post it.

I will be making this today for my 6 month old with raw goats milk. The lactose in this recipe is in the form of raw, organic sugar or real maple syrup and yes it has to be added for baby to get the right amount of calories. If you follow this recipe to the T you should be golden! I started my son on goat milk formula as a supplement to breastfeeding around six weeks old after the formulas the doctors kept pushing did not digest for him.

My pediatrician is very upset with me about his lack of growth and questioning the calories per ounce. My understanding was that it is the same as breastmilk calories per ounce. I have been to two Naturopathic doctors as well but no one seems to be that familiar with homemade formulas. I would appreciate any information you have on this. Yes, you must dilute goat milk and goat milk powder with water by half. You have to be adding in the sugar, fats and other nutrients like probiotics, molasses, etc.

If you are doing the recipe to the T this should not be an issue. My daughter lost weight bc my milk supply was low due to low thyroid. When I supplemented with this formula she gained exponentially.

Thank you so much for sharing this. My little one is five months. We started her on this formula at three months. I too wanted to exclusively breastfeed. This has been a life saver. We recently went to her four months check up and the pediatrician did not like that I was giving her goats milk. She claimed it would cause bloody stool and colitis.

Is this even something to consider? All the research says its actually in the colitis diet to help soothe the gut. Axe in his leaky gut protocol suggests goat dairy. I have no idea that Ped got that info. That is so great to hear. Otherwise, your babe should thrive. I was just wondering, I have different posts about using 1 Tablespoon of the meyenburg full fat goats milk powder per each 8 oz. But in this one it says basically 2 Tablespoons in each 8 oz.

Been using 2 though. I have realized my milk supply is not up to snuff and need to supplement with something else; I just love the way this recipe looks! I would just add the wet ingredients when I was ready to make the formula. Thanks for your thoughts and excellent post! Do what works for you to make it more manageable for your schedule!

I did batches as well. Thanks so much for posting this as your blog is helping fortify my resolve to move forward using this for my infant son! He said that as long as the folate amount satisfied what is medically recommended, he had no concerns with our supplementing using this formula.

I just use full strength goat milk vs. It has been fantastic for us. Do I have to use gelatin powder? Its the only thing that needs to be ordered online and I will only be using 2 oz of this with 2. There is too much water in this formula. In order to be more accurate, you can mix the milk as directed and then add a cup of water to every cup of milk you use or add all the dry ingredients and then add water slowly to the mixture to the correct amount of desired prepared formula.

Everything else is generally correct when I compare this formula to several other brands of FDA approved formula in terms of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, although the fats are slightly lower as you need to add back 20 grams of fat and 4 tsps only gives you 19 grams but this is really, really, picky. The water is a problem though — especially if you are feeding this to younger infants. It was exhausting, lol. I kept double checking and triple checking to make sure I was accurate.

That being said if you feel like you need to add less water, please do what you feel is best. Hi, perhaps this question has already been answered but I wondered how to modify this recipe if all I have access to is skim milk powder? Or is that not even an option. Whole milk is definitely better bc of the fat content and calories, I would be hesitant to try to make up the difference.

Question — do you think organic coconut sugar would be okay to substitute for the carbohydrate? You would have to look at the carbohydrate content and compare. You can also use organic, raw, unrefined sugar. It will save you tons. Some folks are gun shy on the sugar aspect, but breast milk is just that, mostly lactose milk sugar and baby needs it. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!! It has saved us!

Since switching to the formula he is so much happier, fully hydrated which we were struggling with , and is sleeping much better. How would you change this for a baby over 1 year? You can do full strength goat milk and skip the sugar altogether. I kept the rest of the ingredients bc they are so good for her and her gut! Hi, I am wanting to start to supplement some of my breastfeeding with goats milk for my son who is 11 months.

He is eating homemade baby food and yoBaby yogurt very well. Do you feel it is still necessary to dilute and add all the extra things to the Meyer fortified powdered goats milk for him at his age?

I normally nurse my babies longer and never use bottles at all but his latch is terrible. He was border line tongue tied and had it clipped a bit at around 8 months. But I think it was to late. I was hoping to transition him over the next month and by his 1st birthday have him on bottles full time. So is plain full strength goats milk ok? It is easy to get probiotics in that way, and coconut oil, gelatin powder, etc.

Could I make this without the gelatin? Should I substitute something else or just leave it out? Does that alter the recipe at all? Hello, I would like to thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. My 3 month old has thrived well on this. I just have one question on the multivitamin dose.

I watched a video a youtube from a woman that was adding extra doses of her multivitamin into her daily batch of formula. My question is what would the reasoning be for this? Ive followed your recipe to the exact except im using infant care multivitamin. The bottle states 1 ml per day, however she was using 5 ml per day of this same vitamin. Once again, thank you so much! Not being able to breastfeed my babies absolutely no milk supply just about kills me and after hours of research I landed to Natures One.

Is it a well balanced formula for a young baby like this? Any insight would be appreciated! Thank you for this blog and for the hard work of coming up with a good healthy formula. It has helped us tremendously with our search for the right nutrition for our baby. I have one issue with your formula, however. According to my calculations, your 8oz formula recipe would have 6g of protein 4g from one scoop of goat milk power and 2g from 1 tsp of Great Lakes gelatin. That is more than twice the protein level of breastmilk.

Do you think this is too high, or are my calculations wrong? Or is the gelatin not processed in the same way? Hope to hear your thoughts on the matter. Thanks again for all your dedication to the cause of informed parenting! You can definitely leave the gelatin out if you are concerned.

How do you recommend storing with coconut oil as it hardens in the fridge. Any tip would be appreciated! I look forward to making this formula for nine month old to supplement my diminishing breast milk. My daughter is in day care five days a week. Also, if I use full strength Meyenberg Goat Milk it would need to be diluted correct? I just wanted to thank you for posting this. I have a 5 month old who has had reflux issues and then when I had to start supplementing she could not seem to tolerate ANY formulas we tried.

We ended up spending so much money trying more and more expensive ones with no luck and a couple times along the way had heard goats milk suggested. Once I was at my wits end, I finally decided to look online to see how the goats milk thing worked and your post was one of a few I read.

She was immediately able to gulp this stuff down, which she could not do with formulas at all. She actually has ended up tolerating it better than my breast milk and has now fully switched to this recipe as my supply tanked. She is never in pain when she eats now. No more screaming and choking on her reflux. I cant tell you how much we needed this. It was so hard having such a miserable baby and being unable to make her feel better.

She also was waking constantly in the night before due to needing constant small portions. She seems to be slowly realizing she can keep sleeping now and I am finally getting some rest again too! We go back and forth. My son in almost 10 months old and my milk supply is dwindling since he started eating solids so I have been wanting to supplement.

You can implement raw as soon as you feel comfortable! If you find a really good, reputable, clean farm that you trust and feel good about it go for it! I am trying to figure out how to get her weaned off this formula while still being able to give her a bottle in the morn and night. I am going on a short holiday and will not have access to a blender. Is this an issue do you know? You have to dilute by half bc of their small kidneys. I am not a doctor and always recommend talking to your Ped.

We talked with ours personally first before starting this. I read you said the ratio should be half full strength. So would I do 4oz of milk and 4oz of water?

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My son is just over 3 months. Even the hypoallergenic caused him diarrhea. When I found this recipe I was hopeful. Yes, there is definitely an adjustment period. Hang in there and I hope he eases into it.

Every baby is different and this recipe may not be the solution, but it ended up working really well for us. Mine had horrible reflux and was spitting up everything commercial before this.

There was an adjustment period of about a week or two, but again do what you feel best with your mama tuition. Also, are you giving him a pinch of probiotics? That is huge for gut health and there is definitely and adjustment period with those for everyone starting probiotics, adults and babies alike. I have some amazing success stories using goats milk!

I gave it to my son as a supplement. Breastfeeding was failing us and he had lost a scary amount of weight by month 2. He is now almost four years old and super strong and healthy, with an incredible immune system. We bought two Nubian goats so that we have a consistent supply of fresh, raw milk. It has worked wonders for our entire family even our dog! I just recently gave birth to my second child and we are having some similar issues with breastfeeding. I was so happy to find this recipe for goat milk formula!

Would it hurt to omit the nutritional yeast if I am using blackstrap molasses B vitamins? We tried milk, soy, hypoallergenic and amino-acid based formulas! After taking him to the emergency room and being told he had cows milk allergy and would just have to wait for him to get used to the hypoallergenic formula I began to do research. I put my son on a formula for protein sensitivity and GI disorders.

He tolerated this more than the other formulas but was still spitting up quite a bit. When I started researching this goat milk formula, I immediately bout all the ingredients the next day. He has been on goat milk for about a week and he is a totally new calm baby. I am so happy! Is it a bad idea if I do the goatmilk once or twice a day and formula the other feedings?

Only asking for money sake. Thank you so much for sharing how this has helped you. I think this formula was the answer I was looking for. The doctor recommended nutramigen formula after I told him I refused to use soy formula. Well, nutramigen formula has soy in it! The nutramigen formula was disgusting! Your formula is freakin delicious! What are your thoughts on this recipe from birth? We are expecting our third son shortly and know we are unable to breastfeed.

We love this formula!! We exclusively bf for 6 months and due to tongue tie and latching issues, I had supply issues and baby was a slow gainer. When we switched to this he now is reaching his full growth potential and is in the upper percentiles for size. It tastes delicious, and I feel so grateful that we had an alternative to commercial formula. He has an intolerance to cow milk. It would not have been pretty… he was even reacting to the bit of dairy I was having while bfing.

Small patches of eczema. I have a question can I use goat milk lactose instead of sugar? I love this recipe and have been giving my daughter this 3 months now just to supplement with the breastmilk. She is 13 months now and was questioning if this formula is still go to give now that she is 1 year old. The concern I have with following the directions on the back of the can is that it call for a 8oz amountil of liquid. So is the protein amount going to be too much for an 4 oz bottle if I follow the directions on the can?

Also, did your daughter notice the difference when you took the sugar out of the recipe. Hopefully this is not overload. Thanks for your help in advance. We have loved this formula and recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to breastfeeding. We do wonder if there is another substitute for goats milk. Any advice would be great! Hello and thank you so much for the recipe! I have a question. The DHA drops are made with cod liver oil.

Also, if I am doing some breastfeeding, is it still necessary to add the probiotic? My little man is 3 and a half months old and exclusively breast fed. What do you recommend?

Would he be getting too much fat or protein if his diet was half this formula and half breast milk? I am SO thankful that I have stumbled upon this recipe. My 5MO has been struggling his whole life with tummy issues and my breastmilk. My husband and I were never letting formula be an option because we know whats in it, but we feel safe supplementing with this until my milk supply comes back. I have a question though- i made my first batch today and i mixed ti very well in my blender..

Thanks so much for sharing. I have a question: Or is there a specific kind of coconut oil you use in the recipe? Hello Rama thank you for this wonderful recipe! My daughter is three months old and I been reading alot about how too much can hurt thier kidneys. Thank you for any help you may be able to give me.

This is why everything else is added! Show her the entire recipe and see what she says! Thank you dearly for sharing! Busy switching over to this homemade formula. My son is 15 months. Researching more we found that store bought goats formula even the best is not actually that great as you say!

Happy we found your words! Is it better to use the whole milk goats powder or normal fresh goats milk? Would we still dilute it half and half with water at his age 15 months? X Much Love Sheree. If you can find a trusted, raw goat milk source it is incredible for the immune system and a superior milk by far.

Google all of the yummy benefits. Yes, you would still dilute by half as well, just like the powder. Second choice would be the full fat powder. Is there anything that you would update or is this recipe still good today? My twins are on similac alimentum because they have a cow milk protein allergy and unfortunately I was unable to produce enough breastmilk for two. I really want to get them off of the formula and on to something healthier, less processed, and less chemical filled.

My girl just turned 3 and did beautifully on it. Always check with your Ped if you have questions or concerns. My son loves this stuff! He is almost 1 and I am curious did you switch to whole cows milk at that point? Thanks for the info! So glad your babe loved it! Thank you for this recipe! My 1 year old has been having eczema flare ups for months.

We have tried everything topically to help, but it keeps coming back. I plan on trying this formula to see if it helps him get relief. I especially like that this recipe contains the collagen and probiotics! Did you ever add dha when making this recipe? If so, could you recommend a brand? My daughter is 6 weeks old and 4 days ago we finally gave this formula a shot. We have had nothing but issues with her and dairy formula.

She would cry and fuss all day and night long. Her naps were only 20 minutes for a long nap. Kept crying all night… I never thought it would be possible for a newborn not to sleep! We tried a few and finally went to the lactorelief one. That seemed to help but her stools were so often and so stringy and slimy. She had a bad rash from the acid. I knew something was wrong. The pediatrician kept insisting she was fine because she was gaining weight and that we could try a super allergenic formula.

So far she has been doing so much better. She is not fussing as much and wakes up every 2. She even took a 2 hour nap the other day which has never happened before.

She will sit in her chair just looking around and content. She is still a bit colic at times but that will need some time. I do have one question: Or just one of the three? I follow the recipe strictly. He has daily bowel movements but they seem harder to pass, more formed and a tougher consistency.

I would love your thoughts. We just upped the molasses a bit and probiotics a pinch more. I would also use a little Tummygize essential oil diluted with coconut oil over the tummy as well. Thanks so much for posting this formula. He has been doing wonderfully on it. Despite this great success, I gave the recipe to my pediatrician after he asked me what I was supplementing with.

He responded that not all of the ingredients had been researched in infants. Something to give me the confidence that this is a healthy formula? Hi AM, Did you ever get any additional information for your pediatrician? My LO is going in for his 6 month check up next week and I wanted to be fully prepared in case I get any push back.

It even helps with his constipation. I came across your recipe totally by chance. Anyways- I just got all the ingredients in the mail today and right away made my first batch.

She burped within 5 min, she was calm and relaxed after her feeding, there was so inconsolable crying for hours. She had a bowel movement just a little while later.

Oh my goodness, April. I hope it keeps up. We had the same problem and just was so thankful to find something not full of junk that was good for her, kept her growing, and worked. Thank you so much for this recipe! I had mainly everything on hand, other then the gelatin I had vital proteins collagen peptides. I did a trial batch of diving the 32 oz in half 16 oz water and 16 oz goat milk and kept everything else the same.

As 32 oz of water and 32 oz of milk seemed like a lot. You dilute it by half, Check with your Ped to make sure to be safe! I am considering using this formula for my son. He does great on a commercial goat milk formula, but it is so expensive! I have a question about the folic acid content. This comes out to mcg of folic acid per 32 oz batch. The nutritional yeast also adds a fair amount. It ends up being For reference, Similac Alimentum has 15mcg per calorie serving.

So, would too much folic acid be a concern? Otherwise the excess folic acid should be excreted. Do you know if that is true? Is this ingredient specifically needed? I had NO idea it was cross-contaminated with soy, that is too bad. Just mixed this up for the first time today. I calculated all the nutrients myself in a super awesome spreadsheet, compared to the FDA nutritional requirements for infant formula and it looks great! It tastes soooo sweet, though!

I know that 4 T is the right amount nutritionally because I calculated it myself. But it just tastes crazy sweet. Or did I probably mess up? Or is it just the conventional formula taste so bad, lol?

I thought the same thing! Breast milk is pretty sweet, too! It is what it is bc it is WAY better than formula. This is what I did with my first two children, except I used raw goat milk. This was almost 40 years ago. Hi there I took this to my ped and her first question was where is the zinc?