Homemade Goat Milk Formula
For 2 and a half years I made my son Tino homemade Goat milk formula. I loved nursing my boys, but after I had Tino I got really sick and had to undergo Kidney surgery. Prior to the surgery I had to have a number of MRI's and cat scans done that eventually led to my milk supply going at just 4 months postpartum. I was so upset, but I knew about this formula from when I had my son Niko and decided to give it a try.
Its looks super complicated and intimidating but I promise after only a handful of times making it, it became routine and I knew it like the back of my hand.
I did a bunch of research on the internet and found a few different sites and recipes. My favorite go to book for all things natural is Nourishing Traditions for Baby and Child. I don't live and die by it, but theres lots of great information in it including this goat milk baby formula.
Below is a blog I had started in 2015 all about my surgery, my boys and my Goat Milk formula.
Speaking of them growing up and getting older, I can't believe my Niko will be 2 years old in 2 months... 2!!!!! It feels like just yesterday I was writing on my blog about my experience trying to conceive, and then finally having him... and now he's going to be 2. He seriously looks like a 3-year-old.
I love watching Niko. Children are so amazing. No fear, so innocent, can talk to anyone and make friends with anyone. And the way they learn so fast is amazing. He literally repeats everything. I'll tell him a color or a new word just one time and he's got it. Their learning ability is just amazing.
And my Tino, he is so smiley and calm- a Libra for sure. The complete opposite of Niko. Niko was a more serious baby always analyzing his surroundings and people, but now that he is a bit older he has gotten so silly and smiles and laughs all the time. It doesn't mean he wasn't a happy baby- he's just different then Tino. Tino smiles all day long, at everything. He's very content on his own for longer than Niko was, he loves his wubbanub (pacifier), Niko hated them. He loves the motorized swing, Niko hated it lol.
As for me, I've been on a roller coaster of health issues since having Tino. I had an amazingly easy pregnancy as I did with Niko. Spent most of my pregnancy in Greece during the summer- and then gave birth to Tino in London with the same Dr I used for Niko- Dr. Tg Teo- actually Professor Teo, at the private Lindo Wing at St. Marys hospital (via csection again since I wasn't fully recovered from my first csection). I'm hoping with my next Ill be able to try VBAC (vaginal birth after csection)... Its always been my dream.
Anyway, after having Tino I ended back in the hospital numerous times for horrible stomach and back pains. So bad to the point that I could barely walk. I have a pretty good tolerance for pain- so for me to ask my husband to take me to the hospital he knew something was really wrong. At first, they said it was just pains of recovering from a csection, then they thought well maybe fluid was stuck in my spine from the epidural. Then they thought I got an infection from the catheter, which I did and it gave me a horrible UTI the day I left the hospital. So they put me on an antibiotic to get rid of it- but although they said it was safe to breastfeed while taking it, I didn't feel comfortable, so I pumped and dumped, but 3 days into the 7 day course I felt better, so I stopped taking the meds bc I wanted to nurse again. Well, bad move on my part. The infection came back so strong that I again had these horrible back pains. I finally called my dr and told him, " I can feel something in my stomach, like a ball and I can move it around". He then suggested I go in for an Ultrasound to see what was going on. Long story short- there was fluid in my extremely swollen kidney causing me all of this pain in my stomach and in my back "flank" as they say. From there I had to see numerous Drs and undergoing a hand full of scans until they determined that it was a PUJ/UPJ and that I would need surgery to fix it.... I was devastated. Sure, I've had my fair share of elective surgeries BEFORE having kids, but I've never had to have surgery for something because there was a problem which was out of my control. Having kids changes things. I no longer could selfishly just choose to go have a surgery and have no fear because I didn't have the responsibility of these 2 little lives that depended so much on me. I hope that makes sense... it's just different now. So in February, 4 months after having my son and a few weeks before my 30th birthday I checked in at USC Keck Medical Hospital for keyhole surgery (Laparoscopic surgery) on my kidney.
My Dr was Dr. Gerhard Fuchs, one of the best in his field. He was so nice and really went above and beyond before, during, and after the surgery. I spend 3 long days in the hospital by myself. My husband stayed with me all throughout the day and always managed to make me smile- even when I was falling apart but then would go home to be with our boys. All I cared about was them...
I was scared... so scared, scared for my life. But I'm happy I did it. I feel healthy now. Apparently bc of the thinning of the wall of my kidney they could tell that I have had this condition for years... maybe even my entire life, but it didn't become a problem until after I had Tino. An artery and a vein were crossing putting a clamp in the ureter tube which connects the Kidney and the Bladder, so they had to cut, move and reconnect it. I then had a catheter in for a week- which was HORRIBLE! And a stent in for 4 weeks. Removing the stent wasn't as bad as I thought but definitely not something Id like to have to do again. In between all of this I tried my hardest to nurse Tino, but I was stressed, scared and in pain, so 2 months after he was born I just couldn't do it anymore.
I started Tino on Holle Organic formula because that's what I had Niko on and he did really great with it, but I felt it made Tino really gassy. I then switched him to HIPP organic which he tolerated much better. But all of a sudden his skin became super dry, no lotion would help him. I felt horrible because he was covered with spots of red bumpy dry patches; it looked painful. I decided to try goat milk formula instead because it's much more easily digested then cows milk. I turned to my favorite book, Nourishing Traditions, and looked up the Homemade goat milk recipe. After 2 weeks I saw an incredible improvement in his skin. He responded well to it and it made me so happy to see and feel his beautiful baby skin.
Below I've included the recipe I used for Tino at home. I recently had to change it because of traveling, as this is something I make fresh every day and has to be refrigerated. I had to figure out an easy way to make enough bottles to last a 14 hr day including an 11 hr flight from LA to Switzerland. Also below is what I did to travel and then the new, simpler recipe to use while I'm away from home.
Tino's Homemade Goat Milk Formula-
4 cups of filtered water
4 scoops of Meyenberg whole Goat milk.
1/4 cup homemade liquid whey- Use only homemade whey made from yogurt, kefir or separated raw milk. This is really easy to make however you need a cheesecloth and for the yogurt to sit out overnight. This was one of the ingredients I could not do while traveling but I loved it for Tino)
1/4 teaspoon Infant Probiotic- (Bifidobacterium infantis) follow product instructions
2 tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultra-pasteurized)
1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil ( bought mine from Green Pastures)
1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (also from Green Pastures)
1 teaspoon expeller-expressed sunflower oil
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
2 teaspoons gelatin
2 cups filtered water
1/4 teaspoon acerola powder
1 -2 tsp organic blackstrap molasses (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 - Grade B organic maple syrup (to substitute lactose powder or you can use Turbinado Sugar)
How I make the homemade Whey
All of the ingredients I use for my Homemade Goat milk formula.. Most can be bought at Wholefoods or on Amazon.
Here is How I made it:
In my blender, I added 2 cups of water.
-Then I added the 4 scoops of goat milk powder
-Then in a pan, I put 1 cup of water, the gelatin, and nutritional yeast flakes
-put the pan on lowest heat and wait for the gelatin to melt, stir occasionally. I add the yeast flakes to the pan because I felt like they would clog the bottle if just added to the cold formula. So this worked well for us.
- I measured out 1 more cup and left it to the side.
-Then I added the dry ingredients such as the acerola powder, and probiotic
-Then the heavy cream and liquid whey
-Then I added the olive oil and sunflower oil to the blender
-Now that there's oil on the teaspoon- I added the molasses as its very sticky- so this helps it to fall right off into the blender
-Take pot off the stove, stir in your coconut oil and High vitamin butter oil.
-Then I added the last cup of water to the pan to cool it off before adding it to the mix.
-I would blend quickly on low all of the ingredients currently in the blender and then add and blend again everything from the pan.
Lastly- I would pour 3oz at a time into Glass baby bottles. I did this because I felt that some of the ingredients would settle by the time I got to the last bottle so I tried to make it as even as possible. Tino is now drinking 7 oz so I do about 3 rounds of pouring into each bottle.
** Note: In Europe, I found it easier to use an electric teapot to boil 1 cup of water - pour into a coffee mug and then simply add in the gelatin, yeast flakes, coconut oil and high vitamin butter oil. Stir and then pour into the extra cup holding the 4th additional cup of cool water. Then add everything to the blender. You can use this method with the Turbinado sugar in the below recipe as well.
This formula worked the best for Tino. His skin was amazing!!! Always consult your Dr or Pediatrician before hand.
How To Travel With Homemade Goat Milk Formula:
I looked everywhere for a blog on how to travel LONG distances when feeding your little one homemade goat milk formula, and I couldn't find anything for the life of me. I did find a Q&A on Mt. Capra's website but their way of traveling with all the oils separate and this and that just didn't seem practical to do when on an aircraft or moving vehicle and have a screaming hungry baby. Measuring out oils... I don't think so.
So I thought to myself... "why does this formula have to be refrigerated"? Oils don't have to stay in the fridge, sugar, acerola powder and molasses don't have to stay in the fridge... What puts an "expiration date" on the homemade goat milk formula is mainly the goat milk. Ok, so the infant probiotic has to be kept in a fridge, but if he has that once in his morning bottle before traveling, I don't need to include it in all the others.
I figured out that I could mix EVERYTHING in the new formula I was going to use while traveling and just keep out the powdered goat milk in pre-measured formula containers and mix it in when Tino was ready for a bottle. Then all I would have to do is stick it into my travel bottle warmer and Its ready to go!!!!! Gosh, I felt like a damn genius LOL.
New Goat Milk Formula When Away from Home-
based on the Westin A Price and Mt. Capra recipes:
Ingredients- makes about 36 oz. ( This is what I'm currently using while away from home for 1 month)
-4 cups of water
-2 scoops of Meyenberg powdered goat milk formula
-2 tablespoons Mt. Capra Goat milk formula ( I couldn't get enough Meyenberg before leaving the states)
-2 tsp coconut oil
-1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
-2 tablespoon organic Turbinado sugar ( could stick with maple syrup )
-1/2 -1 teaspoon molasses (depending on the stool)
-1/4 tsp infant probiotic (follow product instructions based on age or weight)
-1/8 tsp infant powder multivitamin (again, it says 1/4 for 6 months so I decreased it based on age)
-1 scoop Mt. Capra colostrum
- 1ml DHA - goes based on age/weight- should be 2ml but I'm also using Cod liver oil so I'm splitting the dosage
-1/8 acerola powder
-1/8 high vitamin butter oil
-1/4 tsp fermented cod liver oil
So there were a few things in the Nourishing Traditions recipe that I really loved and didn't want to give up, like the acerola powder, high vitamin butter oil, cod liver oil and sunflower oil. So I combined the 2 recipes to how I felt they worked best. I would normally just stick with Meyenberg goat milk but I couldn't find enough cans of it before leaving but was able to get 2 containers of Mt. Capra- so I mix them together however when I go home I'll be switching back to meyenberg... I think he reacted better to it on its own.
Heres How to Prep Individual Bottles of Homemade Goat Milk Formula
for Traveling (that don't need to be kept cool):
Homemade Goat Milk formula ready for travel.
I looked up on Mt Capra's recipe card to see their recipe based on an 8oz bottle. Being that Tino was drinking about 7oz I made it easier on myself and just made them all 8 oz. For an 11 hr flight plus 5 additional hours, I estimated I needed 1 bottle for every 2 hours... That's a lot obviously but I needed to over plan rather than under plan. Always expect the unexpected. So I decided to make 6 travel bottles that did not have to be kept in a cooler for traveling.
In one bottle I added -
-8oz of water
- 1/2 tsp already melted coconut oil
-1/4 tsp olive oil
-1/4 tsp sunflower oil
-1 tablespoon Turbinado sugar
-1/8 tsp molasses
-divided the 1ml of DHA into the 6 bottles (doesn't have to be perfect)
-divided the 1/4 tsp cod liver oil into the 6 bottles (again, doesn't have to be perfect)
- divided the 1/8 tsp acerola powder into 6 bottles (doesn't have to be perfect)
-divided the 1/8 tsp pre-melted high vitamin butter oil into 6 bottles (doesn't have to be perfect)
I then measured out the 1 tablespoon powdered goat milk into my Tommee Tippee formula holders and put them into ziplock bags.
These bottles do not have to be in a fridge!!! It made traveling so easy. When Tino was ready I added the powdered goat milk, gave it a good shake, and popped it into my Tommee Tippee travel bottle warmer. It was perfect. This is even good if you're heading out for the day but don't want to bring along an insulated bag with lots of ice packs plus your diaper bag and personal items lol... Babies require a lot of things.
The night before traveling I also made a fresh batch and froze about 5 bottles. These would then be added to my bag in the morning and act as ice packs for the fresh goat milk that needed to stay cool that I was also taking with me. So total I had 4 fresh bottles ready to go, 5 frozen bottles and 6 bottles ready to go minus the goat milk. That's a total of 15 bottles, and I'm so happy I had that many because once we landed and had a 3 hr car ride to our home and I didn't have to worry about finding all my ingredients packed away and a blender and making a fresh batch. I popped the frozen bottles into the fridge and had a few mixed bottles (the ones without the goat milk) left over to get me through the day.
Not having actually used the travel recipe in the past, I wasn't sure if it would upset his belly or if he would just hate it for some reason, so that's why I made a fresh batch and also froze one. But, it was perfect. Didn't upset his tummy and didn't throw up!!!
** Note- I traveled with 15 pre-filled baby bottles on an international flight for 11hrs. Some people may not know you are allowed to do this when traveling with a baby. I brought both glass and plastic bottles in a huge cooler bag with ice packs. I did some research and found on the TSA.gov website the 3-1-1 rule. I wanted to include it on my blog for those who may not know about it when traveling. I also printed it out and kept it with me in my bottle bag in case I was given a hard time.
Here is the link to the website- you can download and print the entire page.
I hope this was easy to understand. I have so much on my mind and so much I want to share I'm trying my fastest to get it on my blog.
Again, always consult your Dr. beforehand. I'm just sharing what I use and do for my baby and what works for us.
Thank you. So happy to be blogging again.
What should I write about next!??!?!