The Best Goat Milk Formula For Your BabyThis post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure.
So many of you have come across my best organic baby formula post – and I’m so glad that post has been helpful! One of the most common questions I get when it comes to baby formula is: What about goat milk formula? Is it better than cow’s milk formula? And which one is the best?
In general, goat milk formula can be a good option for babies – especially for babies who just aren’t tolerating cow’s milk formula well. For more details on what the pros & cons are of goat milk vs. cow milk formula, check out Is Goat Milk Formula Healthier than Cow’s Milk Formula?
Now, the ultimate question is: What goat milk formula is the best?
There aren’t as many goat’s milk formula options as there are cow’s milk. That said, there are a few high quality goal milk formulas. The top five that I’ve found are Kendamil Goat, Kabrita USA, Holle Goat, NannyCare, and Sammy’s Milk.
If I was going to give my own child a goat milk baby formula, I would choose Kendamil Goat.
Why Is Kendamil Goat Milk Formula The Best?
Kendamil Goat is unique because of a few reasons:
- Made with whole A2 Goat Milk instead of skimmed milk like most other formulas. This 100% full cream goat’s milk is also loaded with prebiotics.
- No Palm Oil (uses coconut oil instead)
- 100% vegetarian – uses plant based DHA/ARA
- No hexane extraction
- Produced in the UK, run by a family owned company with 58 years of experience in formula making
- The selenium and natural prebiotics found in Kendamil Goat milk formula are similar to breastmilk – boosting your baby’s immune system.
- Red tractor certified ingredients. This means Kendamil follows rigorous production standards and the farms they obtain their goat milk from do not use growth hormones. Plus, the local farmers follow responsible use of animal medicines on their farms. Only the highest care and animal husbandry is used towards these family-owned and loved goats.
- No added sugars, synthetic preservatives, no wheat soy, maltodextrin or peanut ingredients, GMO free
- Main carbohydrate is lactose, mimics the whey:casein ratio of breastmilk
- Added HMOs (3’-GL , 4’-GL and 6’-GL). All three of these HMOs are found in breastmilk/colostrum.
Here are more details on what to look for in a goat’s milk formula!
- Ideally organic, or at least non-GMO/Free-range. If the milk is imported from the EU or NZ that’s even better, because you end up with higher standards for the treatment of animals and the processing of milk. Note: Holle Goat is the only formula that’s officially organic.
- A formula that simulates breast milk with their whey/casein ratio: to avoid digestion issues, constipation, gas, discomfort in babies! This can be accomplished by: a whey/casein ratio similar to breastmilk. Since breast milk contains more whey than casein – and goat milk contains much more casein than whey – it’s crucial that formula adds goat whey protein.
- Addition of lactose, to simulate breastmilk. Breast milk contains more than one and a half times the amount of lactose as goat milk. So, it’s essential that goat’s milk formula adds carbohydrate to meet babies’ needs.
- No maltodextrin or syrup solids used.
- DHA/ARA and Prebiotics added.
Here are the ingredients to avoid in goat milk formula
- Synthetic DHA and ARA: DHA and ARA is naturally found in breast milk. When added to a formula it is often extracted using hexane. DHA and ARA that are extracted using a different process is preferred.
- GMOs: Look for formulas that are certified non-GMO. If you buy an organic formula, it is automatically non-GMO. GMOs are concerning because they are genetically engineered crops that are made to be resistant to glyphosate / roundup – the residue of which can end up in food.
- Carrageenan: This ingredient has been banned in Europe but is still used in formulas in the US. It is know to cause inflammation in the intestines.
- Soy or Soy based products: Too much soy given to infants can lead to health complications in the future.
- Palm Oil: Palm oil is in most US formulas. It is not environmentally friendly, and can cause digestive issues in some babies.
So how do all of the goat milk formulas measure up?
The table below describes the 5 goat milk formulas on the market today and the pros and cons of each! You can click on the product name to find a reliable distributor of the formula.
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Keep in mind that every person & situation is different, especially yours, so make sure to talk to your doctor and see how these guidelines and tips can help you. These tips are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard or delay in seeking professional medical advice because of something you read here!
My recommendations are based on the manufacturer’s claims and ingredients list, and what I feel best giving to my own family. Your individual results may be different based on your overall diet, exercise, age, weight, family history, or pre-existing conditions.
I hope this helps you navigate the world of goat milk infant formulas! If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment – I respond to every single one! 🙂