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The Best Goat Milk Formula For Your Baby

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This in-depth, parent-friendly guide will help you find and buy the best organic goat milk formula for your baby. You will learn why you should consider goat milk formula and why it can be a great alternative to cow’s milk, what ingredients to avoid in formula, and where you can reliably purchase goat formulas for your baby. I update this post monthly to ensure that all of the information below is recent and accurate!

best goat milk baby formula - Mother holding a baby and bottle with breast milk for breastfeeding at foreground, mothers breast milk is the most healthy food for newborn baby

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?

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 seven that I’ve found are Jovie Goat Milk Formula, Kendamil Goat, Loulouka Goat, Kabrita USA, Holle Goat Milk Formula, NannyCare, and Sammy’s Milk.

Of these formulas,Jovie Goat Milk Formula is by far the best goat milk baby formula on the market today. (For more details on the best baby formulas made in the US, go to this post!)

If I was going to give my own child a goat milk baby formula, I would choose Jovie Goat Formula.

Why Is Jovie Goat Milk Formula The Best?

Jovie Goat Milk Formula is a great product, ideal for healthy development for a few reasons:

  1. 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. Goat milk protein is also easier to digest than cow’s milk protein.
  2. No Palm Oil or coconut oil (so is allergen friendly)
  3. Contains essential fatty acids DHA & ARA (note: uses fish oil so is not vegetarian. For a vegetarian goat milk formula, I recommend Loulouka Goat.
  4. No hexane extraction
  5. Produced in the Netherlands, adhering to the highest organic standards
  6. Contains natural prebiotics similar to breastmilk – boosting your baby’s immune system.
  7. No added sugars, synthetic preservatives, no wheat soy, maltodextrin or peanut ingredients, GMO free
  8. Main carbohydrate is lactose, mimics the whey:casein ratio of human breast milk
  9. Contains essential vitamins such as: folic acid, vitamin d3, vitamin b12, vitamin b6, vitamin a and vitamin e.

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. Holle Formulas, Jovie and Loulouka are all 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 for healthy growth and development, as well as immune system support.
  • Important Note: If your child has had an allergic reaction to cow’s milk or cow milk formula, then you likely need a true hypoallergenic formula and goat milk may not work for your child. Additionally, since these formulas do contain lactose, they would not be suitable for a child with lactose intolerance.

Ingredients To Avoid

  • 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.

The 7 Best Goat Milk Formulas

The list below describes the seven 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.

Some of the items below were given to me to review by the manufacturer or as part of an affiliate program. I may receive commissions if you make a purchase through the links provided. I only recommend products I’ve actually evaluated, I believe are the highest quality, and can do the most to help you and your family. By purchasing any of these products from the links below, you help keep this blog running, so thanks for your support!

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.

Jovie Goat Milk Formula

A great option for a goat milk formula, Jovie is made in the Netherlands, and is committed to producing high quality, 100% organic whole goat milk formulas that meets babies and toddlers nutritional needs. It truly is one of the best best baby formula choices you can make for your little one! It comes in 3 stages: Stage 1 is from birth to 6 months, Stage 2 from 6-12 months of age, and Stage 3 for age 1+.

 

 

Pros
Organic ingredients, Non GMO
Made with whole goat milk / full fat goat milk cream
Made with organic vegetable oils – no palm oil, and allergen friendly (no coconut oil)
Can be easier to digest than cow’s milk
Added prebiotics
Organic lactose is the main carbohydrate – no added sugars or corn syrup
No synthetic preservatives, no wheat soy, no heavy metals, maltodextrin or peanut ingredients
Cons
On the pricier side for goat milk formula
Doesn’t contain probiotics
Not vegetarian (uses fish oil)
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Loulouka Goat

loulouka goat milk formula

Loulouka goat formula is made from organic goat milk from the Swiss Alps. This formula is one of the best European brands of goat milk formula you can find. It’s a safe and healthy breastfeeding supplement, and a good alternative to human milk that is ideal for babies from birth onwards. Loulouka also works with farms known for strict quality regulations that focus on animal welfare, sustainability and harmony with nature.

Pros
Organic, Non-GMO
Plant based DHA instead of Fish Oil, vegetarian friendly
Organic Swiss whole A2 goat milk
No Palm Oil and No Coconut Oil
Main Carbohydrate is lactose – No added sugars or synthetic preservatives
No wheat, soy, maltodextrin or peanut ingredients
More affordable than most of the other options on this list!
Cons
No probiotics or prebiotics
Does not contain ARA
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Kabrita Goat Milk Formula

kabrita goat milk toddler formula - best protein powders for kids

There are a lot of benefits to Kabrita USA. While it’s technically a toddler formula, it does meet the nutritional requirements of infant formula (so just make sure your pediatrician is comfortable with you using it). Kabrita USA also has a super clean ingredients list, it contains no added sugars, no maltodextrin, no syrup solids and has the right composition of fatty acids to be gentle for babies’ tummies to digest. While it does contain palmitic acid, that is not the same as palm oil (more info on that here). It’s also more affordable than Kendamil Goat (Costs $51 for 28oz vs. $59 for 28oz of Kendamil Goat). Lastly, Kabrita is offering 10% off all orders with the coupon code GENTLEKABRITA!

Pros
No sugar or syrup solids added, lactose is the only carbohydate
Mimics whey:casein ratio of breastmilk, easy to digest
Has prebiotics
Contains DHA/ARA
A more affordable goat milk formula option
Non GMO
Cons
Technically a toddler formula, but meets the nutritional requirements of infant formula
Not organic, but is non GMO and certified glyphosate free
Does use hexane for extraction, but has no hexane present in the final product
No probiotics added
Contains soy oil
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Kendamil Goat

best goat milk formula - kendamil goat

Formulated especially for infants, with 3 stages to accompany your baby from infancy to their toddler years, Kendamil goat milk formula is one of the cleanest goat milk formulas on the market today!

Pros
Made with whole, full fat milk
No palm oil, no soy, non GMO
100% vegetarian, no hexane extraction of DHA/ARA
Added prebiotics
No added sugars, synthetic preservatives, no wheat soy, maltodextrin or peanut ingredients
Added HMOs
Lactose is the only carbohydrate
Mimics whey:casein ratio of breastmilk, easy to digest
Cons
No probiotics added
Technically not organic, but is red tractor certified and contains no hormones, GMOs, antibiotics, pesticides
Can be on the more expensive side
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Holle Goat

holle goat baby formula

Holle Goat Stage 1 through 3 can be a good choice for an organic goat milk infant formula, depending on your baby’s needs. Even though it’s organic, it doesn’t have a whey-casein ratio similar to breastmilk, and I have heard the casein proteins can constipate babies – so this may be more constipating than the other options on this list. It also uses maltodextrin and it has no prebiotics or probiotics added.

Pros
The only 100% organic goat milk formula for infants available. It’s actually also Biodynamic, Demeter, and Organic Certified.
No sugar or syrup solids added
Has DHA added
Non GMO
No palm oil
Cons
Contains maltodextrin
No prebiotics or probiotics added
No ARA
Does not match the whey:casein ratio of breastmilk so may cause constipation in some babies
More expensive than Kendamil Goat ($65.98 for 28oz of formula vs. $59 for Kendamil Goat)
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Nanny Care

nanny care best goat milk formula

No Non-GMO/Organic certifications, but their milk is sourced from New Zealand which has higher standards than the US. No soy based ingredients, maltodextrin, and only two of the synthetic ingredients that I recommend avoiding. They are ranked lower than the others because they don’t have a whey-casein ratio as close to breastmilk as Kabrita, they don’t have DHA or prebiotics added, they’re not organic, and they have two synthetic ingredients added!

Pros
Goat milk is sourced from New Zealand
Formulated for infants
No soy, no maltodextrin
Cons
Not organic or non-GMO
No DHA/ARA
No prebiotics or probiotics
Whey:casein ratio not identical to breastmilk
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Sammy’s Milk

sammys milk

They use molasses instead of lactose which I don’t love – since that’s just added sugar. But they are free range and Non GMO, it’s made in the United States, they don’t have palm oil or soy added, and they don’t use hexane to extract their DHA. It is technically a toddler formula, so you should check with your pediatrician before using this formula for your infant.

Pros
Non GMO, free range
No palm oil, no soy oil
No hexane extraction
DHA added
Whole goat milk powder
Has prebiotics added
Cons
Not organic
Has added sugar (in the form of molasses powder)
No probiotics added
No ARA
Technically a toddler formula
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More Helpful Formula Guides!

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! 🙂

140 responses to “The Best Goat Milk Formula For Your Baby”

  1. My baby is 9month old and currently on Hollie goat stage 1 and when we transition her to stage 2 she started drinking less and whilst her poop looks ok she started developing horrendous cradle cap. I noticed there’s maltodextrin in the ingredient could that have caused an imbalance of bacteria in her gut or inflammation? What other formula would you recommend as she have a history of eczema reacting to corn, rice, wheat, yeast etc

  2. Hi,
    I am expecting my sixth child in a few months. Because of my own autoimmune issues I have had to formula feed all of my kids. I have always started them on European cows’ formula but that all end up reacting to it with frequent runny diapers. At that point I typically switch them to Kabrita which works WONDERFULLY– whatever it is about Kabrita just really agrees with my kids’ systems. But I’d like to have that higher European standard in terms of ingredients so I usually kind of bounce back and forth trying to switch them back to a European formula when their tummies seem less sensitive. Anyway, I would prefer not to go through all that and just start right off the bat with something that works. So, of the European goat formulas which would you say is MOST like Kabrita in terms of its constitution and ratios? For what it’s worth, I did try Holle Goat and it also did NOT settle as well as Kabrita. Like I said, my kids have historically had RUNNY diapers, rather than constipation and all the European cows’ milk (and Holle Goat) seems to eventually cause this. I recognize that this baby could be different, but after a trend this consistent, I am assuming she’s likely to be the same!

    • Hi Elizabeth! Holle Goat is known for causing constipation in babies because its whey:casein formula doesn’t mimic infant breastmilk the way most other formulas do – so I’m not surprised that it caused constipation with your kids! I’d say either Jovie Goat or Loulouka Goat is the closest to Kabrita – so I’d try one of those first. Hope that helps!

  3. My son was on Holle Infant Goats Milk but it made him constipated. I want to do the Kendamil but I honestly can’t afford it. What other goat milk formulas do you recommend for babies prone to constipation and gas?

    • Hi Shannon! I’m not surprised about your experience with Holle Goat – it doesn’t have a whey:casein ratio that matches breastmilk so it can constipate babies. I would try Loulouka Goat which is more affordable than Kendamil Goat and pretty comparable in ingredients! Hope that helps!

    • We have been using Holle goat and my daughter is constipated. It also contains maltodextrin and folic acid not folate. We are switching to Kendamil goat today. I thought it was one of the best. Now I’m wondering if I should have ordered loulaka or jovie ?? Is Kendamil not as good?

      • Switching away from Holle Goat is a great idea! Kendamil Goat is still a really high quality formula and better than Holle Goat. Jovie and Loulouka are just certified organic, while Kendamil is not – that is the main difference between them. But Kendamil is red tractor certified so it’s still a great option! If your baby does well on it and your pediatrician is comfortable with the formula, I’d just stick with Kendamil. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi,
    Our almost 10 month old has been on Kendamil Goat for a long time and had very runny poops. We switched her to Jovi about three weeks ago since we weren’t able to get Kendamil. She has become very constipated and cries when she poops. We started giving her prune juice and that has helped. I was wondering do you know what could be causing her to be so constipated? We haven’t changed anything else regarding her food or water intake. I am wondering if I should try Loulouka goat? I don’t want to keep switching her formulas but I don’t want her to be so constipated or dependent on prune juice either. I would really appreciate your insight and suggestions. Thank you!

    • Hi Alma! I’m so sorry to hear about your 10 month old’s tummy troubles! Jovie really shouldn’t be constipating because it has a whey:casein ratio similar to breastmilk – but maybe your baby doesn’t tolerate goat milk in general? You should definitely try Loulouka Goat – when you switch her, just do it slowly over a period of 1-2 weeks. And hopefully that helps! If Loulouka Goat doesn’t work out, I would try a cow’s milk or a hypoallergenic formula because it could be the goat milk that isn’t working for her. Let me know if you have any other questions and I hope you find something that works soon!

  5. Hi again,

    Kendamil Goat stage 1 is back in stock but I am still deciding between starting my EBF baby on Kendamil Goat stage 1, Jovie or Loulouka goat stage 1. I can’t decide which would be best to supplement. Thank you so much!

    • Hi Alex! I would go with Jovie, I actually think it’s better than Kendamil since it’s organic and is way easier to purchase (there is more stock of it!) If you’re looking for a more affordable option, Loulouka Goat is my second runner up to Jovie and is more affordable for sure. Hope that helps!

  6. Have you heard of Jovie goat milk formula? I have Kendamil Goat stage 1 but having a hard time finding it so I was suggested to try Jovie? My baby is breastfed but looking to combo feed at 6m.

    • Hi Alex! I have heard of Jovie and it’s great! I would feel comfortable using it for my kids if they were still on formula. I’m working on an update to this post that includes Jovie and also a separate post about Jovie that goes into detail about its benefits so stay tuned for that! But in the meantime, I think it’s definitely a fine alternative to Kendamil Goat. Hope that helps!

  7. Kabrita is great stuff! Our daughter struggled on cow’s milk based formula and we gradually switched her to Kabrita (always talk to your doctor first!) and she did so much better on it. Anybody who wants to find out why we picked Kabrita can read our story over here: I’m so glad to see Kabrita on your list. Our daughter was adopted as an infant and I wasn’t able to breastfeed her, so she had to be on formula. She had a hard time on cow’s milk-based formula, so we gradually moved her to Kabrita (always consult your doctor, as we did!). When I had any questions I was able to reach out to the people at Kabrita, and found them to be very helpful. You can read our formula story here: https://giveagirlagoat.com/goat-milk-formula-is-an-option-for-baby/

  8. Going to start some formula and wondering if I should try goat instead of cow because it is easier to digest. He is EBF so I don’t know if he has gut issues or allerigies. I am lactose intolerant myself. Should I try organic cow milk formula first to see? Or should I try organic goat milkformuka right away?

    • Hi Jaimie! Honestly it’s just personal preference!! Goat is easier for some babies to digest but not for all babies. So it might be worth starting with cow’s milk formula if you’re not concerned about allergies, and switch to goat if he doesn’t do well on cow milk formula! When you do transition to formula (no matter which one you pick) make sure to do it slowly, over a period of 1-2 weeks – so it doesn’t “shock” your baby’s system. Hope that helps!

      • Hello I have a question when you say transition baby 1-2 weeks so it doesn’t shock him what do you mean by that ? Do you recommend a certain ounce at a time or a certain amount of bottles at a time? Thank you

      • Hi Carmina! I mean like if you are doing 5 6oz bottles a day, on the first day, you probably only want to add 1 oz of the new formula into each bottle + 5oz of the old formula; the next day 2oz new + 4oz old, the next day 3oz new + 3oz old, etc. — that’s if you were doing it over 1 week. If you were doing it over 2 weeks, then you’d increase by 1/2 oz increments in each bottle each day. Hope that helps!

  9. I started using little oak. Thanks to the mamma that posted about it. It’s much little than holle and seems more digestible for my guy. The company has great customer service abs arrives in a few days. Great option so thank you for this!

  10. Are you saying that Kabrita doesn’t have glucose syrup solids, taurine, and l-carnitine? Because it does. I’m looking at their infant formula right now and it has all 3 of the things you said to look for that we shouldn’t want them to have. So, I’m confused now by this entire blog.

    • Hi there! This blog post is about Kabrita USA – the toddler formula that also meets infant nutritional requirements. I actually do not recommend Kabrita’s Infant Formula (which is available in the EU but is a completely different product – and that’s the formula you are thinking of). Kabrita USA has no glucose syrup solids or synthetic ingredients. Hope that helps clarify things!

      • Hi there!
        I see l-carnitine and taurine in the Kendamil goat ingredients, which is the formula you recommend highly. Are those not concerning? (Also saw tryptophan(?))
        Thanks!

      • Hi Erin! Kendamil does have those nutrients but they are not extracted using solvents, which is the main reason why I don’t recommend those synthetic versions of those nutrients in formula. Since Kendamil has a natural extraction process I don’t see it as a major issue in their formula. Hope that helps!

    • Hi Jenay! I know a lot of parents who use KabritaUSA for their babies before they turn 12 months of age (with their pediatrician’s approval of course!) That said, if your pediatrician isn’t comfortable using KabritaUSA for your infant, then I would go with Holle Goat. Hope that helps!

  11. If my baby does have mthfr should I be supplementing folate if she is only getting formula with folic acid? What do you think of the formula called little oak?

    • Hi Marin! Regarding supplementing with folate if the formula has folic acid, it depends on what type of MTHFR mutation your baby has. I would speak with your pediatrician about how severe her mutation is and whether it requires separate folate supplementation (or avoidance of formulas that contain folic acid). I have heard of Little Oak Goat Milk formula but I don’t know much about them (I haven’t spoken to the founders or anything like that!) From what I can see on their website, they’re non GMO and made with New Zealand milk but not certified organic (which could be because they’re using non US based milk). They have a few synthetic ingredients (e.g. L-Carnitine) – but if those are not extracted using solvents they may be fine. Overall I’d say it ranks similarly to Holle Goat! Hope that helps!

      • Hi! Sure thing! Little Oak Formula is actually really high quality – I hadn’t heard of them before you reached out, but I’ll be adding them to this post soon! I’d place them right after Loulouka and right above Kabrita on the list, mainly because they are not certified organic even though many of the farms they work with use organic farming practices, and the rest of their ingredients look great. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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