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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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The Best Goat Milk Formula For Your Baby

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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 four that I’ve found are Kabrita USA, Holle Goat, NannyCare, and Sammy’s Milk.

Of these formulas, Kabrita USA is by far the best goat milk baby formula on the market today.

best goat milk formula

If I was going to give my own child a goat milk baby formula, I would choose Kabrita USA (not to be confused with Kabrita.com!) Kabrita is unique because it contains the beneficial type of palm oil (more info on that here), it’s certified glyphosate-free, it adds whey protein to model the whey-casein ratio of breast milk, it adds lactose to model the carbohydrates in breastmilk (vs. maltodextrin which lower quality formulas use), it has no glucose syrup solids added, and it has DHA/ARA added.

Kabrita is offering 10% off all orders with the coupon code GENTLEKABRITA.

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 synthetic ingredients like taurine, L-Carnitine, etc.
  • No maltodextrin or syrup solids used. 
  • DHA/ARA and Prebiotics added.

And the right composition of fatty acids (this just saves you the time/energy to supplement yourself!) Since 20-25% of the fat in breast milk is palmitic acid, most of which exists in a specific structure, it’s important that the fat in goat milk infant formula simulate this structure.

(Note: Kabrita is the only formula that uses a fat blend with beta palmitate. This blend is designed to simulate the fat found in breast milk. Kabrita does use hexane to extract their DHA/ARA, but assures me that there is no hexane present in their final product.)

So how do the other formulas measure up?

The table below describes the 3 goat milk formulas on the market today other than Kabrita USA (my favorite). You can click on the product name to find a reliable distributor of the formula.

holle goat milk formula
Holle Goat

This is the only officially organic formula! Even though it’s organic, it doesn’t have a whey-casein ratio similar to breastmilk, and I have heard it can constipate babies more than Kabrita or NannyCare. It also uses maltodextrin and palm oil, which I don’t like. And it has no DHA or prebiotics added.

Nanny Care

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 Kabrita because they don’t have a whey-casein ratio as close to breastmilk as Kabrita, they don’t have DHA or prebiotics added, and they have two synthetic ingredients added!

Sammy’s Milk

They use molasses instead of lactose which I don’t love – since that’s just added sugar. They had a recall a while back, so I’ve been a little skeptical about it. But they are free range and Non GMO, they don’t have palm oil or soy added, and they don’t use hexane to extract their DHA. So it’s kind of a toss up between whether you prefer organic or non-hexane extracted DHA + no palm oil when you’re comparing Sammy’s Milk to Holle!

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! 🙂

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

    • Hi! Technically, Kabrita USA is a toddler formula, but it meets the nutritional requirements for an infant formula. So as long as your pediatrician is ok with it, you can give it to your 6 month old! I know lots of moms who use it for their infants with no issues so just check with your pediatrician before starting it!

  1. Hi Anjali
    I am looking to give (supplement) my newborn with Kabrita toddler formula (for my first baby I was able to obtain Kabrita Infant) and I noticed that the Kabrita Toddler has Folic Acid listed in the ingredients list (usually listed as an ingredient means synthetic folic acid)..however they have “Folate (Folic acid)” listed in Nutritional guide. I am wanting to be sure it is food-based Folate and not synthetic folic acid.
    Thank you for all your wonderful information!

    • Hi Tanya! Do you mean Kabrita Infant formula made in the Netherlands? I don’t recommend that formula because it includes glucose syrup solids among other more processed ingredients. Hope that helps!

    • Hi Leyla! Whole milk is actually a great option – just as good as skimmed milk! Very few formulas will use whole milk, which is probably why in my chart I noted skimmed milk but not whole milk — but either are really ok 🙂 Hope that helps!

  2. Hi, I currently have my daughter on Holle Goat and she is Constipated. Could you please review a new Goat formula called Little Oak which is from New Zealand. Would really appreciate it.

    • Hi Kristina! Little Oak looks like a pretty great formula! It’s not certified organic, but the company claims to use organic farming practices for their ingredients (and just hasn’t taken the step to get certified yet). The ingredients look really clean and healthy. The one thing to keep in mind though, is the whey casein ratio of Little Oak’s formula is way off compared to breastmilk. Breastmilk is 60% whey, 40% casein. Little Oak’s formula is 20% whey, 80% casein – the same as Holle Goat — and this is the reason why Holle Goat constipates some babies. So given that your baby is having issues on Holle Goat she might have the same issue with Little Oak as well! You might want to try a cow’s milk formula like HiPP Dutch if she is not sensitive to cow’s milk proteins as an alternative. Hope that helps!

  3. Hello,

    I have heard that a1 milk which is most cow milk causes inflammation and that is a other reason people prefer it. My little one has been on hipp dutch for 1 month after breath feeding and seems to be doing well with occasional gas and spit up. Is it worth trying kabrita or do you feel having organic is more important than having A2 milk over A1 milk.

    • Hi Candice! It’s true that A2 milk is supposed to be easier to digest and is more similar to breastmilk proteins in its structure – but if your baby is already doing well on HiPP Dutch I wouldn’t switch! I think organic is more important than having A2 vs. A1 milk, for babies that are already doing well on A1 milk. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi Anjali- my baby has a soy intolerance- so would you say I should not choose Kabrita as it has soy oil and try Holle instead? Thanks!

      • Hi Tammy! Are you talking about the Mt. Capra homemade goat milk formula recipe? The ingredients look good to me in that recipe, but I’ve never tried it so I can’t vouch for it personally. That said, if your pediatrician is supportive of you making the goat milk formula at home and giving it to your infant you should be fine to try it!

    • Hi Fiona! Kabrita USA doesn’t currently have an infant branded formula. That being said, their current formula (which is labeled as a toddler formula) meets the nutritional requirements for infants – so as long as your pediatrician is ok with you using it for your baby – it should be fine!

  5. Hello Anjali, thank you for the posts. Great help! Great web page!
    Question: do you know a French goat milk named Lactichevre?
    Dou you think it is any similar to Kabrita or Holle? (those are the only ones available in Chile)
    Thank you!

    • Hi Julia! It looks like Lactichevre is similar to Holle from an ingredients standpoint — because it’s made with milk and lactose as the primary carbohydrates but it also includes maltodextrin. I don’t think it has pre/probiotics or DHA/ARA added either (similar to Holle). But I don’t know if Lactichevre is organic – I couldn’t tell from the labeling, so that is something to keep in mind if you use it!

  6. My doctor is concerned about The amount folate For infants, I have 10 week old. Is this the same as folic acid? I don’t see folate listed anywhere and I can’t find the liquid drops he is recommending I add. Thank you

    • Hi Jessica! Folate and folic acid are equivalent — folate is what’s found in food, while folic acid is “synthetic” in that it can be made in a lab. Folate is only needed for babies or kids with MTHFR mutations because their bodies can’t process folic acid. But if your formula has folic acid, and your baby doesn’t have the mutation – you should be fine. You should follow up with your doctor about this though to make sure you’re not misunderstanding why he’s recommending folate drops for your baby!

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