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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 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 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! 🙂

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

  1. Hi, all this information is so helpful, thank you for that! I am using Holle goat formula which I brought from Europe, but since we live in Asia it’s really hard to find good formula here and I am running out . I found DG goat formula from New Zeland that’s available here but I can’t see much information online. Have you heard of it?
    Thank you!

  2. Hi!
    I was wanting to try this for randomly supplementing my exclusively breastfed 7 month old. (I don’t produce a lot of extra for pumping).
    Do you know if babies usually do ok with random bottles of this formula?
    Do you know how long the formula is good for once opened?

    • Hi Jessica! Every baby is different, so I can’t speak to how your baby will do on it. I know lots of moms who have used Kabrita successfully during the first 12 months of life to supplement (or as their baby’s primary source of nutrition). If your pediatrician is supportive of you using Kabrita to supplement, then it’s worth just trying it out to see how your baby does — trial and error with baby formula is typically the best way to figure out whether a particular formula suits your baby. The formula is good for 1 month after the can is opened!

  3. I also had another question have you heard about bambinchen? How does that compare to these other goat milk formulas?

    • Hi Brenda! I don’t know too much about Bambinchen but I looked at their website and the ingredients in their formula look good (and clean!) They aren’t organic, so I’d say they are probably comparable to Kabrita! Hope that helps!

    • Hi Chelsea! Thanks for reaching out! So yes, now all EU formula including Holle, Holle Goat and Lebenswert all have DHA added per the new EU guidelines – I have updated this post to indicate that. But Holle, Holle Goat and Leb don’t have prebiotics added. Also, HiPP always had DHA and prebiotics so that is not a change (they continue to have both). Hope that helps clarify!

  4. Hi,
    Thank you so much for this post! I’m wondering how to know how to measure the formula to water ratio if I decide to use the Kabrita Toddler formula for my 4 month old. Can I simply follow the instructions on the can? Or do I need to modify for age/weight?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Amy! You should be able to just follow the instructions on the can for Kabrita! I would verify with your pediatrician that your baby doesn’t need a different ratio for any health reasons just to double check though!

  5. My son has had reflux pretty badly. We tried A.R. formulas, soy, and hypoallergenic with no luck. We were given a box of Holle organic goats milk stage 1 and the spit up improved tremendously! However when we ordered the products again, we were given Holle Bio. My son did not tolerate this and his spit up was back to where he started. I emailed the companies and they told me they are the same thing. Is there another formula that is the same as the Holle Organic? Do you know if there is a difference to know what we should avoid? Thank you!

  6. Hi Anjali,
    My daughter (8wks) has a cmpi and acid reflux.
    We just switched to Kabrita USA from baby’s only organic lactorelief because she was having lots of gas and mucus in her stools and that has improved immediately. But the thin Kabrita formula is making her acid reflux worse. Would you recommend thickening it with gelmix? Do you know if Nanny care formula is as thin as Kabrita?

    • Hi Alex! Honestly I don’t have much experience or knowledge about gelmix so I’m not sure if that is a good solution to make Kabrita thicker. I would ask your pediatrician that question! You might want to try HiPP AR which is a formula specifically designed for reflux and is definitely thicker than Kabrita. To my knowledge, all the goat milk formulas are approximately the same “thickness” since none of them have added starches or ingredients to make them thicker — but I haven’t tried NannyCare so can’t speak to that formula specifically!

      • Hi Anjali, thanks for the reply!
        It was my understanding that Hipp AR is not hypoallergenic. Is that correct?

      • Hi Alex! Yes that is true – HiPP AR is not hypoallergenic (it doesn’t have hydrolyzed milk proteins or modified lactose/fats). It is designed primarily for reflux but I’m not sure how a baby with a lactose sensitivity would respond to it. You could ask your pediatrician which issue (the reflux or the digestive issues) is more important and which one to prioritize formula wise to help you figure it out! Have you considered trying HiPP HA? That is meant for lactose/dairy allergies – and it might be worth a shot if you can’t use HiPP AR!

    • 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!

      • Hello, I saw on the Kabrita USA site that the toddler formula should be used to wean or supplement with breast milk but in my case I will only be feeding my 2 month old the toddler formula. Do you know if this would be enough? I compared the nutritional value of his current formula to the Kabrita toddler formula and they are similar, however Kabrita has Folate instead of folic acid. Thank you in advance!

      • Hi Laura! Kabrita USA meets the nutritional requirements for an infant formula, so technically it should be ok for your 2 month old! But before starting your 2 month old on Kabrita USA, make sure your pediatrician is both aware of it and approves the formula for your baby. Folate and folic acid are basically equivalent from a nutritional standpoint, as long as your baby doesn’t have an MTHFR mutation. Hope that helps!

  7. 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!

      • Hi. Thank you so much for your informative posts!
        For babies with reflux which one is better – Kabrita or Holle Goat?
        Or do you recommend something else?

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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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