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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!

Anjali Shah

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

Of these formulas, Kendamil Goat 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 Kendamil Goat.

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Why Is Kendamil Goat Milk Formula The Best?

Kendamil Goat is unique because of 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.
  2. No Palm Oil (uses coconut oil instead)
  3. 100% vegetarian – uses plant based DHA/ARA
  4. No hexane extraction
  5. Produced in the UK, run by a family owned company with 58 years of experience in formula making
  6. The selenium and natural prebiotics found in Kendamil Goat milk formula are similar to breastmilk – boosting your baby’s immune system.
  7. 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.
  8. No added sugars, synthetic preservatives, no wheat soy, maltodextrin or peanut ingredients, GMO free
  9. Main carbohydrate is lactose, mimics the whey:casein ratio of breastmilk
  10. 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.

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.

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! 🙂

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

  1. Thank you for this info. I keep going back and forth between Nannycare and kabrita. I thought soybean and palm oil isn’t good to have in formula and kabrita has that? Nanycare doesn’t so why is nannycare not up there? Just curious.

    And my little one is only 2 months old. Will I be able to use this formula when she’s so young?

    • Hi Suzy! The palm oil in Kabrita is actually not the problematic palm oil that is in most formulas. You can read more about the palmitic oil in Kabrita here. Kabrita is also non-GMO, while NannyCare is not. Kabrita does have soy oil — but it’s basically a trade off between having soy oil but having no other synthetic ingredients + being non GMO, and no soy oil but a couple of synthetic ingredients and no non-GMO or organic certifications. Kabrita also seems to be gentler on babies tummies since it has a whey:casein ratio closer to breastmilk. It is marketed as a toddler formula but meets the nutritional requirements for infants, so as long as your pediatrician is ok with it, you should be able to give it to your baby. I would just check with your peds first. Hope that helps!

  2. What are your thoughts on formula allergy causing eczema? Cow’s milk protein. My baby is 5 months old and we have done everything we possibly can re trying to get rid of possible culprit except change his formula (similac lactose sensitive)

  3. Hi Anjali! Similar to what someone else asked before, do I have to worry about Kabrita USA containing soybean oil and it causing inflammation on my toddler?

    Also, any recommendations on how much to feed toddler (She’s a pretty good eater most of the time)…I’m in the process of weaning her off so wanted to offer her formula to help with the process? Thank you so much for your help.

    • Hi Marielle! While soybean oil isn’t ideal, the alternative is Holle Goat which has maltodextrin (which also causes inflammation and is high-glycemic), and has a whey-casein ratio that doesn’t mimic breastmilk so it can constipate some toddlers. If you’re going with Goat Milk formula, no formula is going to be perfect so I’d say KabritaUSA is about as good as it’s going to get! As for how much to feed her, I would really ask your pediatrician about that because all toddlers are different — some will have 2-3 8oz bottles of either whole milk or formula a day, some will have much less and will eat more yogurt, cheese etc. So I would ask your pediatrician what they recommend in terms of amount of formula! You can also ask them if your toddler is ready to transition to organic whole milk instead of formula as that can be an option too!

  4. I’ve noticed that in the comments you’ve explained several times that even though Kabrita is marketed for toddlers it can be used for infants. But also in a reply you made to someone you listed their disclaimer that Says Kabrita shouldn’t be used as a main source of nutrition, but rather for weaning and supplementing. I do plan to use it to supplement as I’m pregnant and I think my supply is dropping for my almost 6mo. My question is, if I completely dry up is this not a formula that I can use alone and full time for my baby?

    • Hi Kelsey! Kabrita has that disclaimer because they want to encourage breastfeeding for the first year of life. But nutritionally, it should be fine to use full time as long as your pediatrician is ok with it! Hope that helps!

  5. Hi Anjali- this is great info! Thank you! My baby has had poop problems 🙂 since birth. She went once a week until about six months. Now- she goes every other day a little bit but it’s very hard. We tried Hipp Dutch and Hipp UK and Hipp HA but no real change. Would you recommend Kabrita for her?

    • Hi Kristen! I’m so glad this post was helpful for you! Regarding your baby — if she’s over 6 months old and eating solids, I’d actually recommend adding in a serving of these baby prunes into her diet every day, along with a good amount of water (some at every meal). That might actually solve her constipation issues! If she didn’t really see a change between HiPP Dutch, UK and HA she may not see much of a change with only switching to Kabrita – without other dietary changes – but it’s worth a shot! If your pediatrician is ok with you switching to Kabrita, you can go ahead and do that but I’d still add in the baby prunes + water on a daily basis. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  6. I just have a question. You said to not confuse Kabrita USA with Kabrita.com but I’m confused lol. What is the difference? And how come Kabrita UAS only sells toddler formula when Kabrita makes different stages?

    • Hi Danielle! Kabrita.com is the European version of Kabrita which has stages but the ingredients are worse – they add glucose syrup solids to their formula and other synthetic ingredients. KabritaUSA is the US version of Kabrita, which has much cleaner ingredients and no glucose syrup added! KabritaUSA is technically a toddler formula, but their formula meets the standard nutrition requirements for infant formula. So as long as your pediatrician is ok with you using KabritaUSA for your baby it’s a perfectly good option!

  7. Hi Anjali! I used the Mt Capra recipe with my first two as they both we end themselves at 4-5 months. I love the Mt Capra goat milk/recipe however when traveling it can be difficult as you have to take it pre-made, keep it cold, then heat it enough for the coconut oil the liquify.
    I just had our 3rd & in the event the he weens early too, would you say the Capra & Kabrita compare in quality?

    • Hi! Thanks so much for reaching out! The Mt Capra recipe is great but I totally agree with you about the traveling component — taking it on the go is definitely not easy. I’d say Kabrita is probably the most comparable to Mt Capra since it’s the cleanest goat milk formula out there! The ingredients are still different than Mt Capra but nutritionally it is complete for infants. I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Are you not concerned that the soybean oil, palm kernel oil, and sunflower oil are inflammatory and not good for the baby?

      • Hi Bill! The Mt Capra recipe does not include palm kernel oil or soybean oil. They do include sunflower oil, but it is High Oleic Sunflower oil which delivers monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, but can be replaced with Extra Virgin Olive Oil as well.

  8. Thank you so much for your website. It was so wonderful to read all your questions and answers. I feel so much better now that I read them.

  9. Hi there! I have a 5 mo old I’d like to start on Kabrita. Will she get enough folic acid? If not do you have a suggestion to supplement with?

    • Hi Britney! Kabrita has the same amount of folic acid as all the standard US formulas (16mcg for 100 calories). So you should be fine! I would double check with your pediatrician to make sure they don’t have any concerns as well — but the amount of folic acid looks identical to me!

    • Hi Brittany, how are you using Kabrita if it’s only intended for 12-24month olds?
      Curious mom with 5 month old baby girl.

      • Hi Stefanie! Kabrita meets the nutritional requirements for infant formula (see their chart here). So as long as your pediatrician gives you the ok, you can give Kabrita to your infant!

  10. Hello, I have a grandchild that is 3 months old and is having many issues with all formulas that we have tried. Does Kabrita make a 0-6 month formula? I see on my research that it is found in Europe. Thank you

    • Hi Felix! The Kabrita infant formula (from Europe) actually does not have good ingredients and I wouldn’t recommend it. Kabrita USA, even though it’s marketed for toddlers, meets the nutritional requirements for an infant formula. If your pediatrician is comfortable with it, you can certainly use it for a baby younger than 12 months. Hope that helps!

  11. The Kabrita USA offers formula for 12 months+ I did not see another option. Do you know if they carry formula for a 4 month old ?

    • Hi Myranda! Kabrita USA is marketed as a toddler formula but it meets the FDA nutritional requirements for infant formula. So I would just double check with your pediatrician that they are comfortable with you using it, and then you should be fine giving it to your baby!

  12. Hello again!
    I recently changed to Kabrita which my baby has done well with, she’s 3 months today! My pediatrician wasn’t too happy with it though, more so because he had never heard of Kabrita & said that if she didn’t have an intolerance to cow milk there was no reason why I should have her on goat. That she needed the cow formula to benefit her brain and so on. (I also live in a city where doctors are not very progressive & are “old school” who just want to prescribe similac & enfamil, which I don’t want to give my child. Any suggestions!? Thanks so much

    • Hi Denay! I think if your baby is doing well on Kabrita there is no need to change formulas! I agree with your doctor that you don’t have to do goat’s milk formula if your baby does well on cow’s milk, but Kabrita is nutritionally complete for infants according to their website. I think if you really want to get your pediatrician on the same page as you, I’d print out the nutritional label for Kabrita and the nutritional label for Similac and show it to them (they’ll see that the nutrition labels are quite similar, even though the actual ingredients in Kabrita are totally different and far superior to Similac!) Hope that helps!

    • Hi Valeri! I couldn’t find any info on Earth Fare – are you sure that’s the brand of the formula you’re looking for? If so, feel free to email me a photo of the label/ingredients/nutrition (pickyeats@gmail.com) and I can take a look!

  13. Do you know why Kabrita USA is labeled as a toddler formula, but meets FDA nutrition guidelines for infant formula? Why not just label it as infant formula?
    Thanks for you help!

    • Hi Michelle! Basically, there are additional FDA regulations for infant formulas that Kabrita USA hasn’t gone through yet (I believe they are doing this in 2019) and that’s why for now, it has to be labeled as a toddler formula even though it meets the nutritional guidelines for infant formulas. I know lots of moms who have used Kabrita for their infants and their babies have done well on it, so if your pediatrician is comfortable with you using Kabrita for your baby I don’t see any reason why it should be an issue! Hope that helps!

      • I read in another blog that Kabrita has too much protein for infants less than 12 months. Do you have an opinion on this?

      • Hi Kelly! Kabrita has 2.7g protein per 100 calories, vs 2.1g protein (on average) for most infant baby formulas. Babies need around 0.69 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day from 0 to 6 months and 0.55 grams per pound of body weight from 7 to 12 months. So depending on your baby’s weight and how much formula they drink daily, Kabrita may have just enough or too much protein for your baby! I would ask your pediatrician if the difference between 2.7g and 2.1g per 100 calories is something they feel comfortable with depending on the needs of your little one. Hope that helps!

  14. Sammy’s is the only one that doesn’t have folic acid. I want to avoid that because baby has mthfr. But the recall makes me nervous. What do you think of my capra recipe and making it myself?

    • Hi Crystal! That makes sense – that’s why Sammy’s is ranked lower on my list as well! Regarding the capra recipe, as far as I know it looks good and the moms I know who have tried it have had success with it. If you’re thinking of going down that path I’d talk to your pediatrician to make sure they’re comfortable with it too!

    • Which vitamin powder will you use with Mt Capra for folate? The one they provide has folic acid if I’m correct? My baby has mother too, and I’m in the same dilemma.

      • Hi Brooke! Did you mean MTHFR? (not mother?) If so, I’m actually not aware of an infant vitamin that has methylated Bs — all of the vitamins for kids with methylated Bs are for toddlers and older. Your pediatrician might be able to give you a prescription for methylated B vitamins that are suitable for infants. And if you do find an infant vitamin with methylated Bs let me know and I’ll add it to my vitamins guide! Thanks!

    • Hi Courtney! I have never used Mt. Capra’s recipe personally, but I know other moms who have and have had success with it. If you are thinking of trying their recipe I’d just check with your pediatrician to make sure they’re comfortable with you following that recipe for homemade formula for your little one. Mt. Capra’s goat milk products have super clean ingredients and it looks like they are non-GMO and organic (the goats either graze on grass or are fed organic hay/feed). Hope that helps!

  15. Hello!
    Thanks for the great info! I see that Kabrita seems to only have a 12-24 month formula. is that for labeling purposes, but its actually ok for infants? thanks!

    • Hi Heather! So yes it is for labeling purposes, and I know moms who use Kabrita for their infants with no issues. That said, you should definitely check with your pediatrician before using this formula for your little one just to make sure they are on board with it! Thanks!

  16. Did you know that organic start has Kabrita goats milk for infants, but the only downside is that they are charging $69 a can. Is this the same company that makes Kabrita toddlers formula and is it as good?

    • Hi Rebekah! Actually the one on Organic Start isn’t the same one that I recommend. The one on Organic Start is Kabrita from Europe, and the one I recommend is actually Kabrita USA. Kabrita is the one brand where the US version is way healthier than the UK version! The UK version has glucose syrup solids added among other things, but the US version has really clean ingredients and it’s way cheaper! So buy the US version, and don’t buy the one on Organic Start. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

      • But this one is toddler formula for 12-24 month.
        My baby is 5-1/2 months old.
        How is it ok to use the toddler formula? Just need to know before I try one. I just got the Holle brand stage 1. It does not show taurine in the ingredients. It also has decent mg of whey protein. Help

      • Hi Shari! Regarding Kabrita – you can use it for infants. This is what Kabrita says about the toddler formula designation: “Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula meets the FDA nutrient requirements for infant formula, but we do not recommend it as the only source of nutrition for either infants or toddlers. Our formula is naturally easy to digest and designed to maintain the natural comfort of little ones during feeding transitions, such as weaning and supplementing. We encourage you to speak with a healthcare provider to discuss your child’s nutritional requirements and the available feeding options.” I know lots of moms who have given it to their infants with no issues, but you should just check with your pediatrician before starting any new formula just to make sure they are on board. Holle Stage 1 does not have taurine – you are right. In my post I didn’t say it had taurine, I ranked it third because it has maltodextrin, palm oil, and while it does have whey, the whey-to-casein ratio is not ideal for infants and can be constipating for some babies. I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  17. Do people use the goat milk formula even if their baby doesn’t have a cow’s milk sensitivity? I am sensitive to cow’s milk and so is my older son. I’m looking for something to supplement with as I can’t keep up my milk supply with working. I just can’t pump the same amount of ounces that he’s eating at daycare. Your post mentioned this is the closest thing to breastmilk so it caught my attention.

    • Hi Heather! Yes you can use a goat milk formula even if your baby doesn’t have a cow’s milk sensitivity! Goat milk formula is a replacement for cow’s milk formula – it has all of the same nutrients you’d get but just uses goat milk as a base instead of cow’s milk. So I think as long as your pediatrician is ok with it, you can use this formula for your little one!

  18. Hello, does Kabrita meet the nutritional requirements for a 4 month old? It is advertised as a toddler formula.

    • Hi Jennifer! I do know parents of infants who use Kabrita and have had no issues with it. Kabrita is similar to Baby’s Only in that it’s marketed as a toddler formula but can be used for infants. That said, I would definitely ask your pediatrician before starting your baby on it – just to make sure they are comfortable with it as well! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

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