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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 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. 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/

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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