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goat milk

does anyone know if babies can drink goat milk formula? like the kind thats in the feed store....i know someone who's lil boy can only drink goat milk, but to buy already mixed is so expensive, so trying to see if that is ok for kids.

 
AmandaN1

Asked by AmandaN1 at 2:17 PM on Jan. 16, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • The stuff you'd find at a feed store is formula for baby goats, it is NOT GOAT MILK.
    PhilsBabyMama

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 10:42 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • several sources you online you can find it in a powdered form. just google it. we don't use dairy, and yes it is expensive canned... like I said, google it.
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 2:20 PM on Jan. 16, 2010


  • "Infants below the age of one year should not be fed cow milk, goat milk, or soy beverage. These milks are low in iron and differ in the protein composition compared to mothers milk. Since infants depend so much on milk, it is likely that they will develop an iron deficiency if they consume cow, goat or soy beverage. Really, breast feeding or infant formula are the way to go, with breast feeding most superior. The iron in breast milk is highly bio-available and will cover the needs for the infant until about the age of 6 months."

    "Another reason that infants should not be fed cow or goat milk is because of the protein. Breast milk is higher in whey and much lower in casein compared to cow and goat milks. Casein is more difficult to digest than whey and may lead to internal gastrointestinal bleeding, which again, could lead to iron deficiency."

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 2:34 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • "There are also mineral differences among breast milk, cow milk and goat milk. Goat milk, in particular, is low in the B vitamin folic acid."

    These are some of the reasons not to give a baby under a year goat's milk. It has a higher renal solute load (harder for the kidneys) and the baby can become dehydrated.

    The goat's milk formula in a feed store would be for baby goats. Children over a year can drink goat's milk and it may be better for them than cow's milk. However, human children do not need to drink the milk of any other mammal. Cow's milk formula is available for babies that are not human milk fed so they can survive the first year.

    If a baby is not breastfed commercial formula is the only milk to be used the first year.
    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 2:43 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • he's a year now and they are trying to switch over from formula to milk
    AmandaN1

    Answer by AmandaN1 at 4:19 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • honestly, he doesn't need milk at all. calcium comes from green veggies, vit D comes from the son, protein can come from eggs, nuts, beans, and meat.
    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 8:37 PM on Jan. 16, 2010