Goats milk formula
goat milk formula
My son, Morrison, was born allergic to everything. He was in transition care for 1 month after he was born while legalities were finalized. He gave his transition mom the hardest time! She has been doing this (watching babies during the legal transition time) for over 30 years and has watched over 200 babies. She said Morrison was the hardest baby she had ever had and she was taking a few months off before taking another baby. He really did give her a hard time.
He was allergic to soy and dairy. All commercial, over-the-counter formulas are soy or dairy. Keep in mind she had him for about 28 days (he was in the hospital a few days and came home on day 32….give or take a day). This was what she tried (I still have her handwritten notes, she gave us pages of notes. The following is from her notes):
- Similac Advance – couldn’t keep it down
- Similac Isomil Soy – Lots of gas and cramping
- Similac Sensitive – couldn’t keep it down and cried for hours after eating
- Similac Alimentum – better but still cried a lot
- Neocate – This is a prescription. This is what he came home on.
Read more about the problem with those commercial formulas here.
She added 2 teaspoons of dairy free rice cereal (I am not a fan of rice cereal; it’s a filler, there’s no nutrition, I do not and will not feed it as a meal for my child ever. Read more about rice cereal here.) per ounce of formula. Yes, that’s right. For a 4 oz. bottle, there were 8 tsp of rice cereal added. That’s a thick formula. They did this to thicken it so he could keep it down. And it worked. He could keep the Neocate with the rice cereal down. But it was a big chore to burp him. He was still so uncomfortable. But at least he could eat.
We kept that routine for a few weeks. The Neocate was 57% corn syrup. Yes, 57% corn syrup!!! That is the solution the medical world gave him.
We called the doctor back and he prescribed an iron and folic acid compound. We added this to his bottles until he started eating solid foods. All of his iron blood tests come back at perfect levels. Here is the formula recipe I used.
We switched him cold turkey. No transition. One day we were feeding 57% corn syrup Neocate, the next day we were feeding raw goat’s milk.
When we talked to the doctor, he said that the rice cereal does thicken to help him keep it down. But……it doesn’t stop the reaction. The reason he spits it up is because he is reacting negatively to it. So he’s still having a reaction, he just can’t do anything about it. Horrible.
UPDATE: He is now 23 months old. He has zero allergies and is very healthy!
- Goat’s milk is easier for a baby to digest than cow’s milk.
- Goat’s milk has a higher fat content than cow. The fat clusters are arranged in a way that makes it easier for the baby to digest.
- Camel’s milk is the closest milk to human milk, molecular structure. I don’t know anyone with a camel in Texas. Goat’s milk is the runner up.
- Goat’s milk has a softer and smaller protein than cow’s milk, making it easier to digest.
- Goat’s milk has less lactose than cow’s milk. So if you are lactose intolerant (like my son), try goat milk