Organic Goat Milk Formula

Milk from goats can be used as an alternative to cows milk, but from what age?
Milk from goats can be used as an alternative to cows milk, but from what age?

Sometimes babies need a formula that is derived from an alternative to cows milk. When I first started Ulula just over four years ago, the Holle organic goats milk formula could be sold from 6 months onwards. But there was a big issue with the Food Standard Agency (FSA) in the UK. The FSA said that there hadn’t been enough studies showing that goat’s milk is an alternative to cow’s milk in terms of the similarity of  proteins within the milks.

I personally ask myself, why has goats milk been used for centuries as an alternative to cow’s milk if it wasn’t one? Why has nature to be questioned all the time? Why have we lost our intuition to judge and make decisions without reading all sorts of opinions, books, magazines, which are often badly researched and which confuse us.

As a mum you are the best person to judge your baby, you know your baby intimately, you watch him all the time. You know when he reacts and how. Some knowledge about nutrition is fine and very helpful. But if you think about it, it is also common sense, which you have as a mum because you are aware of your baby all the time.

The recipe used in the Holle organic goats nutrition (from 12 months) is exactly the same as that sold in Germany from 4 months onwards and in Australia from 6 months onwards. I have a mum buying it for her 4 months old baby because she used it in Australia, is the owner of a business dealing with alternative medicines and, as she said, she knows what she is doing because she ‘listens’ to her baby.

You can find more information about the FSA decision on their website, but it left me with more questions to be honest.

Does your baby drink goat’s milk formula as an alternaive to cows milk? If so, how did you come to the decision to give your baby goats milk? Let us know what you think.

3 thoughts

  1. We have been giving our 18 month old son, Phoenix, goat’s milk since he was 5 months old. This was recommended by our independent midwife and homeopath for the same reason, it is easier on the digestion and does not aggravate the body like cows milk can in certain babies. At 12 months we thought about changing him to cows milk. Within 2 weeks he had a chesty cough, runny nose and one day he was covered in a rash from top to toe. We were told that this could have been laundry product, cows milk, genetic working through, an allergy etc… Our GP told us to coat him in emollient lotion however our homeopath, who we hadn’t consulted about the change of milks, advised us to go back to goat’s milk until Phoenix is 3. Since this change over, Phoenix has been very well and his skin has cleared, so has his chesty cough and runny nose. My partner and I run a small school, Bloo House, and most of the children aged from 5-11 drink and eat goats milk and cheeses.

  2. I have always drunk goat’s milk as an adult – not because I have any particular allergy to cow’s milk, but simply because I think it is superior to cow’s milk. Goat’s milk has historically been drunk by more of humanity and for longer than cow’s. I believe that the emphasis today on cow’s milk is mostly cultural and industrial rather than informed. The fat in goat’s milk is more digestible and goats naturally eat a wide variety of foods – grasses, herbs, bark – increasing the range of vitamins, minerals and importantly the vital energy in the milk. I breastfed my little boy until he was one, supplementing with a bottle of goat’s milk at nighttime from seven months. It seemed natural to me to choose goat’s milk. He loves it. Now nearly two he is still drinking the Holle formula with his morning porridge and he is growing super bonny and rosy, healthy and strong!

  3. I decided to feed my daughter with goats milk formula from 3 months of age when I could no longer feed her myself, this was 30 years ago, I believed it was better for her than cows milk, she was a very healthy baby, child and adult so I would have no reservations in recommending it all these years on, breast feeding is of course what should be given but if breast is not possible then I would still choose goats in preference to cows.

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