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#1 of 2 Old 07-23-2005, 09:42 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We are supplementing with goat milk fo rour four month old while I am working on rebuilding my supply after some nursing difficulties. We tried formula and found it just didn't fit our family very well, and baby Maia spit it up all the time. She likes the goat milk, and keeps it down very well. However, there is only one store in our city that carries goat milk, and it is from a small, high quality local dairy. The store often sells out of pateurized goat milk, and I'm wondering if I can feed raw goat milk to the baby or if it needs to be boiled first.

The clerk at the store said that most people who give goat milk to their babies use the raw, but I'm not sure it's safe, and I'm finding alot of contradictory stuff online (surprize surprize).

Can anyone elighten me?
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The store often sells out of pateurized goat milk, and I'm wondering if I can feed raw goat milk to the baby or if it needs to be boiled first.
=well thats a pretty young baby to risk it. There are certain things that can survive in unpasturized milk, but it also has more benefits...

I would consider it but only if I saw the test results from the goats.
I think there is 'less' of a need as she is still bf....

You can also have the milk tested cheaply. (call your local dairy board and find out who does their testing).

I am personally parasite phobic so...it wouldn't happen here
I also work for the dairy industry...do your homework, you can ask the animals' vet about the health of the animals.

But I am not sure if it would be worth the possible risks, maybe when she's older...but you'd really have to talk to the 'experts' on all sides.

8 might be enough
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