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|Using goat's milk before 6 months or regular use between 6 and 12 months is not recommended. Goat's milk is no more appropriate to give baby than cow's milk. If you need to supplement and breastmilk is not available, formulas are a more nutritionally complete product. There are several comparisons of goat vs. cow vs. human milk in the links below. Using this information, goat milk is much closer in composition to cow milk than human milk. Goat's milk is high in sodium (like cow's milk) and is very high in chloride and potassium, which makes the renal solute load too high for babies. This can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and can result in anemia and poor growth (these problems are usually undetected until months later). Goat milk is also deficient in folic acid, which can lead to megaloblastic anemia. Also, infants who are allergic to cow's milk protein are often allergic to goat's milk too.
While it's true that whole goats milk (and whole cow's milk) was commonly used prior to the advent of infant formulas it is also true that the infant mortality and morbidity rate during the times of such substitutions was very high.
Formula is best- you can now easily find 100% lactose, organic formula at walmart (the parent's choice brand- NOT similac, that brand is awful). It's too bad we can't get goat milk based formula, but oh well.
It is NOT safe to make your own formula, not with goat or cow milk. Yes, you can add things to the milk.. but you cannot *TAKE THEM OUT*. Read the kellymom site.
Nut milk is just about the worst idea I've ever heard. They are so allergenic, I can't imagine ever doing that to a baby. That's far, far different than even formula, much less breastmilk. Do people really hate formula that much? I guess when people think drying milk constitutes some sort of major terrible issue (it isn't), that could be true. Just because something is processed, does not mean it is worse. It really depends on the conditions. Yes, "live" milk has other things in it- other things MEANT FOR COWS, NOT PEOPLE. Also tasty treats like e. coli. I'd never subject my baby to that. At least formula is tested and has controls in place, even if they are not perfect.
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