Can i give my almost five month old Goats milk

Brittni - posted on 05/11/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My husband is very against formula and i do breast feed but i cant seem to pump any for trips out of state or just to the store. When i do pump i get about five oz and that is if i am lucky. My son eats about every hr and i just can not seem to keep up with him. Also by him eating so much i do not have any time to get other things accomplished i feel like i am always feeding. I would also like to know this for so my husband and i can go on dates once again. It is very stressful. Someone please help. I have read multiple blogs on this and they have both been against one another i can not seem to find a good answer.

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Medic - posted on 05/11/2012

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Things we all use every day get recalled.....tylenol, car parts, benedryl, strollers, carseats, high chairs, basic food from the grocery store...but your against formula. Would you really want to deprive your child of the needed nutrients because of an obtuse decision about formula? Millions of babies drink formula every day. You hear about the handfull of bad cases because the media sensationalizes it. It is good they recalled the formula....they then fixed the issue and redistributed it.

Kimberly J - posted on 09/07/2012

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2 of my grand babies one had goats milk as a baby and now the other one as they could not handle formula and my daughter could not nurse. The goats milk was fine and did the trick my granddaughter was the healthiest baby I ever saw.....

Firebird - posted on 05/11/2012

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I second Kaitlin's advice to do more research. I mean, high chairs, strollers and cribs get recalled all the time, but I'll bet you use those.

Kaitlin - posted on 05/11/2012

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NO! Giving your child goats (or any other regular milk) is far more reckless and will endanger their health and growth than any recalled formula. They would be deprived of essential nutrients. Before you do anything, consult a (licensed!) pediatrician, especially one that would be honest but genuinely listen to your concerns. I understand the gut reaction when something is recalled, but just because you work in a store where they were recalled doesn't exactly give the whole picture, and not every brand is made the same way (and thus recalled). I would strongly suggest a little more research.

Brittni - posted on 05/11/2012

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we are against formula because of the recalls and deaths it has caused. I worked in a store and had to take it off the shelf

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Carrie - posted on 01/04/2013

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My situation is similar. Although my dad has explained to me quite a few things as far as soy is concerned that I am convinced it is not healthy to give a baby soy - at least, not unless it's processed differently. Other countries process soy in a way that it doesn't have as many hormonal issues as the U.S. processes it - so I'd research on that and how they manufacture the soy in the product before you consider using it. Out of interest to feed my baby while I have to go to work (after my maturnity leave) I've been looking into goats milk. While it's true it doesn't have all the essential ingredients - it doesn't mean you can't add it. When comparing powdered goat milk (which you can find at wal-mart) to the baby formula that exists, the main difference is the lack of vitamins and minerals, and the high quantity of protein goats milk has. Otherwise everything else is the same. I read a page a while back on a mom who had to use goat milk, and she basically deluted the goats milk with water so that the protein level was brought down and then added other ingredients to it to bring the other needed levels for the child up (like fat, calories, etc). below are some links to help out with that. So far I'm just in the research stage as well, but if this can help- even for future moms, I'd like to know more about it.

a) http://www.mtcapra.com/discover-how-this...
b) http://www.circleofmoms.com/july-2008-ba...

hope this helps, - but as far as comparing it to other research, I agree it seems that its best to wait till the child is at least 6 months old before doing this, but it is a good alternative if there isn't any other way (I've been thinking of breast feeding for the most part, and using this when there's nothing else to use.)

Kimberly J - posted on 09/07/2012

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Formula is crap have you read the ingredients? They put iron in it now every brand and it messes with the babies tummy..

Sarah - posted on 05/12/2012

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No. If he's under a year, and if you aren't nursing and he needs a feed, formula. You will need to advocate for your son. His body will not be physically ready to digest anything else right now. I believe breast is best too, but formula isn't poison either. It was formulated for human babies. Goats milk is made for goats, cows milk for cows, etc. If you can't get enough milk for the times your away, formula is your next best choice. Tell your husband to get over it.

Amy - posted on 05/11/2012

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Everything the ladies said is true! I would like to say that 5 oz per pumping session is very good! Most people can only pump 1-2 oz at a time.

Dove - posted on 05/11/2012

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Breast milk or formula only, so if you're against formula.... you need to be able to keep up the breast milk.

Firebird - posted on 05/11/2012

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Breast milk or formula only at this age. No goat, cow, soy, almond, rice, or any other kinds of milk that are out there. Otherwise your baby will be deprived of essential nutrients.

Chrystal - posted on 05/11/2012

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If you aren't giving breast milk you need to give formula; the baby needs the calories, vitamins, and minerals that are in breast milk or formula. They can't get enough with things like goat, cow, soy, almond, or rice milk.

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