baby not gaining weight. Goats milk??

Haley - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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my son was born early december he doesnt look like he is gaining weight??? my first son that i gave up for adoption would not gain weight for the first couple of months and the adoption mother gave him breast milk and goats milk to get him to gain weight. so i was wondering if anyone else had would i interfere with my breast feeding and would i have to do anything special to the goats milk if i did???

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Kuta - posted on 03/07/2011

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Milk

Milk is a popular drink the world over. Almost 75 percent of the milk the world drinks, however, is goat's milk, unlike in the United States, where cow's milk is the popular choice. Does the world know something America doesn't? In a word, yes. Overall, goat milk is much healthier for humans to drink than cow's milk. Goats are also easier and cheaper to raise than cows. Goat's milk is known to be very close in makeup to human breast milk. In fact, children who drink goat's milk gain more weight and have better skeletal mineralization, blood vitamin makeup, stature and bone density, and healthier levels of riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine than children who drink cow's milk.

Vitamins and Digestion

Goat's milk is higher in vitamin A than cow's milk, and it is found in a purer form; ready to be absorbed by the body. Cow's milk, on the other hand, contains vitamin A in carotenoid form, which means the human body must work to turn it into vitamin A before it can become beneficial. Goat's milk also has more riboflavin, potassium, protein (nine grams in one cup, as compared to seven) and calcium than cow milk. A cup of goat's milk also supplies more protein than a cup of cow's milk, nine grams to eight. Goat's milk is also more easily digested by the body because it has less fat and those fat molecules are only one-fifth the size of those in cow's milk. In addition, goat's milk helps to cure constipation.

Hormones and Fatty Acids

Goat's milk contains every amino acid that is essential to the body, making it a fully complete protein. In addition, Goat's milk is loaded with fatty acids--almost three times as much as cow's milk--that are known to help fight certain diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, heart disease and many digestive diseases and problems. In addition, half of lactose intolerant people who cannot drink cow's milk can drink goat's milk with no problems. Finally, goat's milk has the added benefit of being hormone-free, unlike some cow's milk. Cows are frequently given milk-producing hormones that make their way into our dairy products. These hormones are thought to have increased the age of onset of puberty in girls and contributed to infertility problems in some women.

Kimberly J - posted on 09/07/2012

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I am a grandmother of 3 grand children one is 6 one is 5 and one is 4 weeks old. My second grand child could not handle formula at all she spit it all up we put her on goats milk and she handled it great was a very healthy baby never sick. My grand son is now 4 weeks old wouldn't nurse so mother tried Some formulas he cried so hard and spit it up like his sister so we put him on goats milk and he is doing great. My sister the nurse said the doctor she worked for that took care of babies said goats milk is fine when nothing else works. The problem with formula is they put iron in all of it now an it is upsetting babies tummies. The five year old is healthier then the 6 year old. You can buy some infant vitamins to help supplement but goats milk works!!

Lori - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son got colic from all formula so we put him on goat's milk. You can get it at places like Walmart in the dairy section. These will be pasturized. We also found a goat farmer who we bought it from. This is fresh and not pasturzed. If you trust your source you can give natural but is probably best to pasturize yourself. They can tell you how to do it or look on the internet for instructions. This is very good for your baby and should help them gain weight. Since you're breastfeeding, you could maybe give goat milk every other feeding and use a breast pump to keep your milk supply going. Either that or stop breastfeeding altogether if you want. Either way would be fine. If you have any questions for me just ask.

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I gave my oldest daughter goats milk and she did just fine. She's 2 now and loooooooves it still. It's healthier then processed milk because you have all the natural antibodies. Just make sure you know the place you are getting it from or some health food stores sell powdered.

Haley - posted on 01/25/2010

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thank you for all your comments the doctor said as long as im producing enough milk and he isnt crying like he's hungry after feeding then he should be fine i was just worried..

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User - posted on 01/25/2010

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I was not saying that goats milk is harmful to a newborn infant, just that it is not ideal. Mothers milk is best, baby formula is the next best thing. Goats milk does not have the nutrients necessary for human babies, and would need to be supplemented with vitamins to give baby the nutrition he needs. Our bodies are best off digesting milk from it's own mother, not other animals.

Kharli - posted on 01/25/2010

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Cows' milk is from large animals, goats' milk is from small animals. Which do you think is easier for a human to digest? Put your scientist hat on for a minute and think about it. Cow's milk turns a calf into a heifer within a matter of weeks.
Our bodies are better-off digesting a smaller animals milk, if we so desire to supplement ours' with another animals milk. The only concern is making sure it's safe for consumption, is it pasturized? Fresh? Make sure your baby is not getting pathogens.

Amanda - posted on 01/25/2010

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well my preemie twins were on infacare lipil 24 cal and they gained weight like crazy they were only on it for like 4 months before the doctor told me to switch to regular formula but really you should talk to your pediatrician before you do anything!

Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2010

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First, I would take your son to the doctor just to make sure he isn't gaining weight. If he isn't, I would supplement with whatever you are comforable with. I do think that formula would have a little more nutrients and fat in it, but I could be wrong. My nephew started on goats milk when he was a year old due to milk allergies and is doing great.

Andrea - posted on 01/24/2010

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I am sorry Haley but what one of the moms said really burt my behind.. I don't think it is right for some one to judge some thing that might be the only thing your child can have besides breastmilk.. I mean if you can try formula that is great but if not talk with your doctor and see what else that thay might be able to suggest.. (over all it is what YOU FEEL COMFY WITH) ( YOUR THE MOM AND YOU KNOW WHATS BEST FOR YOUR BABY!!!) What might be right for one moms baby might not be right for anothers and that is the most important thing to think of when make a choice on our childrens lifes....



No Offense to any one but some children are not able to have formula or regular milk... My cousin who is now 18 years old grew up her whole life on goats milk and is more healthy then i am who grew up on regular milk... I am sorry but goats milk can and is some time safer for children the regular milk.. I know that my daughter can not have milk and is on breastmilk and Gaots milk and is doing awsome.. She was place on goats milk by her SURGERY TEAM... She was born at 36 weeks with Gastroschisis.. (inside were out side her 3lbs 8 oz body) I am sorry to say but if it were not for me supplementing with goats milk she would probley still be in the hospital... My daughter surgery team has me put a Poly- Visol Vitiman in one bottle a day.. (just as a breastfeeding mom should any ways) I think if you talk with your doctor and see what they say and then you can make the best choice for YOUR CHILD.. Just as i did.. I spoke with my daughters regular pediatrician and he is very against what my daughters surgery team says is best for her little body... As far as people saying it is not safe for humans / babies to drink that is False... I know for a fact that it is... As my cousin has been on it for 18 years.. Has only ever been really sick maybe 5 times in that 18 years..

Nikki - posted on 01/24/2010

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try supplementing with formula , my son flourished when he started on formula, not to sure about goats milk ask your doctor first

User - posted on 01/24/2010

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Goats milk is not suitable for a human baby. When I was breast feeding my daughter, she did not gain weight. Her pediatrician, said to give her one or two bottles of formula per day to supplement the breast milk. I did, and she did much better on the formula. Talk to your pediatrician about the goats milk, I have never heard even one doctor recommend goats milk for babies, quite the opposite, in fact. Goats milk seems to be the "in" thing with the naturalists, but it is not ideal for human babies who need different ratios of fats, nutrients, etc than baby goats do.

Andrea - posted on 01/24/2010

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I have been giving my daughter goats milk since she came home.. She nurse just fine still and has put weight on.. She was 3lbs 8oz at birth.. she is now 19lbs 11oz and 10 months old... You do nothing different then you do with you breastmilk... I give my daughter a mulit-vitiman.. Hope this is helpful.. best wishes and take care...

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