Ok, I get a lot of questions all the time about what the best natural formula is for babies. The best form of milk for babies is breast milk hands down- nothing compares to good ol' mama’s milk! But seriously. The amount of benefits your baby gets when you breastfeed is pretty amazing. One study showed how babies who are breastfed have a higher IQ! However, I know that some women for whatever reason aren't able to breastfeed. I encourage you to try to do whatever possible to breastfeed. There are a ton of ways to boost milk supply, help with latch, etc. But if you do need to supplement with formula, I want to give you the best option possible.
*This Formula Kit was a gift from Mt. Capra, all thoughts and reviews are my own.
Now let’s talk about the crazy ingredients that lurk inside conventional formulas! Sit back, it ain’t pretty.
- soy oil
- soy lecithin
- folic acid(why I avoid this ingredient)
- lycopene-produced with toluene, a neurotoxic benzene derivative
- Taurine- processed with carcinogenic sulfuric acid
- L-Carnitine- which was banned by the National Organic Standards Board because of concerns over carcinogenic properties
- Nucleotides- produced from chemically treated yeast
- Beta Carotene
- ascorbic palmitate – synthectic presercative
- brown rice syrup
- corn syrup
- Aluminum (although won’t appear on label there is studies showing that the levels are too high in formulas)
- non-organic ingredients
- Ferrous Sulfate
*Unfortunately, many of these ingredients are impossible to avoid due to FDA nutrition requirements.
It baffles me how the ingredients in infant formulas are accepted and given to babies. I know many mothers don’t know any different and wouldn’t choose to give these to their babies if they did. I really hope to help educate you as a parent, relative or friend. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to write this blog to inform consumers there is a better option. As we start to demand better quality products, better quality products will be made.
I also was given some research from my sister in law. Her father is a doctor in Switzerland. Many people think European brands are much better when it comes to formulas. However, research reveals that's not necessarily the case always. The research was in German, so I had it translated. It is broken up a little since it was translated from German. The main idea I want to bring across is they found large amounts of toxins in the fat of the milk of many formula brands. This is concerning as fat makes up a large percentage of the milk and that is what babies then consume. You can read it here.
Let me introduce you to Mt. Capra…
I came across Mt. Capra products originally from my naturopath. He told me how they made goat milk. I was looking for a formula to give my second born daughter to supplement with breastfeeding. This was at her 1 year check up. I had been exclusively breastfeeding her before then and she was great! However, she’s always been on the smaller scale and the pediatrician thought it would be good to just add in an extra bottle or two of goat’s milk for extra fat and calories. I knew I didn’t want to give her cow’s milk as that is highly allergenic. I wasn’t familiar with goat’s milk at the time but was pleasantly surprised to learn of the amazing benefits.
Benefits of Goat Milk Compared to Cow’s Milk:
- Goat’s milk actually resembles human milk- Much more than cow’s milk.
- It’s also hypoallergenic- Meaning it’s less likely to cause a reaction in babies with allergens or food sensitivities.
- It’s also easier to digest too- This is a big factor when considering baby’s digestive systems are still being formed.
- Goat’s milk is naturally homegenized- Cow’s milk uses man made method to homogenize the milk, which releases a free radical called Xanthine Oxidase.
- Goat’s milk barely ever causes a lactose intolerance- Goat’s milk has significant lower lactose content than cow’s milk.
Ok, so by now you’re probably wondering what does Mt. Capra feed these goats? GRASS…I know crazy awesome huh?! Organic pasture that is “intensively managed and never overgrazed grass to be exact”…- words directly from Mt. Capra.
*Mt. Capra is located in Washington State where it does rain a lot. So on days when it’s really wet and the goats don’t want to go outside to graze they are fed organic grass hay and 100% certified organic grain. Plus, non-GMO alfalfa and organic barley fodder.
Mt. Capra really is next level in every aspect of their production! Even their processing is so gentle that it preserves the goat milk.
“We use the most gentle form of processing equipment on the market today called Refractance Window Drying Technology®. The technology is nothing short of genius and was invented only a few years ago by a real life Mr. Wizard who lives only an hour from the farm. We were the first company to adopt Refractance Window Drying Technology® (we literally bought the first machine he ever made) and have been using it for nearly two decades. The way it processes ingredients is so gentle that naturally occurring colors, water soluble vitamins, and various other fragile nutritional components are not damaged or denatured.”
Mt. Capra was so generous to send me their formula kit to try out for myself. It comes with everything you need to make the formula. I displayed what you get in the box below(bottle and measuring spoons not included). The photo doesn't include the Nordic Naturals DHA that comes in the kit, the probiotic or the multivitamin. I didn't use the multivitamin or probiotic from the kit. I love that they include a magnetic recipe card- so helpful! I just stick this on my fridge and whenever I need to make the recipe it’s so easy to see.
A couple notes on the ingredients. I did switch out the probiotics in the box and put in Klaire labs THER-BIOTIC® FOR INFANTS probiotic instead. I also didn’t add the multivitamin because it has folic acid in it and I avoid folic acid. You can learn more about the negative implications of folic acid here. It also has cyanocobalamin- another ingredient I avoid. I know Mt. Capra is currently looking for an alternative to the vitamin. As always please consult your doctor, as I'm just sharing what I've used.
Formula variations do change as the child grows.
I did initially add all of the ingredients to test it out. However, since my daughter is 16 months now I just add the goat milk, probiotics, DHA and water. Consult your pediatrician if you’re unsure of what you should be including at what age.
What I found best when mixing the formula is to make a big batch in the morning and then just refrigerate it. Instead of making it each time she needed a bottle. I also found a great shaker was a large pint mason jar with a metal shaker ball in it. I would add a little hot filtered water to melt the ghee and then add room temperature water to the jar. Then shake away! The metal ball would help break up the goat milk and mix everything together. I know some people might find the process of adding all the ingredients together tedious and initially I thought it may be too. But after doing it several times, it really only takes a couple minutes.
I can’t recommend this goat milk enough! My daughter loves it and I love knowing I’m giving her the best possible alternative to breast milk. For more information on Mt. Capra, check out their website here. Also, find out more on how they started making goat milk formula in the first place here. Have more questions? Check out answers to the most common questions about the goat formula here.
Also, Mt. Capra has been so generous to offer a 15% discount on all Goat Milk Formula Kits and 10% off all Mt. Capra products Use Code: GGG15 Shop here!
Have you heard of goat milk formula? What have you used to supplement your child with?