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Pasteurized Goat's Milk better than nothing for baby?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 19, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Hi all - I'm very new to the Paleo lifestyle (in the middle of our first 30 days & loving it). I have two littles - my son, 3, drinks (store bought original/unsweetened) Almond Milk a couple times a day. My daughter is 13 months and we're in the process of weaning her off formula onto what, we aren't exactly sure.

From what I can tell, raw goats milk seems to be the ideal. I will try her on coconut milk as well to see if she'll go for that. I did a half formula half coconut bottle and she was less than interested (sounds nasty to me too).

My question: for financial reasons we aren't able to dive in fully to the raw, grass-fed, only organic, etc aspect of Paleo. We do the best we can with what we have. I came across some pasteurized goats milk @ Trader Joes and am wondering if this is a good alternative to raw? Also, they have Kefir which is totally new to me - it's 1% milkfat unsweetened. Is this better than almond milk?

Any insight to this newbie would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post :). cheers.

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+1 Answering questions on PH. Don't want to do the dishes again I see. ;-)

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on April 19, 2013
at 08:35 PM

Regina - a great resource for you is the Weston Price foundation. They have several recipes for making baby formula from cow and goat milk. Though you are moving beyond the formula stage, the recipes are fascinating, with lots of explanations of the pros and cons of different milks, and things you can add in to make a more "whole" food. Goat milk is addressed. Scroll through this page:

http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula

They add things like probiotic powder, nutritional yeast, gelatin, coconut oil, etc.

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on April 19, 2013
at 08:46 PM

The 3 year old probably doesn't desperately need what milk has (3 is likely the traditional weaning age if you look to primate studies), so almond milk is fine for him as a beverage, maybe give him some extra butter on his food. For the 13 month old, I'd avoid using coconut milk because the guar gum in it can be a serious intestinal lining irritant, on top of not having real milk nutrients, and the almond milk doesn't have the right milk nutrients either.

Pasteurized goat milk would be preferable to milk substitutes, heck even plain ol' whole cow milk will likely be fine, just stay away from lowfat or nonfat milk for babies and toddlers. The "it'll give 'em diabetes, etc." hysteria is seriously overplayed. They need the milkfat to grow their brains, and the amount of bone they are laying down at that point uses a lot of calcium (mineral water is a good addition to their diets too). Do not let perfect be the enemy of good enough on this one. You could make your own kefir at home from any source of real milk (it doesn't have to be raw), but kids for the most part use lactose well for growth, and the kefir making process gobbles up the milk sugars.

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on April 19, 2013
at 10:05 PM

+1 Answering questions on PH. Don't want to do the dishes again I see. ;-)

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on April 19, 2013
at 08:57 PM

Pureed meat could work. Indeed, anything pureed could work, though as soon a she has enough teeth, she ought to have some tougher stuff the gnaw on. I bet she'd love some avocado.

You may need to put a drop cloth underneath her in order to proceed with these experiments, but I suggest you let her play with some food. We learn through play.

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