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Posted on: May 17, 2022

Goat's Milk is an Unsafe Choice for Babies Less Than 1 Year of Age

goat standing in a field with text goat's milk is an unsafe choice for babies under 1 year of age

A nationwide shortage is making baby formula more difficult to purchase. 

Please do not substitute non-human milks or make your own formulas. Talk to your baby's pediatrician for advice to keep your child healthy.

Goat's milk is NOT a nutritionally appropriate formula substitute. Goat's milk is an UNSAFE CHOICE for infants under 1 year of age. Goat's milk is extremely high in protein when compared to human milk or a similar infant formula. The body must make lots of additional urine to get rid of the extra protein. Urinating too much can cause your baby to become dehydrated, which could result in harm.

Other minerals are also excessive in goat's milk including: sodium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous. These nutrients can cause the body to become too acidic, which causes muscle spasms.

Goat's milk also has very little folate and other essential vitamins, such as Vitamin D, when compared to what your baby needs.

Additional Information

The Department of Health and Human Services published a Fact Sheet to help families find formula during the shortage. 

Women Infants & Children (WIC)

Get help signing up for WIC services at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/1241/WIC or call us at 785-776-4779 ext. 7661 to see if you qualify for assistance to help with funds for purchasing infant formula where available.

Fact Sheet to help families find formula
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