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4 reasons why giving your baby goat's milk can be deadly

The Doc Smitty says goat's milk not alternative to modern formula

Goat's milk is not a healthy alternative to formula (preferably cow's milk, followed by soy-based) for your baby.

Here are 4 reasons goat's milk is dangerous and could even be deadly:

  1. It is usually not pasteurized which can lead to all kinds of bad infections (listeria most commonly).
  2. It has more protein so baby's kidneys can't handle it well. This along with high sodium level can lead to strokes.
  3. It doesn't have enough folate which can lead to anemia.
  4. It doesn't have the same electrolytes which can lead to extra acids building up in the baby's body. This causes multiple downstream problems.

Breast is best. Modern formula is really, really good too.

Goat's milk is nothing to kid around with.

About the author

Justin Smith, M.D., is a Cook Children's pediatrician in Lewisville . View more from The Doc Smitty at his Facebook page.He attended University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School and did his pediatric training at Baylor College of Medicine. He joins Cook Children's after practicing in his hometown of Abilene for four years. He has a particular interest in development, behavior and care for children struggling with obesity. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his 3 young children, exercising, reading and writing about parenting and pediatric health issues.

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