Hi there....I only just saw this post so sorry I didn't respond earlier to you!
My son was totally breastfed until 6 months old, at which time my expressed milk ran out and I gave him formular while he was at daycare 2 days a week.
I put my son directly onto Karicare goats milk formular, rather than soy or cows for the following reasons:
My DH was a extreme childhood asthmatic - he spent half of the first 10 years of his life in hospital in an oxygen tent. My DH is allergic to egg and nuts, but as a child cows milk would agitate his asthma as well. He was a formular fed baby for 9 months, but paediatricians and allergists soon recommended he be taken off cows formular and be given pure goats milk (there was no goat formular back then). He thrived on that. The reason his parents were given, is that there are fundamental differences between cow and goats milk...with goats milk being far more easy to digest and tollerate.....cows do have 4 stomachs after all!!
Seeing as allergies etc are heredity (well can be), and my son already showed signs of eczema I decided not to risk putting him on cows milk, and went straight to Karicare. He has thrived on it....always been a big boy, and has no trouble with either the taste or consistancy.
As he has grown older, we have found that he *IS* intollerant to cows milk, and anything more than a little yoghurt or cheese each day gives him terrible diarhea (sp??) and associated pain. As a result, he does eat normal cows cheese and yoghurt, but he is still given fresh goats milk (when we can get it), or standby Karicare.
Good luck, and I'm sure your baby will do well on Karicare - pitty about the price though