Homemade Baby “Formula”

by krista on April 13, 2011

Homemade Baby FormulaJust like you would feed yourself and your family foods that truly nourish and sustain them, so too you can feed you precious newborn, infant, or toddler hand crafted real food.

If you want, or need, to supplement your breastmilk (a little or completely) this homemade baby formula is an excellent, well researched, and far superior alternative to commercial formula. Oh, and no, Sally Fallon and I are NOT against breast-feeding! We’re against COMMERCIAL FORMULA feeding and mother guilt! All mothers can feed their babies well – even if it’s not from their own body.

I know this might seem overwhelming, especially if you are a new mama, but I just want to present this option. Also, you can order a starter kit from Radiant Living. Visit the Weston A. Price Foundation or Real Milk for raw milk sources.

Raw MILK-BASED homemade baby FORMULA

Makes 36 ounces
2 cups organic, certified clean raw milk
or organic pasteurized, nonhomogenized piima
milk (page 83), preferably from pasture-fed Jersey or Guernsey cows
1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (page 87)
4 tablespoons lactose (see Sources)
1/4 teaspoon bifodobacterium infantis (see Sources)
2 tablespoons good quality cream (not ultrapasteurized)
1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin or
1 teaspoon regular cod liver oil (see note on cod liver oil, page 618)
1 teaspoon unrefined sunflower oil (see Sources)
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil (see Sources)
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons gelatin (see Sources)
1 7/8 cups filtered water
1/4 teaspoon acerola powder (see Sources)
Add gelatin to water and heat gently until gelatin is dissolved. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend
well. Transfer to a very clean glass or stainless steel container and mix well. (Note: If milk is from Holstein
cows, add an additional 1-2 tablespoons cream.)

To serve, pour 6 to 8 ounces into a very clean glass bottle, attach nipple and set in a pan of simmering water. Heat until warm but not hot to the touch, shake bottle well and feed baby. (Never, never heat formula in a microwave oven!)

Variation: Goat Milk based homemade baby Formula
Although goat milk is rich in fat, it must be used with caution in infant feeding as it lacks folic acid and is low in vitamin B12, both of which are essential to the growth and development of the infant.

Inclusion of nutritional yeast to provide folic acid is essential. To compensate for low levels of vitamin B12, add 2 teaspoons organic raw chicken liver, frozen for 14 days, finely grated to the batch of formula.

Be sure to begin egg-yolk feeding at four months.

MEAT-BASED FORMULA

Makes 36 ounces
3 3/4 cups homemade beef or chicken broth,
(page 122 or 124)
2 ounces organic liver, cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons lactose (see Sources)
1 teaspoon bifodobacterium infantis (see Sources)
1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (page 87)
1 tablespoon coconut oil (see Sources)
1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin or
1 teaspoon regular cod liver oil
(see note on cod liver oil, page 618)
1 teaspoon unrefined sunflower oil (see Sources)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon acerola powder (see Sources)
Simmer liver gently in broth until the meat is
cooked through. Liquefy using a handheld blender or in
a food processor. When the liver broth has cooled, stir in
remaining ingredients. Store in a very clean glass or
stainless steel container. To serve, stir formula well and
pour 6 to 8 ounces in a very clean glass bottle. Attach a
clean nipple and set in a pan of simmering water until
formula is warm but not hot to the touch, shake well and
feed to baby. (Never heat formula in a microwave
oven!) Note: It is very important to include the coconut
oil in this formula as it is the recipe’s only source of
antimicrobial saturated fatty acids.

* From Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, pg. 603 & 604

Still not convinced it’s worth it? Take a look at this:

Infant Formula Ingredients:

Enzymatically hydrolyzed reduced minerals, whey protein concentrate, palm olein, soy, coconut, high-oleic safflower oils, lactose, maltodextrin, patoassium citrate, calcium phosphate, calcium chloride, salt, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, inositol, choline bitartrate, sodium ascorbate, alpha tocophyeryl acetate, naicinamide, calcum pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, phylloquinone, biotin, vitamin D3, vitamin B12, taurine, L-carnitine

Just like you would feed yourself and your family foods that truly nourish and sustain them, so too you can feed you precious newborn, infant, or toddler hand crafted real food.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

AJ May 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I’m currently trialing the liver formula for my 7 month old. We’ve been working on it for close to two months now. She’s had a lot of health issues so it has taken me forever to really dive in and figure out what she can handle. One ingredient at a time – we are almost there!

Thank you for your article!

Rhiannon Marston July 4, 2012 at 4:23 am

Hi there,

First of all, i must say what an inspiring site this is….it echoes so many of my own beliefs!
I am a breastfeeding mum and i love the idea of home made formula for my baby when i decide to move on from breastfeeding. I wouldn’t dream of using commercial formula because it is so processed and contains fluoride (they really try to dispose of it wherever they can!)
My family and i are vegetarian and we don’t use animal sourced milk because we don’t want to support the dairy industry. So i was wondering if anyone might know of a plant based recipe for home made formula? (not soya or rice) I know this is a big ask and very particular, but i wondered about maybe almond based milk? I know there are many branded almond milks available, but again they are processed and expensive. Any ideas please???

krista July 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

@Rhiannon Marston: I really don’t know a vegetarian “formula.” You can find sources of raw milk that are NOT a part of the “dairy industry” here: http://www.realmilk.com

How old is your baby, or at what age do you anticipate weaning?

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