Feeding your baby is the most important decisions a parent can ever made. There is no doubt that breast milk from well nourished mother is the best option for your baby. Yet, in the situation where this is not a possibility, a homemade baby formula is the next best alternative.
Commercial baby formula is NOT preferable to a homemade formula. Even the organic formulas can be highly processed concoctions of rancid vegetable oils and denatured proteins. Breast milk from a donor Milk Bank is also NOT recommended as the breastmilk from these sources is pasteurised in most cases and the diet of the donor mothers is unknown.
The best way to prepare a homemade baby formula is with whole, raw milk from old fashioned grass fed cows grazing on unsprayed pastures. Goat milk while rich in fat, is NOT preferable to grass fed cows milk because it lacks folic acid and is very low in vitamin B12. Both these nutrients is essential to baby’s growth and development.
Don’t be concerned that making homemade baby formula will be expensive, time consuming, and a little overwhelming… as there are 14 different ingredients 🙂 but after you’ve made the formula yourself a few times, you will quickly see how easy it is to make over and over again. Once you become comfortable with your routine, it will take you about 10 minutes to mix up a batch of the formula.
In fact, on average, organic brands of commercial formula are 50% more expensive per 28.4g (1ounce) than the homemade raw milk formula. I’m now going to take you into Sarah Pope, the Healthy Home Economist, chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation… her kitchen and show you how to make the homemade formula for your own child.
Your baby milk allergy?
No problems. Sarah is also going to show you how to make a hypoallergenic meat based formula in the event your baby has a true milk allergy.
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Lists of essential ingredients:
Gelatin improves the digestibility of the formula.
Lactose, also called milk sugar, is added as breastmilk is richer in lactose than cow’s milk. Lactose is critical for development of the baby’s nervous system.
Whey is added to the formula because Mother’s milk is richer in whey than cow’s milk. Whey must be homemade and can be obtained by straining the clear liquid from plain yogurt or kefir through a dishtowel into a bowl (demonstrate in video below).
Do not use powdered whey from the store as whey is very fragile and cannot be dried or powdered. Also, do not use cheese whey as it will curdle the formula. Written instructions on how to make whey can be obtained on the Weston A. Price website and from Nourishing Traditions cookbook.
Cream will also be added as it provides added cholesterol which is of great importance to the development of the brain and nervous system. Cream is also a good source of a special fat called arachidonic acid, another nutrient necessary for brain function as well as the integrity and function of the digestive tract. In addition, cream helps stabilise your baby’s blood sugar so that he or she can go longer between feedings. It will also reduce baby’s fussiness.
Besides, mother’s milk is higher in vitamin C than cow’s milk, so we need to add a natural form of vitamin C, that is, acerola powder.
Bifidobacterium infantis is also added as this is a probiotic, that is, friendly bacteria, found in a baby’s digestive tract too.
how to make milk based baby formula
The first recipe I’m going to demonstrate for you is the homemade milk based formula using whole raw milk from grass fed cows. To obtain whole raw milk locally, I would normally explore and ask my neighbours around. Some pharmacies they do sell true organic 100% pure grass fed cows milk!
- 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
- 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See recipe for whey, below) Note: Do NOT use powdered whey or whey from making cheese (which will cause the formula to curdle). Use only homemade whey made from yoghurt, kefir or separated raw milk.
- 4 tablespoons lactose
- 1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis
- 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultra pasteurised)
- 1/2 teaspoon unflavored high-vitamin or high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil or 1 teaspoon regular cod liver oil
- 1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon expeller-expressed sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
- 2 teaspoons gelatin
- 1-7/8 cups filtered water
- 1/4 teaspoon acerola powder
- Take 2 cups of filtered water and remove 2 tablespoons which will give you 1 ⅞ cups of water.
- Pour about half the water into a pan and turn on the heat to medium.
- Next, add 2 teaspoons of gelatin and 4 Tablespoons lactose to the warming water and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
- While the gelatin and lactose are dissolving, place 2 cups of raw whole milk in a clean, glass blender and add the remaining ingredients:
- ¼ cup homemade liquid whey
- Next, add 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream, preferably not ultra pasteurised.
- Next, add ¼ teaspoon acerola powder (natural vitamin C).
- ¼ teaspoon of bifidobacterium infantis.
- Add 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes. The Frontier brand is recommended as it is low temperature dried and does not contain additives.
- Next, I will add several different types of oils to mimic the fatty acid profile of Mother’s milk.
* ½ teaspoon of high vitamin,
* fermented cod liver oil is best but you can also use 1 full teaspoon of regular cod liver oil. For information on cod liver oil visit the Weston A. Price Foundation website
* 1 teaspoon expeller pressed sunflower oil and extra virgin olive oil are then added.
- Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the remaining half of the water to cool.
- Next, add 2 teaspoons coconut oil and
- ¼ teaspoon of high vitamin butter oil to the water to melt. The butter oil is an optional ingredient but highly recommended.
- Once the coconut oil and butter oil have melted in the warm water, add the water mixture to the blender ingredients and blend for about 3 seconds.
- Pour the blended ingredients into glass jars or glass bottles and refrigerate.
If your child has an allergy to one or more of the oils in this formula, feel free to leave them out. Some mothers find that their babies do better if they leave out the gelatin and/or the nutritional yeast. Also, if your child has constipation issues, try substituting the raw whole milk with raw milk kefir or raw milk yogurt instead.
warming the baby bottle
To prepare your baby’s bottle with the homemade formula, warm each glass bottle by placing in a pan of hot water. Another good option is to use a baby bottle warmer. Under no circumstances should baby bottles be microwaved as this will destroy much of the nutrition and enzymes in the homemade formula and has the potential to form hot pockets in the liquid that could burn your baby’s throat.
The amount of formula I’m going to show you how to make is 1kg (36 ounces). Feel free to make larger batches at one time and freeze for convenient use, but is is best to make the formula every day or two.
The formula should ideally be made every couple of days but it also freezes well in order to keep some on hand for emergencies. If your baby is consuming only the formula, it is best to make it fresh every day.