There is no doubt that breastfeeding your baby is the best option for the child’s long term health and development. Human breastmilk from a well nourished mother is the perfect food for baby. However, in circumstances where the child is adopted or, for whatever reason, the Mother finds herself unable to breastfeed, formula feeding becomes necessary.
Note: There are donor programs available for human breastmilk, but because the diet of the donor mother is unknown (and most likely nutritionally insufficient), and the fact that the breastmilk is pasteurized thereby destroying much of the nutritional benefit, this option is not recommended.
Dangers of Commercial Formula
Commercial formulas are always a poor choice for a number of reasons. First of all, the formula cans are lined with a chemical laced with the chemical BPA. BPA is known to be a significant hormone disruptor and probable contributor to early puberty in girls, and ADHD, urogenital abnormalities and other ills in boys. The European Safety Authority found that canned commercial formula is a significant source of BPA for infants, exposing the child to 13mcg of BPA per kg of bodyweight per day!
Beware that even organic commercial formulas like Earth’s Best are packed in BPA cans!
In addition, all commercial milk formulas are processed at extremely high temperatures which violently denature the fragile milk proteins, render them allergenic, and add carcinogens to the final product. Soy and “hypoallergenic” formulas are even worse – not only are the proteins denatured by the obscenely high processing temperatures, but the large levels of phytic acid in the soy block mineral absorption by the infant. Moreover, plant estrogens in the soy disrupt the hormonal development of the baby!
It seems that for the concerned Mother who is unable to breastfeed, carefully making her own formula at home with safe, pure ingredients is the most prudent way to go!
In the video below, I show you how to make your own safe, healthy milk based formula for your baby. Even though I breastfed each of my children for at least 2 years, I made this exact formula for my own children when I was away for the day or the evening as pumping was not an option that worked well for me.
I even used this homemade formula for an entire day once when I had some dental work done and was advised to pump and discard for 24 hours.
As a result, even successfully breastfeeding Moms can use this wonderful homemade formula as a supplement when necessary to their own nutrient dense breastmilk!
* It is advised that even breastfeeding Mothers have the ingredients for this formula on hand for an emergency. In the event Mom is in a car wreck or sick and unable to nurse, Dad can step in and make this safe alternative until Mom is back on her feet. It takes a few days to a week to gather all the ingredients together to make this formula, which is why I advise having them on hand at all times.
Homemade Baby Formula
Makes 36 ounces
2 cups whole, raw milk from organic, grassfed cows (goat milk is not a good substitute as it is low in vitamin B12 and lacks folic acid both of which are essential for growth and development of the baby).
* If clean, grassfed whole raw cow’s milk is unavailable in your area, use low temp (vat) pasteurized, non-homogenized whole milk cultured back to life with a piima or kefir starter. Do NOT use ultrapasteurized organic milk!
1/4 cup liquid whey. Do NOT use powdered whey from the store or whey from making cheese. Do not use cheese whey as it will curdle the formula.
4 TBL Lactose
1/4 tsp Bifidobacterium Infantis Powder
2 TBL good quality raw or pasteurized cream (use 4 TBL if the milk is from holstein cows). Do NOT use ultrapasteurized cream!
1/2 tsp unflavored, fermented cod liver oil (“salty cod” is the one you want)
1/4 tsp high vitamin butter oil (optional, but highly recommended)
1 tsp expeller pressed, organic sunflower oil
1 tsp organic, extra virgin olive oil (in a dark bottle)
2 tsp virgin coconut oil
2 tsp Frontier nutritional yeast flakes
2 tsp gelatin
1 7/8 cup filtered water
1/4 tsp acerola powder
*You can order all of the required ingredients for the homemade baby formula in one package from Radiant Life by clicking here.
Fill a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup with filtered water and remove 2 TBL (this will give you 1 7/8 cup water).
Pour about half the water into a pan and turn burner on medium.
Add the gelatin and lactose and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
When gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove pan from heat and add the rest of the water to cool.
Stir in the coconut oil and butter oil until melted.
Put remaining ingredients in a glass blender.
Add the water mixture and blend for about 3 seconds.
Place formula in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.
Before giving to baby, warm glass bottle in a pan of hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER microwave baby bottles!
* Any Moms who have successfully used this formula feeding your children, please post about your experience in the comments section to encourage those who are considering it and need some Mom to Mom encouragement.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist