Homemade Baby Formula (Recipe and Video How-to)Updated: May 19, 2017Homemade Baby Formula and First Foods, Raw Milk and Childcare, Videos
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. In those cases, a homemade baby formula is best.
Homemade baby formula is a far better choice than even the powdered organic formulas available on the market. More on this below.
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 and have had periodic contamination issues.
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 blockmineral 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 raw milk homemade 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 Recipe
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!
Where to Source Milk for Homemade Formula
The most widely available grassfed milk around the world is from cows. This is usually the most budget friendly and easily sourced milk for this homemade formula recipe.
If only goat milk is available in your area, however, this recipe for goat milk baby formula can be used instead.
Alternatively, you can use low temp (vat) pasteurized, non-homogenized whole milk cultured with a piima or kefir starter of the raw milk portion of the formula recipe. Do NOT use ultrapasteurized (UHT) milk even if organic as it is too highly processed and extremely allergenic!
It is also best to avoid all types of powdered milk for this recipe. The factory process of powderizing milk reduces nutrition considerably and denatures it, which makes it more likely baby will have an allergic reaction.
A nourishing baby formula recipe you can make at home with safe, whole ingredients that was developed and tested by Dr. Mary Enig to match breastmilk as closely as possible.
- 2 cups raw cow milk preferably grassfed and organic
- 1 7/8 cups filtered water
- 1/4 cup liquid whey
- 4 Tbl lactose
- 1/4 tsp Bifidobacterium infantis powder
- 2-4 Tbl raw or pasteurized cream
- 1/2 tsp cod liver oil unflavored
- 1/4 tsp butter oil unflavored
- 1 tsp sunflower oil preferably organic
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil preferably organic
- 2 tsp virgin coconut oil preferably organic
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp gelatin
- 1/4 tsp acerola powder
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 baby 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!
If using raw cow milk from holstein cows, use 4 Tbl of extra cream (otherwise use 2 Tbl extra cream).
If choosing to make this homemade formula with camel milk, be sure to include 4 Tbl extra cream as camel milk is lower in cream than cow milk.
Do not use high oleic sunflower oil. Use only the brand recommended in the ingredients list which is cold pressed, organic, unrefined, and low oleic.
*Do NOT use powdered whey from the store as it is denatured. Do not use whey from making cheese as it will curdle the formula.
*Do not substitute pasteurized or powdered milk as these are heavily processed, denatured and allergenic foods.
*Do NOT use ultrapasteurized (UHT) cream. It is highly allergenic. Raw or pasteurized cream is acceptable.
If you are wondering where is the iron in homemade baby formula, this article provides an explanation.
Homemade Infant Formula – Video Instructions
The video below shows me making the DIY baby formula step by step. It is easy and within a few tries, you will be making a batch in only about 10 minutes.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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