Homemade Baby Formula from Weston A. Price Foundation’s
I have exclusively breastfed my son for more than two years so I have never tried to make formula, but this was my go to recipe for a homemade formula in case I would have had issues breastfeeding. It comes from the Weston A. Price Foundation. You can visit their website for more information.
This milk-based formula recipe takes account of the fact that human milk is richer in whey, lactose, vitamin C, niacin, and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to cow’s milk but leaner in casein. The addition of gelatin to cow’s milk formula will make it more digestible for the infant. Use only truly expeller-expressed oils in the formula recipes, otherwise they may lack vitamin E. The ideal milk for baby, if he cannot be breastfed, is clean, whole raw milk from old-fashioned cows, certified free of disease, that feed on green pasture. For sources of good quality milk, see www.realmilk.com or contact a local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Makes 36 ounces.
2 cups whole raw milk, from pasture-fed cows
¼ cup homemade liquid whey
4 tablespoon lactose
¼ teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis
2 tablespoons good quality cream (not ultra-pasteurized)
½ teaspoon unflavor high-vitamin cod liver oil or 1 teaspoon regular cod liver oil
1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil, optional
1 teaspoon unrefined sunflower oil
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
2 teaspoons grass-fed gelatin
1 7/8 cups filtered water
¼ teaspoon acerola powder
Put 2 cups filtered water into a pyrex measuring pitcher and remove 2 tablespoons (that will give you 1-7/8 cups water).
Pour about half of the water into a pan and place on a medium flame.
Add the gelatin and lactose to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally. When the gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture. Stir in the coconut oil and optional high-vitamin butter oil and stir until melted. Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender. Add the water mixture and blend about three seconds. Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate. Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.
Variation: Goat Milk 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, if preparing the Milk-Based Formula (above) with goat’s milk, 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.
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!)