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Homemade Baby Formula - The Snap Mom

Homemade Baby Formula

Ok here we go – DIY baby formula!

I got my recipe for raw cow’s milk formula from the Weston A Price website. I chose this one over goat’s milk because cow’s milk was more readily available to me, but I would have no problem with either one. Making my daughter’s formula only takes me about 20 minutes and I love that I know exactly what she is eating! No more unnecessary chemicals like with commercial formula! Additionally, I’ve noticed her eczema is improving now that she has been on this for about 2 weeks!

-Lindsey Mills owner of Southern Roots Salon

I get everything out on the counter before I start, and then as I use items I put away. There are so many ingredients, I found this to be the easiest way to keep track! I also set out all my milk containers. It’s much easier to put them in serving size containers instead of one or two large ones. This is because once you refrigerate, the cream and oils separate to the top and it’s very hard to redistribute without heating the whole thing.




I start with half the water on the stove on medium and add the gelatin and lactose powder. Heat, stirring frequently, until clear and dissolved.


Then I add the coconut oil so it melts. While that is heating, I put all the rest of the ingredients into a big stainless steel bowl, then add the other half of the water (room temp).


As soon as the coconut oil is melted, I add the hot mixture to the bowl and immediately blend with my hand mixer for at least 30 seconds to a minute. Long enough to make sure that all the dry ingredients aren’t lumpy!


I have also been adding a bag or two of frozen BM.

I usually do a double batch, and it lasts me at least 4 days. I put one days worth in the fridge and the rest in the freezer.

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 *Ingredients are hyperlinked below to Amazon for your convenience  

Ingredients (yields 36 ounces) 

*Homemade Whey makes about 5 cups. Homemade whey is easy to make from good quality plain yoghurt, or from raw or cultured milk. You will need a large strainer that rests over a bowl.If you are using yoghurt, place 2 quarts in a strainer lined with a tea towel set over a bowl. Cover with a plate and leave at room temperature overnight. The whey will drip out into the bowl. Place whey in clean glass jars and store in the refrigerator. If you are using raw or cultured milk, place 2 quarts of the milk in a glass container and leave at room temperature for 2-4 days until the milk separates into curds and whey. Pour into the strainer lined with a tea towel set over a bowl and cover with a plate. Leave at room temperature overnight. The whey will drip out into the bowl. Store in clean glass jars in the refrigerator.Source: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, PhD.


  • Put 2 cups filtered water into a measuring cup 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.

*Check out this how-to video for both raw milk and liver formulas

 * Watch our Raw Milk Snap TV Episode ——> HERE



Weston A Price’s Breast Milk and Homemade Formula Nutrient Comparison Chart

Based on 36 ounces.

These nutrient comparison tables were derived from standard food nutrient tables and do not take into account the wide variation in nutrient levels that can occur in both human and animal milk, depending on diet and environment.

Breast Milk Cow’s Milk
Goat Milk
Calories 766 856 890 682
Protein 11.3g 18g 18g 15g
Carbohydrates 76g 79g 77g 69g
Total Fat 48g 52g 54g 36g
Saturated Fat 22g 28g 30g 16g
Mono Fat 18g 16g 16g 12g
Poly Fat 5.5g 5.6g 5.7g 5.6g
Omega-3 FA .58g 1.3g 1.2g 1.0g
Omega-6 FA 4.4g 4.2g 4.4g 4.5g
Cholesterol 153mg 137mg 166mg 227mg
Vitamin A* 946IU 5000IU 5000IU 20,000IU
Thiamin-B1 .15mg 1.05mg 1.1mg .19mg
Riboflavin-B2 .4mg 1.2mg 1.2mg 1.9mg
Niacin-B3 1.9mg 2.5mg 4.4mg 14.2mg
Vitamin B6 .12mg .51mg .60mg .65mg
Vitamin B12 .5mcg 1.9mcg 2.8mcg 39mcg
Folate 57mcg 236mcg 284mcg 159mcg
Vitamin C 55mg 57mg 59mg 62mg
Vitamin D 480IU 450IU 525IU 460IU
Vitamin E*** 9.9mg 6.2mg 4.7mg 4.9mg
Calcium 355mg 532mg 548mg NA**
Copper .57mg .38mg .58mg 1.9mg
Iron .33mg 1.4mg 2.2mg 5.4mg
Magnesium 37.4mg 91.3mg 96.1mg 34.5mg
Manganese .29mg .034mg .12mg .24mg
Phosphorus 151mg 616mg 729mg 344mg
Potassium 560mg 949mg 1228mg 750mg
Selenium 18.8mcg 15.4mcg 18.7mcg 31.1mcg
Sodium 186mg 308mg 320mg NA**
Zinc 1.9mg 2.8mg 2.7mg 2.5mg

* Vitamin A levels in human milk will depend on the diet of the mother. Nursing mothers eating vitamin A-rich foods such as cod liver oil will have much higher levels of vitamin A in their milk. Commercial formulas contain about 2400 IU vitamin A per 800 calories.

** Calcium and sodium values for homemade broth are not available.

*** Vitamin E values are derived from commercial vegetable oils. The vitamin E levels for homemade formulas will be higher if good quality, expeller-expressed oils are used.







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