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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

Instructions 

  • 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 MilkCow’s Milk
Formula
Goat Milk
Formula
Liver-Based
Formula
Calories766856890682
Protein11.3g18g18g15g
Carbohydrates76g79g77g69g
Total Fat48g52g54g36g
Saturated Fat22g28g30g16g
Mono Fat18g16g16g12g
Poly Fat5.5g5.6g5.7g5.6g
Omega-3 FA.58g1.3g1.2g1.0g
Omega-6 FA4.4g4.2g4.4g4.5g
Cholesterol153mg137mg166mg227mg
Vitamin A*946IU5000IU5000IU20,000IU
Thiamin-B1.15mg1.05mg1.1mg.19mg
Riboflavin-B2.4mg1.2mg1.2mg1.9mg
Niacin-B31.9mg2.5mg4.4mg14.2mg
Vitamin B6.12mg.51mg.60mg.65mg
Vitamin B12.5mcg1.9mcg2.8mcg39mcg
Folate57mcg236mcg284mcg159mcg
Vitamin C55mg57mg59mg62mg
Vitamin D480IU450IU525IU460IU
Vitamin E***9.9mg6.2mg4.7mg4.9mg
Calcium355mg532mg548mgNA**
Copper.57mg.38mg.58mg1.9mg
Iron.33mg1.4mg2.2mg5.4mg
Magnesium37.4mg91.3mg96.1mg34.5mg
Manganese.29mg.034mg.12mg.24mg
Phosphorus151mg616mg729mg344mg
Potassium560mg949mg1228mg750mg
Selenium18.8mcg15.4mcg18.7mcg31.1mcg
Sodium186mg308mg320mgNA**
Zinc1.9mg2.8mg2.7mg2.5mg

* 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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