How to Make Homemade Baby Formula

by Ann Marie Michaels on September 29, 2008

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How to make homemade baby formula

Why would you want to make homemade baby formula? Everyone knows breast milk is the best thing for babies. But some of us have not been blessed with an easy time breastfeeding. I loved breastfeeding and had no problems… until I started having issues with my breast milk supply when my baby Kate was only 4 months old.

I tried everything to increase my breast milk supply (fenugreek, round-the-clock pumping, taking her to bed with me for 3 days, etc.). But to my great despair, I had to start supplementing with formula. I felt like a complete failure as a mother.

When my Great Uncle Roy (in his 80s) read on my blog that I was having breast milk supply issues and had to start formula feeding, he emailed me a link to the Weston A. Price Foundation to warn me about the dangers of soy formula.

The more I read, the more I realized that every formula on the market these days has soy in it (usually soybean oil and/or soy lecithin). The more I read about the dangers of soy, I came to the conclusion that there is no good commercial infant formula available. I became determined to find a healthier alternative for my baby. Enter Sally Fallon and Mary Enig’s recipe for homemade baby formula.

I’m so grateful we found the homemade baby formula recipe. My daughter got a bad case of cradle cap on commercial baby formula. When we switched to homemade baby formula, her cradle cap disappeared and it never came back.

Nourishing Traditions

Notes on the Recipe

The recipe that follows is slightly modified (just the method, not the ingredients) from the recipe by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig published in the book, “Nourishing Traditions”. This recipe is also reprinted on the Weston A. Price Foundation website, where you will also find a recipe for the goat milk and meat-based formula, which can be used when raw cow’s milk is not available, or for infants who are allergic to cow’s milk. These recipes are also on the Real Milk website.

Many, many thanks to Sally Fallon and Mary Enig for formulating and publishing these wonderful recipes. I’m personally forever grateful for them.

Lastly, here is what Sally Fallon writes about the homemade cow’s milk formula:

Our milk-based formula 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 (milk protein). 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.

If the only choice available to you is commercial milk, choose whole milk, preferably organic and unhomogenized, and culture it with a piima or kefir culture to restore enzymes (see my resources page for sources of starter cultures).

Now… on to the recipe!

Homemade Baby Formula

Makes 36 ounces

Equipment Needed:

Blender (you can use a whisk and a bowl but I think it’s much easier in a blender)
Glass bottles (you can also use BPA-free plastic bottles like Medela or Born Free; do NOT use plastic bottles with BPA — it’s toxic!)

Ingredients:

LIQUID

Whole milk, preferably unprocessed (raw) milk from pasture-fed cows (2 cups) — where to buy milk
Filtered water (if you don’t have a filter, use bottled distilled water, reverse osmosis water, or spring water) (1 7/8 cups)
Homemade liquid whey (Click here for the recipe for homemade whey — scroll down to the bottom of the page) Note: Do NOT use whey from making cheese — it will cause the formula to curdle. Use only homemade whey made from yoghurt, kefir or separated raw milk.(1/4 cup) — where to buy milk
Good quality cream (ideally organic and raw, but at least not ultrapasteurized), more if you are using milk from
Holstein cows (2 TBS or more)
Coconut oil (2 tsp) — where to buy coconut oil
High-vitamin cod liver oil (store in the fridge) (1/2 tsp) — where to buy cod liver oil
Expeller-expressed sunflower oil (store in the fridge) (1 tsp) — available from Radiant Life — where to buy
Extra virgin olive oil (store in a dark cupboard) (1 tsp) — available from Radiant Life

DRY

Lactose powder (4 TBS) — available from Radiant Life — where to buy
Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes (2 tsp) — available from Radiant Life — where to buy
Gelatin (2 tsp) — available from Radiant Life — where to buy gelatin
Natren bifidobacterium infantis (store in the fridge) (1/4 tsp) — available from Radiant Life — where to buy
Acerola powder (1/4 tsp) — available from Radiant Life — where to buy

It is very important to use the exact amounts that are called for (I have not changed any of the amounts). This recipe was formulated by a nutritionist (Mary Enig) and is designed to be as close as possible to human breast milk.

If you are looking for a homemade formula made with goat milk, please see the goat milk version on the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

The only thing I changed in the recipe is how I make it. In the original recipe, they say to add the gelatin powder to the filtered water and warm it slightly until the gelatin dissolves. Many people also like to add the coconut oil to the water so it liquifies. I used to do all of that but after making formula day in day out for over a year now, I find it’s easier just to throw everything in the blender and then scoop out the frothy stuff at the top. You can try it both ways and see what works better for you.

It is also very important to use the recommended brands. If a brand is listed, buy that one. The Weston A. Price Foundation has done a lot of research on these brands. When a brand is specified, there is a reason for it.

Please DO NOT use regular olive oil from the grocery store. adulterated with cheap oil. Also, get a good quality cod liver oil (one of the brands listed). Brands like Carlson are not recommended (they have the wrong ratio of vitamins A & D).

Most everything on the list is available from Radiant Life catalog — you can find them on my resources page. I buy my lactose, sunflower oil, gelatin, acerola powder, olive oil, and nutritional yeast from them. They ship fast and their customer service is great. You can usually find coconut oil and Natren bifidobacterium infantis at Whole Foods or other health food store if you have one close to you.

Recommended Brands:

High-vitamin cod liver oil: Green Pastures where to buy
Nutritional yeast: Frontier
Gelatin: Bernard Jensen
Acerola powder: Now
Olive oil: Chaffin Orchards, Bariani, Olea — see my resources page (There are a few more acceptable brands listed in the Weston A. Price shopping guide which is available from their website.)

Where to find real raw milk.

Instructions:

1. Add the 2 cups of milk to the blender.

Adding the milk

2. Add the 1/4 cup of whey and the 1 7/8 cups of filtered water.

Whey

3. Add all the dry ingredients. (I add the dry ingredients first because then I don’t get my measuring spoons wet.)

4. Add the rest of the liquid ingredients.

5. Set out some clean glass bottles. How many you will need depends on how much your baby drinks at each feeding. I use 6 bottles and fill them all about 6 ounces each.

6. Using a teaspoon, scoop the clumpy snow-like top layer of formula and distribute evenly into the glass bottles. if you don’t scoop it off the top, it will not pour and will get stuck at the bottom of the blender.

Homemade Baby Formula

7. Distribute the formula into the bottles. When you get near the bottom, you’ll notice that the gelatin is kind of sticking around down there (this is why they recommend warming it in water). If you just swirl the formula around in the blender, making sure the gelatin mixes in, you can easily distribute it among the bottles.

8. Put clean nipples and lids on the bottles and stick them in the fridge.

Storing Homemade Organic Baby Formula in the Fridge

9. To serve, take the bottle out of the fridge and set in a Pyrex measuring cup or coffee cup halfway full of boiling hot water. When warm, shake bottle well and feed baby. Never, never heat formula in a microwave oven!

I bought this Zojirushi hot water dispenser. It was a wonderful investment for warming formula and baby purees. I think you can also use a baby bottle warmer.

Zojirushi Hot Water Dispenser

I do not recommend setting a cold bottle just out of the fridge in a saucepan of simmering water. I broke a few bottles doing that — which is why I bought the Zojirushi. If you are going to use a saucepan on the stove, use a room-temperature bottle only.

For more information on making homemade baby formula, check out the Homemade Baby Formula FAQ on the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

Also, for help and support with making the formula, check out the wonderful Yahoo group, WAP Healthy Babies. It’s a great discussion list with many fabulous mothers (and a few fathers). I have made many friends on this list and I’m so grateful for their support and friendship.

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cheeseslave September 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

@ Granny Good Food

You are welcome! Thanks for sharing it. And now we are friends on Facebook!

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me October 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The reason you are not supposed to feed a baby cow milk is because they can’t digest the iron in it and babies need a lot of iron. Does this recipe address this issue and does it address it in a form of iron that a baby can digest?

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Anastasia Rath February 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Nutritional yeast has digestable iron and lots of other nutrients.

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Janet Gutierrez April 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I have a question , Does anybody know why pediatricians says that infants that consume cow’s milk have intestinal bleeding and in their in their stools. I just started my son a week ago and my pediatricians told me to go back to the poisonous commercial formula, that’s crazy, please, I need an advise.

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Driftwood Girl @ Beauty and Inspiration October 17, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Thank you for posting this! I was doing some research and stumbled across this post. I’ve never heard of the dangers of pasteurized milk, but the more I read about it and other articles on the naturally straight teeth of indigenous people, I’m amazed because it all makes sense. I am very interested in doing this when I have another child. Our only child is a toddler and I was unable to nurse him past 3 months so we switched to formula and I’m convinced it messed up his digestion, but I had no proof before. He drank (pasteurized) cow’s milk happily until after his 1st birthday when he mysteriously developed an allergy to it and has several digestion problems that I’m sure he never had before his 1st birthday. Now I’m sure it’s due to our not feeding him whole, raw foods, and I never had a clue before!

I’m from the South Pacific and our son loves the traditional food, but it’s hard to get here in the US. Plus, a big part of the diet consists of fruit and he gets a strange acidic rash from eating more than a piece of fruit at a time. Another result, I’m sure, of the overly processed and chemically treated food that’s widely available. Ack! I wish I had known of this all before. I’m loading up on research for ‘next time’ and hoping I can find a raw milk supplier!

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LeAnn October 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Hi,
We just brought home an adopted newborn and I am in the process of re-lactating. I have been giving her as much donated breastmilk as possible but due to supply I have to supplement with formula. She does not handle store bought formulas well and I hoped this recipe would work. But within 20 min of feeding baby luv was miserable. Hoping it was just incidental I pushed on to the second feeding. !2 miserable hours later most of this was worked out of her system after much crying and burping and green diapers. So, my question is can you share the stock/coconut milk recipe with me? I am desperate. Right now she is doing tolerably well on 1/2 donated breastmilk and 1/2 Similac Sensitive. Straight Similac Sensitive doesn’t work either. BTW, the Homemade formula was fed mixed half and half with breastmilk also, so even this wasn’t not given alone. I am praying for a good milk supply so we won’t need anything but until then any info would be appreciated. I am concerned that the meat base formula from Nourishing Traditions will not work either because of the whey and lactose. ANy advice is welcome. Thank you

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Jayna January 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I am on my second child who I am feeding homemade formula to. I don’t use cow’s milk, but rather almond milk and coconut milk for the base. I then add several other ingredients to make it nutritionally adequate. I got the idea of the almond milk based formula from a study done in Italy.
I make the coconut milk myself too. My 2 year old did very well on it, and my 2 month old is thriving on it. I not going to have anymore children, but if I did I would do the same thing again.
You can see my recipe at http://www.theswingingvine.com

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J September 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Hi Jayna, I would be very interested in your recipe as my family does not use cows milk and are lactose intolerant. The link posted goes to wine clubs?? Could you please post the recipe I would be very grateful, thanks a ton!!! :-)

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cheeseslave November 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM

@ LeAnn I would first try the liver formula. Leave the whey and lactose out and see if it works.

If that doesn’t work, go to http://gapsdiet.com/Support.html and join the Yahoo support group — ask on there about the coconut milk/chicken stock formula. I think you would need to add some other ingredients to it like cod liver oil and coconut oil.

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Melissa September 27, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I know this is an old post so I am hoping you still get this. My dght is 9 months and has been on the WAP milk formula for 2.5 months now. I first started making the formula with yogurt whey and she did fine but then someone suggested I try whey from cheese. I switched to whey from cheese and I did not have a curdle issue. I just got more whey from the farmer and now I have a curdling issue which I never had before. I tried to go back to the whey from yogurt and my dght spits out the formula because she does not like the taste now. The whey from yogurt does taste more bitter. I am not sure what to do. I have tried 1/4 cc yogurt whey and 1/4 cc cheese whey and she seemed o.k. with it the last batch so I tried again this batch and she spit it out again. I am so frustrated. Should I try making it without the whey and how will that impact the formula nutritionally? I could try making whey from the raw milk but it will take a few days and I do not have the time to wait because she will be hungry again in a few hours!!

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Sona November 15, 2010 at 12:33 AM

I switched may baby from similac neosure to whole milk about two weeks ago. My boy is a preemie. I am adding only some oils(extra virgin olive oil, calson fish oil for kids and coconut oil) and some brown sugar. I am going to buy the ingridients right away and add to my “formula”. For the preemies that constipate I would suggest about 2 oz prune juice 3 times a day. Helped with my baby.
I am still hesitating to use raw milk because as I mensioned he is a preemie and even though he has been ok so far in terms of immune system, I don’t know how he will react to raw milk. I might buy raw milk and boil . Hope it is better than to use a pasteurized milk from the store. Currently I am using an organic pasteurized cream on top milk. Also for those who were asking about preemies, I would strongly suggest to keep them on multivitamins with iron because preemies don’t hsve enough iron stores.
If anyone knows about more natural multivitamins than Enfamil Poli vi sol, please let me know. I found some in Whole Foods market but they don’t contain Iron.

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Jennifer February 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM

@Sona

If you have not found a source for infant vitamins, may I suggest Shaklee. I was raised on it and both of my girls (5 years and 7.5 months) take the supplements now. http://www.shaklee.net/shinyeda/product/20057

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Steph September 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

My preemie didn’t have any iron issues and was never on any vitamins so I don’t know that this is necessary for all preemies. She was 3 lbs 7 ozs at birth and 7 weeks early. We only used neosure while in the hospital and then went to a half breast milk half regular formula blend. The more iron they have the more constipation they will have. You can always play around with things a little bit too. Using goat milk is also a fantastic option. Raw milk in any form is better for you than pasteurized milk.

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Kim October 15, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Steph, I see you posted recently…did you ever feed your preemie the homemade formula?

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steph December 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

No, I used store bought formula unfortunately.

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Christy November 21, 2010 at 8:15 AM

I spent quite a while skimming through the comments, but I still may have overlooked the answer to my question…if so, I’m sorry. But my question is cost: How much does making this formula cost? I have had 2 children and breastfed them both. Now we are getting ready to adopt an infant. I am going to attempt to breastfeed, but I know it is likely that I will have to supplement. I am thoroughly convinced that this formula is better than any canned alternatives, but we have a budget and I’m trying to prepare accordingly. Costs would be helpful, thanks!!

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lauren November 5, 2011 at 3:50 AM

ACCORDING TO THE WAPF website it is around 4-5 dollars a day which includes raw milk at 7$ a gallon,. If you are able to get your milk cheaper it would be even less!!! It is totally reasonable. We are also adopting a baby and planning to breastfeed and supplement with homemade formula! Excited and nervous!

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cheeseslave November 5, 2011 at 9:09 AM

@Lauren Thanks for posting. Congratulations!

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Lauren February 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

UPDATE: We welcomed home our child through adoption 1 1/2 weeks ago!! He is a delight. He is 3 1/2 weeks old and doing great breastfeeding with the Lact-aid supplementor, with homemade formula. The formula is working well it seems–but I am curious what others who have used it would say about the smell of bowel movements. When he is drinking donated breast milk it seems more normal, but when he is on the formula is smells very pungent. Is this normal? The stool looks yellow and well formed….not mucusy or green. He is going a couple times a day. Everything seems normal about it but the smell, and he is not overly fussy as if he was in pain. Any thoughts on this fellow homemade-formula-making moms??

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Nsimbize May 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

The smell for the BM is very normal with the formula so no harm.

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Karen February 1, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Hi,
I find when I add the cod liver oil the entire formula smells and tastes like fish. Do your babies still drink it? I haven’t tried my baby on it yet but I am skeptical he will like it. Also, the recipe calls for nearly as much water as it does milk- what is the purpose of watering down the milk?

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Rachele February 2, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Instead of using the liver cod oil for DHA you can use Neuromins (plant based) so there is no fish taste or smell. If you can’t find this brand, be sure to find one made from sea algae. Other brands are made from fish oil, and these can be contaminated by heavy metals such as mercury. How much does it cost to make this formula?

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Hannah March 3, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Rachel, I’m with you. How much does it cost to make this formula?

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mary October 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I’d guess around $16-18 a week. I pay $8 a gallon for raw milk and with the other supplies (which you can get in a kit from Radiant Life), that would be my best guess. Compared to a can of organic formula, which from Amazon is $26…works out pretty well….hope that is helpful!

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Angie March 18, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Hi there!

I have a 5 month old. We trialed raw goat milk this week and her tummy isn’t handling it! I’m so anxious to get a homemade formula in her as she is on an elemental formula which is not good for her. I was unable to breastfeed and am looking for the next best thing….!

Any thoughts on the hypoallergenic version from WAP? I just went out a bought a whole chicken + livers – all organic and local.

Thank you for any thoughts!

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Angie March 18, 2011 at 7:58 AM

As I’m re-reading some of the replies, here…LeAnn – it looks like we are both desperate! Did you try the liver formula? I just picked everything up but will be leaving the whey and lactose out – just hoping nothing will be lacing then.

With the broth – do I have to roast the chicken first? I’m going to do a 48 hour simmer to extract as much goodness as possible! Can I just put the raw chicken as is, in the stockpot?

Thank you again!!

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Nolvia March 26, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Yes you can put the chicken as is no need to roast ,that is usually only done with beef bones.

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Angie March 18, 2011 at 7:59 AM

I meant to type…I hope nothing is ‘lacking’. ha! Replying quickly as my wee one is fussy today!

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Nolvia March 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Hello Angie,

Many mothers that do the hypoallergenic formula take the whey and lactose out but instead add a form of sucrose instead of lactose because the baby needs it as a carbohydrate. If you go to this link Sarah pope a western price chapter leader has a video series on how to do the hypoallergenic formula http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2010/09/video-hypoallergenic-baby-formula/. I recommend succanat.

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Nolvia March 26, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Hello Angie,

Many mothers that do the hypoallergenic formula take the whey and lactose out but instead add a form of sucrose instead of lactose because the baby needs it as a carbohydrate. If you go to this link Sarah pope a western price chapter leader has a video series on how to do the hypoallergenic formula http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2010/09/video-hypoallergenic-baby-formula/. I recommend succanat.

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Jett March 28, 2011 at 10:32 PM

I’m not sure if you’ve seen this but do you know the baby bullet it actually makes any fruit or vegetable in it’s right consistency or whatever you call it just like a baby formula and I guess yeah it’s better than the other store bought formulas. I might just get that when I become a future parent hopefully :). Anyway take care.

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Jett March 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I’m not sure if you’ve seen this but do you know the baby bullet it actually makes any fruit or vegetable in it’s right consistency or whatever you call it just like a baby formula and I guess yeah it’s better than the other store bought formulas. I might just get that when I become a future parent hopefully :). Anyway take care.

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Angie May 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM

HI Nolvia!

Late reply here. We are having success (for the most part) with the liver formula! I left out the whey and lactose – I’m still concerned it’s not complete, however. Sucanat, eh? What about coconut sugar? Anyone ever use that?

I’ve made three whole batches and she’s gone through it very slowly. Now that we are up to almost 50/50 I’ve noticed she’s becoming constipated; I assume that is because I really need to figure out the carbohydrate which will most likely loosen her stools a bit? I should just try lactose – but am so weary of fussy tummy ache days when we trial something – I just haven’t had the courage to go there yet for her sake. I’m almost sure she is a GAP baby b/c her tummy has been ultra sensitive from the start.

I’ve not had success w/ connecting with other parents who have had their babies on the liver formula – lots on the raw milk formula online. I would love to find a few who have used it! I’m watching her so closely – she has a lot of health issues as it is – so I’m hoping her body is doing well w/ it.

Jett – yes! My mother in law has a magic bullet and I’ve been using that as it purees the liver wonderfully.

If anyone has any thoughts on my above concerns, I’d really love to hear.

Thank you!

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Nolvia May 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Hi Angie,

What do you mean by 50/50 ? If she is constipated she is reacting to something in the formula . Most moms that I have talked to say the liver formula makes the babies poo watery. Have you gone on the yahoo group for wap parents, I have met many moms that use the liver formula there. Hope all is well.

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Nolvia May 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Are you using the bifidobacteriom? The brand recommended also has dairy in it.

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Angie May 10, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Hi Nolvia!

Pardon my not explaining – I’m slowly introducing – so she is on 50% homemade formula and 50% prescription/store bought. We are almost there! I think another week and we’ll be full force with it.

I tried the yahoo group – I can’t figure out how to post/seek out info. Perhaps I haven’t spent enough time on it. Do you have a link? I’m sure someone has given it to me before but I’m not recalling at the moment.

Interesting about the watery poo. You know, I think her stools are fine – I’m just looking into it. Sometimes when she has too much sweet potato or squash, it tends to happen. More avocado, peas and asparagus loosen her up!

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Angie May 10, 2011 at 2:27 PM

No – I’m using a dairy free probiotic – Klaire labs.

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Angie May 14, 2011 at 6:41 AM

Hello again, Nolvia! I joined the yahoo group. Great group there! I haven’t had much reply yet on my few questions but we are getting there. I just don’t want to increase until I figure out the best alternative to lactose.

Her tummy is a touch upset with the transition so far even w/o the whey and lactose; but I imagine that is a normal issue anytime you change their normal dietary routine. I connected w/ another mom awhile back and she mentioned usually babies have to get used to the oils in the formula. I hope her tummy settles this weekend or at least in the coming days.

Thanks again! I hope to have a complete formula soon so I can increase it!

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leah May 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM

We went from breastfeeding to the milk based version of the formula and it took our little man about a week to adjust. He initially was spitting up a little more and had a runny BM every time he ate and sometimes in between. I was really concerned about him loosing weight or having a sensitivity to something in the formual but decided to give it a week. By day 7 his BM’s were about half the number they were when we started. At about a week and a half things were back to normal.

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Angie May 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Hi Leah!

Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope we have the same! She’s on day 6. Basically just fussy and drawing up her legs a bit. Nothing terrible – I can just tell she’s adjusting and her tummy is upset. We aren’t fully onto the formula yet – as soon as she adapts to this amount (I sure hope she does!) – I’ll up it.

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Angie May 16, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Hello!

I’m just wondering if LeAnn or anyone else found the coconut milk/bone broth baby formula recipe. I’m on the gaps diet yahoo group and searched for it to no avail. I also asked the question but have not heard back yet. In case the liver formula doesn’t work for our wee one, perhaps this one will. I’m going to give it another week or so. Her tummy is still upset from it (at only 1/3 homemade and 2/3 Rx formula); hopefully it’s just an adjustment period and her GI system will settle.

Thanks!

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Cambret May 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Is there anything I can do to sub the cream? Non pasteurized cream is illegal in MA.

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jody sue June 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM

i made the formula for my 5mth yr old using all the recommended ingredients, except the nutritional yeast, I used NOW brewers yeast (could that be the problem???). i mixed 2 ounces in w about 5 oz of my breastmilk and after an hour or so he threw up. Should i reduce the amount i mix into my milk? i really would like for him to be able to eat it. i have been supplementing w formula and he does ok w that, but I want him to eat the fresh made stuff if possible. please help

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Jesse June 12, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Hello, I am very interested in a homemade formula for my son. He is 5 weeks old and mother has had surgery, can only feed off one breast, and running dry very fast with his growing appetite. We substitute goats milk mixed with nursery water and a dash of probiotics while mom cant feed. Looking for a more permanent alternative and was curious to how much all these ingredients would cost to purchase first time around?? only looking for a round about….

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leah June 12, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Jesse-

For simplicity sake, when I started making the formula I bought the kit from Radiant Life. Here is the link: http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/product/HOMEMADE-BABY-FORMULA-INGREDIENTS/superfoods-supplements Here is my order info:
1 4123 High Vitamin Butter Oil -8.1 oz. $59.95
1 4500 Nourishing Traditions Kit for Homemade Baby Formula -* $164.95

Subtotal: $224.90
Shipping Rate: $22.49
Total: $247.39
Our local Target carried the glass bottles so I bought those there. I know it can be cheaper to get the ingredients separate but for me this was the easiest way to get started. I would recommend getting extra lactose if you can. What comes in the kit will last about a month. All of the other ingredients last much longer, depending on how much you little one is eating. I do give the cod liver oil separately. Our baby won’t go through a whole batch of formula in one day so I usually add it to his first bottle in the morning. If you are going to continue to use goat milk, instead of cow milk check out the Weston A Price website for the goat milk formula. Goat milk typically is deficient in vitamin B-12 and folic acid so they have you add liver to the formula. I hope this helps!
Here is another good link on the comparison of Goat Milk, Cow Milk and a Mothers Milk.
http://www.rockwellnutrition.com/Can-I-use-Goat-Milk-instead-of-infant-formula_ep_92-1.html#goatcowcomparison

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Wendy June 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Wow- thanks for all the great information! I’ve been reading your blog for a year, now, but this post was mentioned on a diaperswappers.com message board. I never got much of a milk supply for either of my kids, and it was heartbreaking to be feeding them all the chemical rich processed formula. I really hope to make homemade baby formula for any future kids!

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Wendy June 22, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Oh, and the westonaprice.org links are out of date.

This is the current location:
http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/319-recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula

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Alisue July 2, 2011 at 9:19 AM

If we get into fostering this is what I plan on feeding the baby…thanks for sharing!

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feetofclay1678 July 4, 2011 at 6:47 PM

i have used this formula for both of my children, and they have thrived on it! everyone always comments on how smart and advanced for their ages my boys are, and i credit it to this formula…giving them the nutrition that they need!

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tessag July 5, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Wish I would have known about this when my children were babies.

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LeahS July 11, 2011 at 9:29 PM

reading all those ingredients makes me appreciate human milk even more! Amazing stuff!

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kcrowley October 17, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Ive have started using this as a supplement for my 4 month old son. He seems good with it. How long can it stay stored in the fridge? Daily? Weekly? I’m using all raw milk and raw cream that I take off my milk jugs.

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cheeseslave November 5, 2011 at 9:12 AM

I used to make a batch every 2-3 days.

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erinn October 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I have an inquiry for you. If a client does not want to use dairy or soy of any kind, do you have any recommendations? Could they replace the cod liver oil with a hemp oil? Just wondering any thoughts you may have. THanks

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cheeseslave November 5, 2011 at 9:16 AM

You absolutely should not replace the cod liver oil with hemp oil. Hemp oil is not safe for human consumption and contains very high levels of omega 6s.

Cod liver oil is recommended as it has high levels of vitamin A, D, K2 and omega 3 fatty acids that the baby needs for brain development.

Soy milk is never recommended for babies. It’s highly estrogenic and has loads of phytic acid which blocks mineral absorption.

Is the baby allergic to dairy? If so, try the meat-based formula. Recipe is here: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula

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Eleanor November 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Mary Enig was a nutritionist and not a Registered Dietitian. She was a bench scientist that worked in a lab and had no clinical experience. Would you have a researcher perform surgery on you? I think not.

Your formula is extremely dangerous for infants. Cow’s milk in any form should not be given to infants under the age of 12 months because they cannot digest the proteins in the milk. In addition the solute load of the milk can cause dehydration and puts strain on the immature kidney of the infant. Sure, the infant may gain weigh properly, but you may be setting them up for kidney failure later on in life. Also, unpasteurized cow’s milk increases the chance that the child will contract a foodborne illness. Infants do not have a mature GI tract that is able to protect them from the bacterium in unpasteurized milk. Their GI tracts are “leaky” and thus bacterium from food can easily pass into their bloodstream and make them sick.

Homemade infant formulas are avoided because they do not provide the nutrients that breast milk or commercial formulas provide. Commercial formulas are the most regulated food item in the grocery store because a deficiency in one nutrient can cause death or severe illness in an infant. The fact that your “recipe” does not have nutritional information is deeply concerning. You have no idea how much fat, protein, carbohydrate and other nutrients your child is getting. You could be giving too much or not enough. The fact that your readers are modifying your “recipe” is equally terrifying as the substitution of one item for another may cause additional issue. Cooking is fine for adult bodies because they eat a variety of foods every day. This is an infant’s sole source of nutrients and they consume this for a long duration. Serious harm could be done.

You can delete this post all you want, but you shouldn’t post such potentially detrimental information without letting your audience know that this could cause harm to their children.

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Amber November 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Here is a nutritional breakdown for those who care to see. If you scroll down it shows the breakdown as compared to breastmilk. There is no reason to compare it to commercial formulas as that is most definitely NOT the ideal to which nutritionally-conscious people care to strive.

http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula

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Lauren November 17, 2011 at 6:28 AM

If Eleanor could provide her source for the information she posted that would be great. I can speak for myself in the fact that I try to be as objective and mindful as possible when making decisions that significantly affect my children’s health. I am open to reading this science that says that giving your baby milk will set the stage for them to have kidney failure later in life?? I am confused by this as almost every commercial baby formula, apart from the lactose free formulas, have milk in it. Also I have read that raw milk, as it is a live food( has not been denatured) has all the enzymes in tact necessary to digest itself. ( http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html )
I am a nurse, and it use to be hard to question things that were known by “everyone” as “safe” and “normal”…like infant formula. But when you approach the subject with true objectivity you realize that it is not even CLOSE to imitating breast milk…and it is actually not even healthy at all. The main ingredient in most is CORN syrup. A genetically modified (GMO) food. GMO’s are suspects and convicts in dozens of health problems. The milk that is in formula (yes, there is milk in there) is from conventional cows that are getting antibiotics and steroids, and eat this same GMO corn/soy. There is soy in virtually every commercial formula, which also is a GMO and has a host of other issues it can lead to. I haven’t even touched on how the vitamins and mineral content are synthetically made in factories, as opposed to extracted from whole food sources that our bodies where made to utilize best! There are so many other issues that have been found with commercial infant formulas, maybe that’s one of the reasons they are always changing the composition to add the new latest thing.
Things are not always what they seem…

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cheeseslave November 17, 2011 at 7:57 AM

@Eleanor

I don’t delete posts unless they are spam.

This is not “my” formula. This is, as I say in the post, a formula developed by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig. Babies have been thriving on this homemade formula for over a decade since Nourishing Traditions was published in 1999.

“In addition the solute load of the milk can cause dehydration and puts strain on the immature kidney of the infant.”

Please provide a source for this.

“Also, unpasteurized cow’s milk increases the chance that the child will contract a foodborne illness. Infants do not have a mature GI tract that is able to protect them from the bacterium in unpasteurized milk.”

Breast milk is unpasteurized. Are you suggesting women should pasteurize their breast milk before feeding their babies?

“Homemade infant formulas are avoided because they do not provide the nutrients that breast milk or commercial formulas provide.”

That is incorrect.

Here is a comparison chart of all the nutrients (breast milk vs. the homemade cow milk, goat milk, and liver formulas):

http://www.realmilk.com/formularecipes.html#chart

“Commercial formulas are the most regulated food item in the grocery store because a deficiency in one nutrient can cause death or severe illness in an infant.”

Regulation does not equal safety, nor does it mean the food is healthful or nutritious. Soy milk and soybean oil are not safe or healthy for any human to consume, and certainly not babies. If you would like references on that, I will provide them.

“The fact that your “recipe” does not have nutritional information is deeply concerning.”

See chart posted above.

“The fact that your readers are modifying your “recipe” is equally terrifying as the substitution of one item for another may cause additional issue.”

If you read the post, I wrote that they must not modify the recipe — here is what I wrote:

“It is very important to use the exact amounts that are called for (I have not changed any of the amounts). This recipe was formulated by a nutritionist (Mary Enig) and is designed to be as close as possible to human breast milk.”

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Rachel Dossmann December 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Thank you so much for posting this. It is funny that you should mention cradle cap b/c my 4 month old did not have it until I had emergency gallbladder surgery and could not nurse for 36 hours. We gave her formula and within 2 days she started getting cradle cap! I made the connection but people just brushed it off as a coincidence. I am glad that I am not crazy. LOL I am going to try this. Thank you so much!!!!

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Odddlycrunchy May 30, 2012 at 7:41 AM

My babies were 100% breastfed and all got cradle cap. My daughter bf’s her son 100% and he got cradle cap.

Maybe it’s something we ate and which is in the formula and that you don’t eat?

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Eliza July 6, 2012 at 5:42 AM

It’s very likely you were deficient in essential fatty acid as well; upping your intake of fish oil would have helped. You can also supplement your babies separately.

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Laura December 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Just curious, why did you think you were having supply problems at 4 months? I only ask because A LOT of mothers think their supply is starting to dry up around 3-4 months, because they don’t feel full anymore, or it’s not flying out like a firehose when the baby pulls away. But in reality, the supply is just evening out, as your body begins to figure out how much milk it needs to make. Good that you made homemade formula, though. Although the cod liver oil sounds disgusting, I must say. Lol.

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Rahima December 22, 2011 at 1:46 PM

What would you recommend as a substitute for the gelatin, as to make it closer to kosher/halal standards?

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Rahima December 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM

ahh, nevermind. i see that radiant life offers BOVINE gelatine. good job.

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Brena February 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM

thank you for sharing this page, my daughter has been drinking this home made formula since she was about a month maybe two, when i couldn’t breast feed anymore and my daughter is thriving very well on this formula, i am glad this is being shared to new mothers so that they could take a healthier way then feeding there children store bought formula

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Jodie March 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

What garbage!!!!

This “Old school” formula is worse then the commercial crap out there. I would sooner go to a breastmilk bank for milk then feed my kid this crap or any commercial formula either. I’m at a loss for words..I cannot believe people would skimp out on their babies and feed them this crap!

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Kisa May 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I’ve been using this baby formula for a couple of months with my baby girl and she’s doing great on it!!! My doctor has some concerns with it saying that it might not have enough iron content. Can you please help me out with this and what to tell him??

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Melissa May 23, 2012 at 7:20 AM

You are not to give babies under 1 year old raw cow’s milk, what are you people thinking??!!!! Obviously there is no medical research done on this article and I’m pretty sure that if someone did this recipe and then their child died, a lawsuit may occur. To all parents considering a better option of formula than commercial brands, find articles written from a reputable source.

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Odddlycrunchy May 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Please give us limks to said reputable sources.

Thanks.

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Debbie gadsby May 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Hi, I have a question about the cod liver oil. Should I be using the plain Gp fermented cod liver oil? I notice in the pictures you have used a different brand that isn’t fermented
Thbam you

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cheeseslave June 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I used the Quantum brand which you can still buy from Radiant Life for a limited time — it has no flavor

http://villagegreennetwork.com/marketplace/supplements-superfoods?pid=1” target=”_blank”

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Odddlycrunchy May 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

One more Q:

Has anyone tried adding the recommended (for infants 4 mo+) daily egg yolk to the formula?

Thanks.

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cheeseslave June 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I never added it to the formula. I just spoon fed it to her.

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Odddlycrunchy May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

4 Tablespoons = 1/4 cup which is easier to measure precisely if you have individual 1 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup measuring cups (for the lactose).

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Shannon May 31, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Hello! I made this recipe for my daughter. I’m unable to breastfeed her due to having had breast cancer and bilateral mastectomies. I used raw milk and followed the recipe to a “t”. The problem I had was the cream from the raw milk. It was too thick and sometimes wouldn’t come through the bottle nipple…even after shaking the bottle well. What did I do wrong??

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Maria June 2, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Shannon

Try to heat it in “bain-marie” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bain-marie). I do it (use always a small glass container for the milk and a stainless steel container for the boiling water) and it is a problem solved for me. My baby never complained of that. She complains about the taste of the FCLO but that is another story :(

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Maria June 2, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Hi everybody

I have been doing this formula for over a week and can see some good results in my 5 month-old baby. The cradle cap is literally vanishing out of her head thanks to this formula :)
I only have 2 problems:

1) I didn’t realise I would go out of lactose so soon! I already ordered more but it won’t arrive less than 1 week and a half time and I only have lactose for 1 more day… my question is… what can I use instead of lactose??
Has this ever happen to anyone here before? What did you do to solve this until more lactose arrived? I don’t want to give commercial crap to my baby and she refuses my breast. Please, will anyone answer me and give me some good insight!

2) She hates the taste of the FCLO… I tried almost every trick to give it to her but no luck. Now every time she sees the bottle she closes her mouth and refuses the bottle even if she’s starving… anyone has an advise on how I can solve this problem?

Thank you :)

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cheeseslave June 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Try the “Quantum” brand cod liver oil (it’s not fermented). That is what I gave Kate — you can see it in one of the pictures above. It has no flavor.

You can find it on my resources page from Radiant Life. They don’t have a lot left since they are discontinuing it I think so go ahead and order while you can.

http://villagegreennetwork.com/marketplace/supplements-superfoods?pid=1” target=”_blank”

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Kayla June 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

My milk supply started to dry up around 10 months, so I started giving my daughter this formula and she was totally weaned off breastfeeding by 11 months. She is absolutely thriving with no evidence of digestion issues. She now eats tons of solids (veggies, fruits, egg yolks, sprouted grains and beans, LOTS of healthy fats :)) and I’m wondering about starting to leave out a few ingredients in her formula. I’m wondering about slowly cutting out the gelatin and lactose ( I already cut out the whey because it was too hard keeping up on making it and I figured she is old enough to go without). Any thoughts on how to adjust the formula at 12 months to slowly get them ready for plain raw milk? Thanks!

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cheeseslave June 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I kept giving my daughter the formula until she was almost 2. I just didn’t give her as many bottles. I figured I would still be breastfeeding until then.

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Kayla June 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

P.S. It drives me crazy when people post such negative comments based on ignorance! I am a highly educated registered nurse and I do not trust the FDA for one second, they are making money off of allowing Americans to eat garbage because the pharmaceutical companies (also regulated by FDA) are getting rich off of our nation being chronically ill. Trusting that commercial formulas are “safe” because they are regulated is horribly wrong. They are packed with GMO ingredients, not to mention the way the milk is processed before it’s added to the formula to turn it into a powder denatures it to the point of resembling MSG. Both of these are known and proven neurotoxins! What a horrible thing to feed a developing baby! The fact that most parents who cant or wont breastfeed give their infant commercial formula without even blinking an eye is what is terrifying! I’m pretty sure most parents who care about the nourishing traditions diet and make this homemade formula have spent hours upon hours researching the ingredients, unlike the parents giving commercial formula!

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teresa December 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

i agree with you, the companies are in the business of making money NOT providing you with a healthy product.
they are, in essence, snake-oil-salesmen that the people had forced to provide a product that passes an inspection but is the least amount of work for the most amount of return. think about that for a moment.
companies are in the business of making money. you are the middleman to that money.
it always amazes me how much doctors and pharmaceutical scientist always believe they know better than our ancestors did, like we were dragging our knuckles and clubbing each other until they magically appeared on the scene to herd us into the ‘consumerism age’ …thank God for the internet so that us knuckle draggers can educate each other and support each other.
and yes, when i was younger i was told my migraine headaches and my menstrual cramps were just in my head or i was making it all up like many women in my generation.
i apologize for the rant…

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Krista June 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Hello ladies!
I have a 3 month old daughter who I tried to breastfeed exclusively, but only was able to last about a month due to her projectile vomitting up my milk at every feeding. I kept altering my diet, trying to discover what might have been upsetting her stomach, but became frustrated and switched to Similac Advanced. She has not projectile vomitted since then, but does have spit up with almost every feeding. Then she became extremely irregular and only has a bowel movement once every two days or so. I then switched her to Similac Fussiness and Gas, but I am trying to get myself and my kids on as organic and gluten free of a diet as possible and have been looking for a homemade baby formula. My problem is that I have NO clue where to begin and what is correct and incorrect. I could really use advice as to the best recipe I could put her on for homemade formula that will help her become more regular and keep her healthy. Thank you =]

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Rose June 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Hi, I was wondering what the caloric content is for this formula? I am trying to beef my toddler off and get him off the commercial formula he is on. Thank you!

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cheeseslave June 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I’m not sure… maybe they say on the WAPF site?

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E. July 6, 2012 at 5:54 AM

I would like to throw in my 2 cents.

First of all, I want to thank you for this post. I am a breast-feeding advocate and health educator, and when I first saw the title of this come up in a search result, I was a little concerned. However, upon reading the recipe, I was relieved! I think I’ve come across your site before but never noticed this post.

Secondly, I want to congratulate and praise the mamas on here for attempting breastfeeding, especially adoptive mamas. I’m sorry if anyone has ever made you feel like a “bad mom” for not breastfeeding. May your babies continue to thrive and delight you!

I do have a few points re: the formula, especially for those who seem to be reacting to the raw cow’s milk.

Goat’s milk is oftentimes easier for infants to tolerate, and if you can come across raw cow’s milk, chances are you can find raw goat’s milk, too. It is also more likely to be foraging instead of grain-fed.

With regards to the “fishy” smell from your fish oil, please consider using a brand whose focus is purity. The essential fatty acids, DHA and EPA, are CRUCIAL for neurological development and overall cellular function; while the vitamins A and D are obviously important as well, Dr. Price knew there was another factor (an “X factor”, if you will) inherent and specific to Cod Liver Oil aside from A and D. We know now that this was DHA and EPA, and had he lived long enough to discover them, he would have been vindicated in his commitment to Cod Liver Oil.

A “fishy smell” is not necessary — or positive — in a fish oil supplement. It is a sign at best of oxidation, at worst of rancidity. You can get an unflavored Cod Liver Oil from Nordic Naturals, as well as a DHA supplement intended for infant consumption as well. Whatever line you use, PLEASE ensure that the amounts of DHA and EPA (not just Omega 3s) are delineated AND that it is 3rd party tested for purity.

Thank you again for a wonderful post!

http://www.nordicnaturals.com/en/Products/Product_Details/514/?ProdID=1418
http://www.nordicnaturals.com/en/Products/Product_Details/514/?ProdID=1541

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Lisa July 28, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Hi,

I have just started making homemade raw cow’s milk formula for my 10month old baby. How long does whey stay good? We bought some raw whey and it is bright yellow. Is it safe to give to my baby in the formula?

Thanks,
Lisa

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Cyndel Jones August 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Thank you for this! I am bfing fine but I’m so happy to know that if I ever need it, good quality home made formula recipe is available!!!

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Kristina ball August 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

What about babies that are lactos intolerant?

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E. August 31, 2012 at 8:20 AM

goat’s milk?

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Cora September 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shared this page!! It really is a life saver. Thank you soooo much!!<3

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Tanya Kakalecz September 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM

This recipe was a God-send. I needed something to supplement and was not using store formula. I bought all the ingredients and used it for a short time and found out my son cannot handle dairy! I have the ingredients and could sell them cheap if anyone is interested. Send me an email
Tanya

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Rose February 3, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Hello! Do you still check here? I am interested in your supplies but dont know your email address. Thanx!

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Ann Marie Michaels February 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I don’t sell anything – click the links above to find sources for products

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Rose February 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I was replying to the message Tanya wrote. Sorry if i was out of line.

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aly October 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

how do you make the whey? I can’t get access to it on here thanks

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KIANDRA AUSTIN November 8, 2012 at 7:29 AM

I love that I came across this article i am a college student and my English professor has us doing a research paper on something dealing with food and us my paper is on baby formula its something that always pulls at my heart my son has always had issues with formula I breastfed him for three months but i couldn’t continue because I had to get back to school and work and the work place isn’t exactly pumping friendly we had many trips to the hospital because of blood in his stool from the formula the doctor switched him to soy (yikes) he is two years old now and we have gotten past it but its a lot I wish I knew then that I know now as a young mother No future plans on another child but when i am ready I know what a healthy alternative will be if I cant continue breastfeeding (I felt so bad that I couldn’t breastfeed and he was getting so sick I still gave him a bottle a day of breast milk but it eventually dried up)

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Najwa December 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Is there a homemade formula that only uses whey? My baby is allergic to casein but drinks whey based formula fine.

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Erica December 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Hi! I sure hope you get to read my comment, and I apologize in advance for its lengthiness. :) My beautiful, spunky three year old little girl has Williams Syndrome (rare genetic disorder) and has always struggled with eating (typical for WS babies/kids) and we are in the midst of an intensive month long feeding therapy program to get her to eat baby food. She is on soy formula (yuck!!) and if I can get her to eat homemade organic purées then I can wean her off that terrible formula. That’s my motivation. While she is making some progress, her dietician wants to transition her to a toddler soy formula for calories. As of yesterday we have compromised on an organic soy toddler formula (if soy can even be organic lol!); then I stumbled upon your page. I think I might cry I am SO excited/happy! Maybe we are not condemned to soy! :) But I know the questions her dietician will have are the nutrient values. In order to convince them to let me do this it’s going to be a VERY steep, uphill battle; and I will need a ton of information to present to them. Do you know where I can find any of this information? Thank you SO much in advance! :)

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E. December 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

What sort of info specifically are you seeking? I can send you some scientific papers if that would help, just let me know what you need.

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Erica December 8, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Thank you for the feedback, I found the chart I needed with the nutrient values on the WAPF website; and now all I need to figure outis how to add more protein. Thank you! :)

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Ann Marie Michaels December 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

@Erica

This may sound blunt, but it’s your baby, not the dietician’s.

Do your own research, decide what is right for your baby, and do t hat.

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Erica December 8, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Couldn’t agree more, and if she was a typical developing little girl I could tell the medical professionals to go stick where the sun don’t shine. But sadly she isn’t and we are spending a month in the hospital, at the last resort for a highly sought out feeding therapy program. There are only five hospitals in the US that offer this program and the wait list is about a year, if they even accept your child. As much as I want to just charge in there and tell them this what you are going to transition my child to no matter what, I could end up bullying her right out of the program. Which again, is our only hope of getting her off the bottle. So yes, I am doing the research, constructing a portfolio, and practicing giving all my info in the least snobby way I can. We need this team constructed of 12 different therapists and specialists, I don’t think it’s in my daughters best interest they see me as the enemy.

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Cyndel December 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I hope you are successful in convincing them!

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Nadine January 2, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I breastfed my daughter until she was almost 3 months. For the past 5 weeks I have used “organic” store-bought formula. Since then, I have notice a fowl chemically-smell when she burps, which has made me very concerned. My husband and I have decided to make her formula following the Nourishing Traditions recipe, Weston A. Price, the Home Economist, Radiant Life Products, and the Cheese Slave directions and input. Do I need to wean my daughter off of her current store-bought formula or do I just abruptly switch to homemade formula??

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Rachel Wiswesser January 8, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Thanks for sharing this article so other moms know that there are other options for supplementing out there! I made the formula when I went back to work full time. I never had a breastmilk supply problem, but since I wasn’t with my son all day, I couldn’t feed him and I couldn’t pump enough milk out in the morning to last him all day. So, thankfully, my chiro. told me about this formula (she used it on both her adopted children with wonderful results) and my son would have the formula during the day, then I’d feed him myself the rest of the time I spent with him. Once I was able to quit my job and be a full time mom, I still made the formula for a couple more months just because he really liked it. It’s a breeze to make, once you have a routine down. I could whip up a batch within 20 minutes, even put in freezer bags & bottles in that time! I’d highly recommend this formula to anyone who’s having trouble breastfeeding or adopting, or for what ever reason you need to supplement. It’s great! FYI, I used raw goat milk, instead of cow’s milk.

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CWalter January 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Anyone have any idea how long homemade whey (from separated raw milk) will last in the refrigerator? I also skimmed the cream from the raw milk – how long will this last?

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Rachel W. January 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM

The whey will last up to 6 months in the refrig. and the cream only lasts a few days.

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Nadine February 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM

The cream we purchase through our co/op lasts for about 2 weeks. Whatever is left over I make butter with.

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Suzanne February 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Hi, been breastfeeding my son since day 1. When I returned to work, being away from baby and not being able to breastfeed him significantly affected the supply/demand. I pumped the first week at work and almost over a weekend no longer needed to pump. I still bf him but only upon waking and before bedtime. He’s been supplemented with WAP cow milk formula for a month now (he’s 7 mos old) after rejecting 6 different brands of commercial formula. He’s finicky and loves the taste of WAP. He only has one mild discomfort and that is gas. Has anyone gone through the process of elimination to figure out which ingredient causes excess gas? I know I should not alter the recipe but thought I could at least find out which one causes excess gas. Thanks in advance for reading my comment.

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mary March 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Hi Suzanne – I found that the nutritional yeast caused Eli a lot of gas and spitting up…and somewhere in my research on this formula, that is one ingredient that babies are often sensitive to and can be left out if necessary. Hope that helps and blessings to you!

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Suzanne March 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Thanks Mary! Eliminated the nutritional yeast 3 wks now and gas is gone!! although I”ve supplemented his solid food diet rich with complex vitamin B foods. We are good now. THANKS AGAIN!

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mary March 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Yippee! for good results! Glad to have been able to bless your journey.

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Michelle March 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I have exclusively pumped for special needs son for eleven months and he is now on donate breastmilk for as long as I can find it. I am SOOOO happy to have found this for if the day comes when we run out. how do you know how much they will need for the day or how much to supplement with? or how long all those products shelf life is etc? I still feel a little lost until I try it out I am sure but he is just starting to eat some baby food so I am hoping to get to the point of using this formula as a supplement to food by the end of the year but that is a ways off on his feeding journey! I guess my biggest question is how much to give in a given day or how do you know when to replace it with a “meal” solid food.

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Michelle March 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM

also what glass bottles do you use?

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Joey Thomas April 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Hi Ann Marie. Just letting you know that the links to your articles on the “dangers of soy” are not working. You might want to get that sorted out as it kind of detracts from the blog and is annoying for people wanting to find out more. I just sent a link to the article to a close friend of mine who can’t breast feed and has tried 3 different formulas without much success. Thanks for sharing this fantastic information. It would be great if you could get those links fixed up.

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Nancy April 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Thanks for the recipe, I’m excited to to make my first batch! Wondering what the receipe is for the whey? I clicked on the page and it say’s “error page cannot be found”. If I don’t make my own whey, am I able to buy it, or would that defeat the purpose?

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Jessica April 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I’ve been using Enfamil I recently discovered that it contains MSG, how can that be legal?!! There are 40 hidden names of it so I’m trying to find a healthy alternative. It looks like this recipe is good except for the gelatin (because gelatin always contains MSG). Thanks foe the recipe, I am definitely going to change to this!

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Thanks for sharing this story, who knew? When you said you felt like a complete failure, my heart went right out to you. Everyone has that moment I believe.

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Karen Haxel May 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Waaaayy too much work. I gave my babies goats milk mixed with Organic baby cereal and organic jar food or my own pureed fruits and vegies all mixed together in the bottle like a shake. They ate it up and are super healthy to this day. Oh and I don’t vaccinate.

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Unmani Cynthia Groves, health care practice management consultant since 1985 June 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I would like to see our health care system incorporate genetic testing for mom’s babies.
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molly July 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Hi, I am about to start making this for my one year old who I have to stop breast feeding because of my own health unfortunately. He is nursing just 4 or 5 times a day and eating other foods, but I would like to give him a nutrient rich milk rather than just straight cow’s or goats milk.

Does anyone know how long this formula lasts in the fridge or if it’s freezable? If I were to mix up the full amount on the recipe it would last two to three days at the rate he’s nursing now (just at wake up time and before naps/sleep at night) so I’d like to be able to keep it in the fridge and use it over time.

Thank you!

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Ann Marie Michaels July 2, 2013 at 10:48 AM

It lasts in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can freeze it.

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Suzanne July 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Hi Molly, I’ve been making this formula for my son for 6 months now (he is 11 mos old). I make a batch every 2.5 days and freeze them in those handy Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags and pull out 6 oz in the morning and 6oz at night. One recipe makes about 30 ounces. I’ve tried keeping in the fridge for >24hrs after I’ve made it but it starts to separate (the nutrient rich oils on top) so its hard to pour off the 6oz I need for feeding. So, freezing works best for me. Oh, and I add a pinch of the probiotics when I’ve thawed the milk prior to serving. Hope this helps.

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molly July 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Thank you so much! That’s very helpful.

Two more questions!
My son just tested pretty low in iron which is one reason why my doctor said I should do formula instead of just continue with food and giving him good quality milk. Is there any ingredient in this recipe that adds iron to this formula?

How does the cost of making formula measure up to buying it? I understand the health benefits are much much more, but just curious because I don’t know anything about the cost of formula since I’ve never paid anything for breastfeeding of course (except with my enormous appetite while nursing a one year old!) I’ve heard store bought formula is very expensive as well, but it seems this recipe is very expensive also with all the ingredients.

Thank you!
molly

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Suzanne July 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Hi Molly, my son had the same issue so I’ve learned how to incorporate chicken liver in his solid food (instead of ground chicken I add liver) and also bought dessicated liver powder via Radiant Life company, the same vendor where you buy the homemade formula starter kit. I’m unsure which ingredient in the homemade formula provides iron but Ive made a habit out of always incorporating iron-rich foods to his solid food instead. With regards to homemade vs. formula cost, I think this information is in the Weston A Price website but cant recall specifically but you can probably do a search on it. You can do a quick google search on commercial formula prices. Its disgusting that it sells since its basic ingredient is high fructose corn syrup – just junk food for babies. Good luck!

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kristy July 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I was referred to this recipe and I am excited to make it. My 9 month old baby is currently on soy formula due to dairy allergy. I’m planning to use the meat-based formula. In order to keep it simple, I ordered the formula kit through “radiant life”. However, the probiotic “Natren” bottle indicates dairy. How do I go about making the formula? Should I also skip whey and lactose? Don’t they all have dairy influence?
Thanks in advance.

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Diane September 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

What are the instructions for mixing and using the dry formula? I can’t seem to find in o the Weston Price site.

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Michelle October 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I cannot find anything online that says how long this safe to drink at room temp? I would love anyone’s input. When my special needs son was on pumped breastmilk we would “take a bottle to bed ” for cosleeping. and it was fine for several hours. But I gave no idea with this stuff. Commercial formula is dangerous to give after one hour. Besides typical cow milk shelf life, I don’t know about these other ingredients. ??thanks!

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Sara Baxter December 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I can’t see anywhere the instructions for the dry formula. Is it the same formula/water ratio as storebought formula?

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Deniz January 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Hi,
My son is 8 months old. So far I breast fed him. However, due to low milk production, I have to give him formula. All the commercial products (even the very organic ones) did not pass my quality control. In addition, I am looking for a formula which is goat milk based. However, goat milk formula for infants are not avaliable in US but in Europe.
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I have copule of questions:
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2. What do you think about using goat milk powder in the formula and resuspending it with filtered water?
3. What are the sources of Vitamin B and D and minerals in this recepie? Yeast? What would happen if I use infant multi vitamin drops instead of yeast?
4. I was not able to find goat cream anywhere. Where do we find it? or how do we make it? If we make it, is it OK to use goat milk from the store? If not, is there any other excipient that I can use to subsitute goat cream?

I am so sorry if I bore you with my questions but these are very important to know for me and for other readers of your web page.

Thank you so much in advance.

Best,
Deniz

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Niomi January 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

what do i do when i have zero access to raw milk of any kind? in Canada all milk has to be pasturized or homogenized to be legally sold :( i would like to make my own formula, but giving a newborn milk scares me especially if its not what the recipe says :(

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Could this be madd in double orvtriple batches and frozen?

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