Homemade Baby Formula Recipe: How to Make It

Homemade baby formula is something mothers look for if they find that they cannot breastfeed for some reason, cannot find another source of quality breast milk, and don’t want to use commercial formula.

How to make homemade baby formula

Why 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”.

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.

Please note: I no longer recommend the book, Nourishing Traditions or the Weston A. Price Foundation, due to their positon on fermented cod liver oil, which I am strongly opposed to and I feel may be dangerous to human health. You can read more about that here: My Take on the Fermented Cod Liver Oil Scandal.

Homemade Baby Formula Recipe

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!)



Whole organic milk, preferably raw, from pasture-fed cows (2 cups)
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 — 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)
Good quality cream (ideally organic and raw) — (2 TBS or more)
Coconut oil (2 tsp)
High-vitamin cod liver oil (store in the fridge) (1/2 tsp)
Expeller-expressed sunflower oil (store in the fridge) (1 tsp)
Extra virgin olive oil (store in a dark cupboard) (1 tsp)


Lactose powder (4 TBS)
Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes (2 tsp)
Gelatin (2 tsp)
Natren bifidobacterium infantis (store in the fridge) (1/4 tsp)
Acerola powder (1/4 tsp)

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.

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.

Where to find real raw milk.


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.


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.

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Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Cheeseslave.com. Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

278 thoughts on “Homemade Baby Formula Recipe: How to Make It

  1. Does your formula ever separate while sitting in the fridge? Mine has been doing that a lot lately. Its been getting really clumpy when heating it up too. I wonder if the goat whey I got from (Natural Family farms? oops I forgot, you know the chicken/duck stand) came from cheese making which would explain it.

    1. For anyone seeing this info for the first time, there is now a kit available for the needed ingredients, available through Radiant Life.

  2. Thanks for this post. I wish I had it when I started making the baby formula. It will be nice to direct others to your site, who want more of a hands on experience.
    I was wondering how do you store your nutritional yeast (cupboard, frigde, freezer)?
    I bought mine in bulk from Frontier and don’t want it to go bad.

  3. Hi, Jungleen,

    What do you mean when you say “separate”? I’m not really sure… I just shake it up and stick it in the bottle warmer. When it’s at the proper temperature, it is not clumpy.

    I suppose it could be the whey… I have never noticed a difference.

  4. AM,
    My formula separates into clearish liquid on the bottom and opaque liquid on top. Or maybe its the other way around! I shake it up before I plop it into the bottle warmer but as its warming up it separates again (into clear liquid and opaque liquid). Its really weird because it never used to do this and now its happening to every batch I make!

  5. Hello,

    I would love for my baby (hopefully) to take homemade all-natural baby formula. This recipe looks truly beneficial.

    Don’t forget the 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, just like in mother’s milk. Lauric acid is the most plentiful medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) in both coconut oil and mother’s milk. In fact, the ratio of lauric acid to other MCFAs in breast milk is similar to that in coconut oil.

    MCFA-rich coconut oil improves nutrient absorption, help regulate blood sugar levels, aid digestive function, etc.

    Your Drugstore in a Bottle

  6. How long are you planning to keep giving your toddler the formula? She’s about 18 months now, right? (I know because you and I had our babies at about the same time). I stopped giving mine the formula once he started eating all the same foods we were eating. I didn’t want to always make him a separate meal, and he didn’t react to any foods, so he just ate what we ate, and he still does. Both kids get kefir and CLO and fats and all the good stuff I can get into all of us. I hope I haven’t made a mistake by stopping his formula intake prematurely… What are your reasons for continuing Kate on it?

  7. Hi, Jessica,

    She will be 18 months old next week.

    I know lots of moms don’t give the homemade formula (or commercial formula for that matter) past one year.

    I decided to keep Kate on the formula as long as possible mainly because if I could, I would still be breastfeeding.

    The homemade formula is a substitute for breast milk. She drinks about 12-18 ounces of homemade formula per day. So I can make the formula every other day.

    It’s easier to just give her milk — but I think it’s worth the effort to continue making the formula.

    I’m not sure how long I will continue with this — as long as I can I guess (ideally it would be three years but if I make it to two, that’ll be great).

    Oh, and one other thing — I don’t ALWAYS give her the raw milk formula. There are some weeks that I slack off and just give her milk. Like this past week — I have been too busy with life so she’s just gotten raw milk.

    And when we travel, she gets plain raw milk. Except of course, when we go to visit Seth’s parents. Seth’s mother is the best. She not only goes to the farm co-op and picks up the raw milk for Kate, but she gets all the ingredients for the homemade formula and she makes it for Kate when we are there. She also buys beet kvass for us and pastured chicken and duck and chicken livers for Kate.

    How lucky am I to have a mother-in-law like that?

  8. When my mom used to watch my baby, I didn’t think she would be amiable to feeding my kid crazy concoctions or raw milk. So I devised a way to get some good fats in my boy. I created my own secret weapon called: Baby Custard.

    It was published in the Wise Traditions Journal, Volume 6, Number 2, Summer 2005 the special Baby Edition.

    Mix 1 cup raw milk, 1 cup raw cream, 6 egg yolks, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of stevia powder. Pour into buttered ramekin dishes. Place ramekins into a Pyrex dish filled part-way with water. Preheat oven to 310 degrees and cook for about 1 hour.

    More baby recipes are here:


    Dan Corrigan

  9. I was wondering what you do with the cream cheese left over from making whey. I have started making this formula for my baby (thank-you for the information, by the way) and now I don’t know what to do with the cream cheese.

  10. My daughter is not thriving on the commercial formula and my chiropractor suggested making this formula for her. I’m waiting on some of the ingredients and have been doing research and I’ve found a lot of things that say making homemade formula can kill your baby. I haven’t said anything to her pedi yet and am scared to honestly. I was upset yesterday and called my SIL to just have her listen but today she called back and chimed in all kinds of things on how raw milk can kill you and homemade formula is bad for the baby. I want to talk to someone to see how their children did on the homemade formula. Thanks

  11. Geraldine – you can eat the cream cheese like you would normally eat any cream cheese.

    Andrea – look at the Chinese formula that is killing babies. I’ve made both the formulas in the NT book for my baby. Although, he didn’t really like them. He preferred his mom’s milk. My baby’s first foods were: raw egg yolks, then raw egg yolks mixed with raw liver, then raw butter, then raw milk, then cod liver oil. We’ve gone years without a pediatrician. He is happy, healthy and vibrant. Everywhere we go, he draws people to him like a magnet. This one waitress at a local restraunt told us that she HATES babies and toddlers. But, our son was the first baby she didn’t hate; in fact she loves him and can’t wait to see him again! I attribute this to feeding him REAL foods during his first 2 years (and not getting all the vaccines).


  12. Dan,

    Thank you. What vaccines did you not get. I told my pedi I wanted to postpone the vaccinations since my baby is in a “fog” most of the time. I’m not telling her about the formula. I tried to breast feed but am physically unable. Thank you for that information about the formula.


  13. Andrea,

    Kudos to you for postponing the vaccinations. My son is now 4, and he hasn’t had any vaccines. Most parents seem to make fear-based decisions when it comes to babies (it’s only natural). My sister kept delaying the vaccines until finally the pediatrician really turned up the heat and verbally/emotionally attacked her. She gave in. After the shots, the kid turned into a zombie. A happy go-lucky kid stopped talking and walked around with zero emotion, just a blank stare. Luckily, the kid shook out of it after a few days. But those long days were a living hell for the parents. (I’ve got two Godsons on the autism spectrum due to the shots).

    Regarding the raw milk formula, I remember a girl that was in my raw milk group about 8 years ago. She had an infant and she couldn’t breast feed. Although I was drinking raw milk, I was horrified that she was making formula from raw milk. “What if the baby dies,” I thought. At the time, I was still trying to undo my conditioning that pasteurization was good. (It’s probably good for factory farmed cows). Anyway, her kids were happy and healthy… and no, they didn’t die from drinking homemade formula. 🙂


  14. Hi, Andrea,

    I highly highly highly recommend the homemade formula. I will not even let Kate drink pasteurized milk anymore.

    Where are you? Do you have access to raw milk from a good dairy or farmer?

    I was scared of raw milk at first too but the more research I did, the more I found that pasteurized milk is not only nutritionally substandard to raw milk but it is also very hard to digest because the enzymes are deactivated — the body cannot easily assimilate it.

    “I’ve found a lot of things that say making homemade formula can kill your baby.”

    Can you direct me to some sources? What are you finding?

    I found stuff like that online too when I was doing my research. I researched for a whole month before I felt comfortable giving Kate raw milk. However, the more I read, the more I found that the people saying raw milk is bad were either vegans (who think all milk is bad) or had some kind of monetary interest, i.e., they were funded by multinational corporations like Monsanto who make money off of pasteurized milk.

    For example, this website:


    I found this in one of my searches.

    I did a little research on the people who paid for this website and guess what? It’s funded by multinational corporations including (just to name a few):

    Monsanto (makers of the bovine growth hormone, Posilac — something raw milk dairies would NEVER use)

    Cargill (makers of animal feed — something raw milk dairies do not use — their cows eat grass as nature intended)

    Archer Daniels Midland (they produce the corn and soybean that is used to make the feed for cows)

    All of these companies have a vested interest in commercially produced pasteurized milk made by large dairies. They do not want raw milk to catch on because it will negatively impact their bottom line.

    You can see all the corporations who fund the Hudson Institute here:


    By contrast, check out the Real Milk website:


    This site was built by the Weston A. Price Foundation. The WAPF receives NO funding from corporations or government officials. Their only funding comes from their members.

    “The main sources of support for the Weston A. Price Foundation are the dues and contributions of its members. The Foundation receives no funding from any government agency or food processing corporation. Although many of our members are farmers, the Foundation has no ties with the meat or dairy industry, nor with any organization promoting these industries. The Foundation promotes the production of food by independent farmers and artisans, and not by industry.”


    One thing I found on the Real Milk website was this powerpoint document:


    Download it and take a look. It convinced me of the safety of raw milk.

    The other thing I did was I read The Untold Story of Milk by Dr. Ron Schmid:


    That book really opened my eyes.

    Lastly, I joined this group:


    I recommend you join and post your questions/concerns to the group. That is what I did in the beginning. Most of us are mothers (there are some fathers too) and many of us feed our children the raw milk formula. All of our babies are thriving.

    It was reassuring to know other parents who were doing this — and it was also helpful to have them to answer questions about the formula.

    Lastly, your SIL sounds like she may be uneducated about raw milk and about baby formula in general. Most pediatricians are as well.

    Re: vaccines, why do you say your baby is in a “fog”? How old is s/he?

    Kate had her vaccines up until 6 months. I stopped them because of the research I found showing how dangerous they are. My pediatrician chewed me out when I said I wanted to wait until I did more research. I switched pediatricians and now have a holistic MD for a pediatrician. I believe we are going to do homeopathic vaccines.

    Ann Marie

  15. Oh and PS: I have a friend who also postponed vaccines because her little guy (about 6 mos old at the time) went mute, stopped babbling and stopped making eye contact for 2 whole weeks after his scheduled vaccination. Scary stuff! Trust your mother’s instincts and do your research.

  16. i am a mom of twins with ALMOST enough breastmilk to feed both but need a natural supplement for a few feedings a day. This is the recipe I continue to find from various sources. the one thing i cannot figure out is HOW LONG IS THE FORMULA GOOD FOR ONCE MADE AND KEPT IN THE REFRIDGERATOR? ALSO, HOW LONG IS THE HOMEMADE WHEY GOOD FOR????


  17. Hi, Twinsmom,

    When my baby was younger I supplemented for a few feedings a day, too. I made the formula every other day and stored it in the fridge in glass bottles. You can also store in a Mason jar and shake it up before you pour into a bottle, then warm it.

    I wouldn’t keep it in the fridge more than 2 days. If you don’t need to make very much, you can just cut the recipe in half and make a half-batch.

    They whey keeps in the fridge for several months.

    Good luck! You have very lucky babies that you are doing this for them!

  18. AM,

    Hi, I am from Bangkok. I am so happy that I finally found raw milk in Thailand. But I couldn’t get the rest of the ingredients because Radiant Life do not ship internationally. I am out of wits… I’ve been trying to find other online stores but no avail. Could you recommend other online stores that can deliver internationally?
    I’d need: Lactose powder, gelatin & Acerola.
    My son’s 14months, and he is really small in size. I hope the raw milk can make him stronger and healthier.
    I’ve also bought some kefir grains and am going to start making kefir drink for my son.
    I love your site. Keep up the good work!

  19. Hi there! After a LOT of research and determined preparation, today will be the first day that I make my son’s homemade formula! I must admit I’m a little nervous–not sure if I’ll do it right–but like I said, I’m determined! 😉 I made the homemade whey last night using Brown Cow yogurt; I emptied the entire contents of a 32 oz tub into the towel lined strainer and it didn’t give me a heck of a lot–about 2 cups. So I was wondering, will I be buying a big tub of yogurt each day to make the whey? Or did I do something wrong. I’d really appreciate your help!

  20. Sandy, congratulations!

    Sally Fallon says you’re supposed to get about 5 cups of whey from 2 quarts of yogurt.

    I’m thinking maybe the towel you used was too thick. If the towel is too thick, it soaks up the whey. Maybe you could try using a strainer lined with cheesecloth.

    Also your curds (the leftover cheese) should look a lot like cream cheese after the appropriate amount of whey has been drained; it should no longer have the consistency of yogurt. If the curds haven’t drained long enough that could be another reason why you didn’t get enough whey. After it drips through the strainer, you can then tighten the cloth and hang it and let it drip some more.

    Best of luck to you and your son. My daughter has done so beautifully on the formula. I’m still making it for her at 20 months. 🙂

  21. Thanks for the reply! Yeah, the consistency was still very much like yogurt so I think my towel was too thick.

    But I think something went wrong, because when my son spit up (as he always does), the smell was quite sour. I don’t know if I let the whey stay out too long today or if the raw milk was bad (I bought it at Whole Foods on the 10th and it has Dec 17 stamped on it). I hadn’t opened it until today and it was at the bottom of my refrigerator until I used it this afternoon. The smell of my son’s spit up was so sour, I just figure something was wrong. My goodness I feel so dumb and lost!!

    Well, next, in all my online research I found the recipe on other websites by other mothers who have used it. One mother gave a recommendation for bulk preparation in which she fills separate ice cube trays with whey (2 tbsp per cube), cream (2 tbsp per cube), and the mixed oils (2 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp sunflower oil, 1 tsp cod liver oil per cube). Then she pops them out and stores them in freezer bags ready to toss in the recipe when needed. What do you think about this? Do you know if this is something Sally Fallon approves of? It seems like it would be a huge timesaver, especially for someone like me.

    Also, how do you travel with all the ingredients if you’re going by plane? I’m going out of town tomorrow and as I said above, the bottle of raw cream I have has Dec 19 stamped on it and the bottle of raw milk I have has Dec. 17 stamped on it. Should I freeze those? And what about taking everything (including the items that need to be refrigerated) on the plane?? Do I pack the olive oil as well or can I buy one at the health food store while we’re visiting my mom?

    And FINALLY, what is your take on raw goat milk as opposed to raw cow milk?

    I know I’ve thrown a lot out there but I’m trying so hard to give my son the best (especially since breast feeding was such a difficulty much to my chagrin) and I was so worried when his spit up was so sour.

    Thanks again.

  22. Hi, Sandy,

    Please don’t feel bad! You’ll get the hang of this.

    I doubt your raw milk was bad. Raw milk doesn’t really go bad like pasteurized milk does. It gets cultured but it doesn’t get sour.

    If the curds still have the consistency of yogurt, you are not letting it drip long enough. I usually let mine drip for 10-12 hours.

    I don’t know about making a batch and freezing it. I have never tried that. How would you defrost it? I worry about the sunflower oil since it is so fragile… if I did do batches as you are describing, I would always put the oils in last.

    The only thing I have read Sally say about making formula is that she recommends making it fresh every day or every other day. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not that big of a deal to make up a batch. I still make formula every 2-3 days (Kate drinks 2-3 bottles a day). It takes me about 10 minutes to make it.

    I have traveled many times while making the formula. Call your mom and ask her what she has available locally. Make sure the olive oil she has is real olive oil (most olive oils on the market are adulterated).

    Freeze your raw milk and cream (enough for the trip). Best thing is to pour the milk into breast milk bags and then freeze them. This is what I always do when I fly with raw milk. They have never questioned me (you’re allowed to bring as much breast milk as you want).

    Count the number of days you will be traveling and fill small Tupperware or Gladware containers (the tiny ones) with the various things you need like coconut oil and sunflower oil and so on. The powdered ingredients can go into small Ziploc bags.

    Anything that is not perishable can just go in your suitcase if you are checking it. I usually put all the various Ziploc bags into a bigger gallon-size freezer bag, and I include a printout of the recipe for homemade formula — just so it’s obvious what those things are for in case anyone ever went through my suitcase (they never have).

    Buy a small cooler (the kind you can carry with a strap; I found one at Target) and put your various Tupperware containers with perishable ingredients (sunflower oil, cod liver oil, etc.) in there, and the frozen breast milk and cream, along with some freezer bags full of ice. They will make you dump the ice at security but you can go to a restaurant and refill them before you board the plane. You can also carry a few bottles in there with formula — for the trip.

    If anyone asks, just tell them that you are bringing breast milk and “nutritional supplements” for the baby. I’ve done this several times with no problems.

    Goat’s milk and cow’s milk are both good. If you have a source for goat’s milk, go with that. But you do need to modify the formula recipe (see above) if you use goat’s milk — since the nutritional profile is different.

    See the link above for the Yahoo group WAP-HB — it’s a great group where we discuss all this kind of stuff.

    Good luck, and have a wonderful trip! Happy holidays!

    Ann Marie

  23. A million thanks again! I was able to take the products back to my local Whole Foods and get all new fresh ones! So, I’ll start over now. lol

    I bought some goat milk kefir to make more whey and was wondering if it’s okay to use the raw milk but use goat milk whey with it (as opposed to milk yogurt whey). Also, how long can the yogurt/whey stay out of the refrigerator while I wait for all the whey to be produced?

  24. HELP! I’m away from home for the holidays and was very thorough in bringing all my ingredients with me. However, I went from my dad’s house to my mom’s house and thought I left my supply of whey in my dad’s refrigerator. But I just got here and it’s not here! And I’m going to have to make my son’s formula tomorrow! What can I do??? It’s Christmas evening and none of the stores are open for me to go buy yogurt or kefir to sit out overnight. Is there anything else I can do?? Or is it okay to make it without the whey? HELP PLEASE!

  25. MGirl, have you tried taking iodine? I would try that before you use formula. I have heard that people have great success with producing more milk after supplementing with a little iodine.

    I say this only because it is a lot of work to make formula and as you know it’s so much easier to breastfeed. And of course, breast milk is best.

    If it were me, I would try supplementing Iodoral first. I’d start slow with one pill (12.5 mg) per day and see if that helps. Or even half a pill (cut it in half). I buy mine here:


    If you find that you can’t get your supply up and you have to make the formula, get a Lact-Aid. That will stimulate your supply while you are supplementing.


    I wish I had done both of these things when I had trouble with my supply…

    I have also heard that fresh squeezed carrot juice works. It has to be freshly pressed. Try drinking a glass every morning and every evening.

    Re: the homemade formula…

    You can use pasteurized milk but it is nowhere near as nutritious, doesn’t have the enzymes or probiotics, and it is much harder to digest because it does not contain lactase and the other enzymes. I would only use pasteurized milk if I absolutely had to and if I did, I would culture it first as described in Nourishing Traditions or on the WAPF website.

    My pediatrician is Dr. Lauren Feder.


  26. By the way, re: raw milk, please read “The Untold Story of Milk” by Dr. Ron Schmid AND go on the Real Milk website (https://www.realmilk.com) and read the powerpoints on there to educate yourself about raw milk. This is what I did and it convinced me.

  27. Hi there…..

    I have one word……….HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I feel like I’m just doing this formula thing all wrong. I have bought all my products as directed but I’m dropping the ball somewhere.

    First, my BIG question/concern is in making the whey. I first tried it with a 32 oz. tub of organic plain whole milk yogurt but didn’t get the 5 cups that the recipe said I should get. I used a linen towel the first time, then I used cheesecloth only to see actual yogurt going through the cheese cloth. How can I tell what’s the correct thickness of cheesecloth or towel to use?! And are we supposed to leave the yogurt or kefir out of the refrigerator when making the whey?? Doesn’t leaving yogurt/kefir out make it go bad??

    Now, I’ve noticed that when my six month old son spits up (as he does a lot even when on organic formula), he/the spit up has a bit of a sour smell to it. Has anyone else experienced this?? I don’t know what I’m doing wrong and wonder if the whey is the problem in my situation–that I’m not making it correctly, that leaving yogurt/kefir out of the refrigerator is the culprit, who knows….oh! question…on December 19, I made some whey out of goat milk kefir and it’s been in my refrigerator. Can I still use it? And can I use it even though I’m using raw cow’s milk and raw cream and raw colostrum? I mean, I just went to the Farmer’s Market on Sunday and got 2 half gallons of fresh raw milk, raw cream, and raw colostrum from the Organic Pastures stand; plus I got all the ingredients as listed and felt so ready! Especially since this was my attempt at making it again since coming back from our vacation (where we couldn’t get raw milk and I’m sure I messed up the whey that I tried to make from yogurt), I thought I had it down. I guess I should’ve taken it as a sign when I put all the ingredients in my blender and it started spilling out the top once I turned it on! {sigh} And my poor baby spit up what I consider to be a whole heck of a lot after one of his bottles. HELP!!

    Please, please, please, please, please lead me through this like a three year old! LOL I know it may sound so silly on my part, but I’m so determined to give my son this formula because I believe in its value, and I just want to do it correctly and not mess him up!

    I’d truly appreciate your help. Thanks so much!

  28. Good morning…it’s la madre loca here (at least I feel pretty loca right about now!)…

    Ok, has anyone experienced their baby not liking the formula? This morning my son seemed to be making a face and pushing away the bottle when he woke up and I tried to give him the formula. He eventually drank it but I did notice that.

    Also, Anne Marie, how long can the formula be out of the refrigerator before you have to throw it out? I made a batch yesterday (see my crazy story above) and took 2 bottles with me because I was going to be out for about 3 hours. While I was out was when he had a big spit up, almost a throw up if you ask me. So because I was so nervous and thought the spit up had a very sour smell to it (as it has seemed to have when I’ve made the formula before as opposed to the organic formula I bought), I just threw the two bottles of homemade formula out. So if you could tell me how long I can have it out and what’s the best way to transport it when I’m out running errands, I’d really appreciate it.

    Thanks so much,
    The Very Harried, Very Frustrated, Feeling Very Defeated Mom

  29. Hi Anne Marie,
    Two things, I called the Weston A. Price Foundation but unfortunately the person who answered wasn’t able to answer my questions; so I’m hoping you might be able to help! 😀

    First, I have been making the homemade formula (after lots of confusion and lack of faith in myself!) for over a month now and it’s been great, but I have NOT been using the homemade whey. The reason for that is that I never felt I was doing it correctly and felt very insecure about how it was coming out so I’ve just made it without it. My baby seems to be doing fine with it and is definitely thriving. So do you think it’s okay for me to continue to not use the whey?

    Second, just yesterday, I’ve noticed a horrible, I mean horrible smell coming from the formula. It’s really weird because I haven’t changed a thing..all the ingredients are the same. It’s the biggest mystery to me because it just happened yesterday. I noticed it at first when I was trying to give the remainder of a bottle to my son and he kept turning from it.

    What’s the limit as to how long the formula can be out of the refrigerator once your child has been drinking it? For example if I heat up a bottle as we’re heading out the door and he only drinks half (which he usually does and I give him the rest a while later), what’s the time limit until it should be discarded?

    I’ve never had this problem with this funny smell so I’m very concerned.

    Oh, I plan on going to the San Fernando hub store of Organic Pastures this weekend! I’m so excited to be able to save on my raw milk! Do they sell the cream at a discount too?

    Thanks so much!

  30. Hi, Sandy,

    I would absolutely add the whey. There are many health benefits including enzymes, probiotics and other nutrients. I think it’s vital.

    I would not leave the formula out at all. The sunflower oil goes rancid if left at room temp.

    Perhaps you could make smaller bottles for your baby. That way they won’t go bad.

  31. Hi! Thanks for your website. I have been making this formula for my 5 month old son for the past three and a half months. On the whole he is doing very well although my husband and I have noticed some changes which concern us. He smells like a cheesedoodle, he spits up copious amounts of rancid smellng curds which also smell mostly of coconut. Lately he has begun to gush out clear liquid spit up. He’s quite fussy and his poops have drastically changed in odor. I also breastfeed but I don’t think that could be behind any of these symptoms. Any advice?

  32. Hi, Amelia,

    How long has he been having all of these issues? Did they start recently or was it when you started the formula? What color are his poops? Is he constipated or having diarrhea? How often is he vomiting? And by fussy do you mean he is having gastric distress?

    How often are you breastfeeding and what are you eating? Do you have any digestive issues or food sensitivities?

    Does he have any other signs of allergies like red ring on anus or skin rash?

  33. G’morning!
    I was at Whole Foods buying my Natren infant probiotics and I saw another one by Udo’s. Since Udo’s is a line whose products I’ve used before, I was wondering if you’ve heard anything about their infant probiotics and if that could be an option we can use to buy. It comes in a bottle that’s almost double that of the Natren bottle and could be more cost effective.

    In other news, I am finally in the groove of making the formula for my son for almost 2 months now (corrections, still haven’t gotten the whey making portion down yet, but I do add a bit of the Qephor and about 2 tablespoons of Raw Colostrum by Organic Pastures to the batch–I can only make a half batch at a time for my blender) and I must say my son is doing beautifully on it!! In fact, a few weeks ago there were a couple days when I heartbreakingly had to give him an organic powdered formula because I ran out of some needed ingredients and my son just wasn’t the same. He was cranky, not eating heartily, just wasn’t his usual self. As soon as I had my ingredients together and made him this formula, it was as if he was saying, “Ahhhh, thanks, Mommy..finally!” lol

    Anne Marie, thanks so much for letting us know about the Organic Pastures hub in San Fernando. I went there for the first time a couple of weeks ago and met Sean and bought my 10 half gallons (to get the discount), raw cream, raw colostrum, and raw butter and I’m so glad I did! Oh, I’m sure you know this already but as of March 14, the hub will be moving to I-5 and Los Feliz Blvd (which is actually closer to me–yippee! lol).

  34. Awesome, Sandy! So glad your son is doing so well!!!

    I love the OP Hub store! Isn’t Sean fantastic? Yes, I know they are moving in March. I think a lot of people will be happy about that (for me it’s the same distance).

    I don’t know about Udo’s. In my experience, many probiotics just don’t work. If it were me, I’d stick w/ Natren. Biokult is very good too.

    1. udo’s parent company is flora, who makes the sunflower oil recommended for the formula. they are a very good company and they are very purist. i would guess that their infant probiotics would be very good.

  35. Hello,
    I appreciate the information on your site.
    I have been making the formula for my baby for four days now. Her stool is yellow and very runny. I used an organic dairy based formula prior and she did fine with it. How long would you anticipate an adjustment to her system to the homemade formula? I am concerned it is not agreeing with her system even though she seems to really enjoy it. Also my sunflower oil was at room temperature in a chilly house and I did not realize it needed refrigeration until reading some of the other comments. Do I need to get another?
    Thank you for your time.

    1. Our son is almost six months old and has for the most part been been exclusively breast fed up till last week. He is on his third day of the homemade formula and is having the same issue. Every time I give him a bottle and sometimes in between he has a loose yellow BM. Did this ever stop with your daughter after a little time had passed? I don’t want to give up on the homemade formula but I am worried he is having a reaction to the formula. I also left the Sunflower oil for a few days after it arrived before I realized it was supposed to be refrigerated. Is there a way to tell if it is bad?

      1. @Leah See my response just below this — I think you should give it a couple weeks and see. See if the loose stool resolves itself. If it does not, it may be food allergies, in which case I would switch to the meat-based formula.

        As for the sunflower oil, if your house isn’t too warm it might be OK. But you may want to be on the safe side and get a new bottle.

  36. Hi, I’d give it a few weeks and see if her stool firms up.

    She may be reacting to the probiotics in the raw milk (and the added probiotic powder). It’s quite normal to have a runny stool (or become constipated) for a period of time when probiotics are added to a diet. This is because there are not adequate good bacteria in the gut. When the good bacteria is added, the pathogens are killed off and are being ushered out of the gut via diarrhea (or other detoxification pathways). So sometimes a runny stool is a good thing.

    If it were me, I would get another bottle of sunflower oil. It goes rancid very easily. It needs to be kept in the fridge at all times.

    Keep me posted on how your little one does!

    1. Thank you again! I’ve been really nervous about making the formula. It’s easy to make but I worried about whether he would be getting the right nutrients. I know it’s the right thing to do but it’s hard sometimes when there are so many differing opinions out on what is the “right” thing to do. There isn’t exactly a doctor you can call and ask about it. It was great finding your blog. He is our fourth and last child. I want to do what’s best for him. I only wish I knew about all of this with the others.

  37. Thank you so much for your prompt reply! I will keep her on the formula and let you know how she does. Can I omit the oil until I get more? I live in a rural area and will have to order online. May the Lord bless you. Thanks again.

  38. Hi there!
    I’d love to get your help on this. In June, when my baby will be 11 months old, we will be traveling out of the country for about a month. I’m worried because I highly doubt I will be able to get raw milk, even if I am able to carry all the other ingredients. I think I mentioned I have been giving my son this great formula since January, however without the whey since I honestly have never felt secure with how I make it. I have added a tablespoon or 2 of raw colostrum though, and when I spoke to Sean from the OP Hub, he told me I could add some of their Qephor.

    So what should I do if I can’t get the raw milk? Especially since I will be gone for a month.

    Thanks so much!

  39. H E L P !!!!!!!

    I’m traveling with my 9 month old tomorrow (we’re fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco), and I’m having a bit of an anxiety attack wondering how I’m going to carry all the ingredients I need for his formula!! Especially since we’ll be attending a wedding for most of Saturday (tomorrow) and we’ll be staying in a hotel. What should I do????????? My baby has been doing so beautifully on this great formula since January and know has been eating lots of wonderfully healthy pureed vegetables and fruits. But I really don’t know what to do since we’ll be out of the controlled comfort zone of our home.

    I’d appreciate any advice you all could pass my way.


  40. Hi, Sandy, don’t panic!

    I flew lots of times with Kate and all the stuff I needed for her formula.

    Just make up a batch of formula — enough for the time you’ll be gone — and then pour it into single-servings in those little breast milk bags (the kind you use when you pump) or Medela plastic baby bottles. Then stick those in the freezer tonight to let them freeze overnight.

    In the morning, transfer the frozen breast milk bags and/or bottles into a small cooler. Fill a few freezer bags partway with ice and put those in the bag to keep your formula extra cold. (This probably isn’t necessary for you since you’re flying such a short way but you may as well do it just to be safe.)

    You can carry the cooler on the plane with you. They will let you bring as much breast milk as you need to. Just tell them that’s what it is. They will not question you. Esp. if it’s in breast milk bags!

    They’ll make you dump your ice when you go through security but you can just go to a restaurant in the airport and fill up your freezer bags with ice.

    Defrost as needed by sticking a bottle into a coffee cup and pour hot water in. Or, better yet, bring a bottle warmer with you.

    Easy peasy!

    Worst case scenario, if you have to, feed your baby raw milk, sans the other ingredients. Raw milk is available at all the Whole Foods stores in California so you should have no problem. I did this once when we were on vacation when my daughter was 9 mos old. She handled it just fine.

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  42. Hello,
    I have been giving my baby the formula since she was about a month old. She has done very well with it and is thriving. I have a couple of questions… I keep getting the question about zinc and iron. Where are these nutrients in the formula? I am uncertain how to answer. Also, I have run out of the lactose sugar and live out in an area where I cannot get any until later today. The formula I currently have made does not have any. My baby is six months old. Will she be alright with her formula without the lactose for some feedings? Thank you for your information, time and help.

  43. Ivellise –

    Yes, your baby will be fine with a few bottles without the lactose. Just get it as soon as you can.

    As far as the zinc and iron is concerned, the homemade formula recipe was designed to mimic human breast milk as closely as possible. Human breast milk is not high in iron or zinc.

    Traditional cultures around the world start feeding foods high in iron and zinc — egg yolks, liver and cod liver oil — when the baby is around 6 months to one year old. I have talked to friends who grew up in small villages in Guatemala, Honduras and Russia. They all said they were breastfed for over a year but their mothers started them on liver, egg yolks and cod liver oil at around 6 months.

    Liver and egg yolks are high in zinc and iron. I’m not sure about zinc but I know that for iron, the baby can store it for up to around 6 months (maybe a little longer — it’s debatable). So they are living off of what they have in storage from their time in the womb.

    That said, the stores do deplete at around 6 months which is why it is recommended to start giving some high iron foods when the baby is around 6 months old. Some people like to do extended breastfeeding and not give any solids well past a year. I do not think this is a wise practice, nor is it even a traditional practice. While I think extended breastfeeding (or formula feeding — my daughter got the homemade formula 3 times a day until she was almost 2 years old) is wise, I think babies need iron and zinc from solids at around 6 months of age.

    When my daughter was 6 months old I started her on one egg yolk with grated raw liver (frozen for 2 weeks) and 1/4 tsp of cod liver oil daily.

  44. Hi there!!
    Ann Marie, it seems we just missed each other at the Organic Pastures hub a couple of Saturdays ago ;). I would’ve loved to have seen you and thank you personally for opening my world to the homemade formula and raw milk in general. In fact, I’m hosting an Organic Pastures raw milk presentation at my home next week!

    I wanted to ask you—how long did you have your daughter on the homemade formula. My son just turned one last week, and I still give him about 3 bottles a day now. He eats plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as organic brown rice and some organic poultry and fish. But one thing I’ve never been sure of and have wanted to do is try him on the egg yolk. How do you prepare it for your daughter? Raw? Cooked? Do you get your eggs at the farmers market? Also, I saw were you said you give her some grated frozen goat liver. Could you tell me where you get that as well. I remember as a child, eating liver was a regular practice (I’m from the Caribbean). My son has just flourished on the raw milk formula…I tell every expecting (or soon to be expecting) woman I meet to PLEASE look into it as opposed to the store bought processed formula. I also tell them about the joys of cloth diapering since that’s what I’ve exclusively done for my son since January. I am so so so happy when I think of how much money I’ve saved on both formula and diapers!!

    Thanks so much for your answers, Ann Marie!

  45. Hi, Sandy!

    My daughter got the homemade formula until she was almost 2. I figure I would have breast fed that long if I could have, so I might as well give her what she needs nutritionally.

    She’s super healthy! Rarely gets sick, and she is HUGE. She’s only 2 years and 3 months now but she wears 3-year-old clothing. People say she looks heartier and more solid than other kids her age.

    I gave her egg yolk pretty much daily until she was a year old — and then I gave her whole eggs every day until she was about 2. Now she gets eggs 2-3 times a week, sometimes more (she eats grains now so she has more variety for breakfast — oatmeal, homemade granola, etc.).

    I always gave it to her slightly cooked but still runny. And she also got freshly grated frozen beef liver every day as well — up until she was about 1. I also often fed her sauteed duck and chicken livers.

    Yes, I get my eggs from Rocky Canyon and Healthy Family Farms at the farmer’s market.

    Around 18 mos she started refusing liver. I’m going to start putting small amounts of it into her ground beef so I can make sure she gets it — until she learns to like pate and liver and onions. Oh and I’m going to start giving her the US Wellness Meats Braunschweiger – most kids love that. I also mix beef heart into ground beef.

  46. Dear Ann Marie,

    I have been thumbing through this wonderful post and others on your blog and I thought it worth a try to see what you think of my formula problems. I am considering giving up homemade formula because I can’t seem to get it to work.

    Ben, 9 mos. was breastfed until 3 mos. when I had supply issues and few resources, much like yourself. Before that I had to eliminate milk and ice cream from my diet. (He seemed ok with cheese.) He started spitting up around 1 week and then projectile vomited at 2 weeks. That’s when I made the change.

    Later he went on Similac Sensitive, which is a lactose-free formula, just like his big sister drank (she has a ton of allergies). When we introduced solids at 6 months, he broke out in a rash for everything. That’s when I started looking for alternatives. I started Nourishing Traditions just after that, including making his formula. I’ve been trying to “perfect” the formula ever since.

    If I add the lactose, he vomits all morning. So I omitted it, but now it’s not sweet enough I think, and he doesn’t want to drink it. Even with Rapadura added to it, he still doesn’t want to drink it! I guess because he’s so big now he has a real opinion! I’ve been adding crushed Lactaid pills (lactase) to counter the existing lactose in the milk and cream.

    Today, after his morning bottle (5 oz.) he had diarrhea. Possibly it’s from sickness – he’s had an earache. He’s going to be 1 soon – 2 1/2 mos. Should I keep trying or just give him raw milk at age one? Is Rapadura okay to add to the formula instead of lactose to sweeten it? What alternatives are there? What else could he be reacting to? He’s been getting LifeStart and cod liver oil in his bottles regularly since 6 mos, so I know it’s not that. I need to get him to drink it AND not react!

    Thanks so much for your time. This is a great service you’re doing for us newbies!


  47. Michelle,

    What are the foods he is allergic to?

    If he’s allergic to casein, I would definitely NOT give him raw milk.

    I also wouldn’t give him raw milk at this age because babies need more nutrients — cow’s milk doesn’t have the right profile. That’s why we make the formula — to compensate for the differences between cow’s milk and human breast milk. I made my daughter the homemade formula until she was almost 2 years old.

    If he is allergic to casein and/or gluten, I would start him on the GAPS diet. Instead of milk formula, I would give him coconut milk and broth. I would also get him on adequate probiotics. If it were me, I would give him Biokult, and also give him plenty of fermented solids. I would also not let him eat anything with complex sugars, acc. to the GAPS protocol.

    I’d get your older child on it too if she’s got allergies.

  48. Ann Marie,

    Ben hasn’t had any formal allergy testing. He’s reacted to banana, red pepper, oatmeal, peas, avocado, homemade chicken broth, etc. with either a chest rash or constipation.

    He’s been drinking a “milk-based” (corn syrup solids is 1st ingredient) formula that is lactose-free, so I know he’s not allergic to casein, thank goodness. I tried the meat-based formula and he reacted to that, so I went back to milk. Older sister has allergies to coconut, so I decided to stick with what he was already drinking (milk-based), just pump up the nutrition. I honestly think he has a lactose intolerance, although I know that’s unusual.

    I just ordered and started reading about GAPS. I’m very excited about it for my oldest. I also ordered Biokult and the baby one. I’ve been doing LifeStart and cod liver oil, but I I guess he needs more. He’s also sick right now (ear/throat I think) so it’s hard to make drastic dietary changes. His sister starting getting ear/throat things around the same age, so it’s scary…

    Thanks so much for your thoughts.


  49. Ok here we go… I have adopted a baby, and managed to do induced lactation for about 4 months. Then ran out of the pills that I had to take for the induced part.. So, we are now fully on Similac… which I am not crazy about, so I started googleing homemade formula and here I am! How would I do the switch from similac to this.. gradually I am assuming. I just emailed a dairy farm in the area to see what I can get from them. Any advice for a newby?

  50. Cjohn33,

    I switched from Similac to raw milk formula. It was easy once I got all the ingredients and got the hang of making it. I made it pretty much overnight. I was so sickened by the ingredients in commercial formula, I wanted to get her off of it as quickly as possible.

    I recommend that you join the WAP Healthy Babies list on Yahoo (the link is above, at the bottom of this post). The women on that list helped me sooo much when I was making my transition.

    Also, try contacting your local WAPF chapter to see where you can find raw milk locally.


    And/or check out https://www.realmilk.com

    Best of luck to you. Your baby is so lucky that you are willing to do this for him/her!

  51. Hello I recently switched my whole family to a more traditional diet but one thing remains…the formula. My son is just now 11 months and has been on earth’s best organic formula most of his life. I see that you had given your daughter this formula until 2 years but I was wondering what you would recommend for me. I planned on not switching him at first because I thought I would give him raw milk when they told me I could feed whole milk at one year and I didn’t want to switch him too many times. But then I just saw here that you fed your daughter this formula after age one. He will be one on Sept. 30th. I asked the pediatrician when I could give whole milk (I didn’t mention that we drink raw milk) and she said not until one…..oh I’m so confused on what to do. Should I switch him now to homemade just for one month? Should I switch him now and feed him longer? Should I just wait and give raw milk at one? Should I just give raw milk now? And how to switch do you mix them together first little by little?

  52. Hi, Cassie,

    Congrats on your move to a healthier traditional diet.

    I switched my daughter from commercial formula to raw milk formula cold turkey and had no issues.

    Here’s my reasoning on keeping my daughter on the formula until she was almost 2…

    The raw milk formula is designed to mimic breast milk. If I had been able to, I would have kept breastfeeding her well past age 1 — until 2 if I could have, even longer if she wanted it.

    So why should I switch to raw milk at age 1, just because I technically can? I wanted her to get as much nutrition as possible — and since breast milk is best, I wanted to mimic that for as long as possible.

    Sure, it’s more work, but it’s worth it. And you don’t have to give them as much formula when they are older. I slowly tapered her off of it.

  53. Ok, well I just ordered the kit from radiant life. I wish it was here now! Would you tell me what you did when you went out. We like to go to the zoo and different places a lot and wanted to know how you dealt with that. Did you say this formula keeps for 2 days?

  54. Hello,
    I’ve been trying the liver-based formula because my daughter has a milk sensitivity, but she is still having problems (i.e., spitting up, fussiness/tummyache). I think she may also be sensitive to the whey. I know how nutritious whey is supposed to be, but is there any substitute for this? I’m afraid I’ll have no other option but to put her on a commercial formula if she can’t even handle the formula for babies with milk allergies. Please help!

  55. Hi, Susie,

    If she’s a GAPS baby, she can’t tolerate whey. It’s on the list of “avoid” foods on the GAPS diet:


    Try leaving out they whey and just use the probiotic powder. See if that helps. Please comment again if it doesn’t.

    At that point, you might want to try a homemade formula of coconut milk and chicken stock (plus the coconut oil, probiotic powder, etc.). Many people with GAPS babies have had great success with that.

  56. Hi, I have a 2 month old baby who was born premature. I have been looking into making her formula. I was woundering if it would be ok to usegoats milk in the formula.
    She is constantly fussy and spitting up I don’t know what to do. I herd some peoplee give their kids goats mik. what is your thought on this.
    Thnk you

  57. Hi, Ashley,

    Are you breastfeeding now or formula feeding? I would try to breastfeed if you can. If she’s spitting up on your breastmilk, I’d put some Biokult on your nippes (and take it yourself). I would also try modifying your own diet — try cutting out gluten, dairy and other allergens for a few weeks and see if that helps.

    Yes you can use goats milk. But you have to add some chicken liver because goat’s milk does not contain folic acid is too low in vitamin B12, which your baby needs.

    Here’s the recipe variation for goat’s milk baby formula from the WAPF site:

    “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.”


    If you can’t breastfeed and she is still spitting up on the goat’s milk formula, you will want to do a GAPS-type formula. Homemade chicken stock, liver, and coconut milk, as well as probiotics, coconut oil, olive oil, and most of the other ingredients in the formula (not the lactose, and possibly not the whey either — if she’s allergic to dairy).

  58. I’m curious, couldn’t you use breastmilk instead of raw milk? I’ve taken Mothers Milk tea, which has fenugreek and blessed thistle in it, and which was a TREMENDOUS help in increasing milk supply, but I believe I will eventually not be able to pump enough milk for my daughter (she was born early, so spent the first couple months in the NICU being tube then bottle fed, and I haven’t been able to get her to actually breastfeed, so I’ve been pumping). I could freeze enough breastmilk to make a batch of this formula once her demands again outpace my production. She is 4.5 months but has an adjusted age of 1.5 months, and I’d really like to keep her on breastmilk (or natural formula) for at least her first year. Could this work?

    1. you probably wouldn’t need to make formula out of your own breastmilk, but adding some fermented cod liver oil and introducing her to pastured egg yolks once she is 5.5 months old may be a good idea. 🙂

  59. Danielle –

    I’m not sure exactly what you are saying. Are you saying you want to use breast milk in place of the raw milk in the formula?

    If so, no I don’t think that would work. This formula recipe, to my knowledge, is meant to replicate breast milk. Breast milk is complete as is — you don’t need to add anything to it.

    And you CAN get raw milk in NY. My mother-in-law buys it from a local group on Long Island. They have it trucked in from the Amish in PA. Go to https://www.realmilk.com to find local sources.

    That said, I have a theory — TOTALLY a theory, which is not tested or based on any studies or anything, so take it with a grain of salt — that low milk supply is caused by hormonal imbalances, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and iodine deficiency in particular.

    I have read about farmers using iodine to feed their cattle to boost milk production. I also know that the Jersey cows who grazed on iodine-rich soils in the British isles (next to the ocean) produced more milk with a higher fat content.

    I also know that iodine is stored in the breasts. It’s very important for breast health. I also know that pregnancy and breastfeeding does deplete the mother of iodine — all you have goes to the baby first. And it’s common for people to be iodine deficient in our modern world — due to things like soy (common in the food supply), fluoride, etc.

    And I have heard of people who started to supplement with iodine and had increases in their milk supply.

    Sadly, I did not learn about iodine and the possible connection to breast milk supply until after I stopped nursing my firstborn at 9 mos. If I had known about it, I probably would have started taking Iodoral to see if it helped. I tried everything else (More Milk Plus, etc.) with no success. Do a search on my blog for iodine and you will find more articles and info about iodine deficiency.

    I also worked w/ Dr. Jorge Flechas (google him) over the phone and by mail to have my iodine levels tested. It turned out I was deficient. I’ve took 50 mg of iodine for 1 year and now I’m down to 1 pill per day (which is like 12 or 13 mg).

    Again, it’s just a theory! But perhaps it’s something to explore.

    And major kudos to you for being dedicated to doing everything you can to nourish your baby.

  60. Hi there!

    I have a 18 month baby who is breastfed, but my supply is getting low day by day. In her last well-check her ped recommended that we supplement her with a hypoallergenic formula (she has eczema and food sensitivities). So i have been supplementing her now but everytime i give her the bottle my heart breaks (she hates it too, it has a bad smell and taste. i force feed sometimes coz she needs calories, my heart breaks . she is on the very low end of the scale).

    I was looking for alternatives and found this site. I have been shopping since sometime but not given much importance on making raw milk formula since she is allergic to milk. Since past one month i have been adding raw milk (.5 -1 oz) of raw milk in the bottle and she was a bit itchy but no other reactions except few rashes (has eczema).

    Could you please give me the recipe for coconut milk based formula. How about chicken stock? Please, please help me fet out of this hypoallergenic formula situation. Sorry for the long background, just thought it will help. Thank you so much for the great suggestions that you have posted in this website.
    God bless!

  61. Hi, Minu!

    So sorry you are going through this. I am going to ask around and find out the exact chicken stock/coconut milk formula for allergic babies. I’ll post as soon as I find out. Hang tight!

  62. Hi. Just wanted to let your readers know that there’s another option besides store bought or homemade formula if you can’t breastfeed. I recently found out about MilkShare, which is a nonprofit that matches up moms whose babies need breast milk with those who have it to spare. https://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/ They say that as of August 2008 they’d matched 16,000 families. Moms just join a yahoo group and post their needs or their offers and what area they’re in (some donors will ship the milk but others look for local families to donate to). Some moms even post offers of special types of milk (like dairy free) if they’re on special diets for their own babies. The milk is free, though recipients pay shipping costs if there are any.

    I think we all agree that breast milk is the optimal and I was just really happy to hear that such an organization existed. 🙂

  63. Hello,
    Could you tell me how long whey made from yogurt will keep? Do I need to take note of the expiration date on the yogurt and use the whey by that date?

    Also, what is the best way to transport this formula if I am out of town for a day?
    Finally, how many days will it keep in the refrigerator once a batch is made?

    Thank you!

  64. Hi, sorry to take so long to respond to your answer. Since my baby’s been home from the NICU, I’ve been faced with many decisions. Like, Should I shower or eat? Laundry or sleep? ANYWAY, I thought your mention of iodine was interesting as I do sometimes take it. I took some and re-experienced a crash in breast milk output that took upwards of a week to regain, which I was only able to do with frequent pumping and many cups of Mothers Milk tea. I then remembered the last time I had taken iodine was right before my milk output crashed last time, but didn’t put it together. So, I would say it’s probably true some breastfeeding women, probably those who have a hypo-thyroid (my thyroid runs hyper, although you wouldn’t know that by the size of my rear), need iodine as they run deficient, but I’ll chalk up that bit of advice to my philosophy that no one remedy is true for everyone. In the meantime, I have – painfully, as some moms have experienced – had to go back to relying on dreaded formula for at least one or two feedings a day. Ugh. I noticed with it came cradle cap. Like I needed another reason to avoid formula! I know how healthy raw milk can be, and discussed it with my hubby, but we decided against giving it to our baby, especially as she’s a preemie. Is there something else that can be used in place of it to make garbage-free formula? Even the super organic, hormone free formula I found (which she hates and refuses to eat, even when split with breast milk) has soy oil in it! I have spent a LOT of time trying to find a soy free formula and I’m convinced it doesn’t exist.
    And thank you so much for providing all of us with all your info and encouragement!

  65. Hello,
    I’m just wondering whether it is OK to leave the cod liver oil out of the recipe. My daughter is 9 months old and has been exclusively breastfed. I am having the most difficult time getting her to take this formula. I have tried mixing small amounts of it with pumped breastmilk to get her used to it, but as soon as she smells it, she wants nothing to do with it. I have tried the flavored cod liver oils as well as the unflavored. Thank you!

  66. Yes try it without the cod liver oil. You can always give it to her separately… Or, once she gets used to the formula without the cod liver oil, you can try adding it back in bit by bit until she adjusts.

  67. We just adopted a newborn in October and because he was so spit uppy, we changed formulas a couple of times. Then I ran across a couple of articles about the raw milk homemade formula. I admit I was a little nervous at first (I’ve been raised in this society!), but am now very glad we have learned about raw milk and this recipe. Our son has been on the homemade formula for about 4 weeks. I was reading some of the previous comments and questions and noticed a couple of questions I was also wondering about, but did not see your reply. I think the new formula is going to work out, but our son still spits up a little more than I am comfortable with.

    * Any ideas…are some babies just prone to this until their little digestive tracts strengthen up? We do burp often (often with a mouthful of milk), we prop him “up” to eat, and use slower nipples. I also tried taking the yeast out (read about that), but it wasn’t any different, so now I just reduce the amount. He is growing although I think he doesn’t feel good after he eats because of all the spitting up.

    *Like a mom that commented earlier, sometimes (about 15 minutes after bottle) some clear liquid comes up. Does this mean anything I should be concerned about?

    *His spit up is very sour smelling. Is this normal for this type formula?

    PS- I have tried joining the yahoo group you mentioned…but so far it isn’t allowing me access…still working on that…..

  68. Jackson is 6 weeks old now. Estimating that he spits up 2 to 3 tablespoons about 2 to 4 times after most bottles, that counts the clear that comes twenty or thirty minutes later. Not all bottles, occasionally he just has a couple of pretty wet burps. He cries and acts agitated around the spit-upping.Sometimes his stools are very mushy, sometimes more formed but still soft. He does have “pimples” or small bumps that come and go around his neck, back of his head and sometimes around the bottom of his cheeks/chin area. I’m wondering if that is a detergent allergy. It seems to be in the area where his head lays in our arms. It started over Thanksgiving when we had a lot of family here passing him around. He has had little bumps on his face when he was 2 and 3 weeks old, the new bumps look like those did, just more of them and in the other areas.

    Thank you for taking time to answer me. It’s hard to talk to the pediatricians about formula issues when you are using something they don’t understand.

  69. I’m not a doctor but it all seems pretty normal to me. At 6 weeks, they still spit up a lot. As my friend Liz said of her twin boys right after they were born, “They spit like camels.” I’d wait and see. Sounds pretty normal.

  70. Hello,
    Do you know which ingredient(s) create the foam on top of the formula? Can they be left out? My daughter has a sensory integrative disorder and cannot tolerate certain textures. Our feeding specialist has suggested that this could be part of why she is rejecting this homemade formula. That foamy stuff is quite different from the breastmilk she is used to. Thank you!
    Hannah’s Mom

  71. I’d like to clarify my last post. The “foamy” stuff on top of the formula is thick and lumpy, not just foamy. Could it be particles of oil (coconut?) that have solidified? What to do about this? Thanks for your help!
    Hannah’s Mom

  72. I will like to comment on the baby homemade formula. I noticed that you use Acerola powder. This powder unfortunately contains maltodextrin which is MSG (monosodium glutamate). MSG is neurotoxic. I use Amla C which doesn’t have toxic ingredients.

  73. I had to supplement with formula too. And my boy seemed to be allergic to commercial formula. Moreover, no matter how much of it he ate, he was always hungry, and he didn’t put on weight. I wound up making my own formula from a much more simplistic recipe. From that experience, and from experimentation, I found that goat’s milk worked much better with him than raw cow’s milk. The latter gave him really bad gas. And the goat’s milk is closer in nutritional content than cow’s milk to human milk.

  74. Thanks for the posting – I’m in the midst of putting together the ingredients, and I have a few concerns.

    My wife is extremely leery of feeding our son raw milk. I know all the arguments for it, but she has a tendency to dig in her heels and not listen when she has made up her mind about something. I was wondering: has anyone tried just using high quality pasturized milk, or will that completely mess up the nutritional values?

  75. Jim – Here’s something that is often missed during raw vs. pasteurized debate…

    There are hundreds (if not thousands) of differences between store bought milk and raw milk. Pasteurization is just one difference. Years ago, there was a large study that examined asthma and allergies, and how they relate to milk consumption. The results concluded that asthma and allergies were dramatically higher among store bought milk drinkers. Children who consumed “raw milk” had very low instances of asthma and allergies. Here’s the kicker….

    Half of the “raw milk” drinks lived in countries where they boiled their milk prior to consumption. Basically, they pasteurized their milk in their own kitchens.

    If my wife was scared of raw milk, I would simply boil the raw milk. Sure, raw milk “purists” will tell you that you’re going to inactivate enzymes, etc, which is true… but it will be 100x better than ANY store bought milk. (especially if you have a personal relationship with your farmer and their cows)
    .-= Dan @ Corganic´s last blog ..Corganic is Tweeting =-.

  76. Hello! I am deeply contemplating making this baby formula but am curious about the ingredient list. It seems very costly so I’m wondering how long it all lasts and if you have ever figured out how much it costs per month or per week in total. We are already raw milk drinkers so I know of the benefit. Thanks!


  77. Sarah –

    I have never done the math but I am so convinced of the value of this formula that I figure it’s worth making at any price. What price can you put on your baby’s health?

    As far as how long it lasts — I would make a batch and it would last for 2-3 days in the fridge.

    I’m working on nourishing myself so that when I have my next baby, I can hopefully breastfeed the whole time. But if for some reason I can’t, I will use this homemade baby formula.

    Let me know if you have other questions about the ingredients.

  78. Jim –

    I completely understand being leery of feeding your baby raw milk.

    You may want to read “The Untold Story of Milk” — and have your wife read it. That is what convinced me 100% (more like 1000%) to feed my baby raw milk formula at 5 mos old.

    Also read https://www.realmilk.com — there are lots of articles on there that will help you make your decision.

  79. Hi! I have just started making my formula using the WAP recipe and I saw a previous poster asked about the cost and how long the ingredients last. I too had wondered the same thing so my husband and I spent a great deal of time one night crunching numbers and seeing for ourselves. The cost will vary depending on the price of your raw milk, cream and yogurt (for the whey) but it is cheaper than Similac Organic! I have since found better sources for some of the ingredients at better prices but based on what I found that day, for the WAP formula, it cost $3.10 for 36 ounces. The cost of Similac Organic was $5.04 for 36 ounces. The milk I get is $6 a gallon, the cream, $10 a quart and yogurt is $3.50. Also, each of the ingredients will last for various amounts of time, for example, we figured out that a bag of lactose will last for 9 1/2 batches but a container of the probiotic will last for 140 batches, a jar of cod liver oil, 118 batches and so on. Anyhow, it IS cheaper for a much better, healthier product!! I hope this helps!

  80. LOL….I need more sleep!!! The previous poster that asked about the cost was ME! Sorry about that. Maybe someone else will be wondering as well!

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  82. After only reading a few comments on this page I felt I wanted to make a comment. I am a food scientist and have a lot of experience formulating “certified organic” food products. I worked in the organic area for many years and an very pro organic and pro feeding your baby toxin/chemical free products from the time they come into this world so my intention is not to trash this recipe, but ensure people are informed when making it.

    I wanted to correct a comment made by a previous person. Maltodextrin is NOT MSG. Maltodextrin is a starch and actually can be found in lots of organic foods. It is used as a flow agent, anticaking agent and for other purposes.

    I also wanted to comment on feeding your child raw milk. This is a huge safety risk. Pasteruization is done under specific conditions (specific heat and held for a specific amount of time). Without this treatment there are very dangerous bacteria, such as salmonella, e. coli, etc. that can harm an infant. An infant’s immune system is not developed enough to fight off these bacteria. Even in perfectly healthy adults raw milk can pose such a health risk that it is illegal in most developed countries for farmers to sell raw milk to anyone besides an actual milk processor, who can process and test the milk to be sure it is safe for human consumption. When dealing with raw milk we are dealing with bacteria and viruses, not toxins. If you want to be sure not to give your baby toxins then that is what organic milk (not raw organic milk) is for. This milk has been pasteruized properly when purchased from a reputable supplier and not harmful to your child.

  83. Hi! I have been making this formula for about a month now. The first couple of times, I did it in the blender and removed the frothy part on top. Then, my mom told me that was the cream (whipped from the blender). Now, I blend everything and then add the cream and stir. It does not develop a frothy layer on top if you keep the cream out 🙂 I figure my baby needs all the fat she can get!!

  84. Hi! I have a question about the recipe. I originally printed it from the Weston Price Foundation…I am noticing now that there are a few ingredients where the quantities differ from the recipe in the Nourishing Traditions book.

    The website says 1 tsp each of bifidobacterium infantis, cod liver oil, and acerola powder. The book says 1/4 tsp of bifidobacterium infantis, 1/2 tsp cod liver oil, and 1/4 tsp acerola powder…

    Which is right?

  85. This is a recipe that my grandmother used for my mom, uncle, and aunt. What’s your take on it? Good, bad, in-between?

    2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk
    32 ounces water
    2 tablespoons Karo syrup
    3ml Poly Vi Sol Vitamins

    Mix thoroughly.

    Just curious because this contains fewer ingredients than yours. Thanks bunches 🙂


  86. Hi, Ashley,

    No, I would not recommend using that recipe.

    Remember we are trying to replicate breast milk here… which is impossible to do but if we are going to try, we must do the best we can.

    Evaporated milk is pasteurized, homogenized, and sterilized. Breast milk is not pasteurized or homogenized, nor is it sterile. Babies need the good bacteria and enyzmes from a living food like raw milk.

    Karo syrup (corn syrup) is just sugar and it’s not recommended for babies. According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be dangerous for infants (as honey is):

    “Karo syrup may be a potential cause of a rare but serious form of food poisoning known as infant botulism.”


    I’m not sure about those vitamins but they sound like they are synthetic. Synthetic vitamins are not recommended because the body doesn’t assimilate them like it does real food.

    So, no, sorry, I wouldn’t recommend that formula.

  87. Thanks for answering my question. I do have one other question. Is this formula recipe safe for preemies? I’m asking because my best friend had her twins 2 months early and for the 1st month she was able to pump but because they weren’t around enough to stimulate her milk production she dried up and they were put on Alimentum. The stuff stinks to begin with but when they would spit up, it smelled worse. They also had a huge problem with constipation and were told to put a little bit of veggie oil in the bottles but sometimes that didn’t even work. The twins are a year old and are doing great, but I would just like to know in case this happens to her again or if, God forbid, it happens to me.

    1. 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?

        1. 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.

  88. 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!

  89. 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

    1. 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 www.theswingingvine.com

      1. 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!!! 🙂

  90. @ 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 https://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.

    1. 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!!

  91. 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.

    1. @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. https://www.shaklee.net/shinyeda/product/20057

  92. 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!!

    1. 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!

        1. 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??

  93. 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?

  94. 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?

    1. 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!

  95. 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!

  96. 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!!

    1. 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 https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2010/09/video-hypoallergenic-baby-formula/. I recommend succanat.

  97. 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 https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2010/09/video-hypoallergenic-baby-formula/. I recommend succanat.

  98. 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!

    1. 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.

  99. 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!

  100. 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!

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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.


  104. 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

  105. 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….

  106. Jesse-

    For simplicity sake, when I started making the formula I bought the kit from Radiant Life. Here is the link: https://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.

  107. 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!

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

    This is the current location:

  109. 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!

  110. 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.

  111. 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

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

  112. 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.

    1. 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.


    2. 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. ( https://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…

    3. @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):


      “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.”

      1. Here is a link with some information about raw milk. I think it’s safe to say the CDC are a fairly reputable source. https://www.cdc.gov/features/rawmilk/

        Breast milk does not need to be pasteurised because it is either consumed immediately, or stored in a controlled environment (E.g. your fridge and your home), unlike milk from cows which has a much greater risk of contamination due to the environment from which it is obtained, the packaging, the transport, storage etc.

        I am an Environmental Health Officer (aka health inspector) with qualifications in food science, I am not just sharing my personal opinions.

  113. 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!!!!

    1. 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?

      1. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. 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

  116. 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!

  117. 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??

  118. 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.

  119. 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

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

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

  120. 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??

    1. Shannon

      Try to heat it in “bain-marie” (https://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 🙁

  121. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

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

  122. 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!

    1. 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.

  123. 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!

    1. 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…

  124. 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 =]

  125. 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!

  126. 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?


  127. 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!!!

  128. 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

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  130. 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)

  131. 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! 🙂

    1. 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.

      1. 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! 🙂

      1. 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.

  132. 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??

  133. 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.

  134. 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?

  135. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

  136. 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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  139. 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.


  140. 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?

  141. 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!

  142. 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.

  143. 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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  145. 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!

  146. 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.

  147. 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!

    1. 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!

  148. 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.

  149. 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!

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

  151. 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.
    I am a scientist so I do my reearch. I found out that I can make my homemade formula. I work in the lab so I am pretty good at recepies, protocols, experiment etc.
    I have copule of questions:
    1. I was not able to find raw goat milk and also my scientist husband does not like the idea of giving raw milk to our kid, so I have to buy one from whole foods. what is th ediffrence between ultrapastorised and grade A pastorized? If you chose to prefer which one would you pick?
    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.


  152. 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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  154. Please don’t tell young, uneducated women that it is safe to feed infants raw chicken and raw milk. Please you could cause death and severe illness. Be cautious, be safe. Please.

  155. Seriously,
    Do you think these are uneducated women? First of all how do you know that raw milk isn’t safe? And no where is anyone telling young women to feed infants raw chicken. If you’re getting your information from standard AMA docs, then you’ll need to understand something. Information about nutrition as well as government safety protocols about food has been bought and sold by the big food companies. It is now up to us, the populace, to find out truth about our food. The ship of lies we’be been told in our nation about food has sailed. For Starters, read: Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. Thank God for young EDUCATED women looking for real nutrition for America’s up and coming youth. Rock on Cheeseslave!

  156. My little boy cried on these formulas. These homemade formulas for babies is just what im looking for! Please send me every recipe so i can sample them for my baby. Which ever he like best that will be the formula for him.

  157. Hello – I’ve got a 9 month baby that has been on the milk-based formula a little over a month and he is having several (sometimes 6+) stools a day. They are not runny / diarrhea just very frequent. Has anyone experienced this? He is otherwise very happy and does not have any other skin issues/eczema that would indicate an allergy. My 3YO and I drink the milk without any issues so I don’t believe it to be a contamination issue.

  158. My little guy is going on day 3 of the meat based formula and just had a black stool-like the freshly born kind of stool. Should I be concerned?

  159. Hi,
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Honestly, as with everything, there is no guarantee that this will work for everyone. But I will try this one.
    My budget is reduced (as a sahm) and I find the price of formula milk too expensive. I am sure they use cheap ingredients anyway.

    The key maybe is transitioning slowly. 1 homemade bottle the 1st week and see how baby goes. If everything is fine, do 2 homemade bottles etc.

  160. We just did our first batch or this, it was sooo Easy! I can see it getting easier as we learn the process. We are using it only when I am at work and out of stored breast milk, which is a couple times a week. My husbands concern is our LO’s bowel movements have changed since using the homemade formula. Is that normal? He barely goes once a day now? Any suggestions on what could be adjusted or changed?

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  162. Lol, this is amazing to me, how far we’ve come. My baby formula, faithfully written in my baby book (this is 51 years ago), was Carnation evaporated milk, corn syrup, and water. Ugh, when I think of how little nutrition there must have been in that, it’s amazing that babies survived, let alone thrived, but this was recommended to my mother by the pediatrician. Of course this was before breastfeeding was promoted like it is now. Sometimes I think I’d probably have a few more brain cells, haha, if not for this, couldn’t have helped that! 🙂

  163. I first stubbled across your blog while researching homemade baby formula for my daughter and I now frequent it. I live in Canada and was almost discouraged from homemade baby formula initially because I could not find all of the required ingredients without having to order from several online stores in both US and Canada to get setup. Since then, I have started a small online store that is stocking homemade baby formula ingredient kits and is now featured on the WAPF site as the Canadian resource. I appreciate any helping with spreading the word so that more Canadian’s have this option for their babies. 🙂

    Ovio Organico Traditional Foods Ltd.

  164. Hello, I was wondering what the average price per month is on this recipe, if it will be cheaper than buying pre-made organic formula? and what to budget.. thank you! 🙂

  165. I am wondering if you can freeze extra formula? That way I can make bigger batches. I exclusively breast feed but am a nurse who works 12 hour shifts three days a week and my extra supply is running low. I am terrified of feeding my son commercial formula. Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

  166. Hi dear ,,
    I’m facing the exact situation ,, i am very upset that am not feeding him from my breast any more 🙁
    That’s why i start searching the net and found your article i see that u start this on 2008 can i know your expeirence after all that years?
    And there is some intgredient first time i heared about it !! I don’t know if they can ship it to Kuwait- middle east?
    I would appreciate your response

  167. I cant ever be able to make this and my child isn’t taking formula well in her tummy, is there any way I can purchase your homemade formula

  168. Does “Whole Cream Formula 8%” makes sense for you? If answer is “yes”, please, tell me where can i found complete information.

  169. Hello, thank you so much for the recipe! I was just curious, raw milk is not available where I live. So when I culture the low temp pasteurized whole milk, how do I do that? Do I actually make milk kefir with it? I’m worried it will upset my baby’s tummy and that he might be turned off by the taste. Can I just culture it for less time? Thank you!

    1. Please research A1 versus A2 milk as well. Anyone with gluten intolerance won’t tolerate A1 milk from Holstein cows. Guernsey cows have a better protein that doesn’t resemble gluten.

  170. Does anyone have issues with the formula taking on the consistency of pudding once refrigerated? Once heated it returns to a liquid and seems fine but I wish I could keep it from doing this.

  171. Hi, thank you for all of this information!

    My nephew is four months old, Mom doesn’t make enough milk, he has been doing mostly powdered organic formula throughout the day and breastmilk at night. We have been giving him bottles of half-half powdered and this homemade formula. He seems to be doing good. Plenty of quite runny yellow poops from the probiotics. Yesterday, Day 7 he spit up a lot. It was the first day we used the milk from a farm, we got a milk share: raw cow’s milk and raw goat whey. The batches before were made with organic raw milk from the store (organic pastures), and home made whey from jogurt. Mom thinks it is a lot of nutritional yeast. Should we make a next batch with half the amount of nutritional yeast? I read it is okay to leave it out… We have been giving him bottles of two thirds home and one third powdered formula… We are doing a slow transition completely away from industrial formula. Also ordered the Lact-Aid.

    He seems to be doing great. The spitup yesterday just worried mom. Together with some fear after googling why is raw milk illegal… I scrolled through the comments and am trying to ease her mind with the info found. It’s hard, the world we live in…

  172. I just made this recipe and hoping my 3 month old baby will love it. What is the difference from using raw milk vs raw goat milk? Also My question is when I make it how long does this last in the fridge and how long would it last in the freezer

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