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Homemade Baby Formula

Monday, August 7, 2023 11:09 AM

We always recommend breastfeeding your baby as the best nutrition for your infant but if it is absolutely impossible here is a homemade baby formula which replicates very closely the nutrition found in breast milk.
Makes 36 ounces 
Our milk-based formula takes account of the fact that human milk is richer in whey, lactose, vitamin C, niacin, and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to cow’s milk but leaner in casein (milk protein). The addition of gelatin to cow’s milk formula will make it more digestible for the infant. Use only truly expeller-expressed oils in the formula recipes, otherwise they may lack vitamin E.
The ideal milk for baby, if he cannot be breastfed, is clean, whole raw milk from old-fashioned cows, certified free of disease, that feed on green pasture. For sources of good quality milk, see or contact a local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
If the only choice available to you is commercial milk, choose whole milk, preferably organic and unhomogenized, and culture it with a piima or kefir culture to restore enzymes (available from G.E.M. Cultures 253-588-2922.
• 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pastured-fed cows. 
• 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See recipe for whey, below) Note: Do NOT use powdered whey or whey from making cheese (which will cause the formula to curdle). Use only homemade whey made from yoghurt, kefir or separated raw milk.
• 4 tablespoons lactose1
• 1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis
• 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultra pasteurized), more if you are using milk from Holstein cows
• 1/2 teaspoon unflavored high-vitamin or high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil or 1 teaspoon regular cod liver oil2
• 1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (optional)1
• 1 teaspoon expeller-expressed sunflower oil1
• 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil1
• 2 teaspoons coconut oil1
• 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes1
• 2 teaspoons gelatin1,3 
• 1-7/8 cups filtered water 
• ¼ teaspoon acerola powder1
1. Available from Radiant Life 888-593-8333, 
2. Use only recommended brands of cod liver oil. For recommendations go to 
3. We do not recommend collagen hydrolysate, but only recommended brands of gelatin listed in on our shopping guide. To order the guide go to 
1. Put 2 cups filtered water into a Pyrex measuring pitcher and remove 2 tablespoons (that will give you 1-7/8 cups water).
2. Pour about half of the water into a pan and place on a medium flame. 
3. Add the gelatin and lactose to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally. 
4. When the gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove from heat, and add the remaining water to cool the mixture. 
5. Stir in the coconut oil and optional high-vitamin butter oil and stir until melted. 
6. Meanwhile, place the remaining ingredients into a blender. 
7. Add the water mixture and blend for about three seconds. 
8. Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate. 
9. Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. 
NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.