There are many women who are unable to produce enough breast milk (BM) to feed their baby or babies. In circumstances where the child is adopted or the Mother finds herself unable to breastfeed, formula feeding becomes necessary. In those cases, homemade baby formula is best.
Now the country’s baby formula shortage continues to get worse and many shelves are empty, putting many babies at real risk.
The problem has gone beyond finding particular formulas that individual babies can tolerate. Many parents have expressed trouble finding formula at all, and order delivery is no longer reliable.
There are moms who do pumping – have so much BM in the freezer that they share BM for free! But it may be challenging if a donor mom drinks coffee or caffeinated drinks which makes its way into the milk. This can effect the baby’s ability to nap or sleep well at night. Still, we are grateful for donor mothers, and they can be lifesaving! Also, consider Eats on Feets and other groups like them.
Most of today’s pediatricians will warn against raw milk, and you have to purchase it from a local farmer as “pet milk” because raw, grass-fed milk for human consumption is illegal in the US. The benefits of raw milk are due to the active immune factors, enzymes, probiotics, digestible proteins and healthy fats for brain development. Pasteurization destroys the natural enzymes, probiotics and immune factors which make the milk tougher to digest and assimilate.
This formula recipe brings about all the necessary ingredients to make the closest thing possible to mother’s milk from a nutritional stand-point.
This recipe comes from the Weston A. Price Foundation. It has been a go-to in the health community for years for families struggling to produce enough milk for their little one.
Sarah Pope makes both raw milk formula (discussed up until 12:30) and hypo-allergenic meat formula if there is a true dairy allergy (discussed from 13:00 to end). Listen carefully, as she goes into lots of detail not covered in this post.
1. Highly Nutritious Homemade Baby Formula
Prep: Makes: 36 ounces.
- 1 7/8 cup of filtered water
- 2 tsp grass-fed beef gelatin
- 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See VERY simple recipe for whey, below and see a visual of this in the video above at 5:25) Note: Do NOT use powdered whey or cheese whey (which will cause the formula to curdle). Use only homemade whey made from plain unsweetened yogurt or kefir.
- 4 tbsp. lactose (from sweet or sour whey supports beneficial acidophilus bacteria)(critical to the nervous system)
- 2 cups raw whole, grass-fed milk (find good local quality milk: www.realmilk.com)
- 2 or more Tablespoons organic heavy cream (or reconstituted organic heavy cream powder only if you can’t find organic hevy cream)
- ¼ teaspoon acerola powder
- ¼ teaspoon of infant probiotics
- 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes – also Trader Joe’s carries a good quality brand
- ½ teaspoon of cod liver oil
- 1 teaspoon expeller pressed sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon the best extra virgin olive oil you can find
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- (optional) ¼ teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil
Step #1 Take 2 cups of filtered water pour about half the water into a pan and turn heat on medium.
Step #2 Add 2 teaspoons of gelatin and 4 tablespoons lactose to the warming water and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
Step #3 While the gelatin and lactose are dissolving, place 2 cups of raw whole milk in a clean, glass blender and add the remaining ingredients:
- 2 or more tablespoons cream
- ¼ teaspoon acerola powder (whole food vitamin C)
- ¼ teaspoon of bifidobacterium infantis
- 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
- ½ teaspoon of cod liver oil
- 1 teaspoon expeller pressed sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Step #5 Then remove the pan from the heat and pour in the remaining half of the water to cool.
Step #6 Next, add 2 teaspoons coconut oil and (optional) ¼ teaspoon butter oil to the water to melt.
Step #7 Add the water mixture to the blender ingredients and blend for about 3 seconds.
Step #8 Pour the blended ingredients into glass jars and refrigerate.
Homemade whey is easy to make from good quality plain yogurt, or from raw or cultured milk. You will need a large strainer that rests over a bowl. It makes about 5 cups. If you are using yogurt, place 2 quarts in a strainer lined with a tea towel set over a bowl. Cover with a plate and leave at room temperature overnight. The whey will drip out into the bowl. Place whey in clean glass jars and store in the refrigerator.
It freezes well, so you can make it in batches. NEVER us a microwave to thaw or warm.
You can purchase this whole package at a discounted rate through Radiant Life here.
***If using raw cow milk from Holstein cows’s, raw goat’s milk or camel’s milk, use 4 Tablespoons of extra cream (otherwise use 2 Tablespoons extra cream) as they are lower in cream than cow milk.
For sources of good quality milk, see www.realmilk.com or find and contact a local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
2. And a Dairy-Free (Meat-Based) Option:
If all types of dairy prove unsuitable for your baby, go back to the video above and watch the last 8 minutes on broth-based formula. It uses a base of homemade bone broth as a substitute for milk. It is important not to utilize a plant-based or otherwise vegan baby formula recipe.
Avoid buying bone broth to make the dairy-free formula. Make it yourself! Manufacturers of commercial bone broth, even if authentic, may water down the end product. This is apparent if it does not gel when chilled in the refrigerator.
Many brands have toxic packaging issues as well. If you must buy it in a pinch, see Sarah Pope’s shopping guide page for vetted brands that are safe.
How to Transition to DIY Formula
Sarah Pope gives this advice: “Once you’ve viewed the video, gathered the ingredients, and made your first batch, how do you feed it to your baby for the first time?
It is important not to switch all at once as this can cause gas, excessive spit-up, or an uncomfortable change in diaper habits such as constipation or overly loose stools. If possible, start by giving your baby three-quarters of the old formula blended with one-quarter of the homemade. Try this ratio for a day or two and see how your infant responds.
If no digestive upset or major change in diaper habits occurs, increase the amount to a 50-50 blend of old formula to homemade. Observe for another day or two as before. If no major issues, increase once again to three-quarters homemade formula to one-quarter old formula. If baby does well on this blend for a third time, you are ready to fully transition to the homemade formula.
At any time during the transition, symptoms of intolerance emerge, back up to the previous successful blend ratio and stay there for a day or two before attempting to increase once again.
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