With recent shortages on baby formula, it’s a good time to learn how to make healthy and nutritious baby formula and baby food at home. Link To_21 Homemade Baby Food Recipes
Our homemade baby formulas were created by Mary Enig, PhD and first published in the book Nourishing Traditions. To help you with any questions you may have about the recipes below, please refer to our:
- Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ on Homemade Baby Formula
- Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers
- FAQ on Diet for Pregnancy
- Homemade Baby Formula Testimonials
- Podcast: Homemade Baby Formula
Video: Former chapter leader Sarah Pope has posted a video about making both the raw milk and liver formulas.
Transcript of the Video [.pdf]
Many of the ingredients for these recipes are available from Radiant Life 888-593-8333 .
- Is Raw Milk Safe for Babies?
- Variation: Goat Milk Formula
- Liver-Based Formula
- Fortified Commercial Formula
- Egg Yolk for Baby
- Homemade Whey
- Formula Making Tips
- Breast Milk and Homemade Formula Nutrient Comparison Chart
- Price Comparison Charts
Raw Milk Baby Formula
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 www.realmilk.com or contact a local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
If the only choice available to you is commercial milk, choose whole milk, preferably organic and unhomogenized, and culture it with a piima or kefir culture to restore enzymes (available from G.E.M. Cultures 253-588-2922.
- 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-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 infantis2
- 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultrapasteurized), 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 oil3
- 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 gelatin1,4
- 1-7/8 cups filtered water
- 1/4 teaspoon acerola powder1, 2
1. Available from Radiant Life 888-593-8333, www.radiantlifecatalog.com.
2. Earlier versions of this web page called for 1 tsp of bifidobacterium infantis and 1 tsp of acerola powder–these were typos.
3. Use only recommended brands of cod liver oil. See our recommendations here.
4. We do not recommend collagen hydrolysate, but only recommended brands of gelatin listed in our Shopping Guide.
- Put 2 cups filtered water into a pyrex measuring pitcher and remove 2 tablespoons (that will give you 1-7/8 cups water).
- Pour about half of the water into a pan and place on a medium flame.
- Add the gelatin and lactose to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
- When the gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
- Stir in the coconut oil and optional high-vitamin butter oil and stir until melted.
- Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender.
- Add the water mixture and blend about three seconds.
- Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.
- Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.