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For some mothers breastfeeding just isn’t an option. When breastmilk isn’t easily available your baby still needs constant nourishment. Formula is your next option to provide that nutrition for your baby to grow and develop. There are countless commercialized options, but have you considered making your own? Here’s how to make homemade formula and provide the best possible nutrition for your little one.
Reasons why some mothers choose formula
You probably hear just about everyone say how “breast is best” well while that is true, in my opinion as well, making sure your baby is FED is the most important thing.
I, myself wasn’t even able to successfully breastfeed and ended up formula feeding my infant for 6 months. If you want to read more about WHY I wish I had fed my baby homemade formula over store-bought, check out my post “Why I wish I would have switched to homemade baby formula”
If you are formula feeding or plan to do so, that is ok, just be open to other options out there! I wish I would have explored an alternative and SO MUCH MORE healthier option.
Here are a few reasons why some moms choose to formula feed over breastfed.
1. External issues that cause latching problems
If mom or baby are dealing with external issues such as a tongue or lip tie, inverted nipples, or an overall poor latch, this can make breastfeeding a little trickier.
2. Low supply issues
I was lucky enough to overproduce and could have quite frankly provided milk for a neighborhood of babies, so that definitely was not my problem.
A lack of supply can make anyone mothers breastfeeding journey stressful and difficult. Mothers with low supply may decide to supplement with formula to make sure that their baby is getting enough to eat.
3. Formula feeding might be more convenient for some
Breastfeeding is convenient for some, this one was of the main reasons I had hoped for a successful breastfeeding journey, but for others, it may reap its disadvantages. For some working moms, breastfeeding and pumping while away at work may just be too time consuming and difficult to juggle. This is where feeding formula might make more sense.
Why is breastmilk so good for my baby?
Like we just discussed breastmilk is the best option for your baby, but do you know why?
Breastmilk contains everything your baby needs. From the rich, protein filled colostrum to the prebiotic nutrient packed mature milk, breastmilk offers all the goodness your baby needs.
Breastmilk is a living organism that acts as a “real” food for your baby. Unlike commercialized formulas, breastmilk is a living food that isn’t shelf-stable. It contains live beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and protecting antibodies to keep your baby healthy and strong.
Store-bought formulas can stay on the shelf for weeks or even months and don’t go bad or spoil. Plus they lack all kinds of the goodness breastmilk has, such as adequate fat, special milk sugars, fat-soluble vitamins, and the list goes on.
Why should I consider homemade formula over store-bought?
I won’t go into great lengths as to WHY you really should consider homemade baby formula because you can read all about that here. But in short, the store-bought formulas are filled with all kinds of ingredients that really should be your baby’s first food or source of nutrition.
They are jam-packed with synthetic ingredients, corn syrup solids, hydronated oils, bad sugars, and so on.
If you are interested in seeing a really detailed breakdown of each of the ingredients commonly found in commercialized formula, Holistic Squid offers some great information.
A big turn off to homemade baby formula is simply the fact that most people don’t even know what it is, what it consists of, and WHY it is such a wholesome choice for your baby.
As we get into the “how to” of making baby formula, it will become clear what is in it and what is NOT in it!
Yeah, all of those nasty ingredients I mentioned a moment ago, those are nowhere to be found in homemade baby formula. What you will find is whole foods and non-synthetic vitamins and minerals that will offer you baby so much more nutrition, good health, and a strong immune system.
Also, even though some may say the opposite, homemade baby formula is actually quite affordable and EVEN cheaper than a lot of the store-bought formulas. Plus, it really doesn’t take that much time to make, and should only consist of about 10 minutes or so every couple of days.
Ok, so how do I make my own formula?
Here is the answer you are probably here for, right?
So, before we get into the actual step by step instructions it is important to know the 2 different options of homemade baby formula.
You can either make formula that is raw milk based or bone broth based. Depending on how accessible raw milk is to you in your area, bone broth based could be an easier option for some.
To search for raw milk locally, check out www.realmilk.com to find some local to you. Bone broth is usually pretty easy to find. Also, if you are concerned about the dangers of raw milk, check out this post.
We will go over how to make both formulas and then you can decide which one you would like to try.
Raw milk based homemade formula
This raw milk based baby formula should take about 10 minutes to prepare, making 36 fluid oz and lasting for 2 days in the fridge, but does freeze well if needed.
- 1 7/8 cups of filtered water
- 2 cups of raw whole milk – Grass-fed is best
- 1/4 cup of liquid whey (I will give a separate recipe for that down below) DO NOT use whey from making cheese, OR powdered whey.
- At least 2 tablespoons of raw cream. If your cream is from jersey cows 2 tbsp should be enough, if you are sourcing your cream from Holsteins, you may need more than 2 tablespoons.
These next ingredients can be purchased in a bundle at a very affordable price from radiantlifecatalog.com For ease and convenience, I would suggest ordering their homemade formula kit and then you only need to source the milk, whey, and cream ingredients.
- 4tbsp lactose
- 1/4tsp bifidobacterium infantis
- 1/2tsp high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil
- 1/4tsp high-vitamin butter oil optional
- 1tsp expeller-expressed sunflower oil
- 1tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2tsp coconut oil
- 2tsp Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
- 1/4tsp acerola powder
- 2tsp gelatin
- Here is the trick to measuring out 1 7/8 cups of water (yeah, a weird measurement I know!)….grab 2 cups of water and put it into a measuring jug and then remove 2 tbsp of water and voila you are left with 1 7/8 cups of water.
- Pour half of the measured-out water into pan and turn the stove onto a medium heat.
- Then add the gelatin and lactose into the pan and allow it to dissolve. You can stir it occasionally.
- Once dissolved, remove the pan off of the heat and then add the remaining water to the heated water to cool the mixture.
- Stir in the coconut oil and butter oil until melted.
- Add all the remaining ingredients into a blender and then combine the water mixture and blend for about 3-5 seconds.
- Store milk in a glass container or glass mason jars.
- When serving, shake formula well and heat by placing the bottle into warm water or use a baby bottle warmer.
I know the long list of ingredients may appear overwhelming and like it would take forever to prepare, but after a few times of making it and getting the hang of the process, this homemade baby formula can easily be prepared in about 10 minutes.
How to make whey
Homemade whey isn’t as intimidating as it may sound. It is quite simple and can easily be made from plain yogurt or raw milk. Once made the whey cast several months if stored in the refrigerator.
Measure out 2 quarts of plain organic yogurt, if you have yogurt made from raw milk that is EVEN better.
Place your yogurt in a strainer that is lined with a clean tea towel, thin towel, or cheesecloth. Set it over a bowl, cover with a plate at leave at room temperature overnight.
The whey will drip through the towel and by the morning you will have about 5 cups of homemade whey waiting for you.
Place 2 quarts of milk into a glass container and leave at room temperature for 2-4 days. If colder it may take longer, if warmer you may achieve desired results quicker. Once the milk separates you know it is ready.
Once the curds and whey have separated, pour into a lined strainer and set over a bowl. Cover with a plate and leave it overnight.
The whey will strain through the cheesecloth or thin towel and by morning time you will about 5 cups of whey.
Bone broth based homemade formula
If your baby is very sensitive to dairy or you don’t have easy access to local raw milk, a bone broth-based formula is a great dairy free alternative.
A lot of people turn to soy when they are dealing with milk allergies and soy is the worst alternative you can offer your baby.
This homemade hypoallergenic meat-based formula is a great option and I bet your baby will THRIVE on it.
- 3 3/4 cups of bone broth (preferably organic) You can get it at Bonafide Provisions or at Amazon
- 2oz grass-fed liver. Either beef, bison or lamb
- 1/4 cup of liquid whey. You can leave this out if your baby cannot tolerate it. Use the same recipe above for the whey.
- 5tbsp lactose
- 1/4 tsp bifidobacterium infantis
- 1/2 tsp high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil
- 1tsp expeller-expressed sunflower oil
- 2tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4tsp acerola powder
This homemade baby formula recipe makes 36 fluid oz.
- Cut liver into small pieces and simmer gently in broth until the meat is cooked through.
- Pour liquid into a blender and liquefy the mixture.
- Let the broth and liver cool, and then proceed to add all the remaining ingredients.
- Store in clean glass jars. Mason jars are a great option.
- When serving, stir formula well and heat by placing the bottle into warm water or use a baby bottle warmer.
If you are anything like me and like to learn visually, here is a video of both of these homemade baby formula options being made.
This video shows simple step by step instructions on how to make either homemade formula.
Well, I hope you can see that making your own baby formula isn’t all that bad, and in all honesty is totally worth it to provide a much better option for your baby than store-bought formula.
Just because the commercialized baby formula claims to provide all the health and nutritional benefits your baby needs, it just doesn’t.
Sadly, we are made to believe that it does without even reading the ingredient label or understanding the long list of hard to pronounce ingredients.
If you decide to give homemade formula a try and order from radiantlife catalog, it really isn’t much hassle and actually can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Plus, your baby will be so much healthier and happier, avoiding all the digestive, eczema and other problems commercialized formula can cause for your baby.
Are you going to consider homemade baby formula? What surprises you most about it?