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How to Make Homemade Baby Formula You Feel Safe With

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When I was pregnant with my first son, I knew I wanted to make homemade baby formula.

I’d done quite a bit of research into different baby formulas and decided I felt most comfortable making my own.

Before I go on, let me say I’m not here to say you too should be using homemade formula.

I don’t think you’re doing your son/daughter a disservice if you don’t make your own baby formula.

It takes a lot of work, time, and discipline to make homemade baby formula every single week.

If you feel better using formula from the store, I encourage you to do so.

As long as your baby is healthy and thriving, you should use what makes you most comfortable.

If you’re interested in why I make my own formula and seeing why some choose homemade formula while others stick with store formula, see my post here.

The purpose of this post isn’t to compare the two. It’s simply to let you know my experience with homemade formula and give you instructions on making it if you want to use it for your own baby.

I’ve Used Homemade Formula for All 4 of My Boys

I ended up using homemade formula for all of my boys until they were one.

Though I’d been hoping to breastfeed each of them for a couple months, I wasn’t able to produce enough milk to keep any but my third son satisfied.

As early as three weeks after they were born, I found that I needed to start adding formula to my milk.

Rather than buying it from the store, I decided to make my own. I was more comfortable with homemade formula because I knew everything going into it.

I couldn’t say the same for a single brand of store formula.

Each of my boys was on homemade formula until they were about 1. When they turned 1, I slowly weaned them onto milk.

They all did very well on the formula and they’re all strong and healthy today.

See my tips at the bottom to see how to make preparing this formula quick and easy!

Where is the Recipe From?

The recipe I used for my sons’ baby formula is a cow’s milk recipe that has been around for awhile.

It was developed by Sally Morell who has dedicated years of her life to studying nutrition.

After years of her study and research, she published a cookbook filled with healthy recipes to fuel your mind and body.

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Sally was one of the early promoters of including healthy fats in your diet to boost brain health and your immune system.

A good part of her studies was focused on nutrition for babies. As she developed recipes for homemade baby formula, she wanted something as close in nutritional value to breastmilk as possible.

Below is a table comparing breastmilk and the homemade formula recipe I used for my boys.

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** Chart Credit: Weston A Price Foundation — Based on a Quantity of About 36 ounces

This recipe is one of many great, healthy recipes that can be found in her cookbook “Nourishing Traditions“.

It is one of three baby formula recipes Sally developed.

How to Make Homemade Baby Formula

Below is the homemade baby formula recipe I use. It makes one batch that is about 36 ounces (just over a quart).

When my kids are younger and not eating as much, one batch lasts up to two days.

By the time they start eating 6+ ounces per feeding, it doesn’t usually last more than a day. For that reason, I often double or even triple the recipe when I’m making it.

I try to make enough to last approximately 3.5 days so that it only needs to be made twice a week.

If you do double or triple the recipe, keep in mind that not all of the water and/or milk will fit into your blender. In this case, I mix all ingredients as instructed below but hold out part of the water and/or milk.

Once everything is mixed and blended together, I add the remaining portion.


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Homemade Baby Formula

A great homemade baby formula recipe that can be used to supplement breast milk or replace it entirely. 

Course Baby Formula
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 ounces
Calories 766 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1-7/8 cups Water Must be filtered water
  • 2 tsp Gelatin
  • 1 tsp Sunflower Oil
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cod Liver Oil Fermented
  • 4 tbsp Lactose
  • 2 tsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Acerola Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Bifidobacterium Infantis Powder
  • 2-4 tbsp Raw Cream
  • 2 cups Raw Cow Milk
  • 1/4 cup Raw Whey Made from raw milk or kefir

Instructions

  1. Start by mixing the nutritional yeast flakes, acerola powder, and Bifidobacterium Infantis Powder together in a bowl so the measuring spoons stay dry.

  2. Add the water to a small pan and put the stove on low-medium heat.

  3. Add the gelatin and lactose to the water and leave the pan on low-medium heat until both are dissolved. Stir occasionally

  4. Remove pan from the stove and stir in the coconut oil until it, too, has dissolved

  5. Dump water mixture from pan into a blender (make sure blender is made to withstand hot/lukewarm water).

  6. Add the rest of the oils (sunflower oil, cod liver oil, and olive oil).

  7. Pour the milk and whey into the blender

  8. Add the rest of the dry ingredients that were mixed earlier

  9. Blend for 5-10 seconds

  10. Remove blender from the base and add cream. Stir cream in until all bubbles on the surface are gone.

  11. Dump formula into a glass jar or glass baby bottles. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

All ingredients except for raw milk, cream, and whey can be found here.

  • All oils must be recommended brands
  • Whey must be made from raw cows milk or kefir (It cannot be powdered whey from the store or whey from making cheese as both will cause the formula to curdle)
  • Raw milk must not be replaced with powdered milk or pasteurized milk. Both are highly processed and lack the nutritional value of raw milk
  • It's best to store formula in glass jars to keep from exposing it to BPA and products found in other containers.

Tips to Make Formula Prep Quicker and Easier

    • Store all ingredients together in your fridge. I have an entire shelf in the door that only has these ingredients.
    • Start by mixing all dry ingredients (except lactose and gelatin) into a small bowl. This makes so that by the time you’re ready for them, you don’t have to wash and dry your measuring spoons that will have been used for oil.
    • I keep the recipe taped to my fridge at all times so I don’t need to look it up to verify the quantities. You can also write the quantities for each ingredient on a small paper and tape it to each item
    • Mix the cream after the formula has been blended. If you add it to the blender before, a small frothy layer of bubbles develops on the top and must be removed and/or stirred into the formula. If it isn’t, it’ll give your baby air bubbles and hurt their stomach.
    • The formula should be stored in glass bottles, but glass around babies is scary! Use a silicone sleeve to protect the baby bottles from breaking.

My Last Tip is to Use a Good Quality Blender!

With my first son, I used two different cheap blenders and they did not mix the ingredients well at all.

Using these blenders, I ran into several problems.

    1. The oil was not mixed into the formula and it rose to the top creating a small layer of oil at the top of the jar. When this happens the formula is not mixed properly and each bottle has disproportionate amounts of oil.
    2. One of the blenders developed cracks in it over time because it wasn’t made to hold lukewarm/hot ingredients.
    3. Neither of the cheap blenders had a good enough seal to hold the formula inside. If they were more than half full, they ended up spewing the formula all over the place as it was blended.

With all the problems I ran into the first time around, I knew I needed a good blender when my second son was born.

They’re more expensive but well worth the money!

I’ve had my Vitamix for over four years now. It still looks and operates as if it were brand new. The warranty on it is 7 years, so if something were to happen, or it quit working, I can replace it with a new one.

I chose a more compact model so that it’d fit underneath my low hanging cupboards.

Get Started Making Homemade Baby Formula Today

To get started making your own formula at home, you can find all the ingredients in this recipe (minus the milk, whey, and cream) at RadiantLife. They sell the ingredients as a set and you can buy a kit that lasts up to three months.

It’s Cheaper than Store Bought Formulas

A bonus to using this recipe is it’s actually much cheaper than any store bought formula you’ll find.

The most you’ll spend will be during your initial purchase when you buy all the ingredients at once.

Afterwards, some of them (especially the oils) last for months. Some will last the entire time your baby is on formula.

I hope you’ll love this homemade baby formula recipe for your son or daughter as much as I have! 


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Have you made homemade baby formula before? Are you considering this recipe for your baby? Let me know and ask any questions you have by leaving a comment below! I do answer all of them!

-Julie

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20 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Baby Formula You Feel Safe With

  1. This might be ok. However, consult your Dr before using raw milk ever for children, pregnant women, elderly, or sick. There are bacterias in the milk that can cause serious health issues or even death. Pasteurization is a form of heating the milk that kills those bacterias and still gives you at great product! I love the idea of making my own formula but not with raw milk, cream or whey!

    1. I agree it’s important to be careful when considering raw milk. You need to make sure the place you’re getting it from is a good reliable source that knows how to take care of their cows and their equipment to keep bad bacteria out of the milk. Finding a good place to get raw milk is probably one of the hardest parts of making homemade formula.

      However, most states do have good, reputable places to get it from if you look.

      The problem with pasteurization is, yes it kills bad bacteria in the milk if there is any, but it also kills the good bacteria in the milk.

      That good bacteria provides enormous benefits to your digestive and immune systems.

      I’ve always had a sensitive stomach myself and we’ve been using raw milk in my home for years.

      I’ve actually found that anytime I switch back to pasteurized milk, I get really sick within a week. Whatever is being put into it to preserve it, or maybe it’s the missing good bacteria, really gives me a hard time. I already have a very restricted diet due to being fructose intolerant and raw milk is one of the ways I get some of the nutrients and vitamins I’m unable to get other places.

      That said, there other recipes that don’t include raw cows milk. (They do still have whey from the raw milk, but it’s a very small amount.)

      If you’d like to make your own formula without using so much raw milk, you might like one of those other recipes!
      -Julie

  2. I was like you in that I would have preferred to breastfeed but it wasn’t an option for me. So I ended up bottle feeding. I never even thought making my own baby formula was an option. I think it is way better for babies to have real food rather than all of those additives. It sounds like a lot of work, but worth it in the long run to keep our babies healthy.

    1. It is a lot of work but it’s well worth it. After a couple times making it, you’ll have the recipe memorized and it doesn’t take too long to prepare it
      -Julie

  3. Hello I was wondering if I can use coconut milk instead of cows milk in your recipe my baby seams to have a allergy to it

    1. Hi Natalie,

      I don’t know if coconut milk is ok to replace the cow’s milk. I have heard of goats milk being used as a replacement for babies who are unable to handle the cow’s milk.

      -Julie

    1. Hi Sara,

      Yes, you can for sure double the recipe. I actually tripled it any time I made it.
      When I tripled it, I only had to make it twice a week. With the number of kids we have, we wouldn’t be able to make it more than that.

      I wouldn’t recommend ever doing more than tripling it because I don’t think it’d stay good long enough to use it.
      -Julie

  4. How do you travel with the formula? For example, if i’m going to a relatives house and i know my baby will need to eat in 3 hours.
    Also, how long can the formula stay at room temp? Sometimes i warm it and then baby only eats half now and other half in 1 hour. Is that okay? I get nervous with the raw milk.
    Last, is there an online forum for mommy’s who use the homemade formula?

    1. Hi Sophie,
      I usually bring a small cooler or icebox that I can keep the formula in when I need to travel.
      It should be fine to leave it at room temperature for an hour but not for any longer than that. And I wouldn’t put it back in the fridge after it’s been sitting out.

      Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any online forums for moms who use it. I too was nervous about the raw milk but I had my daughter on it just like my sons were, and my kids have all done really, really well on it.

      – Julie

    1. Hi Emily,

      Choosing a baby formula is so difficult. There’s so much stuff going into the formulas these days it’s scary. I worry about the effect the formula could have on my kids.
      If you’re considering switching formulas, your baby not liking the one you switch to is a very real concern.

      If you do switch, I would recommend you do it very slowly. Start with one ounce of the new formula added to the one he is already using. Gradually increase the amount over a couple weeks until he is doing ok on just the formula you’re switching him too.

      As much as possible, I would recommend not switching your baby’s formula if they have one they’re doing good on. It’s very hard on a baby to have their formula switched on them. It takes time for their body to adjust and process it. If you keep switching it, they can’t ever thrive on it.
      -Julie

  5. 5 stars
    I am switching my baby girl on formula. Choosing the formula is such a difficult choice for me. I have finally decided to feed her on Holle ‘Goat Milk’ But i am definitely gonna try your baby formula recipe as well. Thank you Julie!

    1. I have heard of the Holle brand of formula too. It has some questionable ingredients but not near as many as most other formulas.
      If you do try this Homemade formula, I hope your results are as good as mine have been!

      I feel a lot more comfortable giving my babies homemade formula than the heavily processed formulas with ingredients I can’t even pronounce.
      -Julie

  6. Does anyone know of any other organic formula comparable to Baby’s organic that
    can be given to an infant as I am aware that Baby’s Organic promotes from 12 months and up?

    1. Hi Katherine,

      I use this homemade formula for my babies but I know everyone can’t do that. Some organic formulas I’ve found that seem to be worth looking into are the Hipp brand and Loulouka formula. Loulouka is fairly new but it looks like a very good option and the best I’ve seen in years.
      -Julie

  7. Can you substitute for Dairy and whey products? I didn’t eat dairy during pregnancy cause I have dairy allergies and any dairy formula I’ve tried he has Gerd from. So I’m looking for something without Dairy and whey.

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