Next Best to Breast Milk: Homemade Infant Formulas

When it comes to feeding your baby, breast milk is ideal for a myriad of reasons. Breast milk is rich in all the nutrients needed for growing strong and healthy babies. These include raw cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K2 and E along with B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and the whole range of minerals and trace minerals. High in omega-3 fatty acids, which includes EPA and DHA, and appropriate levels of omega-6 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats.

But for those times, such as adoption or inadequate breastmilk supply, we believe that homemade raw milk or liver-based baby formula is the best nutrition-dense option and allows mothers to avoid feeding their babies the toxic ingredients found in commercial formula. Most commercial formulas contain 50% sugar, primarily from corn syrup, GMO corn and soy, lacks the high level of raw cholesterol found in breast milk and other critical fats for proper development. Commercial formula is also devoid of beneficial bacterial for a healthy gut and immune system and lacks enzymes that play a very important role in digestion.

Commercial formulas pose additional concerns such as the denaturing of proteins that results from processing milk or other proteins and the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are proteins or lipids that become glycated as a result of being exposed to sugars. Glycation has been linked to the stiffening of collagen in arteries as well diabetes. Why risk creating unnecessary degeneration in babies when homemade infant formula can be made in less than 10 minutes and can provide superior nourishment for you little one? Commercial formulas also expose babies to hormone disruptors which can lead to early puberty in girls and delayed puberty in boys, as well as genital abnormalities (and especially when a soy-based formula, which is banned in Israel and regulated in some European countries).

Wondering how easy formula can be made? Take a look at this video by our friend, Sarah Pope. And go to the Weston A. Price Foundation for more information on homemade formulas.


Raw Milk Baby Formula
Makes 36 ounces

Ingredients:
2 cups organic, certified clean raw milk or organic pasteurized, non-homogenized piima milk, preferably from pasture-fed Jersey or Guernsey cows
¼ cup homemade liquid whey
4 tablespoons lactose*
¼ teaspoon bifodobacterium infantis (HMF Baby F)*
2 tablespoons good quality cream, preferably raw (not ultra-pasteurized)
½ teaspoon fermented cod liver oil*
½ teaspoon unrefined sunflower oil
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil*
2 teaspoons coconut oil*
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast*
2 teaspoons gelatin*
1 7/8 cups filtered water
¼ teaspoon acerola powder*

Directions:
Add gelatin to water and heat gently until gelatin is dissolved.  Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.  Transfer to a very clean glass or stainless steel container and mix well.  (Note: If milk is from Holstein cows, add an additional 1-2 tablespoons cream.)

To serve, pour 6-8 ounces into a very clean glass bottle, attach nipple and set in a pan of simmering water.  Heat until warm but not hot to the touch, shake bottle well and feed baby. (Never, never heat formula in a microwave oven!)

Taken from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

*Available through our office.

Variation: Goat Milk Formula

Although goat milk is rich in fat, it must be used with caution in infant feeding as it lacks folate and is low in vitamin B12, both of which are essential to the growth and development of the infant. Inclusion of nutritional yeast to provide folic acid is essential. To compensate for low levels of vitamin B12, if preparing the raw milk baby formula (above) with goat’s milk, add 2 teaspoons organic raw chicken liver, frozen for 14 days, finely grated to the batch of formula. Be sure to begin egg yolk feeding at four months of age.


Liver-Based Formula
Makes 36 ounces

Ingredients;
3 ¾ cups homemade beef or chicken broth
2 ounces organic liver, cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons lactose*
¼ teaspoon bifodobacterium infantis (HMF Baby F)*
¼ cup homemade liquid whey**
1 tablespoon coconut oil*
½ teaspoon Green Pasture Blue Ice fermented cod liver oil*
½ teaspoon unrefined sunflower oil
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil*
¼ teaspoon acerola powder*

Directions:
Simmer liver gently in broth until the meat is cooked through.  Liquefy using a handheld blender or in a food processor.  When the liver broth has cooled, stir in remaining ingredients.  Store in a very clean glass or stainless steel container.  To serve, stir formula well and pour 6-8 ounces in a very clean glass bottle.  Attach a clean nipple and set in a pan of simmering water until formula is warm but not hot to the touch, shake well and feed to baby.  (Never heat formula in a microwave oven!)  Note: It is very important to include the coconut oil in this formula as it is the recipe’s only source of antimicrobial saturated fatty acids.

Taken from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

*Available through our office.

** For GAPS babies, consider omitting in the beginning.


Breast Milk and Homemade Formula Nutrient Comparison Chart¹
Based on 36 ounces

These nutrient comparison tables were derived from standard food nutrient tables and do not take into account the wide variation in nutrient levels that can occur in both human and animal milk, depending on diet and environment. 

Breast Milk Cow’s Milk
Formula
Goat Milk
Formula
Liver-Based
Formula
Calories 766 856 890 682
Protein 11.3g 18g 18g 15g
Carbohydrates 76g 79g 77g 69g
Total Fat 48g 52g 54g 36g
Saturated Fat 22g 28g 30g 16g
Mono Fat 18g 16g 16g 12g
Poly Fat 5.5g 5.6g 5.7g 5.6g
Omega-3 FA .58g 1.3g 1.2g 1.0g
Omega-6 FA 4.4g 4.2g 4.4g 4.5g
Cholesterol 153mg 137mg 166mg 227mg
Vitamin A* 946IU 5000IU 5000IU 20,000IU
Thiamin-B1 .15mg 1.05mg 1.1mg .19mg
Riboflavin-B2 .4mg 1.2mg 1.2mg 1.9mg
Niacin-B3 1.9mg 2.5mg 4.4mg 14.2mg
Vitamin B6 .12mg .51mg .60mg .65mg
Vitamin B12 .5mcg 1.9mcg 2.8mcg 39mcg
Folate 57mcg 236mcg 284mcg 159mcg
Vitamin C 55mg 57mg 59mg 62mg
Vitamin D 480IU 450IU 525IU 460IU
Vitamin E*** 9.9mg 6.2mg 4.7mg 4.9mg
Calcium 355mg 532mg 548mg NA**
Copper .57mg .38mg .58mg 1.9mg
Iron .33mg 1.4mg 2.2mg 5.4mg
Magnesium 37.4mg 91.3mg 96.1mg 34.5mg
Manganese .29mg .034mg .12mg .24mg
Phosphorus 151mg 616mg 729mg 344mg
Potassium 560mg 949mg 1228mg 750mg
Selenium 18.8mcg 15.4mcg 18.7mcg 31.1mcg
Sodium 186mg 308mg 320mg NA**
Zinc 1.9mg 2.8mg 2.7mg 2.5mg

 

* Vitamin A levels in human milk will depend on the diet of the mother. Nursing mothers eating vitamin A-rich foods such as cod liver oil will have much higher levels of vitamin A in their milk. Commercial formulas contain about 2400 IU vitamin A per 800 calories.

** Calcium and sodium values for homemade broth are not available.

*** Vitamin E values are derived from commercial vegetable oils. The vitamin E levels for homemade formulas will be higher if good quality, expeller-expressed oils are used.

¹ Source: Weston A. Price Foundation: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/formula-homemade-baby-formula/

 

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