Homemade baby formula. It’s the next best thing to breastmilk and here’s why:
When has processed food ever been better than anything homemade?
Did you know they can market formula before it’s approved by the FDA?
“No, FDA does not approve infant formulas before they can be marketed. However, all formulas marketed in the United States must meet federal nutrient requirements and infant formula manufacturers must notify the FDA prior to marketing a new formula. Nov 8, 2017 “
Seriously, I’m that weirdo standing in the grocery store staring at a label noting items I don’t recognize to look up later.
I had discovered a gluten intolerance (and “magically” all my years of migraines, poof! gone!) so I always check food labels.
I was shocked to realize how much processed sugar, oil…and corn syrup solids and the same ingredients included in rocket fuel are in commercial formulas…yummy..(yes, mother’s milk has lots of natural sugars in it, but natural)
Even now, there is just so much to include here so I’ll just add reference links for you.
Why would anyone mess with making their own vs the store bought versions?
Can’t you just use Soy instead? No, soy is really bad, please avoid soy, here is why.
My personal reasons:
1. My first child had colic which was almost undoubtedly due to the acids and combos in the formulas he used.
2. No company that prioritizes making a profit will *ever* care as much as I do about my children’s nutrition levels. Nor do I believe they source the best possible ingredients (or even attempt to).
3. Every company I’ve ever worked at is about maximizing profits whilst reducing costs, that’s business and it’s a business.
4. I can do a far better job providing my child with better nutrition and save money doing it.
5. I’m still pumping so he’s getting at least some of my milk and some vitamins especially from me, each day.
6. He was already spitting up and crying with gas from the store bought (Happy Baby Organic) formula from the start.
First, we checked out the Weston Price formula and bought all the ingredients but our son was immediately spitting up. It’s a great formula version for most people and I encourage anyone to check out if it can work for you.
Then we took out the nutritional yeast and no luck. Then we tried again and removed the cod liver oil as recommended. He still kept spitting it up, so we looked for alternatives but didn’t feel comfortable with the meat based one they have.
Then I kept seeing this link to goat milk formula and how it is very similar in profile to breast milk:
Some say goat milk is the absolute closest to breast milk except for some vitamins. I find that strange it’s even mentioned about the few vitamins lacking as they add additional vitamins into cow’s milk formulas for exactly the same reason.
If you read that goat milk formula isn’t sufficient purely by itself, that is correct. It’s not and neither is cow’s milk that’s used for every baby formula on the market, vitamins are always added.
One commercial formula that is goat milk based is Kabrita, which we tried and he spit up some on that too, we have some of it left for emergencies (say if there is a Hurricane or something.) It seems good if ever needed or you read this and want to try it, I think it’s a good one.
In many formulas folic acid is added.
Folic acid is not natural but folate is natural and there is a difference. Folate, you get from foods such as spinach and black eyed peas naturally (real food).
Folic acid is a synthetic version of folate which if you have or your baby has a mutated MTHFR gene it could cause issues in the future (such as autoimmune issues) .
Lots of our food is more fortified (even for adults) with folic acid, it’s a good idea for everyone to avoid foods with it added anyway.
This formula seems to be a variation on Weston Price and this one (we haven’t tried that one but looks good also, we do use their Mt Capra Goat Milk, which has no folic acid added. We also did the substitution she lists for sugar (for carbs) and changed it to goat milk lactose.
It could seem or look a bit daunting at first but it’s super easy once you get the hang of it and way easier than the others I’ve found (and even tried.)
The recipe we used from the Freshly Grown blog
(In red is our modifications and extra instructions we found helpful.)
(I do not link Amazon because I don’t shop there. I prefer to encourage competition and to speak with my dollars, they have enough money.)
- 32 oz. filtered water
- 4 level scoops full fat Meyenberg Goat Milk Powder (base for protein, fats, carbs, vitamins and minerals) We use Mt. Capra Goat Milk Powder as it does not have folic acid added. Same dose – 4 level scoops
- 1 tsp. Great Lakes Gelatin Powder (helps digestion, builds/seals gut) – We already had this and it lasts awhile
- 4 Tbs. raw, organic turbinado sugar or real maple syrup (carbohydrate) – We use 3 tablespoons of Mt. Capra Goat Milk Lactose for less sugar content and use 3 tbsp as found our son has less gas pains, and then 1 tbsp of organic maple syrup.
- 1 tsp. unsulphured organic blackstrap molasses (B vits, iron, helps move bowels) – I add just a drop or two more than this as it seems to help him go potty
- 2 tsp. olive or avocado oil (healthy monounsaturated fat) – We use Olive Oil, can get Organic at any supermarket
- 2 tsp. coconut oil (healthy saturated fat, any organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil will do)
- 2 tsp. nutritional yeast (B12 – This is the only we found without folic acid added to it (took awhile to find it and note it’s a small bag so best to get a few at a time!).
- 1/4th tsp. powdered probiotics (healthy gut flora, immunity) – We already had this from trying Weston Price formula
- Vit. D drops (400 IU/dy.) or 1/4th tsp. fermented cod liver oil (Vitamin D) – We don’t add this as we live in Florida and take him outside for this.
- 1/4th tsp. baby vitamin drops if not nursing – We don’t add this as he’s getting some of my milk each day
- Update: You can also add 1/4th tsp. acerola cherry powder (Vitamin C) and/or DHA drops if you want – We use this one.
- In a blender (We just mix it all up and then stick hand blender into the bowl/container at the end), add 3 cups of filtered water and 1 cup hot or boiling filtered water. Add all ingredients except the probiotics, Vit D and baby vits. Blend. Store in a glass mason jar with a BPA-free lid.
- Add the probiotics, Vit D and baby vits to 1 bottle per day.
- Storage is the same as breast milk: Store in the refrigerator and when pouring a bottle only leave the bottle out at room temperature for a few hours. It should keep for 4-5 days in the refrigerator and some people have had success in freezing it. When taking a large amount with you for the day, bring a mini cooler to keep it from spoiling. Some people like to take the dry ingredients, oils and water separately with them and mix as they go. You will find your groove and what works for you!
- *Once my daughter was drinking 32 oz. in one day, I would add the Vit D and baby vits to the blender and stir in the probiotics and store it all in a 32 oz. mason jar bc I knew she would get those within 1 day. Also, if your blender mix happens to be too hot, wait until it cools to add the probiotics, they are live bacteria that are temperature sensitive and are destroyed by heat.
**When baby is 4 months old feed them once a day a soft boiled/cooked egg yolk per Weston Price (check out here how many vitamins it has)
We also found these glass bottles which are $11 for 6!
I just bought two packs of glass bottles and pour and store in fridge. I didn’t get 8oz bottles because that would be too heavy to hold.
We make a batch about once a day or every other day and do 32 oz at a time (her site has one bottle here). If we don’t bottle it immediately we put it in a big glass jug and pour some bottles for now and some later.)
Each bottle we just heat up in our kiinde bottle warmer (It’s a really great one, along with the kiinde system, which you get a bunch of stuff for just a bit more $$. I’ve been pretty impressed with it!)
Whew, so there it is, our baby is smiling and happy and already 10 lbs and 10 oz at 7 weeks old and a nice bonus is it’s actually also cheaper than store bought!
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