Trouble Finding Infant Formula? Here's a Recipe for a Natural Homemade Formula
The latest item to face supply issues in the US is infant formula.
The good news is there are natural homemade infant formulas you can use to provide your child with excellent nutrition. With a homemade formula you won't ever need to worry about not having formula on hand to feed your child.
One natural homemade formula is provided by the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Weston A. Price (September 6, 1870 – January 23, 1948) was a Canadian dentist known primarily for his theories on the relationship between nutrition, dental health, and physical health.
The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) aims to provide accurate information on nutrition and health, always aiming to provide the scientific validation of traditional foodways. You can find more information about the foundation here.
Weston A. Price Homemade Baby Formula Recipe
Note: Here's a suggestion; replace the 2 cups of cow's milk with 2 cups of camel milk.
- 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
- 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See recipe for whey on the Weston A. Price page, link is 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
- 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.
You can find more information about the Weston A. Price homemade baby formula here, including where to source the ingredients and how to make liquid whey.
Jill Zavada is a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach. She tells her story about using this homemade formula with her own baby using Camelicious camel milk powder:
We hope this helps some Moms and Dads who are trying to work out how to continue to give their infant good nutrition.
PLEASE NOTE: Camelicious camel milk powder by itself does not provide enough comprehensive nutrition for an infant under 12 months. It must be used with a formula that provides all the nutrition an infant under 12 months needs. We suggest you consult your child's pediatrician before making any major changes to your child's diet.
References 1, 2, 3, 4 - Please go to the Weston A. Price Homemade Baby Formula page to see where to source the ingredients.