Homemade Baby Formula 

(Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon) Makes +- 1 liter.  The addition of gelatine to cow’s milk formula will make it more digestible for the infant. Use only truly expeller-expressed oils in the formula recipes, otherwise they may lack vitamin E. The ideal milk for a baby, if he cannot be breastfed, is clean, whole raw milk from old-fashioned cows, certified free of disease and feed on green pasture.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cow’s milk, we prefer whole raw milk from pasture-fed cows
  • 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See recipe for whey, 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 kefir.
  • 2 tablespoons of Maple syrup
  • 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream (we do not prefer ultra-pasteurized), more if you are using milk from Holstein cows
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garden of life Cod liver oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Udo’s Oil
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Biostrath
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin
  • 1-7/8 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Camu berry powder

Instructions

  • 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 gelatine and Maple syrup into the pan and let it dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • When the gelatine is dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
  • Stir in the coconut 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.

Variation: Goat Milk Formula  (Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon)

Although goat milk is rich in fat, it must be used with caution in infant feeding as it lacks folic acid 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 Milk-Based 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.

 

Liver-Based Formula (Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon)

Makes about 1 liter. Our liver-based formula also mimics the nutrient profile of mother’s milk. It is extremely important to include coconut oil in this formula as it is the only ingredient that provides the special medium-chain saturated fats found in mother’s milk. As with the milk-based formula, all oils should be truly expeller-expressed.

Ingredients:

  • 3-3/4 cups homemade beef or chicken broth
  • 2 ounces organic liver, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of Maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See recipe for whey, below)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garden of life Cod liver oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Udo’s oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Camu berry powder

Instructions: 

  • 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 to 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!)

Fortified Commercial Formula 

(Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon) Makes about 1 liter. This stopgap formula can be used in emergencies, or when the ingredients for homemade formula are unavailable.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk-based powdered Holle formula (suitable for age of baby) 
  • 850ml filtered water (3 5/8 cups)
  • 1 large egg yolk from an organic egg, cooked 3 1/2 minutes (See recipe for egg yolk, below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garden of life Cod liver oil

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend thoroughly.
  • Place 6-8 ounces in a very clean glass bottle. (Store the rest in a very clean glass jar in the refrigerator for the next feedings.)
  • Attach a clean nipple to the bottle 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!)

Homemade Whey

Homemade whey is easy to make from Kefir.

Prepare Kefir as usual (get starter plant with instructions from the Sunflower health store) 

Strain the kefir from the kefir plant/culture as usual and then pour the strained kefir into a cotton cloth lined strainer that rests in a big bowl. Leave in the fridge over night. The whey slowly drips through the strainer and cloth into the bowl and the kefir cheese remains in the strainer on the cloth. The whey can be used in infant formulas and other recipes e.g. to make sourkraut or other fermented veggies. The cheese can also be used in many recipes as a substitute for cottage cheese.

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