It is an undisputed fact that breast milk is best for your baby. If for whatever reason, you are unable to breastfeed, or you choose not to breastfeed, there are other options you can choose instead of going directly for store-bought dry baby formula. Though it may take a little extra time out of your busy “Mommy Schedule”, you can make baby formula at home. You can choose a milk-based formula which is the most common form of homemade formulas.
Breast milk is rich in whey, lactose, vitamin C, niacin and polyunsaturated fatty acids. This milk-based formula takes all of those ingredients into consideration in preparation. Adding gelatin to the formula will help with any constipation issues that may arise with a homemade formula and will give digestion a boost. When using a milk formula, it is important to buy an organically based product, free of disease and additives from cows which are pasture fed. This will ensure that your baby is getting its optimum nutrition. If you are unable to find organic milk in your area, the next best option is to get whole milk at the store. Make sure that it is unhomogenized. In order to restore the enzymes that will be lacking in the whole milk, you will need to add piima or kefir culture to the milk.
The make baby formula at home recipe from Radiant Life Catalog is as follows:
2 cups whole milk, preferably unprocessed milk from pasture-fed cows
1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See recipe for whey, below) Note: Do NOT use whey from making cheese–it will cause the formula to curdle. Use only homemade whey made from yoghurt, kefir or separated raw milk.
4 tablespoons lactose*
1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis**
2 or more tablespoons good quality cream (not ultra pasteurized), more if you are using milk from Holstein cows
1 teaspoon regular dose cod liver oil or 1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin cod liver oil*
1 teaspoon expeller-expressed sunflower oil*
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil*
2 teaspoons coconut oil*
2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes*
2 teaspoons gelatin*
1 7/8 cups filtered water
1/4 teaspoon acerola powder*