Natural & Organic Baby Formula Options

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I have a confession to make… and I feel like it makes me a terrible mother…

I’ve never enjoyed nursing my babies. In fact, it pretty much drives me crazy. And I feel guilty that I don’t enjoy it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve breastfed all of my children to at least 18 months or so, and I wouldn’t even consider not nursing them (unless there was a physical/medical reason that I could not). I’m super grateful that I’ve the ability to nurse them, but I truthfully don’t enjoy it at all.

I love the benefits that babies get from nursing, the improved brain development, the bond that it creates, the financial savings, but the act of sitting and nursing multiple times a day makes me stir crazy!

The Pain of Not Nursing

At the same time, I’ve seen the pain that several of my friends have experienced when physically unable to nurse their babies and longing to. I’ve held their hands through the tears of wanting to nurse their newborns, and I’ve donated milk to their preemies who desperately needed the nutrients.

Motherhood is hard, and the topic of breastfeeding is especially painful (and often polarizing) for many moms.

This post is not here to debate the issue, and certainly not to judge moms for decisions either way, but to offer some practical alternatives for those who don’t or can’t nurse their babies.

(Note: If you want to nurse but are unable to, check out this post about a potential easy-to-fix problem that can often dramatically improve a baby’s chance of nursing instantly.)

When Nursing Isn’t Possible…

Doctors agree that the best option for baby whenever possible is to breastfeed. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an option.

As a doula, I’ve seen many times that a mom could have nursed but chose not to. I’ve also seen cases where mom wanted to but had a physical problem that prevented her from doing so. I’ve also seen babies who were unable to nurse for one reason or another.

When breastfeeding is truly not possible, there are a few other options.

In past generations, wet nurses and milk donors often nursed these babies until they were old enough to eat. Eventually, crude substitutes were created or different types of animal milks were used. Now, the infant formula market is a multi-billion dollar a year industry.

Here’s the problem…

Most commercial formula options, even organic ones, contain ingredients, additives and preservatives that aren’t good for baby. Emily of Holistic Squid explains the ingredients in one of the best store-bought organic baby formula options:

  • Organic Reduced Minerals Whey – In its natural form, whey is a great source of protein and probiotics. You can read a description of Reduced Minerals Whey from the American Dairy Products Institute here. I’m not sure why you’d want to reduce naturally occurring minerals in an otherwise healthy food. The issue with dried whey is that it is typically dried at high temperatures that denature the proteins and make them toxic. Furthermore, the heating and drying process will negate any probiotic effects of the fresh whey. NOT GOOD.
  • Organic Non-Fat Milk – Sounds benign enough, but there is NO reason a baby should ever consume non-fat milk. Not only do babies absolutely NEED the milk fat and cholesterol, but the process of making powdered skim milk creates a substance that is not only devoid in nutrition, but is also laden with oxidized cholesterol and neuro-toxic amino acids. NOT GOOD.
  • Organic Lactose – A necessary ingredient, lactose is a milk sugar that naturally occurs in breast milk. GOOD.
  • Organic Glucose Syrup Solids – This is a fancy way of saying sugar made from starch. Most glucose syrup solids in the U.S. are made from corn – making what’s also known as corn syrup! NOT GOOD. A better choice to mimic breast milk would be more lactose.
  • Organic Palm Oil Or Organic Palm Olein – Not the worst ingredient if it’s coming from a reputable source. QUESTIONABLE.
  • Organic Coconut Oil– Good choice to provide the special medium-chain fats found in mother’s milk. Should be expeller pressed only. OK.
  • Organic Soy Oil – Soy oil is not fit for human consumption and should not be in baby formula. It can act as a hormone disruptor among other issues. NOT GOOD.
  • Organic High Oleic (Safflower Or Sunflower Oil) – Good if expeller-pressed only. QUESTIONABLE.
  • Organic Whey Protein Concentrate – See issues with Organic Reduced Minerals Whey above. NOT GOOD.

Other non-organic formula options often contain higher amounts of corn syrup solids, hydrogenated oils, soybean oil and sugar.

In fact, most infant formula contains ingredients most of us would not cook with or use in our own food, yet 1/4 or more of us rely on this as the only source of nutrition for our children in their most important and developmental months/years.

What I’d Choose: Organic Baby Formula Options

What to do when you cant nurseWhat I’d personally choose if I was unable to nurse is a homemade organic baby formula.

Making baby formula sounds like a crazy idea when you first hear about it, since formula seems like an extremely complicated substance that would be impossible to make at home…

Then again, many people feel the same way about toothpaste, deodorant, or makeup at first glance too.

Certainly, baby formula is a much more important recipe to get right since baby’s health depends on it, but homemade baby formula is not nearly as complicated as you might expect.

Homemade Formula

The Weston A. Price Foundation provides recipes for homemade infant formula with a dairy option and a dairy-free option.

Unlike commercial baby formula options, the homemade versions have a base of milk or broth with added real-food, nutrient-dense ingredients like gelatin, probiotics, beneficial high-vitamin oils/fats and acerola powder.

This chart shows the nutritional comparison between breastmilk and these homemade formula options. Of course, there are other considerations that won’t show in a strict nutrient comparison, such as the beneficial bacteria transfer during breastfeeding and increased bonding, but this chart shows why homemade is comparable to breastmilk from a strictly nutritional perspective:

Breastmilk vs homemade formula comparison

I have friends who have used both the raw milk option and the dairy-free option with great success and these are the options I would use if I ever was unable to nurse or find donor milk for my babies.

All of the non-perishable ingredients for this recipe are available here.

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Homemade Organic Baby Formula (Dairy Option)

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Yield 36 ounces

Homemade baby formula combines nutritionally dense ingredients like raw milk, whey, lactose, probiotics, cream, gelatin healthy oils and more.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
  • 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (see recipe in "notes" 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 lactose
  • 1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis
  • 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultra-pasteurized), 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 oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (optional)
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Put 2 cups filtered water into a pyrex measuring pitcher and remove 2 tablespoons (that will give you 1-7/8 cups water).
  2. Pour about half of the water into a pan and place on a medium flame.
  3. Add the gelatin and lactose to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  4. When the gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
  5. Stir in the coconut oil and optional high-vitamin butter oil and stir until melted.
  6. Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender.
  7. Add the water mixture and blend about three seconds.
  8. Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.
  9. Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.

Notes

NOTE: All non-perishable ingredients for this recipe are available here. Homemade Whey Recipe: Makes about 5 cups.Homemade whey is easy to make from good quality plain yoghurt, or from raw or cultured milk. You will need a large strainer that rests over a bowl.If you are using yoghurt, place 2 quarts in a strainer lined with a tea towel set over a bowl. Cover with a plate and leave at room temperature overnight. The whey will drip out into the bowl. Place whey in clean glass jars and store in the refrigerator.If you are using raw or cultured milk, place 2 quarts of the milk in a glass container and leave at room temperature for 2-4 days until the milk separates into curds and whey. Pour into the strainer lined with a tea towel set over a bowl and cover with a plate. Leave at room temperature overnight. The whey will drip out into the bowl. Store in clean glass jars in the refrigerator.Source: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, PhD.

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For babies with allergies to dairy, the Weston A. Price Foundation recommends these variations:

  • Using goat milk in place of raw cow’s milk, but making sure to add nutritional yeast and liver for the necessary B-12
  • OR, using a broth-based formula with liver, though this recipe has some concerns with too high of levels of Vitamin A

Of course, sources agree that breast milk is the best option for baby, but if nursing is truly not possible, these are the options I would use. I would absolutely recommend (and choose myself) to find a qualified and knowledgeable doctor before using this or any other option besides breast milk for babies.

Important Notes

Organic Baby Formula: The Bottom Line

Breast milk is absolutely the best choice when it is possible. Good lactation consultants can help moms who are struggling with breast feeding to work through most problems. You can find trained lactation consultants in your area here.

Many times, an underlying tongue or lip tie can be the cause of breast feeding problems and a professional specifically trained in correcting these is needed. (Here is a guide to help diagnose a tongue or lip tie)

For the cases where breastfeeding is truly not possible, and donor milk is not an option, homemade baby formula can be an alternative to store-bought highly processed formula to provide baby necessary nutrients. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but if I was unable to breastfeed at any point, it is the option I’d turn to.

What was your experience? Were you able to nurse or did you have to turn to other options? Please share below!

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I still struggle with the guilt of no being able breast feed my daughter. That if I would have just tried harder, or supplement X that it would have worked. In the end I just have insufficient tissue to meet her nutritional requirements compounded with sever reflux and lip and younger ties.

    We have been using the WAP formula for the last four months and my little one is transformed. She went from jaundice and under weight to thriving. Thank you for spreading the word to other Mom’s that are struggling with their own breastfeeding issues and offering a tool to help them find peace when it comes feeding their little one.

    • The recipe asks for 2 C cows milk but the instructions call for 2C filtered water. Is that a typo?

      • Nope, the recipe calls for both, 2 c of cows milk and 1 7/8 cup of filtered water. The water is used to dissolve the dry ingredients, and the milk is added under this step “Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender”

        • Hello Katie,

          I was searching your blog to see if you have any recommendations on safe breastmilk storage solutions for freezing. Do you have any suggestions?

          Any help would be appreciated as I am due in October (first time mom).

          THANK YOU!

          • I know that there are BPA free storage bags, but I always felt more comfortable using freezer safe glass jars.

        • What do you think about Holle Lebenswert stage 1 from Germany formula. I realize breast is best but if a mother can’t breast feed or find raw milk is this the next best ?

          • I would like to know as well.

          • I’m very concerned about the added vitamins. I think they are synthetic and folic acid (fake) is damaging to everyone especially if your baby is MTHfR … I contacted the company three times and have not heard anything.
            I am now looking at mt.capra (goat farm) where they produce powdered goats milk and have a recipe for baby formula. Google and it will come up. Wonderful website

          • I am a wellness papa, but we had our baby in Germany and learned about the level of regulations they have in place to make the purest organic baby formula. In regards to your concerns, I wish I had exact answers but I will say, when working with our doctor in Germany, we had many questions regarding the quality, and she expressed the seriousness of regulations that are put in place for the countries production of baby formula. It was even subsidized by their government! Can you imagine that level of care in the US? Anyway, we have been very happy with using the product while living there with our daughter who is now two. Anyway, that is my two cents of experience and we are feeling happy and confident.

  2. I thank the Lord for this baby formula recipe! At my daughters 4 month baby check up, the doctor said my baby was underweight and I need to supplement with formula. I just couldn’t produce more breast milk. I hated the idea of commercial formula, I felt like it was straight up poison. I did my research and through Radiant Life I found the Weston A. Price baby formula kit. She gained weight rapidly and I was so thankful. My daughter weaned herself from the breast and the bottle at 10 months and that stressed me out because she’s still a baby and she needs all that fat. But then I realized I can incorporate all those ingredients in the formula into her food. For example, FCLO and the gelatin goes into her bone broth I feed her daily and oils and other powders go into her solids. I’m just so thankful for this alternative baby formula and thank you Katie for posting the recipe to help out other stressed out mom’s who don’t want to go the commercial way.

  3. Thank you so much for writing this article! I have a 3.5 yr old boy and a 17 month old girl. My son has a tongue tie that I only just learned about 3 months ago, and though I nursed him until 2 nursing was uncomfortable, I felt like I never had enough milk, and he was hungry often. I had less than 15 nights of sleeping through the night in those 2 years! Now I understand it was a lip tie issue! My daughter was born with a big appetite and I was determined to have lots of milk so was so careful with my diet, used herbal teas, essential oils to support lactation, etc. Things were awesome for 2 weeks and then declined rapidly. It got to where I would pump for 5 minutes to get 1 tsp of milk and she was so fussy and hungry! I had pumped a ton in the 1st couple weeks and frozen all the milk so I used that as I could. I was so confused and angry with myself for doing something wrong, but didn’t know what! I had had huge supply at first but how did it trickle to nothing?! It was a Hard Hard couple months. We managed to pull through and keep her fed until at 4 months I started her on the liver formula and later the milk formula from the WPF. I used that as a supplement until she was nearly a year and eating more food. It felt like hanging on by a thread and holding my breath 24/7, but she did well and though is smaller than average is super healthy, happy, and smart as a whip. When she wasn’t drinking as much formula I gave her loads of bone broth, FCLO, etc. 3 months ago I learned about Lip Ties and Tongue Ties. I cried for a week – literally! It was so Painful to realize that the heartache of the year could have been prevented by that knowledge, yet indescribably freeing to know I WAS doing a good job and the best I could with what I had to work with!! We got her lip tie lasered 2 months ago, and she is nursing again strong at 17 months!!!!!! I am SO thankful we persevered so we could reach this point of experiencing a bit of what “it should have been”. I am still picking up the pieces emotionally, as the year and a half of EXTREME exhaustion brought me to a place of severe adrenal fatigue (the Adrenal Reset Book you promoted was an answered prayer!!) and deep depression this past winter, where, had it not been for my husband, my beautiful babies, and reassurance through scripture from my Savior, I probably would have taken my life. I know that sounds extreme, and I don’t mean to be graphic, but this is honestly where I got too, and I know I am not the only mom who has experienced this. I now tell every mom I meet about lip ties and tongue ties, and am SO THANKFUL for a formula supplement that I could be confident in in our time of need!! Sorry to be so long winded, but I just needed to share this! Thank you, Katie, for what you do!! God bless you, and your husband and children for supporting you in sharing information, and supporting so many thousands of people!

    • I felt like your heart pouring needed a response of some sort. I am not a mom yet but am hoping to be in a couple of years. I’m so thankful to those of you who have gone through those terrible struggles and are willing to put them out there for the rest of us to learn by. I don’t know if it makes you feel any better about your emotional distress, but you are reaching and teaching people about this issue of tongue ties and making a difference. I hope your next pregnancy will be smooth sailing and that you’ve recovered from the emotional trauma. Thank you for sharing!

    • Elise, I feel your pain I hAd terrible supply issues with my first and had to supplement. I had zero support and only lasted 9 months breastfeeding. I was working full time and couldn’t maintain the meager supply I had.
      Now I just had a baby in november and things went great for two weeks and suddenly she went from birth weight and dropped half a pound. I realized in early January that a supplement my midwife had given me to help with digestion had peppermint in it. I stopped taking it and my supply increased and she started gaining. Than the gaining started slowing down and a lactation consultant checked and indeed she has a lip and tongue tie.
      To make matters worse I hate breastfeeding. I hate that it interrupts everything that my 4 year old feels neglected. That nobody in my life understands this struggle and can’t see why I don’t just use formula. I even had a friend say this week that she thinks my supply is more important to me than my baby because I don’t just supplement. I am trying to do What is best for my little girl but feel like everything is set up against me. Thank God for prayer and encouragement from moms who have been there.

      • Heather, I am in exactly the same place. I also have a four year old and had a baby in Nov. I also hate breastfeeding and all the stress, effort and time I have to put into it. Just like yours my son feels neglected and takes it out on me but I won’t give up because with my son I got no support at all and eventually caved to all the pressure to supplement just before he turned four months. I knew nothing back then and just gave him standard baby formula along with breast milk. He now has eczema, a severe dietary nickel allergy and although usually a very sweet child can be so highly strung that he frequently resorts to violent aggressive behaviour. I have him on the GAPS diet and it is helping but he is in school and often gets things to eat from his school friends and other parents – it is so frustrating.
        I was more prepared this time around and started with herbal galactogogues which really helped. My daughter started fantastically and for the first two months put on weight at a fantastic rate but now that has tapered off completely and the nurse at the developmental clinic where I live wants me to supplement. I am not ready to give in yet but I’m so relieved that this time I have the knowledge and resources (thanks Katie!) to ensure that I don’t damage her gut and immune system the way my son’s were damaged. Don’t listen to anyone that tells you you are not putting your children first, it is so destructive.

  4. How do you deal with the high protein content in the home made formula recipes? I’ve always understood that this can cause major issues with a baby’s kidneys.

    • Do goats milk .Goat milk HAS THE SAME COMPOSITION AS HUMAN MILK. The only difference being the vit A and selenium. Sooooo all this is to tell your readers that you can supplement goats milk (clean practice/raw) for human milk. Supplementing the missing ingredients. When I was running my herd I had several moms who for one reason or another couldn’t BF.
      Their BABIES THRIVED!
      COWS MILK HAS SOMETHING LIKE 10+/- PROTEINS meant to be digested by a animal (calf) with 4 STOMACHS!! NOT SO WITH GOATS MILK. GM is identical to human milk.

      • Goat’s milk is still too high in protein according to the WaP home made formula. It’s nowhere near human milk!

        • My experience/research tells me differently. Human milk, cow and goat milk all contain alpha-lactoalbumin, but with slightly different structures. The protein difference is negligible .
          Cows milk is a protein problem the molecular structure makes it difficult for humans ie: infants that have not 4 stomachs ,….but just one little ,tiny, cute one. Goat milk, the molecular structure makes it digestible for ie: infants. If you look on different web sites the typical AMA warns against any variation from the breast /formula mandate. Or should I say FORMULA/ breast, in that order.( When I was researching this 30+ yrs ago there was no such ready info available. )

          Bottom line?? We all take responsibility for our own lives & our children that have been “gifted ” to us, and pray, trust that God leads. My experience has proven without a shadow of doubt (in my mind) that when there’s need, goat milk is the “go to “choice.
          blessings ladies,

          Per 8 ounces
          Goat Breast
          Calories 163.3 165.6
          Carbohydrates 17.5 17.5
          Fat 9 9.3
          Protein 4 3.3

          • Actually, Donkey Milk is the closest to human breast milk in composition, and is used in Europe in Pediatric units, and for babies allergic to cow dairy and soy.

            From Wikipedia

            “Donkey milk, along with mare’s milk, is the closest to breast milk,[3] with notably low lipid ratios and high lactose ratios.[4]

            Composition of donkey’s, mare’s, human and cow’s milk (g/100 g)[4]
            composition donkey mare human cow
            pH 7.0 – 7.2 7.18 7.0 – 7.5 6.6 – 6.8
            Protein g/100g 1.5 – 1.8 1.5 – 2.8 0.9 – 1.7 3.1 – 3.8
            Fat g/100g 0.3 – 1.8 0.5 – 2.0 3.5 – 4.0 3.5 – 3.9
            Lactose g/100g 5.8 – 7.4 5.8 – 7.0 6.3 – 7.0 4.4 – 4.9
            Total Solids (TS) g/100 g 8.8-11.7 9.3-11.6 11.7-12.9 12.5-13.0
            Casein Nitrogen (CN) g/100 g 0.64-1.03 0.94-1.2 0.32-0.42 2.46-2.80
            Whey protein g/100 g 0.49-0.80 0.74-0.91 0.68-0.83 0.55-0.70
            NPN g/100 g 0.18-0.41 0.17-0.35 0.26-0.32 0.1-0.19
            Casein Nitrogen (CN) % 47.28 50 26.06 77.23
            Whey protein % 36.96 38.79 53.52 17.54
            NPN % 15.76 11.21 20.42 5.23
            Donkey milk is similar to mare milk and human breast milk in that it is relatively poor in protein and fat but rich in lactose. The casein to whey protein ratio is intermediate between human breast milk and cow milk. Gross composition of milk differs by the mother’s lactation stage, with ash and protein content showing a declining trend, but pH, percentage of whey protein, and amino acid content remaining the same.[5]”

    • According to WAP, the high protein content is why both the cow and goat milk formulas have added water.

  5. Katie,
    Although I can not in any way relate to “not liking” Bfding I feel your anguish. When my first child was born 32 yrs ago Bfding was something that mostly Bohemian/hippies did. I was neither. But I took to it like a baby bird…it had to learn how to fly, but it came natural to me. And talk about CONVENIENT!!?? 7 children later I miss it.
    As a former goat farmer yrs ago (milk goats) I researched the properties of goats milk, as I had heard that they are exceptional. Well, by jove they are! In fact, goat milk HAS THE SAME COMPOSITION AS HUMAN MILK. The only difference being the vit A and selenium. Sooooo all this is to tell your readers that you can supplement goats milk (clean practice/raw) for human milk. Supplementing the missing ingredients. When I was running my herd I had several moms who for one reason or another couldn’t BF.
    Their BABIES THRIVED!
    COWS MILK HAS SOMETHING LIKE 10+/- PROTEINS meant to be digested by a animal (calf) with 4 STOMACHS!! NOT SO WITH GOATS MILK. GM is identical to human milk.

    Appreciate this topic being addressed. Great blog!

    • Cattle have one four-chambered stomach, as do goats. It’s not relevant to the amount of protein.
      I’ve actually heard the camel milk is the most similar to human milk. They have one three-chambered stomach. In each species, only one chamber is actually like a true stomach.

  6. If i had more than 1 kid i wouldnt be feedhappy either. Its ok just as long as you bind snd do give them ur milk because they will develop healthproblems if they dont get ur breastmilk.

  7. I have recently done a huge amount of research on this issue and I came to the exact same conclusions you have, which makes me happy! I have a 16 month old who is bf and we are adopting our second child very soon. I am planning on using the WaP recipe as my back up in case he can’t bf (or if I can’t handle tandem feeding!!).
    I would be very interested to hear your opinion on cows vs goats milk as the base of the recipe, do you think having a cows milk formula will be harder to digest and increase risk of allergies? My mother keeps telling me that but I have yet to find research that really answers the question to my satisfaction.

    Thanks for the great article!!

  8. So glad to see more support for this formula. My husband and I adopted our son at 2.5 days old and started him immediately on this formula. For his first 15 months he was on half breast milk from a very good friend and half this formula. He did great!!! Grew like a weed, so happy and content, excellent sleeper. Today he is 18 months and super healthy. Will use it again with the next one. It was such a blessing for families like us who adopt and need to use formula. The thought of giving him store bought formula would make me cry literally. So thankful!!

  9. Great news for many Moms! I wish it had been around when I needed it. It looks like many folks will benefit from this! Thanks!

  10. For most regions in Canada it is not easy to obtain unpasturized milk. I spent years searching before I could find a company that I could trust and who delivered to the city. I now spend half my time in Quebec City as well and am back to the drawing board on that subject. Luckily I breastfed and continue to breastfeed my 2 year old daughter but have many friends who didn’t have the right support or knowledge to do so. In fact in Quebec it is frowned upon to breastfeed past 6 months. Additionally, I have been asked for solutions for formula that can be purchased (lets face it, the average person is not going to do what you and I do making everything from scratch.) I call it the “convenience syndrome”. Although they know its best for their child to make it themselves from scratch, they feel they do not have time (or energy) to do it and prefer to buy something that is almost ok to give their children. I get it. Life is busy and everything has become “convenience” oriented (thus the microwave era- yuck). I have heard about Baby’s Only formula but it also contains Soy (and most likely non fermented). Any suggestions on anything preprepared that is available for moms?

    Thanks
    M

  11. I’m surprised that you didn’t mention Donkey Milk as the best substitute for Human Breast Milk. It’s the closest to human breast milk, and has incredible immunological benefits. In Europe it is used in pediatric hospitals for premature babies. It’s also being used for babies allergic to cow dairy and soy with great success. It only needs a fat added to it to make it the perfect breast milk substitute, since it’s lower in fat than human breast milk.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/health-13208989

  12. I used this recipe to top up since I had low supply. It worked super well for us and I noticed a difference in my baby. Commercial formula gave her little rashes and if I’m being honest made her poo smell terrible. What got me looking for another option was the low fat milk and corn syrup. No baby needs corn syrup…

  13. Actually, donkey milk is the closest to human breast milk, plus it has incredible immune benefits. In Europe it is used in pediatric units for premature babies. We used it with huge success to battle PANDAS, an autoimmune disease that attacks the brain. In china it is used for the elderly, and in Greece it was used for whooping cough until the 1970’s. It’s also been used for asthma.

  14. Hi Katie, I know you don’t want to give any medical advice, but I’m just wondering what you think of donor breast milk. For my first 2 kids I’ve gotten some from a facebook group in my area called Human Milk for Human Babies. It’s been hard because I don’t know the people. Just wondering what you think =)

    • I have not worked with them, but, as I mentioned in the article, I myself have donated milk to good friends who were unable to nurse their babies.

      • I have recently read that Lyme Disease can be passed from mother to infant via breast milk. Sadly, a lot of mothers don’t know they have Lyme disease. Not to scare you, but you might want to look into it further. Also, the most accurate Lyme test is not the one that most doctors recommend. I can’t remember now what it’s called…sorry! Please see my comment about donkey milk and it’s similarities to human breast milk, it’s only lacking in fat, but in Greece they are having success adding virgin olive oil to increase the fat content.

        • The donkey milk may be very close, but I think part of this post is to add to what moms CAN do. As it is, I have to locate a place to get raw milk, goat or cow so I can’t imagine how or where to get mare’s milk or donkey milk at all!

          I would more likely buy milk from a milk bank that try to track down donkey milk-but that is good information for sure!

          Thanks Katie for this article, I am training to be a Birth Boot Camp Instructor and I would like to have this information to pass along.
          I know that store bought formula is at least $20 so I am sure this would be much cheaper to make, even using 100% organic ingredients (Raw milk in my area is $8/gallon)

  15. It’s interesting to note other options when breastfeeding isn’t possible, but I don’t agree with this. I’m really sorry because it is helpful, but it’s helpful for women who are able to afford the ingredients. I was not able to breastfeed and it haunts me every day, but I am also low income. My daughter has 3 ties and absolutely despised nursing, while my autoimmune disorder made my milk dry up to drops within a month, because doctors refused to put me on higher levels of medication. I was not able to afford a LC, as every single one in my area, including the ones at my hospital, cost 200-300 dollars an hour. Of course, this is with insurance reimbursement, but what many LCs and breastfeeding mothers with middle to high incomes do not realize is that many women cannot afford to put out that much money at once.

    I work my ass off for my family, and I am able to afford the storebought formula. I can only imagine what life is like for mothers who work retail or in the service industry, who work long hours to make ends meet and face abject hatred and judgment from other mothers because they couldn’t nurse or pump. Rather than telling mothers they should make their own formula, when many cannot afford these ingredients, we should be encouraging people to stop judging each other. Your post was better than some, but still judgmental.

    In response to the previous commenter: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, etc can be spread through breastmilk as well. Also, trans fat levels can be transmitted to infants, same with pesticide levels in food and other nasty things. Breastfeeding was discouraged for years because of high infant mortality rates. We keep switching between what’s encouraged and what isn’t. Formula had its time, now it’s breastfeeding. I think what’s best is a mother’s love, no matter how you feed your babies for the first 1-4 years of their lives. I’ve seen many breastfeeding moms who shove their babies in strollers and carriers and never talk to them. I’ve also seen bottle feeders who buy bottle propping gear so they don’t have to take time to sit down with the kid they chose to have. I don’t understand any of it.

    However you choose to feed your baby: be kind to others. Teach your baby well. Teach them to love others, to be kind, to be honest and to have integrity. Teach them every day. Love them. Spend time with them. That is just as important, if not moreso, than what you feed them.

    I’m off my soapbox now.

    • I think this was more of a resource for those mothers that did not know they have an alternative to the $20 per can store-bought formula that is loaded with ingredients that most mothers on this blog would rather avoid. Many of us are learning (thanks to this blog and others) that what you put in your mouth now will have an effect on you 10, 20, 30 years later so we look for any and all alternatives we can. PLUS, many of us on this blog already have some of these ingredients on hand (gelatin, fermented cod liver oil, whey, nutritional yeast, cream)
      I did not see any judgement in this post at all, in fact it was positive for those mothers that cannot nurse and cannot afford to buy milk from a milk bank.
      I would think the ingredients would be cheaper than store bought, depending on your area. Maybe Katie could also do a cost breakdown because I do agree, that is important, but if it matters to pay more for better formula, some moms will pay whatever they can. My rough estimate would be this recipe costing around $11 to make…that seems pretty cheap to me.

      As a mom, you take all the advice you can and you do what you feel is best for your family

    • We are fortunate that we are able to live off my husband’s income so that I can stay home with our children, and while we are essentially “middle class” we don’t have a whole lot of luxuries. For various reasons, all of our babies have been largely formula fed; the first two with commercially available lactose-free formula. Our third daughter had *horrible* diarrhea from the formula, and her urine was so acidic she had an almost constant severe diaper rash that left her skin broken and raw. I knew that her issues were from the formula, and I also knew about a commercially available goat milk formula, but it was $54 a can! So I did some more research, remembering the WAPF recipe I had learned about in nutrition school. I just happened to have powdered goat milk and almost all the other ingredients on hand, so made her a batch. She was 6 weeks old then and is 18mobths now and we have never looked back. In response to your comment about the cost of the formula, we did the breakdown and figured that commercial formula cost *at least* $1 but typically $1.20 per 8oz bottle. The homemade version, even using crazy expensive powdered goat milk was $0.50 or less/bottle – I didn’t always have every single ingredient, but I did the very best I could. Once we switched, she never spat up again (unless I used actual fluid milk, which I believe the fat was causing her upset), her diarrhea and bum rashes were gone almost immediately, and today she is tall, strong, happy and healthy.

      I didn’t find this post to be judgemental at all; in fact, I think it was beautifully written. I still feel huge guilt and frustration over not being able to breastfeed, and I feel like Katie expressed understanding and support.

      • Dear Elena,
        Your post has brought so much comfort to me! I’m expecting our fourth and am praying and hoping I can bf. I wasn’t able to with my other three. However, I can’t afford raw milk all the time either and if possible I would like to stay away from commercial formula . The idea of using powdered goat’s milk is definitely something I am going to keep in mind! Do you think it would be okay for a newborn?
        Sincerely
        Steph

    • Hi there, I am sorry that you found this post judgemental, it wasn’t. Often when we find something judgemental and it wasn’t meant to me that is our own insecurities showing through. In addition, I too am on a very low income and said things like “I cant afford it”, what it comes down to is priorities. I also only consume raw, organic whole foods which is considered rather expensive to some. Once again the bottom line is priorities. Everytime I hear someone saying they can’t afford something I watch them turn around and buy a video system, get their nails or hair done, buy new this or that. You CAN afford it if you make it a priority.

  16. Hi Katie, I have a 2 year old who is still breastfeeding. 2 months after he was born I developed a breast infection and my milk supply decreased. I gave him European formula since I live in Austria but he barely drank. Fortunately my milk came back a month later and since the he has been nursing. He is not a great eater, he started off well eating solid food at 5months but a year later he mainly wanted breast milk. So far I constantly have to breastfeed him because he is hungry and doesn’t eat much. I started noticing a deficiency in vitamins and magnesium because he looks pale and is slim. I told myself to wean him and give him formula from now on because I think only breast milk on the long run is definitely not enough. I haven’t tried this recipe yet but I will for sure give it a try. Can you recommend any store bought organic formula by any chance?
    Your comment would be very much appreciated!

    • Honestly, all of the store-bought formula I have come across just not stack up to the nutritional content of homemade (at the very best, store-bought has minimal chemicals, but still is pretty low on bioavailable nutrients). If you are concerned about your little guy’s nutrition, I really recommend giving homemade a try.

  17. I fund your article to be full of grace and kindness toward all mamas that have struggled with nursing for various reasons!

    I am a mama of 12, earth side. I have had greatsuccess with nursing for well over half of my marriage!! We have been married for 25 years.
    I have had a several tongue tie babies and for the most part, as difficult as it was, we were able to push through by about a month old and finally nurse. Except for the last two sweet baby girls I have had.
    Abi was born within one hour from the vry first twinge of labor to the complete birth of the placenta!! INTENSE!! she came out and I lifted her up to my breast and she looked up at me with here sweet eyes with her mouth tightly shut and stone silent. at first, we thought maybe she could be slightly downs, and were considereing taking her in to be looked at for it. she never did open her mouth that day, or any day for months. it took three people to pry open her gums just enough to slide a frenchfive tube down her throat. she wasn’t downs, but upon closer inspection, she had one one the most severe posterior tongue tie any professional in the northwest had ever seen!! it effected the muscular structure of her entire jawline.

    normally, I don’t pump very well at all. we found a great LC, who worked with us and was very affordable. she came to our hoe daily to do excercises with our baby and just to encourage me as I was thrwn intopretty big depression. baby was clipped right away once we realized what was going on, and I spent hours daily doing skin on skin wither and trying to open her mouth enough to wrap the breast, allto no avail. I pumped for 13 months every two waking hours. It was a miracle, but my breastmilk supply increased like crazy!! I eventually was pumping enough to supply for her fully, plus twins as well as a singleton I donated to!! my huge freezer was always full!

    I shed so many tears those thirteen months. pumping wasdepressing and I typically cried through each session. but in the end, my baby got breastmilk exclusively for all that time. she at about 6 months was able to open mouth and we started training her with a bottle, but she didn’t have naturally swallowing abilities so the training was rough, having to massage her throat as she took a few drops at a time from the nipple of the bottle. I would let her snuggle with the breast, but she never even attempted to nurse as she nevr developed that reflex in her brain.

    today she is fiveyears old. taller than average withglorious corn silk hair. a preious soul who caneat almost anything given toher and swallow without any negative consequences. other than that her poor teeth are rotting out of her mouth( a common side effect of the tongue tie defect), she is a perfectly normal healthy girl!!

    my last little is Anna and she was tongue tied too. she nursed, but painfully so and had to nurse every ten minutes for the first ten months of her life just to satisfy her and give her what she needed. I pumped but for some reason, it didn’t go as well. there were manytears shed with her as well basically cause I was so tired from hauling her around and nursing almost constantly that I couldn’t see straight.

    we run a goat farm and we have found so manymamas desperate dealing with this very thing. I appreciate this article as it really helps mamas be equipped with many alternatives and resources that can be used in the effort of nourishing our little ones..

    we naturally desire to encourage breastmilk if we can as we also recognize the benefits and that very bad science that went into the idea that breastmilk was bad for babies back in the day.. this was also during the time it was advertised that 7 out of ten doctors recommend camel cigarettes as they were considered HEALTHY for you!!

    what ever a mama does for her baby to ensure nourishment, I hope you each do it with confidence and give yourself a hug!! youre doing an amazing work, ladies!!

  18. My 2 1/2 mo old had a tongue tie. Wasn’t until he was 6 weeks old that I realized it needed to be clipped, which we got done, but by then, my milk supply had diminished greatly (despite me taking all sorts of natural milk producers). I’m struggling to keep producing the little milk I can, but have to supplement. I recently found the WAP recipes. I have not been able to find “organic” liver where I live, can I use plain frozen liver as an acceptable substitute? Also, any recommendations on where to find raw milk? It’s not sold anywhere around here. Thnx!

  19. thanks for sharing~~~~

  20. My infant is not tolerant to whey. Is there anything that i can replace it or make it more digestable for her? Also if there is nothing i can replace it with is it ok for her to be without what the whey would provide? What is she missing in the whey? I am doing everything else as in the recipe.

    • I’d try emailing Radiant Life to see if they can offer help, as I’m not sure how leaving out the whey would affect the nutritional profile.

  21. What would you recommend in this situation: My son is turning 1 yo in a few weeks and I want to begin to nurse him only in the AM and PM. Basically, I’m going to stop pumping at work during the day! I’m not convinced that cow’s milk is the best thing for humans, but I’m not sure what to give him during the day when I’m not there. Goat milk? I’ve read that cow’s milk is necessary for babies once they turn 1 due to vitamin D and calcium. Are there other things that I could give my son with those nutrients instead of cow’s milk? One blog said making tea with nettles in it had more calcium than milk…not sure if that’s true or not. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks! I love following your blog!!

    • I’ve given raw milk, coconut milk and bone broth as substitutes.

  22. I feel so bad for everyone who had tongue tie issues. Both of my girls had tongue ties. The first was diagnosed by a lactation consultant and fixed at 2 months. And, by the way, her pediatrician kept telling me there was nothing wrong even after she was diagnosed. When my second was born I knew right away and had hers fixed on day 6. I am a pediatric RN with a strong base in breast feeding education and it really upsets me that more pediatricians don’t diagnose this problem in breast fed babies.

    On another note. I am expecting my 3rd and can’t wait to breastfeed again. I love it!

    • I saw a lactation consultant on my 3rd day at the hospital. (I took a breastfeeding class prior to my delivery and although it was informative, nothing prepared me for this) so by the time the consultant arrived, I was sleep deprived and my baby was fussy, hungry and losing weight. When she did enter the room, she stayed behind the tray that the nurses out the food on. Yup she stayed behind that tray, asked me what was wrong, I said she’s fussy I don’t think she’s eating and maybe I’m not producing enough, so she then reached over the tray, squeezed my nipple and said yes you are, now put your baby on, so I did and that was that. She spent maybe 10 minutes with me. I was so tired and stressed I didn’t even have the energy to be upset at that time or stop her to ask her questions and the baby didn’t stay latched for long after she left. The next night my milk came in on one breast, hurt really bad, and I just got so emotional I cried in the bathroom until my husband came to get me out. ( I also had to have a csection because she was breeched) so I was super stressed. By the time we got home I kept trying to breastfeed, I would have the hardest time getting her to latch and stay on. I thought she was doing better but she wasn’t. My nipples were so sore I cried when she woke up to eat because I was dreding the pain. I was bleeding and super cracked and in pain, but mostly emotional. I finally paid 150 dollars to see a kactation consultant at a local pump station, and there she showed me my babies tounge tie. Had I known from day one I would have had it clipped and maybe then my milk supply would have decreased. Anyway long story short I used a nipple shield, she got used to it and didn’t want to latch without, milk supply kept decreasing, pumped to keep milk supply (low but it was something) I literally pumped to give her whatever I pumped that moment. I never made enough to store in the freezer. Finally had to supplement.
      I did research the homemade formula, but I was intimidated to make it. First of all I kinda suck at cooking and baking, I couldn’t risk messing up her formula. So I chose what I think is the best out of the worst formulas.
      Baby’s only.
      I would love feedback from anyone who has reviews on this formula. Also wellness mama if you could do a video ( because I learn from visuals) on how to make this formula, maybe I can encourage myself to do it!
      Thanks!

      • Hi Cristy,

        I saw your post as I’m researching how to make the formula as well. I found a video on WAP website that shows how to make: https://vimeo.com/85767522

        Hope that helps!

  23. I’m just about to give birth, and breast feeding is definitely what I plan to do. However, I don’t know if I’ll be able to or not? I’d like to have a back up plan. The formula calls for raw cows milk, but it’s illegal to buy in Canada. Is there another option? WholeFoods now carries grass-fed milk, could I use that instead?

  24. Hello, I was wondering where can I find all the ingredients to make this formula? I am currently nursing and my milk supply is dropping and i’m afraid that I will have to go to formula and I don’t want to do that. It would be great if I could make a formula that is alot safer for my baby. Thank you.

  25. Our daughter was born at 27 weeks and spent 9 weeks in the NICU. She is a great nurser and she was nursing at 33 week. But we do have to fortify 10-15mls with Enfacare and one ml of corn oil.

    I know this is only temporary but was looking for some healthier alternatives. I was wondering about coconut oil?

  26. I wasn’t able to exclusively breastfeed my baby from day 1 so I struggled with the whole formula thing. After running after information on the subject I got the homemade formula kit but my husband, after he saw that it needed raw milk, decided we should not go that route. I was devastated but kept seeking solutions. We ended up having to get HA formula and I found that Germany has a brand called Hipp that had HA in their line of formulas. We’ve been using Hipp ever since which is an organic formula that uses lactose and doesn’t have the myrad of crazy ingredients in American formula (including organic formulas). We buy it from someone in the US and for a good price.
    On that note, I want to thank you Katie for all your hard work. I really appreciate all of the information you post and it has made my job so much easier, as we strive, as a famy to live clean, toxic and plastic free lives as best we can. Congrats and God bless you and your family. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy. Xoxo

  27. Hello Katie,
    I live in St. Catharines, ON Canada where raw milk is not legal although people find ways of getting around this. Unfortunately, the closest milk we could find through our Weston A Price chapter is a couple hours away which is not ideal for transporting milk safety or with our schedules. What would be the next best alternative for milk for this recipe? The best we have found is glass bottled, whole, un-homoginized, pasture fed cows and the company says they pasteurize to as low a temperature as they can get away with. This is what we drink. There is another company very similar (who also sell goats milk) however they don’t advertise low pasteurization. This is as close as we can get. Would this be acceptable? Thanks for your help!
    Take care.

    • I’d say just go with the best you have! I chose not to go with raw milk, but I stil went with organic whole milk. (I feel like the organic & the full-fat aspects of it are the most important, but that’s just me personally.) If you can’t get the raw whole milk, just go to the next best thing. After all, isn’t the ultimate best thing breastmilk anyway? We’re all just doing the next best thing anyway. 🙂

  28. Any experience (self/friends) canning or freezing this recipe? Maybe this has already been addressed, if so please forgive my oversight! Thanks!

  29. I have a question for you! We are adopting a baby in a couple weeks, and despite pumping and taking supplements, I haven’t been able to successfully induce lactation beyond literally a few drops. I’ve ordered a case of high-quality organic formula from Europe that doesn’t have all of the nasty stuff in U.S. formulas, but want to try homemade formula, also. Here is my question: in our area, the closest dairy farm that sells raw milk is about a 45 minute drive from me (we live in a state that has become very obnoxious in trying to regulate the sale of raw dairy!), but there is a farm close to us that has raw goat’s milk from Nubian goats. They are pasture fed on non-GMO alfalfa and oat hay, with no hormones or antibiotics. Do you think this would be okay to substitute for the raw cow’s milk recommended in this formula recipe? I’ve also checked into donkey milk and there is none to be found around here.

    • Raw goat’s milk is great! It’s much easier to digest than cow’s milk…I raised 2 adopted-at-birth babies on the WAP formula- we used raw goat’s milk for the first year and then raw cow’s milk after that . They thrived and are super smart and healthy! 🙂 I definitely recommend this formula!

  30. I have always had trouble producing enough milk for my babies, even when drinking the Mother’s Milk tea and taking brewers yeast all day long. I have had to supplement with bottles sometimes. I made a similar version of this formula for them, but used goat milk instead of cow. Cow milk has casein, which is difficult for babies (especially very young ones) to digest. My babies always would have violent vomiting if I gave them cow’s milk regularly. I am lucky to be able to buy locally sourced organic, raw goat milk from my grocery stores.

  31. Help! I’m anxious to begin using this but I’ve made it twice now in the last 12 hours and hours later it’s the consistency of thick gravy! What am I doing wrong?!

  32. Can someone please recommend raw goats milk or cows milk in Houston, TX? I realise you must be super cautious when buying raw milk. HELP!!!

    • Gramen Farm! You can visit the farm in the Tomball area for true raw milk or they have a pop up shop in the Galleria area that offers milk that is only heated to the minimum temp required to be able to sell in a store.

    • Gramen Farm – their farm is around the Tomball area if you want true raw milk. If you’re okay with it just being heated to the minimum required temp for them to be able to sell it away from the farm, they have a pop-up shop in the Galleria area.

  33. Could I just use organic cow’s milk instead of raw milk? I read some things about it not being safe.

  34. Hi Katie, so I’m still nursing my daughter (11 months) but trying to wean her down and supplement with something else. I gave her goats milk, which she has taken fine so far, but the smell reminds me of lamb and for some reason beyond my realm of knowledge, that sets off my gag reflex. I did store bought coconut milk for my son but I really don’t like the ingredients. I make my own coconut milk but I don’t see the nutritional value in that for my daughter at her age. Do you add anything to yours? I’m a little nervous too about doing cow or goat milk because my family doesn’t tolerate lactose well. What do you think is best from the age of 1-2?

  35. Dear Katie (Wellness Mama),

    I just purchased all of the non-perishable items from Radiant Life, and I am super excited to start this recipe with my baby.

    I had a question regarding “taurine” content in this. I’ve heard from some sources that infants absolutely need taurine for development, and so I was just wondering about this.

    Thanks!
    – Mariah

  36. Hi!
    My name is Anneli, and I live in Sweden where I also was born.
    Here’s my question: Is it possible to make baby formula with only vegetarian ingredients? Or even vegan?
    Thanks!

    • I have never seen a vegan option that has adequate nutrition, and even a vegetarian option without the Omega-3s from fish oil or the iron from liver would lack important nutrients.

      • Ok! Thanks for your answer!

  37. Ok so my little one is 9 months old and we are running out of stored breast milk. He still nurses fine when I’m at home (I think), but eats more than I can pump while I’m at work. Do you think tongue-tie could be affecting him? Or when is correct time to start adding raw milk to diet as supplement? I don’t wanna do formula but solids are not satisfying either. I thought i had pumped a lot of milk but apparently not. Initially he had acid reflux and fell asleep at breast and has started waking up at night when he was once sleeping all night. If that was tongue tie, I had 2 pediatricians miss it. Any ideas??

  38. This comment is in response to this statement from the article,”I’ve also seen babies who were unable to nurse for one reason or another.”
    I am a first time mom who has experienced not being able to breastfeed due to my child’s inability to form a suction. I have continued to pump, in hopes that one day he would be able to breastfeed and I knew the importance of breast milk for his health. At about 4 1/2 months someone suggested he see an Osteopathic Dr and for him to receive Osteopathic Manual Treatment (OMT) which would help him be able to breastfeed. At the first visit the Dr. said that his whole right side of his body, from the neck down, was kinked and putting pressure on his nerves, not allowing his tongue to function properly. He stated that it is common for babies to get kinked during labor and birth. Now my son is 6 months old and after two treatments he is able to breastfeed, keep a paci in his mouth and stick his tongue out! I’m grateful that he is able to breastfeed and that he has full function of his tongue, which will be important for the development of speech. I wish I would have known about this treatment right away and hope to spread the word for mothers that want to breastfeed but the baby isn’t able to form a latch.

  39. Is this recipe ok to make in a big batch and if so can u freeze in 5oz breast milk bags

    • I’m not sure as I’ve never tried, but it will be best for baby if made fresh…

      • How long is the batch (36oz) good for? I know some commercial liquid formulas are only good for 48 hours in the fridge – just curious how this compares.

  40. My little 4 month old loves this recipe… He had a ruff start in this world but I pumped everyday for him knowing the importance of the breast milk for his health and still pump to this day for him but he needed more weight and my milk wasent coming as often and enough for him as I am solely pumping. So we added this milk based formula in to his daily feeding and wow… He gobbles it up. Never spits up or gets gassy. Burps every 2-3 ounces. It’s smells nice yet it super gooey in the milk glass bottles as there is tons of good oils and fats in this. I feel so good feeding my little one both breast milk and this milk based formula. He is enjoying it to. I think I’m going to incorporate the bone broth one as well. Not only will he enjoy three different tastes but all meals are packed with vitamins , nutrients, and natural compounds. Thank you for posting!!!

  41. Hi, Katie! What is your opinion of using organic coconut milk in place of raw cow’s milk? I have found that when my babies are young, they can’t tolerate cow’s milk and raw goat’s milk costs $8.00 per quart in my area. Very pricey for me and I don’t want to use the powdered or canned goat milk.

    • I have used it for several of my children in the past…

      • Thanks. Any nutritional adjustments I should make if using the coconut milk?

  42. Katie, Since the doctors are saying no raw milk of any kind we are going with the Liver-Base. Who can be contacted to find out if instead of making live broth if some amount of a opened capsule of Vital Proteins Beef Liver can be used as a substitute? Who would know if those caps opened will be the nutrients the twins need and if they are safe for infants, please? Maybe you know or you could find out or tell me who to contact, please? Or maybe you know of other healthy substitutes? Thank you so very much for your help. We pray there will be breast-milk enough, but if not intending on being prepared. Thank you for your help!

  43. I absolutely love this recipe and have been using it for a little over a month now so thank you!! My chiropractor and naturopath recommended your site!

    So here is my big question …
    We are traveling out of state and TSA is crazy strict. Any recommendations on how to travel with the refrigerated items/nutrients? I make my own kefir and then whey too so was going to freeze the kefir since I know my kefir culture won’t live through travel ..
    And then there is my 1 days worth of formula I’d like to bottle and take for trip to feed my baby for the long air and car travel. I’m pretty sure the formula will pass TSA fine but has anyone traveled with the cold nutrients to make the formula?
    I even found a cow to get raw milk from while we are on our trip as the company of get my raw milk from can’t send to another state.

    Thank you so much for your help and your blog!!!

  44. Yes, I have gone through TSA with the formula in a small softsided cooler with icepacks-already mixed (minus the water) and also with all ingredients mixed (except the milk AND water.) I added them later when I arrived at my destination…I just traveled on the plane with a couple of premade bottles…wonderful formula!! My 2 adopted-at-birth babies did super well on the formula! I highly recommend it!

  45. Hi! You mentioned adding liver to the goats milk but do not say how to do it or how much? I am literally picturing tossing a boiled liver into the blender and adding the paste to the formula. What does ‘add liver’ mean?

    • There are liver powders available at the link in the post.

  46. Hi Katie,

    I was just wondering your opinion on my situation. I have exclusively breastfed my 10 month old son, but am struggling with low supply. He was premature by about 4 weeks. I know I won’t be able to nurse him much longer due to these supply issues. I was considering making this homemade formula. My question is do you think it necessary to go to formula after I “run out” or do you think I could just switch him to straight raw cow milk?

    • That’s tough. I’d definitely check with a doc, but I have friends who have transitioned kids to just milk at that age, or added probiotics and some extra vitamins for a while.

  47. Hi

    Hoping you could potentially shead some light

    My nephew has been having trouble since birth with feeding. We have changed the formula to an organic goats milk which has helped.

    He still is having trouble and I believe that his body does not want any animal proteins.

    Would your non dairy recipe be suitable ?

  48. Can I use camu powder in place of acerola powder?

    • I am wondering the same thing. I haven’t come across anything that says no, there are some recipes that use camu camu powder.

  49. Hi, I was wondering how long the homemade whey would be good for in the fridge since it makes 5 Cups but the recipe only needs 1/4 cup. Thanks!

  50. Is it normal for this formula to get thick and chunky once it gets cold in the refrigerator? Also how long does it last in the fridge?

  51. I have a pumping/storage question and was trying to find which of posts would be most related to ask my question. Once you are no longer able to nurse exclusively, which pump did you use? Also, what did you store your milk in while refrigerating and freezing? I see a lot of bags that don’t look too appealing. I have purchased glass bottles for feedings in the future, but what do you do about storage?
    Thank you in advance for your help! I’ve been enjoying all of your posts 🙂

    • I didn’t pump often, but I had a Medela Freestyle and used 4 ounce glass mason jars to freeze and store milk.

  52. Can I just not use the liquid whey? I am nervous about making it. Second, can it be raw goat milk whey?

  53. Can you tell me about storage? How long can it stay in the fridge. How long in a bottle (if we take it with us on an outing)? Etc. Thank you!

  54. Please let me know long this recipe lasts once made. How long in the fridge? How long if taken on an outing?
    Thank you