Baby Formula Video by Sarah Pope

Sarah Pope, local chapter leader for Tampa, Florida, has created several videos to help illustrate WAPF principles.

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TRANSCRIPT: OPENING SEGMENT

Hi Everyone, my name is Sarah Pope and you may know me from my blog TheHealthyHomeEconomist. I am also a Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation.

In this video today, I’m going to talk to you about feeding your baby, one of the most important decisions a parent can ever make.

There is no doubt that breastmilk from a well nourished Mother is the best option for your baby. In the situation where this is not a possibility, a homemade baby formula is the next best alternative.

Commercial baby formula is not preferable to a homemade formula. Even the organic formulas are highly processed concoctions of rancid vegetable oils and denatured proteins.

Breastmilk from a donor Milk Bank is also not recommended as the breastmilk from these sources is pasteurized in most cases and the diet of the donor mothers is unknown.

The best way to prepare your homemade baby formula is with whole, raw milk from old fashioned cows grazing on unsprayed pastures.

Goat milk, while rich in fat, is not preferable to cows milk because it lacks folic acid and is very low in Vitamin B12. Both of these nutrients are essential to baby’s growth and development.

Don’t be concerned that making this homemade formula will be expensive. On average, organic brands of commercial formula are 50% more expensive per ounce than the homemade raw milk formula.

I’m now going to take you into my own kitchen and show you how to make the homemade formula for your own child.

I’m also going to show you how to make a hypoallergenic meat based formula in the event your baby has a true milk allergy.

IN THE KITCHEN – MILK BASED FORMULA

The first recipe I’m going to demonstrate for you is the homemade milk based formula using whole raw milk from grassfed cows. To obtain whole raw milk locally, contact your nearest Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter Leader or visit realmilk.com.

http://westonaprice.org/find-a-local-chapter
http://www.realmilk.com/

The formula should ideally be made every couple of days but it also freezes well in order to keep some on hand for emergencies. If your baby is consuming only the formula, it is best to make it fresh every day.

As you can see, I’ve laid out all the ingredients you will need to make this formula yourself.

It may look a little overwhelming at first as there are 14 different ingredients, but after you’ve made the formula yourself a few times, you will quickly see how easy it is to make over and over again.

Once you become comfortable with your routine, it will take you about 10 minutes to mix up a batch of the formula.

The best place to obtain these ingredients is from RadiantLifeCatalog.com http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/

You can also find recommendations for high quality brands in the Weston A. Price Foundation Shopping Guide. http://tinyurl.com/3u39dp7

The amount of formula I’m going to show you how to make is 36 ounces. Feel free to make larger batches at one time and freeze for convenient use, but is is best to make the formula every day or two.

The first step is to take 2 cups of filtered water and remove 2 tablespoons which will give you 1 ⅞ cups of water. Pour about half the water into a pan and turn on the heat to medium.

Next, add 2 teaspoons of gelatin and 4 Tablespoons lactose to the warming water and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
Gelatin improves the digestibility of the formula and lactose, also called milk sugar, is added as breastmilk is richer in lactose than cow’s milk. Lactose is critical for development of the baby’s nervous system.

While the gelatin and lactose are dissolving, place 2 cups of raw whole milk in a clean, glass blender and add the remaining ingredients:

¼ cup liquid whey is added to the formula because Mother’s milk is richer in whey than cow’s milk.

Whey must be homemade and can be obtained by straining the clear liquid from plain yogurt or kefir through a dishtowel into a bowl. Do not use powdered whey from the store as whey is very fragile and cannot be dried or powdered.

Also, do not use cheese whey as it will curdle the formula. Written instructions on how to make whey can be obtained on the Weston A. Price website and from Nourishing Traditions cookbook.

http://westonaprice.org/childrens-health/319-recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula

Next, add 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream, preferably not ultrapasteurized. Cream provides added cholesterol which is of great importance to the development of the brain and nervous system.

Cream is also a good source of a special fat called arachidonic acid, another nutrient necessary for brain function as well as the integrity and function of the digestive tract.

In addition, cream helps stabilize your baby’s blood sugar so that he or she can go longer between feedings. It will also reduce fussiness.

Next, add ¼ teaspoon acerola powder. Mother’s milk is higher in vitamin C than cow’s milk, so we need to add a natural form of vitamin C.

¼ teaspoon of bifidobacterium infantis is also added as this is a probiotic, that is, friendly bacteria, found in a baby’s digestive tract.

We will also add 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes. The Frontier brand is recommended as it is low temperature dried and does not contain additives.

Next, I will add several different types of oils to mimic the fatty acid profile of Mother’s milk.

½ teaspoon of high vitamin, fermented cod liver oil is best but you can also use 1 full teaspoon of regular cod liver oil. For information on cod liver oil visit the Weston A. Price Foundation website

http://westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/238-cod-liver-oil-basics

1 teaspoon expeller pressed sunflower oil and extra virgin olive oil are then added. I will then remove the pan from the heat and pour in the remaining half of the water to cool.

Next, add 2 teaspoons coconut oil and ¼ teaspoon of high vitamin butter oil to the water to melt.

The butter oil is an optional ingredient but highly recommended.

Once the coconut oil and butter oil have melted in the warm water, add the water mixture to the blender ingredients and blend for about 3 seconds.

Pour the blended ingredients into glass jars or glass bottles and refrigerate.

If your child has an allergy to one or more of the oils in this formula, feel free to leave them out. Some mothers find that their babies do better if they leave out the gelatin and/or the nutritional yeast. Also, if your child has constipation issues, try substituting the raw whole milk with raw milk kefir or raw milk yogurt instead.

WARMING THE BABY BOTTLE

To prepare your baby’s bottle with the homemade formula, warm each glass bottle by placing in a pan of hot water.
Another good option is to use a baby bottle warmer.

Under no circumstances should baby bottles be microwaved as this will destroy much of the nutrition and enzymes in the homemade formula and has the potential to form hot pockets in the liquid that could burn your baby’s throat.

IN THE KITCHEN – HYPOALLERGENIC, MEAT BASED FORMULA

The second recipe I am going to demonstrate for you is how to make a hypoallergenic meat based formula.

This formula should be used if your child has a milk allergy. This formula is a much better alternative to the soy based formulas on the market, which have the potential to disrupt your baby’s delicate hormonal development, cause digestive disorders and suppress thyroid function.

As before, this recipe makes 36 ounces of formula.

Start by chopping 2 ounces of organic beef or chicken liver into small pieces.

Simmer the liver pieces gently in 3 ¾ cups of homemade chicken or beef broth until it is cooked through. Liquify the liver in the broth using a handheld blender or a food processor.

Once the liver broth has cooled, add the remaining ingredients:

5 tablespoons of lactose are added as Mother’s Milk is very rich in lactose and lactose is critical to the development of the nervous system. If your child has an allergy to lactose, substitute glucose or organic sucrose instead.

¼ cup liquid whey is then added to the formula.

Whey must be homemade and can be obtained by straining the clear liquid from plain yogurt or kefir through a dishtowel into a bowl. Do not use powdered whey from the store as whey is very fragile and cannot be dried or powdered.

Do not use cheese whey as it will curdle the formula. Written instructions on how to make whey can be obtained on the Weston A. Price website and from Nourishing Traditions cookbook.

Leave out the whey if your child shows signs of intolerance.

Next, ¼ teaspoon of bifidobacterium infantis is also added as this is a probiotic found in a baby’s digestive tract.

Next, add ¼ teaspoon acerola powder which is a natural form of Vitamin C.

The following oils are then added to mimic the fatty acid profile of Mother’s milk:

1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, and 1 teaspoon expeller pressed sunflower oil.

Finally, ½ teaspoon high vitamin, fermented cod liver oil or 1 teaspoon of regular cod liver oil is added. Blend on low for a few seconds to mix well.

Pour the formula into clean, glass jars or baby bottles and store in the refrigerator.

As shown before, warm your baby’s glass bottle in a pan of hot water or with a baby bottle warmer. Never use the microwave.

ENDING SEGMENT

I hope you’ve found this video lesson informative and inspirational and you want to make it for your own baby right away.

As a stopgap until you gather all the ingredients for the homemade baby formula together, you can make a fortified commercial formula using the Baby’s Only Organic Dairy Formula brand.

Take 1 cup of the formula and blend together with 29 ounces of filtered water, one large egg yolk from a pastured egg that has been boiled for 3 ½ minutes, and ½ teaspoon of high vitamin, fermented cod liver oil.

For further information and testimonials about how the homemade baby formula has worked for other mothers, contact the Weston A. Price Foundation and order the Healthy Baby Issue of Wise Traditions magazine.

The Weston A. Price website also features the written recipes for the homemade baby formula and provides a wealth of information on how to nourish your growing child.

http://westonaprice.org/childrens-health/319-recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula

Also of Interest:

Sarah Couture Pope is a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate in Economics from Furman University and holds a Master's degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for over ten years in the field of Information Technology where she designed and managed the implementation of financial systems for both government and corporate clients. She is currently raising three young children with her husband and has been the WAPF Chapter Leader of Tampa, FL since 2002.

50 Responses to Baby Formula Video by Sarah Pope

  1. Todd says:

    I do not see in the written instructions what to do with the other half of the water

    Thanks

  2. Frances Levita says:

    Would it be possible to get the recipe in traditional recipe format (list ingredients, list directions)? It would be much easier to make a grocery list and follow the directions. Thank you in advance.

  3. Natalie Wise says:

    I agree with Frances – It would be so much easier to have this written out in a traditional recipe form. Can this be made available? Thank you and I’m so excited to start my son on a healthy homemade formula.

  4. Sarah says:

    They used to have the recipes all printed out on the site and for some reason they’re gone now. They just took them down a few weeks ago. We have our recipe memorized but it’s still nice to look at it once in a while.

  5. Frances Levita says:

    I found it on another site.

    Ingredients:
    •2 cups whole raw grass-fed cow’s milk
    •1/4 cup homemade liquid whey made from yoghurt, kefir or separated raw milk
    •4 tablespoons lactose
    •1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis (find it here)
    •2 or more tablespoons good quality cream
    •1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin fermented 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 Great Lakes gelatin (find it here)
    •1-7/8 cups filtered water
    •1/4 teaspoon acerola powder

    Instructions:
    1.Fill a glass measuring cup and to the 2-cup mark and remove 2 tablespoons. This leaves you with 1-7/8 cups water.
    2.Pour about half of the water into a pan and heat on medium. Add the gelatin and lactose to the pan, stirring occasionally until they are dissolved.
    3.Remove the pan from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
    4.Stir in the coconut oil and high-vitamin butter oil and stir until melted.
    5.Place the milk, whey, bifidobacterium infants, fermented cod liver oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, nutritional yeast, acerola powder, and water mixture into the blender.
    6.Blend about three seconds then add cream and lightly pulse to combine.
    7.Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.
    8.Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.

    Makes 36 ounces.

  6. Katie says:

    A meat based formula, that sounds sketchy, Formula companies have the resources to make milk-based hypoallergernic formula, which is much better for babies.

  7. ozgur says:

    Thank you for natural formulas. I want to ask if we use yogurt, how much it must be instead of raw milk?

  8. ozgur says:

    :) And also how much will she take of this formula throught out a day, if she is 7 months old?
    Thank you :)

    • Tim Boyd says:

      (Reply from Liz)
      3- 6 8oz bottles – babies are very variable in terms of how much they take.
      they tend to self-regulate beautifully

  9. Derrick says:

    After warming the bottle, how long is that bottle good for? I know rule of thumb from formula is 1 hr after heating. Curious if that applies to homemade formula.

  10. Erika says:

    Hi, I have a huge problem… My husband and I are leaving on a trip and leaving my baby in my mother’s care. He is exclusively breastfed and I have a frozen surplus of breastmilk for him. However, we have recently discovered that all the frozen milk has somehow spoiled. We aren’t sure how that happened, but I am in a real jam and ordered the kit from Radiant Life to make homemade formula in my absence for the baby. However, I am unable to obtain raw whole cow’s milk before I leave. It is very difficult to get where I live, and upon contacting all my local resources I don’t think I’ll be able to get it in time. Is it possible to use just whole organic milk? Like what I could find at Whole Foods? This is a temporary solution for the baby, as he will go back to being breastfed when I return… So 3 days of formula alternating with what breastmilk I have remaining. Anyone? Thank you!!!!!!!!

    • Gina says:

      Are your sure your bm has spoiled? It could just be high lipase. Does it taste soapy or foul? Soapy is high lipase. Check out human milk for human babies or eats on feets to see if you can find donor milk. Another option is to take baby with you on your trip.

    • Lauren says:

      Give your baby normal powdered formula for a few days! This will not harm your baby, and in fact it could be much healthier and less stressful for you to not be so uptight about how you feed your baby. Especially since you will be back to breastfeeding when you return! No big deal, and definitely not a huge problem.

  11. Natalie says:

    Hello us the milk based formula good for my 2 month old twins ? Are they supposed to have milk at that age?

  12. Courtney says:

    What is the nutritional yeast for? I have ordered it but it is on back order and I’m worried. My baby is almost due and want to know if I should make the formula without it?

  13. Jess says:

    I have been making this for 3 days now and I have noticed that the yeast does not dissolve.. is this normal or am I missing something? I was feeding my baby and noticed all this yeast clinging to the sides of his bottle.. quite a lot of it actually. So I looked in the jars in my fridge and the bottom of them was covered.. like its separating from everything else. anyone else have this problem or am I just missing a step?? I blend everything together… but its as if none of the powders are dissolving..

  14. Courtney says:

    I was wondering what is the reason the cream can’t be ultra-pasteurized?? Does anyone know? I’m having trouble finding cream that isn’t.

  15. Courtney says:

    Also is this safe for newborns?

  16. Rachel says:

    Hi I am having great trouble obtaining the raw cows milk as its not available in Australia! Can I use organic 100% coconut milk instead as it has great nutritional value! If so how much? My baby is 7 weeks old and I was unable to produce enough breast milk even when expressing at the same time and my baby’s weight dropped too much so I was pushed to use bottle unfortunately! So I need some help in choosing the right ingredients for her. Also is it ok to change her diet a few times if this doesn’t work?

    Thank you!

  17. Mary says:

    Hi all!

    I have some questions about both formulas in the video.

    I learned that cows milk and any type of meat is better to wait until the baby is more than 9 months (is preferable to wait until the baby reaches 1 year). So if I’m unable to feed my baby with breast milk, what would you suggest then? (My baby is 1 month).

    I learned that eggs are better to wait until the baby reaches 1 year as they are hypoallergenic. So what other options you have if I don’t want to use the mentioned products for a baby less than 6 months?

    Thank you.

    Mary.

    • Melissa says:

      Actually, in a healthy baby both egg yolks an milk are very healthy options. Healthy babies are well equipped with all the enzymes to digest these proteins and fats. These recipes were formulated by doctors, and scientists. My own son was raised on the meat formula, as well as egg yolks, and raw cows milk from 6 months on, and he is very healthy and strong. So again, if a baby is healthy these foods will do nothing but good.

  18. Beth says:

    My 10 month old is on the milk based formula for the last month, and is pooping 5-6 times a day (very soft). Is this normal when using homemade formula? Are there any ingredients I should try leaving out?

    • Kelli says:

      I am experiencing the same thing with my almost 10 month old. Has this resolved itself or have you found any additional information? My child is very happy with no other skin issues that would indicate an allergy. My 3 year and I drink the same milk without any issues, so I know the milk is fine.

      • Melissa says:

        This is likely a cleansing response caused by the addition of the probiotic to the formula. It is a good thing, it is strengthening and enhancing their intestinal flora. The same thing happens with older people when they suddenly add a probiotic to their diets. It should pass in a week or less.

  19. Alli says:

    I am unable to obtain raw cows milk…lots of restrictive dairy laws in my state. The next best thing that I can find is organic non-homogenized, low-temp pasteurized whole milk from pastured cows. Will this work instead?

  20. concerned parent says:

    my infant got sick from this formula. be very careful when preparing and monitor baby for fever and diarrhea to catch campylobacter infection quickly so can be treated.

  21. jesse says:

    I’m not a fan of formula at all. To be clear. But I’m concerned about the accountability and validation of the information in this blog post. Formula at least has a track record of being used and showing to be marginally less healthy than real breast milk (as crazy as that sounds). I know they haven’t studied every possible effect, but then again I’m guessing that WAP doesn’t have _any_ long term studies to show that this homemade formula is sufficient. If so, can you please post them? I almost hate to post this because my gut feeling is that we could do better than store bought formula at home, but I think the lack of validation is a real concern. Even in these blog comments we’ve seen two people have issues (abundance of soft stool and contamination).

    • Melissa says:

      I confess, I find this response frustrating. It is a really big deal when a child gets sick, however, you should not condemn a program over a few incidents of illness, especially when some of these cases are not illness. If we did that there would be no medicine period. Re the soft stool in the older children, anytime a probiotic is added into a person’s diet, child or adult, it has the potential of causing soft stool. It is a cleansing effect, and is a good thing. Re campylobacter in the infant, it is very sad. My own son contracted it from our chickens — birds are known to be common carriers of this illness. Instead of saying that no one should use these formulas, we should instead say, make sure you use good hygiene while making these foods. After all, there is not one thing in this world that has never cause illness in at least one person. Campylobacter is primarily transmitted through birds, and poor sanitation when handling battery raised meats. We should all take heed, and keep a clean food handling area.

    • Melissa says:

      Also, when using store bought formula, one should consider how many recalls due to contamination there have been there. Children have gotten sick and died from powdered store formula.

  22. neisha says:

    Hi,

    I am making the goat formula….Do i still need to add the cream? Does it affect the nutritional completeness of the formula?

    Also, as this is different to powdered formula, can you reuse leftovers in the bottle for a second feeding rather than discarding?

    Thanks YOU.

  23. Hollie says:

    Hi,
    My Baby is 2 months old and was given some homemade formula to try last night. He is supposed to be circumcised today (this morning). I’m wondering if the fish oil in the formula made his blood thin and if we should reschedule the circumcision. Would it affect the clotting factors in his blood? What about is the butter oil was used? Just to shed some light into the reality of this happening, what would you do if you were in my shoes? Thank you

  24. caribbean queen says:

    It’s so amazing reading this stuff. sometimes in an effort to progress we digress.
    I don’t live in the US and I too have questions pertaining to alternatives to baby formula seeing as my 1st son had a hell of a reaction within the first two months of me introducing formula but he was 9 months at the time so I just fed him from the family pot and used oats and barley to supplement formula for daycare purposes.
    Now, my second son is not satisfied with the breast and seems ready for food (showing most of the required signs at 10 weeks). I think I may just do what we’ve been doing for yrs here in the Caribbean and feed him – most of our food is organic anyway.. I don’t have the time or the ingredients for your homemade formula and adding yeast and making whey just seems too much.
    I have read many a blog where concerned, and in some cases, paranoid parents are absolutely against it but we had less issues and allergies. I believe when we get lazy and buy everything ready done is when we introduce these issues.
    (btw, my first son also started simple squash, potato, sweet potato, bananas and apple purees from 10-ish weeks and he never had any allergic reactions until the formula).

  25. Please, please, please reconsider making your own formula. Raw milk is NOT recommended and can be very very very dangerous for us all, especially for infants!

    • Rebecca says:

      Not to mention that the sodium content in cow’s milk is much too high for infants, raw or not. Giving cow’s milk too early can lead to kidney failure.

      AND cows milk can inhibit iron absorption in babies. Babies need iron to grow.

  26. mjolnir says:

    My wife and I used a goat’s milk formula from day 3 since neither of our twins were latching or feeding enough. One they finally latched, we did both breast and goat’s milk formula until they were about 3 months and then did a full month of only breast milk. When my wife went back to work, the breast milk supply quickly dwindled and after mastitis set in, breast feeding was out.

    Our twins are now 11 months old and have never been sick, are walking, drink from regular (albeit small) glasses, can use forks to eat all manner of solid foods, know several signs (I’m an ASL interpreter, so have been teaching them), “talk” up a storm (verbally), pretend to “read” their books, and even play music on their miniature guitars (just like their papa!). They have THRIVED on the formula and although it smells like ass and you couldn’t pay me enough to drink it, I know that it has all the things they need. Better still…I know EXACTLY what’s going into their bodies. I did the research. I talked to our pediatrician and our midwife. I read COUNTLESS research papers and blogs and comments. I took the time to figure out EXACTLY what the needs of our babies were since it was clear that breast feeding for a year or more was not going to happen.

    To each their own…and NO JUDGMENT of the choices you make. You know your baby best. Just BE SMART about it. Do the research. Don’t trust the interwebs (even my comment!)…ask your doctor…ask friends…read the literature…ask your doctor again…ask someone else’s doctor…hire a nutritionist…but most of all…do what you know to be right for YOUR baby.

    For those who are interested, here is our recipe. This after several tweaks.

    1/4 cup powdered goat’s milk (Meyenberg since it is fortified with folic acid and Vitamin D)
    2 tsp nutritional yeast flakes (best to grind this in food processor for smoother mixture)
    1/4 cup brown rice syrup (for the carbohydrates)

    2 tsp blackstrap molasses (for the iron)

    2 tsp cod liver oil (for Vitamins A & D and balanced omegas)
    2 tsp coconut oil (for the good fats)
    Add water to make 32oz total (I use hot water to help with dissolving the ingredients)

    The babes also get:
    Infant multi-vitamin drops (follow package dosage – once a day)
    Infant probiotics (We use Nature’s Way Primadophilus – once a day)

    When we travel, I mix the dry and wet ingredients in two separate jars and mix on location. At home, I make a huge batch (usually 12 bottles) and fill each with about 4oz of formula. When the babes are ready for a bottle, I mix them with 4oz of HOT water from our Keurig and that makes a pretty perfect temp for them.

    Best of luck to you all! Parenting is a VERY stressful endeavor and we all need support. So, those who did regular formula, GOOD FOR YOU! Those who did straight up whole milk, GOOD FOR YOU! Those who did goat’s milk formula, GOOD FOR YOU! The key thing is to do what’s right for YOUR baby!

  27. isabelle says:

    to increase your milk supply, eat a small piece of cooked beef liver every day and drink a smoothie with the plain yogurt and fruit . the b vitamins are crucial for milk production but in food form – do not bother with vitamins. Liver alone will do it. also sleep -

  28. Alejandra says:

    What do I use if I can’t find whole raw grass-fed cow’s milk? The same goes to finding good quality cream? Are there any good substitutions? Thank you!

  29. Joanna says:

    My baby has been on this formula for 2 months now and I absolutely would recommend this to any mom. My baby loves it and does really well with it! I follow the recipe right to the T but my question is, and this is the first time running out of an ingredient (lactose) but waiting in the mail, what can I use in place of that until the lactose comes?

  30. Sarah M. says:

    I read a few articles about cows milk not being good for an infants gut before age one and my pediatrician suggested I use goats milk instead of cow milk, can raw goats milk be substituted in this recipe? Does anyone have any articles disproving cow milk can cause bleeding in an infants stomach?

    • Rebecca says:

      Good call on the cow’s milk. The sodium in it is high enough to cause kidney damage in infants, and it can inhibit iron absorption, in addition to being harder on the digestive system.

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