Breast is best, but what do you do when that’s not possible? Even the organic baby formulas are highly processed and highly sweetened – not a desirable option, and the conventional standard Similac, which is 40% corn syrup and 10% sucrose, is even worse.
Here are some guidelines for making your own baby formula – whether you’re supplementing your own milk, or strictly bottle feeding, homemade formula is the best you can get.
This recipe does *not* include exact measurements, as I generally tweak it for each family that I work with, but it should provide a general guideline to get you started. Feel free to contact us for direct advice. There’s also more information out there – google “homemade baby formula”.
Here are the ingredients I use:
- Native Forest brand (BPA-free cans) or SO Delicious brand (cartons in the milk cooler) coconut milk. – If guar gum does not sit well with baby, then make coconut milk from dried coconut according to this recipe. I use coconut milk because so many people are allergic to cow milk.
- egg yolks – NOT the whites, which are more likely to be allergenic – just the yolks.
- high quality cod liver oil
- high quality probiotics
- some fine-ground seaweed – Best to grind it yourself in a coffee grinder. My favorite seaweed comes from Larch Hanson
- nettle tea or another high mineral tea
- unrefined coconut oil, or good quality ghee – Purity Farms brand ghee is grassfed, and casein and lactose free.
- a small amount of grade B dark maple syrup
- a capsule of Dr. Ron’s additive free multi-vitamin – Empty it out of the capsule. An older child may use more, a baby may use less.
I much prefer food sources of nutrients than supplements, which is why I include seaweed, cod liver oil, and nettle (or other high-mineral) tea. Dr. Ron’s supplements are very high quality, and food-based, without all the additives found in other supplements, so if you prefer to know for sure what the ratios of your vitamins and minerals are, go with that option.
Blend ingredients in a blender (or with a whisk, or shake it in a mason jar). Adjust to baby’s taste, and make the formula fresh every day.