Before I go in to the recipe for this home-made baby formula, let me tell you why I chose to make my own formula in the first place, rather than buying it from a store.
'Firstly, I’m a health-conscious dad who always reads the ingredients list prior to any purchase.'
Store brought formulas are full of synthetic vitamins and minerals, taurine, fish oils and in general are highly processed.
There’s so much emphasis and stress on breast feeding.
'Don’t you think every mother wishes there was a never-ending fountain of milk flowing from her breast? In reality that just isn’t the case.'
Mummy tried her absolute best, up most of the night, expressing milk using sophisticated machines, but the supply just wasn’t there. So, after witnessing first hand all the pressure placed upon mummy and its effects on her mental and physical well-being, combined with the added stress of baby not gaining weight I was desperate to help.
With some help from like-minded Instagrammers, Organic Thrifty, and Weston A Price Foundation I made my own formula – and it worked amazingly!!!!!
The Formula I made Was Goat’s Milk Based…
When stomach acid breaks down proteins in the goat’s milk it forms a softer curd than cow’s milk protein making it easier to digest. Goat’s milk also contains only trace amounts of the allergenic protein alpha S1 casein which is found in cow’s milk. The fat globules in goat's milk are easier to digest because they contain a higher proportion of short and medium-chain fatty acids. This allows the intestinal enzymes to digest the fat easier. Cow's milk contains more of the longer-chain fatty acids that require more work for the intestines to digest. The vitamin and mineral content of goat's milk and cow’s milk are fairly similar, although goat's milk contains a bit more calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium, niacin, copper and the antioxidant selenium. Goats milk has been described as the next best thing if mother is unable to produce milk.
2 cups Organic Raw Goats Milk – I used raw milk because I was lucky enough to find a source near to me selling it 8thday.coop. Raw milk provides numerous enzymes, and allows the proteins to stay intact while pasteurisation renders them denatured. You probably won’t find raw goats milk, or you may be uncomfortable giving it to your baby, so you could try any of the goat’s milk you find at the supermarket.
2 Cups Distilled or Filtered Water – We have a distiller so that is what I used, any filtered water will do but nothing is purer than distilled. You MUST add water to dilute the milk as baby cannot digest pure milk until over 1 year old, and even then you must gently change the dilution from 50-50 to 60-40 then 70-30 and so on.
1 tsp Organic Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil – For vitamin E
1 tsp Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil – For mono-saturated fats
2 tsp Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - this is very important, as it contains lauric acid which is a medium-chain fatty acid. It's an important antiviral, antifungal that's found in breast milk.
1-2 tsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes – this is also very important as it contains the B vitamins. If your child is gassy or has reflux remove the yeast first and see if it improves.
1-2 tsp Organic Pure Blackstrap Molasses – start with less and add more if required. This contains B vitamins, Iron, trace minerals and helps relieve constipation. If stools are too loose decrease amount.
2 tsp Raw Organic Dark Agave Nectar – adds carbohydrates necessary for brain growth. You can use high grade Maple Syrup instead.
Multi Vitamin Drop - (use as instructions on packet)
Proven Probiotics 0-12 months - (use as instructions on packet)
First I add the milk and water to a pan and place on lowest heat. As I used raw milk it was important for me to keep temperature very low, I never let it heat past the melting point of coconut oil which is around 25 degrees.
As the milk is slowly heating I add all the other ingredients apart from the multivitamin (you add this just to one bottle check the packet) and the Probiotic which again just add to one bottle. Add the Probiotic when it’s cooler or it will be useless. The coconut oil is hard at room temperature and the molasses are quite thick and sticky and require stirring. Once that’s done I blend VERY gently (lowest setting on Vitamix) until everything is combined. This make’s 5-6 8 ounce bottles.
'After a day or two of the formula – baby started sleeping through the night, mummy’s mild depression turned back into happiness and baby was less irritable, cried less and was evidently happier and more content.'
I’m not saying baby slept through because of the formula, we had a set routine from the first day she came home from hospital, which was bath, feed and bed from 7pm every night. We still have that routine today. Once the formula was introduced we could see she was drinking 8 ounces before bed and it was obviously filling her up with everything she needed and she slept contently. The formula is not cheap. But you can’t put a price on health. The first 3 years are very important in baby’s development so it's definitely worth it.