I have been researching the best recipes for making your own baby formula. The best thing that I always do is to go back in time and learn how they made formulas from the beginning. Today, we have so much more knowledge and technology than they had in the past, yet, we use less pure and organic ingredients today, and many preservatives and fillers are added to modern-day baby formulas. That said, I have compiled a formula, and it’s important to show you exactly how I did it.
Read this article slowly and take notes! The ingredient list and recommend doses are at the end of this article.
Before the days of Similac and soy-based milk products, infants would drink raw cow or goat milk. Unfortunately, raw milk is no longer available for sale due to government regulations based on health issues that arose when milk was sold to a mainstream market before refrigeration – they were selling it to markets located far away from the local dairies.
We have refrigeration today, so we should reconsider ending this government ban on non-pasteurized milks.
If you’ve ever lived near a farm that milks their own dairy cows, you can still acquire raw milk on the down-low because that’s what the farmers drink. Back in the day, this is what the farmers delivered to your doorstep in glass bottles every morning.
It wasn’t the raw milk that was the problem … it was that the raw milk spoiled readily because refrigeration was not available until 1910. Today, we CAN refrigerate raw milk, so I suggest finding a source of raw cow or goat’s milk, keep it refrigerated and use it within 2-days.
Yep, those were the days. Don’t panic – your homemade formula may be much healthier for your child then the modern-day, processed baby formulas.
The main focus when making your own formula is getting the protein content balanced with carbohydrates and the fat content so that you can more closely resemble that of human milk.
Remember that protein means amino acids that provide brain fuel for health and development.
I recommend reading this article on the history of baby formulas. When you begin making your own formula, you need to know what has been tried in the past – some successful and some not.
The shortage of baby formula today is a real concerning issue, so make this a learning experience project, and research all that you can about making baby formula – this way you will know that you are making the best choices.
Let me give you some options that have been used since the early 1900s to make your own baby formula …
This is the recipe that was widely used in the 1950s and 1960s for infants who were not breastfed. All the literature stressed that this homemade formula was not a long-term solution because it lacked necessary vitamins. Parents in the 50s and 60s gave their infants supplemental vitamins and iron along with this formula.
In my opinion, simply adding essential vitamins to the formula is a long-term solution.
- Clean a quart container
- Use a 13 oz. can of evaporated whole milk (reduced fat, skim, or sweetened condensed milk does not provide enough calories or nutrition)
- Blends with 18–19 oz. of water
- Add 2 tablespoons of white granulated sugar or 1 tablespoon of light Karo® syrup
Natural sugars provide energy from glucose, but I recommend substituting the sugar and syrup with honey, pure cane sugar cane, or another organic source of sweetness from natural sources that contain vitamins and trace minerals.
At this time, many physicians initially opposed pasteurization, (back in the day when doctors were really doctors) because they believed that the pasteurization process significantly diminished the nutritional value of the milk. In fact, pasteurized milk was found to be deficient in vitamins C and D.
Are you taking notes?
Add Vitamins C And D
Add vitamins C and D to your home-made baby formula if you are using a pasteurized or evaporated milk source.
In 1919, infant formula was introduced to replace milk fat with a fat blend derived from animal and vegetable fats. Remember that they used lard and animal stock back then.
This formula, which they claimed more closely resembled human milk as opposed to cow’s milk, was called SMA ( “simulated milk adapted“). SMA was also the first formula to include cod liver oil. Soon after SMA was introduced, Nestle’s Infant Food added cod liver oil to its new formula, as did most other infant formula manufacturers at the time.
So now, cod liver oil can be added to vitamins C and D on your list of ingredients.
By the 1920s, baby formulas were becoming more popular, and the manufacturers began cutting corners. They replaced cod liver oil with processed vegetable oils, and they added calcium and phosphorus salts because they had been found in the cod liver oil.
If you don’t use cod liver oil in your homemade formula, add calcium and phosphorus to your list of ingredients.
In the late 1920s, Sobee®, the first soy-based formula, was introduced. Several years later, Pablum came on the market, which was the first precooked fortified infant cereal.
Pablum was a mixture of wheat, oats, corn, bone meal, wheat germ, alfalfa, and dried brewer’s yeast fortified with minerals and vitamins.
Add these to your list of ingredients for older babies if you’d like to add infant cereal to your baby’s regimen.
In the decades that followed, a variety of new formulas came on the market, but I’m going to stop here because the original formulas were most natural, and as time went on, baby formulas became more of a money-making exercise as opposed to matching the most natural replica of mother’s milk.
Dairy-Free Rice Formula
If your baby has a sensitive stomach or if you don’t use animal products, you can try this formula alternative:
- 1 cup of cooked rice (can be any type of rice, but Jasmine and Basmati are good choices)
- 4 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of pure cane sugar
- Combine all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend until all ingredients are completely liquefied. It will take around 5 minutes for this process to be completed using a standard blender.
- After feeding, any unused portions can be refrigerated.
- Discard all remaining formula after two days.
I don’t think that this formula has enough protein for a developing baby, so I suggest adding powdered vitamins C and D, cod liver oil, and powdered calcium and phosphorus in 1/4 recommended adult dose.
This list is everything required when making your own baby formula:
- Protein (from cow or goat’s milk)
- Fat (from cow or goat’s milk and cod liver oil)
- Linoleic Acid (found in flaxseed oil, pumpkin seed oil, Tofu. and walnut oil)
- Fat-Soluble Vitamins A, D, E, K
- B Vitamins: B6, B12, Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid
- Vitamin C
A nutritional Rule of Thumb when giving an infant or a young child an adult supplement is to use 1/4 the recommended adult dose for an infant, and 1/2 an adult dose for a young child.
I recommend buying these supplements in powdered form from purebulk.com.
Every child is different, so use these supplement choices and modify them into a formula that works best for your child. You’ll know what works best … believe me, you will know.
Don’t panic – your homemade formula may be much healthier for your child then the modern-day, processed baby formulas.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.
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