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  • Dr. Sara Vivona

Homemade Baby Formulas

* This post is adapted from the Weston A Price Foundation. Click here to see the original post.

Raw Milk Formula

The milk-based formula takes account of the fact that human milk is richer in whey, lactose, niacin, and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to cow’s milk but leaner in casein (milk protein). The addition of gelatin to cow’s milk formula will make it more digestible for the infant.

The ideal milk for baby, if he/she cannot be breastfed, is clean, whole raw milk from old-fashioned cows, certified free of disease, that feed on green pasture. For sources of good quality milk, see

If the only choice available to you is commercial milk, choose whole milk, preferably organic and unhomogenized, and culture it with a piima or kefir culture to restore enzymes (available from G.E.M. Cultures 253-588-2922)


  • Put 2 cups filtered water into a pyrex measuring pitcher and remove 2 tablespoons (that will give you 1-7/8 cups water).

  • Pour about half of the water into a pan and place on a medium flame.

  • Add the gelatin to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.

  • When the gelatin is dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.

  • Stir in the coconut oil and avocado oil and stir until melted.

  • Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender.

  • Add the water mixture and blend about three seconds.

  • Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.

  • Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.

Variation: Goat Milk Formula

Although goat milk is rich in fat, it must be used with caution in infant feeding as it lacks folate and is low in vitamin B12, both of which are essential to the growth and development of the infant. Inclusion of nutritional yeast to provide folate is essential. To compensate for low levels of vitamin B12, if preparing the Milk-Based Formula (above) with goat’s milk, add 2 teaspoons organic raw chicken liver, frozen for 14 days, finely grated to the batch of formula.

Liver based baby formula

The liver-based formula also mimics the nutrient profile of mother’s milk. It is extremely important to include coconut oil in this formula as it is the only ingredient that provides the special medium-chain saturated fats found in mother’s milk.


  • Simmer liver gently in broth until the meat is cooked through.

  • Liquefy using a handheld blender or in a food processor.

  • When the liver broth has cooled, stir in remaining ingredients.

  • Store in a very clean glass or stainless steel container.

  • To serve, stir formula well and pour 6 to 8 ounces in a very clean glass bottle.

  • Attach a clean nipple and set in a pan of simmering water until formula is warm but not hot to the touch, shake well and feed to baby. (Never heat formula in a microwave oven!)

Fortified Commercial Formula

Makes about 35 ounces.

This formula can be used in emergencies, or when the ingredients for homemade formula are unavailable.


  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend thoroughly.

  • Place 6-8 ounces in a very clean glass bottle. (Store the rest in a very clean glass jar in the refrigerator for the next feedings.)

  • Attach a clean nipple to the bottle and set in a pan of simmering water until formula is warm but not hot to the touch, shake well and feed to baby.

Egg Yolk for Baby

Egg yolk should be baby’s first solid food, starting at 4 months, whether baby is breastfed or formula-fed. Egg yolks from pastured hens will contain the special long-chain fatty acids so critical for the optimal development of the brain and nervous system. The whites may cause an allergic reaction and should not be given to baby until he is at least one year old.


  • 1 organic egg from a pasture-fed hen

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated raw organic liver, frozen for 14 days Note: It is VERY important that the liver be frozen for 14 days before using.


  • Boil egg for 3 1/2 minutes.

  • Place in a bowl and peel off shell.

  • Remove egg white and discard.

  • Yolk should be soft and warm, not hot, with its enzyme content intact.

  • If you wish to add liver, grate on the small holes of a grater while frozen. Allow to warm up and stir into egg yolk.

Homemade Whey

Makes about 5 cups.

Homemade whey is easy to make from good quality plain yogurt, 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.


Standard Process Lact Enz can found in our clinic. Available for in person or mail order.

Cod Liver oil can be found in our clinic. Available for in person or mail order.

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