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Under certain circumstances, it may be alright to use homemade formula, but consult your baby's pediatrician before introducing this to your infant. Breastfeeding is always the best choice, with commercially prepared formulas second.
2 (12 oz.) cans evaporated milk
32 oz. water
2 T. Karo syrup
3ml Poly Vi Sol Vitamins
Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
This recipe is for when you are in a pinch, and is not intended to replace your babies regular diet.
Goat's Milk Formula
2 c. raw certified goat's milk
1 cup distilled water
1 1/2 Tbs lactose sugar
1/8 tsp. cod liver oil, mint flavored, the Vitamin D helps the baby absorb the calcium and the mint aids in digestion
You can also add blackstrap molasses to add more vitamins
*Goat milk is lacking in sufficient amounts of folic acid and iron. If you choose to use goat milk.....get a liquid iron supplement. consult your baby's pediatrician before introducing this to your infant.
Goat's Milk Formula #2
16 Ounces of distilled or purified water
12 ounces of goat's milk
1-2 table spoons of brown rice syrup
(brown rice syrup may be substituted
with 2-3 tablespoons of barley malt)
Consult your baby's pediatrician before introducing this to your infant.
1 qt. oat, rice, almond, or soy milk (ranked here by ease of digestion), heated to boiling, then cooled
1 cup organic carrot juice
1/2 cup of the strained liquid from a mixture of blended mung bean, lentil, and alfalfa sprouts
4 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. linseed oil
300 IU Calcium/Magnesium liquid
500 mg. Vitamin C powder
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp. chlorophyll liquid
100 mg. folic acid
Various milks have very different protein contents. Work with a naturopathic doctor to tune these amounts if using this formula longer than a few weeks. In addition, Borage oil or Evening Primrose oil can be added as a source of gamma linolenic acid. Human milk has significant amounts of GLA and it is required for the synthesis of necessary hormones.
Loffler-Wright Infant Formula
(From Medical Nutrition from Marz)
1 quart whole oat, rice, almond, or soy milk
1 cup carrot juice
1 gm DHA in fish oil
3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 Tablespoon barley green or Spirulina
1 Tablespoon molasses
100 IU Vitamin D
0.1 mg folate
500 mg Carnitine
This formula should be made up daily. Since it oxidizes rapidly, it is best to store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Vitamins and syrups can be pre-mixed and ready for more convenient preparation.
1 qt. soy milk
1 cup carrot juice
1/4 tsp. barley green
200 IU Vitamin D
1/4 tsp. nutritional yeast
100 mg. Vitamin C (or more)
1 Tbsp. safflower oil
3 tables. maple syrup
Other modifications can be made to this formula if the infant is premature or has poor muscle development. In particular, L-Carnitine is critical for the oxidation of fatty acids. Human milk contains 50-100 nmol/ml, compared to soy-based formulas which only have 4 nmol/ml. Newborns have a very limited ability to synthesize carnitine, especially premature ones.
Another modification that can be made in the formula is the addition of DHA (Docosahexaeinoic acid), which is critical for visual acuity and brain development. Infants fed formulas that were devoid of these essential fatty acids showed significantly slower brain development and less visual acuity as infants and toddlers. Many countries in Europe and Asia require DHA be added to infant formulas. The FDA is currently considering this ingredient to be required in infant formulas in the U.S., but there is strong opposition by infant formula manufacturers.
Excerpted and adapted from The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two, by William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 1993.
Natural Healthy Infant Formula
This formula is a soy-based formula. Rice- or oatmeal-based formulas are also nutritious and well-tolerated.
To make one gallon, blend the following ingredients:
Two tablespoons total of oil. Use flax, olive, safflower, or canola oil in combination or singularly. Organic is best.
Add one tablespoon lecithin granules, to allow the fats to mix better in the formula and in the belly.
400 IU powdered vitamin D. This is important when sunlight exposure is less than optimal.
One teaspoon of powdered Bifidus-type acidophilus bacteria, such as Natren, Lactopriv, Eugalan, Topfer, or other powders.
700 gm. of powdered Calcium lactate. Many non-dairy infant formulas do not contain optimal calcium amounts.
100 mg. of Calcium ascorbate crystals.
1-3 tablespoons rice protein powder. Ultrabalance is recommended for added nutrients.
Eight heaping tablespoons of organic cane sugar (Sucanat or Turbinado).
One gallon of plain unsweetened organic soy milk. Two good brands are Westbrae Westsoy and Mighty Soy, Original Formula.
Notes: A liquid pediatric multiple vitamin may be used with this formula; Floridix or NF are two suggestions. At 5 months, molasses may be added for extra iron, and kelp for iodine. Thanks to JoAnn Castigliego Sanchez for the information above.
Dr. Lee's Formula
1 qt. goat's milk, or oat, rice, almond, or soy milk
200 mg. folic acid
1-2 mg. B-complex (dissolve 50 mg. tablet in a 1 oz. dropper bottle of water, and use 1 dropperful of this each day)
1/4 tsp. coconut oil
1 drop Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols)
Kokkoh #3 (Macrobiotic Milk)
1 cup brown rice
10 cups water
1/4 tsp. salt
Wash rice and toast in a dry pan, stirring constantly until it is golden and begins to pop. Simmer for 2 hours or more on a low flame, stirring occasionally. Squeeze out the cream with a cheesecloth. This formula should be supplemented with food or breast milk.