I always wanted to make my own formula but my first 2 boys refused to take a bottle. This time around, we forced the pacifier over and over, an endeavor that made the introduction of a bottle much, much easier. This combination of soother and bottle has made my fitness journey much more feasible, because it means I can have some time alone!
I found the base of this recipe on Capramilk’s website 3 years ago and was re-introduced to it by some friends recently, so I took it as a sign that both Arlo and I were ready for it. My milk supply was decreasing and I had a feeling Arlo was starving half the time but couldn’t bring myself to give him formula. Thank you Divine timing. Capramilk is a powdered goat’s milk, a go-to base for those seeking alternatives to shelved baby formula. For the rest of the recipe I worked with our Naturopath. We used the carrots for the beta carotene, spinach for the folate, flax oil for the GLA, and nutritional yeast for the B vitamins. Arlo is getting about half formula and half breast milk at the moment, which means I can relax knowing that he’s not going to starve if I leave him for any length of time!
Homemade Infant Formula (for an 8oz bottle)
- 1 tbsp Capramilk goat’s milk powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp flax oil
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 200 mg DHA
- 1/8 tsp blackstrap molasses
- 100 iu vitamin D
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp carrot juice
- 1 tbsp spinach juice
- 1 scoop HMF Natogen by Genestra
- pinch of sea salt
- filtered water to get 8 oz of formula.
I usually multiply this recipe by 4 and mix everything but the coconut oil in a litre Mason jar, adding water until the jar is full. Since the coconut oil is solid I put it in the individual bottles and pour the rest of the formulation in. When I heat the bottles, the coconut oil melts and he drinks everything as long as I don’t give him too much at a time. 5 oz seems to be his maximum at 5 months old. If I give him more, he throws everything up Poltergeist-style which is no good for anyone involved!
It is a bit labour intensive because I juice the spinach and carrots myself, but it also ensures that I make fresh juice for the family every 2 days. Once the juicer is dirty I may as well make more juice!