When it comes to all things births, mamas, and babes Erica Chidi-Cohen of The Mama Circle has you covered. She is one of the most transformative doulas of our time that is really reshaping the scope of how to approach motherhood with support, understanding individuality, and compassion at the core of everyone she works with. She gave us her biggest tips for preparing for pregnancy here, and now she’s back again to share some information dear to my heart-- a homemade formula recipe for mothers that may not have the luxury (energetically or physically) of breastfeeding their babies.
For any mothers out there that may be searching for whole, nourishing ingredients or might be dissatisfied with formula options on the market, this is the perfect recipe for you. (And it houses around 3/4 of the ingredients I use on the regular in smoothies). It was quite tasty!
E | Breastmilk is the ideal food for newborn, packed with protein, fats, enzymes and intricate immunological components — it’s a nutritional powerhouse and all babe needs for the first six months of life.
That said, sometimes a mama might not be able to breastfeed her babe for various reason or may just simply choose not too. Whatever her decision, if a mama is dissatisfied with the commercial formulas on the market or her babe is sensitive to them, I recommend making your own homemade formula.
Making formula at home is actually very simple. Why would you go through the trouble? It’s fresh, nutritionally dense, closely resembles the properties of breastmilk and actually cost less than commercial formulas. The Westin A Price recipe is my preference. It's based on his philosophy of nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.
A quick breakdown of the ingredient profile.
You can purchase all the ingredients in a kit through Radiant Life.
Whole raw or organic pasteurized (un-homongonized) cow’s milk and cream from pasture-fed cows - Protein, Saturated fat Cholesterol, Lactose, Vitamin K2, Vitamin A, probiotics
* Raw milk contains the fat, intact proteins, and living micro-organisms that a baby needs, just like human breast milk
Homemade liquid whey – protein, probiotics
Bifidobacterium infantis – this is a probiotic specific to a baby’s gut
Fermented cod liver oil – omega 3 fatty acids, naturally occurring vitamins D and A in the correct ratio.
Expeller-expressed sunflower oil and extra virgin olive oil – Monosaturated fats, a.k.a.oleic acid
Expeller pressed coconut oil – medium-chain fats found in mother’s milk
Nutritional yeast flakes (Frontier brand) – folic acid and vitamin B12
Gelatin - from grass fed cows – to support healthy digestion
Acerola powder – another name for vitamin C, which is naturally present in mother’s milk
Makes 36 ounces
2 cups whole, raw milk from organic, grassfed cows or pasteurized, non-homogenized whole milk cultured back to life with a piima or kefir starter.
1/4 cup liquid whey | from strained yogurt
4 tbsp lactose
1/4 tsp Bifidobacterium Infantis Powder
1/2 tsp unflavored, fermented cod liver oil (“salty cod” is the one you want)
1/4 tsp high vitamin butter oil (optional, but highly recommended)
1 tsp expeller pressed, organic sunflower oil
1 tsp organic, extra virgin olive oil (in a dark bottle)
2 tsp virgin coconut oil
2 tsp Frontier nutritional yeast flakes
2 tsp gelatin
1 7/8 cup filtered water
1/4 tsp acerola powder
PROCESS | Fill a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup with filtered water and remove 2 TBL (this will give you 1 7/8 cup water). Pour about half the water into a pan and turn burner on medium. Add the gelatin and lactose and let dissolve, stirring occasionally. When gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove pan from heat and add the rest of the water to cool. Stir in the coconut oil and butter oil until melted. Put remaining ingredients in a glass blender. Add the water mixture and blend for about 3 seconds. Place formula in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.
The formula should ideally be made every couple of days but it also freezes well in order to keep some on hand for emergencies. If your baby is consuming only the formula, it is best to make it fresh every day.
Photographed in Erica's Venice home by Jamie Arrigo in May 2015