Homemade Raw Milk Baby Formula: Nature’s Next Best Thing to Breast Milk

raw milk “Feed my newborn RAW MILK?”, you may ask? The answer is an overwhelming “YES!!!” Next to breast milk, this is the greatest nutritional gift you can give your baby – the gift I gave to my own newborn from her third day of life.

The reason I am not worried about safety is because cows who were raised roaming on green grass pasture, do not expose themselves to the conditions under which raw milk got a bad rap.  Following the Industrial Revolution as the population in cities skyrocketed and did the demand for milk, farmers met that demand by putting more cows into tighter quarters, and feeding them grains as there was not enough grass to go around. We know now that cows cannot process grain, and they quickly became diseased. As more and more sick cows were cramped together, spreading germs and bacteria, disease spread quickly among cows and eventually to the people who drank their milk.  Salmonella, tuberculosis and diphtheria emerged in these populations, and remained until Louis Pasteur introduced the process of heating the milk so high that it kills the harmful bacteria, known as pasteurization.

While pasteurization helped reduce the spread of these diseases, it significantly altered the nutritional quality of milk, transforming it from a healthful drink to a toxic substance!  The Weston A. Price Foundation, through realmilk.com, states that “Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.”

But not all unpastuerized (raw) milk is created equally.   You only want to drink raw milk from cows raised roaming on organic green grass.  Not pesticide filed grass, not soymeal, not grains, not commercial feed, not even organic feed – only the cows fed solely on natural green grass, are the cows you want as your source of raw milk… the way humans have thrived on milk across the globe for centuries. The source that I use for my family’s daily milk consumption is Organic Pastures, out of Fresno, California.

In making the formula, while cow’s milk is nutrient dense, it does not have the exact same composition as breast milk, so you must supplement with several natural ingredients.  For example, human milk is richer in whey, lactose, vitamin C, niacin and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids but leaner in casein, the milk protein.  The ingredients listed below comprise a well-known formula, trusted by many M.D.’s, and used by thousands of moms who either can’t breastfeed or need need to supplement their own supply with nature’s next best thing to breast milk.

Once you get the hang of it, the whole process takes about 20 minutes from setup through cleanup. It becomes a daily meditation of sorts, knowing that you are making her lifeblood, and when made with love, your baby will thrive from the care and nourishment that this gift gives to her.

INGREDIENTS**

  • 1-7/8 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup lactose
  • 2 teaspoons Dr. Ron’s ultra-pure Bovine gelatin
  • 2 teaspoons raw coconut oil
  • 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
  • 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See recipe below for whey, below) NOTE: Do NOT use powdered whey or whey from making cheese (which will cause the formula to curdle).
  • 1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis (probiotic)
  • 2 tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultrapasteurized) NOTE: Not recommended if freezing an emergency batch, see note below
  • 1/2 teaspoon unflavored high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil*
  • 1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil*
  • 1 teaspoon expeller-pressed sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon acerola powder

*Only use high quality fermented cod liver and butter oils.  I use Green Pastures’ Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver and Butter Oils which get tested for purity in each batch.

**All ingredients except the dairy components are available in a kit through Thriving Sprout.  To order, contact info@thrivingsprout.com.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put 2 cups filtered water into a glass or stainless steel measuring cup 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, lactose and coconut oil to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • When the gelatin, lactose and coconut oil are dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
  • Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender.
  • Add the water mixture to the blender and blend about three seconds (more will cause milk to curdle.  NOTE: if raw milk or cream curdles, it does not putrefy or alter its nutritional quality like pasteurized milk, it just may clog the nipple nipple and may require cutting a bigger hole.  I do not recommend this, but in a pinch, curdled raw milk will not harm your baby one bit.)
  • Place only a 24-hour batch into individual glass bottles or glass jars and refrigerate immediately.  Do not give baby formula that is over 24 hours old.
  • NOTE: If you would like to freeze a couple bottles for emergencies, remove the cream from the recipe because frozen cream will curdle.  Increase the coconut oil to 1 tablespoon and high-vitamin butter oil to 1/2 teaspoon to replace the medium chain fatty acids found in cream.
  • Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.

MAKING HOMEMADE WHEY

  • Place several folds of cheesecloth over a strainer, and place the strainer over a bowl so it does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
  • Pour 1 quart of grass-fed cow’s whole milk yogurt or kefir into the cheesecloth and cover with a plate or cutting board
  • Let sit for 8 hours
  • The liquid that seeps through the cheesecloth is healthy whey! It should be a yellowish clear liquid, but if a little of the white yogurt of kefir gets into the whey, it is just fine, you don’t need to send it through the cheesecloth again!

Resources:

  • Sally Fallon Morrell and Dr. Thomas S. Cowan MD, The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care
  • realmilk.com
  • Weston A. Price Foundation