Homemade Baby Formula

As I recently shared, I plan to breastfeed exclusively, but I want to have formula on hand just in case. After researching commercial formulas, I decided homemade formulas are the next best thing to breastmilk and are both superior and safer for my baby’s health.

There are two options I found for homemade formulas:

  1. Buy a homemade formula kit, like Mt. Capra.
  2. Follow one of the homemade formula recipes from Weston A. Price, who has been a leader in this for years. If you choose this option, the quality and sourcing of each ingredient are essential.

Weston A. Price Homemade Formula Testimonials

While I liked most of the ingredients in the homemade formulas I researched, I was surprised that the homemade options still included seed oils. What to do?

Dr. Mercola, a leading alternative medicine physician, has several Substacks detailing the alarming problems with store-bought infant formulas: high amounts of linoleic acid, soy, sugar, corn syrup, and GMOs. He cites studies showing that formulas made with these ingredients are associated with increased obesity rates and other health risks in infants and toddlers.

    Dr. Mercola believes removing iron or seed oils high in linoleic acid is crucial, so he revised the Weston A. Price Foundation’s formula recipes.  

    This information has been so helpful in navigating baby formula. Everything babies eat, especially the first foods they are introduced to, directly impacts their development and long-term health. 

    Breastfeeding is always best, so if you are able to, I encourage you to breastfeed. If you are unable to, I hope you can use this information to make informed decisions for your little one! 

    The World Health Organization, CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) support exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. The AAP’s 2022 policy statement includes:

    “Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition. The short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding make breastfeeding, or the provision of human milk, a public health imperative.”

    Click each tile for full recipes and sources:

    Please Note: I did not create these recipes. Please consult your doctor before you try a homemade formula or attempt to modify one of these recipes. I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing what I will do if I am unable to breastfeed.



    Weston A. Price Homemade Formula Nutritional Information

    Quotes from Dr. Mercola's Substacks I Found Interesting:

    How to Mitigate the Infant Formula Disaster

    • “The sad reality is that most commercial infant formula is complete junk food. Most contain shocking amounts of sugar — typically in the form of corn syrup, which is the worst of all — and even far worse ingredients, including large amounts of dangerous linoleic acid from soy (the risks of which I detail in 'Infant Soy Formula — A Risky Public Experiment') and genetically modified ingredients (reviewed in this 2012 article). Infant formulas have also been found to contain hazardous contaminants, including glyphosate and perchlorate (rocket fuel)."
    • "If the opportunity to breastfeed has already passed, your next-best option is to make your own infant formula. The Weston A. Price Foundation has been a leader in this for years. However, based on my research into linoleic acid (LA), iron and other components, I have revised Enig’s original formula (which you can find on the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website). In my view, it’s really crucial to NOT include any kind of iron or seed oils with high LA content, for all the reasons detailed in 'Iron Overload Destroys Mitochondria and Sabotages Health' and 'How Linoleic Acid Wrecks Your Health.'"
    • "I don’t have any children, but if I did and the child’s mother could not breastfeed, I would never use commercial infant formula as the recipe below is decidedly superior to commercial formulas and will give your child a major head start in life and preserve their health."

    Most Baby Formula Claims Not Backed by Science

    • Most infant formulas contain a shocking amount of sugar, typically in the form of corn syrup and large amounts of dangerous linoleic acid from soy.
    • An international cross-sectional survey of 757 formulas sold in 15 countries found only 26% of the products used clinical trials and 90% of those carried a high risk of bias due to missing data or conclusions that were not supported by data.

    Infant Soy Formula — A Risky Public Experiment

    Toddler Obesity Is on the Rise