Homemade Non-dairy Formula Options

The best nutrition for newborns and infants is breast milk. However, there are situations that may require formula feeding and many babies respond poorly to cow, sheep, or goat milk- after all, your baby isn’t a cow, sheep, or goat!

The following infant formula recipes have been created to meet babies’ nutritional requirements up to six months of age.

Each baby/child has unique and specific needs, so the formula is generally tailored to meet the age of the child, neurological and physiological needs, and whether the baby was at term or preterm.  I walk parents through how to make the formula and how much of each supplement to add.  I also carefully monitor the baby/child for the first few weeks-months to ensure they are tolerating the new formula, are continuing to grow, and reach age appropriate milestones.  I caution against making a switch without the supervision of someone who is familiar and comfortable with these formulas.

Below are the ingredients for the formula.  Note there are no quantities for the supplements- these are customized for each  baby/child.  There are other variations on these two formulas but these are the 2 I recommend most often.

baby bottles with milk

Loffler-Wright Infant Formula A

  • 1 quart whole unsweetened oat, rice, coconut, or almond milk
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • DHA in fish oil (from a  fish oil supplement.  A liquid allows you to make adjustments to the dose easier than a softgel.)
  • 1/4 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  •  barley green or Spirulina
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • Vitamin D3 ( a liquid allow you to make adjustments to the dose easier than a softgel)
  • 5 methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF)
  • Carnitine

Wright-Loffler Formula B

  • unsweetened oat, rice, coconut, or almond milk
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • DHA (from a  fish oil supplement.  A liquid allows you to make adjustments to the dose easier than a softgel).
  • barley green or spirulina
  • Vitamin D3 ( a liquid allow you to make adjustments to the dose easier than a softgel)
  • 1/4 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • Vitamin C (powdered vitamin C allows you to make adjustments to the dose easier than with capsules)
  • 1 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

These formulas should be made up daily. Since it oxidizes rapidly, it is best to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or pre-bottled in the unit-dose baby bottles. Vitamins and syrups can be pre-mixed and ready for more convenient preparation. If you are adding a probiotic to the formula, it is best to add it after warming to make sure you are not destroying the heat sensitive bacteria.

Comments

  1. julie says:

    Hi, so then the ingredients listed are equivalent to what would be in Mother’s milk?

    • No, it is not equivalent to mother’s milk. There is no formula (including this one) that can completely replicate mother’s milk, especially the immune factors. However, it can be used as a replacement to the standard formulas available in retail if you don’t want to use a dairy or soy based formula. I don’t suggest using this without the guidance and assessment of a health professional though, but posted it here on my site to let parents know of options for feeding their baby/toddler.

  2. Joanne says:

    Hi, Can this be given to a newborn to supplement the breast milk?

    • I would recommend working closely with someone who can monitor you and baby if you choose this supplemental formula. It’s for supplementing breastmilk, not as a stand alone formula. It also depends on how much breastmilk you are currently producing and how much formula would be needed to compliment that.

    • It can be used in conjunction with breast milk, but you need to work closely with a health professional to make sure your infant is tolerating the formula and growing well.

  3. melinda tagg says:

    I am desperately trying to breastfeed and can’t find a good a good doctor that doesn’t just want to put bub on hypo sensitive formula because she is under weight. I refuse to use these formulas full of chemicals and my bub is totally beautiful and happy she just has damaged gut and malabsorbtion problem atm trying to heal tummy on restricted diet but she is needing some more on top of feeding. ….
    Wondering that I give this a try

    • You can try it but use it under the care and supervision of a health professional, preferable one that can monitor her weight and development to ensure she is tolerating the formula well.

  4. debbie says:

    what about a recipe for a 12 month old?

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