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Homemade Infant Formula: Weston A. Price Foundation Recipe

Homemade Infant Formula: Weston A. Price Foundation Recipe  #formula #breastfeedingWhen I had a breast reduction at the age of eighteen, breastfeeding wasn’t even a thought in my mind. All I wanted was relief from discomfort and negative attention. I didn’t even think about the repercussions until I was pregnant with my first born. And I certainly wasn’t aware of this homemade infant formula!


Although I had every intention of nursing, I tried not to get my hopes up. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much assistance from the nurses or lactation consultants after my son was born. In fact, they had me give him formula in the hospital! Our nursing experience was short and painful. At the two week mark, my son was losing weight, we were both unhappy, and I had to switch to formula. I was not prepared for the tremendous sense of loss I felt about it.

Fast forward two years and I became pregnant with my daughter. My son had developed dairy intolerance so I was determined to do everything I could to breastfeed my daughter. I prayed that God would heal me from the damage I caused with my surgery. I found many great resources for breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery including books, websites, and a lactation consultant and doula prior to her birth. The lactation consultant had me prepped with lactation herbs and a breast pump and every tip possible to maximize milk production.

Homemade Infant Formula: Weston A. Price Foundation Recipe  #formula #breastfeeding

We nursed as soon as possible after she was born…and nursed on demand all day every day. While my friends could nurse their babies in less than 15 minutes, I was nursing for 45 minutes to an hour every two hours all day and all night. She gained slowly, but according to the lactation consultant, I was making enough to not need supplementation immediately. I continued to meet with the lactation consultant whenever I needed help. I pumped, nursed, took a million lactation herbs, and nursed some more…I was attached to the baby or breast pump almost 24/7. It was so, so exhausting.

By five months, I knew I was going to have to do something. My supply was dwindling despite my efforts and she needed more. I can’t tell you the despair I felt over having worked so hard to provide breast milk for my daughter and it still not being enough.

Homemade Infant Formula

Thank God I had heard of the Weston A. Price Foundation and their recipe for homemade infant formula. I ordered all of the supplies from Radiant Life and made my first batch. She took it – no problem at all. As the days passed, I was able to make it without looking at the recipe. I did both the raw milk and the goat’s milk versions.

The WAPF formula is nutrient-dense, easy to make, and a fabulous alternative for those of us who just can’t breastfeed or don’t have a full supply. If you can’t breastfeed for whatever reason, I highly encourage you to try it. If you don’t have the time or resources to make their original recipe, try the fortified commercial formula recipe with your favorite organic formula.

Here is the recipe for the raw cow’s milk formula:

Homemade Infant Formula: Weston A. Price Foundation Recipe  #formula #breastfeeding


  • 2 cups whole raw grass-fed cow’s milk
  • 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey made from yoghurt, kefir or separated raw milk
  • 4 tablespoons lactose
  • 1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis (find it here)
  • 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon expeller-expressed sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Great Lakes gelatin (find it here)
  • 1-7/8 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 teaspoon acerola powder


  1. Fill a glass measuring cup and to the 2-cup mark and remove 2 tablespoons. This leaves you with 1-7/8 cups water.
  2. Pour about half of the water into a pan and heat on medium. Add the gelatin and lactose to the pan, stirring occasionally until they are dissolved.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
  4. Stir in the coconut oil and high-vitamin butter oil and stir until melted.
  5. Place the milk, whey, bifidobacterium infants, fermented cod liver oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, nutritional yeast, acerola powder, and water mixture into the blender.
  6. Blend about three seconds then add cream and lightly pulse to combine.
  7. Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.
  8. Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.

Makes 36 ounces.

Homemade Infant Formula: Weston A. Price Foundation Recipe  #formula #breastfeedingThey have a few other versions of the recipe as well:

Where to order supplies:

  • Radiant Life has Homemade Formula Kits!
  • Raw milk and cream can be purchased at some local natural foods markets or through your local co-op or farm. Make sure you are comfortable with your source when purchasing raw milk. You can buy extra and use it to make the whey, or strain a good quality plain yogurt.

Final Thoughts:

If I had to do it all over again, I would seriously consider asking close friends to donate milk and I would have started supplementing much earlier. Hindsight is 20/20, right?!

No matter what, trust God to lead and guide you in your decision. Please don’t let other moms and die-hard breastfeeding advocates get you down when you are unable to nurse. Of course, it’s the best choice, but if you can’t do it, you can’t do it. Give yourself grace.



Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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Sherry McAnelly resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She became passionate about holistic health after being diagnosed with Lyme disease. She blogs about real food, health, homeschooling, and Jesus at


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