for Breast Milk
The best nutrition for newborns and infants is
breast milk. However, there are situations that require
formula feeding, and many babies respond poorly to cow's milk.
The following infant formula recipes have been created to meet
babies' nutritional requirements up to six months of age.
In these formulations, soy milk is mentioned as a
substitute for cow's milk. There are now many processing
methods for soy that produce very different nutritional results.
Because there is little scientific information about the nutritional
value of genetically modified (GMO) soy and because of the
prevalence of soy allergies, we suggest you consider rice, almond,
or oat milk if you encounter any problems with soy.
These formulae have proven useful and complete.
For all these recipes, warm the milk or milk substitute up to skin
temperature, stir in the liquid supplements, and add the dry powders
last. Fill the bottles or create individual servings in
covered containers. (Remember, glass is always more pure than
Warm each feeding up to the baby's temperature
before use. Remember that any formula containing
virgin coconut oil must
be warmed to over 75 degrees F. to liquify this oil.
With practice, you will discover the best mix for
your infant. If you would like to
share your findings with us,
other families will appreciate the benefit of your experiences.
Kokkoh (Macrobiotic Rice Milk)
1 cup brown rice
10 cups water
1/4 tsp. salt
Wash the rice and toast it in a dry pan, stirring it
constantly until it is golden and begins to pop. Add the water
and salt and simmer for 2 hours or more on a low flame, stirring
occasionally. Squeeze out the cream with a cheesecloth.
This milk can serve as the basis for infant formula if it is
supplemented with other nutrients, as in the recipes below.
1 qt. oat, rice, almond, or soy milk (ranked here
by ease of digestion), heated to boiling, then cooled
1 cup organic carrot juice
1/2 cup of strained liquid from a mixture of
cooked bean sprouts (mung bean, lentil, and alfalfa)
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. virgin coconut oil
300 IU calcium/magnesium liquid
250 mg. Vitamin C powder
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp. chlorophyll liquid
100 mcg. folic acid
Various milks have very different protein contents.
Work with a naturopathic doctor to tune these amounts if using this
formula longer than a few weeks. In addition, borage oil, flax
oil, or evening primrose oil can be added as a source of gamma
linolenic acid (GLA). Human milk has significant amounts of
GLA and it is required for the synthesis of necessary hormones.
Loffler-Wright Infant Formula
(From Medical Nutrition from Marz)
1 quart whole oat, rice, almond, or soy milk
1 cup carrot juice
200 mg DHA in fish oil
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon barley green or Spirulina
1 teaspoon molasses
100 IU Vitamin D
0.1 mg folate
500 mg Carnitine
This formula 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
Other modifications can be made to this formula if
the infant is premature or has poor muscle development. In
particular, L-Carnitine is critical for the oxidation of fatty
acids, so you may want to add that (500 mg/qt) for older babies.
Newborns have a very limited ability to synthesize carnitine,
especially premature ones.
Another modification that can be made in the formula
is the addition of DHA (Docosahexaeinoic acid), which is critical
for visual acuity and brain development. Infants fed formulas
that were devoid of these essential fatty acids showed significantly
slower brain development and less visual acuity as babies and
toddlers. Many countries in Europe and Asia require that DHA
be added to infant formulas. Currently, supplemental amounts
are controversial. The FDA is currently considering this
ingredient to be required in infant formulas in the U.S., but there
is strong opposition by infant formula manufacturers.
NaturoDoc Note: Our guessitimate is that
200 mg of DHA per quart is a conservative supplemental level.
Excerpted and adapted from The Baby Book:
Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two,
by William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, Little, Brown and
Company, New York, 1993.
Naturally Healthy Infant Formula
This formula is a soy-based formula. Rice- or
oatmeal-based formulas are also nutritious and well-tolerated.
To make one quart, blend the following ingredients:
One-half teaspoon of powdered Bifidus-type
acidophilus bacteria, such as Natren, Lactopriv, Eugalan, Topfer,
or other powders.
200 mg. of calcium ascorbate crystals.
100 mcg. folic acid
1 tablespoon of whey protein powder.
One teaspoon lecithin granules. Mix with the
dry ingredients for addition to the warmed milk.
Two teaspoons total of oil: one teaspoon
virgin coconut oil, and one teaspoon flax or olive oil.
Organic oils are best.
One teaspoon of organic honey or crystallized
sugar cane juice.
One quart of plain unsweetened organic rice or
Notes: A liquid pediatric multiple vitamin may
be used with this formula; two suggestions are Floridix or NF.
At 5 months, molasses may be added for extra iron, and dulse or kelp
flakes can be introduced into the diet for iodine.
Dr. Lee's Formula
1 qt. goat's milk, or oat, rice, almond, or soy
milk, or preferred combinations
200 mcg. folic acid
1-2 mg. B complex (dissolve a 50 mg. tablet in a 1
oz. dropper bottle of water, and use 2 dropperfuls of this mixture
in a day's worth of formula)
1 tsp. virgin coconut oil
1 drop wheat germ oil
1,000 IU's Beta-carotene (1/2 of a small capsule
stirred into milk)
1 pinch of powdered ginger
1 pinch of sea salt
Serve at room temperature, or slightly warm at 85-95
The Farm (Tennessee) Recipe for Soy Milk
This preparation is affordable and convenient for
many families to add to other infant formula recipes. Soy
products, especially commercial products, have proven difficult to
digest for some infants and they can even cause allergies, so either
be sure your children can handle it or use other milk substitutes.
Rinse 2-1/2 cups whole soybeans and soak in 5 cups
cool water for 8-10 hours.
Blend 1 cup soybeans with 2-1/2 cups hot water at
high speed for about 1 minute, or until beans are finely ground.
Repeat until all beans are blended.
Put in a large pot over medium-high flame.
When soy starts to boil, turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes,
Pour soy through cheesecloth, twisting pulp in
cloth to squeeze out milk.
Repeat process, pouring 2 cups boiling water in
with remaining pulp and straining again. Supplement with
food or breast milk.
FAO/WHO Guidelines for Nutrient Intake for
Let's Have Healthy Children, by Adele
Laurel's Kitchen, by Robertson, Flinders
Macrobiotic Childcare and Family Health,
by Michio and Aveline Kushi.
If you would like to get specific advice about an
infant nutritional issue, Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD offers
via email and telephone.
Relief agencies responding to natural disasters
throughout the world are encouraged to use these recipes and to
consult with Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD about how to adapt them for
particular regional situations.
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