Oh I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today. Most of my talk here at Mother Well is geared toward the mamas & the pillars of a “feel good” life. Mindset, Food, Movement, Expression, and Community. I love talking about healing foods and restorative practices in the Postpartum Period, and although this recipe is for your newborn/baby it’s also really for your mental wellness. I know it was for mine.
When I had my son in 2015 I was at a loss for what to do when both breastmilk AND store-bought formula was no longer an option for me. I tried breastfeeding for months. I met with the lactation consultants, I bought all the gadgets, I read all the things, I did everything I knew to do back then. Mama tried. It was a constant struggle. While I know differently now (like, say, how much stress & anxiety can impact your ability to produce milk more so than a lack of Fenugreek Tea and Gear Galore…) I needed something for when I just couldn’t anymore. And I needed something that was not store-bought formula. Maybe that works for you, and it feels good for you. If so, I’m so happy for you! But if that’s you, you either wouldn’t be reading this – or don’t need to be. Formula did not feel good for me. Non-fat, denatured milk made me cringe. 20+ (unrecognizable) ingredients, made me uncomfortable. So, I found myself two other options that I’m going to share with you today if you’re in the same place now that I was then.
This was an amazing resource for me, and for countless other moms I know or know of. Sometimes breastmilk can be purchased through your local birth center. Mine sold both colostrum and milk, thought it was pasteurized and ticketed at a high price. So, for me, it wasn’t a sustainable option (or one I felt good about, knowing the beneficial bacteria I was looking for would be largely killed off in the pasteurization process.) This lead me to find local “Milk Share Groups.” I found this on Facebook right in my area. So for a while I was picking up milk from other gracious mamas that had an oversupply and so generously shared with those of us who could use some supplementing. (for free!)
I lived pretty far from the city where a lot of sharing was going on at the time, so the trips – and honestly the smell of frozen milk – became too much. Side note though: the smell of thawed breastmilk, while usually sour and unpleasant, is totally normal. High levels of lipase, which serve to break down milk fat, create this smell and is of no harm. So. I was in search of another option. And this is where I found Weston A. Prices formula. Compositionally close to the structure of breast milk, and easy (enough) to make, this option felt good to me. Wonderful actually. Where I could not provide the nourishment directly that I wanted to be able to give my child, I was able to participate in the creation of what was to nourish my son. This was so important to me, and felt so empowering. I knew every ingredient that was going into his food, and I felt good about every one of them. It was liquid gold to me!
I had heard from a podcast, then went on to offer to a client of mine at the time when she too could not breastfeed and was feeling conflicted/ guilty / grieved over opting for formula, that she could look at the store bought options as “grace milk.” She went on to call it this and felt so good under this perception, knowing that “back when” her baby simply would not have lived. This homemade formula became my grace milk, and it served us beautifully for the first year of my son’s life until we transitioned to whole milk. We were only 20 minutes from the farm where I purchased his milk (sold legally as “pets milk”), and the rest of the ingredients I purchased either online or in store. I’ll leave you the recipe below and the link here for the full directions and answers to probably any questions you may have!
- 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
- 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey
- 4 tablespoons lactose
- 1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis
- 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream
- 1/2 teaspoon unflavored high-vitamin or high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil or 1 teaspoon regular cod liver oil
- 1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon expeller-pressed sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
- 2 teaspoons gelatin
- 1-7/8 cups filtered water
- 1/4 teaspoon acerola powder