8 Alternatives to Commercial Baby Formula

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Here are 8 ideas to use in place of commerical formula. They are tried and true recipies that have been used throught the years. I hope this will help someone.

I did a post a few years ago on alternatives to store-bought baby formula, you can see it here. Although I never dreamed there would be as bad of a shortage as there is now. I had three recipes in that post, I have included them here but I have come across a few more over the past couple of years. So I wanted to do a new post with all the recipes in one place. I know some of these are not perfect. And there has been a lot of controversy over the canned milk one. A lot of people don’t like the fact that it has corn syrup in it. But did you know most all commercial formulas have corn syrup solids in them, a lot of them that is the first ingredient?
I feel if you have no other options then it will be fine. There were a couple of generations that were raised on it and they did fine on it. (Myself and most of my siblings included).

I would recommend that if using some of these to try and find the poly-vi-sol vitamins to supplement with. While none of these are really intended for long-term use they can work in a pinch. It will at least keep baby fed till you can get some formula

# 1, This is the canned milk recipe and it is adjusted for the different ages.

Baby’s First Formula

6 oz. Evaporated Milk
10 oz. Water, Boiled
1 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar OR Corn Syrup

Baby’s Second Formula

10 oz. Evaporated Milk
15 oz. Water, Boiled
2 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar OR Corn Syrup

Baby’s Third Formula

13 oz. Evaporated Milk
19 oz. Water, Boiled
3 Tbsp. Sugar OR Corn Syrup
( I know corn syrup is not good for you and most is from GMO corn. So if you can get organic and non-GMO,  or use sugar it would be better. But in a crisis situation or an emergency you know you can use plain corn syrup. Also never use honey.

Gradually shift from the first formula to the third formula over the first 4 months, increasing
the amount as your baby grows. After this, if the baby is gaining weight and eating solids,
you would give undiluted whole milk or evaporated milk diluted with equal parts of water,
and omit the sugar.

#2 This one uses powdered goat’s milk which most stores carry now.
4 Tbs powdered goats milk
4 tsp. Coconut oil
4 tsp xylitol syrup
½ tsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
32 oz. Warm filtered water

Mix well, the molasses has b vitamins, iron, calcium, and trace minerals.

#3 I have heard of people using this, especially in other countries where they couldn’t get baby formulas
they would use Nideo. It is usually in the Mexican food aisle at the store. It is a full-fat milk powder. Then at 3 months they would cook rice in extra water, blend then add the Nido

#4 For the babies that are lactose intolerant or have sensitive stomachs you can use this recipe that is dairy-free. ( Don’t forget to supplement with vitamin drops)

1 cup of cooked rice (can be any type of rice, but brown rice has more nutritional value)
4 cups of water
2 tablespoons of white granulated sugar
Combine all ingredients into the blender.
Blend until all ingredients are completely liquefied. It will take around 5 minutes for this process to be completed using a standard blender.
any unused portions should be refrigerated.
Discard all remaining formula after two days.


#5 . These next two are a little more complex and have a lot of ingredients that you may not have access to.
They come from Sally Fallon’s book “Nourishing Traditions” ( A book that I highly recommend)

Raw Milk Baby Formula
(Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon)
Makes +- 1 liter.
The addition of gelatine to cow’s milk formula will make it more digestible for the infant. Use only truly expeller-expressed oils in the formula recipes, otherwise, they may lack vitamin E.
The ideal milk for a baby, if he cannot be breastfed, is clean, whole raw milk from old-fashioned cows, certified free of disease, and feed on green pasture.


2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (See recipe for whey, below) Note: Do NOT use powdered whey or whey from making cheese (which will cause the formula to curdle). Use only homemade whey made from kefir.
2 tablespoons of Maple syrup
2 or more tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultrapasteurized), more if you are using milk from Holstein cows
1/2 teaspoon Garden of life Cod liver oil
2 teaspoons of Udo’s Oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons Biostrath
2 teaspoons gelatin
1-7/8 cups filtered water
1/4 teaspoon of Camu berry powder



Put 2 cups filtered water into a pyrex measuring pitcher and remove 2 tablespoons
 (that will give you 1-7/8 cups water).
Pour about half of the water into a pan and place on a medium flame.
Add the gelatin and Maple syrup into the pan and let it dissolve, stirring occasionally.
When the gelatine is dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool
the mixture.
Stir in the coconut oil and stir until melted.
Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender.
Add the water mixture and blend about three seconds.
Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.
Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER
 warm bottles in a microwave oven.

# 6, Goat Milk Formula

(Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon)
Although goat milk is rich in fat, it must be used with caution in infant feeding as it lacks folic acid
and is low in vitamin B12, both of which are essential to the growth and development of the infant.
Inclusion of nutritional yeast to provide folic acid is essential. To compensate for low levels of
vitamin B12, if preparing the Milk-Based Formula (above) with goat’s milk, add 2 teaspoons
organic raw chicken liver, frozen for 14 days, finely grated to the batch of formula. Be sure to
begin egg-yolk feeding at four months.There are a couple more recipes of hers here

#7 I found this one here at https://drjockers.com/homemade-baby-formula/, it is very similar to the Sally Fallon recipe but the ingredients are easier to find

Homemade Baby Formula

yield 72 ounces

2 cups of filtered water
2 tsp collagen protein
4 tbsp. lactose
2 cups raw whole, grass-fed milk
2 tbsp. heavy cream
1 capsule contents Lacto (optional, for lactose digestion support)
¼ teaspoon acerola powder
¼ teaspoon of infant probiotics
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
½ teaspoon of cod liver oil
1 teaspoon expeller pressed sunflower oil
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil
(optional) ¼ teaspoon butter oil
*This recipe has been adapted from the Weston A Price Foundation. Please visit their site for many answers to your homemade baby formula questions!

Take 2 cups of filtered water pour about half the water into a pan and turn heat on medium.

Add 2 teaspoons of collagen protein and 4 tablespoons lactose to the warming water and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.

While the collagen and lactose are dissolving, place 2 cups of raw whole milk in a clean, glass blender and add the remaining ingredients:

2 or more tablespoons cream
¼ teaspoon acerola powder (vitamin C)
¼ teaspoon of bifidobacterium infantis
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
½ teaspoon of cod liver oil
1 teaspoon expeller pressed sunflower oil
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Then remove the pan from the heat and pour in the remaining half of the water to cool.

Next, add 2 teaspoons coconut oil and (optional) ¼ teaspoon butter oil to the water to melt.

Add the water mixture to the blender ingredients and blend for about 3 seconds.

Pour the blended ingredients into glass jars and refrigerate.

# 7 See if you can find a mother who is nursing and might have a little extra. I know a few of my daycare Moms made a ton of milk and always had extra.

#8. Also, check your local WIC office, sometimes they have extra formula. Or they may be able to provide information on someone who may have extra breast milk.

So here are a few ideas, hopefully, this shortage will be short term and they can start getting formula back on the grocer shelves. But till then you have a few ideas that you can use.

You might also keep a copy of this for if things get bad again and you have no access to commercial formula.

One Reply to “8 Alternatives to Commercial Baby Formula”

  1. NRP & Blue

    Fantastic informational Article.
    Without getting into a long winded comment about “What’s going on” I will say everyone should be looking at ‘Alternative’ Foods, Medical, Supplies, and about anything else you need in your life, Can You Say Toilet Paper? (Remember the summer of 2020!!!).
    We have seen and have a LOT of evidence that shortages ARE coming, heck, even our own .gov is saying shortages ARE coming.
    Thank you again for sharing your ideas Connie.


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