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Sophia’s Home-Made Baby Formula

Sophia Grace Thriving on our DIY Formula
Sophia Grace Thriving on our DIY Formula

When my baby was born, I was one of those unfortunate moms who just didn’t make enough milk. But, since I understand the benefits of breast milk (but didn’t have enough) and was painfully aware of the drawbacks of commercial formula, I knew that I had to do better for my infant. My husband Richard being who he is, decided to reverse-engineer a home made formula starting with the macro-nutrient composition of breast-milk and working backwards using natural ingredients. In the process, he cut out all of the fillers that we didn’t want to feed to baby Sophia Grace.

We now have a happy, vigorously healthy (and allergy free) toddler named Sophia Grace. Here and there in my practice, I’ve shared Sophia’s Formula with a handful of patients in my practice that needed a formula that better respected the principals of natural medicine and whole food ingredients.

Feel free to customize/improve this recipe to better fit availability of ingredients. Just avoid cheap oils like Canola Oil etc. Use organic/natural versions of the ingredients whenever possible.

Sophia growing up healthy

Breast-milk is higher in sugars/carbs than you might think. Focusing on fitness, most of us want to limit our sugar intake in favor of muscle-supporting proteins and healthy fats that increase satiation. In contrast, newborn babies are trying to gain A LOT of weight fast. Being in the womb limits the maximum size that a baby can be due to the physical constraints of female anatomy. This means that when the baby is born, it’s way behind on its growth compared to creatures that develop embryos outside of the mother. Science aside, babies have to put on a lot of weight fast! So, it’s carbs to the rescue. I could go on about how/why we chose the ingredients/ratios we did, but we know you’re here for the recipe so let’s get on with it.

Sophia’s Formula Recipe

All ingredients added to empty 32 oz mason jar with hot water added to make mixture total 32 fl oz.


Ingredient Amount Calories Fat Carbs Cholesterol Protein
Goat Ghee (2 tsp) 90kcal 10.0g fat 0g carbs 10mg cholesterol 0g protein
Goat Milk powder (*5 tblsp) 175kcal 8.75g fat 13.8gcarbs 31.25mg cholesterol 10g protein
Grapeseed oil (0.5 tsp) 22kcal 2.3g fat 0g carbs 0mg cholesterol 0g protein
Molasses (*1.5 tsp) 30kcal 0g fat 7.5g carbs 0mg cholesterol 0g protein
Sunflower Oil (*2.5 tsp) 108kcal 11.67 fat 0g carbs 0mg cholesterol 0g protein
Lactose Powder (*4 tblsp & 1 tsp) 195 kcal 0g fat 52g carbs 0mg cholesterol 0g protein
acerola powder

(1/4th tsp) 0 kcal 0g fat 0g carbs 0mg cholesterol 0g protein
Infant multivitamin powder
Klaire labs w/ trace element
(1/4th tsp) 0 kcal 0g fat 0g carbs 0mg cholesterol 0g protein
probiotic powder (1/4th tsp) 0 kcal 0g fat 0g carbs 0mg cholesterol 0g protein
Zarbeeā€™s Natural Baby w/ iron (2 ml) 0 kcal 0g fat 0g carbs 0mg cholesterol 0g protein
Total 620kcal 32.72g fat 73.3gcarbs 41.25mgcholesterol 0gprotein

Sophia’s Formula Nutrition & Macros

Macro Amount Unit of Measure Scale
Calories 65.54 K-Cal per 100ml
Fat 3.46 grams per 100ml
Protein 1.06 grams per 100ml
Lactose 7.74 grams per 100ml
Iron 63.42 mcg per 100ml

Breast milk Nutrition & Macros According to PubMed

Macro Amount Unit of Measure Scale
Calories 65.0-70.0 K-Cal per 100ml
Fat 3.2-3.6 grams per 100ml
Protein 0.9-1.2 grams per 100ml
Lactose 6.7-7.8 grams per 100ml

The mean macronutrient composition of mature, term milk is estimated to be approximately 0.9 to 1.2
g/dL for protein, 3.2 to 3.6 g/dL for fat, and 6.7 to 7.8 g/dL for lactose. Energy estimates range from 65
to 70 kcal/dL
source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586783/

Breast milk is 1% protein, 6.9% carbohydrate and 4.4% fat by weight, or 5.6% protein, 38.8%
carbohydrate and 55.6% fat by calories. It is low in protein and high in both fat and carbohydrates… Or
is it? …basically, paleo blogger says breast milk skews to sugar/carbs because babies have very high
energy requirements.
Source: https://mostlymeatiswhatieat.blogspot.com/2013/06/what-can-we-learn-for-breast-milk-part.html

DIY Baby Formula Recipe