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RECIPE: Make your own Non-GMO Infant Formula

GMO Inside is calling on the largest US manufacturers of infant formula (Similac, Enfamil, Gerber Good Start, and Well Beginnings) to remove nanoparticles from their products, as there are mounting concerns about the health impacts of nanoparticles, particularly for infants, whose immune systems are not fully developed.

While a number of organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend breastfeeding as the best choice for infants to prevent infections, allergies, and chronic conditions, breastfeeding is not a viable option for many mothers and infants. For infants who can’t nurse, there are a few non-GMO options, such as purchasing breast-milk from a donor bank or making your own. GMO Inside has pulled together the following recipe from research and feedback from mothers who are unable to nurse.

Non-GMO Infant Formula Recipe 

Recipe makes 36 ounces

2 cups organic milk or certified clean raw milk, or for non-whey formula substitute organic coconut milk, organic soy milk or organic pasteurized, non-homogenized piima milk.

1/4 cup homemade organic liquid whey

4 tablespoons organic lactose

1/4 teaspoon bifodobacterium infantis

2 tablespoons organic cream (not ultrapasteurized)

1 teaspoon high quality organic cod liver oil, hemp oil or flax oil

1 teaspoon unrefined organic sunflower oil

1 teaspoon organic extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons organic coconut oil

2 teaspoons non-GMO nutritional yeast

2 teaspoons non-GMO gelatin

1 7/8 cups filtered water

1/4 teaspoon non-GMO acerola powder

Add gelatin to water and heat gently until gelatin is dissolved. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.

To serve, pour 6 to 8 ounces into a sterilized glass bottle, attach BPA-free and phthalate-free nipple and set in a pan of simmering water. Test for drinkable temperature on wrist (after shaking milk and before feeding to baby).

We welcome you to share your own experience in finding and preparing non-GMO formula options for your children.

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  1. Betty Steinbach
    May 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    I need a non-GMO, non-dairy recipe. Please help.

  2. Kate
    May 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    I would love to utilize this recipe. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a place online or storefront where I can go to purchase all these ingredients? Thanks for any help! 🙂

  3. ashley girardin
    May 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    I would like to help

  4. Veronica
    May 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    I have been making this formula for my toddler since she was 3 weeks old. She has thrived on the formula! No colic or reflux or any of the other issues I had with my firstborn who was on regular formula. I couldn’t breastfeed, and am so grateful for healthier options. For anyone interested in making the formula as well, here is a little more about my story:

  5. Kathy Hughes
    May 7, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    Another suggestion is organic coconut milk or cashew milk…interesting too, the cashew nut is the shape of a foetus.

  6. Betty
    May 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Where is the salt in the receipe. Back in the late 70s there were natural formulas made that caused brain damageto the children because there was no salt in the receipe. Babies need sodium as well as the other items. By the way I hate GMOs but I wondered about the sodium here. Tks

  7. Kristal
    December 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    This is great. I’m a doula and I see questions like this all the time. Good to have a reference. I remember I made my own formula for my oldest daughter and the recipie was fairly similar to this, just included trace minerals and DHA but at the time I knew nothing about GMO’s, just soy and chemically derived substances. I think some good variations to this can be made by substituting other milk forms (goat’s milk, rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, etc) to match the needs of the family. THanks for the awesome reference!

  8. Boytt
    June 1, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Soy products should NEVER be given to children especially babies and males! It can act like estrogen and cause changes in the body’s hormones.

  9. Sally Fallon Morell
    September 19, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    This recipe is taken from the baby formula recipe developed by myself and Mary G. Enig, PhD, posted here:

    The changes you have suggested make this formula very dangerous. ONLY raw real milk should be used. If you use coconut milk or other fake milk, your baby will not thive. And soy milk should NEVER be given to babies, actually not to anyone. You risk lifelong thyroid and endocrine problems in your child if you give soy milk. In addition, you should not substitute anything for the cod liver oil–this is given for vitamins A and D, and hemp oil and flax oil do not have A and D, and will give the baby too much omega-3. All of the ingredients can be purchased from Radiant Life, and go to to find raw milk.

    To the owners of this website: Please put the original formula without the changes you have made–there is such a thing as karma and you do not want to have the karma of jeopardizing the health of babies whose mothers are making the changes you suggest.

    • Anna Meyer
      November 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Sally, Thank you for your concerns. We recommend breast feeding as the best option for mothers. We have provided this recipe for mothers who cannot breast feed. We highly recommend that parents use organic and non-GMO ingredients. Raw milk is not an option for everyone and our goal is to provide alternatives that are accessible to everyone.

  10. Miss. K
    September 20, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    Nature’s Only makes the only non-GMO store bought formula that I know of.

  11. Uma
    November 8, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    We fed our adopted infant daughter raw goat’s milk mixed with evening primrose oil, folic acid, and maple syrup. We got the recipe from the La Leche Leauge, a wonderful resource for helping us “breast feed” our daughter.

  12. cass
    November 9, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    Wondering if I can use goats milk for this recipe. ..I’ve heard you have to dilute it?

  13. Tara Akuna
    November 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Cass I make my organic formula with goat milk. You can find it here on my website:

  14. Marissa
    November 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    I have been using raw goats milk and a variation of this recipe for about a month now for my now 8 month old twins. I breastfed up to 6 months, fed babies only for about a month until 1 of my twins kept spitting up a lot. We have our own goats which is awesome and makes this option away cheaper than buying formula. I use a little over a quart of milk a day for both of them. I mix bottles individually, split the ingredients into their bottles, add the milk and leave in fridge until they are ready to eat, then I heat water to almost a boil and dump it in, makes the whole heating up process much quicker!

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