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Low-Allergy Baby Formula Recipe

This week I received several requests from friends with babies asking for help finding something to supplement their breastmilk supply, which may have decreased since they returned to work or may not be enough to keep up with their babies’ growing needs.  The priority for these mothers and for me is to help them get their supply up by making that they are drinking enough water, eating enough healthy fat, and using herbal teas or tinctures to promote milk supply.  In addition to this, they may want to take their baby in for an osteopathic or chiropractic evaluation to see if any cranial work needs to be done to improve the sucking reflex – I actually had a miraculous experience with this recently that I hope to blog about in the future.  If after these two measures there still is a need for a supplemental source of nutrition, I would recommend the recipe below.  I created this by looking into the chemical composition of human breast milk on the USDA nutrition website.  Interesting reading!  From there, I put together a list of ingredients to mimic the composition of breast milk as closely as possible while using healthy, low allergy, and easily obtainable ingredients.  I also added an infant probiotic to supply healthy bacteria, one of the most important things a nursing child gets from its mother.  The base for the formula is coconut milk, which is very low allergy and supplies brain-boosting fats as well as lauric acid, a fatty acid found in breastmilk that protects against infection, especially from viruses.  This is by no means a recipe that should be a child’s sole source of nutrition, but it makes a great supplement to babies who are breastfeeding or on formula and also to toddlers in place of other milks.  If you are a parent looking for formula recipes that can safely supply everything your baby needs (but that are a little more complicated to make), I suggest visiting the Weston Price Foundation’s formula recipes web page.  Here is the recipe, I would love any feedback from parents out there who try it!  Some of the ingredients in it are practitioner-only supplements so if you have a hard time finding them, feel free to contact me and I can help you find a practitioner in your area or if you are a client of mine I can just have it drop shipped to you.

Low-Allergy Baby Formula Recipe

In a sterile quart-sized Mason glass jar, combine the following:

  • 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk, preferably Native Forest brand (they don’t use BPA in can lining)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp unsweetened, unflavored whey protein Dairy free babies can use an equal amount of unflavored rice protein or pea protein
  • 5 Tbsp. Lactose A note about lactose: Lactose is the primary form of sugar in breastmilk and it has special nourishing qualities for the brain and the healthy bacteria in the gut.  Lactose also has the benefit of being one of the least likely sugars to promote tooth decay.  Many babies who are allergic to cow’s milk formulas can still handle pure lactose as long as their gut bacteria is healthy because the most allergenic item for a baby in cow’s milk is the casein protein.  I know 5 Tbsp seems like a lot!  But if you’ve ever tasted breastmilk you’d know it tastes like melted ice cream :).  For toddlers this amount can be decreased to 3 Tbsp.  Parents of babies who are truly lactose intolerant can use 4 Tbsp of Grade B maple syrup instead to supply the carbohydrate content – this is a much better choice than the white sugar and corn syrup used in many dairy-free infant formulas.
  • 1 tsp Standard Process Calcium Lactate Powder (preferred) or 1/2 tsp KAL brand Dolomite Powder
  • Contents of 2 capsules Allergy Research Group Dessicated Liver from grassfed cows
  • 2 tsp Udo’s Infant Probiotic powder
  • 2 tsp liquid Cod Liver Oil, either Nordic Naturals or Carlson or 1 tsp Green Pastures Brand
  • 1 large egg yolk (for children over 4 months only) from a healthy chicken that has been raised on pasture.  This supplies cholesterol, arachidonic acid, and other nutrients that are extremely important for brain growth.  I boil the egg for 3 1/2 minutes (just long enough to harden the white but not the yolk) then peel, and release just the yolk into the formula.  This is optional and can be omitted for egg-free babies as long as they are getting healthy cholesterol somewhere else, such as in grassfed butter or meat.
  • Distilled or Reverse Osmosis water to 4 cups

Shake to combine (using one of those springs that comes with protein powder shakers
can be really helpful).  Will keep in fridge for up to 48 hours.  Formula will separate, so shake before pouring into bottle or cup and gently warm to drinking temperature in a warm water bath or bottle warmer.

 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This recipe is intended to supplement a nursing or formula-fed child’s diet.  It is not intended to be a complete replacement.  This blog does not replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.  Jessica Stamm assumes no responsibility for the reader’s interpretation of the contents of her blog.

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39 comments

1 Rachel { 01.28.12 at 4:56 pm }

Hey Jess! So Benjamin reacts to lactose… along with many other things… You mention here that a baby should be able to tolerate lactose as long as his “gut bacteria is healthy.” I do give him some probiotics… What are your thoughts on healing a babies gut? xo

2 Jessica Stamm { 02.03.12 at 12:21 pm }

Hi Rachel! Usually a combo of bacteria in the baby’s gut and bacteria and enzymes naturally present in milk (either breast milk or cow’s milk) helps to break down lactose. Depending on the age of a baby and the availability in your state, you can try mixing a little bit of raw goats milk or cows milk (or breast milk if you still are producing) to help with breakdown of lactose. If Benjamin is eating solids you can incorporate fermented foods such as cultured dairy, fermented vegetables, and fermented drinks like kombucha tea or coconut water kefir to help build up levels of different types of beneficial bacteria and healthy yeast in the gut. See the Weston Price foundation’s website for recipe ideas. Of course, some children just have a genetic predisposition to not deal with lactose very well so in that case a parent may need to go with the lactose-free option for formula. Good luck! :)

3 Rachel { 04.01.12 at 4:24 am }

Hi Jess! Me again! If I wanted to use liver – lightly boiled in stock, instead of the dessicated liver capsules, how much would I use? One ounce… two ounces? Thanks!

4 Jessica Stamm { 06.17.12 at 12:30 pm }

Hi! Don’t think I ever replied to this. I would suggest a 1:18 ratio of liver:formula. So, 1 ounce of liver for 18 ounces of formula or 2 ounces for 36 ounces. It’s important to make sure the liver is from a healthy cow, which I’m sure you will – just had to say it :).

5 ashley { 03.23.13 at 12:35 am }

Where is the baby getting omega 6 from? Shouldn’t some sunflower oil and olive oil be added? Thanks.

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7 Jessica Stamm { 04.03.13 at 1:09 pm }

Hi Ashley, that’s a great question! Breast milk (according to the USDA food composition database entry that I referenced) contains approximately 1 gram of omega 6 fatty acid per cup. This recipe contains approximately half that amount per cup, mostly from the egg yolk with a small amount also coming from the coconut milk and liver extract. Omega 6 is very important for baby’s development, but since this recipe is intended to be a supplement and not the sole source of nourishment I did not add additional oils to supply omega 6 because they are prevalent in other foods that baby would be eating. If baby is not eating other foods and is relying heavily on this supplement then 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil or cold-pressed sunflower oil can be added to the formula, as you suggested. Thanks for reading!

8 Crystal VT { 04.18.13 at 4:52 pm }

What do you think about using blackstrap molasses for B vitamins? Or is there enough in the egg yolk? I’ve heard some people add nutritional yeast as well for B vitamins.

Also, some use acerola for Vitamin C. Is that necessary?

9 Jessica Stamm { 04.24.13 at 10:30 am }

Hi Crystal! Blackstrap molasses would be good for adding B vitamins and iron if that’s a concern, but egg yolk does have both items. This is a supplemental formula so hopefully the baby would be getting adequate iron and B vitamins (and vitamin C) from other foods in their diet. However, if you need a formula that supplies everything then I very highly recommend the Weston Price Foundation’s formula, which does contain acerola as you suggested. It’s a labor intensive formula but they have tips and videos on the website to help moms make it as easily as possible. Here’s the link: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula

10 Anna Marie { 05.16.13 at 10:44 am }

Could I use egg white protein in place of whey or rice? We have allergies to all dairy except the purified fats and we are paleo so rice protein could cause some issues too.

11 Jessica Stamm { 06.05.13 at 10:12 am }

Sure, as long as your baby tolerates egg white okay. Egg is an excellent source of protein but I’m seeing more and more egg allergy in children which I think is due to the fact that “normal” chickens are fed mostly soy and corn (both of which are highly allergenic).

12 angela { 07.14.13 at 6:03 pm }

I’m concerned about all I’ve read recently about arsenic in rice. Do you feel that could be an issue with the rice powder? Unfortunately, the whey isn’t an option for us.

13 Heather { 08.30.13 at 2:36 pm }

This is probably a silly question but is it a raw egg yoke or cooked? I’m using this formula just occasionally so my husband can feed our son and so people can babysit for us because I have no luck pumping! So our 6 month old gets one bottle a day and occasionally will be all he gets for a day. I had a friend making us the WP formula but just liked the idea of coconut milk better. Is this formula ok for our needs?

14 Jessica Stamm { 09.04.13 at 9:54 am }

Hi Heather! Not a silly question at all. The egg yolk should be liquid, so the best way to do that without giving your baby straight up raw egg (unless you have healthy backyard chickens) is to boil the egg for 3 1/2 minutes (just long enough to harden the white but not the yolk) then peel, and release just the yolk into the formula. I will update the blog entry with this info. Some moms using this formula have told me that they prefer to feed egg yolk separately to baby as a snack rather than put it in the formula because it’s easier. One thing to note – if your baby throws up after eating eggs, then stop and look for eggs from chickens/quail/ducks that have been raised without corn or soy. The Weston Price foundation strongly recommends egg yolk starting at 4 months and I totally agree with that idea, but in practice I’m finding a lot more children developing egg allergy earlier in life. I believe this is due to the highly allergenic diet that most chickens (even organic chickens) are fed, which is almost all corn and soy. Thank you for reading! Please let me know how it goes. Oh, and regarding pumping – when I was pumping and having a hard time it was almost always on days when I didn’t drink enough water. To get enough yield to leave my baby for more than 5 hours I had to drink like a gallon of purified water a day. I don’t pump anymore because around 9 months of age my son started to be totally insulted when given breast milk in a bottle like we thought he wasn’t smart enough to figure it out (we know because he would give his caretaker the judgmental Filipino stare down). So he would just have coconut water in a bottle when I would leave for the day alongside all of his solid food.

15 Jessica Stamm { 09.04.13 at 10:01 am }

Oh man…that’s a loaded question, Angela! I still use rice protein occasionally but cut down the amount of rice my family ingests as a whole. I still think it’s better than soy protein, but will update my recipe to give pea protein as an option. Rice is just nice because it’s so low allergy but you are correct in that the new studies coming out on rice and arsenic are truly frightening!

16 Dee { 09.25.13 at 5:03 am }

Hi there!

I am so glad I came across your website. I have been looking for a toddler formula for my 14 month old. He is constipated on cows milk so I am looking for other nutritious alternative. This is perfect and he loves coconut milk! I am still breastfeeding him so I am just going to supplement him because he’s small for his age and I am looking for ways to encourage weight gain. I do have a a question about the formula. I currently have a dessicated liver from Radiant Life. It is not in capsules. How many tsp should I put in the formula?
Thank you in advance!

D

17 Jessica Stamm { 10.02.13 at 1:52 pm }

Yay for still breastfeeding your 14 month old! The equivalent of dessicated liver in powder would be 1/2 teaspoon.

18 Maggie { 10.24.13 at 10:57 am }

Thanks so much for posting this recipe Jessica. I have a 9 month old who I’ve been exclusively pumping breast milk for since the beginning (we had latching issues early on due to unnecessary hospital interventions and we fought the good fight for a month to learn to nurse but sadly it didn’t work out). In the past month or ao my milk supply has dropped and I had to start supplementing him with 2-6 oz of formula daily. I tried the WP dairy-based formula but it turns out he’s allergic to cow milk protein. I then tried te WP liver-based formula but he absolutely refuses to drink it. I can’t say I blame him, I’m sure its very nutritious but it smells terrible and it’s not in the least bit “milky.” SO, in a desperate search for alternative non-dairy formulas I found this one. My question to you is this: how do you feel about a “hybrid” formula between yours and the WP liver-based formula, in which I was to use the ingredients and quantities listed for the WP liver-based formula with the exception of the broth which I would substitute for your coconut milk and water base. I’m tempted to do this for two reasons: 1. I already purchased all the high-quality ingredients and supplements for the WP formula and 2. I’m partial to using whole food ingredients whenever possible (I really like that the WP recipe calls for whole liver and homemade whey). In other words, if I were to use the WP recipe and just substitute coconut milk and water for the broth to make it more palatable, will this formula still meet his fat/carb/protein/vitamin/mineral/nutrient requirements as well as the two separate recipes (yours and WP)? Sorry this was so wordy, thanks in advance for your time!

19 Thea { 01.14.14 at 1:18 am }

Can I use this as sole nutrition? My baby can’t eat solids yet. You mentioned this is mostly for supplementation but my baby is having trouble tolerating anything with corn, milk and soy and that’s every formula out there including amino-acid formulas. Please help. I’m desperate.

20 Wendy { 01.30.14 at 9:18 pm }

Hello! Thank you sooooo much for this post! I’m so excited to find something that sound doable and products I’m familiar with. I’ve been trying to ween my now 12 month old off her hypo-blah formula that was suggested by her pediatrician. Let me back up. I’m an adoptive mama of 3. My first two I was able to induce lactation naturally and nursed them both for up to 10months. I sup a little with formula back then. My oldest is 9. My 3rd was born rather quickly and I wasn’t able to induce. I have been able to supply her with breast milk this whole year, with the exception of after 6m I needed to sup because of lack of donor milk. We soon found out she had a high allergy to dairy. Then upon food introduction, I found out she was highly allergic to egg. I went about feeding her “nourishing traditions” foods and pretty much found her to have an FPies reaction to egg, some fruits, root veg, avocado….definitely dairy. She broke out in hives and started wheezing with dairy. Egg and avocado she broke out and vomited for an hour. It was not good. It’s safe to say she isn’t eating those foods. I fed her fermented veggies and I just bought coconut water kefir. Long story short, I need to know if it’s ok if I leave out the egg. Do I replace it with anything? I will try the maple syrup rather than the lactos. Do you recommend omitting any of these due to her allergies? Since she is 12 months old, can this be her milk intake (about 80% and 20% donor breast milk) ? I’d rather not give her hypo-formula. Thank you once again for posting this!

21 Jessica Stamm { 02.19.14 at 12:12 pm }

Hi Wendy! Wow you are an amazing mom! I would love to hear more about how you induced lactation naturally for two of your children. Wow! Yes I would definitely recommend omitting anything she’s allergic to and since she’s 12 months old you don’t have to worry about adding a lot of other ingredients in since I assume she’s also eating solids. However, if you are concerned you could add in a teaspoon or so of gelatin to help boost the nutritional quality of the formula. I like the Great Lakes kosher beef gelatin. Good luck and keep up the great work!

22 Jessica Stamm { 02.19.14 at 12:17 pm }

Hi Thea! For sole nutrition I would try supplementing also with one of the Weston Price foundation’s formulas. They are a little bit more work to make, but there are plenty of moms out there who have found shortcuts. I would recommend these because they’ve done the research to make sure they’re nutritionally complete (or at least as complete as commercial formulas might be). There’s a formula made of liver that would be low allergy and meet the requirements you have above for no corn, milk, or soy. Here’s the link: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/recipes-for-homemade-baby-formula#lbf It does contain whey but you could try replacing that with goat milk or possibly coconut water. Good luck! And don’t feel alone – the corn/milk/soy allergy is becoming more and more common because of all the tampering in our food supply. It’s great that you’re figuring this out now for your baby rather than when he or she is older – I know it’s hard now but you’re preventing a lot of potential health issues by addressing it early. Good job, mom!

23 Jessica Stamm { 02.19.14 at 12:29 pm }

Hi Maggie! Gotta love those “unnecessary hospital interventions”. After our first son was born and there was some hospital drama I told my husband I’d rather give birth in the ocean than in a hospital again! (He was born during humpback whale calving season so the ocean seemed like a sensible option). I see it’s been a few months since you posted this (I didn’t realize I had all these comments piling up!) so hopefully you found an answer since then. But I would say that yes, a hybrid of the two formulas should be beneficial and I love that you found the liver formula which is a great dairy-free option. Good luck with everything and thanks for reading!

24 Maggie { 02.21.14 at 6:39 pm }

Thanks for your response Jessica! It’s funny that you responded when you did because I hadn’t been back here in a few months and just so happened to wander back to your website today, two days after you responded :). Yes I agree with you about delivering in the ocean haha! I hope to never deliver in a hospital again. I was planning a home birth but my little guy decided to come 5 weeks early and I was forced to go to the hospital :(. We would have been better off at home and it would have saved our nursing relationship which I’m still grieving over. On a happier note, I did do the formula “hybrid” and my son loved it! Eventually I was able to sneak more and more of the broth in and used less coconut milk/water and for the past couple of months I have been following the Weston Price liver formula exactly and my son learned to love it. The reason i’m back here pestering you again is that as much as I love giving him the WP formula it’s getting pretty tedious, expensive, and time consuming to purchase a free range chicken every week and simmer it for two days to get the broth, to buy boat loads of grass fed liver, and then cook it and put it all together every two days. Since he’s 13 months old now I was thinking it’s probably more than ok to start using your formula recipe even though I’m only pumping 6pz of breast milk a day now. My question to you is this: He loves to eat an egg every morning for breakfast. He eats them scrambled. Is it ok for me to omit the egg yolk from this recipe since he gets eggs every morning for breakfast or is my scrambling of the eggs killing off all the good nutrition that he would be getting from the liquid egg yolk. Thanks again for all your help!

25 Gina { 02.27.14 at 12:07 pm }

What do you think about using raw coconut butter/concentrate mixed with water to make my own coconut milk? This would avoid the can situation, not to mention potential metal leaching or the added guar gum? I am not sure if this would be complete or if I would have to add extra coconut oil. What ratios of water to coconut butter would you recommend?

Also, I am supplementing my 6 month old 2-6 oz/day as my milk supply went down (my baby was sick and then I got sick and I just can’t seem to get my supply back up). What do you think about me omitting the desiccated liver, the cod liver oil, and the egg? We are vegetarian and sometimes eat fish. I have an allergy so I am in no rush to introduce eggs to her until I can find a really clean source. We do use cod liver oil in our house, but am also in no rush to give her if she is still getting some breast milk….unless you think it is important.

Thanks for all of the amazing info!

26 Jessica Stamm { 03.26.14 at 9:46 am }

Aloha Gina! I am always amazed at the detail and care of the moms who read my blog. We are going to have a generation of healthy kids because of moms like you! In regards to your coconut butter question, it is a great way to make your own coconut milk by adding 3 or 4 parts water to 1 part coconut butter. My only concern is that it is a rich source of fiber (about 5 grams in 2 Tablespoons) which can be an issue for some young children. I would think to try it and if baby starts having large, uncomfortable stools (what I usually see in my practice with babies eating too much fiber) then to try the other method to make coconut milk, which involves blending dry coconut with water and then straining it through a cheesecloth. Since you’re still breastfeeding there is a lot of flexibility in the formula to omit eggs and liver. But I would definitely make sure baby is getting cod liver oil either through breastmilk or otherwise. Thanks for reading!

27 Jessica Stamm { 03.26.14 at 10:02 am }

Aloha again Maggie! I’m so glad your son loved the hybrid formula you invented! At 13 months most kids are eating solids, so perhaps chicken and liver could be cut into small cubes and eaten occasionally as a finger food? And yes the egg yolk in scrambled egg is great, the only thing is that the hot temperature of a frying pan does oxidize the good cholesterol and other healthy fats in the egg. One way to prevent this is to put a little bit of water in the pan and then pour in the beaten egg so that the egg is steamed (212 degrees F – the temperature of boiling water) vs fried (temperatures of 425 F or higher). This preserves more of the nutritional value of the yolk. You can also go a step further and put a raw egg in a smoothie if he’s a smoothie kid. But you really only want to use raw eggs if you are confident in the source, such as your own backyard chickens. I know he’s 13 months old now and pumping seems to be going well, but I thought to mention that in many cases osteopathy really helps when baby won’t nurse due to birth trauma or other factors. A few years ago I had the privilege of sitting in on an osteopathic appointment with a friend whose baby refused to nurse and by the end of the appointment baby was happily nursing like a little suckling piglet. Sometimes the birth process (especially if there were interventions) compresses the cranial or neck bones and makes nursing painful for baby so they refuse it. I’m not saying that was the case with your son, but if you suspect it might be maybe a visit with an osteopathic physician who is experienced in cranial work would be beneficial. Even if a child is past the age of nursing there are all kinds of benefits for osteopathic manipulation – I take my own boys to an amazing osteopath here in Hawaii who has helped us with teeth grinding, growing pains, and for me personally she has really helped with migraines. Also, she noticed that one of my boys has the beginnings of the same cranial pattern that I have that is usually related to migraines and/or poor vision (I experience both!) and she’s taking steps with him to reverse it and keep everything in his little head open and moving. Anyway, I ramble…thanks for reading!

28 Susan { 03.30.14 at 12:28 pm }

Hi! I just can’t tell you how excited I was to find this blog post! My youngest son has anaphylaxic reactions to ALL milk including goat. I have been able to breast feed the entire time, and he is now 13 months old. He is highly allergic to dairy and eggs, poor thing. So I made him some of this formula (altered) today, but apparently forgot the water… Anyway, he woke up from his nap covered in quite a bit of poop… which seems to be caused from the coconut, which is what I was afraid would happen. So, my question is, if I actually remember the water, will my son still have the fiber issue, or will his tummy not be quite so reactive? I’ve heard that coconut milk can cause diarrhea so this is a concern of mine. But again, I forgot to add ANY water to this, so for now I blame myself. But would you mind helping me out with this?

29 Carla { 05.10.14 at 8:38 pm }

Hello Jessica,

Thanks for posting your recipe. Regarding the liver tablets, how can I be sure that I’m not overloading my baby with vitamin A? Also, how does the nutrient balance compare to breast milk? I’m thinking of trying this, with a bone broth based, and adding 1/2 rice, 1/2 pea protein, since my baby can’t handle dairy. I’m being pressured to use Nutrimigen because it’s apparently more “nutritionally balanced” than anything I could possibly make (sarcasm). Do you have anything to say about that? Thanks!

30 Nam Som { 06.09.14 at 7:20 am }

Aroy-D is a brand from Thailand that sells coconut milk in a tetra-pak box. The only ingredients are coconut milk. No emulsifiers or preservatives. The taste is superior to any canned variety I’ve ever cooked with. The box is white with green letters. The only place I’ve found it is in Asian food stores and online. I hope this helps!

31 Jessica Stamm { 06.25.14 at 4:01 pm }

Thanks Nam! I will look for it. I’m sure it would be at one of the Asian food stores here in Hawaii.

32 Jessica Stamm { 06.25.14 at 4:08 pm }

Haha yes Carla, your sarcasm is noted and agreed with, especially since the first ingredient in Nutrimigen (according to their website) is corn syrup solids. However, most of the other ingredients aren’t that bad so I wish the formula makers could just clean things up a little and make a product that would actually be balanced all the way around. In the meantime, I created the recipe for the formula on my blog by working off a biochemical nutritional analysis of breast milk so it’s the closest I could come up with using ingredients that are readily available to parents of babies who naturally have very little time to spend looking for specialty ingredients! So, it’s close but if you’re looking for something to totally replace breastmilk (vs just supplementing) I would point you to the Weston Price foundation’s formula recipes, which can be found at http://www.westonaprice.org. They’re a little more work but they are more nutritionally balanced…for real :). In regards to vitamin A, the amount of liver in the formula is only enough to match the vitamin A typically found in breast milk so it should not be cause for concern. Good luck!

33 Jessica Stamm { 06.25.14 at 4:11 pm }

Hi Susan! I’m guessing it’s more to do with the lack of water which makes for a very rich formula. Hopefully it’s working for him now. Side note on the eggs and dairy – for some kids, if you wait until they’re 2 years old and then try reintroducing them from a very clean source (ie pastured eggs and grassfed, non-homogenized dairy) they will tolerate eggs and dairy again. Best of luck!

34 Melanie { 11.21.14 at 7:30 pm }

Hi Jessica,

Thanks so much for your recipe! My daughter is 6 months old and has broken out with the introduction of both cow and goat-based formulas provided as a supplement to my breastmilk. So I’ve been doing a ton of research on homemade formulas of late, and I think I’ve landed in the right place between your formula and another that I recently purchased the ingredients for. That formula calls 1 TB of Collagen in place of the pea or rice protein. The explanation provided was that animal protein delivers the essential amino acids that pea and rice protein don’t have. Have you done any research on this or do you have any thoughts? I would love to be able to use your recipes interchangeably but don’t want to go out and buy pea protein when I’ve already purchased the collagen. The other recipe also uses more coconut milk and less water (only 3 oz, as well as 1/2 cup of coconut water). There are 11 grams in one tablespoon of the collagen. Would I need more or less collagen if I were to use it in your recipe? Lastly, I have a ton of organic agave syrup that I bought in bulk earlier this year. Could this be used in place of the maple syrup? My son has mentioned to me that agave syrup has a different carbohydrate content than honey or syrup, so I’m confused. Thanks!

35 Melanie { 11.22.14 at 11:59 am }

Also, can the recipe or a prepared portion of the formula be frozen? I use Aroy D coconut milk in 33 oz containers…it must be used within 2 days after opening and she wouldn’t be drinking that much given I’m just supplementing. Thanks again.

36 Tracy { 12.03.14 at 6:31 pm }

Hi, I was confused about how much water to add. It says up to 4 cups. Does this mean to add 4 cup or add water until the concoction is a total of 4 cups in quantity??
Thanks

37 Jessica Stamm { 01.29.15 at 12:57 pm }

Aloha Tracy! It is water until it is 4 cups in quantity. That amount may vary based on whether you include or omit egg yolks and other ingredients. Thank you for reading!

38 Jessica Stamm { 01.29.15 at 1:33 pm }

Aloha Melanie! Yes, all items can be frozen but I would wait to add the egg yolk and liver (if you’re using those ingredients) until the frozen formula is thawed and ready to go.

39 Jessica Stamm { 01.29.15 at 1:44 pm }

Aloha Melanie! Sounds like you’ve really done your research – great job mom! Yes collagen is an excellent source of protein! I actually use it in my kids smoothies and put some in my coffee each morning also. It’s a wonderful, highly absorbable source of amino acids. I carry the Great Lakes collagen hydrolysate in my practice. 1 Tbsp would be a good amount for replacement in the formula. The amount of coconut milk in my formula is to get the formula as close to the nutritional profile of breast milk as possible but as your daughter grows older this replication is not as important so you can feel free to adjust as you see fit. I would not recommend agave (sorry! I know you have a lot of it!) because it is higher in fructose compared to maple syrup and therefore hard on the liver. Take care! Thank you so much for reading!

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