Coconut Milk Baby Formula Recipe

Coconut milk baby formula recipe - Dr. Axe

If there’s a situation where a baby is not getting breast-fed or there needs to be an additional supplementation, this is a great alternative. It’s free of the chemicals and additives that are present in most formulas and full of nutrients every child needs to develop and grow.

But I want to be clear, breast feeding is by far the best option if possible. Certain foods can increase lactation, starting with plain old water as many mothers are dehydrated and aren’t even aware of it. Even with adoption, there are cases, where mothers are able to start producing milk. Also, many new mothers struggle with getting their baby to latch properly, and the international La Leche League can possibly help, including finding a local lactation consultant.

The following table shows a comparison of the nutrients present in this coconut milk formula recipe versus that of breast milk. The numbers given are approximations. Again, this is not intended as a replacement for breast milk. You can also check out other homemade formulas to compare the nutrition facts to.

Coconut milk baby formula recipe comparison chart - Dr. Axe

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Coconut Milk Baby Formula Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1


  • 2 cups canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon collagen hydrosylate
  • 3 ounces water (depending on thickness of other ingredients you may need to change quantity)
  • ¼ teaspoon unflavored cod liver oil
  • ¼ teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 crushed desiccated liver tablets
  • 5 lactose tablets or 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis
  • 1 tablespoon grass fed butter, melted


  1. Combine all ingredients into bottle and mix well.

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  1. Gail on

    What a a lovely alternative, great for older children too. I make coconut shakes and they are so filling they could replace a meal! I mix coconut milk, coconut water and freeze it for a bit, then add half a banana and almond butter and blend the result is a very thick cold shake, tastes great too! Just made another today same as before but used frozen berry’s instead of almond butter and added a spoon full of honey, loved it!

  2. Brenda on

    1 – That collagen ingredient listed above for baby formula – what about adults just taking it!!!!

    2 – I’m confused a little on buying coconut milk. The refrigerated brand Coc Milk, I think it’s called “So Delicious or Its Delicious” (comes in milk carton looking container) has many other ingredients in it as well as caragean (something like that) that I heard is BAD. What are the other options, just canned cox milk?

  3. Rachel on

    Sounds great. Thank you. Question – are they getting iron anywhere in here? I know a lot of formulas add iron. TYIA

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Infants are created to consume animal based products as that is what breast milk is. But to make this a vegan recipe you would remove the collagen and desiccated liver and replace it with sprouted pea protein powder which is what experts in the vegan community recommend. However, going vegan for an infant is not something I suggest due to the probable deficiencies in amino acids, vitamin B12 and fat soluble vitamins.

  4. Becky on

    You mention this as a supplement to breast milk. Can this be used instead of formula altogether for non-breast-fed babies?

      • Rachel R. on

        Dr. Axe, the chart you linked to is to compare breast milk to the WAPF formula recipes, not this recipe. I think this may indeed be better than a soy-based formula, but your lack of explanation as to the need for each ingredient concerns me. The WAPF recipe breaks down the nutritional information and why each one is needed to make it as close to human breast milk as possible. I’m not a crazy loyal WAPF-er, but I went with their recipes due to the dedication and thorough information. Maybe this recipe isn’t as casually thought out as it seems, but if it’s not, please have enough faith in your readers to walk through the process with you. Mamas want the best for their babies, and they need to know the why’s, and not blindly trust you in the same way they shouldn’t blindly trust formula companies. Thank you!

      • Dr. Josh Axe on

        I appreciate your thoughts and concern. This recipe was created with these specific ingredients in order to match the contents of breastmilk as best we can. But remember, breastmilk is always best if at all possible!

  5. Susan Harper on

    Even if we are able to compare this recipe or a goats milk formula recipe, or mass produced formula recipe to human milk it would not tell the whole story. The iron in human milk is in a form that is easily digestible by humans. And the same holds true with all the components of human breast milk. Breastfeeding lasts a short period of time in a child’s life but has lifelong benefits that cannot be duplicated. Small changes in how we approach Breastfeeding and it’s replacement have a huge health impact.

  6. Hannah on

    Don’t forget there’s also breast milk donors (like me) who are happy to share!! :) Human Milk for Human Babies and Eats on Feets are great places to start.

    • Diana on

      YES! I felt like it was so much work to make my own formula and I was diagnosed with IGT (insufficient glandular tissue) and couldn’t make more than 1-2 oz of milk per day. I got linked up with Human Milk 4 Human Babies and Eats on Feets in order to secure breast milk donors (both talk about sharing community norms and how to safeguard your baby’s health). It’s a win-win-win. The donor mom gets to clean out her freezer, there is no prep for me and i meet other moms, and my baby gets the milk nature intended for her. I may try this coconut formula with future kids but breast milk donation is the way to go for me.

  7. Amanda on

    I was unable to produce any milk so my 7 week old son is currently on Gerber Soothe. I recently had EDS testing on him because he is extremely fussy, Both him and I are full of candida–he is on two different types of drops and a probiotic for 7 days. Would you recommend trying the coconut or goats milk formula? I hate all the gross ingredients in the gerber formula. I have tried four other formulas-even an organic one but his stomach could not handle it. I really appreciate any recommendations you have for me!

    Thank you!

  8. Jeff R on

    There seem to be many different dessicated liver tablets and capsules. How many mg of dessicated liver should be used in this recipe?


    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      2 capsules of 3000mg of desiccated liver capsules in each recipe. Infants should not consume over 7 capsules in 1 day so if more than 3-4 of these recipes are made as a supplemental source of nutrition in a day, the capsules should be left out after this point.

  9. Jeff on

    Hi Dr Axe,

    There seem to be several different types of liver tablets and capsules available. Is there a certain total dosage of liver we should add (eg. 2100mg, 3000mg total)?

    Thanks for the great recipe, can’t wait to try it!


    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      2 capsules of 3000mg of desiccated liver capsules in each recipe. Infants should not consume over 7 capsules in 1 day so if more than 3-4 of these recipes are made as a supplemental source of nutrition in a day, the capsules should be left out after this point.

  10. Jeanna on


    Where is the best place to find bifidobacterium infantis and which brand do you recommend?

    ~ Jeanna

  11. DonnaMae on

    For the bifidobacterium infantis and the lactose pills, what type/brand would you recommend for infants? I would love to have this formula as a back up just in case. I want to make sure I am getting safe ingredients for my son. Also, any additional information about this formula would be awesome!

    Thank You!

  12. Aimee Burns on

    Is there another type of oil I could use instead of the flax? I have a baby boy and I am not sure that I want to give him flax due to the phytoestrogens.

  13. Kate Corney on

    Dear Doctor Axe
    Thank you for this post

    Can you tell us more about how you’ve selected the ingredients and why? I.e nutrients provided compared to breast milk.
    I ask as I’m surprised to see how much maple syrup/sucrose there is in the recipe, and I’m generally interested in the reasons why you’ve chosen the other ingredients. I’d like to find out more before trying this.


  14. meghan on

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Regarding the lactose tablets- I already have powdered lactose from making a WAPF recipe for my last child. About how much powdered lactose would you suggest, in place of the tablets?

    Thank you!

      • meghan on

        Thank you so much.

        Also, you may not know the answer to this … but would it be normal for a newborn’s poopy diapers to be bright green on this formula? She is breastfeeding, and then I am supplementing with this recipe. (She seems to be doing well, after losing 12% of her weight, and we will be going in for another weight check tomorrow. Hoping she has started gaining.)

  15. Nicole on

    What is the difference between this coconut milk formula and the other one you show online? Do they have the same nutritional value? I like this one better sine it has less ingredients but want to make sure my baby is getting enough of the vitamins and minerals. Thanks!

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      They are different recipes and therefore have different nutritional value. I think breastfeeding is absolutely best, but alternating between the 2 recipes could be a good option

  16. Londa on

    Do you have any recommendations for getting the liver tablets small enough to dissolve? I can’t seem to crush them small enough and they get stuck in the nipple of the bottle, so my baby can’t suck anything out.

  17. Londa on

    Do you have anything we can add to the formula for more protein? Since there is such a big difference between breast milk and this recipe?

  18. Amy Martinez on

    Wish I would have had this recipe in 2013 when my fourth child was born. I nursed but had to supplement. I so wished for a Coconut Milk formula. I ended up giving him Baby’s Only Organic. MIlk based

  19. Melanie on

    Just want to give you a heads up that there is a typo in your chart, which may explain the extreme difference in protein content between breastmilk and your formula recipe. It indicates that breastmilk has 766 grams of protein. I believe the correct amount is 11.3 grams, based on links you provided to other recipes. It looks like the 766 number refers to the total number of calories in breastmilk, and not the amount of protein.

  20. Melanie on

    Last question – sorry for the multiple posts/questions, but I am getting ready to purchase the ingredients for this. Is there a substitute for grass fed butter? My child is really allergic to both goat and cow items and I would like to avoid the trial and error process of determining whether she’s allergic to butter too. Thanks in advance

  21. Erin on

    I made the recipe today and my baby took it great and did not have any breakouts. I did have to add more water, as mentioned. How much is too much water? It seemed so thick and wouldn’t go through the nipple. I also had to make the nipple hole larger feed her.

  22. Natalie on

    You have no idea how thrilled I was to find this website and recipe!! I have IGT and have to rely 90% on supplementation for my 6 week old baby, and was so uncomfortable with all the high fructose and soy in regular formula.

    My question is-
    What is the proper handling temp wise? I know I have to refrigerate and discard after 3-4 days but what about when it’s being used? Can it be heated and then left out for a certain amount of time?

  23. debby1500 on

    Hello Dr Axe,
    baby has been diagnosed with leaky gut,so currently reacting to everything.i have read all your leaky gut articles and are currently on the gap inro diet .
    Is this formula ok for a baby with leaky gut?
    would there be any ingredient here that should be left out?as leaky gut candidates shouldent have fibre.
    can i leave out the lactose and mayple syrup?
    is the collagen hydrolselate ok for Leaky gut?
    i may for sure leave out the yeast and supplement with b complex vitamin
    any supplementation for the ghee?
    we are seprate for our 1 yr old.pls help us.i write u in tears cause we re loosing hope as baby is loosing weight daily.Thanks for everything you do for us!

  24. AJ on

    I have a question. My girlfriend will be giving birth soon and she plans on breastfeeding, however I would like to have a back up plan and this formula recipe looks much better than most and tons better than commercial formula. I do have a little bit of a problem. The problem is that we live in Thailand and some of these ingredients, like coconut milk and water are super healthy, organic, and easy to come by where as the B. Infantis is not so easy to come by. I realize I could have ordered this from Amazon and I will but I was wondering do you have any recommendations as to what we could use that would be easily found in a country with organic foods but little access to supplements.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      I would try to breastfeed as much as possible! That’s my best answer :) Otherwise, check with a local health food store or physician to see if they know of other options

  25. Michele on

    Dr. Axe,
    Curious to know what you think, please. We just started introducing solids (baby is 6.5 months and EBF). Thoughts on giving her straight coconut oil — she seems to really like it — ?
    How about fermented cod liver oil?
    Bone broth?


  26. Alissa on

    Hello Dr Axe,

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It has helped us feel a little better about needing to give our son formula top ups. A couple of questions:

    1. Could you explain the role of lactose tablets and maple syrup. I am unsure what nutrients I am looking for on the table provided. There seems to be a huge difference in constitution between the two, not to mention a huge difference in price. (I haven’t been able to find lactose tablets for under $1 per tablet in Australia).
    Is it possible to use another brand of lactose tablets such as Kirkland?
    Also, will lactose tablets help with lactose intolerance? I am concerned about our baby getting a taste for sweet things.

    2. What ratio is the coconut milk of cream to water? In Australia we buy the Ayam brand milk in a tin. The coconut cream is 100% coconut kernel extract. The coconut milk is 82% coconut kernel extract. It is still very thick. Should we water it down to say a ratio of 75%?

    Thanks so much for your assistance. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  27. Vickie on

    I’m going to put my 14week old on this permantely as I had trouble bresstfeeding and I’m not happy with him being on cows milk..We live in the uk and the best grass fed butter we can find here is from cows that are fed it for upto 312 days a year. Do you think this is good enough?

  28. Faydra Kenning on

    is there a way to thicken this recipe? My infant has severe silent reflux, and is on Enfamil AR. She has to have a thickening agent or there is risk of aspiration. I don’t trust thickeners such as “Thick It” due to their prior history, and it is my understanding that Xathum Gum is not wise to use either. Any other ideas. I’d like to present this recipe to my pediatrician and get her take on it as well.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      You could add in more of the coconut cream from the can(the thicker part) and less of the actual water. To separate the two, refrigerate a can of coconut milk for a night or 2. Then carefully open the can, pour off the liquid and scoop out the thicker part.

  29. NJ on

    I use this recipe for my 4 month old and make it often, but my only issue is the liver tablets. I have tried the brand you linked above and blended them with my food processor into a “powder”. We still found particles clogging the nipple of the bottle and not dissolving completely and resting at the bottom of the bottle. So we moved to a desiccated liver powder, different brand. Same thing! My question is: Are there any possible substitution for the liver tablets and what are the liver tablets role in the formula?

  30. Bobbie on

    I am curious about the calcium and what ingredients actually provide it to the level the comparison chart shows? I have had my baby on this for about two months and when showing pediatrician his only concern was the sodium and calcium, and here it shows adequate amount but I uncertain where exactly the totals are coming from as the ingredients are difficult to understand (%vs. actual)

    Also I am using recipe exactly the way you show except I am using the box coconut milk as the can caused some throwing up due to thickness I believe. Thoughts??

    Thank you very much for your help, this has been a fabulous options since breastfeeding 100% isn’t an option.


  31. Vickie on

    Hi Dr Axe

    Its says on the desiccated liver tablets we have purchased 3 tablets provide 2160 mg of beef liver powder and 100ug of vitamin b12. how many should I be using in the recipe please? Im confused

  32. Michelle on

    I am so happy I found this recipe! My 9 month old daughter loves this! My question is about the desiccated liver. I always see particles left in the bottle after she is finished even though I use a blender and shake up her bottles as well. I worry she isn’t getting enough. Am I mixing incorrectly or is this normal?

  33. Kimberlea on

    Thanks for posting this! My daughter has a wheat allergy. Does this mean I need to leave out the nutritional yeast? If so, what alternative do you recommend?

  34. Addy on

    People that are confused about the coconut milk. I suggest to make your own. I buy raw organic dehydrated coconut flakes and filtered water. I use 1 CUP COCONUT FLAKES AND 2 CUPS FILTERED WATER. please do this as it is way healthier in every way for your infants.

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