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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Homemade Breast Milk?

Home made breast milk?  Not possible right?  Of course not!  The only true breast milk isn't made at 'home' it's made by Mom and the power God put in her body to create nature's most perfect food. However, it's a world these days of toxic overload, stress, hormone problems and nutritional deficiencies. More than ever it seems women are having more challenges in producing milk effectively. Not too mention episodes of mastitis, plugged ducts, wicked pain, flat or inverted nipples, and other challenges to successful breastfeeding. As well, if you adopt a child your options are very limited in acquiring breast milk. Donors with sufficient supplies and health histories you are comfortable with are not impossible to find, but aren't that easy either. Sometimes when all other avenues have been explored and exhausted, parents must supplement their baby. This can be an extremely difficult issue for a mother to deal with who wanted so desperately to breast feed.  Many times a mom will somehow feel like a 'failure' in their own mind and some women when facing this feeling will unfortunately 'malnourish' their baby because they refuse to supplement. An additional challenge when a parent is faced with supplementing their baby, is that the options at the grocery store, or even the nutrition store, regarding formulas are not the most comforting either.  While I have no idea how it feels as a woman to be in that situation, I have been right there by my own wife who has felt that 'failure' emotion, and it's hard, very hard.  But I would like to share what we have found that not only gives our baby nutrition, but in turn supports the confidence and belief of the mother that she is absolutely not a failure.  She did her absolute best - and will continue to do her absolute best in just a slightly different approach to feeding her baby.

Commercial formulas today are readily available in many varieties.  While it's pretty widely accepted that 'breast is best', there are many people still out there in the Medical field and in Science that think commercial infant formula is just about as good. A recent study published by the CDC's National Centers for Immunization and Respiratory Disease (NCIRD), published some very interesting findings.  The paper is titled, Inhibitory effect of breast milk on infectivity of live oral rotavirus vaccines.  In fact, the researchers found that in breast fed babies, the response of the immune system to a vaccine is DECREASED.  The researchers actually then recommended that breast feeding mothers STOP breastfeeding and feed Commercial Formula to their baby so that the vaccine will 'work.'  Besides the fact that the CDC recommendation is ludicrous, I would say this points to breast milk as some pretty powerful stuff, head and shoulders above the powder in a can! (Read more on the breaking story at NaturalNews


As far as types of Commercial formulas, there are cow-milk-lactose based formulas, lactose-free cow-milk formulas, soy formulas, and even some pre-digested cow milk formulas for babies who have digestive sensitivities. However, once a person studies commercial dairy and soy like I have, they would rather jump off of a building than feed those to their infant! Commercial dairy is derived from cattle that are fed chemically sprayed grains and grasses and given hormones, antibiotics, and multiple vaccinations. The goal of the commercial dairy farm is to create a herd that can create the highest VOLUME of milk in the SHORTEST amount of time. To do that, they use chemicals.  Even though it is possible without chemicals at the Beyond Organic ranch!   Additionally, cow milk is flash pasteurized, homogenized, and contains what's been referred to as, 'The Devil in the Milk', A-1 Beta Casein. Soy is certainly no better. Soy is highly processed and damaging. In fact, in one study it was shown that in female babies who consumed soy formulas, had a 25% increase risk of developing uterine fibroids later in life! Even the new 'organic' formulas don't solve hardly any of these problems. Oh and did I mention Corn syrup? Or as they now like to call it, 'corn sugar'. This is the major component of calories in formula. Contrary to the Corn Refiners Association, I don't subscribe to the notion that corn syrup is good for us, I don't care what professor they hire and pay to say so. So knowing all of this, a parent can seem trapped with no where to turn. Believe me, it's exactly how a parent feels, because my wife and I felt this exactly with our newest baby.

However, I am not a person who accepts the 'norm'. I don't 'follow' dogma or 'the majority.' Funny though, I'm not naturally a rebel either. I just look around and if see the 'norm' not doing well, I begin searching. As it has been written, 'When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.' And our country is NOT DOING WELL with children's health.   I am a fan of finding the 'narrow gate' that talked about in Mathew 7: 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." I believe I have found the 'narrow gate' to life with an amazing formula recipe I stumbled upon.

Recently we have had the blessing to have been influenced by a man who also is a fan of finding the narrow gate - especially in the world of nutrition. His name is Jordan Rubin. After learning of the excellence in all that he does from his previous supplement company Garden of Life, to his newest venture Beyond Organic, I felt compelled to read his work. And I stumbled upon a homemade infant formula recipe which he created and used with his children. What a God-send. I then proceeded to research more and more about homemade formulas and how to successfully make them for your baby. While I realize there are many recipes out there and multiple 'ways' to do this, the recipe below was our saving grace when we were forced to supplement. Our little boy is thriving with this nutritional supplement. It isn't of course convenient or necesarily 'easy' to do. It takes study, time, and dedication. However, in my mind, it's our child and he deserves better than corn syrup and A-1 Pasteurized Homogenized Fat Skimmed 'Chemicalized Cow Milk' & or 'Fibroid Causing Soy' Protein. Once you get the hang of it though, it's a breeze. In fact, I chose to make a video to show how I prepare this formula so that other parents out there could gain the confidence necessary to do the same if they choose to. The video is embedded below, I hope you find it helpful. This video is NOT intended as medical advice or recommendations, it is simply me documenting my experience with making this infant nutritional formula.


And of course here's the necessary disclaimer: Before using any infant or toddler formula with your child, please consult with your pediatrician or family practitioner. No parents should use this information without first seeking advice from their pediatrician or primary care physician before starting a nutritional program with their children. 

 

Fortunately for us, I am our family physician, so we consulted with myself, and I believe 100% this is the right nutrition for our baby.



Ingredients for Infant Formula (makes 38 ounces)
• 24 oz. spring water (Beyond Organic Reign Water is my recommendation)
• 12 oz. goat’s milk (Pasteurized is available in most stores as well as in powdered form. If you are a farmer or part of a farm coop, of course you could use Raw goat milk.)
• ½ teaspoon children’s probiotic powder (Get a refridgerated brand because if it has to stay refrigerated, it's most 'alive'. I use FloraBaby by Renew or Garden of Life kids probiotics)
• ½ teaspoon acerola cherry powder (17 percent vitamin C) (I use NOW Acerola powder)
• 2 teaspoons whey protein concentrate (I recommend either Tera's Whey or Jarrow Organic Whey)
• 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (KAL brand is what I use)
• 3 capsules of colostrum (Symbiotics Colostrum Plus Capsules are my choice)
• 8 tablespoons mineral whey powder (There's only one available Goat Whey available and it's Mt. Capra)
• 1 teaspoon cod liver oil (There are multiple good brands out there. I use Nordic Naturals Arctic cod Liver Oil)
• 1 teaspoon of butter oil (I have only found two good sources for Grass Fed Organic Butter Oil and that's NutraPro and Green Pastures)
• 1 teaspoon sunflower oil (Be sure it's Organic - Spectrum is a great choice)
• 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (Extra Virgin, Organic, in DARK Glass. Again Spectrum is a great choice)
• 2 teaspoons extra virgin coconut oil (Garden of Life or Spectrum, you can't go wrong)

5 comments:

  1. THANK YOU so much for posting this video and formula from Jordan Rubin. I have been searching for a formula to make at home that I feel good about. I've used this to supplement breastmilk and my son loves it. I wish more people would know they can make it themselves.

    Jenna

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  2. Thank you so much for posting this, I had read in Jordan Rubin's book about how he made the formula for his children, but I did not find the how he made it. I have wanted to know how to make it so I could tell any that would be open to it.

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  3. Can you comment on the presence of the free glutamic acids found in the processed proteins and yeast additives? These are some of the ingredients in commercial formulas that I have a problem with.

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  4. I know this post is old so I'm not sure if you still respond. How long is it good for in the freezer?

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