Today, commercial baby formulas are none other than toxic. The first five years of a childs life are the most important to the future of their health.
To begin a child's life with this: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Milk Protein Isolate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Soy Oil, Coconut Oil, Galactooligosaccharides. Less than 2% of the Following: C. Cohnii Oil, M. Alpina Oil, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Chloride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Choline Bitartrate, Taurine, m-Inositol, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Mixed Tocopherols, L-Carnitine, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Cupric Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Phylloquinone, Biotin, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin, Potassium Hydroxide, and Nucleotides (Adenosine 5’-Monophosphate, Cytidine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine 5’-Monophosphate).
What the HELL are those words? Funny you ask-those are the ingredients of Similac Sensitive Powdered Formula for infants. Similac is the number one formula brand used in US hospitals. This absolutley sickens me. I don't get fired up about too many things, but the health of an infant/toddler-ohhhh! Just picture a kung-fu-fighter on crack that is having the munchies and just found out someone stole his doritos! That is ME when it comes to the health of babies.
When we found out we were adopting my sweet baby girl, I didn't know too much about the importance of nutrition and health at that point. I was blessed with a sister and a mentor/friendwho educated me on the dietary needs of a devleoping brain and body. My daughter was born with compromised health-you can find more on her story here.
As any parent would-I wanted to do whatever it took to ensure that my baby girl was healthy, strong and vibrant. Despite what my doctors told me and unpopular among every other parent I knew at the time, I put her on a homemade, raw milk formula. Doctors were absolutley blown away at her health and develpmental progress at her 6 week appointment. By her 6 month appointment, her pediatrician (who delivered her) said "Season, her health is nothing but a miracle." Today she is a very healthy, vibrant and intellegent 3.5 year old. In fact, she hasn't been to the doctor since her 6 month well baby check. She has had a few fevers and illness's in her short life, but has fought all of them on her own-without even tylenol or any form of fever suppresent or medication. Selah's health is truly a miracle and her life is a blessing that we give God the glory for. We are so greatful to have been able to feed our baby this incrdible homemade formula from her fourth day of life until she was 20 months old.
This milk-based formula takes account of the fact that human milk is richer in whey, lactose, vitamin C, niacin, and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to cow's milk but leaner in casein (milk protein). The addition of gelatin to cow's milk formula will make it more digestible for the infant. Use only truly expeller-expressed oils in the formula recipes, otherwise they may lack vitamin E.
The ideal milk for baby, if he/she cannot be breastfed, is clean, whole raw milk from old-fashioned cows, certified free of disease, that feed on green pasture. For sources of good quality milk, visit this site or contact a local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
If the only choice available to you is commercial milk, choose whole milk, preferably organic and unhomogenized, and culture it with a piima or kefir culture to restore enzymes (available from G.E.M. Cultures).
*2 cups whole raw cow's milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
*1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (see below for recipe) Note: Do NOT use powdered whey or whey from making cheese (which will cause the formula to curdle). Use only homemade whey made from yoghurt, kefir or separated raw milk.
*4 tablespoons lactose
*1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis
*2 or more tablespoons of raw cream, more if you are using milk from Holstein cows
*1/2 teaspoon unflavored high-vitamin or high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil or 1 teaspoonregular cod liver oil
*1 teaspoon organic expeller-expressed sunflower oil
*1 teaspoon organic extra virgin olive oil
*2 teaspoons organic extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil
*2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
*2 teaspoons grassfed beef gelatin
*1-7/8 cups filtered water
*1/4 teaspoon acerola powder
*Are you still unsure about raw milk? Read THIS!
*You can order the entire kit (with exception of milk, cream, and whey) throughRadiant Life Company
2 32oz cartons of organic whole milk plain yogurt
Large Stock Pot with lid
*Line the strainer with cheese cloth, and place over a large stock pot. Pour all contents of both yogurt containers into the strainer that is setting over the pot. Cover strainer/pot and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Once it has sat for 24 hours and strained, pour the whey into a glass jar and keep in the fridge sealed tightly in a glass jar/container. The whey should keep for up to 6 months. (this recipe should make enough for 2 months worth of whey depending on how much your baby is eating)
Instructions-(makes 36 ounces)
*Pour 2 cups filtered water into a pyrex measuring pitcher and remove 2 tablespoons (that will give you 1-7/8 cups water).
*Pour about half of the water into a pan and place over a medium flame.
*Add the gelatin, lactose and coconut oil to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
*When the gelatin, lactose and coconut oil are dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
*Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender (no particular order is necessary).
*Add the water mixture and blend about ten seconds or until throughouly combined.
*Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.
*Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.
A batch of homemade formula will last for abour 3-4 days in the fridge.
~When I buy raw cream, I will measure out 2 tablespoons of it and pour into individual baby food containers and freeze. This will allow the cream to last much longer and you will just pull out a frozen serving each day you make a new batch. This will save you money and ensure that the cream doesn't expire before you have the chance to use it all!
~You can freeze this formula for up to 6 months-just thaw out in the refigerator and heat up in a bottle warmer or on the stove top. Once defrosted, the formula will be more of a chunky consistency until heated, not to worry, this is because of the cream and oils binding together during the freezing process.
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