Homemade Baby Formula Kit

Homemade Baby Formula Kit

Nourishing Traditions Kit for Homemade Baby Formula

I was so very excited to find this kit when we had to supplement my milk supply.  If you read the post on coconuts, you know that much time was spent researching nutrition options for our infant.  Among the options to supplement breastmilk, I believe that homemade formula is one of the best for infant nutrition.

Why a homemade formula?  Because it is the only way to know exactly what it is that you are feeding your child.  If that knowledge is important to you, this is the only way to do it.  The nutrition of your child is more important to you and your child than it is to anyone else on the planet (–especially big business).

Why not just purchase the best organic formula from Whole Foods?  This is something that I researched.  I read somewhere that the DHA, even in the most elite of the “organic” formulas is extracted from the source with carcinogenic hexanes.

Do not take my word for what is best for your baby.  Do your own research.  Above all, do what you feel is best for your baby.  Only you can do that.

Coconut Oil, Coconut Juice, Coconut Milk, & Coconuts: Nutrition for Babies

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It took us 4+ lactation consultants, 2 midwives, an ENT, 2 frenectomies, a dysphagia specialist, a Modified Barium Swallow Study, physical therapy, double-pumping with a hospital grade pump (every 2-3 hours, around the clock), donor breastmilk, a list of lactogenic herbs, nipple blisters, mastitis, and 7 weeks to establish breastfeeding.

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During our 7-week circus, I ran out of milk…several times.  It was heartbreaking.  Nevertheless, I had many hours in which I was hooked up to pump, and thus I spent many hours researching options for our newborn’s nutrition.  One of my delightful discoveries was the option of coconut juice/water/milk/oil for infant nutrition.  Apparently coconut is one of the least likely foods to elicit an allergy, and it is the first food fed to Thai babies.  In addition to being safe for infants, it is composed of the main fatty acid found in breast milk –lauric acid.

To assist you in navigating the benefits of the various renderings of the coconut, some basic descriptions may be helpful.

Coconut Glossary:

 Coconut Juice – This is the liquid from a young, green coconut, before it matures to the brown coconut.  This may be presented in stores as “coconut water”, but the juice is more flavorful than the coconut water from a mature, brown coconut.

Coconut Water – This is the liquid from a mature, brown coconut.  It is not as sweet as coconut juice from the green, immature coconut.

Coconut Milk – This white liquid is often used in cooking, and can be made from coconut “meat”.  (The process of making coconut milk is in a link below.)

Coconut Oil – This is solid, translucent white oil at room temperature.  There are many, many applications for this miracle oil.

 

Here are some of the resources I found in my research.  I hope they are helpful for you!

Coconut ‘meat’ provides B vitamins, protein, zinc, phosphorus and iron. Experts used to believe that coconut is too high in unhealthy fats to be considered a useful addition to the diet – but more recent research has suggested that the fat in coconut is actually very good for us!

This is because it is high in lauric acid, which also happens to be the main fatty acid found in breast milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and is believed to protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

Read more:  http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/can-babies-eat-coconut.html#ixzz21BTwd8UX

Here there are “formula” recipes* with goat milk & green coconut juice.
Here is a coconut milk based “formula” recipe.
Recipe for homemade coconut milk.
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*Because I was offering at least half of our son’s nutrition from breastmilk, I used the following simple recipe for our baby.
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Coconut Juice & Goat Milk Infant Formula Recipe
2 oz Green/Young Coconut Water or Juice
3 oz Goat Milk
Infant probiotics
I strongly advise against the use of any white or brown or raw sugar –no matter how small the amount– in infant formula recipes.  Young coconut juice is naturally sweet.