The Basics of Making Your Own Milk Formula

There is hardly anything that can replace the benefits of breastfeeding for your baby. Experts agree that this is the recommended option for your child’s long term health and development. However, there are situations in which breastfeeding is hard to come by. This generally happens either because the mother is ill and unable to breastfeed, or because the baby might be sensitive to breast milk.

This is when a milk formula is considered. Whether commercial or homemade, formula has the role to simulate the properties of human milk and become a complete or partial substitute for it.

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Commercial formula and its dangers

One of the dangers the commercial formula may present is the BPA, or bisphenol A, an organic synthetic compound usually found in the packaging of the product. It has been categorized as a hormone disruptor and linked to several health problems to the brain, breast or prostate, has been referred to as a contributor to ADHD, early puberty and risk of obesity.

One other risk of the commercial product is the processing under high heat it is exposed to, which typically leads to the formation of advanced glycation end products, called AGES. For the health and safety of your child, you might want to know that the AGEs present in the commercial form have been linked to an increased risk for diabetes and insulin resistance as well as heart diseases.

Homemade formula risks

Firstly, there’s a risk of an imbalance of nutrients and that the formula made in the kitchen doesn’t cover the right doses your baby needs of each nutrient. This could happen either because the recipe doesn’t properly cover the requirements or due to errors in measurements in the preparation. This might lead to excessive weight gain, undernourishment or other short and long term complications.

There’s also a risk of contamination and exposure to different types of bacteria to consider. This happens because there is no regulation to supervise or guidelines for a mother to follow in the preparation, handling and storage of the homemade formula.  Meaning that while the homemade alternative may be safer and healthier for your child, it requires high caution.

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Basics to making your own formula

Keeping in mind both the benefits and dangers of choosing the homemade milk formula, some mothers still prefer it over the commercial formula. If you’re one of them, here are the basics you need to know.

Generally speaking, the recommended recipe is the formula of raw milk for babies. It takes into account the information that the best alternative to the breast milk is considered to be the raw milk from grass-fed cows. It also accounts for making the formula easier to digest for your baby.

List of ingredients:

  • Whole raw cow milk (2 cups)
  • Water ( 2 cups)
  • Liquid whey (1/4 cup). Never use the powdered, commercialized one, especially those that come from making cheese. You can make your own homemade whey or you can use those from raw milk, kefir, or yogurt.
  • Acerola powder (1/4 teaspoons)
  • Lactose (4 tablespoons)
  • Coconut oil (2 teaspoons)
  • Unflavored high-vitamin cod liver oil (1/2 teaspoon)
  • bifidobacterium infantis powder (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Quality cream  (2 or more tablespoons) ,
  • High-vitamin butter oil (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Expressed sunflower oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Nutritional yeast flakes (2 teaspoons)
  • Gelatin (2 teaspoons)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (1 teaspoon)

Instructions:

  1. Put the water into a measuring cup. Try to get about two spoonfuls from it.
  2. When you have about 1 and 7/8 cups of water, pour half of it into the pan.
  3. Place it on medium heat.
  4. Add the lactose and gelatin in the pan. Dissolve.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Add the other half of water to make the mixture cool.
  7.  Add the butter  and coconut oil into the mixture.
  8. Place the other ingredients into a blender.
  9. Add the mixture into the blender.
  10. Place it in a bottle. Refrigerate.

There are variations of this recipe using goat milk, but not recommended due to the fact the goat milk is rich in fat, lacks folic acid and is low in vitamin B12. All of which are important to your child’s growth and development.

Get Your Baby to Eat His Food: Here’s How

Feeding your baby could be a great challenge on your part, especially if you have just started  to introduce something that your baby has never tasted before. Feed him using a spoon and you’ll surely get disappointed because your baby will just close her mouth or whisk the spoon. He will not eat what you are feeding him. This, of course, will cause you to worry because you want to give only the best for your baby. You want to feed him with nutritious food other than milk.

If your baby doesn’t like the food that you give him, just relax and don’t worry. This reaction displayed by your baby is normal and only shows that he his already growing up. This reaction shows that your baby is starting to claim his independence in his own little way. His refusal to eat or be spoon fed is a sign of growing up and progress of how he wants to feed himself. During this stage, the baby becomes more aware of his own self and his surroundings. He wants to do what he wants and refusing to eat from the spoon is his own way of saying that he doesn’t  want to be spoon fed.

Instead of feeling disappointed and worried about the behavior of your baby when you feed him, you have to think of some ways that can make your baby forget that he doesn’t want to be spoon fed. You have to do something to make your baby want or accept what you are feeding him. For instance, you can start by giving him finger foods. Let him hold it and allow him to feed it in his mouth. He will most likely enjoy what he is doing.

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You want to get your baby’s heart and attention, especially if you talk about feeding him. You want him to eat what you have prepared for him. To get his attention and approval of what you want him to eat and to have a harmonious relationship with your baby during meals, you can follow some of these tips:

1. Set the perfect time

When you can feed your baby so that he will accept what you have prepared for his meal. In most cases, the best time to feed your baby is when he just woke up in the morning or after a nap in the afternoon. For your baby’s first solid food you must give him nutritional foods. Don’t overfeed your baby. Do not starve him first before feeding him.

2. Give your baby different foods

This so that he will not limit himself with the food that you always give him. Giving him different kinds of food will allow him to enjoy a variety of foods.

3. Never give up

Keep trying even if your baby refuse to eat a particular food. If he refuse to eat a particular food now, you can try giving it again to him the following day or some other days. If your baby will always see that same food you offer, he will become familiar with that particular food. In the end, he will enjoy eating it.

4. Mix food

If during the first few days you have given your baby plain food, like a carrot, be sure to mix something or blend something with the carrot to improve its taste and presentation the next time you feed him. You can place or add salt to improve its taste. This way, your baby will be attracted to the carrot dish and will enjoy eating other new food on the table.

5. Name the food you feed

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Help your baby identify what you are feeding him. For example, if you’re holding an apple to eat, tell your baby that your holding apple before putting it in his mouth. Once the baby can already identify what you have for him, he will most likely accept it.

6. Bring your kid in the kitchen

Make your baby aware of what you are doing, especially if you are cooking. Allow him to stay with you in the kitchen as you cook. He will see what you are doing. He will also smell what you are cooking. Seeing you prepare and cook the food will make him appreciate what you will feed him.

7. Eat in the dining table

During meal time, let your baby sit with the whole family at the dining table. Your baby will see that everybody enjoys eating. As he sees everybody eating, he will eventually eat his meal without any fuss.

Feeding your baby, after all, is not a problem. All it takes is being patient and understanding of your baby’s needs.  

List of Healthy Foods Your Baby Should Eat

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Those small little feet and hands! In their cute innocence lies your entire world. Parents can cross any mile for their children’s happiness and are concerned about their healthy well-being at all the stages of life. To maintain their children’s healthy life, a mother has to take care of their intake even while they are pregnant.

Mother’s’ milk is the best food for the newborn. Gradually as they grow, solids are to be incorporated in their diet. This is the time when they are introduced to the world of tastes and textures.  Here we have listed out some of the best healthy foods for your toddler of 6 months or more.

Whole grains, Barley, Brown rice, and Oats

Nothing can be as healthy as baby cereals made from whole grains, oats, and brown rice. You can mix these ingredients well with breastmilk or baby formula and make a fine paste much lively for your younger one.

Bananas

Easy-to-peel and perfectly packed nature’s gift in the form of bananas are a great source of sustained energy for kids. No cooking is required, just mashing it up with water will give a good consistency and if you want it to be little creamy add it with few spoons of milk.

Sweet potatoes

The yum sweet potato mash is a great food as it contains beta-carotene good for healthy skin and protects your toddler from infections. It can be baked or steamed till it turns soft and then pureed. It tastes delicious and is surely a wonderful choice as a baby’s first food.

Avocados

High in nutrition content and unsaturated fats good for baby’s brain and physical development– avocados are a must food for your baby. To start with, mash it with a fork and mix into a paste with other fruits and veggies or yogurt and make it a wonderful snack or meal for your child.

Dark leafy greens

Loaded with high amounts of iron, proteins and minerals; dark leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are great food for babies. You can boil these leafy foods, mash it and add little sweet and water for a better taste.

Veggies like Broccoli and sprouts

Broccoli is a powerhouse as it’s packed with Vitamin-C, iron and various other nutrients. Broccoli can be served in puree form by steaming it and making a pulp which you can mix with little water (or milk for a creamy texture). You can add this with other sweet tasting veggies like sweet potato or squash. When your baby moves to finger foods, you can serve this crunchy broccoli by cutting it into tiny pieces.

Whole-milk Yogurt

The best way to introduce your child in probiotics is to serve them yogurt. Good for the immune system, yogurt is full of vitamins and minerals. This yogurt can be served plainly or mixed with mashed avocados or other fruits like bananas or apples.

Homemade soups

The perfect food for babies that retains its goodness and where you can show your creativity by using any of the combination of foods are homemade soups. You can make a soup of any preferred veggie like zucchini, spinach etc. and gradually add in oats, cereals, beans and other healthy options to it.

Fruits like apples and blueberries

Good for baby’s brains and eyes you can create a mix of these fruits by boiling, steaming or baking them till they get soft and then mashing it with little drops of water or milk. Once your baby starts getting used to solid foods reduce the amount of liquid in the mixture.

Meat

Rich in proteins and iron, meat can be introduced to babies if presented in proper form. It’s essential to tenderize it, cook and then puree it to make it digestible for your kids.

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Start with 1 or 2 tablespoons of food once a day and then gradually increase the volume slowly. Don’t be prompted to add sugar or salt initially to their diet but just food in its pure form. This will let you analyze if your kid is allergic to certain types of food.

Food Pregnant Moms Should Eat

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For all expectant mothers out there, it is vital that they should maintain a healthy diet. Gone are those days wherein they indulge themselves to their midnight cravings of chocolates and doughnuts. On this very important milestone of their life, they are simply not eating for the benefit of their own stomach but for the nourishment of their babies as well.

Replacing those sought after sweet treats and mouth-watering fatty viands is tough to beat especially if you have grown accustomed to eating that kind of diet. However, if you keep in mind that you are doing this for your child, then you will be able to set your nutritional priorities in no time. Break ties with your insatiable cravings right away, and your sacrifice will pay off in no time.

With the myriad of food selection to choose from, it can be very challenging if you don’t know what to look for. Knowing the essential nutrients needed by your baby will aid you in selecting the right food for the both of you. Once you’ve got that covered, you can now confidently head to the nearest market and look for the food source of these nutrients.

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WHOLE GRAINS

This food is enriched with folic acid, iron, and fiber which would make this as an ideal everyday staple food. Folic acid helps in preventing neural tube disorders which can pose a problem in your baby’s development. Iron, on the otherhand, is needed to supplement the increasing body’s demand. Women are more susceptible to iron deficiency anemia. Hence, during pregnancy, it is vital that there will be a constant source of this particular nutrient in your everyday diet because your baby also needs iron to increase production of blood. Fiber is important for you overall wellness as it prevents the onset of constipation. So, what are you waiting for? Replace white bread and rice with a diet that is rich in whole grains like your oatmeal and practically any food that contains wheat.

BEANS

Mr. Bean has always been our favourite cartoon character, but how about the food itself? Beans are a good source of protein, fiber, iron, folate, calcium and zinc. With these set of benefits, you should be motivated to add beans in your diet, right? Well, some may actually like beans but there are also some people who are hesitant to give these babies a try. However, there are a lot of delectable bean recipes available. It is all a matter of preference and giving one of these recipes a try. Who knows? You might even start craving for more.

SALMON

You might be wondering “what makes this fish so special?”. Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for the development of your baby’s brain and eyes. Its mercury content is also relatively low as compared to other fishes in the market so it’s completely safe to consume up to 12 ounces per week. Don’t be afraid to get creative as you find ways on how to cook salmon. You will never run out of ways as far as this fish is concerned so your dinner table will never get boring.

EGGS

As far as versatility is concerned, eggs are on top of your list. It can easily be added into all forms of delicacies so transitioning from your old diet to an even healthier one would not be a problem at all. The fact that this food is packed with innumerable nutrients makes it even all the more palatable to all expectant mothers out there. However, you need to steer clear from undercooked or raw eggs because the risk of contamination is high. Hence, it is safer if you just simply cook them instead.

BERRIES

If you are still not convinced in converting yourself into eating healthy foods, then berries should change your mind. Who doesn’t love them, anyway? You can just munch on them even if you are on the go. Think of it as if you are just eating junk food only this time, it is on a healthier level. These snack treats can even be added on pancakes or on your cereals. Just get creative and the possibilities are endless. Berries may not look like much, but it is actually loaded with folate, fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium. Looks can be really deceiving, isn’t it?