Monday, February 28, 2011

Its Been Far Too Long

I cannot believe how hard it is to be a Mommy of 2 little guys as well as a wife and employee.  I have two jobs that I love and I have a hard time being able to blog.  I refuse to give up.  I love you all and I will stick this out.  There have been some fun developments here in the last week or so and lots of tears.

Remember when I told you that Oliver's eczema was out of control and he had the worst digestive issues?  Well, after many diet changes and tons of guilt and tears, I gave up breastfeeding!  I really had to take a step back and ask myself why I wasn't changing Oliver's diet.  It came down to the fact that I just didn't want to let go.  I detest store-bought formula and I know that breast is best (for my family at least since you know that I don't judge.  To your face anyway)  I remember Jason's sister telling me about making formula out of goats milk for her youngest who also, like Oliver, had a host of problems.  I did lots of research and read many articles by pediatricians such as Dr. Sears and I decided to try this goat's milk formula recipe.

This recipe is adapted from Dr. Mary Enig & Sally Fallon's Milk-Based Formula recipe in Nourishing Traditions:
Raw Goat Milk Formula

36 ounces: 

*2 cups raw goat milk
*2 cups filtered water
*1/4 cup liquid whey from goat yogurt or kefir (
contains lots of good probiotics and is very nourishing; making it more like breast milk. To get whey simply strain goat milk yogurt or fil mjolk from Cultures for Health
*1 -2 tsp organic blackstrap molassas (
start with less, add more if needed. This provides B-vitamins, iron, trace minerals, and helped relieve constipation.)
*2 tsp raw agave nectar (
adds carbs, necessary for brain growth. Organic Brown Rice Syrup is also an option as I switch between the two. Obviously honey is out.)
*1/4 tsp of bifodobacterium infantis (
I use Nature's Way Premidophilus for Infants and for digestive health have increased it to 1/2 tsp daily)
*1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin cod liver oil (I use the 
Twin Labs Cod Liver Oil from Swansons Vitamins)
*1 tsp unrefined sunflower oil (I bought this from Swansons too)
*1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
*2 tsp 
virgin coconut oil (this is very important, as it contains lauric acid which is a medium-chain fatty acid. It's an important antiviral, antifungal that's found in breast milk)  I got mine for review from Tropical Traditions
*2 tsp nutritional yeast 
(this is also very important as it contains the B vitamins. I don't use this anymore because these types of yeast are grown on dairy and I am pretty sure that is one of Ollie's triggers) 
*1/4 teaspoon amla or NOW acerola powder 
(I use amla which I bought online at Swansons  I break open one capsule per batch as it is roughly 1/4 tsp.)
Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Pour into individual glass bottles or one large. To warm, place in a pan of simmering water. Never use a microwave. This formula is best made daily to preserve freshness and to optimize nutrition

I figured that I would buy the ingredients and jump in feet first.  I also figured that once I bought the oils, vitamins etc that it would also be cheaper to make this formula versus the nasty canned stuff.  February 17th was the last day I breastfed Oliver (although I am still pumping to ensure that what I have done will work because it would be nearly impossible to go back).  Less than 2 weeks later I am pleased to announce that baby Ollie has a clear face, clear skin and a nearly perfect digestive system.  He is doing so well!  I make one batch of formula a day (with raw milk that I get from a friend's farm) and thats that!  There is now no looking back.  I am so happy with the results and I am here to tell anyone that making homemade formula really isn't all that bad.

Please please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this process.  I am not wanting to debate anyone about the formula industry and such as the above measures that I am taking are what I deem best for my family.


Darcy said...

good for you! no worries on the judging, i actually was just thinking of these types of things when i wrote my post today and after i published, i saw your email and had to laugh because i know how we can make decisions and feel judged!

Vanessa said...

I remember years ago reading in Nurishing Traditions about this homemade formula. While I am a completely "breastfeeding type", I don't judge those who don't breastfeed (or can't). I actually may have to consider supplementing in the near future as my third is having major weight gain issues. So I'm really glad to hear you have had good results on this formula. Thank you so much for sharing!!