When Breast isn’t Best

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Plenty of women try to breastfeed but for many different reasons they are unable to, whether it be work, low supply, NO supply, PPD, etc. AND THAT’S OKAY!

Here’s My Story

I loved being able to breastfeed my boys. It was convenient, cheap, we slept more, and I got time with them that no visitor could take away from me by asking to feed them. I got to breastfeed exclusively for 3 months and then started the bottle.10649762_10203655152013066_4176109349101739273_n

I was looking forward to the same privileges with June, but wasn’t so lucky.

I had surgery in 2013 to correct some serious back, neck, and shoulder problems I was developing. The removal was so extensive on one side, that those milk ducts couldn’t be saved.

I knew I would eventually have to supplement, but I wasn’t expecting it to be after day 5, when my baby still hadn’t had a dirty diaper.

I had accepted the fact that I was going to need to supplement, but I wasn’t expecting her to have nipple confusion.

I had to choose to bottle feed exclusively. As silly as it sounds, it is an overwhelming feeling for someone that has their heart set on breastfeeding.

Choosing a formula can be hard for a label reader. Companies claim their formula is closest to breast milk; I was unaware breast milk contained taurine and corn syrup solids (hint: it doesn’t).

I wanted a formula that was similar to breast milk and was gentle on baby’s stomach. I had tried a couple of commercial formulas but they hurt her tummy.

I Chose Goat Milk Formula

I was not interested in formulas with a list of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce and that kept my little girl in pain, so I did some research and became interested in goat milk formula. I also made the Pediatrician and my Midwife aware that I was interested to make sure they were comfortable with the idea. Although breast is best, goat’s milk is extremely close!

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Your infant shouldn’t drink straight goats milk, because the .5 gram difference in protein adds up over the course of the day for a small body. Therefore, you need a formula recipe from a trusted, reliable source to make sure your baby gets all the fats, probiotics, and vitamins he/she needs.

Here’s the Recipe

Thanks to my sweet midwife, I found a formula that works great for Ms. June. After she did some of her own research, she found a great recipe for me through the Mt. Capra blog (link in the picture above). I got all my ingredients from the beloved Vitacost where I get most of my health products for a cheaper price (click the link to get $10 off your first order).

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1 tbsp powdered goat milk

1 tsp organic coconut oil

1 tsp organic olive oil

2 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar

1/8 tsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses

1/8 tsp infant probiotics (only needs to be added to one bottle a day)

Suggested amount on package infant vitamin drops (also once a day)

Mix 5 ounces of very hot water with coconut oil in bottle. When oil melts, add olive oil, molasses, sugar, and vitamin drops. Shake well. Add milk powder and enough cold water to make 8 ounces. Shake VERY well. Add probiotics last and shake again.DSCN0922

If you like this recipe and want a guide to making larger portions (1 pint, 1 quart, 1 gallon), subscribe to Mt. Capra’s blog (link still in picture above) and they will email you a quick printable. It is very handy to be able to make formula in large amounts so that all you have to do it take a bottle out of the fridge and warm it up!

[The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a health professional so please do your own research and consult your doctor before making any changes to your baby’s diet or health. You should always do what is right for you and your baby.]

 

 

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