Though the first few months after birth bring joy, they may also come with a lot of stress and anxiety, especially around breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the best option for a new born baby and the mother: incidences of future health problems such as pneumonia, cold or the risk of future chronic conditions decrease for the baby. There has also been research that shows reduction of chronic pain after a C-section for the mother. However, new mothers might not always have enough milk to ease the hunger of their newborn. A study shows that 77% of new moms start of breastfeeding and 36% continue after the first 6 months.
Valerie Latona, the founder of Valerie Latona Health Media, advices new mothers to supplement breastfeeding with formula if it comes to it rather than giving up on breastfeeding completely. It might be difficult to give milk every 2/3 hours and you might have worries about your newborn having nipple confusion. Latona’s newborn didn’t experience nipple confusion but every baby is different: avoiding artificial nipples for the first 3 to 6 weeks is the best option. If you are unable to breastfeed your child completely, you can find trained lactation consultants from this website: http://www.llli.org
If you are one of the many or know somebody who is unable to breastfeed partially or completely, here is a homemade formula recipe from Wellness Mama for your newborn if you choose to opt out of store-bought formula:
Homemade Organic Baby Formula (Dairy Option)*
prep 10 mins | total 10 mins
yield: 36 ounces
Homemade baby formula combines nutritionally dense ingredients like raw milk, whey, lactose, probiotics, cream, gelatin healthy oils and more.
- 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
- 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey (see recipe in "notes" below) 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 good quality cream (preferably not ultra-pasteurized), more if you are using milk from Holstein cows
- 1/2 teaspoon unflavored high-vitamin or high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil or 1 teaspoon regular cod liver oil
- 1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon expeller-expressed sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
- 2 teaspoons gelatin
- 1-7/8 cups filtered water
- 1/4 teaspoon acerola powder
- Put 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 on a medium flame.
- Add the gelatin and lactose to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
- When the gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
- Stir in the coconut oil and optional high-vitamin butter oil and stir until melted.
- Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender.
- Add the water mixture and blend about three seconds.
- 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.
*Check in with your doctor before using this recipe.
*Here’s the FAQ from Wellness Mama if you have further questions about the recipe: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/faq-homemade-baby-formula/
*All non-perishable ingredients for this recipe are in this link: https://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/product/nourishing-traditions-kit-homemade-baby-formula/?a=96418
** Homemade Whey Recipe:
yield: about 5 cups
Homemade whey is easy to make from good quality plain yoghurt, or from raw or cultured milk.
You will need a large strainer that rests over a bowl.
- If you are using yoghurt, place 2 quarts in a strainer lined with a tea towel set over a bowl. Cover with a plate and leave at room temperature overnight. The whey will drip out into the bowl. Place whey in clean glass jars and store in the refrigerator.
- If you are using raw or cultured milk, place 2 quarts of the milk in a glass container and leave at room temperature for 2-4 days until the milk separates into curds and whey. Pour into the strainer lined with a tea towel set over a bowl and cover with a plate. Leave at room temperature overnight. The whey will drip out into the bowl. Store in clean glass jars in the refrigerator.
Valerie Latona is the founder/CEO of Valerie Latona Health Media and the healthy living website valerielatona.com. She's the former VP/Editor in Chief of Shape and a leading health and fitness writer/editor. Write to her at email@example.com
Wellness Mama’s real name is Katie and her goal is to help other families live more naturally through practical tips, real food recipes, natural beauty and cleaning tutorials, natural remedies and more on her website. You can find her at www.wellnessmama.com