Q: I cannot breast feed, and my baby is allergic or sensitive to dairy infant formula from the store, and I heard soy formula is dangerous. What's the next best option?
A: Please read this page in FULL and you will find out some great suggestions including videos and recipes!
1) Join Yahoo Health Group of knowledgeable moms and search their forum about homemade raw milk formula: Yahoo Health Group NewWAPHB offers SUPPORT for Homemade Baby Formula.
2) Read about Whole Food Baby Formula: RealMilk.com Whole Foods Baby Formula which has FAQs and resources.
3) Watch these helpful videos by moms who have become experts in making the formula:
a) The Healthy Home Economist - Video on how to make your own raw milk infant formula (Note: using RAW (unpasturized) milk from goats or cows which are grassfed often is the solution for babies sensitive to commercial dairy infant formula. Babies are often not allergic to milk. Instead, they are allergic to the pasteurized version of the milk! Read more details below to understand.)
b) Video by Angie Hepp: She walks you step by step and shows you all the details in this 9 minute video tutorial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NATkyZNMQQ
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Is your baby really allergic or sensitive to milk dairy?
Probably not. Have you tried RAW MILK? (unpasteurized and fresh from grassfed cows, goats, or sheep)
Raw milk, as compared to pasteurized milk, is very well tolerated by babies sensitive to dairy. Many babies are allergic to PASTEURIZED milk, but not raw milk. This is because pasteurization kills off all the helpful enzymes and beneficial bacteria making the milk very hard to digest. In addition, commercial dairy cows and commercial organic cows are fed CORN and grains, not grass. The corn and grains pass into the milk and make the dairy highly allergic for many babies.
This was the case for my baby who got horrible gas pains, colic, and skin rashes after having any trace of pasteurized dairy such as organic commercial infant formula (or my breastmilk after I consumed pasteurized dairy).
Your baby's "allergy" to dairy may be a blessing in disguise since commercial formulas are not healthy and loaded with corn syrup and processed junk ingredients. You can make your own healthy organic whole food version of a hypo-allergenic infant formula which is infinitely more nutritious than any store-bought commercial formula.
You can search for excellent sources of raw milk and grassfed milk using the Weston A. Price Foundation's mobile app: Find Real Food
How to make infant formula using natural ingredients and raw milk
Video 1: (original filming 2010)
Video 3: HOW TO SAVE TIME MAKING THE FORMULA
By Angie Hepp - Tutorial of how she makes her baby formula for the day every morning in under 10 minutes:
WHERE TO BUY INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THE INFANT FORMULA?
The easiest way is to purchase them all together as a "KIT: Ingredients for Homemade Baby Formula". Buying the "Kit" includes the ingredients recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation. The other option is to buy each ingredient individually by following the product links within the recipes on this post.
Raw Goat Milk Infant Formula
This recipe is VERY well tolerated by babies who are allergic to milk and moms looking for a healthy substitute to using hypoallergenic formula.
Makes 36 ounces. Prep Time: 10-15 min per day. RECIPE HERE:
Raw Cow Milk Infant Formula
Makes 36 ounces. Prep Time: 10-15 min per day
Raw milk, as compared to pasteurized milk, is very well tolerated by babies sensitive to dairy. Many babies are allergic to PASTEURIZED milk, but not raw milk. This is because pasteurization kills off all the great enzymes and beneficial bacteria making the milk hard to digest. This was the case for my baby who got horrible gas pains, colic, and skin rashes after having any trace of pasteurized dairy.
This milk-based formula takes account of the fact that human milk is richer in whey, lactose, vitamin C, niacin, and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to cow’s milk but leaner in casein (milk protein). The addition of gelatin to cow’s milk formula will make it more digestible for the infant. Use only truly expeller-expressed oils in the formula recipes, otherwise they may lack vitamin E.
The ideal milk for baby, if he cannot be breastfed, is clean, whole raw milk from old-fashioned cows, certified free of disease, that feed on green pasture. For sources of good quality milk, see www.realmilk.com or contact a local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. You can also search for excellent sources of raw milk and grassfed milk using the iPhone mobile app: Find Real Food
If the only choice available to you is commercial milk, choose whole milk, preferably organic and unhomogenized, and culture it with a piima or kefir culture to restore enzymes.
Dairy-Free Soy-Free Hypoallergenic Infant Formula (aka Liver-Based Formula)
For babies who don't tolerate the homemade raw goat milk formula listed above. Makes about 36 ounces
The liver-based formula also mimics the nutrient profile of mother’s milk. It is extremely important to include Coconut Oil in this formula as it is the only ingredient that provides the special medium-chain saturated fats found in mother’s milk. As with the milk-based formula, all oils should be truly expeller-expressed (and organic when available).