Monthly Archives: April 2012

Better than Baby Formula

Better than Baby Formula

Ok…let’s be honest. The absolute best thing to feed your baby is breastmilk. Period. End of Story. But, there has been, for whatever reasons, people who may not be able to breastfeed and want an alternative. The next best thing would be to find a breastmilk bank of some type or to plead from friends who nurse to share if possible. I myself have shared my own expressed milk with two friends in need who could not nurse their babies at the time.

But sometimes that is not an option either and people move on to baby formula. Might I submit to you what I believe to be the better option and the next best thing besides breastmilk? Goat milk. I am completely serious. It can be found in a can near the condensed milk, in the fridge next to the soy milk or in powdered form.  I used to only be able to find it at Whole Foods and then Publix.  It is now even at Super Walmart (at least our local store in Bradenton on Cortez)  in all three forms.

It is amazingly the next best thing for several reasons but mainly, it’s the closest milk to resemble a human’s. The poopie of the baby looks the same as that of a breastfed baby: yellow or mustard colored with some seedy looking things that are actually curds of milk…just what breastfed poop looks like 🙂

So, look into it if the need arises. When my supply is down, that is where I turn in a pinch.  It is also for when we don’t have enough expressed, usually when the kids stay with the grandparents during our outings and trips.  It is also a great thing when trying to give baby a bottle during a long car trip.

Wonderful and weird, isn’t it?

The Best Baby Food Ever!

The Best Baby Food Ever!

So, Kaelan now has four teeth!  Two front on top and bottom.  He hasn’t nipped me quite so much as Miranda did when her teeth came in.  But it has heralded the beginning of baby food.  But not the yucky-in-the-jar-been-on-the-shelf-for-who-knows-how-long stuff.  No; we did not subject Miranda to that either.

We make all  our own baby food by steaming or baking the fruits or vegetables when needed and then running them through the large food processor we have.  More recently we received a Baby Bullet!  It is a combo between a food processor and a blender with the addition of a special blade for milling fresh brown rice and oatmeal flour.  In a word–awesome!  Also efficient, handy or useful.  I would say all describe the Baby Bullet Food System.  If you make batch of baby food every other day for a week, you easily have about month’s worth of baby food ready in the freezer (for beginning to eat).

I am not saying it’s neccessary to have one, just convenient and progressive to a degree.

Also another note I would include is that one should always abide by the four day rule when introducing baby to new foods.  Only give the baby a new food for four consecutive days while observing whether there’s an allergic reaction.  It could mean the difference between a pesky diaper rash (or worse) or the absence of one.