Homemade Infant Formula

I always wanted to make my own formula but my first 2 boys refused to take a bottle.  This time around, we forced the pacifier over and over, an endeavor that made the introduction of a bottle much, much easier. This combination of soother and bottle has made my fitness journey much more feasible, because it means I can have some time alone!

I found the base of this recipe on Capramilk’s website 3 years ago and was re-introduced to it by some friends recently, so I took it as a sign that both Arlo and I were ready for it.  My milk supply was decreasing and I had a feeling Arlo was starving half the time but couldn’t bring myself to give him formula.  Thank you Divine timing.  Capramilk is a powdered goat’s milk, a go-to base for those seeking alternatives to shelved baby formula.  For the rest of the recipe I worked with our Naturopath.  We used the carrots for the beta carotene, spinach for the folate, flax oil for the GLA, and nutritional yeast for the B vitamins.   Arlo is getting about half formula and half breast milk at the moment, which means  I can relax knowing that he’s not going to starve if I leave him for any length of time!

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Homemade Infant Formula (for an 8oz bottle)

  • 1 tbsp Capramilk goat’s milk powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp flax oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 200 mg DHA
  • 1/8 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 100 iu vitamin D
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp carrot juice
  • 1 tbsp spinach juice
  • 1 scoop HMF Natogen by Genestra
  • pinch of sea salt
  • filtered water to get 8 oz of formula.

I usually multiply this recipe by 4 and mix everything but the coconut oil in a litre Mason jar, adding water until the jar is full.  Since the coconut oil is solid I put it in the individual bottles and pour the rest of the formulation in.  When I heat the bottles, the coconut oil melts and he drinks everything as long as I don’t give him too much at a time.  5 oz seems to be his maximum at 5 months old.  If I give him more, he throws everything up Poltergeist-style which is no good for anyone involved!

It is a bit labour intensive because I juice the spinach and carrots myself, but it also ensures that I make fresh juice for the family every 2 days.  Once the juicer is dirty I may as well make more juice!

 

 

 

(No) Walk in the Park

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Yuri is in Texas for a conference and I’m here with the little ones.  Yesterday I decided that it would be fun to take Oscar and the two little rascal Dachshunds to the park. OMG, what a ride.

After much whining and pulling by the dogs and just as much fussing from Oscar, I bought some water to give the dogs and sat on a bench in the shade to feed Oscar.  I started feeding Oscar, careful not to flash the families near by, when I realized that he’d had a massive poop and he needed to be changed.  I forgot the change pad, so I used the padded baby carrier to lay him on.  No sooner did I have the diaper off when he decided to fuss and roll, so I grabbed his bottle with water in it and popped it in his mouth. Silence.

Then, he peed.  He peed all over his own face, his outfit, his hat, and the baby carrier.  And I laughed.  I couldn’t believe how much had happened in the last minute.  And then I see Laila Monkey, our youngest Dachshund run by.  She had gotten he leash stuck and in a panic had gotten out of her harness.  So I had a baby covered in pee and a rogue Dachshund to get under control.  Thankfully there were no young children running by, or Monkey would have had a good chase.

I diapered Oscar, removed his outfit, placed him in the stroller, and ran after Monkey – who I tackled with the harness.  I calmed down Jax who had been whining throughout this whole ordeal and then decided it was get the hell home O’clock!

Other events from yesterday included trying a sippy cup for the first time, drooling, and getting some new Babylegs in the mail!

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He figured out the sippy cup pretty quickly!

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Gotta love the drool machine.  No teeth yet!

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New fishy Babylegs!

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Playroom Hijinx

This room is a work in progress.  I really need to figure out how to cover up the cement in front of the fireplace, and I need to do it fairly soon!  Bubble wrap and pillows?  I have no idea yet how I’m going to tackle it.

This little monkey of ours is really starting to move.  He can pull himself across the floor now and he’ll be 6 months old tomorrow!  This succession of photos happened within about 2 minutes.  It’s not going to be long before he starts crawling and forces me to get some baby gates!  Perhaps I should get them now…

Take One.

Take Two.


Take Three.

Take Four.

Happy 6 Months Oscar!

The little man is 6 months old today!  He celebrated by taking a swim in his pool for the first time!  He is obsessed by water and cannot get enough.  He went from screaming in his baths when he was just a few weeks old to being a little fishy.  Now I have to take him out of the water before he’s ready – he just wants to play forever.

Oscar is staring at his squirty airplane and refused to look at the camera :(

Oscar loves his little airplanes.  The one pictured here has since been eaten by Jax (the one with his tongue in the pool).

Fighting Sleep to the Death of Me

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Oscar in his new play room!

This past month has been quite the roller coaster.  Oscar has decided that he wants to go back to waking 3-4 times a night, and getting him down to sleep has been a nightmare.  This kid sees his crib and screams!  Even when he’s that perfect amount of tired, when most people dive into their beds and go “ahhhhh I love my bed”, Oscar goes “AHHHHH!  GET ME THE #&$% OUT OF HERE!!!!”  I’m not kidding.  Our bedtime feeding has turned into suck, suck, suck, (turns head to look at crib) cry, cry, cry, suck suck suck, cry, cry cry, for about 20 minutes.

Needless to say I am exhausted.  I spent about 3 weeks in limbo somewhere between almost functioning and barely functioning.  This past week I have emerged finally able to function due to a few sporadic nights of only 2 night wakings.  Unfortunately, people I have spoken to recently about this matter have been about as comforting as a bed full of pointy rocks.  They say things like “my son didn’t sleep through the night until he was 3,” or “I know how you feel, my daughter has never slept through the night.”  Sweet Jebus (In The Simpsons sense – not in the Polish sense, though accurate.)

Despite Oscar’s inability to soothe himself to sleep, I can’t help but stare at this little person and think he’s just the most perfect little thing I’ve ever seen.  When the crying is over and he’s finally given in, he’s the cutest most peaceful little combination of his Mom and Dad, and I can’t wait to see the man he grows up to be.

Happy Father’s Day Daddy!

Yuri reading a business book to Oscar last night. I love seeing my boys together like this!

I tried so hard to get Oscar to smile…

I picked the onesie up in Toronto last week.  As soon as I saw it I knew it belonged to Oscar!  I’m so lucky to have such super cute boys in my life :)

Guess all he wanted was out of that chair!

Oscar reading soon to be eating his own book.

The Baby Safe Feeder

It seems like Oscar is growing up so fast!  He’s just over 5 months old but he eats like he’s much older.  I swear he knows how to chew already.  He makes the cutest eating noises – definitely loves his food!  This morning when I was giving him mango, he threw a fit when I had to re-load his little eating device.  It’s this mesh baby safe feeder that allows baby to hold onto it while he eats.  Mango is pretty slippery!

The downside of using the feeder is that it doesn’t allow the baby to get the fiber from the food in most cases, and it sort of robs them of the full eating experience.  When munchkin gets a highchair he’ll be able to eat without the assistance, but in the Bumbo it definitely helps!

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Mmmm Mango!

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Next stop: the kitchen sink for a bath!

Breaking in the Quinny

We’re planning a trip to London, UK next month, so I’m trying to make sure we have everything we need!  Our latest purchase was this Quinny Zapp stroller.  It’s 13 lbs and comes with its own mini carrying case!  The best part is that our car seat is the only one compatible with it!  It’s a much better travel option than our City Select which is bigger and more awkward than carrying a hockey bag onto the plane.

Air Canada won’t allow the City Select, but they’ll let us carry on the Quinny!  Just the thought of traveling with an infant makes me shudder at all the extra stuff we’re going to have to lug around.  There’s the stroller, the diaper bag, and an entire suitcase just for Oscar packed with tons of clothes, and yes, tons of cloth diapers!

I’m unsure.

Oh wait, I like it.

I’m too little, Mommy.

This is more like it.

Busy om nom nomming Sophie.

Looks like Yuri is ready for the fairy…er, the boat.

Our cute little town of Port Perry.

Baby Led Weaning – Week One Done

This past week has been an adventure.  Oscar has tried sweet potato, mango, and pear!  I’m trying not to go too fast and overload is body with different foods.  We want to make sure he doesn’t have any food allergies since he’s had eczema since birth :(

I thought Oscar loved mango, but he was really into the pear!  It’s so cute to see him wrap his little hands around it and push the pear into his mouth.  I’ve really got to get my ass into gear and buy this kid a high chair!  He’s been eating in his tie chair or sitting in his Bumbo to eat.  At least the Bumbo is easy to clean, but the tie chair I have to throw in the laundry every time!

I’ve been putting off the high chair because I refuse to pay so much for a new one.  I’m looking to get a used Peg Perego in good condition – preferably red!

 

Gum…gum…gum…

A little birdie going for his worm!

Covered in pear, yet happily playing with his suckie.  He never just sucks on it, it’s more like a toy to him than a pacifier.  He never took to it since we gave it to him for the first time around 3 months.  Whatever makes him happy!