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Paleo infant formula?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 14, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Let's say you have an infant under 6 months old, and you run into an unfortunate situation of not making enough breast milk. Typical store-bought infant formulas are full of Neolithic processed crap. What are some good options to give to the baby to supplement the breast milk without resorting to commercial infant formulas?

61676cba57a61e0d1697603ebb768e42

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on January 09, 2012
at 04:52 AM

not really, in a tribe where all the women lactate during most of their adult childbering years, kin can step in to prevent "disaster". The mind-body form a great connection that can even help some women to produce after they've weaned their child.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on April 26, 2011
at 12:27 PM

Not sure it's feasible but you could. here is an article on male lactation: http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/miscarticles/milkmen.html

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on April 26, 2011
at 08:27 AM

Oh if you do decide to relactate..same as breastfeeding. Stimulate at the same time everyday. It is very frustrating when you only produce 1 tsp. Soon 1 tsp 10 times a day. Better than nothing. Soon, one morning when I forgot to squeeze the milk out at the regular hour while out shopping, I was sure there was some water leak from the ceiling as a drop hit my foot. I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled to realize that I had a big stain on my shirt and the warm milk had literally dripped down my leg !! You have to believe in what you are doing.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on April 26, 2011
at 08:20 AM

You could definately produced milk again. Does your child 'worship' your breasts? Still fondle them? I chose September because in Italy we are on vacation in August. Lots of time at the beach and pool to stimulate..no worries of milk stains from drops. Then arrives the 'cold and flew season"...I saw the proof in my daughters lack of colds, sore throats over the winter. What inspired me the most was discovering that adult nursing relationships exist. Very odd. But, if these women can produce milk out of pure love for a partner...then a mother can certainly do that for her child.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 25, 2011
at 01:27 PM

Wow! That's really interesting, I would really like to have the option to give my daughter some of my milk when she's poorly, (I still have "drips") so you just massage intermittently? Incidently it has been 2 years since I stopped breastfeeding ( I fed for 2 years)

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on April 24, 2011
at 09:37 PM

relactation requires stimulus. Lot's of it...massage. Much easier if the milk ducts are open due to past breastfeeding. I breast fed for 20 months and still had drops 2 yrs later so it was a bit easier for me. Still took 4 weeks and lots of patience to get any milk worth using.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 23, 2011
at 04:12 PM

How did you re-lactate?

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Actually according to the FDA this is EXCEEDINGLY dangerous. How little they know :( Instead they intimidate women into using crappy formula.

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on November 20, 2010
at 03:14 AM

Good question and thanks for asking. I'm on the verge of facing this situation myself and my wife just brought home some organic formula that has as its first two ingredients corn syrup solids and palm oil.

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on June 16, 2010
at 01:23 AM

Even in our modern era, this can work too; through online communities I found several generous mamas willing to donate their extra breastmilk to my son. A gift immeasurable, for sure!

9dce97b4c4762a78a577a11585eef8f2

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on June 16, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I laughed out loud as I read this post while blending up a batch of raw milk, WAP "formula". We have had to supplement breastfeeding since his birth, and he has thrived on this formula. He likes it better, it actually tastes like breastmilk, and it is actual "food", so I feel pretty good about it.

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on June 15, 2010
at 06:56 PM

damn, glad you read the label all the way down.

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on June 15, 2010
at 03:47 PM

I looked at the ingredients and in the Infant formula DHA and ARA (0-12 months) you find: Corn syrup solids (57%) and soy (6%) ... you find the same ingredients in the classic infant formula... So much for the soy free formula!

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on June 14, 2010
at 07:58 PM

My grandmother and aunts did this long ago back home in the philippines. It's too bad it's looked upon as "icky" or "weird" here in the states.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 14, 2010
at 01:20 PM

Here you go, i have long been a WAP-follower and this is one of their stronger pieces i believe:

http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/319.html

WAP beats SAD, but yes folks, Grok beats all.

9dce97b4c4762a78a577a11585eef8f2

(1239)

on June 16, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I laughed out loud as I read this post while blending up a batch of raw milk, WAP "formula". We have had to supplement breastfeeding since his birth, and he has thrived on this formula. He likes it better, it actually tastes like breastmilk, and it is actual "food", so I feel pretty good about it.

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on June 14, 2010
at 10:44 PM

Believe it or not, there are actually breast milk banks. I remember hearing about this on some daytime talk show. Google milk bank, and you should find several options. In some centers, the milk is pasteurized though, prior to giving it to the needy mother. But, better than formula, I say.

Some links:

Breast Milk Banks Need Your Help (Ask the Dietitian) http://www.dietitian.com/milkbank.html

Mother to Milk Breast Milk Donation Program (actually matches donors to recipients) http://www.breastmilkdonations.com/

National Milk Bank http://www.nationalmilkbank.org/

Milkin' Mamas http://milkinmamas.com/

And it goes on....

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on June 14, 2010
at 10:49 AM

I think this may also be one reason for community living (I don't mean living in a commune. I mean having friends and peer groups who are in the same general stage of life as you are). If you have a group of mothers in various stages of lactation, there is an additional survival tool, if one of them is unable, for any reason, to feed her own child.

9dce97b4c4762a78a577a11585eef8f2

(1239)

on June 16, 2010
at 01:23 AM

Even in our modern era, this can work too; through online communities I found several generous mamas willing to donate their extra breastmilk to my son. A gift immeasurable, for sure!

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on June 14, 2010
at 07:58 PM

My grandmother and aunts did this long ago back home in the philippines. It's too bad it's looked upon as "icky" or "weird" here in the states.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Actually according to the FDA this is EXCEEDINGLY dangerous. How little they know :( Instead they intimidate women into using crappy formula.

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B2b7d557e07e2450b01cf33fd690fe5b

on June 14, 2010
at 04:27 AM

You are right in doing whatever you can to avoid infant formulas! I suggest you take a look at the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. (Also take a look online at the Weston A Price Foundation for more info.) There is a recipe in there for a traditional "formula" you can make from real food. You could also take a look at Mothers Milk Tea http://www.tealand.com/MothersMilk.asp to help promote lactation. I hope that helps!

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on June 14, 2010
at 12:35 PM

Hi Gary Wu, I think your first priority should be to determine why you physically can not manufacture enough breast milk. In Paleolithic times that could be a disaster.

61676cba57a61e0d1697603ebb768e42

(30)

on January 09, 2012
at 04:52 AM

not really, in a tribe where all the women lactate during most of their adult childbering years, kin can step in to prevent "disaster". The mind-body form a great connection that can even help some women to produce after they've weaned their child.

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on June 14, 2010
at 06:42 PM

My baby is over 6 months and is eating food, so it's not so critical that the nutrient levels are perfect, but I sometimes give him a mixture of mostly goat milk with a little bit of coconut oil mixed about 3:1 with commercial formula. I found one that has no corn syrup in it (many do!). I use Enfamil Premium Lipil.

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2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on April 23, 2011
at 12:33 PM

You may want to think a lot about whether or not there is enough of mom's milk. Many doctors will even tell women day 3 after giving birth that the baby needs to be supplemented. bull !!!! Insufficient milk also happens to be a very common worry among all mothers. Please look at http://www.llli.org/webus.html, an organization providing support to breastfeeding mothers. Even if the baby is getting small amounts all day long, this is better than nothing at all. Lactation involves a lot of things....including mental outlook. Non-pregnant women can lactate and do for adoptive children. Men can lactate. There is nothing better than maternal milk, providing your diet is healthy. I re-lactated when my daughter was 4 yrs and again at 5 from September to January to give her an extra boost of anti-bodies in a glass of warm mom's milk. Not simple, but you can do it. Obviously easier when you have a suckling infant to help you. Oxytocin is also very beneficial for both mom and child, which is produced when breastfeeding.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on April 24, 2011
at 09:37 PM

relactation requires stimulus. Lot's of it...massage. Much easier if the milk ducts are open due to past breastfeeding. I breast fed for 20 months and still had drops 2 yrs later so it was a bit easier for me. Still took 4 weeks and lots of patience to get any milk worth using.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on April 23, 2011
at 04:12 PM

How did you re-lactate?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on April 25, 2011
at 01:27 PM

Wow! That's really interesting, I would really like to have the option to give my daughter some of my milk when she's poorly, (I still have "drips") so you just massage intermittently? Incidently it has been 2 years since I stopped breastfeeding ( I fed for 2 years)

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on April 26, 2011
at 08:20 AM

You could definately produced milk again. Does your child 'worship' your breasts? Still fondle them? I chose September because in Italy we are on vacation in August. Lots of time at the beach and pool to stimulate..no worries of milk stains from drops. Then arrives the 'cold and flew season"...I saw the proof in my daughters lack of colds, sore throats over the winter. What inspired me the most was discovering that adult nursing relationships exist. Very odd. But, if these women can produce milk out of pure love for a partner...then a mother can certainly do that for her child.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on April 26, 2011
at 08:27 AM

Oh if you do decide to relactate..same as breastfeeding. Stimulate at the same time everyday. It is very frustrating when you only produce 1 tsp. Soon 1 tsp 10 times a day. Better than nothing. Soon, one morning when I forgot to squeeze the milk out at the regular hour while out shopping, I was sure there was some water leak from the ceiling as a drop hit my foot. I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled to realize that I had a big stain on my shirt and the warm milk had literally dripped down my leg !! You have to believe in what you are doing.

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64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

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on April 23, 2011
at 01:39 AM

I don't have access to a lot of this stuff. I fear my baby will have to use formulas in addition to mother's milk. I wish I could breast feed.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on April 26, 2011
at 12:27 PM

Not sure it's feasible but you could. here is an article on male lactation: http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/miscarticles/milkmen.html

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on June 14, 2010
at 04:26 AM

You might want to look at neocate... It is manufactured out of amino acids so as to avoid all allergens, ESP. Gluten and soy... http://www.neocate.com/

0037d03799fbdf83d3edc63dab01ac5a

(236)

on June 15, 2010
at 03:47 PM

I looked at the ingredients and in the Infant formula DHA and ARA (0-12 months) you find: Corn syrup solids (57%) and soy (6%) ... you find the same ingredients in the classic infant formula... So much for the soy free formula!

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on June 15, 2010
at 06:56 PM

damn, glad you read the label all the way down.

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