As I have mentioned previously, my diabetes insipidus keeps me from producing breast milk. At all. Babies need to eat though, and commercial formula, for our family wasn’t the most ideal option. I was able to find an alternative online, that I made for both of our kids so far. Our kids have thrived on this homemade baby formula, but it’s not for everyone. A lot of people aren’t comfortable making their own formula. I am not here to convince you one way or the other. You need to do what is right for your family. I do, however, hear a lot of comments from people about how time-consuming it must be. In the beginning, it was, but now that I have been doing it for a few years 😉 I have the process down. I can make a double batch (about two days worth) of homemade baby formula in about 10-15 minutes. Here are a few tricks that help me speed things up.
- Keep my things together. I have a shelf where I keep the bottles, the dry ingredients, the measuring cup and all of the measuring spoons that I use. Fishing through the drawer to find the 1/4 tsp measuring spoon takes time. Keeping it with the rest of the ingredients makes it faster for me. Now, you can even order all of the dry ingredients in one shot from Radiant Life to make things even easier for yourself. I did that in the beginning, but since then, I’ve found that most of the ingredients can be found for significantly less on Amazon. (I have put together a section in Cavemom Shop to help you find the recommended items there if you are so inclined). The upfront cost can be intimidating at first, but when you break it down, ounce for ounce, it’s not a whole lot more expensive than purchasing commercial formula.
- Cream cubes- Each batch of formula needs 2TBSP of cream. When you open a container of cream though, it will probably go bad before you use all of it if you are only using that much each day. Luckily, a standard ice-cube tray holds 2TBSP in each spot So, I simply fill each spot of an ice cube tray with cream, and then pop out the cubes when I make my formula. It’s one less thing to measure while I’m making the batches, and it helps me be less wasteful. It’s a win-win.
- Oil cubes – Each batch of formula also contains 1 tsp each of four different types of oil. They all serve a different purpose in the formula. However, measuring each one takes a fair amount of time. So, again, I use ice cube trays. (I find the silicone ones are a bit easier to get the oil out of). A word of advice, though, the coconut oil can be tricky so freeze, so I make sure that I don’t pour this in first. If you do, it tends to separate from the other oils and you end up having to scrape it out.
Again, I’m not going to tell you which feeding option is best for your baby, but if you do choose a homemade baby formula, I hope that these tips will help you save some time, and speed up the process.
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