Feeding Your Baby
by Samantha Huggins, Carriage House Birth
There is not a right or wrong way to feed a baby, as long as the baby is fed nutritious calories and everyone is feeling held by the process. This may mean letting go of our social scene’s gold standard on what feeding should look like, or what we have drawn from tv, movies, and books. Depending on the venue, feeding a baby can be made to look simple and very normal or inconvenient, embarrassing, even funny. These missed opportunities to normalize the many ways we can feed a baby creates a narrow space for new parents to navigate a tremendous portion of their family’s first year of decision making.
Because we do not live in a society that values the process of feeding a baby, we really do not understand how it works or all that is involved. As a result, we often frantically gather information from the trenches, which is a tough way to learn!
When I realized that I could never pump enough to handle all of my second baby’s needs while I was at work, I needed a backup plan. I didn’t like a lot of the commercial formulas; the non-GMO, low in glycemic sugar options weren’t available at the time. Even today they are expensive! So, with the help of an herbalist, I made my own. All of the ingredients can be found at the highest quality online.
This recipe is a window into what is possible. If you decide to introduce a homemade formula, we strongly encourage you to discuss it with your medical support team first.*
Each ingredient in this recipe has specific qualities that ensure growth and nutrition for your baby. There is no milk for a human baby better than human milk, but below are solid options. The better the life of the animal — grass fed, vegetarian, space to move, less stressed — the better the quality of the milk. Distilled water has had pollutants such as chemicals and bacteria removed from it. Lactose sugar is sugar from milk. Makes sense, right? Cod liver oil is important for growing brains and eyes. A good cod liver oil is high in omegas, as well as vitamins A and D. Molasses should ideally be unsulfured, non-GMO, and made from organic cane. High in a multitude of vitamins, molasses can help keep nutrients in balance and help with constipation. BONUS!
8 servings, based on 3 oz servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: No cooking required
2 cups goat’s or cow’s milk
1 cup distilled water
1½ TB lactose sugar
1½ tsp cod liver oil**
1 tsp blackstrap molasses
1. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until completely incorporated.
2. Do not heat. Don’t want to harm any of that goodness. * We used this formula with a child who was already eating some solids (six months old) and we cleared it with our pediatrician.
**Source the highest quality you can afford. Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil is perhaps the best on the market right now.
Samantha Huggins is the co-founder of Carriage House Birth, a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, certified breastfeeding counselor (CBC), and mother of two.
Carriage House Birth strives to provide top of the line childbirth and doula education, as well as non-clinical doula support and resources for people who are going deeper in their own fertility, birth work, or perinatal journey.