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Feeding an Adopted Newborn

by (123) Updated December 18, 2011 at 3:50 AM Created October 30, 2011 at 8:57 PM

My wife and I are just starting the process of adoption. Aside from buying breast milk at $2 an ounce that's about $40 - $50 a day! Are there other options aside from cows milk formula for feeding this baby's developing gut?

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4873 · October 30, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Here's the cheapest and best solution: induce milk production: Here

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32175 · October 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Check out Eats on Feets and Google "Milk sharing." You shouldn't have to pay anything but shipping/packaging costs through these agencies.

If that doesn't work, or you need to supplement, here are some home-made formula recipes: http://www.realmilk.com/formularecipes.html#vgmf

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3224 · October 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Well, there's goat milk formula and there's a Weston Price version of baby formula, which is a recipe (and I've heard mixed reviews of it). Honestly, I'm super pro breastfeeding... nursed my oldest for several years and the 19 month old is going strong. Neither of them got a drop of formula. Still, I'd probably opt for formula and get organic if possible rather than mess around with some recipe from the internet. I'd avoid soy formula like the plague, of course. I'd also try, if possible, to buy some breast milk, or see if there's a mom in your area with an oversupply issue who'd be willing to pump for you for a while, maybe in exchange for babysitting services or something. Even if your little one could get some breast milk for a little while, that would be better than nothing.

If you don't already know about it, you should check out the forums at Mothering.com. Lots of naturally minded parents there.

And oh, by the way, congratulations on your impending parenthood!

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80 · December 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

There is a milk sharing network that was created by some moms on Facebook. Its called HM4HB - Human Milk for Human Babies. http://www.hm4hb.net/

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527 · December 18, 2011 at 3:50 AM

You might want to contact Angelo from Latest in Paleo. His wife had a baby earlier this year and they ended up using a combination of methods to make sure the little one had enough food--from donor milk to using a Weston A. Price Foundation recipe (or two). He might have some suggestions for you.

Congratulations!

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19504 · October 31, 2011 at 12:11 AM

As others have said. Free is an option. We have this in our area. Look for an attachment parenting group. This will get you to the breast milk.

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