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?
Here you go, i have long been a WAP-follower and this is one of their stronger pieces i believe:
WAP beats SAD, but yes folks, Grok beats all.
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.
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.
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....
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!
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.
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.
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.