|Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2011 - 7:05 pm: || |
I have a confession to make... last night I babysat for the first time in my life, and the mother brought over baby formula. (Thank god this baby usually breast feeds.) I feel so guilty. I don't know what the ingredients were, but chances are it contained free glutamate from powdered milk.
Is there a safe baby formula? If not, is there a safe baby food?
I apologize if this topic has been covered elsewhere on the forums.
|Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 11:34 am: || |
yes there is,
organic rice milk,
preferably made by mom from scratch,
some organic rice milks on the shelves have other ingredients like soy.
|Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 5:50 pm: || |
Many moms use canned goat's milk instead of formula to avoid the high glutamate content.
|Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 8:44 pm: || |
Thanks guys. Now I just need to find a way to lovingly communicate this to the mom... and brace myself for a possible attack. <3
|Posted on Saturday, October 08, 2011 - 12:27 pm: || |
Should we avoid powdered, low fat versions of goat's milk just like we do with cow's milk?
For example, would this be a viable option?
Or are you suggesting that I get fresh, unaltered goat's milk?
|Posted on Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 8:09 pm: || |
Organic rice milk isn't a safe option as a formula alternative for an infant due to its low levels of protein but it can be an option for toddler if consumed with a diet high in calcium and protein.
There are safe baby food options out there but the best is to simply steam fresh vegetables, then puree them with a little water in a food processor. You can make a large batch, then freeze proportions in ice cube trays. We also did a lot of mashed banana's and mashed avocados along with pureeing fresh or frozen vegetables.
With your question regarding powdered goats milk, is that for you or for an infant?
If you mean for an infant, my vote is no. Infants need a diet rich in fats and proteins. The percentage they need is much higher than whole cow's milk which is why it is recommended to not use whole cow's milk until 12 months old because it does not contain enough protein. A powdered low fat milk for an infant wouldn't be a safe option with the development taking place that requires more protein.
|Posted on Monday, October 10, 2011 - 11:37 am: || |
Emily, I'm asking about for an infant. He's about 6 months and just started eating baby food. I'd like to find a safe formula for him.
|Posted on Monday, October 10, 2011 - 2:33 pm: || |
The rice milk would be only for the night you are babysitting,
as an alternative to the glutamate compounds in powdered formulas,
if the baby is getting breastfed daily,
there shouldn`t be any problems in case he/she skipped one night of breastfeeding,
the ideal option of course would be for the mom to take some of her own breastmilk and put it in the fridge,
later that night you can warm the milk and give it to the baby,
many moms do that....by the way.
|Posted on Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:05 pm: || |
Thanks! Yes as it would only be for one night, I think the rice milk option might be the easiest. Thanks for your input. <3