** Under certain circumstances, it may be alright to use homemade formula, but consult your baby’s pediatrician before introducing this to your infant. Breastfeeding is always the best choice, with commercially prepared formulas second.
Always Consult your baby’s pediatrician before introducing this to your infant.
1 qt. soy milk
1 cup carrot juice
1/4 tsp. barley green
200 IU Vitamin D
1/4 tsp. nutritional yeast
100 mg. Vitamin C (or more)
1 Tbsp. safflower oil
3 tables. maple syrup
Other modifications can be made to this formula if the infant is premature or has poor muscle development. In particular, L-Carnitine is critical for the oxidation of fatty acids. Human milk contains 50-100 nmol/ml, compared to soy-based formulas which only have 4 nmol/ml. Newborns have a very limited ability to synthesize carnitine, especially premature ones.
Another modification that can be made in the formula is the addition of DHA (Docosahexaeinoic acid), which is critical for visual acuity and brain development. Infants fed formulas that were devoid of these essential fatty acids showed significantly slower brain development and less visual acuity as infants and toddlers. Many countries in Europe and Asia require DHA be added to infant formulas. The FDA is currently considering this ingredient to be required in infant formulas in the U.S., but there is strong opposition by infant formula manufacturers.
Excerpted and adapted from The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two, by William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 1993.
MYO Baby Formula: Wright-Loffler Formula
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