What is the best first food for baby? This is a question all parents inevitably ask and the answer given by most pediatricians is rice cereal.
Unfortunately, any grain based food is not a good idea for children only a few months old as a baby’s immature digestive system does not produce sufficient amylase, the enzyme required for digestion of carbohydrates. The fact that rice cereal is gluten free makes no difference whatsoever – rice is still a carbohydrate and therefore very difficult for babies to handle digestively.
Incomplete digestion of rice cereal guarantees putrefaction in the gut leading to an imbalance of digestive flora and the potential for allergies and other autoimmune illness to develop down the road.
*Scroll down to the end of this post for the new video class plus transcript on how to make your own homemade baby formula which includes both milk based and hypoallergenic recipes.
One of the most controversial topics surrounding the issue of breastfeeding is what a woman should do if she finds herself unable to nurse her baby.
I myself nursed all three of my children for an extended period of time. The first two were nursed for two years and the third for three and a half years. I practiced parent led weaning for the first 2 children as I did not want to be nursing and pregnant at the same time. For my third and youngest child, I simply allowed her to wean herself whenever she chose.
Ghee is simply a must in the pantry of any Traditional Cook. Butter oil or clarified butter as it is also known, has been used for thousands of years by Indian cultures for cooking. In fact, traces of ghee have been found on fragments of Indian pottery dating as far back as 6500 BC!
Dr. Weston A. Price discovered that butter oil, when taken along with cod liver oil, works synergistically to super charge the powerful immune boosting effects. Dr. Price always carried a flask of cod liver oil and another of butter oil to the bedside of very ill patients and more often than not, was able to revive them with a few drops of each under the tongue. Using cod liver oil or butter oil separately did not have the same deadbed reviving effects.
Last week’s video covered how to make homemade milk based baby formula for your child if breastfeeding is not an option.
This week’s e-class covers how to make a homemade, hypoallergenic baby formula if your child cannot tolerate milk based formula even if it is made with fresh, clean, grassfed, organic milk.
The following formula is based on homemade broth and a small amount of cooked, organic grassfed liver instead of milk as the source of protein. Traditional cultures sometimes used liver pre-chewed by the Mother as a baby’s first food. Liver is very easily digested and full of nutrition and cholesterol for baby’s rapidly developing brain.
Commercial hypoallergenic formulas rely on soy as the protein source. Soy formula is a devastating food for babies as it is loaded with plant estrogens which wreak havoc with the baby’s developing hormonal system. In addition, soy contains some of the highest levels of phytic acid found in any food. Phytic acid contributes to poorly developed, cavity prone baby teeth and poor bone structure (i.e., turned in feet, flat feet, sunken chest etc) as it blocks mineral absorption.
Whatever you do, if your child cannot drink a milk based formula, DO NOT go for the soy!
What a relief for a concerned parent that a safe, healthy hypoallergenic formula can be made at home with nutrient dense, whole food ingredients.
Most babies who cannot drink the homemade milk based formula THRIVE on this hypoallergenic formula. You will immediately notice that whey and lactose are used in this hypoallergenic recipe. The vast majority of babies will do fine with these milk derived ingredients as it is the milk protein (casein), not the lactose or whey that was causing the problems with the milk based formula. In the rare case that baby is not thriving on this formula, remove the whey and substitute dextrose or sucrose for the lactose.
Simmer the liver pieces gently in the homemade broth until cooked through.
Liquify the liver in the broth using a hand held blender or a food processor.
Let the broth cool, then stir in the remaining ingredients or blend for a few seconds in a blender.
Store formula in glass jars in the refrigerator.
To serve, pour into glass baby bottles and warm in a baby bottle warmer or in a pan of hot water.
NEVER microwave baby bottles!