Essential Dad and Parent Skills 2-4a: Alternate baby food supply Part 1
WARNING: POTENTIALLY CONTROVERSIAL PARENTING SUBJECT. PLEASE UNDERSTAND OUR CIRCUMSTANCE OF NOT BEING ABLE TO BREASTFEED WILL HOPEFULLY NOT BE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE. THIS IS A “WORST CASE SCENARIO”
The best nourishment for a newborn baby is of course breastmilk from mom. At least for the first 3-6 months depending on what your pediatrician tells you.
So maybe you only needs this information for after your baby hits 6 months or whenever which WOULD BE AWESOME. That wasn’t the case for us however.
What do you do if there is no breastmilk? What do you do if mom is too tired to feed baby and there is no stored breastmilk in the fridge? What do you do if mom can’t breastfeed at all?
Don’t panic. The first thing is talk to your pediatrician, MD or gynecologist. But if they recommend an alternate food supply, you want to be ready.
The usual powders and stuff, are pretty fattening. Your baby needs protein. Barley formula is sort of a folk-remedy baby food in many parts of the world including where our pediatrician was from (Merida, Yucatan) and it is loaded with protein.
Our daughter is growing beautifully on it as well as a number of our friend’s kids.
While I recommend it, remember that every baby is unique, so other than mom’s breastmilk, check with the pediatrician first to make sure it is right for YOUR baby. (Part 1 of 2)
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT USING HONEY AS A SWEETENER:
Warning! Honey is not for babies!
Although honey is a natural, healthy food that normally cannot support bacterial life, it’s important to note that it can carry C. botulinum spores which may be harmful to the undeveloped immune systems of infants. The old practice of dipping pacifiers into honey to soothe crying babies should be aborted.
Infants up to one year of age should not be fed raw honey, as their immune systems are not yet developed enough to fend off this normally benign strain.
Infant botulism is rarely lethal, but is obviously easy to avoid in this instance. Although food manufacturers make extensive use of honey in their products, baby food manufacturers, as a rule, will not include honey in their foods recommended for those babies under one year of age.
It must also be pointed out that infant botulism is not exclusive to the ingestion of honey. The botulism spore can also be found in dust, soil and other uncooked foods that older children and adults are exposed to daily. The risk is minimal. Yet, it is an avoidable risk, and honey should not be fed to infants under the age of twelve months. Don’t play the odds.
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