Sunday, September 14, 2008

Milk in emergencies...

I recently stopped breastfeeding (due to a rapid decrease while moving), so Kbaby has been on milk for the last month. I tried to bf for as long as I could, but it was obvious he was not getting enough nourishment because my milk doesn't seem to be fatty enough, and, despite trying different things, he wasn't getting enough "hind milk".

Anyway, I almost made it to a year, which was very beneficial to his health, and I continued to bf him 2-3 times a day even when he supplemented, until he began to refuse it.

I write all of this to say that it has been difficult to find fresh milk because of the hurricane. It was the first thing to fly off the shelves- anything fresh from produce to bread- is gone. So, as the milk supply in the fridge dwindles, we have had to think of substitutes for Kbaby.

A month or so ago, I was talking to my Granny and she was telling me how they use to make "formula" from evaporated milk in the "old days". (From the 1920's until commercial infant formulas were created in the 1950's).

Here is that recipe:

The formula is made by mixing 13 oz evaporated milk with 19 oz water (to make a quart)
plus 2 tablespoons sugar. Another recipe was for 13 oz. evaporated milk, 18 oz of water,
and 2 tablespoons corn syrup, but corn syrup is not usually recommended today. This
formulation dilutes the protein and minerals by adding extra water, then adds a
carbohydrate source to bring the energy up to 20 kcal/oz. Families using this formula
need clear instructions on using evaporated whole milk (non evaporated low fat or skim
milk; and certainly not condensed milk which is sweet). Sanitation is also critical in
making the formula.


Anonymous said...

My husbands mom never gave him formula or anything as a baby... just evaporated milk. Suprised hes still alive!

Arlene said...

I gave this to my children, sans the sweetener. They liked it just fine and are healthy critters today. Just don't forget to boil the water, especially now after the hurricane. Praising God you and your family are alright.

Blessings, Arlene

Renita said...

Desperate times call for desperate measures...and some creativity! :)

Kristin@HomemakerAtHeart said...

I was going to mention this to you, I don't know why I didn't.
And I would have to agree to stay away from the corn syrup...unless K's a lil constipated...dark corn syrup works wonders for that.

Glad to hear all is well!