The formula I’ve created is meant to be a simple wholesome formula that is both affordable, practical, and scientifically/nutritionally sound. The more I have studied these formulas that include such things as raw liver and nutritional yeast (yuck) the more I am convinced that they are lacking in key micronutrients. Regardless, including all those extra ingredients keeps the formula out of reach for most people, including myself, to actually use. Making your own formula out home is already a big commitment although it is not difficult. If it is going to require several extra steps, rely on questionable ingredients, AND still be nutritionally unsound, then I am not much of a fan.
I do too! Developing infants need a lot of wholesome nutrition in their first year of life but we sometimes forget how resilient the growing body is to various forms of nutrition. Breast milk alone is obviously the gold standard but the nutritional composition varies wildly from week to week, day to day, and even hour to hour. Therefore don’t stress out about every little microcosm of the formula. If your baby gets a little more oil in a bottle than the recipe calls for, don’t worry about it. Breast milk fat, lactose (carbs), and protein go up and down a lot over the course of the first year of baby’s life. If you forget to add the vitamins, stay calm, it’s not the end of the world. You baby will be fine. Just follow the recipe as closely as you can and your baby will do great! Good job giving your baby the best formula available!
Q. Does the formula require any changes as my child gets older?
No the formula is designed for use until baby reaches 12 months.
Q. In earlier versions, coconut oil and olive oil took the place of the ghee/sunflower/grapeseed oil. Is this still the case or does the coconut/olive oil not compare to the benefits of using the other three?
If you would like to still use the coconut/olive oil you can, if you add the 1/8 tsp of Grapeseed oil. This will ensure the proper amount of linoleic acid per serving of formula.
Q. Can this recipe be used for toddlers, older than 12 months? I am looking for an alternative to formula that I can give until my baby is 2-3 years old.
Yes, it can be. Everything in the formula recipe is real food. You will want to keep your doctor in the loop if you choose to continue to feed the recipe to your toddler.
Q. What are your thoughts about using raw goat milk kefir in place of plain goat milk in the formula recipe, for probiotics?
I don’t recommend using raw goat milk (kefir or not) due to contamination concerns. Using a probiotic supplement is a safer way of delivering the beneficial bacteria.
Q. Can I use a substitute for the additional lactose?
Sure. In fact, we have a whole list of acceptable substitutions. Join our private Facebook group to get access to the entire list.
Q. How long do the ingredients in my HGMF Kit keep?
Each item in your kit has an expiration or best by date on each item. Most items are good for at least one year.
Q. 8 ounces of water added or 8 ounces total volume? Or is both ok?
The answer is 8 ounces total volume.
Q. I use your formula to supplement for my five-month-old and I was wondering if I could freeze it like I freeze breast milk?
You sure can! Join our private Facebook group to review our storage guidelines.
Q. What would the measurements be for a 6 ounce bottle?
This is a bit tough to do. Basically, you would need to make each measurement 3/4 (or 75%) of the regular recipe. The most accurate way to get 6 ounces of formula at a time would be to make 24 ounces of formula and then split those 24 ounces into four, 6 ounce bottles.
Q. Why is the nipple clogging!?
First, make sure that you are using hot water to help all the powdered ingredients dissolve. Many people have told me that they like to use a shaker cup with a metal ball, an immersion blender, or a whisk. I even know some ladies who whip out their Vitamix!
Q. My pediatrician isn’t supportive…..HELP!
This can be very tough. Our best advice is, “do your research!” Review our nutrient database and FAQ’s. In the near future we plan to have a short letter (it will be available to our private Facebook members) that you can give to your pediatrician, which will explain the benefits of our HGMF recipe.
Q. What is the advantage of making the Dry Mix Recipe?
In a word; EVERYTHING! Our Dry Mix Recipe makes it so much easier to send your LO to grandma’s house or daycare. It also makes traveling a cinch. All you need is a thermos of hot water and voila! You are in business.
Q. Should I be giving my baby folic acid or methylfolate?
This topic comes up a lot due to current research surrounding the MTHFR gene. It you aren’t familiar with this topic, you can check out this article written by the Wellness Mama.
Q. What is the best bottle to use?
This a matter of personal preference. I have noticed that many families who use our HGMF recipe report that Dr. Brown’s bottles DO NOT work well with our recipe.
Q. Is there a way to make this formula lactose free?
No. However, there a several substitutions that can be made to replace the additional lactose in our recipe. This will drastically reduce the amount of lactose.
Q. Should I introduce the HGMF recipe slowly?
It really depends on your baby. If your LO is experiencing problems with his/her current formula or breastmilk, it may make sense to just switch cold turkey. However, if your LO isn’t experiencing any specific side effects from their current feeding method, a slower transition may be in order.
Q. Where can I get after hours help for HGMF feeding support?
Lori Smith, R.N., NTP, has posted her cell phone number in her private Facebook group. You can contact her at any time for support. If you haven’t joined her group yet, you can do so here.
Q. I accidentally bought non-fat milk, now what?
No problem! You can just double the amount of grass fed goat milk ghee and high oleic Sunflower oil in our recipe and you are good to go!
Q. If I am breastfeeding do I still need to include the once daily items?
This is totally up to you. I recommend that we provide baby with the most nutrient dense food possible.
Q. What kind of water do you recommend using with this recipe?
Any clean water will do. I recommend using a good water source that doesn’t contain fluoride and is NOT distilled. Distilled water can cause an electrolyte imbalance in your baby.
Q. Can I buy refill items for my HGMF Kit in bulk?
You sure can! We offer our HGMF Refill Bundle which will provide you with about a month’s supply of refill ingredients to supplement your HGMF Kit.
Q. Is there a substitution for grapeseed oil?
Not at this time. Grapeseed oil delivers the essential fatty acid linoleic acid. Baby cannot make this essential fatty acid on their own. You can get more information about the type of fats that we use and why, in this LIVESTREAM video.
Q. My baby requires a formula with an increased calorie count. Can I still use your HGMF recipe?
Yes! Please contact Lori@mtcapra.com to discuss your options.
Q. How long will the items in my HGMF Kit last?
It all depends on how much your baby drinks in a day. Here is a guideline to help you plan for your specific needs.