Homemade Formula!!

About 2 months ago i posted about how I was no longer able to nurse our sweet chickadee….After trying formula from the store for 2 weeks I decided to try homemade formula..

  • yes i did my research.. *TONS OF IT
  • yes she is doing fine with it
  • yes it takes a few extra minutes every 2 days *7 minutes to be exact
  • yes my husband and i agree this is the best for our baby

With lots of nay-sayers our baby girl is thriving on it and loves it to.. she gobbles it down every feeding! Many friends and family had some questions. So i thought i would answer them here. The biggest question has been cost.. is it cheaper. I honestly DIDNT choice this route because it was cheaper..instead cause i know what i was putting in her body. So at first it seemed silly to even answer this… but now after 4 weeks i think i can gave an estimate on the cost.

  • first time out of pocket cost $128 (shipping is INCLUDED in this total)

this contains this picture…. (not pictured is 4 more bags of lactose)

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As of today (4 weeks out) i have not had to purchase anything else.. And i have still well over 1/2 and some 3/4’s full containers. I do estimate having to replace my coconut oil and lactose soon but i think i still have 2.5 weeks.

SO $128 for 6.5 weeks

I DO have to purchase a gallon of raw milk which is $7.00 and I make my own whey $1.25 each week.

SOO

128/6.5 = $19.70

milk & whey= 8.25

total per week= 27.95

NOW please understand the oils and yeast will more than likely last me longer than 6.5 weeks… i am just guess-estmating 🙂

SOO my weekly breakdown is NOT cheaper than the brand i bought for 2 weeks at target ($25.00).. But for me its a peace of mind that she is getting ingredients i have heard of and know about:)

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I do a double batch every 2.5 days… it looks like this:)

Now for the con’s to this homemade version.. i NEVER thought about:

  • raw milk has to stay COLD.. until drank. SO I pack it with ice packs and in a cooler. *Summer heat makes it a challenge
  • plastic bottles take FOREVER to warm up from freezing to room temp
  • middle of the night feedings were a nightmare UNTIL i figured out ‘drop-in insert’. Yes they are plastic but they warm QUICK!:)
  • Traveling when you don’t have running hot water to make it warm or even kinda warm…
  • homemade formula spit up.. STINKS like rotten cheese.. its BAD!
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Hanging out at Downtown Disney with a hungry baby.. Thank goodness starbucks gave me Free Boiling H20!! 🙂 *although walking around with a HOT cup of water in 100 degree temps isn’t my kind of ‘fun’

EVEN with all the con’s Superman and I are still Glad we made the switch and the prep is part of my bi-daily routine so its no big deal! Would love to answer any questions!!

~Jessica
***UPDATE- the total cost above is a bit over priced.. it took longer to go through most of the supplies.. i would say the cost was about 1/2 estimated so more like $13 a week…:)

*links

recipe for homemade formula: Raw milk Formula

fact sheet on nutrition:  fact chart

where i buy 95% of my supplies : Iherb.com

Our gummy bear….

Today I went for my first appointment with #5! It was a long road due to insurance and doctors.. but none the less I went today. I felt pretty sure i knew the due date and ABOUT the age of my baby .. around 13.5 weeks due about Jan 2, 2015. I record my monthly friend so I kinda knew. BUT what I didn’t take into account was that I am post baby only 7 months and things get tricky with all that:) SOOO today we got to see our little baby..

baby #5

We are actually only 10 weeks and 5 days.. and our due date is Jan 24th, 2015 (3 days shy of my 32 birthday)!!! I am so excited that christmas will not be up in the air this year as it was last year due to Our Miss Chickadee’s arrival. We will be able to celebrate and then pack it up and then gear up for sweet #5!!

When i walked in the house with the pictures I got the best responses EVER!

Joel- looks like a gummy bear

Levi- is there two?!?!? (NOPE just one:)

Judah- is it a boy or girl?

Selah- I want -pointing to the top- that one!:)

I am beyond thrilled! As of today baby is super healthy and right on target! And momma is doing great! (besides ALREADY showing!!!) 🙂

Looking forward to the next 29 weeks and 3 days!
~jessica

first day first – July 2014

Happy first day of July!! Today was an adventure..drove all around the world.. was told i wasn’t modern -thanks Old Navy- and took my first #5 pic! Here is a peek into a normal day here at the Kent House!:)

waving daddy bye.. a kent tradition *that i love!

waving daddy bye.. a kent tradition *that i love!

quick pic before we start our day

quick pic before we start our day

chores for the oldest 2

chores for the oldest 2

momma's gotta eat!

momma’s gotta eat!

Good morning ladies!! *loved hearing Selah talk to Lydia while I find there clothes

Good morning ladies!! *loved hearing Selah talk to Lydia while I find there clothes

i love this face

i love this face

play time.. in the fort house

play time.. in the fort house

chores for mommy

chores for mommy

lay rug down..pointless with this rolly polly!

lay rug down..pointless with this rolly polly!

"judah you brush my hair' - selah "sure"- judah

“judah you brush my hair’ – selah “sure”- judah

melts my heart

melts my heart

these two:)

these two:)

my pride and joy! with HIS pride and joys - legos!

my pride and joy! with HIS pride and joys – legos!

first pic with #5.. not sure how far along.. find out tomorrow (I'm guessing 13 weeks)

first pic with #5.. not sure how far along.. find out tomorrow (I’m guessing 13 weeks)

sigh*

sigh*

trip to old navy..**i asked why they dont have regular carts.. response was for the modern stores they don't see a need.. OH COME ON PEOPLE!

trip to old navy..**i asked why they dont have regular carts.. response was for the modern stores they don’t see a need.. OH COME ON PEOPLE!

*poor judah ben had to ride hunched the WHOLE time -so we ended up making it super short..poor levi had a hard time steering:)

*poor judah ben had to ride hunched the WHOLE time -so we ended up making it super short..poor levi had a hard time steering:)

Hello Mrs Sarah and girls!

Hello Mrs Sarah and girls!

*we pay someones salary i am sure of it!

*we pay someones salary i am sure of it!

waiting her turn!

waiting her turn!

good old fashion selfie!

good old fashion selfie!

LOVE IRS!

LOVE IRS!

-ha-

-ha-

cheering our USA soccer team on!! Sadly they lost in overtime 2-1

cheering our USA soccer team on!! Sadly they lost in overtime 2-1

mommies late night snack (it is only 8:38 but that is late these days!:)

mommies late night snack (it is only 8:38 but that is late these days!:)

Would love to see your first day and all the blessing in it:)
~jessica