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)
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.
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:)
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!
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!!
***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…:)
recipe for homemade formula: Raw milk Formula
fact sheet on nutrition: fact chart
where i buy 95% of my supplies : Iherb.com