Home made meat based formula is not something that I hope anyone reading this will need. I am posting this recipe because when I needed it so badly 2 years ago I did not know it was an option and could offer a safe, nutritious alternative to commercial formula for babies with food allergies.
When my youngest daughter was almost 6 months old I got the stomach flu and had to start supplimenting formula because my supply dropped off. She had previously been exclusively breast fed and was a very fat, healthy baby who was almost sleeping through the night. Within 2 hours of having her first bottle of commercial baby formula she had a rash on her arm and that night woke up screaming every 45 minutes. I had quite a nice supply of pumped milk stocked up in the freezer but she was burning through it fast and we were scrambling to find a formula she could tolerate. I sincerely believe that we tried every formula available on the market. Soy, lactose free, organic, hydrolyzed, amino acid based… All of them caused her major reflux, vomiting, rashes and near sleepless nights.
When I would take her off of formula, she would improve dramatically within a day or so. Unfortunately though, I reached a point when I did not have enough breast milk and had no choice but to feed her formula. Our lives for 4 months consisted of stress, sickness and very little sleep. I can’t even tell you how many doctors I took her to during that time. Our primary care doctor was very supportive but had run out of formulas for us to try. Specialists couldn’t find anything wrong with her and I started to wonder if I was crazy or was doing something wrong.
Long story short – we ended up at the Allergy Associates of La Crosse in Onalaska Wisconsin. She was allergic to dairy, soy, corn and wheat. There is no commercial formula that is free of all of those ingredients. Our doctor pulled out a 50 year old “allergy friendly” formula recipe that her father (an allergist also) had developed. This recipe has been a life saver for us and we fed it to her for almost a year. It did take some time for her to get over the damage that had been done by the other formulas but within a week or two I had my happy baby back. I did still have to watch what she ate for solid food like a hawk but that’s another story….
Chicken Based Formula
-1/2 tsp Salt
-1 Tbsp Cane Sugar (or honey if your baby is old enough)
-1 tsp Calcium Carbonate
-2 1/2 Tbsp Tapioca Starch
-1/3 C Water
Mix ingredients in blender and then add:
-1 C Strained / Liquified Chicken Meat
-3 Tbsp Safflower Oil
-Infant Vitamin Drops
-Water to make 1 quart
Place chicken in pan and add enough water to just barely cover. Bring to a boil on stove then turn off burner and let set covered until cool. Chicken should now be cooked through. Cut chicken into chunks, put in blender and then add some of the water that the chicken was cooked in so the chicken can be liquified in the blender. Next add all of the other ingredients except for the additional water and freeze in 2 oz cubes. I pull them out of the freezer as needed and add 2 oz of water to each 2 oz of “formula”.