I did, mainly because once in a while I wanted my baby to get some 'real food' experience. But found a couple of other benefits.
After some research I found a few forums that recommended easy recipes.
I would make a formula at least once a week (but would not keep it for more than 12hrs, suggested keep is 24). It was great to see my my son experience real food.
There was period of time when my son wasn’t digesting his formula as quickly as he should have been and his reflux was pretty bad. He was on Reglan (a medication that increase the movement of the stomach) for a while.
I was amazed at how well my son tolerated the home-made formula, his motility was better and it improved and his reflux a great deal.
Below is an easy formula that I used for my son.
I got it off a newsletter from a support group called Kidswithtubes.com. (the support group is no longer active, but serves as a great resource).
Our nutritionist did nutritional analysis on this recipe said she was all for it, we did a little tweaking of the recipe to add more calories and nutrition.
This formula contains a variety of foods to provide the calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals your child needs. Depending on your child’s daily intake, a vitamin/mineral supplement may be needed.
Remember; please consult with your doctor or nutritionist before changing formulas or implementing other nutritional changes in your child’s diet:
Blended Tube Feeding Formula:
- 3 C whole milk (or soy milk)
- 2 C fruit juice
- 2 jars strained vegetables (8oz)
- 2 jars strained meat (5oz)
- ¼ C Light Karo syrup
- ¼ C non-fat dry milk powder
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
- 6 tbsp baby rice cereal
- ½ multi vitamin with minerals (I used 1 packet of carnation instant breakfast)
To provide a more balanced diet, rotate meats, fruits and vegetables that are included in this formula.
- strained meat; alternate chicken, turkey, veal and beef
- fruit juice:;alternate orange, apple, cranberry, grape and pineapple
- strained vegetables; alternate green beans, carrots, peas, squash and sweet potatoes.
To warm the formula, place the container with one feeding into a pan of hot tap water for 15-20minutes or use a microwave on low setting for approximately one minute (when using a microwave be sure to shake the formula or stir with a clean utensil to avoid hot spots. Do not overhead the formula as it may cook, get lumpy and lose valuable nutrients.
Because of the chance of bacterial growth and food poisoning, do not use formula removed from the refrigerator for more than two hours.
For nutritional information and more about blended diets check out Feeding Underweight Children.
Inspire has some great support for any type of GI issue from reflux to tube feedings and g-tubes. For many parents all they use is homemade formula's and even create their own!
Feeding Tube Awareness has some good information on there site to guide you through feeding tubes as well.
Also check out; mealtimenotions.com Marsha Dunn Klein, MEd, OTR/L and Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD, CCC-SLP have written a book that contains other recipes for homemade formula’s.