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May 13, 2022 21:00:19   #
SteveR Loc: Dallas
 
Here's a recipe for home made formula. One of my wife's sisters was raised on it and was approved by the pediatrician. Maybe it would come in handy if everything else failed. It includes a little karo syrup, evaporated milk and water.

https://www.hellomotherhood.com/make-baby-formula-karo-syrup-4840860.html

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May 13, 2022 21:27:15   #
Triple G
 
Prior to the 1950’s, Many recipes in baby books included their formula and pablum ingredients. It is not recommended these days.

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May 14, 2022 02:23:23   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
Triple G wrote:
Prior to the 1950’s, Many recipes in baby books included their formula and pablum ingredients. It is not recommended these days.


Letting the baby starve isn't recommended either.
And I suspect a lot of the "not recommended" comes from research etc. paid for by formula companies or doctors who consult for them.

Their are many recipes for homemade formula and some of them are published by doctors.

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May 14, 2022 07:40:38   #
SteveR Loc: Dallas
 
Triple G wrote:
Prior to the 1950’s, Many recipes in baby books included their formula and pablum ingredients. It is not recommended these days.


I understand that the old recipes would not be recommended with today's formula available. I wouldn't use it either. However, in an emergency, at least it worked, as seen with my sister-in-law. If I was down to my last can of formula, I might pick up some Karo and evaporated milk. A hundred years ago, with no modern formula, people had to do something.

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May 14, 2022 08:34:19   #
Triple G
 
SteveR wrote:
I understand that the old recipes would not be recommended with today's formula available. I wouldn't use it either. However, in an emergency, at least it worked, as seen with my sister-in-law. If I was down to my last can of formula, I might pick up some Karo and evaporated milk. A hundred years ago, with no modern formula, people had to do something.


They had to be very creative back then. If breastfeeding wasn't an option, it was either a wet nurse or homemade formula. A baby with a sensitive tummy created a difficult to resolve
challenge.

I've made formula and wouldn't hesitate doing it again. We can our tomatoes so have the sterilization and preservation equipment.

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May 14, 2022 08:45:32   #
Canisdirus
 
It's a good tip...and may come down to that.

As usual...the government has screwed things up royally.

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May 14, 2022 09:28:38   #
alexol
 
Perhaps less the fault of the government (not a formula producing organization) and more that of Abbott Medical ( a formula producing organization which closed it's plant due to contamination).

Amazing how quickly things become political, although not only on here. Whichever side you are on, it's usually the other side to blame, while your side does things just right.

Maybe we should take some lessons from some aspects of Japanese life - there's a problem, let's fix it and learn something instead of wasting time and energy, pointing fingers and increasing division.

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May 14, 2022 09:50:05   #
sr71 Loc: In Col. Juan Seguin Land
 
alexol wrote:
Perhaps less the fault of the government (not a formula producing organization) and more that of Abbott Medical ( a formula producing organization which closed it's plant due to contamination).

Amazing how quickly things become political, although not only on here. Whichever side you are on, it's usually the other side to blame, while your side does things just right.

Maybe we should take some lessons from some aspects of Japanese life - there's a problem, let's fix it and learn something instead of wasting time and energy, pointing fingers and increasing division.
Perhaps less the fault of the government (not a fo... (show quote)


Mate you got that right!!!!!

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May 14, 2022 10:07:26   #
pendennis
 
alexol wrote:
Perhaps less the fault of the government (not a formula producing organization) and more that of Abbott Medical ( a formula producing organization which closed it's plant due to contamination).

Amazing how quickly things become political, although not only on here. Whichever side you are on, it's usually the other side to blame, while your side does things just right.

Maybe we should take some lessons from some aspects of Japanese life - there's a problem, let's fix it and learn something instead of wasting time and energy, pointing fingers and increasing division.
Perhaps less the fault of the government (not a fo... (show quote)


In all fairness to Abbott, their Adrian, MI plant was never involved in the contamination which caused the two infants to die in Illinois. The Feds really drug their feet on the Adrian facility. They are now set to start up, with at least seven-to-ten days to "boot up", and then 6-8 weeks to get the supply chain filled.

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May 14, 2022 10:27:53   #
Wuligal Loc: Slippery Rock, Pa.
 
Triple G wrote:
They had to be very creative back then. If breastfeeding wasn't an option, it was either a wet nurse or homemade formula. A baby with a sensitive tummy created a difficult to resolve
challenge.

I've made formula and wouldn't hesitate doing it again. We can our tomatoes so have the sterilization and preservation equipment.


I'm not recommending anything but with two of our sons (sensitive digestive tracts) we switched to goat milk and everything worked out fine. We even had our own goat.

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May 14, 2022 10:33:24   #
alexol
 
You have to ask though, what did people do before formula? Of the however-many-it-is-now billion people on earth, how many were raised on formula?

The whole thing though does tend to point out just how finely (& dangerously) balanced our support/infrastructure systems. Some contamination and a plant or two close - not trying to minimize the seriousness of it - and our world seemingly falls apart.

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May 14, 2022 11:13:13   #
srg
 
robertjerl wrote:
Letting the baby starve isn't recommended either.
And I suspect a lot of the "not recommended" comes from research etc. paid for by formula companies or doctors who consult for them.

Their are many recipes for homemade formula and some of them are published by doctors.


It's amazing how the world got so overpopulated in the days before formula.

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May 14, 2022 11:14:07   #
sheldon minsky Loc: iron mountain michigan
 
Triple G wrote:
Prior to the 1950’s, Many recipes in baby books included their formula and pablum ingredients. It is not recommended these days.

Why? Do we know have a different strain of children?

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May 14, 2022 12:12:28   #
JFCoupe Loc: Kent, Washington
 
My parents had a large family between 1946 and 1962. All of us were fed homemade formula and we did fine. Mom was a nurse and understood sterilization, etc. My youngest sister needed goat's milk due to allergy issues.

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May 14, 2022 12:23:23   #
Canisdirus
 
alexol wrote:
Perhaps less the fault of the government (not a formula producing organization) and more that of Abbott Medical ( a formula producing organization which closed it's plant due to contamination).

Amazing how quickly things become political, although not only on here. Whichever side you are on, it's usually the other side to blame, while your side does things just right.

Maybe we should take some lessons from some aspects of Japanese life - there's a problem, let's fix it and learn something instead of wasting time and energy, pointing fingers and increasing division.
Perhaps less the fault of the government (not a fo... (show quote)


Sorry...incorrect.

The US Govt. runs a program called WICA ... and is the largest purchaser of baby formula ...bar none.

That's fine.

Here's where govt. incompetence comes in (as usual).

Abbott is the SOLE supplier...and the Govt...wait for it...gets a kickback (they call it a rebate lol) of up to 85% of the wholesale price.

Basically...Abbott pays to keep a monopoly.

Okay...let's say you are fine with this sort of public interference in the free market...we need formula after all for the underprivileged.

Well...back to govt. incompetence...since they have a sweet deal going on (at your expense btw)...they kept all of the eggs in one basket...the Abbott basket...in a single factory in Michigan.

Next up...the same Govt. (FDA) declares a contamination at Abbott. Abbott voluntarily shuts down.

All those WICA recipients now have NO FORMULA...they panic (rightfully so)...the govt. grants cross branding...and voila...the market is instantly inundated with customers...desperate to feed their babies.

The Govt. knew there was a problem in February...and did...nothing.

Now they are out full force...blaming...mothers.

3rd world governing folks.

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