After breastmilk, the best alternative that most parents trust is the formula to make sure all the nutritional needs of the baby are met. Some parents believe in giving their baby organic and unprocessed formulas so that they know all the ingredients that are being used.
While there are many recipes for homemade formulas that people refer to, but it is not recommended by the experts as it is not prepared in a controlled environment. The quantity and availability of ingredients can affect the preparation and this may do more harm than good.
Here are the problem with the homemade formula:
- The right kind of ingredients may not be used. For example, if it is not mentioned, the parent may use raw milk instead of pasteurized one and that is not for the baby.
- There is a possibility of contamination as it is not possible to mimic the sterile environment of the labs and factories the commercial formulas are made in.
- It is not possible to be exact with the macronutrients and the ingredients may be inadequate which can create an imbalance in the nutrient quantity.
Keep these points in mind before going for homemade formula. However, if you still want to go for homemade alternatives, do not depend on the recipes entirely. Seek guidance from an expert as they can tell you how you can prepare the formula in the best way possible.
Also, make sure to keep your kitchen neat and clean, use clean hands and cookware to make the formula for your baby. Keep these things in mind when preparing the formula and if possible, use the commercial formula to feed your baby.