As a mom, caring for my children is always the number one concern when I’m putting together my preps. One area that I’ve thought about a lot is what would happen to all the helpless babies that are dependent on infant formula if the local supermarket was no longer an option. For moms that cannot breastfeed, this would be a horrible scenario.
I started doing some research and it turns out that there are a lot of great options to prepare emergency baby formula. While obviously, these are not recommended on a daily basis, they would work if you were in a crunch and didn’t have any other options. If you are a mom with a small baby or there is a possibility that you might have a formula-fed baby in your care at some point in the future, print this information and put it in your prepper binder.
Option #1 – Make 3-Ingredient Baby Formula
Making baby formula might sound difficult, but it’s actually not that hard. While this recipe isn’t going to provide the same vitamins in a store-bought formula, it will work in a survival scenario and you could always supplement with additional vitamins as needed.
To make the formula, you simply combine 6 oz. Evaporated Milk, 10 oz. boiled water, and 1 ½ TBSP corn syrup or sugar. This recipe will work for a small infant. As the baby grows, you would graduate to higher amounts of each ingredient keeping the ratio roughly the same. Using this simple formula recipe, your baby should be able to gain weight and remain healthy until he or she is able to start eating solids. Once the baby hits a year old, you could switch to whole milk or evaporated milk diluted with equal parts of water.
The science behind this recipe is pretty simple. The sugar or corn syrup will prevent constipation. Depending on your child’s bowel habits. You might want to increase or decrease the amount of sweetener in your formula mix.
Option #2 – Induced Lactation
If your baby is formula-reliant simply because you were uncomfortable breast feeding, I have good news. It’s not too late to breastfeed even if your milk has already dried up. As long as you have not passed through menopause, you can still produce milk and if you are unable to, there are probably a number of women in your family that can help.
Until I started doing research, I never realized that any woman with ordinary mammary glands could produce breast milk, even if she has never been pregnant. It will be easier if you have been pregnant in the past, but it is still possible if you never carried a child.
Here is how it works… basically you want to stimulate the breasts to produce milk for several days or weeks until milk begins to flow. You can try to coax your infant into nursing the empty breast, which will stimulate milk-producing hormones in the brain if you do it on a regular basis. If the baby will not cooperate, you can use your fingers to manually “milk” the breasts every few hours.
If you have been pregnant or breastfed in the past, you will typically notice your milk coming in within a week. But it might be up to six weeks, before milk production is steady enough to provide enough to exclusively breastfeed.
In re-lactation it usually takes from 1-7 days for the milk to “come in”, and it may take from 2-6 weeks before the mother is able to exclusively breastfeed. If lactation is to be induced it may even take a little longer.
Option #3 – Goat’s Milk
If you prefer not to attempt re-lactation or it isn’t an option for you thanks to a hysterectomy or mastectomy, you could rely on goat’s milk. By adding a goat to your family, you don’t only gain a pet. You could also gain a life saving resource in the case of an emergency. Many mothers use goat’s milk out of preference, and while I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it on a regular basis, I think this could be a fantastic option if you don’t have access to infant formula due to a major emergency.
No Matter What, Prepare With Baby in Mind
The bottom line is that your prepper lifestyle will vary tremendously depending on the age of your children. If you have an infant or you anticipate pregnancy in the future, it’s important to prepare with your baby in mind. This will insure that you are never in a heart breaking situation where you baby is starving for nutrition that you simply cannot provide.