Of course, your family doctor or obstetrician would tell you to find a cow's milk formula. Given the modern dangers of cow's milk that I have already outlined, you might expect me to recommend a soy-based formula. Unfortunately, that is also a poor substitute for breast milk. Nothing can ever substitute for the perfect food that God designed for every infant, but the next best option is--dare I say it--goat's milk.
I know what you're thinking. "What? After all you've said about animal products, you're recommending goat's milk for an infant formula!" I would like nothing better than to suggest a plant-based alternative, but you asked for the next best choice. Solomon said, "And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens" (Proverbs 27:27).
Dr. Norman W. Walker, who lived to be 117 years old by consuming primarily raw fruits, vegetables, and their juices, agrees. "For infants there is no better milk than mother's milk. Raw goat's milk is the next best. Some fresh-raw carrot juice may be added to it with benefit. In fact, raw goat's milk can be added to any fresh-raw vegetable juice satisfactorily" (Walker, Norman W. Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices. Prescott, Arizona: Norwalk Press, 1970. 12).
A few cautions should be observed first. The goat's milk must be raw and fresh. Pasteurized or powdered goat's milk is not acceptable because its enzymes are destroyed in the heating process. Since goat's milk is still too high in protein, it must be diluted with distilled water and raw carrot juice. Other raw vegetable juices may also be added, such as spinach, celery, cucumber, barley leaves, wheat grass, and beet, but carrot should always be the base vegetable juice. Goat's milk is also notoriously low in folate, so the vegetable juices will help to compensate, particularly spinach. Why is goat's milk better than cow's milk?
Rhonda Malkmus of Hallelujah Acres recommends diluting the goat's milk 50-50 with distilled water. She also recommends another good blend of one-third goat's milk, one-third fresh carrot juice, and one-third distilled water. If mother's milk or goat's milk is not available, she suggests using the same combination with raw almond milk, carefully strained. "Commercially-available infant formulas are never recommended! These formulas cause mucous membrane problems such as chronic colds, ear infections, bronchitis, and allergies" (Malkmus, Rhonda J. Recipes for Life from God's Garden. Shelby, NC: Hallelujah Acres Publishing, 1998. 95).
Your child may wean off of the goat's milk at about one year of age. Breast-fed babies can continue to nurse until all their teeth are in. Continue feeding your child well-strained carrot and vegetable juices diluted with distilled water. After teeth begin coming in, look for a signal from your baby to see if he is ready for solid food. Mash fresh, raw fruit in small portions first. Good first choices are very ripe bananas, raw applesauce, peaches, pears, papaya, and avocados. Introduce only one new food each week. Gradually introduce raw, blended salads as he gets older. When all the teeth are in, you can introduce uncooked grain ground in a blender, soaked in distilled water overnight, blended again with juice, and served at room temperature. (Ibid. 102-103.)
Since your baby is unable to gain the benefits of nursing, you must give him every advantage at your disposal. The traditional medical establishment has failed our children in supplying healthy advice for their nutritional needs. You must take matters into your own hands and feed your child what God designed for him to eat. Do not feed him the processed, cooked baby foods off the grocery-store shelf. He deserves the best and that is raw fruits and vegetables. You will never regret providing him with such ideal nourishment!
As seen in the experiment with Pottenger's cats, a diet consisting primarily of cooked foods caused the cats to become diseased and by the fourth generation, they were infertile. You and your husband may be that fourth generation. I suggest that you throw off the shackles of the Standard American Diet (SAD) and eat primarily raw fruits and vegetables, with limited amounts of cooked grains, legumes, and other starches. This will likely cleanse your bodies of any toxins and replenish any deficiencies that may have caused your infertility.
You and your husband should adopt Daniel's diet at least one year before you try to conceive. This will give your body time to renew those old SAD cells. The sperm and the egg are encoded with your genes at the time of conception, so it is vital that you are healthy. If you are experiencing health problems at this time, your child will be predisposed to similar maladies. If you are in perfect health and consuming the original diet, your child will be predisposed to exude optimum health.
To summarize, for the optimum health of your child, both of you should eat a vegan diet one year before conception and you should eat a vegan diet during pregnancy and for at least one year following delivery. This will ensure that the breast milk contains the proper nutrients for your infant.
Kenneth E. Loy, Jr., CN
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