Thursday, April 28, 2011

i am 43% serious when i say i want a goat.


Remember back when I tried to begin the weaning thing? I tried for a day, and then I decided that I wasn't ready. For a number of reasons, I just wasn't ready. Now I'm glad that I decided to put it off for awhile. 

Maybe you know this about me, and maybe you don't, but I'm a big believer in clean eating. I read ingredient labels religiously. I avoid sugar. I avoid chemicals, dyes, and anything I can't pronounce.

After spending time reading every ingredient on every formula label on every can of formula on the shelf at Target, there wasn't even one that I could feel good about. I was under the impression that I had to use these because they were my only options. Scientifically proven. Everything my baby needs. All the jazz and propaganda that the makers of these formula companies want me to believe. Now that I've stepped back from my stressors, and gotten a handle on the sleeping schedule thing, I'm thinking more clearly. Why was I ready to feed my baby things that I won't eat myself!? What was I thinking!?

There had to be some kind of alternative out there somewhere!

I did a little research online & talked to a few people & I've found an alternative to the typical, available in stores formulas. I don't actually have the recipe yet. My friend (who is an RN) has used it with her babies, her aunts and cousins and sisters have used it on their babies. She is getting it to me soon. I'm very happy to find something that I can feel good about. 

Instead of cows' milk, it calls for goats' milk -which is on the pricey side. Which is why I think it'd be kind of awesome if I could own a goat. Only, I can't exactly picture myself milking a goat, can you!?

Anyway... I'll keep you posted on the progress. My plan is to begin fairly soon. Wish me luck!


Amanda Joy said...

My mom and step dad have two goats on their little farm, but they are male. Maybe we need to get us a female and keep it on thier land when we have our third?

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I love your goat idea! I think you should go for it. Maybe you could buy a goat milking contraption to assist you. :)

Momza said...

We tried goat milk with baby #1...for the same reasons you've shared.
He spit it up, every drop. And what did get digested smelled awful on the other end, if you know what I mean?
So before investing in a goat, give the baby a chance to try the formula your friends use and go from there.
That's what I would do.

Aunt Merrilee said...

Momza has a great idea. I would buy some goats milk and try it first. He might not like it either! He does know what he likes and doesn't like!

Jessica said...

Well, Goats eat everything, including the siding on houses. If you are going to keep a goat make sure it has a home and plenty to eat.
Heather, I can't picture you owning a goat, but I could picture you milking a goat... and its hilarious.

Wendy-n-Jason said...

All I know about goats milk is that my brother couldn't drink regular milk and had to drink goat's milk and he hated it! My mom tried it and hated it too. But you never know. Good luck!

Jennie said...

Sorry, this is besides the point, but I find it fascinating that you are a 'clean eater'. Can you see any big benefits in your life from that? I mean, I don't eat fast food, drink soda, and I generally don't buy anything that can be described as junk food, but I've never even looked that the labels. Hmm.... Interesting.

Scooby and Jon said...

Just sister hated milking goats. She said their teats were squishy. Also, their milk is downright nasty.