[This is one of those semi-technical posts that would have helped me, so I’m leaving a trail marker behind me for others. And I know a few who will read it just because they love to learn.]
Okay, we scratched the dried-fruit-paste method.
One wide-awake baby with a clean diaper, a nearly-full tummy, and a pleasant disposition
Two small containers
A 1 mL syringe
1/2 tsp. extra-virgin, organic coconut oil
A mug of hot tap water
Just enough mother’s milk to turn the powder into a liquid
A straight pin
One cod liver oil softgel
One 1000 IU vitamin d3 softgel
1 mL Sambucus (tasty elderberry-flavored syrup)
Two drops liquid ginkgo biloba (truly evil-smelling stuff)
1/4 tsp. infant probiotic powder
2 ounces of mother’s milk in the SNS bottle
Designated (previously stained) bib and burp cloth
Haven A Capella cd ready to play
Washcloth, baby bath, more coconut oil
What I Do With Them
Place 1/2 tsp. coconut oil in small container and set it on mug of hot water to melt. Place Nutrivene-D powder in other small container and stir in tiny amount of mother’s milk. Add Sambucus, ginkgo, and probiotic powder to 2 oz. mother’s milk in SNS, and swirl gently to blend. We never, ever shake breastmilk.
Put bib on baby, extra burp cloth at baby’s chin, and baby on lap. Grab syringe, push “Play” on cd player, make eye contact with baby, and sing along loudly with huge smile on face.
Least tasty first: Fill syringe with vitamin milk and inject it far back into one side of baby’s mouth a little at a time, allowing baby to swallow. Repeat until vitamin milk has been consumed.
Little bit tastier: Take straight pin, pierce cod liver oil softgel, and squeeze into baby’s mouth. Do the same with vitamin d3 softgel. Put melted coconut oil into the empty vitamin-milk container and stir to get last bits of vitamins. Give baby coconut oil by the syringe-full, a little at a time until consumed.
Tastiest of all: Allow baby to nurse using the SNS until 2 oz. elderberry-flavored milk has been consumed.
Wash baby’s face and anoint with coconut oil, rubbing in until absorbed, thereby providing her with excellent sensory stimulation.
Beth, at Hannah’s Shenanigans, has explained it so well here that anything I could add would belong in the Department of Redundancy Department.
P.S. Edited later to say that we’ve added one drop of GSE, or grapefruit seed extract, to her daily regimen. It seems like all the immune-system boosters are effectively helping her fight off the sickies, since she hasn’t succumbed to any of what the others in the family have gotten. Since her surgery, she’s had a few days of a slightly stuffy nose. Not even enough to need the nasal aspirator. :)