View Full Version : whipping cream and yogurt ratio

07-24-2008, 11:30 PM
how do i add these both to their formula and in what parts?

and i assume it's not heavy whipping cream, right?

07-25-2008, 12:06 AM
I saw this on your other thread. I wanted to help but I have just used the regular Esbilac (no yogurt or whipping cream) formula the past few squirrels I have raised so didn't have an answer for you:shakehead
I know someone will be here soon to help but in case they aren't I wouldn't worry for the first few feedings if you are ready for formula now. I pretty sure you got the info to go slow from water to formula. (ex: 1/4 formula to 3/4 water for the first two feedings then increase by 1/4's the formula every 2 feedings. Some rehabbers do more feedings before changing some less)
Best of luck:thumbsup (I think the yogurt is helpful for those that young but not critical)

07-25-2008, 01:15 AM
thanks weezer. and nice to know you're awake with me. you and the travel channel that is. I'll be checking back.

07-25-2008, 06:05 AM
2 parts water, 1 part Esbilac, 1/2 part real whipping cream.
I always put 1/4 teaspoon plain yogurt to his mixture...
I started using the whipping cream as he wasnt gaining the weight I thought he should, and then once he added some I tried cutting the whipping cream out and he refused formula...everytime I tried to wean him off the whipping
cream he would refuse the formula so I kept it in but once about 8 weeks old cut the whipping cream added to half.

I used Organic Whipping Cream and Organic Plain Yogurt....I bought the small yogurt containers and when I opened them I put them in a glass container with lid for longer refrig life.

If using premade esbilac (already mixed from can) do not add water.

07-25-2008, 07:08 AM
how do i add these both to their formula and in what parts?

and i assume it's not heavy whipping cream, right?

I used only the heavy whipping cream. And I believe that is because I had read that in the squirrel manual.....

07-25-2008, 09:26 AM
I seem to recall one of the rehabbers cautioning not to use whipping cream for pinkies, but only for "older" babies. I'm not sure where that transition is, but probably Rhubarb and Henry are close and are getting fur, though it might be best to wait until they open their eyes (another 1-2 weeks) -- or at least are getting close to that.

Some of you that raised babies this season are probably more up to date with those details than I am, and I don't recall how old your babies were when you got them or started with whipping cream. I used it for Buddy, but he was already 4-5 weeks when I got him. :)

Yogurt can, I think, be started at a much younger age and should be fine to add for them now.

I hope this is helpful and not confusing. :tilt

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EDIT: One caution on the "cream" -- you want just-plain-cream. Frequently sold as "heavy whipping cream."
YOU DO NOT WANT "BAKER'S CREAM" which already contains all the sugar needed for sweet whipped cream. Just cream.

07-25-2008, 09:37 AM
Yogurt is fine for very young babies as it is very easy to digest and a live cultured yogurt add probiotics - very important for developing a healthy gut flora and absobtion of nutruients. I add to every feeding 1/3 to 1/2 part organic live cultured yogurt. :)

It is safe to start adding heavy whipping cream ( and as BM noted - not the kind with sugars added ) at about the age of 3 weeks. This should be added gradually over several days to a week. If baby developes diarhea stop the cream and go back to your old formula. You can build up to 1 part heavy cream but I find 1/2 part makes the best mix if you are also adding yogurt.

Hope this helps. :)

07-25-2008, 09:42 AM
:thankyou :thankyou for confirming/explaining/expounding!!

07-25-2008, 10:14 AM
Fallen was 2 to 2.5 weeks when I got him. Started using the whipping cream about a week later, but once he got a taste of that he wouldn't eat his formula without it once I felt he gained a good amount of weight that I was satisfied with :shakehead

Thanks for clearing it all up.