Well Being

Pedialyte Alternative Recipe

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For this month's Carnival of Breastfeeding, we are sharing tips for saving money while breastfeeding (see more entries at the end of this post). My tip is not strictly for breastfeeding, although I did share a reader's tip yesterday on a frugal choice for a nursing bra, and I have previously written about Five Money-Saving Alternatives to Traditional Nursing Clothing, and I have several tutorials on how to make your own Hooter Hider-Type Nursing Cover, Knitted Nursing Tank Top, Pullover Crew Neck Baby Bib, Baby Bib with Neck Ties, Ring Sling, Nursing Necklace, Nursing Pads, Baby Booties, Cloth Diapers, Nursing Pillow, Nursing Shirt, Nursing Bra and Pumping Bra, Cloth Diapers, and More.

Dealing with Vomiting and Diarrhea in the Baby and/or Mother

My tip on how to make your own Pedialyte-type oral rehydration solution comes from my recent experience with rotavirus (if you don't know what rotavirus is and how to treat it, then you probably don't have a preschooler)! (Note that if you are breastfeeding and your nursling has vomiting and/or diarrhea, then the best thing to do is to continue breastfeeding! Of course watch your baby for signs of dehydration and consult your pediatrician for medical advice).

If you or your child (who is not nursing) is losing fluids and could benefit from an electrolyte solution, one cost-effective option is to make your own Pedialyte-type fluid replacer. A one-quart bottle of Pedialyte costs approximately $6, whereas you can make your own at home for much less. (And a bonus for breastfeeding advocates: Pedialyte is made by a formula manufacturer, so by making your own you are choosing not to support any form of breast milk substitutes.)

Homemade Electrolyte Solution Recipe

2 quarts water
1 teaspoon baking soda
7 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh-squeezed or bottled orange juice


Add a squeeze of lemon juice or more orange juice to each serving if desired for flavor (but just enough for flavor because juice has a lot of sugar and can make diarrhea worse).

Instead of the cup of orange juice (which provides some potassium for the electrolyte solution) and regular salt, you can instead add 1 (1/4 ounce) packet unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix and 1/2 teaspoon salt substitute (read the warning label on salt substitutes and consult your doctor).


Stir all the ingredients in the water until they are completely dissolved. The solution can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days, or for a treat to tempt a child it can be made into popsicles (an ice cube tray and toothpicks work well if you don't have a popsicle mold).

Other Money-Saving Tips (stay tuned as more entries are added throughout the day):

Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog: Home remedies for breastfeeding problems
Blacktating: Do It Yourself: nursing cover, hands-free bra substitute, and hand-expression
BreastfeedingMums: Alternative money-saving uses for breast milk
Mamas Worldwide: How to make a regular bra into a nursing bra
Hobo Mama: Money-saving breastfeeding ideas
Milk Act: How breastfeeding taught me to be more frugal
ZenMommy: Musings on nursing and saving money