Some manners of eating garner more raised eyebrows than most. When I ventured into the land of veganism four years ago, I learned exactly how far up their foreheads peoples’ eyebrows could go. My then five-year-old had just been diagnosed with a dairy and egg allergy. The story is a long one, so let’s just say that my family and I ended up vegan at the end of it.
In October of 2013, our miracle baby was born and our breastfeeding journey began.
I had grown a healthy little girl as a vegan and I knew I wanted to continue to do so while breastfeeding. Fortunately, being a vegan and nursing a healthy baby are completely compatible! But just like any manner of eating, you need to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need for optimum health. Technically I could drink a diet pop, eat some spaghetti, potato chips and Oreos and still adhere to a vegan diet. Not exactly the epitome health, right? Veganism isn’t synonymous with health, so effort still must be made to eat right. (more…)
Keeping up a healthy milk supply requires a steady intake of calories, and can be difficult for some moms. It becomes extra challenging when baby has allergies to something you’re eating.
I’m extremely fortunate that my son only reacts to a handful of his many trigger foods through my milk, but it means becoming extra conscious of what goes into your body. My son’s first breast milk reaction was just over a year ago. He was suddenly constantly irritable, spitting up all day long and having lots of green mucousy diapers.
At first, we had no idea what could be causing all the trouble. When you’re in this situation, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed, but it’s important to keep your cool. I sat down and wrote down every single thing I had remembered eating for as far back as I could remember, then stared down the list trying to figure out what may have changed. (more…)
You’re a breastfeeding mom and you still have nine months of pregnancy weight hanging around after the birth of your baby. How can you successfully lose the extra pounds while still maintaining a healthy milk supply for your little one? How many calories are needed to keep you supply and what are some healthy meals to help your keep on track? Plus, how to keep your body from producing too much lactic acid. (more…)