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…)
If Breast Milk is the most perfect nutrition for your growing baby, then why are exclusively breastfed babies encouraged to supplement with Vitamin D? Is this recommendation really warranted? How much Vitamin D is good for both mom and baby? And what options do you have when it comes to how you supplement your child?
BONUS CONTENT: Do the changes in seasons impact the amount of Vitamin D your baby is getting? (more…)
I make milk. What’s your superpower?
I love this quotation – I first saw it awhile ago in this book. Breastfeeding my little nurslings makes me feel cooler than Wonder Woman. Wait. Is that possible? To be cooler than an Amazon Warrior Princess who flies an invisible jet with a lasso of truth and projectile tiara at her disposal? But I digress…
There are tons of super foods out there to help support and maintain your milk supply. Here is a quick list from reputable resources on the web to help give you a one-stop shop for finding the super foods you like best.
As always, be sure to consult with a IBCLC or other certified medical care professional to make the most informed, healthiest decisions for you and your baby. (more…)
By now, you’ve probably heard that breast is best. But why? Why is breast milk considered the perfect food for your little one? What are the health benefits short term and long term? And how can it improve the bond your partner has with the baby? Brought to you by our sister show, Preggie Pals!
BONUS CONTENT: Our expert sheds some light on the most common breastfeeding misconceptions. (more…)
I was never going to breastfeed past a year, really, I wasn’t. And then I had a baby. Things changed. A few months ago, I was sure she had weaned. And then, she changed her mind for a few days. Then I thought she weaned again. Then she changed her mind again yesterday. She turns 3 in October but I’m still not forcing her to wean. I can’t seem to find a reason that I have to wean her.
As she has grown from an infant to a toddler, it seems she doesn’t always have time for me. I get less snuggles and I really miss them. We get that extra special mommy and Maggie time when she decides we should. It is so wonderful to nurse her. (more…)