8 Nutrition Tips for New Mothers from Nutty Kitchen

What prompted this post you ask? Well, some of you may know, we went to visit our brand new beautiful nephew this past weekend and got to see our brother and sister-in-law. They are all super happy and looking great, but of course we could not help ourselves and throw in a little Nutty Kitchen health tips. So here is what we shared with them.
  1. Don’t assume that your doctors are experts on nutrition.  “Less than 6% of current medical school graduates receive adequate nutrition training!”  You will need to do your own studying, reading, and inquiries into what is best for you and your baby.  Here is a good article on what to feed babies, and an excellent example of how wrong the conventional advice given out by most doctors today is.
  2. Natural remedies for breastfeeding
    1. Natural Herbs like raspberry leaves and clover blossoms
    2. Foods rich in carotene like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots
    3. Hops, but “no more than ONE per day”
  3. Recommended diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers from Weston A. Price Foundation
  4. Make sure you check food labels and read and understand ALL of the INGREDIENTS.  Avoid foods with more than 4 ingredients or better yet focus only on REAL FOOD (hint: 1 ingredient only).
  5. Avoid Sugar and sugar substitutes (list taken from Whole9life.com):
    • Just Plain Sugar
      • Sugar (brown sugar, cane sugar, raw sugar, beet sugar, confectioner’s sugar, etc.)
      • Syrup (high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, refiner’s syrup, rice syrup, etc.)
    • Science-y Names for Sugar
      • Dextrose
      • Disaccharide
      • Fructose
      • Glucose
      • Galactose
      • Lactose
      • Maltodextrin
      • Maltose
      • Monosaccharide
      • Polysaccharide
      • Ribose
      • Saccharose
      • Sucrose
    • “Natural” Sugars
      • Agave Nectar
      • Date sugar
      • (Evaporated) Cane juice
      • Fruit juice
      • Honey
      • Maple Syrup
      • Molasses
      • Rice Malt (extract)
      • (Sweet) Sorghum
      • Treacle
  6. GLUTEN might also be a problem: be on the lookout for issues that arise with skin rashes, vomit, digestive problems after consuming gluten and other grains
  7. Good websites/blogs for natural, nourishing foods, and articles for new moms/babies, and healthy eating.
    1. http://www.joyfulabode.com/
    2. http://www.passionatehomemaking.com
    3. http://kellythekitchenkop.com/
    4. http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/
    5. http://www.nourishingdays.com/
    6. http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/
    7. http://whole9life.com
  8. Foods to avoid while breast feeding
    • Avocado is also said to cause problems with upset stomachs in babies, as it reacts with other ingredients in the breast milk. Avocado is an excellent nutritional fruit, however, so if your baby doesn’t seem to mind it, go ahead and include guacamole in your diet. It provides plenty of vitamin C and healthy fats.