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In Support of the Most Real Food There Is…

English: lactancia, breastfeeding

English: lactancia, breastfeeding (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On March 28, 2013, bloggers from around the world came together in a show of support for breastfeeding mothers. New mothers have enough challenges without having to feel guilty for how they feed their baby.

Over the last few days there have been a lot of heated debates, controversial posts, and social media outcry against the position that the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) takes on breastfeeding.

While they do present sound information on the ideal diet for breastfeeding mothers, they do so in a manner that brings about guilt, fear, and confusion.

I was particularly sorry to see many of my favourite ‘real food’ bloggers supporting this message through the support of The Village Green Network’s recent Healthy Life Summit, where blogger and spokesperson for the WAPF Sarah Pope presented a seminar entitled: Is Breast Always Best? (followed up by the answer – only if mother’s diet is nutritionally dense).

I want to emphasize that behind that messaging is not just the thought of a mother who survives on a diet of pepsi and doritos – but vegetarians, vegans, people who follow a middle of the road conventionally healthy diet – essentially anyone who does not follow the strict WAPF protocol of only traditional, real foods.

In fact, they believe that The diet of modern American women is so appalling, and their preparation for successful breastfeeding so lacking, that their breast milk provides no better nourishment for their infants than factory-made formula.Read the rest of this entry »

Does Your Diet Affect Breast Milk?

Welcome to the Breastfeeding Support Blog Party! Bloggers around the world have gathered together to share posts which provide current or soon-to-be breastfeeding mothers with a wealth of well-researched information, personal stories, and statistics designed to help you have the most successful breastfeeding experience possible. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more about this movement as well as to link to and read more informative breastfeeding support posts.

Under Pressure

Under Pressure (Photo credit: Forty Two.)

There is a lot of pressure on us as women and as mothers in particular. High expectations of looking a certain way, eating a certain way, being on top of everything while being pillars of support are placed on us every single day.

I think this is part of why it’s so easy to get both defensive and judgmental when it comes to parenting.

Particularly as new mothers, we are barraged with information and criticism from every corner, all while trying to figure out this totally new role of parenting on less sleep than we’ve ever gotten in our lives. Not. Easy.

Among the topics that come up for the most controversy, you could hardly pick a more prevalent one than breastfeeding. And the pressure here is multiplied tenfold – you’re constantly told it’s best for your baby while at the same time stumbling through minefields of ‘booby traps’ or obstacles to breastfeeding.

I traveled through that minefield and crashed and burned. Lack of support, misinformation, pain and agony and more – the reasons I gave up on breastfeeding were many – and sneaking in right along with them were feelings of inadequacy. I wasn’t healthy enough. I didn’t eat well enough. I was too fat.

I wasn’t a good enough mother to do the best for my baby. Read the rest of this entry »

A Tradition of Love

Welcome to the November Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids in the Kitchen

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how kids get involved in cooking and feeding. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Sneaky Chef

Some of the memories I cherish most from childhood are those of helping my mom in the kitchen. It was mostly the occasional baking for a treat or holiday; she actually wasn’t a huge fan of cooking for the most part, but she pretty much always let us help from as early as I can remember…starting off with stirring and eventually moving up to being able to complete each task.

From that point, I was never held back from experimenting in the kitchen.

We had this crazy 70′s style plastic case full of recipe cards that had a whole section of recipes for children. I think I made almost all of them – my mom was happy to buy the ingredients and I got my little brother in on the action. Now that I think about it those were probably some hideously disgusting recipes lolbut I was so proud of myself for putting it all together!

As we grew older my brother and I took over many of the cooking duties, and I continued to learn and experiment – we even hosted a ‘French’ dinner for my parents one night in the backyard, where I made quiche for the first time – so exotic!

I kind of laugh at myself now about it all, but I really do remember the joy I had in all of those activities – especially when I figured out how to make something really great and shared it with friends.

For me, it’s a rich legacy of tradition, creativity, and family all mixed together – so of course I can’t wait to pass all of it on to my own little ones.

I’ve actually been surprised at how easy it’s been already to involve my daughter in the kitchen – she’s only 14 months after all, but I’ve already seen several ways to include her… Read the rest of this entry »

Guest Post ~ The Rotten Truth About Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby with a bottle

Image by ADD Photography via Flickr

I am pleased to welcome Nadia Jones as a guest poster today; after reading some of my posts on my breastfeeding struggles and knowing that I do feed my little one by bottle, she offered to share some interesting and important information on keeping baby’s teeth safe when it comes to bottle feeding.

One thing I was curious about when first reading her post was whether the same cautions would apply to breastfeeding, and if not, why not. Nadia graciously answered my query on why and how it is not really the same, and I’ve added her answer to the post.

I hope you enjoy and find this post helpful, and be sure to leave any questions you may have for Nadia in the comments section.

The Rotten Truth About Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

If you’re feeding baby by bottle, it’s important to know whether you are putting him or her at risk for developing baby bottle tooth decay, especially as he or she begins to develop teeth around the 6-month-mark.

What is Baby Tooth Decay? Read the rest of this entry »

World Breastfeeding Week

Doula (L) with newborn and mother

Image via Wikipedia

This week is world breastfeeding week, and I am so thrilled today to be guest posting at the Natural Parents Network – a very near and dear to my heart post that is co-written with fellow blogger, Krista of Think Mama, Think.

Krista came to me with the idea of writing a post together when she came across my own breastfeeding experiences on my blog and realized how incredibly similar they were to her’s. She wanted to explore together why our stories ended so differently – in hopes of helping other moms – and I was very happy to do so.

I wasn’t able to make breastfeeding work for me, but it is continually my hope that my story will help other moms move forward where I did not.

I’ve also become very determined to make it happen next time around!

I wrote 2 posts a few months back that I entitled ‘My Breastfeeding Mistakes’ Part 1 & Part 2. They were areas where I could see, with the benefit of hindsight and the perspective of several months, where I had ‘gone wrong’.

A commenter gently corrected me on calling them ‘mistakes’, and I am happy to quote Justine’s comment here as she is so right on, and this is the message I hope gets passed on: Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Chose Baby Led Weaning: 4 Personal Reasons

This guest post is written by Rachel Crownoble. I have to share a bit of personal background here…

Rachel was my roommate in college – we’ve known each other over 11 years now, though most of it has been long distance since we graduated!

As we’ve been somewhat in and out of touch over the years, it’s been so fun for me to see the many similarities in our parenting philosophies. I now look to Rachel as a role model in more than one area, as a new parent and an aspiring doula. (I’m sure she’s blushing now! ;) ).

I asked her specifically to write this post after a comment I saw she had written on another friend’s question on Facebook on what she should start feeding her 6 month old. Most of the other answers involved different purees and rice cereals…but Rachel’s comment was along the lines of: Don’t worry about it! My kids didn’t start eating until a bit later and then they just started grabbing food off my plate.

It was one of my first introductions to Baby Led Weaning!

I’ll share more of my perspective on the whole idea in another post, but I was really excited to hear from Rachel, as she was doing this some years ago and had great success with it.

Rachel is now a certified birth doula and aspiring midwife in Southern California. Aside from this exciting work, she is mom to two beautiful girls – Abigail (Abie) and Amileah (Millie). She also blogs about her amazing experiences with birth at Doula Rachel. You can find her on Facebook as well.

Without further ado, here is her post… :) Read the rest of this entry »

A Garden Made of Straw

Welcome to the May Carnival of Natural Parenting: Growing in the Outdoors

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how they encourage their children to connect with nature and dig in the dirt. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Getting ready to garden...

Getting ready to garden...

A few months back I was talking to my mom on the phone when she excitedly told me she had signed up for a class in straw bale gardening.

Straw bale-huh?

Well, it turns out that you can make a garden out of straw bales (like hay bales, except straw), planting your veggies and such directly in (or on top of) the bales.

I was intrigued, so I decided to Google it and give it a go myself.

It’s supposed to be easier in some ways than a regular garden – no digging, not as much weeding or bending over…and since my thumb is far from being green I decided to go ahead and try it – easy is good, right?

I also have a strong desire for my baby Bean to know where her food comes from, and this is one way to contribute to that. I’m not sure how much she’ll understand as she won’t even be a year old until August, but I figure, the earlier, the better.

I have dreams of taking her to visit farms to see cows and chickens, going berry picking and apple picking, visiting farmers markets and other such field trips. I’ve heard stories of kids who have never even seen a cow and I’m determined that that will not be the case for my family!

Anyway, we were talking about gardening, right? Read the rest of this entry »

My Breastfeeding Mistakes

A midwife measures the height of the mother's ...


I am an aspiring doula and midwife, and though at this point I have no idea when I will be able to make those dreams come true, I am doing what I can to start making it happen.

So this week I started in on the required reading that is part of the certification from DONA International - the first step in a long (and hopefully awesome) journey.

The first book I picked up is Breastfeeding Made Simple: 7 Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, by Nancy Mohrbacher & Kathleen Kendall-Tackett. Boy do I wish I had read this book when I was pregnant!

As you may know, I don’t breastfeed. And while I own that decision and believe I was and am doing the best I can do for my daughter, I do wish it had worked better for me. In the light of perspective – that whole hindsight is 20/20 thingI’ve come to realize some of the mistakes I made in my attempts.

And the reason I’m writing this is not to point fingers or justify or any of those defensive/offensive take a stand reasons, but to continue to reflect on what I’ve done, what I can do better, and how I might be able to help someone who is experiencing anything similar.

So here goes…

1. I did not take the time to rest and focus as much as I should have. Read the rest of this entry »

Blood Orange and Pummelo…it’s a Food Adventure!

Blood OrangeI’ve always been a bit curious about blood oranges since reading about them in The Poisonwood Bible (not that they have anything to do with the story…they’re pretty peripheral, as is this tangent, but if you haven’t read that book yet, you should!).

We got some yesterday in our basket from Mama Earth Organics, and they are pretty darn amazing…weird though!

We also got a ginormous pummelo, which Dave insists is the same as a grapefruit, but I read on the interweb that it’s not, so I think I’m right. :)

I tried my first blood orange this morning on what is turning out to be a pretty chill Saturday, which I am always thankful for, as weekends often tend to end up being the most crazy days of the week. I’ve got some laundry and dishes done. There is bread going in the breadmaker – my first attempt at a 100% whole wheat loaf using vital wheat gluten (so I’m hoping it will turn out well). This is the recipe I’m using to make Whole Wheat Honey Bread.

Here are a few more things that came in my basket that I’ve never tried before:

  • Parsnip
  • Golden Beets
  • Delicata Squash
  • Bok Choy (well, I’ve made it once before, but it’s still pretty new)

It really does feel like an adventure to have the opportunity to try so many new fruits and vegetables.

I enjoy googling for recipes (is googling a verb? If not, it should be :) ) and trying them out. Sometimes they don’t turn out so well, but usually they’re pretty unexpectedly good – and I look forward to introducing them to the Bean as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Buying Organic for Baby?

Mama Earth OrganicsI was so excited today to receive our first delivery basket from Mama Earth Organics (if you live in the GTA, you should definitely check them out!).

Isn’t it beautiful?

We really debated buying all organic for the Bean – it’s obviously better, but it also seemed like a lot of money!

But being slightly obsessed with the Bean’s food, I decided that if we possibly could, it would be the best way to go – and I think we’ve even managed to find a solution that’s pretty darn affordable.

The Baby Button turned 6 months today and had her first solid food at the beginning of this week – avocado.

Avocado is a great first food for baby. It’s easily mashable, and it has great fats that help with brain development along with all kinds of other good vitamins and nutrients. You can even freeze it – I found some great tips on how at Wholesome Baby Food – I did the one that recommended slicing it, dipping in a bath of water and a few squeezes of lemon juice, and freezing on a tray. It worked great – the slices have been in the freezer for close to a week now and there’s not even a hint of brown (though if it does turn brown, baby won’t mind :) )

But how to keep providing her with all this organic stuff without breaking the bank? Read the rest of this entry »

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