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Will My Breastfed Baby Be Affected By What I Eat And Drink?

Yep it’s true a mother’s milk will pass all consumed substances through to her child. Obviously this can be either advantageous or detrimental depending upon the mother’s awareness and her lifestyle habits.
DETRIMENTAL SUBSTANCES INCLUDE:
 
Alcohol, caffeine, recreational drugs and prescription and over-the-counter medications all pass through breast milk through to our baby’s. These substances are mildly filtered by the mother’s metabolism but their harmful effects will still impact our child due to their small body-weight ratio. So it’s incredibly important that we are mindful of all things we consume.
 
There are specific foods which are known to contribute to irritability and colic in newborn babies (see Items to Avoid When Breastfeeding). Alchol obviously impacts our baby’s growing brain but it also creates digestive upset so it’s important to consider if those post birth bubles some hospitals offer and friends offer when we arrive home are really worth it if it means our baby will have a tummy ache for the next 24 hours.
 
The foods outlined that are known to cause colicky symptoms can slowly be introduced after the baby’s first six months but parents should carefully monitor the baby’s physical and behavioural responses. Irritating food items include wine, champagne and caffeine, which is found in tea, coffee and Coca-Cola. Unfortunately, chocolate also ranks highly on the Items to Avoid list due to the effects of both caffeine and theobromine, another stimulant.
 
Others items include artificial sweeteners, soft-drinks and carbonated beverages, fatty foods, lentils, beans and split peas. Acidic fruits such as oranges and berries may also be irritating for newborns. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauli- flower, broccoli and turnip may exacerbate colic. Onions and garlic may be problematic, as can heavily spiced foods.
 
We all know breast feeding is time consuming but it’s vitally important that a mothers diet doesn’t rely on quick snack foods or refined carbohydrates. Planning ahead is the key. We need a diet high in good fats (for example nuts, avocado, butter, coconut oil) clean proteins and lots of vegetables and fruits. Ideally all organic. These foods provide nutrients for our baby’s growing brain and help build their digestive strength.
 
Unfortunately a nursing mother’s diet that rely’s heavily on convenience, wheat-based foods can also contribute towards a colicky baby partly because of preservative 282 (calcium propionate), found in most breads, frequently affects breastfed babies, presenting symptoms such as screaming and chronic diarrhoea. Additionally hidden additives and other preservatives found in refined foods irritate our newborns sensitive nervous system and their digestion. Mothers are often unaware of these detrimental side-effects.
 

ITEMS TO AVOID WHEN BREASTFEEDING:

 
The foods listed below are known irritants for babies. Once your baby has reached six months, you may choose to slowly re-introduce some of these foods into your diet. It’s best to re-introduce them in minimal doses so as to avoid restlessness and stomach upsets for your baby.
 
1. Drugs—over-the-counter, prescription and social drugs will all adversely affect your baby. Valium and phenobarbitone can cause sedation.

2. Nicotine—affects your baby’s lungs, heart rate and can cause vomiting and diarrhoea (please see Chapter 6 of Well Adjusted Babies for further information). Smoking may also reduce breast milk.

3. Alcohol—affects your baby’s brain (please see Chapter 4) and causes sedation. Red wine and champagne in particular will cause irritability.

4. Caffeine—found in tea, coffee, chocolate, coca-cola and many other fizzy drinks is an addictive stimulant which causes sleeplessness and irritability.

5. Chocolate—theobromine is a stimulant.

6. Artificial sweeteners found in assorted confectionery may also cause hyperactivity.

7. Soft-drinks and carbonated beverages.

8. Fatty foods.

9. Lentils and most secondary proteins such as beans. Split peas (beware of your mothers ‘pea and ham’ soup!).

10. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and turnip, and onions and garlic, may be problematic.

11. Heavily spiced foods.

12. Acidic fruits (too many oranges and berries, etc).

13. Dairy products—cow’s milk is the first allergen to which infants commonly react. Please see Chapters 5, 22 and 23 of Well Adjusted Babies for further information. If you are sensitive to these products, remember that you and your baby will be better off without them. Constant consumption of dairy may lead to nutritional deficits and compromised immune systems for you both.

14. Refined or simple carbohydrates often contain dairy products and preservative.

15. Rhubarb or laxatives such as senna, aloe or cascara—can also increase an infant’s bowel activity.

16. Sports Protein bars and shakes—these may actually decrease your milk supply! There is an array of artificial chemicals in some of these products, which may cause a decline in breast milk. (I inadvertently stumbled across this realisation when I ate one of my husband’s protein bars whilst driving his car one day. I was starving hungry and someone had given him some protein bar samples, without looking at the ingredients I inhaled the bar and then was completely shocked by the outcome. My breast milk dried up for two days, and I could not attribute this to any other food item which may have caused this same reaction). Note: I am referring to highly concentrated, artificially fortified sources of protein combined with an array of chemically-derived ingredients that probably impacted my supply of breast milk. I am not referring to protein in its natural, God-intended form. By no means should mothers avoid high quality, natural sources of protein.
 

ADVANTAGEOUS SUBSTANCES:

 
In the “Post Birth” Chapter of Well Adjusted Babies we discuss specific dietary items that are beneficial for you and your baby. These items include goods fats such as omega-3 polyunsaturated fats DHA and EPA for your baby’s developing brain, and probiotics which help to establish good bacteria within your baby’s digestive system. Please refer to the Post Birth Chapter for further explanation.
 
 
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Beet Berry Burst!

Equipment:

 
Vitamix 2L wet container
 

Ingredients:

 
1 cup seedless grapes
1 large slice pineapple (including core)
1 cup strawberries
1/2 raw beetroot
1 cup mixed berries
beetroot leaves
1/2 lemon
1-2 cups ice
 

Method:

 
1. Put all the ingredients into the Vitamix 2L container in the order listed and secure the lid.
2. Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and quickly increase the speed to 10, then override to High.
3. Use tamper to effectively press the ingredients into the blades if required whilst processing.
4. Blend for 60-90 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
5. Stop the machine and serve.
 

Video Demonstration:

 

 
 
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My healthy Spaghetti Bolognese!

Serves: 4 people
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
 

Ingredients:

 
Spelt Free Pasta (available in most health food shops)

500g of Certified Organic Lean Minced Beef

2 Onions, chopped

3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped

¼ cup of finely chopped Basil

¼ cup of finely chopped Coriander

1tsp of Cumin Powder

¼ of tsp of Turmeric Powder

½ cup of Coconut Cream

1 can of Certified Organic Tomato Paste

½ cup of fresh thick cut Tomatoes

1 Tbsp on Coconut Oil

Himalayan Salt (to taste)

½ Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
 

Method:

 
1. Heat Coconut Oil in pan on low heat.

2. Once melted, add Onion and sauté until soft.

3. Add Mince Garlic, Coriander, Basil, Cumin Powder and Turmeric Power to the sautéed onion, stir until brown.

4. When Beef is ¾ cooked add the Tomato Paste.

5. Allow 5 minutes for Beef to cook and ingredients to soak in.

6. Fold in ½ a cup of Coconut Cream and the Cut Tomatoes, allow that to soak in.

7. Serve over your freshly cooked, Gluten-Free Pasta.

8. Add Himalayan Salt, and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over your pasta and enjoy!
 

Pasta Tip:

 
A lot of the time I like to make my own pasta, but it is quite time consuming, so I recommend if you are time poor (which I am) that you buy the spelt pasta as previously stated in the ingredients from your local health food store and cook as per the instructions on the packet, remember that pasta is always nicer when it’s a little under cooked.
 
lunchbox-solutions4This recipe is featured in Therese’s iBook Lunchbox Solutions. For more healthy, gluten free recipes just like this along with family health tips, you can purchase the full iBook for just $9.95 on www.theresekerr.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Much love, grace and gratitude,
 
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How to sneak super foods into your children’s meals…

I’m always suspicious of parents who say that their kids eat everything. Is it really true? And what’s their secret? Most kids go through phases – they eat whatever you put in front of them at first, then they develop a taste for things and start rejecting anything that isn’t pasta (or so it seems).
 
Most often than not, green vegies are the first to disappear, whilst orange ones linger a little longer, and eggplant or mushrooms never even get much of a look in!
 
Here are my favourite six ways to sneak super foods into your child’s diet.
 

Secret Spinach Smoothie

 
Next time you make a make a blueberry smoothie, which is an excellent source of antioxidants, toss in a handful of spinach and it will likely go undetected. Mix a handful of spinach with a scoop of Greek yogurt, a scoop of ice, blueberries, half a banana and almond or rice milk. Now watch them gulp it down.
 

Marinara Sauce

 
Most kids love pasta, so take advantage of it and make a sauce that’s full of vegetables. When cooking the sauce as you normally would, add zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, kale or any other vegetable you’d like to sneak in. Use a handheld blender to smooth the sauce before dishing it up with a bowl of pasta. They will never know the difference.
 

Veggie-Packed Meatballs

 
Next time you make meatballs, use a food processor to blend mushrooms and zucchini, then add it to the meat mixture before forming the balls. When cooked, your kids won’t notice the extra veggies, but you’ll know they’re in there!
 

Cauliflower Mash

 
This white veggie is not an easy one to get kids to eat whole. Mashed, however, it’s a whole new ball game. Mashed cauliflower is one of the most delicious side dishes a parent or caregiver can make. Add a sweet potato or two, if you like, to maintain texture and your kids will devour it. You can also sneak pureed cauliflower into a white creamy sauce and pour it over grilled chicken breasts.
 

Chia Muffins

 
Chia seeds are a delicious super food, packed with omega 3s and ridiculously high in antioxidants. They’re extremely versatile and easy to use. Add them to smoothies, sprinkle on top of yogurt or muesli, or toss them in your muffin mix, they thicken muffins nicely and add bulk and texture.
 

Dip it

 
Kids love an interactive meal and not just splattering it all over the table. Making their own anything always goes down well. The same is true for dip. Surround a nice healthy dip with carrot sticks, celery sticks, snow peas and cucumber slices and you’re bound to increase the veggie quotient quickly.
 
You’ll find lots of super food kids’ recipes on my website Supercharged Food.
 
Happy cooking!
 
 
lee-holmes_jpg_470x470_q85_crop-smart Lee Holmes – ‎Author, Nutritionist, Wholefood Chef and Lifestyle, Food and Healthy Eating Expert.
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