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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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Chemical transfer from mums to baby’s in utero

Is it possible to transfer chemicals from my body to my child in utero, and if so, to what degree? What really is the impact of the mostly untested chemicals used in everyday skin, hair, beauty, personal, oral and baby care products? Do we really know? So, why should I be concerned about hormones? How can they possibly harm my baby? These are all questions you may be considering as a mum or mum-to-be.

Our children’s endocrine and detoxification systems are not developed enough to be able to deal effectively with chemicals and toxins. Professor Marc Cohen of the RMIT University in Melbourne states that one of the quickest ways a woman will detox is through pregnancy, another is through breast-feeding. Breast-feeding is the absolute best start you can give your child and I personally encourage all mums to breast-feed and for as long as they can. What I wish to bring awareness to is that it is becoming increasingly apparent that detoxing prior to conception to avoid transferring fat-soluble chemicals onto our babies in utero and then continuing to do the same through breast-feeding is one of the best steps you can make to give your child a healthy, vibrant start to life.
 

Physiologically undeveloped:

 
Baby’s and young children’s bodily systems are generally underdeveloped compared to those of adults, in fact research is showing that it takes up to the age of seven for a baby to develop the ability to detoxify to the degree of an adult. Babies have a larger ingestion of food, fluid and air per weight measurement than adults, the effect of toxins has a much greater ability to inflict harm.
 

Rapid development and growth:

 
Growth and development occurs most in the first few years of life and as a result, any toxins, which interfere with systems that are still being established in the human body, may greatly impede development and destroy cells such as those of the brain and nervous system.
 
Stay tuned for my next article for information on what the hormone disruptors do in the body. In this article you will understand fully the impact of endocrine and other chemicals on the developing child. For further information feel free to comment below or visit our website, link below.
 
Much love, grace and gratitude,
 
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Divine Monthly Moment: Sharing the Divine Nat Kringoudis!

Welcome to Divine Monthly Moment, this month we sat down with the incredible Nat Kringoudis. Nat is a mother, doctor in Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, author, speaker and all-round natural fertility expert. Nat is also the founder of Melbourne women’s health clinic, The Pagoda Tree, and producer of HealthTalks TV. We adore Nat and all she does for health and wellness, she helps thousands of women around the world who are struggling with fertility, which is often a tough and highly emotional battle.
 
So, without further a due, Welcome Nat!
 

Tell us about yourself? 10 years ago did you see yourself where you are today?

10 years ago I’d just graduated as a herbalist. I have zero idea what was in store and to say it’s been a smooth ride is a fairly big stretch of the imagination – it’s been wild and fantastic! I remember telling my mum way back then, that someday I’d be making a difference in peoples lives and that I’d be known for it. In my heart of hearts I wanted to make a BIG difference. 10 years ago I wasn’t sure of my vehicle to do so, but I knew that I wanted to ensure all avenues were leading to this.
 

What inspired you to do what you do?

Firstly it was helping women achieve the gift of ‘fertility,’ but as I continued to treat women wanting to have a child, I had that light bulb moment – instead of ‘fixing fertility’ when it was broken, we must maintain fertility ongoing. Fertility isn’t a switch we can flick on when we are ready to conceive – fertility is a gift we all receive at birth, it’s up to us to nurture it.
 

You have an incredible Natural Fertility and Women’s Health clinic in Melbourne called “The Pagoda Tree” – what do you aim to achieve through the clinic?

I want to empower women and take the fear out of ‘fertility.’ After all, it’s so much more than having a baby. By educating women and having them clued up on their ‘lady parts’ we can immediately do this – knowledge is power, and by understanding your body, you no longer fear the unknown but can embrace the changes that may be happening. What’s more you can then utilize the symptoms your body is showing you everyday to map out a treatment solution.

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What is the biggest misconception you believe women have when it comes to their fertility and overall reproductive health?

In my experience we’ve been conditioned to think we can simply stop taking contraception and our bodies will swiftly find it’s groove. This is, for many women a disaster – they find themselves in a situation where not only does their health take a dive, but their menstrual cycles don’t necessarily return. If women have been prescribed contraceptive medication as a treatment method (remembering it is a contraceptive and by no means ever designed to ‘fix’ they body), to me this is a disaster as it doesn’t actually treat the root cause, but more so the symptoms of a bigger issue – take PCOS for an example. Simply using the pill as a means to treat the symptoms will never actually address the hormone imbalance – it may assist for a short term to alleviate symptoms but very often issues start to sneak their way in. Always coming back to trying to beat understand what is actually going on rather that to only fix evidence of illness is the clincher.
 
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You’re a mum to two beautiful children, how has becoming a mother changed your life?

It’s taught me to love on an entirely new level. I actually never understood the concept of our capacity to grow in love until I had children. They light up my world and I’m forever grateful in the experiences and challenges the bring daily.
 

How do you balance your career with motherhood?

I have a wonderful tribe of people who support me. I love the saying, ”it takes a village to raise a child,” but I think we need to take it one step further – it takes a village to be a human being. My husband is my rock and we bend like bamboo together. There is no way I could do what I do without his help alongside of very other important people, be it friends, family and a great team at The Pagoda Tree and Nat Kringoudis HQ. I have always had the greatest support with my parents engraining in every fibre of my being, that I can do whatever I set my mind on – something I draw on every day. I feel so blessed.
 

What advice can you give to new mothers?

Create your community. To think we can do it alone is unrealistic. Your community, is your support system – other mums, family, friends – your cheer squad. We can’t survivie without it. I always think how we once (as women especially) spent time together in every day life, working together, talking, sharing and supporting. Jobs got done because of the support team women would establish in the family tribe. We need to come back to this idea because we’ve lost it along the way. Never be too proud to call on your team and of course you’ll reciprocate in return.
 

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Oh wow – what’s not to love? Helping with the gift of fertility is so multi facet. I love making womens lives better. I love enriching women (and men) and I just love sharing with people because I really do think there is a story to tell.
 

What is your biggest passion in life?

Spreading the wellness message – it all starts with what we can do in our own homes and certainly not something we need a tertiary degree to begin your wellness journey.
 
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Tell us about your latest book, “Well & Good”?

Well & Good is the grown up version of my first ebook, Fertilise Yourself. I wrote Fertilise Yourself, to help couples get their bodies on track to conceive. But I quickly realized that those people who were keen to make an awesome little person needed little convincing, they got it and they devoured the book. It occurred to me, that if I could reach out to young women when they were being diagnosed with conditions like hormone imbalance, Poly Cystic Ovarianne Syndrome, Endometriosis and alike, I could make a difference from the beginning – to help women fix issues when they arose, not when their bodies were long broken. It certainly was the turning point of my career – and whilst Well & Good is all about getting your fertility on track, it’s so aligned to our vision of spreading the truth about fertility. Fertility isn’t something you switch on when the time is right – it’s something we are gifted and birth and need to simply understand and learn how to nurture it.
 

What advice would you give to you 18-year-old self?

Diet and Lifestyle is absolutely key to paving the way for long term wellness – it is that simple.
 

What do you think we can do now to improve the environment and the health of our future generations?

We need to firstly understand our bodies and educate ourselves around how they work. When we understand ourselves better, we can take the fear out of the unknown, which can often lead to us making uninformed decisions which can have terrible long term health effects. My heart longs for every woman to spread this message to everybody she loves – to being this ripple effect in changing young women’s lives and setting us up for long term fertility and well being.
 
Thank you for your time beautiful Nat!
 

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