-reduces food waste
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Eliminating dairy while breastfeeding, simple right? Do a quick search for some dairy free swaps, learn the words for hidden dairy, grab a pack of Oreos and Larabars in case of a cookie or snack emergency and you’re good to go!
Yes, at first, eliminating dairy (or any other allergen) can make you want to cry when you think of everything you have to give up, but how great is it that this one (simple, not easy) change can give you a whole new, happy baby?! As moms of little ones, we cling to those things that we can actually control – and with some simple swaps you’ll be happy to be free of the screaming (ok fine, all babies like to scream their heads off to some extent), no more worrying about weird poops, and no more rash or eczema.
I know you, you’re a mom, that instantly tells me you’re a superhero (even though it may not feel like that sometimes). So why get by just surviving this new way of life – why not embrace it and thrive?!
What do I mean by thrive? Well a couple things. Let’s look at the nutrition aspect first.
You could swap out your milk and cereal for a plant-based milk and cereal; your coffee creamer with a non-dairy creamer, and your mac and cheese with that Daiya “cheeze”. Or, now that you’re reading food labels religiously, you can use this new way of life to really get curious about everything you’re eating.
That plant based milk, is it filled with chemicals and emulsifiers? Maybe sugar too?
That morning cereal, is sugar the second or third ingredient?
That non-dairy creamer? Is it loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce, and you guessed it, more sugar?
And what about that soy cheeze? I don’t even know!
There’s got to be a better way!
Next, the emotional side of things. Take a look at how you’re feeling. Sleep deprived, anyone? Stressed and constantly worried if you’re doing the right thing for you and your little one? And ugh, it’s so hard to go out to a restaurant or a friend’s house, feeling like the obnoxious one with dietary restrictions.
All of this stress on your system can really take a toll on you mentally and physically. Maybe you’re not feeling great about your body, maybe you can’t remember the last time you did something just for you, maybe by the end of the day you just want some damn ice cream!
Yes, a dairy free cheat sheet is a great place to start. Talking to a mom who’s been through it before is excellent too. Working with an expert in nutrition in addition to these things is even better. But this kind of change is so much bigger than that. Yes, you can get by, and for you (and most likely your baby too) this change is just temporary. But why not take this challenge that life has thrown at you and turn it into something great? Take this opportunity to get a little more curious about what you’re eating. Take this opportunity to make steps towards an even healthier you. Take this opportunity to practice standing up for yourself and your baby. Take this opportunity to really get to know yourself and what motivates you. However you go about it, know that there’s something in this to be gained (and yes, you have my permission to mourn the loss of cheese).
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Whether you are dairy free or you're getting ready to switch your baby to whole milk...you'll want to check this out. For more information on why I don't recommend drinking milk and how to make sure you and your baby are getting enough calcium, check out my blog post here
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Is your baby experiencing any of the following?
- excessive fussiness and/or screaming
- tight/hard belly after nursing
- signs of discomfort after nursing (pulling up legs, arching back)
- rash, "baby acne", or eczema
- diaper rash that won't go away
- mucousy poop
- visible blood in poop
If you're wondering if it's something you ate, grab your free guide here to see what steps you may want to take.
Another great resource: http://balancedbreastfeeding.com/what-did-you-eat/
Did you know self care can be anything from buying new underwear to checking your bank statement? Watch this episode of the Happy Mama/Healthy Baby show if you want to get curious about self care and learn what the 10 areas of self care are.
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If your suspecting your diet may be effecting your breastfed baby, check out this episode of the Happy Mama/Healthy Baby show, and read these two excellent articles below...
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