Nourish :: Post Partum Mom Food

When it comes to nourishing a new mom the first thing that comes to my mind is FOOD! I love food, all kinds and all types. However, some of my favorites are not recommended for the very new mom and her little nursling. Here is a list of foods that a great for a new mama and ones that may cause some upset for baby.

Good foods to nourish a post partum mom:

Plenty of purified water
Wild salmon
Organic chicken and vegetable soup with plenty of fresh herbs
Greens!! Fresh salad greens, dark leafy greens, and green smoothies
Sweet vegetables (yams, squash, carrots, beets)
Raw nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
Raw almond butter
Whole grains (quinoa, amaranth, oats, sweet brown rice, millet, teff; wheat can be upsetting to baby)
Organic berries (these are low sugar fruits, great in a smoothie with some greens)
Sea vegetables
Lentils
Herbs and spices (cumin, cardamom, fenugreek, ginger, mint, fennel seeds); these will help to increase your milk supply
Raspberry leaf tea (raspberry leaf along with fennel help to contract the uterus)
Nettle tea enriches and increases milk production
Healthy fats (avocado, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, raw butter, fermented cod liver oil, fresh flax, krill oil or fish oil) You must be sure to get your fish oils from a reputable source, otherwise it could be full of mercury and PCBs!

Here is the list of what to possibly avoid….
Dairy products (raw dairy is easier on the belly of both mom and baby; raw goat milk being closest in composition to breastmilk)
Citrus fruit, especially juices
Peanuts (one of the top ten allergens!)
Heavily spiced foods
Beef (organic, grass fed is easier and actually healthier than your typical store bought meats)
Raw garlic and onions
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)
Wheat / Gluten
Refined soy products (soy should really be avoided, unless it is fermented, which is nato, tempeh and miso)
Caffeine (coffee, tea, soda)
Chocolate
Prenatal vitamins (the iron may be irritating to baby)

-Leslie