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From: Leah (pool-68-162-207-98.bos.east.verizon.net)
Subject:         Re: Breastfeeding and dairy-free
Date: September 8, 2005 at 2:12 pm PST

In Reply to: Breastfeeding and dairy-free posted by Karen on May 21, 2005 at 6:06 pm:

Karen,
I first want to say in as gentle way as possible that there are probably deep reasons for those food phobias and you have been right to seek after them. Eating the foods you are eating as inadvertant as it may be from your stand point are really self destructive foods.
I disagree with the former statement about feeding those foods to your baby by eating them while you are breastfeeding. Studies show that our bodies are extremely capable of finding the nutrients it needs to give only the best milk to your baby. Comparison with third world countries breastmilk and american breastmilk produces astoundingly simliar results meaning that our bodies are taking the nutrients they need to make breastmilk. HOWEVER, Although this may not mean much to you now, there are several issues you will run into in the future. One, that all the nutrients your body is using to make breastmilk are being taken from your body and your stores leaving you with very little nutrition for the future. You can develop all kinds of diseases early in life from nutritional deficiencies.
Also, your views on food and issues with nutrition will unfortunately spill over into your childs life if you cannot work through them NOW. It is very apparent that you want to do the right thing for your baby because you are seeking advice, and that means you love your baby. BUT for your baby to be healthy and happy , you must be healthy and happy first.
I grew up in a home that ate just like you described and the results are devasting. My entire family is riddled with health problems. Although I care for them all very much it is devasting that I cannot help them no matter how hard I try because eating right is a lifestyle change, and they are not willing to put in an effort to change. It is much more convenient to buy processed, unnutritional food.
I could write a book, but just to start why don't you try buying some soy protein powder at the health food store and making a soy shake for breakfast. If you keep soy milk in the fridge or rice milk and frozen fruit in your freezer you have a quick nutritional breakfast in a few seconds flat. If you are still hungry try peanut butter on some sort of whole grain bread or english muffin. Bagels are actually really high in carbs which your body processes as sugar.
If you would like more ideas for lunch and dinner -quick and easy- just email me at gavynsmum@yahoo.com I would be glad to help. I am too a breastfeeding mother of an 8wk old, and understand that it is hard to make any lifestlye changes when you are so tired and drained from having a baby, but please listen to me. It is worth it to change, not just for baby, but for you, Leah

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