Category Archives: Breastfeeding

Better than Baby Formula

Better than Baby Formula

Ok…let’s be honest. The absolute best thing to feed your baby is breastmilk. Period. End of Story. But, there has been, for whatever reasons, people who may not be able to breastfeed and want an alternative. The next best thing would be to find a breastmilk bank of some type or to plead from friends who nurse to share if possible. I myself have shared my own expressed milk with two friends in need who could not nurse their babies at the time.

But sometimes that is not an option either and people move on to baby formula. Might I submit to you what I believe to be the better option and the next best thing besides breastmilk? Goat milk. I am completely serious. It can be found in a can near the condensed milk, in the fridge next to the soy milk or in powdered form.  I used to only be able to find it at Whole Foods and then Publix.  It is now even at Super Walmart (at least our local store in Bradenton on Cortez)  in all three forms.

It is amazingly the next best thing for several reasons but mainly, it’s the closest milk to resemble a human’s. The poopie of the baby looks the same as that of a breastfed baby: yellow or mustard colored with some seedy looking things that are actually curds of milk…just what breastfed poop looks like 🙂

So, look into it if the need arises. When my supply is down, that is where I turn in a pinch.  It is also for when we don’t have enough expressed, usually when the kids stay with the grandparents during our outings and trips.  It is also a great thing when trying to give baby a bottle during a long car trip.

Wonderful and weird, isn’t it?

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

I had no idea that there were foods to avoid while breastfeeding. I have been breastfeeding for almost two years now and nobody ever told me this…of course it is common sense to a certain degree. I mean–I absolutely made sure to learned to avoid the “avoid foods” during pregnancy that is recommended! Ah well, live and learn.

The book “New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding” by Joan Younger Meek is a great resource that I relied on and continue to for this season of life, but there is not as much about the foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Some of the allergen foods is mentioned in a few places and they are not elaborated on greatly.

So, you ask, what are the foods to avoid? Here’s the list: Coffee, Chocolate (both for caffeine), Alcohol (c’mon, you don’t want to give your baby a buzz), Broccoli (and other “gassy foods” like beans, couliflower, etc.), Spicy Foods (like jalapenos and so on; incidentally not all babies have a problem so just exclude if fussiness seems to occur), Garlic (also a taste issue for baby possibly), Fish (same as during pregnancy, mercury happens), Citrus (apparently can irritate their new little gastrointestinal system), Peppermint and Parsley (used to halt milk supply so use sparingly), Peanuts/Tree Nuts (high-allergen food passes to baby), Corn (high allergen), Shellfish (high allergen), Egg (possibly egg white allergen), Soy (food allergen), Wheat (especially if mom or dad is allergic), and of course Milk and Dairy (for, you guessed it, food allergen).

Happy Breastfeeding 🙂

Pumpkin Spice Latte…psych!

Pumpkin Spice Latte…psych!

Pumpkin SpiceLatte

OK, so I am definitely one of the many that have become crazily addicted to Starbucks and their lattes.  But let’s face it, I know I am not the only one that really can’t afford them.  I mean at all!  And of course there is also the fact that caffeine, sugar and chocolate are not really something you want your children taking in overly in the breast-milk.  To do so right before nap-time is not the brightest idea.

So here is a little idea I had today that brightened my day without costing me $3.50 plus tax (just for a tall caffe mocha http://www.fastfoodmenuprices.com/starbucks-prices/).  I have bought the Starbucks Christmas blend (or Thanksgiving Blend is good, too) in decaf along with International Delight Pumpkin Spice creamer and Reddi-Whip.  You just brew your coffee, add the creamer to the sweetness and creaminess you prefer and add a bit of whip on top for an comparable replica of the real deal without making the process overly involved.  I have had a truly delightful morning enjoying my treat at home with my kids.  🙂

You don’t have to buy actual Starbucks brand coffee to brew for such a treat.  Just make sure you are drinking decaf if you can help it and watch your whip intake.  Some people even enjoy the sugar free whip cream.  Most importantly, it’s just making sure that you make your coffee the way you like it.  Don’t be afraid to experiment, though, if you want!

May make a great Christmas present.  Ask for some great quality coffee for this treat if you are into coffee as much as I am.  Starbucks brand is pricey but worth it in my opinion.  Other quality brands include Seattle’s Best (same company as Starbucks), Lattitudes, Green Mountain, and usually local or small coffee companies are able to roast their own coffee beans in small batches.  The smaller the company the better the coffee more often.

There are of course a number of pins on Pinterest that are worth trying for those of you wanting a more involved approach or an actual Starbucks copycat recipe. Here are a few to check out.

Tomorrow I will try this with the Peppermint Mocha creamer by International Delight!  It’s going to be sweet…literally!