Breastfeeding Diet and Traditional Foods
Many groups of Indigenous people were guided by the "great power" to watch what animals ate. We now are being called upon to watch was healthy Indigenous people ate, so that we can have healthy pregnancies and healthy children.
An Unnoticed Tragedy
Daily a profound tragedy plays itself out, unnoticed, our breastfeeding mother's are starving for nutrients. Therefore, their children are deprived of essential body building factors. This depravation, combined with modern life depleted foods, causes many types of illnesses, and can make our children unfit for life.
Dietary Guidelines Breastfeeding (Lactation)
|Calcium||Phosphorus||Fat-Soluble Vitamin A||Fat-Soluble Vitamin D||Percentage of Calories from Fat|
|2.20+ grams||3.40+ grams||5,000-20,000+ IU||800-2,000+ IU||40-60% +|
Foods to Be Eaten Daily
Activators Daily, Choose One Row*
A. 1.5 teaspoons, a mixture of high vitamin butter oil and high vitamin (or fermented) cod liver oil, best taken 2 or 3 times daily in ½ teaspoon increments and/or
B. 1.5-3 ounces of a grass fed animal liver, or wild fish liver with
1-4 tablespoons of Summer Butter, (deep yellow colored) and/or
C. 1/3 - 3 tablespoons of wild caught fish eggs
2-4+ tablespoons of raw unsalted grassfed butter
16-48+ ounces (2-6+ cups) of whole fat raw grassfed milk; cow, goat or sheep
2-6 whole eggs, from chickens raised on pastures **
2-6 ounces of a very high quality raw, grassfed cheese; cow, goat, or sheep
1-2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil
Ample amounts of fresh vegetables and fresh fruits, Dark leafy green vegetables (should be cooked), Carrots, and Fermented Vegetables
6 ounces or more of Bone Broth for trace minerals and gelatin. Examples: chicken stock, fish stock, or beef stock
Foods to Eat Several Times Per Week
Make sure that you are eating two of these three categories of foods several times weekly,
- raw grassfed dairy
- sea food that includes the organs
- organs of land animals***
Eat fresh wild caught seafood including, shellfish, such as, crab, lobster, shrimp, oyster’s, clams. (From Clean Waters)
Fresh beef or lamb, the muscle meat, raised on a pasture, always consumed with the fat several times per week, cooked medium rare, and/or marinated for several hours and/or eaten in the same meal with bone broth or cooked in a stew. (It is acceptable to eat the organs of beef or lamb and forgo the muscle meat.)
3-4 ounces fresh grassfed or wild liver, at least once or twice per week (One of the most ideal foods for pregnancy and lactation, learn about the saftey of Vitamin A)
Quinoa, for the time of lactation, (must undergo at least a 12 hour fermentation)
Seaweed – can sometimes be a healthy source of much needed trace minerals. (Seaweed is not a good source of fat-soluble vitamins or activating substances
Additional Special Foods
Make sure to eat least one of these foods regularly
(for example, several times weekly)
Crab or lobster, including the mustard or tomalley (from pure waters)
Milk, Butter, or Cream, obtained when the animals are eating freshly growing green grass (High Vitamin Butter Oil)
Organs and Glands (Must be from 100% grass fed, no hormone or antibiotic animals, or wild fish) Thyroid, Intestines, Liver, Bone Marrow, Tongue, Eye’s, Brain, Kidney, Gonads, Thymus, Heart, obtained from animals eating freshly growing grass, or fish during the time when they are egg bearing. Organs and glands will help nourish your body, they are important to eat.
Organic or Wild crafted Red Raspberry Leaf Tea: Use tea daily or several times per day throughout pregnancy.
Strictly Avoid these Modernized Foods
Sugar – White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Organic Sugar, Evaporated Cane Juice, Corn Syrup, Commercial Jams
Flour & Grain Products – White Flour, Wheat Flour, Organic Flour, any unsoaked grain products. Examples: bread, crackers, cookies, doughnuts, breakfast cereals, muffins, pastries, tortillas, bagels, and sandwiches
Hydrogenated Oils - like Margarine, and Low quality vegetable oils, Vegetable Oil, Soybean Oil and Criscto.
Any type of junk, convenience food, or modern fast foods
Coffee, Soft Drinks, Nutrasweet, and anything with artificial flavors, artificial colors, or artificial ingredients
Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Drugs (including most prescription drugs & vaccines)
Trust Your HUNGER Instincts During Breastfeeding
These are guidelines, not rigid expectations that have to be precisely followed. However I take great effort to avoid the unhealthy foods. Particularly, in the final stages of pregnancy, your appetite might very widely, trust these instincts. After the birth, you may not feel hungry at all, trust that feeling and do not force yourself to eat. Your body may have cravings for certain things, so for example: for two weeks you might eat lots of lamb, and only some fish. Then it could switch, you eat lots of fish, and very little red meat. Overall, try to make sure you are eating a balanced menu as these guidelines suggest, but it may be too rigid for you to try to eat all these foods every single day. Taking a break from certain foods, and eating more of other foods can be balancing.
* Weston Price successfully used the mixture of equal parts high vitamin butter oil and cod liver to improve pregnancy health, to stop tooth decay, and to help heal and regrow bones. These food supplements can be replaced with their equivalent whole food versions, or with a good quantity of fish eggs daily.
** One source suggests eating eggs 5 days on, 2 days off, if you are prone to miscarriage.
***The liver's of small animals, like squirrels and guinea pigs during certain seasons may be used, as well as insects during certain times of the year might count as fourth and fifth categories of food. I do not know what times of the year this would be, but it would be when they are in abundance. I did not list these are foods a majority of us do not eat.
**** Vitamins are not to be obtained from synthetic source
Dietary guidelines adopted from the Weston A. Price Foundation Diet for Pregnancy and Lactation.
Overwhelmed with Animal Foods?
If you have problems physically assimilating all these animal foods products, or if your body does not crave more, than do not eat more. One solution is to have animal proteins and fats frequently, but in smaller portions (1-3 ounces, several times daily). Eating animal proteins with fats consistently, while listening to the body and not consuming excess, in addition to copious amounts of vegetables, will help promote pregnancy and lactation health.
Sources for some Special Foods Breastfeeding
Fermented Cod Liver Oil: Green Pastures I suggest the "raw" flavor.
Less ideal - cod liver oil: Maker's Diet and Carlson's Brand
Yellow Butter: Anchor Butter, (1-888-869-6455 to find a local Anchor Supplier), Kerrigold Butter, Jana Valley Butter. Local butter's purchased during the spring and summertime when the cows eat rapidly growing grass are available at: www.realmilk.com - a campaign for wholesome real milk. The imported butters should be available from your local natural food store.
Fish Eggs: Live Superfoods, sometimes at your local fish merchant, or as various types of caviars from wild fish. The last option is cost prohibitive for most.
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