Formula….how to make you own!

I was recently asked about making your own formula, should breast milk not be an option for your little one. Its so important that you make sure you know what you are feeding your precious baby.

The human species has been breastfeeding for nearly half a million years. It’s only in the last 60 years that we have begun to give babies the highly processed convenience food called ‘formula’. The health consequences include five times the risk of gastroenteritis, twice the risk of developing diabetes and up to eight times the risk of developing lymphatic cancer – which are staggering.

All mammals produce milk for their young, and the human species has been nurturing its babies at the breast for at least 400,000 years. For centuries, when a woman could not feed her baby herself, another lactating woman, or ‘wet nurse’, took over the job. It is only in the last 60 years or so that we have largely abandoned our mammalian instincts and, instead, embraced a bottlefeeding culture that not only encourages mothers to give their babies highly processed infant formulas from birth, but also to believe that these breastmilk substitutes are as good as, if not better than, the real thing.

Breastmilk is a ‘live’ food that contains living cells, hormones, active enzymes, antibodies and at least 400 other unique components. It is a dynamic substance, the composition of which changes from the beginning to the end of the feed and according to the age and needs of the baby. Because it also provides active immunity, every time a baby breastfeeds it also receives protection from disease. Compared to this miraculous substance, the artificial milk sold as infant formula is little more than junk food. It is also the only manufactured food that humans are encouraged to consume exclusively for a period of months, even though we know that no human body can be expected to stay healthy and thrive on a steady diet of processed food.

Here is a great website with more of the above information that really lays it out for you: http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/baby-formula#.VD25XL5H0b0

So…if for some reason your little babe cannot receive your breast milk, a donor would be the next best thing! If that is not an option, making it yourself, so you know exactly what is going inside of it!

Here is a great link to that: http://www.westonaprice.org/beginner-videos/baby-formula-video-by-sarah-pope-2/

Why go cloth diapers?

Did you know the following facts about diapers?

  • Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer product in landfills today.
  • A disposable diaper may take up to 500 years to decompose.
  • One baby in disposable diapers will contribute at least 1 ton of waste to your local landfill.
  • Disposable diapers leave a trail of waste and pollution from manufacturing to disposal- an average of 2.7 tons of non-biodegradable waste each year; not counting the waste produced during their production.
  • Disposable diaper packaging instructs caregivers to dump solid waste into the toilet and flush it away, but most people are not aware of that. This means that human fecal matter is going into our landfills where it can leach into groundwater and possibly spread disease.
  • Disposable diapers leave a huge burden on future generations as our landfills fill.
  • The number of disposable diapers used from birth to potty training is on average about 6,000!

And what about baby?

  • Disposable diapers contain chemicals, paper, plastic, and have been reported to cause allergic reactions among other serious health problems in babies.
  • Your baby can be sensitive to the ingredients used in disposable diapers.
  • Disposable diapers use chemicals in the form of gel crystals that often leak out and sit on your baby’s skin causing irritation or skin burns.

This information came from a wonderful company called Luludew. They are an Organic Diaper Service located here in the Los Angeles area. They offer an array of affordable, smart, easy choices for you and your baby.

I was fortunate enough to meet with the owner, Sandy Barajas, a few months back, and I left our meeting with a new respect for cloth diapering. I, like you I’m sure, had my own ideas and fears surrounding cloth. I imagined being at a restaurant, my baby having a blow out, and me carrying around poop in my purse for the afternoon! However, during our conversation, I expressed all of my concerns with the owner, and to be honest, she had a great answer and solution for each and everyone of them! She has really thought of cloth diapering from a convince standpoint.

Disposable diapers are something that we all know are not the best for the environment. We know this, we want to do something about it, you may even feel bad every time you throw one in the garbage; but you tell yourself “this is just the easiest way.”

But today I am telling you, there may be another way! Go cloth! Just as all fashion trends seems to be making a comeback, lets let our babies butt wear make a comeback too! Its better for mother nature, and I think you will find with research that its better for your baby too.

Heres a video to show you just how easy this really is:

Here are a few resources to help you along the Disposable VS. Cloth journey:

http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php

http://www.diapernet.org/whycloth.htm

Please Visit Luludew Diaper service and see if consider going cloth is right for you! Your babies bottoms will thank you!!

Unknown

Another cloth diaper service which has had great reviews is: www.blessedbums.com

Healthy Fats….So important!

Healthy fats are so important during your pregnancy.

Some fats are particularly important during pregnancy because they support your baby’s brain and eye development – both before and after birth. They also help the placenta and other tissues grow!

Each of the following contains 5 grams of fat and 45 calories:

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) avocado
1 teaspoon safflower, olive, canola, or peanut oil
6 almonds or cashews
10 peanuts
4 pecan halves
1 1/2 teaspoon nut butters (trans fat free): almond, peanut, cashew, sunflower
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 Brazil nuts
5 hazelnuts
3 macadamia nuts
8 large black olives
10 large green olives with pimento
16 pistachios

Every morning I personally make a delicious smoothie that is full of healthy fats… This is what I put in:

Hemp seeds ( very high in protein – great for keeping your membranes intact – which you want)
Sunflower seeds
Chia Seeds
Flax seeds
1/2 Avocado
Handful of spinach
1-2 table spoons of coconut butter (not oil – this is brain food for you and baby!)
Hemp milk
Coconut milk
Frozen berries & Banana
Sometimes for a little extra treat I’ll add a scoop of some kind of nut butter!

images

It is delicious and nutritious! Not to mention it has all the fats you need in a day. Fats help your tissues to soften for the delivery of you baby.

10-15 Prenatal squats and Natural fats everyday will set your pelvic floor muscles up for success….

Food for thought…..literally!

Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed Cord clamping has become increasingly more popular in the US today.

Studies have shown that a delay of as little as thirty seconds between delivery and cord clamping can result in 20-40 ml*kg-1 of blood entering the fetus from the placenta. Umbilical cord blood is a baby’s life blood until birth. It contains many important cells: like stem cells, red blood cells and white blood cells (including cancer-fighting T-cells) to help fight disease and infection.

Studies like this one published in 1995 have shown that infants who have delayed cord clamping end up with 32% more blood volume than infants who have immediate cord clamping – without any increased risk of problems.

The main benefits of delayed cord clamping are:

  • Increased levels of iron
  • Lower risk of anaemia
  • Fewer transfusions
  • Fewer incidences of intraventricular haemorrhage.

A two-minute delay in cord clamping increased the child’s iron reserve by 27-47 mg of iron, which is equivalent to 1-2 months of an infant’s iron requirements. This could help to prevent iron deficiency from developing before 6 months of age.

Immediate cord clamping clearly reduces the amount of blood in the infant in terms of volume, blood cells, and iron content.   It would seem that premature clamping removes blood from the infant, that the infant was “destined” to receive absent the intervention of immediate cord clamping.

Let the wonderful Penny Simkin explain it to you:

For more information:

http://academicobgyn.com/2009/12/03/delayed-cord-clamping-should-be-standard-practice-in-obstetrics/

http://academicobgyn.com/2011/12/14/an-update-on-delayed-cord-clamping-and-thoughts-on-internet-expertise/

http://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/cord-clamping-delaying-cord-clamping#.Uri-G_1SFol

Eating dates in your last 4 weeks of pregnancy can make a HUGE difference!

This is something that I mention often in my prenatal yoga classes:Unknown
Eating 6 dates daily for the last 4 weeks of your pregnancy can significantly reduce the chance of induction and augmentation, lessen laboring time and much more!
  • Cervical dilation was significantly greater in the date-eating mamas upon arrival at the hospital
  • 83% of mothers who consumed dates had their membranes intact upon admission at the hospital
  • 96% of the women who ate dates went into labor on their own
  • Use of Pitocin (synthetic Oxytocin) was significantly lower in women who consumed dates (28%), compared with the non-date fruit mothers (47%)
  • The latent phase of the first stage of labor was almost 7 hours shorter in the date-eating mothers compared with the non-date fruit eaters (510 min vs 906 min)

Here are the studies and information to back me up on this….

Food for thought ~ literally 

http://thepeacefulbirthproject.org/2013/10/ancient-wisdom-and-research-agree-amazing-fruit-eases-labor-and-prevents-postpartum-hemorrhage/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989

 

 

Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Benefitsimages-1

I understand ladies and gents that eating the placenta may be the last thing that you ever considered. I’m sure you’ve vaguely heard of it, and tried to quickly forget what you heard….am I right?

Truth be told, consuming the placenta has so many benefits to a women after she gives birth.

Post Birth Healing

During and after a normal vaginal delivery  a new mother will lose between 1/8 to 1/10 of her body’s blood supply. With caesarean births, blood loss can be significantly more.  Losing a large amount of iron so quickly can cause anemia, leaving a new mother feeling tired, faint and exhausted.

A mother will typically bleed for 3 – 6 weeks after birth.  This blood loss stems from where the placenta separated from the uterine wall.  By consuming ones placenta, it is possible that a mother will usually have a much lighter bleeding for between just 5 – 10 days after giving birth.

Other important nutrients found in rich supply in the placenta include: oxytocin, the hormone entwined with breastfeeding; vitamin B6, and CRH – the body’s stress-reducing hormone. Studies have shown that there is link between post natal depression and a severe lack of both B6 and CRH. So it stands to reason that consuming the placenta after birth replaces these lost nutrients and hormones, and protects against post natal depression.

Consuming your placenta can help to:

  • Balance your hormones
  • Increase milk supply
  • Combat Fatigue
  • Increase your energy
  • Prevent signs of aging
  • Recover more quickly from childbirth
  • Replenish what was lost during childbirth
  • Bring the body back into balance
  • Prevent and treat the “baby blues”
  • Shorten postnatal bleeding time
  • Increase postnatal iron levels

Consumption methods:

  • TCM ( Traditional Chinese Method) It is the oldest-known and most commonly used recipe for placenta preparation. This method involves steaming the placenta (sometimes with ginger, lemon, and pepper corns) for 30-45 minutes before dehydration.
  • Raw Method. This method is often used for clients who adhere to a Raw diet, which is based around the idea that heat destroys vital enzymes in food. Therefore, the placenta will skip the steaming process, and go strait to dehydration.
  • Placenta Tincture. Placenta Tincture is made from a piece of the mother’s own raw placenta after birth, steeping in high grade alcohol making a strong remedy over 6 weeks.  It is said that placenta tincture is used for emotional, mental and psychological instability and may also be very beneficial for treating PMS and menopause.
  • Placenta Salves or Balms. Your placenta powder can be mixed into many different types of creams and emulsions to make an excellent skin healer. Placenta creams have been used by the rich and famous for many years to combat signs of aging.
    • reduce the appearance of c-section scarring
    • reduce the appearance of stretch marks
    • heal sore or cracked nipples from breast feeding
    • reduce skin inflammation from eczema, psiorisis and dermatitis
    • reduce the appearance of aging skin eg. lines, veins, sun-spots, wrinkles
    • reduce inflammation for babies with diaper rash or eczema
To honor and treasure the umbilical cord, you will often time receive a cord keepsake. A cord keepsake is a wonderful gift to the new mother, an everlasting symbol of the physical connection a mother had with her child.
images

In addition, another way one can honor and treasure the placenta is by making beautiful prints with it.  They are printed with the natural placenta blood on acid-free artists paper. They are unique imprints that display the size, shape and general appearance of the placenta and also remind us why the placenta is often referred to as “The Tree of Life.” images-3

The bottom line is the placenta contains everything needed to replenish the mother after the ordeal of birth. It is easy to forget that birth can be extremely traumatic, both emotionally and physically. After the joy and excitement of bringing new life into the world, comes the exhaustion, the after pains, and sometimes even the baby blues. We are constantly told that it is ‘normal’ to feel worn out, weepy and sore. That everyone goes through it, that we will feel better in time. But what is the point in suffering, when nature provides the perfect way of restoring our birth battered bodies? If only women were made aware of the healing power of the placenta, our post natal experiences could be so much happier and easier.

I hope you have found this information inspiring and consider consuming your placenta!!! Never thought I would be saying that:)

Bon Appétit!

images-4For more information on my placenta encapsulation services click here