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what is best for baby? It comes down to nutrition! Hands down, healthy breast milk is perfectly designed for baby's physical and mental development, but this is only true when mom supplies her body with the right nutrients.
The typical modern diet is filled with products based on sugar, white flour, additives and commercial fats and oils, which do not nourish and build. The proper nutrients are necessary to create breast milk that will provide all a growing baby needs. These include good quality proteins from foods such as grass-fed meats and organ meats, good quality fats from butter, coconut oil, olive oil, cod liver oil and egg yolks, as well as complex carbohydrate-rich foods like vegetables, whole grains and legumes--think whole food, natural and seasonal, with a big emphasis on healthy fat.
I came across this site looking for the best first foods to start my Becca on. I can say I will probably never go back to this site. According to those terms my baby would be better off with formula. No offence to you health food enthusiasts out there... but who eats like that? What about the moms in Africa who are poor, or the ones who escaped from Laos and gave birth in the jungle and breastfed their babies when they themselves were living on leaves and twigs (ok maybe not really but something like that)? I was pretty shocked, but I am sure there are a lot of sites like this out there and everyone is very opinionated.
It's been shown that a mom's body gives to her baby before it gives to her. You can live on burgers and fries the entire you breastfeed and still give your baby the same breastmilk as if you ate a completely balanced diet.
I think this link sums it up perfectly: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-diet.html
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)
I eat pretty poorly ( I am doing better, but I am a huge junk food addict) and my babies gain a ton of weight on breastmilk and are all super smart.... ok, so we don't know about the 3 week old yet, but I am pretty sure she is a genius already, lol.....