Tips for (Breastfeeding) Mothers


If you read this, you are probably struggling with a baby that has colic or cramps. It may also that your baby presents with eczema or respiratory problems.

 

Contrary to what your pediatrician or clinic sister will tell you, everything that you eat has an influence on your baby. Anything you eat or drink gets digested and absorbed into your breast milk. Baby drinks that and it can cause digestive upset in your baby.  

There is a smaller variety available for breast feeding mothers, and finding foods that are good for both baby and mother is by far the hardest part of breast feeding. It is important what condiments you use during cooking. The make of product i.e. Soya sauce, salt etc is extremely important, as some makes, add ingredients what gives baby cramps so easily and mother a hard night.

 

Absolute simplicity in the cooking is imperative.

Foods to Avoid

No sausage or any meat/fish in crumbs, no pork; not even bacon!

No onions (raw or cooked) or green vegetables such as broccoli, beans, peas and cucumber.

No coffee or sugar or artificial sweeteners.

No soup powders, Aromat, Herbamare salt, curry, herbs or spices in fact - nothing that contains MSG also called Mono Sodium Glutemate or HVP or Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (it is important to make sure on the etiquette of the products labelling) Use only pure sea salt or the Himalayan crystal salt.  

 

No wheat including foods like pasta, bread, whole wheat bread, muesli, muffins, biscuits like cream crackers and pro-vita’s, cookies, etc use only Spelt flour in the making of bread (recipes with Spelt flour are available here). Use wheat free pasta, cookies, muesli, biscuits etc.

Be very careful of breakfast cereals, they may contain any of the above or a combination thereof.

No dairy products including: milk, cheese, cream, cottage cheese yogurt etc, use rice milk when you need to use milk but I am still a bit careful about the rice milk as it is flavoured with vanilla, and I find that sometimes my baby cries if I drink more than 50 ml rice milk in a day soy (being a bean also causes cramps) Rooibos tea makes you acidic and can make you babies urine very acidic and eventually bring out a rash.

Drink only water with Coral Calcium sachets and/or Concentrace Drops (1 drop for ever 2 kg of your weight). This gives you the correct type of calcium and other minerals you need to supply your baby through your breast milk.

 

Here is an example of my menu when I breast feed.  When you follow this menu for a week, and your baby is quiet, you can begin to add some of your favourite foods, one at a time. For example a dish with cooked onions, green beans etc. As your baby grows up, onions and green beans should not be a problem any more. BUT dairy, MSG, sugar and wheat will definitely still have an effect.

 

Breakfast

We believe in a mixed breakfast, and NOT only fruit/muesli and yogurt. Combining ananimal protein and a carbohydrate is contrary to what many health gurus advocate, but we have found it extremely beneficial over many years. Doing this keeps the blood sugar level constant and allows you to go a lot longer during the morning without feeling hungry again. Remember that when you breast feed you output a lot, and if you start your day with a cereal or fruit and or yogurt you will feel your blood sugar dip very soon after breakfast. This could make your milk production drop. We find the same with children, that a mixed breakfast gives them better concentration.  The same goes with toddlers, they are more able to keep themselves busy and there is less strife when they have a breakfast as I described. Some Sunday mornings we only eat muffins and rusks with tea, and then you can immediately see the effects on their temperament. The same goes for adults.

 

Breakfast normally consists of the following:

Spelt bread (Backed with Spelt flour with the Panasonic Bread Machine)

Fried egg, Boiled egg or scrambled eggs (to use butter is 100% please avoid margarine.) Yes it’s 100% OK to have egg EVERY day of the week. There is NO cholesterol issue…

No honey (I found that some of my babies get cramps from honey)

Also no jam or paté (e.g. Fish paste), only St. Dalfour apricot or peach jam. (Available from Pick & Pay or health shops)

 

For a Snack

I found that when you eat only wheat free bread, baked with Spelt, you don’t pick up weight. We believe only in the Blood group Diet: ‘Eat Right for your Blood Type’. I found a rusk recipe that worked with my other babies, but this baby cried a lot and I decided to leave it.

Plain Oat biscuits from Nairn’s (available in health shops) are generally ok to have.  

 

Lunch

 Spelt bread sandwiches (Baked with Spelt flour) with the following fillings:

Leftover chicken from the night before

Tuna (in water)

Leftover mince(flavoured with salt, pepper and tomato)

You may add lettuce or tomatoes to spice it up.

 

 

Supper

1. Rub salt and pepper into chicken or chicken pieces.

2. Cut carrots, potatoes and or turnips into cubes and put in to an oven pan.

3. Roast at 200deg C for 45 mins

4. Reduce heat to 150Deg C for 1-2 hours (depending on size of Chicken)

5. Take chicken out of the oven proof pan

6. Deglaze the caramelized juices in the pan to form a gravy


The chicken can be served with brown rice, butternut and fresh salad (No salad dressing).

 Butternut

1. 1 medium organic butternut, peeled and cut into blocks

2. 60g butter and a pinch of salt

3. Just enough water to be able to steam the butternut

 

Cooked Chops

 

1. Place 500g – 1Kg of lamb chops in a oven dish.

2. Fill only the bottom of a oven dish with water

3. Cover with foil and bake it for 180º C for about 90 min

4. Take the foil off and sprinkle sea salt or Himalayan salt over the chops, turn the chops over and sprinkle sea salt over the other side of the chops.

5. Grill the chops till they are brown and slightly dry.

6. Pour water into the oven dish to make sauce.



Carrot salad

4 organic carrots peeled and grated.

Half a pineapple, peeled and cut into small pieces. Do not use any fruit juice or sauce over the salad

 

Chicken and Rice Dish

 

1. Cook about 1½ cups raw rice with 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon sea salt till cooked

2. 6 organic chicken filets cut into pieces

3. Fry the chicken pieces in about 2 teaspoons butter till it is light brown

4. Add 1 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce, 2 teaspoons organic balsamic vinegar(Otallio from Pick ‘n Pay), the juice of one lemon, and half a cup water.

5. Allow it to simmer till all the water evaporated and the chicken is brown

6. Place into a mixing bowl.

7. Cook 1 finely chopped onion till light brown, in the same pan as you cooked the chicken, adding a bit of butter if needed. (A welcome addition could be baby marrow or cherry tomatoes)

8. Mix rice, chicken and cooked onion together and spoon into a backing dish

9. Place in oven at 180º C till light brown.


You can serve this with Sweet potatoes and fresh salad (no salad dressing).

 

Sweet potato

1. 5-6 medium sized organic sweet potato, peeled and diced

2. 60 g butter

3. Just enough water to steam it till soft

 

Menu for Baby

 

Begin to feed your child solid food at 6 months. Give fruit and vegetables first, then porridges (7-8 months) and then meat and chicken (9 months).

Start with non allergic foods like apple, pear, and butternut.

Avoid the more allergy prone foods like banana and avocado.

Make sure to peel the fruit, you could steam the fruit lightly, let it cool down and then give little bits to your baby.

 

At the age of 11-12 months they eat out of your plate at the table. This means that you don’t make special food for them, they just get the food that everybody else is eating, only cut smaller. At this stage your baby should be able to eat everything that you are able to eat.

 

They are mad over butternut, gem squash, green beans or carrots cooked with small pieces of potatoes and then cut very fine. (Yes you may give them green beans from 7 months old, with very good results.)

 

Make their own porridge with organic rice flour and rice milk (available at health shops-not the sort that you get in boxes in the supermarket shelves) and sweetened with a little honey. At 10 months they can eat bread (spelt bread-not wheat).

For Lunch a sandwich with tuna or finely chopped chicken. For supper they can be given the same food as the family.

In between meals give them only organic fruit. The genetic modification of fruit and the poisons that fruit are sprayed with, affect my family immediately (because our bodies are very ‘clean’).  My children and I immediately react with an allergic cough or rash when we eat normal fruit. (Organic fruit is sometimes difficult to get-sometimes impossible-especially in winter). Alternatively you can give your toddlers spelt bread during the day or at specific times (eg. 11h00 and 15h30). There are also muffin recipes and desert recipes on the here that you can make for both toddler and adults.

 

For you to drink.

Although everybody sings the praises of Rooi Bos tea, different people get affected differently by it differently. I have seen many people with arthritis and or eczema or bladder related problems, which seems to correlate to their regular consumption of rooi bos tea. If you do not get stiff/sore joints from using it, then go ahead – otherwise, just omit the rooibos from the recipe.

 

Make the following tea.

1 Tsp Chammomile flowers (Calmative effect)

1 Tsp Fennel seeds (Soothing for the digestive system and anti-spasmodic)

Let it simmer in a pot on the stove and enjoy at any time.

 

Helpful remedies

 

Baby born via Caesarian Section?

When you have a vaginal birth, baby ingests some of the natural bacteria that lives in the birth canal. These bacteria is good and helps kick start baby’s immune system AND digestive system. This helps baby to be healthy and digest your breast milk well.  

 

The problem comes when baby is born via Caesarian Section and do not ingest these friendly bacteria. We then more than often see baby cry from cramps, have lots of mucus in the ears, nose or tonsils. All these “symptoms” are then treated with an array of drugs, from antibiotics to immune suppressants and even operations.

 

The remedy is very simple, follow our dietary guidelines and give baby these friendly bacteria supplemental to breast milk. We always use ABC Dophilus by Solgar. You simply give 0.25 to 0.5 teaspoon to baby twice a day in the mouth. You may want to mix it with a drop or two of water or breast milk.

 

Baby crying:

1. Make sure baby is neither to hot or cold, generally babies are calmer, being a little overdressed than underdressed – also…..check the nappy.

2. Give a chamomile powder and wait 15 minutes, if the crying continues then

3. Give baby one Spascupreel tablet, crushed finely between two teaspoons –this is a very effective and 100% safe antispasmodic remedy.

4. If you tried all the above, and baby still cries, get hold of a Chiropractor (with experience with babies) Sometimes during labour baby’s skeletal system mis-aligns. The chiropractor will gently adjust this, and baby should be much better.

 

Baby teething:

1. You may start by inspecting the gums, and find that they are not necessarily more red ir inflamed than normal.

2. You could try the remedies above, if that is unsuccessful then apply a little Traumeel S ointment on babies gums.

3. If baby is restless with or without fever, you may insert a Viburcol S suppository. It is 100% safe and natural and very effective.

4. As a general immune stimulant at the first onset of a fever we generally respond by giving baby an Engystol tablet - crushed finely between two teaspoons.

 

Nappy rash:

This can be due to baby being very acidic or teething. Try the following.

1. Apply a little Squaline after every nappy change.

2. If the problem persists mix (in your hand) a little Traumeel S ointment  and Squaline together and apply to the affected area.

3. Wash baby’s bottom if needed, with lukewarm water only.

4. Any dry spots on baby’s skin can be treated with Squaline. This is for external use only.

 

For mother:

As a breastfeeding mom, your baby takes a lot from you. This is natural and your body is made to handle it. With today’s stresses and generally depleted foods, it has become necessary to take a few supplements to your general diet. Again, your dietician,  paediatrician, gynaecologist or GP is not trained to advise on these and other natural supplements. As far as their training goes, you get every thing from your food. The fact that modern day agricultural methods deplete foods of essential micro nutrients is not part of their thinking.   

1. Start by taking a good multi vitamin formula. I recommend High 5 from Viridian. One capsule with breakfast should be sufficient.

2. Take Omega SLO. I recommend this particular omega 3 as it contains , alkoxyglycerols, a natural substance found in mother’s milk. This will strengthen your milk and aid baby’s development, as well as protecting and nourishing your own body.

3. Drink PLENTY filtered water, drink PLENTY filtered water, drink PLENTY filtered water, drink PLENTY filtered water – you get the picture? 

You also need to get minerals to aid all the processes in your and baby’s body. I recommend adding one coral calcium bag to every 1.5L of water. A breastfeeding mother can easily drink 4L of filtered water daily – to supply in the lactation needs of baby.

4. If you are taking the above but the stress of a new baby and life in general is getting you down, you may want to add Mindset to your supplementing regimen . Mindset is 100% natural and safe for you and baby. Stress also makes it difficult for your body to produce enough milk.  It supplies food to the brain, thus aids the body’s ability to regulate stress response, focus and sleeping patterns. Best taken away from your meals.

5. If you are doing everything I mentioned, but your milk supply is still struggling, try supplementing with Fenugreek capsules. This aids greatly in stimulating lactation. Avoid taking Eglonyl for lactation stimulation. Contrarily to your doctors advise, Eglonyl is a dangerous Schedule 5 mind-altering drug, that goes through your milk to baby and can adversely affect brain development.

6. If you have sore nipples, make sure baby latches correctly. Get baby to open wide and get the nipple as far into the mouth as possible. Apply a little Lansinoh ®, before and after feeding to your nipples. It’s 100% safe for babies. You may also want to use NUK nipple guards, which prevents clothing from irritating your (tender) nipple.

 

 

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7. In  the first few days of breastfeeding you may first have very little milk, but then the milk producing glands start functioning, resulting in the production of more milk than what baby is used to. This can possibly result in swollen breasts, which can really be very painful. The remedy for this is for baby to continue to feed (amidst the pain) and to put raw cabbage leaves inside your bra. This is an age old remedy, don’t scoff at it - it works. Keep changing the leaves with fresh ones every hour or so. If left untreated, the swollen breast can develop in to mastitis, which is inflammation of the breast tissue. For this we use Lymphomyosot drops. Use 20 drops every 30 minutes in acute cases or 10 drops 3 times a day if less severe. When there is full blown infection or inflammation it is wise to use a natural anti-biotic like Olive leaf (5 sprays every hour), Vitamin C (1000mg every hour) as well as a high dose Omega SLO (2 caps 3 times per day with meals). In addition use Traumeel S pills or drops and apply Traumeel S ointment to the breasts. You may also find great relief from comming into the store for a RIKTA cold laser treatment.

8. Stretch marks respond very well to Squaline. Apply a little to any stretch mark, wrinkle or sore nipple. You can safely use it as a personal lubricant.


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Hope this helps. Please ask if you have any other queries.

 

Strength and lots of love.

Linnie and Christo Lues.

Linnie has breast fed all seven her children, and is currently breastfeeding.

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