Nutrition What To Do Part 1
1. Breastfeed your infant for as long as possible.
There is no replacement for breastfeeding. Human breast milk is unique. There is no commercial formula that duplicates this natural formula. Human breast milk helps to protect the baby in many ways. Mother’s milk provides unique beneficial bacteria that the baby cannot obtain in any other way. Good bacteria will help the baby to break down food in the gut and strengthen the immune system of the baby.
2. Everything you ingest (including medication) affects the quality of your breast milk for better or for worse.
Nursing mothers need at least 1,ooo mg of calcium daily. Calcium in supplements is poorly absorbed. Food should also be the primary source of calcium. Dairy products are often recommended to fill these needs but milk, cheese and yogurt are an easy way to increase calcium but they are not the best way. Vegetables are the healthiest source of calcium.
3. Give daily several servings of a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to your child who is 12 months or older.
Provide a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Use seasonal organic fruits and vegetables that are locally grown whenever possible. Limit exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides and herbicides. Wide variety of fruits and vegetables provides a wide array of vital nutrients.
4. Give your child a variety of unprocessed protein, such as fresh, raw nut and seed butters, fresh meat, fish, eggs, or poultry every day.
Find meat, fish, eggs, and poultry from animals that have been raised naturally. Beef, lamb, pork and other meats should be free hormones, antibiotics and other drugs. Fish are often contaminated with heavy metals. “Wild” fish thought to be safer than farm-raised. Without knowing the source of the fish we can easily be fooled. Large deep-sea fish are exposed to more heavy metal contamination. Shellfish and small fish close are also exposed to contamination along the shore. Medium-sized fish are thought to be safest. Chicken, duck, goose and other poultry should be raised naturally. Organic eggs are a very healthy and digestible source of animal protein.
5. Give your child a variety of healthy sources of fat, such as fresh, raw nuts and seeds, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or other cold-pressed oils every day.
It is vital to provide high-quality fats and oils. All oils should be cold-pressed. Eliminate heat-expressed oils. Heat expressed oils contain trans fats. Trans fats are toxic to the human body. Use high-quality, cold-pressed vegetable, nut and seed oils: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, etc. Consumed nut and seed butters as soon as they are made because they become rancid rapidly. The best fat to use when cooking is animal fat – it can never turn to a trans fat. Use organic butter or clarified butter to cook with. Oils should be refrigerated.