Why did I start this blog?
When I was breastfeeding my new daughter, my husband and I (thanks to our pediatrician) discovered she had food sensitivity issues with milk and soy proteins. I had to either cut milk and soy products from my diet, or stop breastfeeding my baby and switch completely to hypo-allergenic formula.
We tried switching to formula, but our daughter couldn’t digest that, either, so I began eliminating milk and soy products from my diet - including butter, cream, cheese, and all soybean oils! I became exasperated, wondering "What can I eat?"
The last straw was when I burst into tears in the middle of the grocery store trying to find a single loaf of bread that did not contain milk, casein, whey or soy – I even had to eliminate soybean oil.
I was overwhelmed. I had to completely re-think eating and grocery shopping. I lost so much weight in two weeks, my milk production decreased. I was not getting enough calories.
Slowly, I learned which brands made products without soy or milk ingredients. Slowly, I made a list of what I could eat as quick snacks. Slowly, I developed my own way of cooking that enabled me & my husband to get enough calories without causing allergic reactions in our baby.
I began to find online message boards with other nursing mom stories like mine. Lack of food options, frustrated grocery store trips.
This site is for those moms!
What You Will Find Here
On this site, you will find recipe ideas for meals you can eat if you are a breastfeeding mom who must eliminate milk and soy products from your diet.
This web site does not address any other food sensitivities or allergies.
This web site does not address caloric or nutritional content other than to encourage breastfeeding mothers to:
- make sure you are getting enough calories to sustain both yourself and the baby;
- make sure you are consuming vitamin-rich foods; and
- make sure you are taking a calcium supplement.
I have tried to post recipes that are simple to make, knowing that new, nursing moms and their partners/spouses have little time and energy to think too much about what they are cooking. Recipes with an asterisk (*) next to the title can be done in many short bursts of time during the course of a day.