I am a nursing mom who wants to get started on 80/10/10 I am almost finished with the book, but I have concerns. I am worried about toxins in my breast milk transferring to my son. He is 18 months and will continue nursing until he is ready to wean. I also want to get him eating more fruit which he really likes but I am not sure how much he would need in addition to breast milk. So, if there are any nursing moms who can help me with this that would be great. We currently eat cooked vegan. I have been eating more fruit lately and I think I am ready to transition just concerned of course I want to do whatever is best for my child!
IMO the whole "toxins in the breast milk" thing is a myth. How can eating healthier food be bad for your baby? Your body gets rid of toxins through the liver, kidneys and skin anyway.
I was lfrv prior to my pregnancy but had to take a hiatus during my pregnancy due to food aversions. Once Rainbow was born I was able to eat raw again (I did eat up to 20% of my calories from fat). There was no evidence that she was getting toxic breast milk and is thriving beautifully. She's only 1lb 6oz away from TRIPLING her birth weight and she's only 4 1/2 months old.
As for transitioning yourself to 80/10/10 just do what feels comfortable for you. If you can eat enough calories following the diet 100% and you feel great then just do it. If you need to have a low fat cooked meal for dinner than that's okay too until you're ready to go 100%. If you need a bit more fat in your diet to stay 100% raw then that works too! Again figure out a transition strategy that works best for you.
As for transitioning your son he most likely will want to eat whatever you are eating. At that age I found it tricky to figure out how many calories my son needed (he's 4 1/2 now) because I really had no idea how many calories of breast milk he was getting. I basically let him eat all the fruit and greens he wanted. The only fats I was feeding him at the time (besides breast milk) were avocados and young coconuts (we didn't have regular access to durian until he turned 2 and he ate that like a KING).
Just continue to monitor his weight and energy level and I'm sure you will see that he will eat enough--children won't starve themselves! :)
I hope this helps you in making your decision ...
P.S. Check Rainbow out:
3 days old:
56 days old:
Karmyn what did you eat when you were pregnant? Were you still vegan?
Thank you Karmyn that is very helpful :) What a cute baby !!!!
It sounds logical to me that the bodies design would get rid of toxins via the normal pathways like skin, bowels, urine, breathe, lungs etc before breast milk.
A McDougall style vegan diet is so clean as it is, your not going to have health issues IMHO. Just keep buying organic too.
I figured that too one would think, but you read so much to the contrary sometimes its difficult to go against everything you think you know, but it makes sense to me :) so I will start my new year 811 as much as possible! I am so excited to really get started my son already loves fruit especially bananas!!!
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Yep, don't worry about the toxins thing. Like DR said, it's not how your body flushes.
Your breast milk will improve in other ways. You'll probably get heavier flow and it'll smell better. And many other benefits that we can't perceive without microscopes and chemical analysis.
More carbs= more milk
Has he been eating solid food? And for how long?
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I ate daiya cheese a few times while I was pregnant. It's a VEGAN cheese that tasted like the real thing! I made vegan quesadillas with it as well as vegan mac n cheese.