About the Nursing Mom Recipes web site
According to the Nemours Foundation, approximately 2%-3% of infants have a milk allergy and usually outgrow it. (citation) And according to Dr. Alan Greene, at least 30% of infants with cow's-milk allergy are also allergic to soy. (citation) When you consider that 4 million babies were born in 2003 in the United States alone (citation), this equals approximately 24,000 new babies each year with both milk and soy allergies or sensitivities.
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.
Completely switching to formula was not an option for me, 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?" and nearly bursting 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, including 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 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.
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