Hello all, my wife and I are expecting our baby boy "Taiyo" in October. I want to brainstorm about as many things as possible to consider once our boy is born, specific to paleo/primal living.
Problems/issue to be aware of, breastfeeding, postpartum, mother's nutrition, allergies, whatever. Any warnings? Trip ups? Experiences with others ie Docs, Nurses, Family?
Please consider that we are both RN's, and that she's a postpartum nurse on her 3rd child. So, what I'm looking for here are "Paleo specific" issues to look out for, and not general health considerations. (A good example of this was how recently Angelo Coppola mentioned that his hospital had a policy against banked breast milk.)
Any paleo parents please chime in, as we want to be as prepared as possible.
Thanks in advance all!
Look into all the information you can get on attachment parenting. It's actually how I came to the Paleo lifestyle, getting in touch with our evolution, and realizing how far we've strayed from the path. Most of our modern child-raising principals are the equivalent of a SAD diet for the soul. http://www.attachmentparenting.org/principles/principles.php
I can only give personal experience here. I was low carb my first pregnancy almost 3 years ago and my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum were all low key and uncomplicated. Then my husband and I got more into the paleo lifestyle and eating. Got pregnant again. This pregnancy and delivery was even more low key and uncomplicated. I am actually 6 weeks postpartum today and I have never felt better. Recovery was much easier this time around and I didn't gain much weight with either pregnancies. 11 lbs with the first and 12 with this second one. Which made it easier to get back into pre pregnancy shape and my energy is a lot more as well. Breastfeeding is coming along well. I had to supplement a little with my first baby but this round I haven't had to supplement at all. Baby is thriving wonderfully and is incredibly healthy and happy. I highly recommend the paleo lifestyle to all my mommy friends. My first doctor was over concerned with everything so I found a different one this time around who never batted an eye when I told her how we ate. I got really lucky I think. I know a lot of doctors will tell you you need to eat grains to be healthy. But my babies, husband and myself are living proof you can have a healthy pregnancy/postpartum paleo life. Good luck to you and Congratulations as well!!
Check out Deep Nutrition - http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Nutrition-Your-Genes-Traditional/dp/0615228380 - lots of good stuff relating to babies there.
I agree - you should read Cate Shanahan's Deep Nutrition!
And Kris Kresser who just became a father has fantastic ressources for growing a healthy baby Paleo style:
Here is Kresser's podcast about pregnancy. Very interesting.
I suggest looking into cloth diapers, babywesaring (we like the Beco Gemini), making baby food, co-sleeping and non-grain based ways to increase milk supply.
Also, find a very pro-breastfeeding doctor.
Happy to share our war stories!
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