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    • Milk substitute for BABIES

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    •  8/31/2010 12:43:04 AM
    • I had a good friend the other day asked me the following question:


      "If you don't drink DAIRY, what do you feed your babies once they are weaned?"


      This is a wonderful question...and I thought the answer would make a great BLOG.

      So here you go...


      I nursed my first two children for about 16 months.  (I will see what my third child needs when that time comes).


      I never felt that I needed to wean my children to another milk when they were done drinking mine.  What we do in our society is actually kind of weird when you think about it... (the info below is taken from a prior blog found here).



      Every mammal on Earth- whether it’s a dog, a cat, a whale, a cow, a hippo, a giraffe, a tiger or a human being, large or small, omnivore or carnivore- eats his first food from his mother’s breast.  Each species has its own milk that is unique to that species and no other.  This highly nutritious milk it is the best possible food during infancy.

      Every mammal stops drinking milk once it is weaned, except human beings.

      We not only continue to drink milk after infancy but we choose to drink milk from an animal that is not even remotely close to us in size.  Does this seem a little off to you?  If we were to drink another mammals milk- we would be better to drink chimpanzee's milk since they are most like us genetically...right?  Actually studies have shown that the human body digests goat's milk far better than a cow's, since their digestive tract is more similar to ours.

      So why did we choose a cow?

      Cow’s milk is genetically formulated for its young, it is the food for a 90 lb. calf at birth, which will eventually reach the weight of somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds in only 2 years.  Human milk is genetically formulated for its young; it is the food for a 5 to 10 lb. infant who will eventually reach the weight somewhere between 100 and 200 lbs. in 18 years.  In other words, cow’s milk is specifically designed for an animal that will grow very large, very fast.  So when speaking logically, if we want to get real big, real fast, like a cow…we should drink their milk.



      So what should you do if you are ready to stop giving your child formula...or you are ready to stop nursing...and you feel your child is still needs nourishment through a bottle?


      I know of some mother's who have turned to raw goats milk.  I have read some good things about this type of milk (it's definitely more like our's than the milk from a cow).  This might ring true to you...if so- research it.


      What would I do?


      If my child was over a year old...I would turn to:  NUT MILKS

      (your baby should be at least 8 months old to try these).


      There are so many WONDERFUL & AMAZING things about RAW NUTS!  (see blogs here & here)

      Nut milks are super nutritious...and they can provide calcium & protein (BUT not Vitamin you can purchase a supplement if you are worried about that).


      Did you know that raw SESAME SEEDS are the most calcium dense whole food on the planet?


      And what's wonderful about this type of CALCIUM is that it is ABSORBS so efficiently in the human body (it has been found that only 32% of the calcium in COW's milk is absorbed).


      So why not make NUT MILK using some sesame seeds...and have a whole food CALCIUM drink for your child?  Doesn't that sound AWESOME!!!


      Here is a wonderful recipe that I have used for all my children.  There are some variations that I will add later to our recipe section.



      (I will post a picture soon)




      1/2 cup soaked almonds

      1 TBS raw sesame seeds

      1 cup water



      1 tsp real maple syrup or 2 dates (to make is slightly sweeter)

      1 shake Cinnamon

      1/8 tsp Vanilla



      Soak almonds overnight in water.  Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until very smooth.

      When your child is still drinking through a bottle- you will need to STRAIN the pulp from the milk so it will pass through the bottle without getting stuck.

      TO STRAIN:  Purchase food grade cheese cloth and pour the liquid thru the cloth into a bowl.  The pulp will remain in the cloth for you to discard...or eat for yourself.

      NUT MILK will stay good in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.

      • Hi, thanks so much! I googled and came across your blog and it is so helpful! I do have one question, my baby girl is 4 months old and I have her on breastmilk exclusively, however, she is on and off refusing milk, breast or bottle, even during her sleep, so my milk supply fluctuates so much that I have to pump to ensure the supply. But i really don't like pumping and it makes me very sad, and i don't want to be sad since i am taking care of baby 24-7 and i just want to do things that make me happy so she can grow up happy. So, i want to turn to a different milk just to see if she would show more interest but i don't want to feed her animal milk, so i don't want to turn to formula because its basically just processed cows milk. Do you have any suggestions for me? Since you said almond milk is only for 12 months or older? thanks so much!!!!
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    • Babies First Foods- The Whole Food Way

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    •  8/27/2010 11:23:48 PM

      My little one is now almost 11 months's CRAZY how time flies!  I love this age...especially when it comes to FOOD.


      I know this might sound weird- But I love having the control over every little thing that goes in her mouth...and I love feeding her homemade wholesome foods that I KNOW are making her body function at it's best.

      And she LOVES it!  I do not have to use any of my motherly persuasive techniques when it comes to feeding her.  When she's hungry- she eats what I have for her with no complaints.  OH- I love that!


      Below are some of my thoughts and ideas about Baby's First Foods.


      Before I begin- I need to state one of my personal MOTTO's that I live by:



      In other words- I hold NO JUDGEMENT toward mothers who think differently than me...because they KNOW what' best for their children.  COOL!


      1.  My first rule:  TAKE IT SLOW!


      There is no rush when it comes to feeding your child solids.  I did have a doctor tell me once that there is a window where you need to feed your child solids or you will have problems.  I think he told me the window was around 6 to 7 months old.  I asked him what these problems might be- and he wasn't able to give me an answer.  So, do you know what?  I don't worry about TIME...I read each of my children and decide what is best for them.  So there you go.


      With all of my children I fed them their first solid food during their 6 month...but they didn't truly start eating (opening their mouths and wanting more) until the end of their 9 month.  So for those 3 months I would give them a taste of food here and there (see what type of foods I would give them below).

      I would take it very slowly (meaning once or twice a week) until they told me they wanted more.


      Read my prior blog about breastfeeding and WHY 6 months is the soonest to start solids


      **Some people might say "Well, my babies are so BIG they needed solids at 4 months old to keep them satisfied."  I am not an expert...but I do have very big kids (20 lbs at 6 months old).  And they were all exclusively breast fed until 6 months.  I know all kids are different though :)  I'm just saying- you don't have to rush into SOLIDS due to your baby's size.


      **On the flip side- some mother's might say "My babies are so SMALL, they need more than milk to help them gain weight."  What I have read and rings true to me...for the first 3 to 5 months of your child eating solids- it's not for the CALORIES.  It's to teach show them different textures and tastes.  It's not to make them gain weight.  Their calories should come from BREAST MILK (Breast milk also provides the needed nutrients, vitamins & minerals).


      You can read some wonderful information in DISEASE-PROOF YOUR CHILD by Joel Fuhrman on the issues our country has inregards to wanting our children to be "BIG" when they are little.  We do this by feeding them as much as we can...because for some reason we worry they are too small?  Then we wonder why childhood obesity is on the rise?  READ's awesome!


      2. My second rule:  Consistency matters


      The first foods should be runny.  They should be the consistency of a thick liquid (the food should drip of the spoon).  Your child is used to ease into solids by using a lot of liquid.  You can add breast milk or water to the food to make it the desired consistency.



      So what FOODS should you give your baby in those first 3 months?



      ALL my babies have loved their homemade RICE cereal (recipe below).  This cereal is the base of most of their meals during their first year.  When they get older, it is so much fun adding different grains and legumes.  I will be writing more posts on these more advanced cereals soon.


      Cut them into small pieces and either steam them or boil them until tender.  Mash them up and add liquid until your reach the desired consistency.


      (My kids don't like bananas until they are close to a year...I think they are too sweet in the beginning)


      Perfect food because no cooking required AND it is a healthy fat (EFA's which help brain development).


      My children's favorite!  It the beginning you puree the cooked squash and add liquid.  But once they get the hang of it, you can steam small pieces and they can pop them into their mouths.  They love to eat with their hands whenever possible.




       Homemade BROWN RICE Baby Food Cereal



      1 cup water

      1/4 cup organic brown rice OR 3 TBS millet






      Place water in a small pan and place over high heat to boil.  While the water is heating, measure grains and place in coffee grinder (extra fine setting or grind for about 1 minute).  This fine grinding is necessary for your beginning eater.  If you baby is a little older and eating chunkier food, you may grind for less time.

      Once the water begins to boil on the stove, turn the heat down to the lowest setting.  Sprinkle the ground grain into the water while stirring with a whisk.  Cover the pot and keep it over low heat for about 10 minutes.

      You may want to stir the rice a few times during the 10 minutes to prevent it from scorching on the bottom.

      This recipe makes a little more than 1 cup of cereal.  You can refrigerate the cereal for 2 -3 days.  I make a double batch so I always have some on hand.



      For more information- Check out my 2 favorite books on the subject:

      SUPER BABY FOOD by Ruth Yaron

      DISEASE-PROOF YOUR CHILD by Joel Fuhrman M.D.

      • Thanks for sharing! I totally agree that babies do NOT need anything but breastmilk until at least 6 months - no matter what their size. My 3rd baby just turn 6 months and is 27lbs - exclusively breastfed and completely content so far. I wanted to try a homemade brown rice cereal this time around and am looking forward to trying the recipe you shared. Thanks again :)
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    • For A Sweet Treat...

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    •  8/17/2010 11:34:59 PM
    • I loved NEWBIE's blog on Friday introducing a new VEGAN product for those FUN times when you just want something yummy!  Here is my "sweet" find:


      My local grocery store has created a new VEGAN section that is SO COOL!!!

      The products might not be the cheapest foods out there...but they are so much fun to TRY!

      I decided to splurge this past week and purchase the following product:




      Whipped Rice Topping



      It is VEGAN whipping cream made from Rice Milk...pretty cool!


      My kids DO know what whipping cream is...thanks to fun family get togethers.  And I am just fine with that!  That's life.


      So my kids have enjoyed real whipping cream every now and then with family.  But this type of product has not been welcome in our home...until today!


      And the best part is-  it tastes SO YUMMY!  It has the same texture as whipping cream.


      So next time you want to SPLURGE (for your kids sake)...give this product a try.

      It's great on our WHOLE GRAIN BLENDER WAFFLES.



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    • What are WHOLE FOODS?

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    •  8/9/2010 10:51:17 PM

      One definition of a Whole Food Mommy is:


      A mother who strives to feed her family Nutrient Dense foods by making sure the majority of their calories come from WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED sources.


      So what are WHOLE FOODS?


      I found the best way to determine whether a food is WHOLE or not is to ask these QUESTIONS:


      1.  Picture where the food came from.  Can you imagine it growing?


      I always try to encourage my children to snack on healthy foods.

      When they ask "What is a healthy snack Mommy?"

      I say "Make sure the snack comes from a tree."


      Now I know not all healthy foods come from a tree...but it does help my children understand this principle a little more.  It is easy for them to picture an apple tree or a cucumber plant.  It is pretty tough to picture a field of marshmellows or a bush full of fruit snacks.


      2.  How many ingredients does it have?


      A whole food has only one ingredient- itself.  There is no label of ingredients necessary on simple foods like oranges, wild rice, and garbonzo beans.


      3.  What's been done to the food since it was harvested?


      The less, the better.  Many foods we eat no longer resemble anything found in nature.  These foods are:  refined, bleached, hydrogenated, chemically treated, and gassed.  Basically the foods have literally had the life taken out of them.  Many PROCESSED FOODS are not REAL FOOD anymore.  They are chemically engineered food-like substances....and the chemicals that are added to foods can be ADDICTIVE.  See more info on processed foods and what they do to your body here.


      Read the list of ingredients on the label:


      If it is not something that you could possibly make in your kitchen or grow in a garden, be cautious.

      4.  Is this product "part" or "all" of a food?

      For example- Juice is only a part of a fruit.  It is missing the essential nutrient:  FIBER.  Oil is only part of the olive. When you take parts of a food out- the food becomes concentrated and more caloric dense.  Another example would be WHITE RICE.  It is only part of the grain- and has more calories then it's whole version- brown rice.




      But can you still eat partial foods and be healthy?  OF COURSE you can!!!  Again- you should strive for the majority of your calories to come from WHOLE FOODS.


      We here at Whole Food Mommies are constantly learning how to feed our families better.  We try to stock our kitchen with delicious WHOLE FOODS as much as we can!  Next time you go grocery shopping- ask yourself these questions as you fill your cart.  Try your best to avoid processed foods.  Need some more ideas?  Check out our recipes- they are pact full of WHOLE FOOD ideas.  Good luck!



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    • Fruit does a body GOOD!

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    •  8/2/2010 4:18:21 PM
    • I was SO excited to recently hear about the following study





      The Boyd Orr cohort is an historical cohort study carried out by the University of Bristol Department of Social Medicine to investigate the long term impact of children’s diet, growth, living conditions and health on adult cardiovascular disease and cancer.  This study is based on a 65 year follow-up of 4,999 children.  (


      There are MANY FINDINGS from this study- but I recently heard of the following

      which put a SMILE  on my face.




      Increased childhood fruit intake was associated with reduced risk of incident cancer.

      • Childhood fruit consumption may have a long term protective effect on cancer risk in adults.
      • Observational studies in adulthood suggest that higher levels of fruit consumption are associated with decreased risk of some cancers. (info found at


      Childhood fruit consumption seems to be protective against later development of cancer.  I LOVED hearing this...because my children LOVE fruit!!!  Does this study and it's findings surprise me?  No- we should all know that fruit is good for our bodies.

      But since my children eat A LOT of fruit- this definitely reassures to me that I am doing good!  (We all need a little reassurance now and I right?)


      So- feed your children fruit every day!  Try to use fruit that is in tastes so much better!

      And everytime your little one takes a huge bite out of a crisp juicy apple- know that they are being protected!



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