Diet for pregnant and nursing women

by | Oct 31, 2007 | Columns, Nourishing Wisdom

Jamaica Tomorrow

Dear Sally,
Do you have any dietary recommendations for women who are pregnant? Should their diet change at all when they start to nurse? I am asking for my wife. Thank you!

Sally’s response:
Here is the diet recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation for pregnant and nursing mothers:

• 1 tablespoon cod liver oil to supply 20,000 IU vitamin A daily, (mixed with water or a little fresh juice)

• 2 (8-ounce) glasses whole milk daily, preferably raw and from pasture-fed cows (learn more about raw milk at A Campaign for Real Milk)

• 4 tablespoons butter daily, preferably from pasture-fed cows

• 2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured chickens

• Additional egg yolks daily, added to smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, etc.

• 3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week

• Fresh seafood, 2-4 times per week, particularly wild salmon, shellfish and fish eggs

• Fresh beef or lamb daily, always consumed with the fat

Oily fish or lard daily, for vitamin D

• 2 tablespoons coconut oil or 1/2 cup coconut milk daily, used in cooking or smoothies, etc.

Lacto-fermented condiments and beverages

Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces

• Soaked whole grains

• Fresh vegetables and fruits, preferably organic

Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils)
Junk foods
Commercial fried foods
White flour
Soft drinks
Drugs (even prescription drugs)

Live well, Sally

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