catgirl, I put a bunch of kale, a frozen banana (I buy them when they are getting pretty ripe and I put them in the freezer...it makes the smoothie creamy), and then whatever fruit I feel like - i use fresh in the summer, frozen in the winter I buy them from trader joes they have a good selection of affordable frozen fruits, and then I will put in a bit of ground flax and maybe some wheat germ and then water - blend it up and it tastes like fruit! I love it. I do that every morning in the summer, but in the winter I will eat a whole grain breakfast instead, because it takes me forever to get my body temperature back up after all the cold.
I had a vegan "superheroe" type pregnancy, and am breastfeeding my 9 week old exclusively. He is thriving and healthy and so am I. I believe on a vegan diet you are the most healthy, and your baby will be too, if it is done right.
I have been vegan for a month now and am breastfeeding my four month old. I actually pump a lot so I have noticed that since becoming vegan my milk supply has gone down quite a bit. I still have enough to feed my son but not enough to freeze and store, which comes in handy to have. Any ideas as how to increase production on a vegan diet?
Cara, I have a three month old and have been vegan for two months. The key for me is to make sure to drink lots of water and eat small meals/snacks throughout the day. If I am busy and lose track of water consumption and/or find myself starving, my milk supply dimishes a bit. Does any other nursing moms notice your baby gets an upset tummy (gassy)frequently? Pretty sure my babe does not like broccoli and white beans...
I came on here to ask the same question! Main difference is we are not vegan at all and I am thinking about starting with vegan right now. My daughter is 18 mths old and has multiple food allergies so I am already completely dairy free and so is she. She is also allergic to corn and nuts and reacts to a few other foods so some of the recipes will be a challenge. I'm thinking of starting slow - a few recipes a weeks to avoid too many toxins excreting into my milk.
As for the ladies that are worried about supply - be sure to drink alot of water, eat alot (when I first started bf I ate ALL THE TIME!!) and check out kellymom.com for some herbal remedies that might help.
Cara, eat and drink a ton!!! During a couple of points in nursing, usually when the baby is having a growth spurt, the milk supply can go down. this happened to me and I just had to up my calories (it's okay to use the nut butters and such, nursing mama's need calories) drink lots of water, sleep, and nurse/pump more often. my doctor recommended that I pump in b/w nursing to up the supply, it works, even just do it when you can. it may seem counterproductive like your taking away milk, but you will begin to produce more. as for a great way to eat kale, catgirl, whole foods has a wonderful raw kale salad. the guy told me how to make it, the dressing is just oil, apple cider vinegar, and acai juice, and salt and pepper. so good! the salad has blueberries, pumpkin seeds, onions, tomatoes, whatever you want though. I actually don't love kale cooked, but this salad it great. good luck!!!