Wellbeing with Nutrition
Nurturing the Mind and Body
Breast milk is best for baby. Mother's milk supplies all the nutrients her baby needs to transition through this important developmental stage.
‘But’ and this is a ‘big but’, breast milk only satisfies baby's nutritional needs providing that:
All too often, nutrients like vitamin D, the essential fatty acids, phospholipids, zinc and magnesium in particular get left out from the mother’s diet. This means her milk becomes deficient in these nutrients as well.
You may ask is it wise to then to supplement breast milk feeding with a commercial based baby milk formula? These milks have been fortified with vitamins and minerals but they are also heavily processed. The protein, fats, vitamins and minerals may not be easy for the baby's digestive system to breakdown, absorb and utilise.
If baby is experiencing colic, spasms, bloating and/or has skin rashes/irritation then this could be pointing to issues within the digestive system such as gut irritation and inflammation. Including broth is a positive step which if regularly consumed can really help improve baby's health. I wish I knew this when my children were young! Back then there was a lot of emphasis on using cereals like rice as first foods. Grains can be very problematic and often cause digestive health issues especially if introduced in the first year.
So one of the best ways to supplement a baby’s diet, is with the addition of a broth made from slow cooking meat on the bone. The meat/bones should be organic and sourced from animals which have been grass-fed. This lowers the toxicity levels within the meat/bones and ensures that the meat tissue has a more balanced ratio of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Omega 6 concentrates in meats sourced from grain-fed animals.
Bone broth is also very healing for baby's digestive tract. Slow cooking extracts amino acids, vitamins and minerals into the cooking water. Bone broth minerals include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. The essential nutrients to build bones, teeth, nerve and muscle tissue will be found within this type of broth.
This broth should be strained so that only the liquid remains. Mix a little organic clarified butter into the broth. This adds fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K to the broth, which support the minerals absorption.
Serve the broth warm and from a clean spoon. Start by including 1-2 teaspoons a day and observe baby. If there are no reactions then gradually build the quantity of broth added to the diet. As baby gets older then vegetables may be added to the broth cooking liquid. Later on around 6-8 months add some pureed meat to the broth.
Bone broth freezes well. By preparing a batch of broth it can be easily frozen into ice-cube trays and defrosted when required to add to baby's first foods like pureed cooked meat, soft egg yolks, pureed vegetables and ripe mashed avocado.