A BLUEPRINT FOR A LIFETIME OF HEALTHY MEALS
From pregnancy to breastfeeding through weaning and beyond, the comprehensive one-stop nutrition and cooking guide for mothers eager to nourish the whole growing family with healthy and delicious meals
Your approach to eating changes when you become pregnant, give birth, and become responsible for feeding an infant, toddler, or growing child. Featuring more than seventy-five easy-to-make and delicious recipes, sanity-saving, mom-tested advice, and vital information about your nutritional needs when pregnant, nursing, or weaning, Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family helps you set your family on a course for a lifetime of healthy eating. Focusing on the five basic nutritional stages between birth and the time when your baby takes a seat at the family table, and with an emphasis on organic, unprocessed foods, this invaluable resource offers
• nutrition-packed, kid-pleasing recipes—including make-ahead, no-cook, one-handed (while nursing), on the run, or sit down meals—many of which are all-time La Leche League International member favorites
• facts on how a mother’s diet affects her milk (and baby’s tastes)
• perfect energizing foods to support busy new parents learning a new way of life
• pantry- and fridge-stocking suggestions for simple meals in minutes
• the best organic and shortcut foods in every grocery aisle, from fresh to frozen
• tips and nutritional information for safely shedding pounds while breastfeeding
• fun ways to get children involved in the kitchen and invested in the food they eat
• candid, reassuring stories from mothers like you
La Leche League International is the most trusted name in breastfeeding information, support, and advocacy. Founded in 1956 by seven intrepid women, the League now has more than 7,000 accredited leaders in sixty-eight countries, and offers phone, online, and in-person consultation to breastfeeding mothers. Visit www.llli.org for more information.
This food and wellness guide for women from pregnancy through the early phases of motherhood offers much beyond recipes there are details about specific nutrients, foods to avoid during pregnancy, tips for simplifying meal preparation, and more. The recipes themselves aren't anything new or special, but entries like roasted shrimp with grape tomatoes and summer squash; Greek meatballs with yogurt dipping sauce; and quinoa pilaf with white beans, feta cheese, and summer vegetables are appealing and generally quite healthy. Those in search of ideas for traditional baby foods won't find a wide array of options La Leche promotes child-led feeding rather than spoon-feeding but celery root and potato puree, and minted pea puree are among the baby-friendly dishes. There are also versions of toddler classics such as oven-baked chicken tenders; homemade mac and cheese; and sweet potato fries. And of course La Leche unabashedly encourages longtime breastfeeding, but the tone isn't preachy, which makes the book a pleasant and helpful read for any mom.