Food for Infants and Expectant Mothers

The recipes in this course are suitable for older children and adults. But pregnant/nursing mothers, infants and young children have special dietary needs, so you may need some extra resources.

There is a lot of information on the Weston A Price website about suitable diets for pregnant woman and young children. Some of the most helpful links are included below.

Preparing for pregnancy

Nutritional status PRIOR to pregnancy is very important. Weston Price found that young women were always fed a special diet before conception, and that babies were spaced three years apart to allow the mothers nutrient stores to be renewed.

Both parents should eat nutrient dense foods in the period before conception – as much as is practical from the recommendations for pregnancy below, adjusted for appetite.

Mum should eat nutrient dense foods throughout pregnancy and lactation

You may also need to consider:

  • Toxins – if you have reason to think you may have some kind of toxic overload, and have time to detox before conception, do so. But you need to have finished your detox before conception. DO NOT detox during pregnancy.
  • Mum’s gut health – your baby’s gut health is dependent on yours. Heal your digestive system if needed. Eat plenty of cultured foods or take probiotics to ensure a good level of the right bacteria.
  • Type of birth – your baby’s gut is populated during birth. If you need to have a caesarean, this doesn’t happen. It would then be beneficial to supplement baby with Bifidus Infantis bacteria.

WAPF Diet for pregnant and nursing mothers

Here are guidelines on what to eat to fully nourish your baby (from the WAPF recommendations.) Some of these foods may have been “forbidden” by your doctor, so use your own judgement. They are very nutrient dense, and when nutrient stores are high, toxins can be eliminated by the body much more easily. But it’s also sensible to avoid food that may have been contaminated – so, for example, you might prefer to eat shellfish that you know comes from clean water, but avoid it if you don’t know the source. You also need to adjust these recommendations for your individual needs, such as metabolic type, food sensitivities and appetite.

AVOID:

  • Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils), commercial fried foods
  • Junk foods, white flour, sugar
  • Soft drinks
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol, cigarettes, drugs (even prescription drugs, if possible)

Eat daily:

  • 1 tablespoon cod liver oil (mixed with water or a little fresh juice)
  • 2 glasses raw milk, or yoghurt, or kefir
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 or more eggs, free range (preferably on grass), pref organic
  • Extra egg yolks eg. in smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs
  • Beef or lamb, always with the fat
  • Oily fish or lard, for vitamin D
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, used in cooking or smoothies, etc.
  • Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces
  • Fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Lacto-fermented condiments and beverages
  • Soaked whole grains

 Eat weekly:

  • 1-2 x per week: 3-4 ounces fresh liver, grassfed, preferably organic
  • 2-4 x per week: Fresh seafood, especially wild salmon, shellfish or fish eggs

Read more about why you need plenty of Vitamin A for optimum fetal development

How this might translate to meals

Day One Day Two
Breakfast
  • ½ Tbs cod liver oil
  • 2 eggs and an extra egg yolk, scrambled with butter
  • Rasher of bacon
  • Sourdough toast with butter (or the bacon fat)
  • ½ glass kombucha
  • ½ Tbs cod liver oil
  • 2 eggs and an extra egg yolk, scrambled with butter
  • Salmon
  • Fresh fruit salad with some whole yoghurt
Snack
  • Smoothie – kefir, egg yolk, berries, maple syrup
  • Smoothie – raw milk, coconut oil, egg yolk, ½ banana
Lunch
  • ½ Tbs cod liver oil
  • Soup made from bone broth and vegetables, with some added butter
  • Sardines, crunchy salad veges and homemade mayo
  • ½ Tbs cod liver oil
  • Soup made from bone broth and vegetables, with some added butter
  • Salad with chicken, lacto-fermented veges, and avocado
Snack
  • Piece of coconut oil based snack bar
  • Piece of fruit
  • Homemade taramasalata (fish roe)
  • Sourdough crackers
Dinner
  • Beef or lamb
  • Steamed broccoli and carrots
  • Soaked brown rice
  • A stock based gravy
  • Sauerkraut
  • Liver and onions, cooked in butter
  • Roast pumpkin and kumara (roasted in lamb fat)
  • Brussels sprouts with butter
  • Homemade beetroot
Bedtime
  • Glass of gently warmed raw milk
  • Glass of gently warmed raw milk

Food for babies and children

Most people would agree that breastfeeding is always best for babies, when it’s at all possible. But sometimes, it isn’t possible for a variety of reasons. Read more about breastfeeding and good alternatives here:

For baby formulas with the right balance of nutrients, here are recipes for a raw milk based formula, and a meat broth based formula

Babies need a high level of dietary fat and cholesterol to promote healthy growth. But sadly, nutritionists are now giving talks on how to feed your baby and young child a low fat diet, so we can look forward to even more ill health in future generations. Cereals are usually recommended as a first food, but they can’t be digested till around 12 months, when sufficient of the enzymes needed to digest carbohydrates are produced.

A rough rule of thumb of what to introduce when is:

  • 4 months: egg yolks with a pinch of sea salt; drops of cod liver oil; mashed organic banana
  • 6 months: pureed meats; mashed or, in some cases, cooked fruit; vegetables, cooked and mashed with butter or coconut oil
  • 8 months: soups, stews and some dairy products
  • 12 Months: properly prepared grains; nut butters made with crispy nuts; cooked leafy green vegetables, raw salad vegetables, citrus fruit and whole egg.

You may be wondering why grains should be introduced at all, given the level of gluten or carb intolerance these days. If your baby is healthy, and their digestive system is sound, there is a window of opportunity around 12 months of age, when the right digestive enzymes start being produced. If properly prepared grains are introduced in small amounts at the right time, this will maximise your child’s chances of being able to handle grains later in life. Of course, if he or she shows signs of not being able to tolerate them, seek professional help.

For more information on what to feed when, and how to prepare the foods for optimum digestion, see  this article

For what foods to offer after one year of age, see this article on tantalising foods for toddlers:

If your child is proving a picky eater, here are some useful techniques

For the full list of available articles, go to: www.westonaprice.org/category/childrens-health/