Postnatal Depletion

Hitting sleep deprivation when your baby turns 6 months is HARD, as now that amazing hormone rush of oxytocin and prolactin that gets you through those first few months has really decreased, and dealing with sleep deprivation is now so much harder. Also as a result of her now sleeping shockingly, she was cranky and overtired all day, whingey and not content.

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TWO TYKES - A day in the life

We welcome any opportunity to get to know the inspiring mothers behind some of our favourite instagram accounts, women that help shape our own motherhood journeys by sharing their passions. Recently we got to chat with Luka from Boob to Food and got a peek into what her day-to-day looks like. Luka is not only the face behind Boob to Food but a mother of two (Flynn and Flo), a registered Midwife, nurse and birth and parenting educator - with a focus on sharing foods, recipes and information that equips mothers to think differently (and better) about food we couldn’t wait to know more about Luka and what her family days look like.

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Egg

The amazing egg 🍳 
Incredibly nutrient dense, perfect texture, a whole food and super easy to make. The whole egg is healthy but for babies under 10 months it’s recommended to only give egg yolks. They are stacked with healthy fats for brain development and vitamin absorption and strengthens the intestinal wall ready for digestion. Also high in vitamin B, A and D. Also high in ‘heme iron’ which is easily absorbed by babies and what their body starts to require around 6 months. 

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Cows milk

I get many questions regarding dairy, and why we limit our personal dairy intake.

Firstly I’ll start with the ever popular thought that after 12 months baby should be transitioned from breast/formula to cows milk. This is unfortunately what a lot of baby health nurses will advise, however I personally do not agree. If baby is still happily breastfeeding at 12 months and you’re happy to continue then do so! Babies don’t ‘need’ formula at 12 months as they should be able to gain all essential nutrients from food (given that they have a balanced nutrient dense diet).

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Water Kefir

All kefir is made using kefir “grains,” which aren’t actually a grain, but a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter. Its a fermented drink full of good bacteria in different strains, its incredible to heal leaky gut, for digestion problems, improves immunity, full of probiotics, improves allergies (as reduces inflammatory response), enhances mood, deters sugar cravings, fights infection due to its antiviral properties and many more benefits!

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look after yourself mama

Don’t forget yourselves mamas! We can get so caught up with making sure our babies have the best, most organic and nutritious food - but what are you eating?? This is something I have fallen guilty too many times.. living off sourdough bread and peanut butter for that quick fix. And while that’s fine in moderation - it’s not going to be providing you with the nutrients you need to function as a busy Mum (especially when sleep deprived!)

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Flavour

Baby food doesn’t need to taste boring! Once your baby is used to the pure tastes of fruit and vegetables it’s time to start adding some flavour! Exposing your baby to strong flavours early on in their food journey will help promote a more mature pallet and less fussy kids - start with small amounts of flavour and work your way up.

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How much and how often should my baby eat?

I get quite a few questions asking ‘how much’ and ‘how often’ should my baby eat.. it’s a bit of a tricky question to answer, as like adults, babies will have different needs! My advice would be always boob (or formula) before food atleast until baby starts weaning (or 12 months of age).

When first starting foods at 6 months I would recommend

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When is my baby ready for solids?

I often hear mums talk about starting their baby on solids at a young age (under 6 months) because ‘they were grabbing my food’ or ‘they were watching me eat’ or to make them sleep better! And whilst I understand the thought process these mums were going through there are a few definitive things you should look out for prior to commencing solids.

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