Episode 2. Nutrition for New Mum's with Jenny Douglas
Today I’d like to introduce Jenny Douglas of Jumpstart Nutrition. A New Zealand based registered dietitian who is here to talk to us about nutrition for Mum’s. She covers pregnancy nutrition, has tips for new Mum’s to get the best start, plus great ideas for fussy eaters.
Jenny is a mother of two very active children and understands the challenges of fussy eating, food intolerance’s, and generally eating well with a busy lifestyle. She loves the power of food and how it interacts with our health, our mental state, and our social lives. Through her work, she helps clients feel confident in making nutrition decisions for their families.
Topics covered in the Interview include:
- If all else fails, what is the most important thing a new Mum should be focused on when it comes to nutrition?
- What kind of struggles do you see pregnant and new Mum’s face when it comes to nutrition?
- Are there any foods you know breastfeeding Mum’s often worry about but you don’t think they should?
- What foods should new Mum’s avoid?
- What supplements do you recommend for Mum’s, if any?
- What struggles do you often see Mum’s face when it comes to feeding their families?
- What is your top tip for a happy, healthy Mum?
5.50 Go with your cravings. I’m a true believer in don’t feel guilty for enjoying sweet things. Rather than feel guilty, ask why? Sometimes your body wants sweet things when it’s really tired, emotional or low in iron.
8.07 Breast feeding Mum’s often try to avoid allergen foods, like milk, nuts, gluten in case it goes through to the breast milk and cause problems. There is no research to suggest that breast feeding or pregnant mothers need to avoid those foods unless their baby is obviously reacting to them. And actually by avoiding them, you’re increasing your chances of your baby having allergies in the future. We know that if you can eat nuts in pregnancy and while breast feeding and introduce nuts between 6-12 months of age you reduce the risk of allergy, so avoiding foods is not something that we want.
11.50 Fussy eating is actually a normal developmental phase. It’s a normal process. We often have babies who love food. They start on solids at 6 months and just love it, and then at that toddler age, around 18 months- 2 years they become particular or worried about trying something new. And that’s actually a really useful thing for your toddler to do, because you don’t want them now that they’re all independent to be going outside and eating everything in the garden. So that developmental step is really useful and it’s how we ride it out that helps manage long term fussy eating.