Summer is a great time to take advantage of the longer days to start some healthy new habits, boost your mama mojo and be your best for your baby, whether he/she is inside or outside of your belly!
Eating for two.
As prices plummet, load up on fresh, organic (pesticide-free) fruits and vegetables: cherries, peaches, plums, tomatoes, peas and cucumbers from your local farmer’s market — it’s a great time to detoxify by eating lots of raw produce. Freeze whatever you can for fall and winter; frozen produce retains more nutrients than fruits or vegetables that have been sitting in the supermarket. Pack a picnic and visit a picking farm to introduce your babes and your belly to the joy of fresh and sun-ripened fruit. If you’re nursing, your milk will be flavored by what you eat, educating your baby’s palate, and helping to avoid the dreaded picky-eater syndrome later!
Get your Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is used by your body to absorb calcium and build strong bones. Doctors report increased cases of rickets or Vitamin D deficiencies; diligent use of sunscreen may be partially to blame (your body makes Vitamin D with the sun’s help). Consider a blood-test to ensure you’re nursling’s getting enough; if not, a Vitamin D supplement is a must. That doesn’t mean that you should avoid sunscreen though! When the sun’s rays are strongest, lather up with a great sunscreen, preferably one that’s non-toxic.
Learn something new.
Get inspired by a mom/baby art class or a museum. Read a great book: our summer breastfeeding picks are: Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains, and Politics of Breastfeeding and for a good laugh, If These Boobs Could Talk. Want excellent breastfeeding basics without reading a weighty tome? Check out Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy for loads of gorgeous pictures plus the savviest nursing know-how! Mama’s Milk is perfect to read to your toddler, with tender pictures and jaw-dropping facts about mammalian milk.
Most of all, promise to slow down. Revel in your growing belly; enjoy lazy nursing sessions, whisper sweet nothings to your toddler. As Gershwin wrote, “It’s summer time, and the living is easy . . .”