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Book Review: Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family: Good Nutrition and Healthy Cooking for New Mums and Growing Families by: La Leche League

For those unfamiliar, La Leche League is a nonprofit organization that, according to their website, helps “mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education”. It was founded in the fifties by a group of mothers who felt that breastfeeding wasn’t really supported by the medical community and society. It has since then became a reliable resource of information and advice to many new moms.

When I was pregnant I read their star book The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. I found it useful and easy to read. I had no idea about breastfeeding. I had no recollection of seeing any woman breastfeeding their baby. It opened my eyes to a new world.

When my son was approaching the 6 months mark I felt pressured to start giving him food. I really didn’t know where to start. I had some instincts. I wanted to avoid processed foods. I didn’t like the idea of store-bought baby food. My mom gave me puree since I was three-month old. She could give me some recipes. But I wasn’t very keen either in giving him just purees. I had heard about baby lead weaning from a paleo cook book. I decided to go to la Leche League’s web and found this book.  Along with other books I will talk about in future blog posts it reassured me that my instincts were right. I didn’t have to cook a special meal for my kid. What we already ate was perfectly fine. A wholesome home cooked food.

This book is an excellent gift for (future) parents. Although this book is written by La Leche League I would recommend it as well to non-breastfeeding moms.  It’s an educative non-judgemental book. Most of the nutritional advice will help you live a healthier life whether you breastfeed or not.

This book features a little over seventy-five recipes. If you don’t eat meat, they do have a few vegetarian and vegan recipes. Recipes come with handy symbols indicating if the recipe is quick, freezer friendly or make-ahead. They also feature a heart symbol if this is a beloved recipe of the La Leche League members.

It also provides lots of basic nutritional advice in a very simple way.  If you don’t have much education regarding nutrition, it will help you understand how to get the nutrients you need.

This book lays some basic information on how to plan meals and stock your pantry. They suggest a list of ingredients and staples for the pantry and freezer (including healthy snacks).

This book includes very practical advice on:

  • Eating well while you are busy or on the go
  • Losing weight while breastfeeding.
  • Involving your children in the kitchen and making cooking time less stressful

Lastly, it gets some extra points because it includes a recipe list, conversion charts and an index at the end.

I really hope that this book helps you as much as it helped our family.

Best of luck!



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