~by Melanie Christner, NTP CGP
There are many families who have started or intend to start the GAPS Protocol for various reasons. Perhaps your family is one of them. You may also be wondering how GAPS and breastfeeding fit together.
Let me start by telling you a little of my own story, and why it is important to start thinking about a nutrient dense diet even before conception (you are fortunate if you come across nutrient dense eating before having children!)
Breastfeeding was not inherently easy for me. I nursed my 4 children for a year each, but had difficulties with each one in my beginning months. In hindsight, I wasn’t feeding my body the right raw materials to successfully nurse.
When I began my first breastfeeding endeavors I had no information about traditional foods, herbs, probiotics, healthy fats or the art of breastfeeding. I was quickly thrust into a crash course when my first babe was listed “failure to thrive” at three weeks old. He wasn’t getting enough milk.
I was exhausted, ill, a new mother, but I was determined to not give up breastfeeding. So I researched. While I supplemented with formula through a little tube that worked alongside breastfeeding, I learned how to increase my milk supply. I tried herbs like fenugreek, blessed thistle and others (like this herbal formula) and they worked. I didn’t get to the root cause of my issues, but I started the digging.
To read the rest of the story, and how GAPS fits with breastfeeding, head over to EatYourBeets.com. Click here-> GAPS and Breastfeeding