The Nursing Food List
Natalie and I are both mothers ourselves. And as newborn photographers we are in a unique position to share what we learned the hard way with new parents. I remember reading blogs, books and posts right up until the day my guy was born. And then it all went out the window after 28 hours of labor, haha. It was early in the day when labor started for me and I was hungry when I went in to the hospital. And then they wouldn't let me eat anything! As I look back, I don't know what was worse contractions or the feeling like I was starving to death slowly. When we were released from the hospital, I was desperate for some good food. But what I failed to remember was that what I eat affects my milk and boy did I have a gassy baby.
So we are sharing a breast feeding food guide. Now every mother and baby are different, so this may not work for everyone. However most baby's have sensitivities to these foods for the first 6 weeks of being earth side. Be sure to consult with your lactation specialist or pediatrician, should you have any questions or concerns. Some of these things are easy to avoid, where as others are a lot harder. You don't have to avoid it forever, but we ask that you do abstain for the couple of days before your portrait session. A gassy baby will be harder to settle, won't stay in position and there is a chance we won't be able to get all of the poses you were hoping for.
We want to create memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life. And restricting some or all of these food 48 hours before your newborn portrait session will make our job easier. These once in a lifetime portraits cannot be recreated and we understand how important our role is in your memories. If you have any questions about this please make sure to contact your pediatrician.
I hope this helps you prepare for your newborn session. And don't worry, we will remind you just in case you forget everything you read before you had your little angel like I did!