Yep, waffles. But first, why an elimination diet?
An elimination diet is a common recommendation for women whose breastfed babies seem exceptionally fussy with tummy troubles. There's no definitive list of foods every nursing mama should avoid, because every baby is different. The most common culprits for bothering breastfed babies are cow's milk, corn, soy, wheat, eggs, and peanuts. Also, you need to pay special attention to foods that cause allergic reactions or intolerances in other family members.
For instance, I love dairy, but it really doesn't love me back. When my daughter struggled with colicky symptoms, dropping dairy helped significantly. When my newborn son started to exhibit the same issues, I decided to drop dairy out of my diet. It can be a difficult task to eliminate common allergens, and turning into an (even more) obsessive label-reader is one side effect. But if you're onto something, and you find the culprit, another side effect is more quality sleep. Seems like a fair trade-off to me.
And for milk supply help, eating a bowl of oatmeal every day is a common recommendation from lactation consultants. That's fine, except when you've dressed up a bowl of oatmeal every which way possible and you're still burned out on it. Oat flour is an easy and awesome way to build up the same set of milk-supply supporting nutrients. You can buy it pre-ground, or you can pulse oats in your blender or food processor until they're fine like flour, and substitute it in a variety of recipes. Voila.
So since I'm on the dairy free breastfeeding train, I'm going to try out some healthy, wholesome recipes so you don't have to. I'll report back when I find things too good not to share. And And here's the first one!
This waffle recipe from Cookie and Kate as written doesn't meet all of the elimination diet requirements, however, you could easily substitute chia for eggs and it would be gluten free, egg free, and dairy free. Folks on her blog have reported back to her that they've had great results with the chia substitution. I'm fairly certain with some minor tweaking, you could use it for some tasty pancakes as well.
And here are the results. Fluffy, delicious waffles, free from common allergens and full of milk supply-supporting goodness. I served them with fresh berries and raw walnuts for a morning protein and vitamin C boost. They were a huge hit with my almost-five-year-old. The trick with these, as discovered by Kate, is to allow the batter to sit for ten minutes. That gives the oats time to absorb some more moisture. It makes for a nice, thick batter that's easy to work with, and produces a light (but thanks to the oats, exceptionally filling) waffle.
And did I mention these are approved by our in-house Certified Pre and Post-natal Nutrition Counselor? Yep. Sara, Lucu's Head Designer is going to be reviewing all of the recipes we share to ensure they're wholesome for you and for baby.
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