Book Review: Nourished Baby by Heather Dessinger
Okay, so confession. I kind of have a blog-crush on Heather (aka: The Mommypotamus). I found her blog a little over a year ago and wondered how I missed it for the first year or so of my “real food conversion.” Heather’s posts are always witty, warm-hearted, and full of amazing research. Seriously, this woman is SMART.
When I finally got my hands on her ebook, Nourished Baby, I was kind of giddy inside. It’s been on my “to read” list for a while. But recently, as I’ve struggled with some health stuff, I knew I needed to read this book.
Let’s just get this out there: I’m not pregnant.
We definitely would like another child eventually, but I don’t feel ready physically for that. I know that I need to get my health in a better state in order to nourish a growing person. And that’s why Heather’s book is important to me right now. In her own words:
Rule #1 to feeding your baby is to nourish yourself. (…) Let’s face it; motherhood is a red carpet invitation to set aside your personal needs in order to meet your child’s. While I agree with this in many ways, there is one place it absolutely fails: Nutrition. – Heather Dessinger, Nourished Baby
Heather recognizes the importance of mothers taking time (and effort) to nourish themselves in order to fully nourish their children. Her information on breastfeeding alone will help women feel more empowered to make better nutritional choices because, as she points out, the quality of breast milk is affected by our diet.
Along with some pretty convincing data on how the actual birth process affects the baby’s cravings for life, Heather also provides a lot of different ways to go about getting the nutrition your body (and your baby need).
Some of my favorite aspects of this book:
- It’s full of great research and information, but Heather does a great job of containing it to its essence… meaning you can read it without having to dedicate a couple of months. Perfect for busy people like us.
- The recipe section alone is worth every penny whether you are pregnant, have kids, or not. Seriously, the photos made me drool. Can’t wait to try them.
- She gives a lot of great tips and practical advice on what foods are best to feed your baby/toddler and when to introduce them.
- She explains pregnancy cravings and how to give our bodies what they need.
- It’s full of helpful links to other resources and information (in case you really enjoy all the science and research…. not that I would know anything about that. *cough*)
I also appreciate Heather’s passion and commitment to what she writes without condemning or making you feel guilty if you haven’t done these things (or choose not to). She understands that motherhood is a rough journey and gives encouragement to do what’s best on an individual basis.
So, yes, I think this book is one to read if you (or someone you love) is hoping to get pregnant, already pregnant, nursing, or has taste-buds. (I still can’t get over the recipe section.)
Heather has also offered a free preview of Chapter one. Read it, but be warned. You’ll probably want the whole thing after. Head on over to get the ebook now. No waiting for shipping, just instant gratification!
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Have you read the book? What did you think? What questions do you have?