SHE IS FOOD, AND SO ARE YOU.
Anthia is the Founder of Ovvio Organics and a renowned Sydney Naturopath and Herbalist. She's written a book called I Am Food and appeared with Pete Evans on Channel 7's The Paleo Way.
WE LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL, YET PRACTICAL WORK OF ANTHIA KOULLOUROS. HERE SHE CHATS TO US ABOUT HOW TO MANAGE SLEEP DEPRIVATION, HOW NURSING IMPACTS YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND WHAT TO EAT WHEN YOU'RE NURSING.
Do you have any suggestions to boost energy for mothers suffering from sleep deprivation?
- Sleep when baby sleeps.
- Eat well - having just a few spoonfuls of nutrient dense foods like organic chicken liver every day can provide you with iron, vitamin A, D AND B and essential fats..
- Hydrate - especially during and after breastfeeding.
- Avoid sugar in order to avoid the energy highs and lows.
- Implement energising exercising.
- Drink organic licoirce root tea with peppermint leaf. The peppermint is refreshing and invigorating. The licorice helps the adrenals better cope with physical and emotional stress.
Breastfeeding hormones help both mother and baby relax and get back to sleep quickly.
How does breastfeeding affect a woman’s overall health?
Numerous studies have shown that breastfeeding has a positive effect on a women’s overall health.
- Reduces the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer, possibly due to oestrogen levels being lower during lactation.
- Reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
- Promotes emotional health and less postpartum anxiety and depression.
- Promotes postpartum weight loss.
The oxytocin hormone produced during breastfeeding helps the uterus contract after birth, resulting in less postpartum bleeding and lower blood pressure. It also promotes bonding and relaxation.
How can women use the ‘food as medicine’ concept to help recover from birth and create nutrient-rich breastmilk in the early weeks of life with a newborn?
The consumption of nutrient dense, wholefoods from healthy plants and animals is key. These foods are best commenced preconceptionally, consumed in pregnancy, post birth and during breastfeeding.
These foods include:
- Healthy protein and fats like grass-fed, pastured or organic lamb, pork, organ meats, omega-3 dense fish, dairy and eggs.
- Healthy, organic and chemical free carbohydrates like fruit, vegetables, pseudo cereals such as amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat or rice.
- Healthy fats from organic plants like olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds.
- Healing foods from pasteurised or organic bone stocks and cultured or lactofermented foods and fluids.
- Organic dried herbs and spices such as fenugreek, dill, caraway and fennel seeds added to foods and consumed as teas to encourage milk flow.
- Lemon or lime zest and juice for extra anti microbial activity and antioxidants.
Does a woman’s diet directly change her milk day-to-day? If so, are there certain foods you recommend we avoid?
Yes. If your baby has an intolerance or allergy to the foods mum is eating such as dairy, gluten, eggs or seafood. Mum could try eliminating certain foods for a week to see what happens.
What are Galactagogues?
Herbs, medicines or foods that promote or increase the flow of mother’s milk.
How does Ovvio’s No.50 Peace Bambino tea work to combat wind and colic in babies?
This tea contains Chamomile Flower, Aniseed, Caraway seed, and Dill seed. They act as anti-inflammatories, antispasmodics, carminatives and digestive aids, and are indicated for colic and flatulence, intolerances, indigestion, colic, colitis, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, gastritis, flatulence, IBS, nausea and tummy pain.
Can I really give Ovvio’s No.50 Peace Bambino tea directly to my baby? At what age do you recommend it?
It can be consumed in a similar fashion to gripe water. Just make it as a normal tea and put it in the baby's bottle to ease wind, discomfort and irritability. Some mums wait until baby is already used to drinking from a bottle to try this.
Another option is for mum to drink 3-4 cups per day. The therapeutic benefits of the tea can be imparted through the breast milk.