Mother Food is a good general guide for mothers who want to know more about herbs and how foods can affect health. The author takes a refreshing approach to eating, recommending wholesome foods according to how they suit one's particular digestion, and selecting foods that support lactation. Much of the information in the book could help mothers spot potential diet-related problems, such as allergies and food sensitivities. For example, did you know that, according to allergists, a diet focused on one food may eventually lead to a deficiency in the enzyme needed to digest that particular food? Consequently, undigested food molecules pass through the intestines and set up an allergic reaction. Consider a mother drinking gallons of milk, for example, because it is considered to be a healthy food, only to suffer from symptoms of sinus pain and earaches and her breastfed baby suffers along with colic, too. Recognizing how food makes her feel could change her life!
Mother Food is an especially valuable book for those who have a partial or overabundant milk supply. Hilary Jacobson's years of personal research have been driven by her efforts to bolster her own faltering milk supply. Hilary has four children and had an incomplete milk supply for her first child for many weeks. She also found that her supply was very sensitive, and would decrease easily. As she read and learned more, she was able to produce a sufficient milk supply for her babies, which took less effort to maintain with each child. She found that certain foods and herbs helped her to keep it steady, and this book is her way of sharing what she has learned with other mothers. Inspired by the grief of struggling with her milk supply, and the excitement of overcoming her difficulties, Hilary became a champion for mothers who are growing their babies with love and as much milk as they can manage to make.
Once a mother has tried all the basic strategies for increasing her production and still cannot achieve the relationship she craves or the milk supply she needs, she may feel cut adrift and alone in her sorrow. Mothers facing struggles similar to those of Hilary battle with feelings of failure, frustration, and grief. A mother coping with breastfeeding problems needs a mentor as she might be facing other issues such as depression and/or health issues for her and/or her baby. Furthermore, she might be emotionally vulnerable to every perceived criticism. This book is a soothing tonic for a mother's weary heart and it offers hope as well. With this helpful manual in hand, a mother can focus on preserving her breastfeeding relationship, and celebrating every drop of human milk her body can make for her baby. The book is also loaded with encouragement and information to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding problems, especially as they relate to a lactogenic diet.
Mother Food is well researched with wisdom from India to China, from the medical records of the Greek doctor Discorides in the first century, to the results from an Iowa Women's Health Study about coffee, tea, and caffeine consumption and the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Whether you are interested in exploring herbs to help with skin rashes or depression, or foods for a low milk supply, you will find what you need in this book. --New Beginnings, Vol. 24 No. 4, July-August 2007, p. 180
From the Publisher
Linda Folden Palmer, DC, author of "Baby Matters" and "The Baby Bond":
Jacobson covers a wide array of pertinent topics in this book, with an excellent understanding of the current spectrum of maternal, lactation professional, and science knowledge (each of which seem to have gaps between them), and adds lots of insightful and fun historic and anthropologic information along the way.
She's raised my own consciousness in my own favorite directions: just how intimately and distinctly our food choices affect us.
Something to bring to the beach for pleasure reading if you have ANY interest in infant feeding; really. A must-read for lactation professionals, and for breastfeeding mothers with any challenges at all. My dream to see pediatricians read.
Diana West, BA, IBCLC, author of "Defining your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery" and "Making More Milk":
"A book about the way foods influence milk composition - truly excellent."
Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, author of "Making More Milk":
"What we eat CAN matter. `Mother Food' is a wonderful collection of historical traditions from cultures around the world and what they feed mothers to support good health, breastfeeding, and plentiful milk production. Hilary Jacobson has put years of research into pulling together information that has almost been lost to the western world; every mother will benefit from reading this book, as well as anyone who works with or supports breastfeeding mothers."
Cheryl R. Scott, RN, IBCLC, Ph.D.:
"This book is a `must read' book for all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers along with their health care providers. Mrs. Jacobson provides information on how to avoid allergies, how to lower a mother's toxic load, how to prevent over-detoxification while breastfeeding, how to prevent infant colic, postpartum depression, anemia, insulin resistance, food cravings and food addictions along with how to promote and create a healthy milk supply. I love all of the helpful and yummy recipes sprinkled throughout the book."
Sheila Humphrey, RSC, RN, IBCLC, author of "Nursing Mothers Herbal":
"I like `Mother Food's' independent originality. Reading `Mother Food' is like entering a garden with intriguing viewpoints and a number of paths that invite further exploration. One's imagination is given permission to run rampant within beautifully arranged beds of knowledge that reveal themselves slowly along the meandering but manicured paths. For many restricted to thinking only with evidence-based information, reading the book will be like finding an inviting gate leading out of a walled city."