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Why we do what we do!

As you can probably imagine, running a food delivery service for women and families can get complicated when it comes to catering to specific diets. Whilst we are always happy to adapt to carnivorous, vegetarian, flexitarian, pescatarian and vegan diets – we are only able to adapt to a few further restrictions in cases of allergies and intolerances. 

 

Along with specific diet requests I often receive requests for “Weight loss” packages, “detoxes” and daily food allowances of such few calories, my toddler wouldn’t be able to survive on it. Nourish Paris does not make “diet food”. We do not do “eating clean” “detoxes” or any type of calorie counting. We are not here to tell you what you should be eating or what you should be feeding your family. 

 

The food we make is nourishing, it’s wholesome and satisfying. We use the freshest fruit and vegetables we can lay our hands on, higher welfare slow cooked meat, whole grains and good fats. This is what has become known as “clean eating”, (a phrase you won’t ever hear us use because what’s dirty eating?! A whole other post on this coming soon!) high quality ingredients, cooked from scratch into delicious meals. We want eating to be guilt free – not because of what’s in your food but because eating should never make us feel guilty. Food is the fuel of life and what we are using to fuel our lives is important. Our recipes are balanced, packed full of the vitamins and minerals you need and our maman meals are designed to be easy to eat with one hand – whilst your other is occupied with baby. 

We believe that food and mealtimes are a springboard to greatness. When a family is well nourished and share their meals together, great things can happen. When a parent isn’t too frazzled by a long day at work and getting a healthy dinner on the table to connect with their family in the evenings, relationships will grow and flourish. We understand what modern family life is, we understand the pressures on parents and children and we want to enable connections. We know that kids can be particular about what they eat. Our family recipes have all been tested by our own children but all kids are different!  

 

For women, we want to break the mold. It feels like every time I go outside I am bombarded with messages about what my body should look like and what I should be doing to get it there. Society has forgotten, or purposefully squashed the notion that a woman’s body is the source of life itself. It is powerful, deeply magical, complex and cyclical. Honouring your body as a woman (or as any human) is not simply a matter of staying the same weight or always fitting into the same sized clothing. The needs of our bodies change over time, as we age, depending on where we are in our monthly cycles, if we are trying to conceive, if we’ve just given birth, if we are breastfeeding, if we have young children, if we do physical jobs, if we are in the menopause and so on. 

 

Basically Nourish Paris is here for ALL of you, whatever point in your cycle of life you’re at. However you find yourself showing up at this minute, for yourself, for your partner, for your kids, for your job – whatever you need, we’ve got you. 

 

Nourish Paris. Real Family Food.

 

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Mum To Be Party Self Care Retreat

Mum Self-Care Retreat



Why? For whom?

Because your body is sacred,
Because taking time for yourself and reconnecting to your essence is sacred and essential, after having a baby.

“This Self-Care Retreat is for women who wish to reconnect with their true identity and with their body”

It is not only a question of post-partum recuperation, but also the cultivation, deep within oneself, of the resources needed to manage the many roles that are demanded of us when we become a new mother.

“Together. Carried by kindness and attentiveness of the group”

 

How?

Being a mother in the modern-day world is both an immense blessing and a great challenge. We are engaged in a delicate balancing act of playing many roles at once : mother, wife, lover, career woman, stay at home mum, the list goes on… and often find ourselves exhausted and overextended in caring for others. It is easy to lose ourselves in all of this and not receive the care that we really need, especially when time can feel so limited.
This intimate 3 night retreat has been thoughtfully designed with all of your current struggles and needs in mind. Nestled in nature, far from the stress, speed, noise and constant connectivity of the city, we will take time to ground, slow down, and breathe.

We have created a process to support you in reconnecting to your self, to rest and restore, and to learn what ‘’self-care’’ can really mean – encompassing but going well beyond hot baths and massages.

We will explore the deepest roots of sustainable self-care for mothers of young children.  We will examine what stands in the way of caring for and loving ourselves, which often takes the form of beliefs and conditioning that was passed on to us, but which does not serve us…

You will emerge from these precious 4 days, not only rested and rejuvenated, but also prepared to return to your busy life, empowered with tools and wisdom to support you as a woman and as a mother.

Join us….being a mother means learning to mother ourselves, and this takes practice, patience, and courage. We are here to support you in this process.

Self-Care Practices for mothers of young children:

• Gentle, restorative yoga that heals and nourishes the female reproductive system (womb, perineum, breasts) and endocrine system
• Grounding, tonifying yoga to build the blood and bones and cultivate fortitude, trust, stamina and stability
• Breathing and meditation to ease stress, tension, anxiety and/or depression
• Ample free time to rest, recharge, reflect, and enjoy the surrounding nature.
• Time spent in sacred circle with other mothers cultivating the capacity to listen, share, support and process without the filter of fear, judgement or expectation. Simply learning how to be present and receptive.
• Tools for developing self-awareness aimed at cultivating a healthy body image, self-love, compassion and acceptance as well as affirming boundaries, limits, and needs.

The Venue

We chose ‘La Ferme du Bouchot’ to host our retreat, an eco-friendly, warm-spirited and family run venue in the heart of the Sologne region of France, 2.5 hours from Paris. This 300-year-old farm has been renovated with ecologically responsible materials and is based upon the three basic principles of Permaculture: to take care of and respect the Earth and all human beings, to create abundance, and to share ethically.

Our hosts, Anne and Jean-Philippe, conceived of an innovative space in which to reconnect to nature, to oneself, and to others: SELIGONIA. This beautiful Forest-Garden, in the form of a Mandala, produces all the fruit and vegetables needed to nourish both the inhabitants and the visitors of the farm, and is also home to the Zome, an unique and stunning dome structure, used for workshops and ateliers.

4 good reasons to appreciate La Ferme du Bouchot

• An ideal place to relax and recharge, in a peaceful and secluded farm with a huge garden.

• Original: the dome, located in the center of the garden, makes for an inspiring and light filled yoga studio.

• Intimate and friendly: the calm and respectful ambiance of a small group will be conducive to deep sharing and reflection. The warm and comfortable rooms, in typical country style, will be shared between mums.

• Wholesome food: around a large, shared table, our mums will enjoy generous meals of homemade, fresh, seasonal produce, straight from the garden or locally grown. Snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

4 good reasons to appreciate La Ferme du Bouchot

• An ideal place to relax and recharge, in a peaceful and secluded farm with a huge garden.

• Original: the dome, located in the center of the garden, makes for an inspiring and light filled yoga studio.

• Intimate and friendly: the calm and respectful ambiance of a small group will be conducive to deep sharing and reflection. The warm and comfortable rooms, in typical country style, will be shared between mums.

• Wholesome food: around a large, shared table, our mums will enjoy generous meals of homemade, fresh, seasonal produce, straight from the garden or locally grown. Snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Who will accompany you?

Alexandra Macdonald and Sheila Chacko are the co-founders of Sanctuary Self Care Retreats, specializing in self-care retreats for women in Europe. They are holistic yoga teachers with a passion for women’s health and wellbeing, each with over two decades of experience. They will honor us with their presence for the first time in France, animating the yoga classes, self-care workshops, and sacred circles of this retreat.

Christel, the founder of Mum-to-be Party and mother of two, will also be present, ensuring that you have a fluid and enjoyable stay.

Weleda, a pioneering brand in natural, organic cosmetics, will be our chosen partner for this retreat. Their beautiful products will stimulate your senses and nurture your body, heart and soul, making your four night stay in nature unforgettable. In the spirit of Self-Care, a specialist from Weleda in Paris will come especially to give a workshop on facial self-massage.

Nourish Paris, a unique catering service especially for new mums, will collaborate with La Ferme du Bouchot to create a special, seasonal menu, both fortifying and revitalizing, for our new mums. The founder, Sophie, will come in person to explain the program and menu.

Detailed Program of the Retreat

The program below is a guide and the content may change slightly to allow for greater fluidity and suitability. The content of the workshops, evening integrations, and circles will be revealed upon arrival to allow for a spirit of discovery and surprise.

Monday 10th June
15h-16h30: Arrival and check in
17h-19h: Opening Circle
19h-20h15: Dinner
20h15-21h: Evening Integration

Tuesday 11th June
8h-9h30: Morning Yoga Practice
9h30-10h30: Breakfast
10h30-12h30: Self Care Workshop
12h30-14h: Lunch
14h-16h: Free time
16-16:45: Weleda Presentation
17h-19h: Yoga and Sacred Circle
19h-20h15: Dinner
20h15-21h: Evening Integration

Wednesday 12th June
8h-9h30: Morning Yoga Practice
9h30-10h30: Breakfast
10h30-12h30: Self Care Workshop
12h30-14h: Lunch
14h-17h: Free time
17h-19h: Yoga and Sacred Circle
19h-20h15: Dinner
20h15-21h: Evening Integration

Thursday 13th June
8h-9h: Breakfast
9h-11h: Closing Ceremony

Questions?

Who is this retreat for? This retreat is aimed at mothers with children aged up to 2 years old. However, those with older children are most welcome to come and share their experience and benefit from this unique retreat experience. Please note that the retreat will be given in both French and English, so it will be necessary to have grounding in both languages.
Can I bring my baby? The objective of this retreat is your wellbeing. Yours. Away from your family for a few precious days, in nature, with other mums. It is for this reason that it is a mums only event, without baby or partner.
What if I am breastfeeding? A nursing kit will be provided for breastfeeding mums who would like to pump and conserve their milk, as well as a special breastfeeding tea blend by Weleda, to keep you hydrated.
Do I have to have yoga experience? Have done pelvic floor reeducation? What if I gave birth by cesarean? Practices are safe and appropriate for all levels of experience including complete beginners, as well as breastfeeding mothers, those having undergone a cesarean, and pre and post pelvic floor reeducation.
What if I have special dietary needs (allergies, intolerances, vegan…)? Please let us know when you register and we will take your needs into account when preparing the menu.
Can I come with another mum? Of course! The stay is conceived of as a group experience, but if you wish to come with a friend and share a room, please let us know when you fill in the registration form and indicate their name accordingly.

How do I get there? The venue is located 2.5 hours away by car from Paris. We advise you to come by car (either your own, a rental car, or car-pooling with other mums), as access by public transport is very limited. Count around 60€ for tolls and petrol and at least 110€ for car rental for 4 days from Paris (petrol included). A private Facebook group will be created to put all mums in contact so that you can exchange with each other both before and after the retreat., but also to organize logistical things such as carpooling from Paris or even from Orléans, the closest city to our venue.

What should I bring? A more detailed list will be given to each participant, but here are some essentials:
• Comfortable clothes
• Shawl
• Light blanket for relaxation after yoga
• Notebook
• Water bottle/thermos
• Walking shoes
• A yoga mat if you have one

How do I register?

Places are very limited for this retreat to allow for a quality of exchange and presence that ensures intimacy and tranquility. Reserve quickly to guarantee your spot!

First Edition tarif: 750€ TTC (instead of 900€) includes:
• 3 nights accommodation in a double room
• full board including tailor made meals from local, seasonal produce
• snacks and refreshments
• yoga classes and workshops given by our international guest teachers
• facial self-massage session given by a Weleda specialist
• welcome pack from Weleda featuring a gorgeous selection of specially chosen products for mums
• a farewell pack from Weleda featuring products from their new baby range

* Please note that transport and others personal expenses are not included in the price

>>> INSCRIPTIONS : https://www.weezevent.com/mum-self-care-retreat

How do I register?

Places are very limited for this retreat to allow for a quality of exchange and presence that ensures intimacy and tranquility. Reserve quickly to guarantee your spot!

First Edition tarif: 750€ TTC (instead of 900€) includes:
• 3 nights accommodation in a double room
• full board including tailor made meals from local, seasonal produce
• snacks and refreshments
• yoga classes and workshops given by our international guest teachers
• facial self-massage session given by a Weleda specialist
• welcome pack from Weleda featuring a gorgeous selection of specially chosen products for mums
• a farewell pack from Weleda featuring products from their new baby range

* Please note that transport and others personal expenses are not included in the price

>>> INSCRIPTIONS : https://www.weezevent.com/mum-self-care-retreat

General Conditions :
• Your reservation is confirmed upon the payment of 750€ TTC
• As soon as your registration is confirmed, all will be organized so as to welcome you in the best possible conditions; the venue, our international guest teachers and our Weleda collaborators. For these reasons, to ensure the viability of the event, we cannot reimburse you in case of cancellation, no-show, or a reduced stay.
• Your registration will be fully reimbursed if the event is cancelled by the organizers, who reserve the right to cancel the retreat if there are insufficient registrations.
• Each participant must have a valid health and accident insurance and must confirm in writing that she has no health complications. Any change in health status must be communicated to the organizers.

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Nourish: Simple Soups

 Image by Emily Degroulard Photos
Image by Emily Degroulard Photos

Oh baby has autumn hit us hard or what?! Transitions between the seasons are my absolute favourite in Paris. The beginning of Autumn is so special here before the seemingly endless grey winter sets in. Over here, candles are lit, there’s an apple crumble a week being devoured and we are embracing the season change hard.

To celebrate this cosy autumn feeling I thought I’d share with you my two absolute favourite autumn soups. W’e’ve been making them lately for Nourish Paris clients to some rave reviews and the absolute simplicity of them means that they’re loved by adults and kids alike!

Butternut Squash & Coral Lentil Soup

  • 1 large butternut squash

  • 1 medium potato

  • 1/2 an onion

  • 1 tbsp curry powder

  • 1.5L chicken or veggie stock

  • 2 tbsp coral lentils

  • 100ml coconut milk

This is the absolute easiest soup to make as you just put all the ingredients except the coconut milk into a large casserole, cook for an hour to an hour and a half, add the coconut milk and blend! It has the most delicious creamy texture and gorgeous orange colour. Our boys like to slurp it with straws & we sometimes chuck some crunchy curry croutons on top.

Parsnip, White Bean and Sage Soup

  • 3 large parsnips

  • 1 medium potato

  • 1.5L chicken or veggie stock

  • 400g can of white beans

  • Five to ten sage leaves (depending on how strong you like it!)

Again, we like soups that are just combine, cook and blend and this one is no exception. Cook the parsnips and potatoes in the stock until soft, add the white beans and sage leaves and blend!

Autumn and winter tend to be the busy seasons in our home what with school, holidays, lots of work, gearing up for the Christmas season and just normal family life. I try to keep our meals as simple and easy as possible to make. The slow cooker comes out of the cupboard to its permanent winter place on the kitchen counter.

What are you cooking this autumn?

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Nourish: Simple Soups

 Image by Emily Degroulard Photos
Image by Emily Degroulard Photos

Oh baby has autumn hit us hard or what?! Transitions between the seasons are my absolute favourite in Paris. The beginning of Autumn is so special here before the seemingly endless grey winter sets in. Over here, candles are lit, there’s an apple crumble a week being devoured and we are embracing the season change hard.

To celebrate this cosy autumn feeling I thought I’d share with you my two absolute favourite autumn soups. W’e’ve been making them lately for Nourish Paris clients to some rave reviews and the absolute simplicity of them means that they’re loved by adults and kids alike!

Butternut Squash & Coral Lentil Soup

  • 1 large butternut squash

  • 1 medium potato

  • 1/2 an onion

  • 1 tbsp curry powder

  • 1.5L chicken or veggie stock

  • 2 tbsp coral lentils

  • 100ml coconut milk

This is the absolute easiest soup to make as you just put all the ingredients except the coconut milk into a large casserole, cook for an hour to an hour and a half, add the coconut milk and blend! It has the most delicious creamy texture and gorgeous orange colour. Our boys like to slurp it with straws & we sometimes chuck some crunchy curry croutons on top.

Parsnip, White Bean and Sage Soup

  • 3 large parsnips

  • 1 medium potato

  • 1.5L chicken or veggie stock

  • 400g can of white beans

  • Five to ten sage leaves (depending on how strong you like it!)

Again, we like soups that are just combine, cook and blend and this one is no exception. Cook the parsnips and potatoes in the stock until soft, add the white beans and sage leaves and blend!

Autumn and winter tend to be the busy seasons in our home what with school, holidays, lots of work, gearing up for the Christmas season and just normal family life. I try to keep our meals as simple and easy as possible to make. The slow cooker comes out of the cupboard to its permanent winter place on the kitchen counter.

What are you cooking this autumn?

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Mother: Sleep

When people speak to families with young babies “How do they sleep?” is never far from being asked. Sleep is such a focus in the early years, mostly around not getting enough.

Right now we are on a sleep journey. I am not currently getting a lot of sleep; I’m actually writing this from my bed where I just enjoyed my Monday lie-in (until 8.30!). But yes, not a lot of sleep happening for me right now. I won’t lie, I’ve been struggling a little – I’m not someone who needs a massive amount of sleep but at the moment we’re waking probably around every forty five minutes to an hour through the night.

This is new territory for me. Arthur slept through the night from around six months old. He napped like a champion practically to the minute every single day. What an amazing parent I was! I did everything right, I had the perfect baby! Turns out, he’s just like his dad and could sleep through nuclear apocalypse. Fred is not that child. I’m trying to lean in to it, take every day as it comes and just do what’s necessary to get through. Right now this is what it looks like:

  • Co-sleeping when we need to. Fred goes into his bed in his and Arthur’s room at 19h. It’s taken WEEKS to get him to do that. Before he would just wake up the moment we put him down. Now he will sleep in there from around 19h to 22h-midnight. After that he generally won’t go back down in his own bed so we co-sleep until the morning (this is the part where he wakes up every hour.)

  • Going to bed early. I go to bed between 21-22h every night. It’s a sad, old lady thing to do but it basically ensures that I get SOME sleep.

  • Embracing this season. It won’t be like this forever – I’m choosing to believe that, to lean into it, to take care of myself and my family within this rather than bending it to my will. And there are a myriad of reasons why I won’t try to bend this sleep situation to my will, not yet anyway. I’m trusting that Fred’s doing what he needs to do for now and that he’ll sleep when he’s ready.

Honestly, as someone who loves rhythm, routine and predictability, it’s taking a lot for me to let go of control on this one. I’d love to wave a wand and have two boys sleeping happily in their beds in their bedroom. I’d love to have a clear step by step solution to apply to this but nothing is making itself apparent right now.

We’re doing ok. We’re powering through. We’re accepting help. We’re being kind to ourselves. And that’s all any of us can really do!

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Mother: Sleep

When people speak to families with young babies “How do they sleep?” is never far from being asked. Sleep is such a focus in the early years, mostly around not getting enough.

Right now we are on a sleep journey. I am not currently getting a lot of sleep; I’m actually writing this from my bed where I just enjoyed my Monday lie-in (until 8.30!). But yes, not a lot of sleep happening for me right now. I won’t lie, I’ve been struggling a little – I’m not someone who needs a massive amount of sleep but at the moment we’re waking probably around every forty five minutes to an hour through the night.

This is new territory for me. Arthur slept through the night from around six months old. He napped like a champion practically to the minute every single day. What an amazing parent I was! I did everything right, I had the perfect baby! Turns out, he’s just like his dad and could sleep through nuclear apocalypse. Fred is not that child. I’m trying to lean in to it, take every day as it comes and just do what’s necessary to get through. Right now this is what it looks like:

  • Co-sleeping when we need to. Fred goes into his bed in his and Arthur’s room at 19h. It’s taken WEEKS to get him to do that. Before he would just wake up the moment we put him down. Now he will sleep in there from around 19h to 22h-midnight. After that he generally won’t go back down in his own bed so we co-sleep until the morning (this is the part where he wakes up every hour.)

  • Going to bed early. I go to bed between 21-22h every night. It’s a sad, old lady thing to do but it basically ensures that I get SOME sleep.

  • Embracing this season. It won’t be like this forever – I’m choosing to believe that, to lean into it, to take care of myself and my family within this rather than bending it to my will. And there are a myriad of reasons why I won’t try to bend this sleep situation to my will, not yet anyway. I’m trusting that Fred’s doing what he needs to do for now and that he’ll sleep when he’s ready.

Honestly, as someone who loves rhythm, routine and predictability, it’s taking a lot for me to let go of control on this one. I’d love to wave a wand and have two boys sleeping happily in their beds in their bedroom. I’d love to have a clear step by step solution to apply to this but nothing is making itself apparent right now.

We’re doing ok. We’re powering through. We’re accepting help. We’re being kind to ourselves. And that’s all any of us can really do!

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Nourish Paris

It’s been a little quiet on Tout Simple of late. I have effectively taken a much needed two month holiday but September has crept up on us and here we are again at la rentrée. Tout Simple is officially one year old and to mark this occasion, I’m here to tell you about how it’s changing!

For over a year now I’ve been working on my business Nourish Paris. In the quiet, still moments in between naps, after bed times, stolen moments from life as a mum; Nourish Paris has grown from the tiniest seed of an idea to something that I have taken on full time. I never thought I would be someone who ran her own business, let alone this business, and yet here it is – all mine and I’d like to take a moment to tell you about it.

Nourish Paris home cooks and delivers Real Family Food in Paris 75 (and close suburbs for now.) with a focus on food for post-partum mothers.

There was a time that a new mother would be cared for by her family and community for the first three months of her child’s life. With the rise of people leaving their home communities to come and live and work in big cities, this tradition is massively on the decline. People live away from their families and their villages and mothers are finding themselves increasingly isolated and alone in a time where they should be surrounded by support. Nourish Paris aims to support new parents in a time when their lives are being turned upside down by their new arrival, not just through the practicalities of a home cooked meal, but also through thoughtful, supportive nutrition for breastfeeding, energy and good sleep. 

We believe that families have a pressure on them now that has not been felt in previous generations. Most of the families we know have two parents who work full time, have children in full time childcare and yet have less money and less time available to them than previous generations. The cost of living has gone up, not just financially, but on our time as well. We have less time to spend in the kitchen and however much we might like to be making every meal from scratch for our families – it’s just not the reality of modern family life. Nourish Paris believes that families run on their stomachs and our veggie packed, balanced family meals help to ease the chaos of dinner time.

Basically we have a heart for families and what keeps them running. We want to support the support bases, fuel the fuel tanks and keep your family running at its absolute best. We believe that meal times are a perfect place to start and can’t wait to get serving you!

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Nourish Paris

It’s been a little quiet on Tout Simple of late. I have effectively taken a much needed two month holiday but September has crept up on us and here we are again at la rentrée. Tout Simple is officially one year old and to mark this occasion, I’m here to tell you about how it’s changing!

For over a year now I’ve been working on my business Nourish Paris. In the quiet, still moments in between naps, after bed times, stolen moments from life as a mum; Nourish Paris has grown from the tiniest seed of an idea to something that I have taken on full time. I never thought I would be someone who ran her own business, let alone this business, and yet here it is – all mine and I’d like to take a moment to tell you about it.

Nourish Paris home cooks and delivers Real Family Food in Paris 75 (and close suburbs for now.) with a focus on food for post-partum mothers.

There was a time that a new mother would be cared for by her family and community for the first three months of her child’s life. With the rise of people leaving their home communities to come and live and work in big cities, this tradition is massively on the decline. People live away from their families and their villages and mothers are finding themselves increasingly isolated and alone in a time where they should be surrounded by support. Nourish Paris aims to support new parents in a time when their lives are being turned upside down by their new arrival, not just through the practicalities of a home cooked meal, but also through thoughtful, supportive nutrition for breastfeeding, energy and good sleep. 

We believe that families have a pressure on them now that has not been felt in previous generations. Most of the families we know have two parents who work full time, have children in full time childcare and yet have less money and less time available to them than previous generations. The cost of living has gone up, not just financially, but on our time as well. We have less time to spend in the kitchen and however much we might like to be making every meal from scratch for our families – it’s just not the reality of modern family life. Nourish Paris believes that families run on their stomachs and our veggie packed, balanced family meals help to ease the chaos of dinner time.

Basically we have a heart for families and what keeps them running. We want to support the support bases, fuel the fuel tanks and keep your family running at its absolute best. We believe that meal times are a perfect place to start and can’t wait to get serving you!

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Motherhood: Breastfeeding

I never really thought about breastfeeding that much when I was pregnant. I mean – I got all the equipment I was told I’d need; nipple cream, pillow and breast pads – and it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t breastfeed. I never even considered what foods to eat, how to rest properly, how much energy it would take to nourish another human with my body.

It was only that I started breastfeeding this second time around that I truly appreciated the energy involved, the dedication and the complex emotions surrounding it – not to mention what to eat and drink to help me. 

Breast feeding is HARD. It’s vital to surround ourselves with help if we want to meet our feeding goals, and so important to be kind to ourselves when things don’t go to plan. 

Some of you might know that I recently launched a small family catering company called Nourish & Bloom. We supply food for every season of family life but my first aim was to support new mothers with healthy, nourishing food that would support their postpartum and breastfeeding journeys. With that in mind I thought I’d write a small post about what to nourish your body with during those first weeks of breastfeeding and into the weeks and months to follow.

 YesMum motherhood affirmation cards from  here
YesMum motherhood affirmation cards from here

The following is just general advice to help support you while you breast feed. I’m not a nutritionist and any advice I give comes from talking with lactation consultants, nutritionists, cooking for other mums, my mother and grandmother and my own experience of breastfeeding. There are no “miracle cures” to make breastfeeding suddenly easy here. Listen to your body and your baby, relax, notice what works for you and adapt things as you go. 

Hydration

Keeping adequately hydrated is something my mum told me about on day one. Many of you will have noticed an almost unquenchable thirst in the early days of breastfeeding and you’ll need to replenish liquids lost in labour and support your body in making breastmilk. I always have a big bottle of room temperature water with me or within arms reach, particularly at night but also drank a lot of herbal teas, broths and soups in the beginning. You can find breastfeeding tea in most pharmacies and bio stores in France and it’s great for keeping hydrated and giving your milk supply that extra boost. 

Boosting Production

And speaking about boosting your milk supply, you’ll need to consume around 500 extra calories a day for the first six months of breastfeeding. (I didn’t really find this an issue as I was RAVENOUS all of the time) It’s important to eat properly because when blood sugar drops too low, eating can trigger stress hormones which in turn reduces the production of the hormones that create your milk supply and the let down reflex. Great things to eat include:

  • Good fats: Eating good fats increases the fat percentage in your breast milk and supports growth in your baby – hooray! Good fatty food includes: Avocados, nuts and seeds, olives & olive oil, salmon, tuna, dark chocolate and eggs.
  • Fenugreek, Ginger & caraway have all traditionally been used in boosting milk supply. They’re from a group of herbs known as Galactagogues and adding them to your cooking is a great way to give your supply a helping hand. My favourite way to do this is by making a quick gingery egg fried rice from left over brown rice (which is a great source of selenium – another mineral important during breastfeeding!)

Lactation Consultants

If you are struggling with breastfeeding you are certainly not alone! For something that is so natural, there is so much that feels difficult, strange and straight up painful! Fortunately help is out there if you know where to look.

If you’re in Paris or its suburbs and are in need of an English speaking lactation consultant, Meagan LeCoq is a South African midwife, doula and lactation consultant. Her years of professional experience were vital to me as a first time mum. You can find her website here. I honestly can’t recommend her enough!

Happy feeding! If you have any questions about Nourish & Bloom’s postpartum packages or what else we offer please don’t hesitate to send me an email!

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Motherhood: Breastfeeding

I never really thought about breastfeeding that much when I was pregnant. I mean – I got all the equipment I was told I’d need; nipple cream, pillow and breast pads – and it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t breastfeed. I never even considered what foods to eat, how to rest properly, how much energy it would take to nourish another human with my body.

It was only that I started breastfeeding this second time around that I truly appreciated the energy involved, the dedication and the complex emotions surrounding it – not to mention what to eat and drink to help me. 

Breast feeding is HARD. It’s vital to surround ourselves with help if we want to meet our feeding goals, and so important to be kind to ourselves when things don’t go to plan. 

Some of you might know that I recently launched a small family catering company called Nourish & Bloom. We supply food for every season of family life but my first aim was to support new mothers with healthy, nourishing food that would support their postpartum and breastfeeding journeys. With that in mind I thought I’d write a small post about what to nourish your body with during those first weeks of breastfeeding and into the weeks and months to follow.

 YesMum motherhood affirmation cards from  here
YesMum motherhood affirmation cards from here

The following is just general advice to help support you while you breast feed. I’m not a nutritionist and any advice I give comes from talking with lactation consultants, nutritionists, cooking for other mums, my mother and grandmother and my own experience of breastfeeding. There are no “miracle cures” to make breastfeeding suddenly easy here. Listen to your body and your baby, relax, notice what works for you and adapt things as you go. 

Hydration

Keeping adequately hydrated is something my mum told me about on day one. Many of you will have noticed an almost unquenchable thirst in the early days of breastfeeding and you’ll need to replenish liquids lost in labour and support your body in making breastmilk. I always have a big bottle of room temperature water with me or within arms reach, particularly at night but also drank a lot of herbal teas, broths and soups in the beginning. You can find breastfeeding tea in most pharmacies and bio stores in France and it’s great for keeping hydrated and giving your milk supply that extra boost. 

Boosting Production

And speaking about boosting your milk supply, you’ll need to consume around 500 extra calories a day for the first six months of breastfeeding. (I didn’t really find this an issue as I was RAVENOUS all of the time) It’s important to eat properly because when blood sugar drops too low, eating can trigger stress hormones which in turn reduces the production of the hormones that create your milk supply and the let down reflex. Great things to eat include:

  • Good fats: Eating good fats increases the fat percentage in your breast milk and supports growth in your baby – hooray! Good fatty food includes: Avocados, nuts and seeds, olives & olive oil, salmon, tuna, dark chocolate and eggs.
  • Fenugreek, Ginger & caraway have all traditionally been used in boosting milk supply. They’re from a group of herbs known as Galactagogues and adding them to your cooking is a great way to give your supply a helping hand. My favourite way to do this is by making a quick gingery egg fried rice from left over brown rice (which is a great source of selenium – another mineral important during breastfeeding!)

Lactation Consultants

If you are struggling with breastfeeding you are certainly not alone! For something that is so natural, there is so much that feels difficult, strange and straight up painful! Fortunately help is out there if you know where to look.

If you’re in Paris or its suburbs and are in need of an English speaking lactation consultant, Meagan LeCoq is a South African midwife, doula and lactation consultant. Her years of professional experience were vital to me as a first time mum. You can find her website here. I honestly can’t recommend her enough!

Happy feeding! If you have any questions about Nourish & Bloom’s postpartum packages or what else we offer please don’t hesitate to send me an email!