Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers


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Cod Liver Oil to supply 20,000 IU vitamin A and 2000 IU vitamin D per day, which is provided by 2 teaspoons high vitamin cod liver oil (Green Pasture brand).

1 quart (or 32 ounces) whole milk daily, preferably raw and from pasture-fed cows (learn more about raw milk on our website, A Campaign for Real Milk, www.realmilk.com)

4 tablespoons butter daily, preferably from pasture-fed cows

2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured chickens

Additional egg yolks daily, added to smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, etc.

3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week (If you have been told to avoid liver for fear of getting “too much Vitamin A,” be sure to read Vitamin A Saga)

Fresh seafood, 2-4 times per week, particularly wild salmon, shellfish and fish eggs

Fresh beef or lamb daily, always consumed with the fat

Oily fish or lard daily, for vitamin D

2 tablespoons coconut oil daily, used in cooking or smoothies, etc.

Lacto-fermented condiments and beverages

Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces

Soaked whole grains

Fresh vegetables and fruits

AVOID:

  • Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils)
  • Junk foods
  • Commercial fried foods
  • Sugar
  • White flour
  • Soft drinks
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Drugs (even prescription drugs)

IMPORTANT WARNING: Cod liver oil contains substantial levels of omega-3 EPA, which can cause numerous health problems, such as hemorrhaging during the birth process, if not balanced by arachidonic acid (ARA), an omega-6 fatty acid found in liver, egg yolks and meat fats.  Please do not add cod liver oil to a diet that is deficient in these important animal foods. It is important to follow our diet for pregnant mothers in its entirety, not just selected parts of it.

, which is provided by 2 teaspoons high vitamin cod liver oil (Green Pasture brand).

Jill Nienhiser has been a Weston A. Price Foundation member since 2001, and has provided web maintenance, editing, and proofreading support for westonaprice.org and realmilk.com for many years. She also helped launched the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund in 2007.

13 Responses to Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers

  1. Cisca says:

    What is 20,000 IU in terms of teaspoons? Thanks!

  2. Kelly says:

    Hello

    If your not following the specific diet for pregnant women can you still take FCLO with Butter Oil???

    Thank You

  3. lindsey says:

    What cut’s of beef are best and how much should you try to consume each day

  4. Courtney says:

    Is chicken liver pate allowed for pregnant women?

  5. Booboo says:

    What about trying to conceive – is it advised to start following this before pregnancy?

    • angie says:

      Yes! A lot of the traditional people studied by Dr. Price would start a diet like this at least six months prior to conception.

  6. Danae says:

    I’m trying to follow this diet in it’s entirety though I have some questions. I don’t have access to raw milk and am very sensitive to pastures milk. Is the milk recommendation for the cholesterol, calcium, fat, vitamin D or all the above? Any suggestions on a substitute for raw milk? Also, I don’t have access to 3-4oz of liver a week so I am considering buying the desicated liver powder. Does the liver powder contain the needed ARA omga 6 to balance out the cod liver oil intake?
    Lastly, can grass fed buffalo be eaten in place of beef or lamb?
    I’m pregnant and want to make sure I balance my omega 6 with the omega 3 in the cod liver oil. I’m new to this so snt advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

    • Tim Boyd says:

      If you are pregnant, you will need a very good source of calcium. Can you eat raw cheese? Liver powder would be fine. Make sure you are eating lots of butter to get your ARA. Yes, you can eat buffalo. But it is lean, so cook it in lard or make a cream sauce for it. If you take the cod liver oil in the context of our diet, you will have the balance between omega 3 & 6.

  7. Danae says:

    Thank you for your reply Tim. I can get raw cheese. Do you know about how much I should eat a day? If not that’s ok. Also, do you think that drinking chicken bone broth is a good replacement for raw milk?
    Thank you again, your advice is really helpful.

    • Tim Boyd says:

      Chicken broth is a great source of minerals. By itself it won’t replace milk but if you are doing raw cheese also then you should be doing well. We don’t really have any formulas for food – eat as much as you want.

  8. Megan says:

    I had been following this diet as my husband and I are trying to get pregnant. But a couple months ago my doctor (functional medicine/naturopathic doctor) ran an allergy test on my because my hormone levels were still way off. Found out that I am allergic (at least temporarily) to dairy (severely allergic to cow and goats milk), eggs, and beef (in addition to several other things). Cutting out those foods has helped some of my hormones to stabilize but I am wondering if I am deficient in some of the key nutrients provided by these foods. Is there an “allergen friendly” version of this list that might help me?

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