I grabbed a last-minute press pass and had the pleasure last night of attending New York City’s Biggest Baby Shower at the Barclay Hotel. Pregnant women! Pregnant women everywhere! And a zillion Aprica strollers! (Each mama-to-be got one, not too shabby!)
I’m excited to show you some of the cool parenting gadgets I saw in the sponsor rooms, but first I wanted to pass along my notes from Dr. Sears’ fifteen minute presentation, after the jump!
Dr. Sears, one of the pioneering proponents of the attachment method of parenting, spoke primarily about the importance of Omega-3s in the diet of expecting mothers, nursing mothers, and small children. Here are some notes I took and then used to incessantly spam my Twitter followers’ feeds last night (what can I say? I thought it was interesting):
1. Dr. Sears says the most important 3-month period of time in a baby’s life, developmentally, is the last trimester. This is the time for a mother to eat a nutritious, varied diet, heavy on Omega-3s especially. Dr. Sears says in his own experience, he’s seen a high consumption of Omega-3s reduce instances of PPD, even in women who are prone to experiencing PPD.
2. Dr. Sears recommends 1,000 mg of Omega-3 a day for nursing mothers. This is double what the FDA currently recommends, because (as Dr. Sears says), “The government is usually behind on these things.”
3. Children of all ages should be eating a fistful of fish twice a week (just not shark or swordfish). And to answer a question I got through Twitter last night, yes of course Swedish Fish count! (No, not really.)
4. Dr. Sears says that babies will crave whatever mama ate while baby was gestating, so take the time to really be selective during pregnancy. (Luckily he did NOT say the same for nursing diets, because if that were the case, we’d be in trouble. This kid of mine would want nothing but Kit Kats and Nutella the rest of his life and look, I draw the line somewhere.) (Maybe it’s time I move on to a more varied nursing diet? Say . . . peanut butter cups?)
5. When asked if there were a substitute for fish, Dr. Sears smiled and said, “No.” Then he followed up with, “Of course, there are supplements . . . ” Ideally, Omega-3s come from fish, he says, but of course America is not much of a fish-loving country, and if you absolutely cannot get the Omega-3s from their natural source, a pill is acceptable.
6. Lastly, Dr. Sears reiterated that as mothers, we are doing the world’s most important job: Raising Humans. So, good on us, fellow mamas.
Keep up the good work!
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