I just spent an amazing week up in Buffalo, NY with my little sister and her new baby, Willow. Prior to this, I haven’t seen my sister in over 2 years so as you can imagine it was a much, much needed trip. It was so crazy for me to see my little sister as a mother but I am so incredibly proud of her! I always knew my sister was an amazing person but when I saw the love that radiated out of her with Willow and how naturally mothering came to her, my heart overflowed with love and joy.
I had decided to come up right when Willow arrived because I remember how exhausted I was the first week I brought Andrew home. My mother-in-law helped me for a week and it made a tremendous difference so I wanted to be able to do that for my sister. It’s incredible how things work because the day I arrived in Buffalo, Jacqueline was released from the hospital. I mean seriously– could you get more perfect timing??
When I reflect back to the first 8 months of Andrew’s life, I was completely clueless as to what real food was and how important it is to a growing baby and nursing mother — especially the consumption of bone broth. One of my missions while I was visiting was to load her up on tons of home cooked food and to prepare and freeze as many meals as I could for later. I remember the first week being easy because my mother-in-law was around to help and cook. However the real test was when everyone had to leave and I was left there with a new baby and lack of sleep. That is when prepared food is a life saver — not to mention that an adequate diet is necessary to support breast milk production.
The Importance of Bone Broth for Nursing Mothers
As I was getting ready for my trip I made a list of things I wanted to make for my sister to ensure she was properly nourished in my care. One big concern of mine was having homemade bone broth for her — I knew I’d be completely unfamiliar with farms and food sources in the area so I decided to get in touch with a company I’ve been establishing a relationship with. Barebones Broth makes fresh delicious, gelatinous broth weekly using only the highest quality bones and ships them across the country. I was so excited when Ryan agreed to send me some broth while I was up there. It took a huge weight off of my shoulders knowing that I’d have nutrient-dense broth to give my sister and Willow.
The reason I was so adamant about making sure Jacqueline had broth is because broth is literally the healer of all healing. As you know (or can imagine) making a little baby for 9 months, giving birth and then being the main source of nourishment for this new miracle can be hard on a mama’s body. That’s not even counting if the pregnancy and delivery was harder than normal.
The most beautiful thing about broth is the fact that it is so easily assimilated in the body — meaning, the body naturally absorbs all the goodness found in broth without working to absorb it. This is fantastic news for a postpartum mama who has literally given most of herself to form the baby and now has to nourish baby through bouts of exhaustion.
Broth contains loads of blood-building properties to restore the blood and fluid lost in giving birth. The broth contains minerals and nutrients to strengthen the body and it is deeply hydrating for breastfeeding moms who require extra fluid intake for breast milk production. The cartilage found in broth helps with strengthening the bones and supporting tendons and joints postpartum. If you want a more in-depth explanation about the specifics of what you can find in broth, check out this article from Barebones Broth.
Making your own bone broth is really, really easy. If you’ve never made it before I encourage you to have a look at these posts:
- Double batch bone broth
- Chicken stock for the less adventurous
- Heads, feet, necks.. oh my! Using odds and ends to make stock
However, I understand not everyone has the time or resources to make it which is why I’ve partnered with my new favorite company Barebones Broth.
Enter to Win 96oz of Nourishing, Gelatinous Bone Broth from Barebones Broth
Ryan from Barebones Broth and I have partnered to give away 2 packages of his chicken broth and 2 packages of his beef broth to one lucky Naturally Loriel winner. That’s 96oz of liquid gold delivered straight to your door!
I’m really excited for this giveaway because I love that someone will be receiving nature’s most healing food but also because I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ryan and am able to spread the word about his company!
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This post is sponsored by Barebones Broth & Co. However, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in.