Top 15 Dairy-Free Freezer Meals For New Momsby Elizabeth MacDonald
There are plenty of things to worry about in the first few months of parenthood, preparing dinner should not be one of them. Most new mothers complain that their newborns cry excessively, have colic, are gassy, don't sleep well, suffer from reflux, or aren't pooping regularly. While there are several more detailed reasons, the most common is food related. A newborn's digestive system is not fully mature at birth. It can take more than 6 months for full development to occur, which is one of the main reasons it is recommended that babies exclusively receive breastmilk until 6 months of age.
During the time of digestive development, most newborns struggle with consuming breastmilk (or formula) that contains dairy. Dairy comes from cows, and cow's milk is meant to be ingested and digested by other cows - who have 4 compartments to their stomach, unlike humans. To properly digest dairy, a cow's stomach completes the following process:
- Step 1: Milk enters the Rumen; this is the first part of the cow’s stomach. It helps break down complex plant products like grass.
- Step 2: The Reticulum, where the food mixes with the cow’s saliva and produces cud. Cows burp up the cud into their mouths and chew it to help break it down more. When you see a cow that looks like she is chomping on bubble gum, really she is chewing her cud.
- Step 3: The Omasum, where all the water is absorbed out of the food.
- Step 4: The Abomasum, where the food is finally digested, similar to what happens in a human stomach.