The Organic Switch

Contemplating whether eating organic during pregnancy is necessary? Wholelistically Living clears up when to go organic all the way.

The Organic Switch

So you just found out you are pregnant. I’m sure you are in the same emotional boat as I was. I like to call it a little pregnancy cocktail… happiness and excitement with a big splash of nervousness. No wonder simple things like what you’re going to eat have become a conundrum. You’re already aware that the organic movement is full speed ahead, but really, what’s the difference right? Is it worth the extra money?

During the next few months, it is very important to feed your body all the necessary nutrients to develop the healthiest baby. But it is just as important to avoid any toxins whenever possible. As a holistic health coach and a mother of two, I would highly recommend following the dirty dozen rule, the Environmental Working Group’s list of the most contaminated produce. But being healthy doesn’t mean having to break the bank by going organic all the way. There are plenty of foods we can enjoy safely. One good rule of thumb is that produce with a thick skin that can be peeled away is okay to have.


So for those days that you’re feeling a little fuzzy, we’ve cleared your plate a little by making the organic/non-organic choice on some vitamin-packed foods.

Must Have Organic:

Organic Grass Fed Dairy:

Conventional cows typically consume grains, and corn is the main grain. It is suspected that up to 85 percent of corn is genetically modified. Grass fed dairy is a great source of calcium, protein, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, E & D. Dairy is important for the development of the baby’s bones, teeth, muscles and nerves. Dairy also lowers the risk of preeclampsia and pre-term labor. Organic eggs, specifically omega 3 eggs, are vital during your pregnancy. The difference between regular organic eggs and omega 3 eggs is that the chickens are fed flax seeds and therefore lay eggs that contain omega 3. Omega 3 aids in the baby’s neurological and visual development. It has also been found to reduce the risk of allergies in infants. Eggs are full of choline, which is vital for the baby’s brain development and prevention of any neural tube diseases, as well as vitamin B.

Organic Corn:

Corn might not be the most nutritiously dense food, but it’s in more foods than we think. We’ve already established that up to 85 percent of corn is genetically modified, and genetically modified foods are not only dangerous for us, but also for the developing baby.

Kale (and other leafy Greens):

If you’re suddenly finding it difficult to go near meat because of your heightened sense of smell (like me when I was pregnant), leafy greens -- primarily the trendy kale -- are a very important food to consume. Kale has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk. It is also high in vitamin C, which helps in the development of the baby’s collagen, cartilage, tendons and skin. Kale is high in folate, the natural version of a folic acid which lowers risks of neural tube disease. It also lowers the risk of preeclampsia and is high in potassium, which helps prevent common pregnancy leg cramps. One of the main reasons to choose organic is because leafy greens grow closer to the ground where bugs also happen to live. Conventional farmers, more often than not, spray them with tons of pesticides that can not be washed away. Thankfully, there are plenty of organic farmers that refuse to compromise the quality of our food by using toxic chemicals.

Safe non-organic foods that have been found with no little to no traces of pesticides:


Asparagus is a wonderful food eat...and it’s safe! It is hardly treated with pesticides since bugs don’t fancy this lovely veggie. Plus it grows so quickly it needs to be picked ASAP! Asparagus is full of folate to aid the baby’s brain and neurological development. It also a natural diuretic that helps cleanse the kidneys. Don’t give up paparagus post partum -- ti aids in milk production and fighting off baby blues.


Conventional avocados are okay because of their thick skin and since they too are rarely treated with pesticides. Avocados have monounsaturated (GOOD!!!) fats. This is the type of fat that is an excellent source for the baby’s brain development. Avocados also have folate and potassium, and have actually been found to help relieve as well as prevent morning sickness thanks to vitamin B6. During my own pregnancy, I ate one or two avocados a day (they were the only thing I could eat in the morning).

Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet Potatoes may not have thick skin, but they too are hardly treated with pesticides. These yummy root veggies are jam-packed with folate and potassium. They are high in fiber which helps with constipation often found in pregnancy. Sweet potatoes have vitamins C, B2, B6 and biotin (which helps with cell growth, lowers the risk of metabolic disorders, and promotes hair and nail growth). Sweet potatoes also help in regulating blood sugar and insulin.

Following these basic tips will help you create a solid foundation for the health and development of your little one. After all, who said eating for two couldn’t be fun and nutritious?

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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

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