When I was pregnant I knew I wanted to breast feed the girls. I was determined to raise them on the healthiest food possible, especially with them being preemies. When that time came I wasn’t be able to breastfeed until they learned how to suck but I was able to pump and bring the milk to the hospital for them get through a feeding tube. Unfortunately I was only able to do that for the first 2 months postpartum. I was devastated. I couldn’t keep up with pumping every 3 hours while working my full time job. When you’re not consistent your body assumes you don’t need the milk and stops producing it. That’s One of the worst feelings I had as a mother. Luckily they were able to receive donor milk but eventually were put on formula during their last month or so in the hospital. If I couldn’t provide milk for them I at least wanted the best alternative when it was time to transition off of formula. Through research and common sense I knew whole milk wasn’t it. Their dad and I are both lactose intolerant. If I won’t eat or drink something I’m definitely not going to give it to them. They already had slight stomach troubles with the milk based formula so I knew whole milk wasn’t going to be an option. So I searched for the best alternatives. They need something high in calories and nutritious. There are multiple nut milks on the market. Almond is the most popular, but doesn’t have many health benefits. I started to see hemp milk come up in most of my research. Hemp seeds are high in protein and are a good source of omega-3’s vitamin A, E, b and essential fatty acid’s. Hemp milk also has more calories per serving than almond milk. As preemies the girls need to continue to gain weight and build their strength. I started them on that and they loved it. They started pooping regularly with less discomfort as well. I knew I made a good decision.
I recently discovered pea milk. My twin mom friend put me up on game. The Ripple brand makes a milk alternative from split peas. It has 8x the protein of almond milk and half the sugar of dairy milk. It’s high in bioavailable calcium (50% more than milk), potassium and provides a good source of omega-3s. It also has more calories per serving than all the other non dairy options I’ve seen in the stores. I’m very pleased with the health benefits and girls like it so I stick between the two. I do want to try to make my own hemp milk. The process is simple. I look forward to the peace of mind knowing I’m the one really controlling what the girls are consuming. Fresh and homemade is the way to go. 👍🏾