While I've been fortunate enough to nurse my sons collectively for almost three years of my life, I've always had a hard time when it comes to stopping. Whether it's the emotion or physical changes, stopping breastfeeding and transitioning to this more independent step for my child hasn't always been easy. With my first son, I experienced the emotion of stopping. With my second son, I experienced engorgement and pain. With my third son, I experienced hormonal shifts so intense with a heavy onset of anxiety and overwhelm. But in the midst of it all, it is necessary to carry on to this next step, when mother and child are ready. After all, we all stop breastfeeding at some point in time, and as I've said in my posts, this doesn't make you any more or any less of a mother whenever that time comes.
Not only is the transition from breast to bottle hard for a mom, but it can also be quite difficult to find a product that baby is able to transition to. The American Pediatric Association recommends that babies switch to whole milk at the age of one. But still, this may leave some mothers questioning. Is my baby getting the nutrients he or she needs? And for some who have babies with milk allergies, they wonder, are there any other milk alternatives?
Sensitivities and nutrition play a key role as babies grow and development. So much that mothers began to demand a product the filled the gap in the market. This is why I wanted to share a product that our family has come to love called Else Nutrition.
What is Else Nutrition?
Else is a clean label, plant-based alternative for complete nutrition beyond baby's first year. Else was founded by infant nutrition veterans with a mission is to create real, plant-based alternatives for parents who desired a clean-label option for their families. Again, their first product filled that much-needed gap in the market, which gave parents a real choice. A choice that met the gold standard for nutrition and parents' standards for a clean label.
Else is endorsed by leading global pediatricians and nutritionists, globally-patented Complete Nutrition Drink for Toddlers (12 months+), and is FDA compliant. The product is made using the cleanest possible production process, derived primarily from three essential ingredients: almonds, buckwheat and tapioca. A clean production process means these minimally-processed whole food ingredients do not require the chemical altering necessary with traditional dairy and soy-based formulas.
Available in a 36-serving canister, the creamy consistency tastes great, contains zero dairy or soy, and is free of the hormones, antibiotics, palm oil, and corn syrups traditionally found in infant and toddler formulas and milks.
Again, Else is part of a growing movement of parents who are demanding more from the formula industry, in the baby and toddler nutrition aisle and beyond. It’s a real alternative for those looking for a clean label option, for families with a plant-based lifestyle or sensitivities
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Our Family + Else Nutrition
Else has been a great way to transition Beauden away from breastmilk and to fit those nutrient gaps in his diet. Usually, I mix four scoops of Else with warm water - as the instructions provide. However, sometimes I love to add Else into one of my favorite smoothie recipes for all of the boys, including my three and five year old! Because Else offers such clean and nutrient packed precision, I feel confident that my boys are getting the kind of clean nutrition they need to develop and grow.
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Many of my followers have asked what I put into my "green smoothies" that I serve my boys. Here is my recipe, featuring Else Nutrition. Not only a clean and nutrient dense products, but also one that tastes great!
Simply, add all ingredients to a blender and blend! Beauden drinks this like crazy, as do my older boys. Heck, I even enjoy a few sips here and there.
In closing, a mother's job can be hard at times, but I believe it doesn't have to be! When it comes to feeding your baby, feel confident in your decision to provide them with the very best. For us, that is a healthy dose of Else Nutrition!