Calcium is necessary for baby's strong bones and yours. If you are not a milk drinker, try these substitutes. If you do drink cow's milk, choose organic, grassfed cow milk. If you are taking calcium supplements, do not take them with iron supplements or high iron foods like red meat. The calcium will reduce the body's ability to absorb the iron.
Equivalents to one cup of milk:
1 1/3 oz cheese
1 cup yogurt
½ cup canned salmon with bones
1/3 cup cottage cheese
2 ½ oz. sardines canned with bones
3 tablespoons ground sesame seeds.
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.