|Originally posted by morsan
low milk-supply which was heavily discussed, IS a major problem with modern western women. A lactating woman's diet is also crucial to the health of the infant, why wouldn't it be?
I know a lot of us "western women" worry about low milk supply but I disagree that it is a "problem". Breastfeeding is a confidence game and let's face it involves a whole lot of patience and holding of baby. And some women don't want to do it or decide at some point to stop - for a myriad of reasons.
Sure, diet is important but most of us eat enough to supply the energy needed to nurse our kids. I mean, short of starvation our bodies will not let us down. Much of the "low supply" problems can be attributed to supplementation, not nursing long or often enough, an excuse to give it up, crisis of confidence, formula marketing and simple ignorance of how breasts and breastfeeding changes. I don't believe that in a nation as fat as ours that low milk-supply is a true problem - but the worry about it sure is. . .
Back to the topic at hand - plastic is made out of soy. This fact does not make me think of soy as a wonder food but rather an industrial product.
Asian peoples seem to eat soy tofu, miso, tempeh etc. combined with greens or meat with fermented soy making up the bulk. It is important to note that this style of eating developed over hundreds of years and that your average Asian person is not subsisting on soy hot dogs. And even soy milk was not enjoyed in such large quantities until recently.