The Importance of Bone Broth for Nursing Mothers + A Barebones Broth Giveaway

I just spent an amazing week up in Buffalo, NY with my little sister and her new baby, Willow. Prior to this, I haven’t seen my sister in over 2 years so as you can imagine it was a much, much needed trip. It was so crazy for me to see my little sister as a mother but I am so incredibly proud of her! I always knew my sister was an amazing person but when I saw the love that radiated out of her with Willow and how naturally mothering came to her, my heart overflowed with love and joy.

I had decided to come up right when Willow arrived because I remember how exhausted I was the first week I brought Andrew home. My mother-in-law helped me for a week and it made a tremendous difference so I wanted to be able to do that for my sister. It’s incredible how things work because the day I arrived in Buffalo, Jacqueline was released from the hospital. I mean seriously– could you get more perfect timing??

When I reflect back to the first 8 months of Andrew’s life, I was completely clueless as to what real food was and how important it is to a growing baby and nursing mother — especially the consumption of bone broth. One of my missions while I was visiting was to load her up on tons of home cooked food and to prepare and freeze as many meals as I could for later. I remember the first week being easy because my mother-in-law was around to help and cook. However the real test was when everyone had to leave and I was left there with a new baby and lack of sleep. That is when prepared food is a life saver — not to mention that an adequate diet is necessary to support breast milk production.

The Importance of Bone Broth for Nursing Mothers

As I was getting ready for my trip I made a list of things I wanted to make for my sister to ensure she was properly nourished in my care. One big concern of mine was having homemade bone broth for her — I knew I’d be completely unfamiliar with farms and food sources in the area so I decided to get in touch with a company I’ve been establishing a relationship with. Barebones Broth makes fresh delicious, gelatinous broth weekly using only the highest quality bones and ships them across the country. I was so excited when Ryan agreed to send me some broth while I was up there. It took a huge weight off of my shoulders knowing that I’d have nutrient-dense broth to give my sister and Willow.

The reason I was so adamant about making sure Jacqueline had broth is because broth is literally the healer of all healing. As you know (or can imagine) making a little baby for 9 months, giving birth and then being the main source of nourishment for this new miracle can be hard on a mama’s body. That’s not even counting if the pregnancy and delivery was harder than normal.

The most beautiful thing about broth is the fact that it is so easily assimilated in the body — meaning, the body naturally absorbs all the goodness found in broth without working to absorb it. This is fantastic news for a postpartum mama who has literally given most of herself to form the baby and now has to nourish baby through bouts of exhaustion.

Broth contains loads of blood-building properties to restore the blood and fluid lost in giving birth. The broth contains minerals and nutrients to strengthen the body and it is deeply hydrating for breastfeeding moms who require extra fluid intake for breast milk production. The cartilage found in broth helps with strengthening the bones and supporting tendons and joints postpartum. If you want a more in-depth explanation about the specifics of what you can find in broth, check out this article from Barebones Broth.

Making your own bone broth is really, really easy. If you’ve never made it before I encourage you to have a look at these posts:

However, I understand not everyone has the time or resources to make it which is why I’ve partnered with my new favorite company Barebones Broth.

Enter to Win 96oz of Nourishing, Gelatinous Bone Broth from Barebones Broth

Ryan from Barebones Broth and I have partnered to give away 2 packages of his chicken broth and 2 packages of his beef broth to one lucky Naturally Loriel winner. That’s 96oz of liquid gold delivered straight to your door!

I’m really excited for this giveaway because I love that someone will be receiving nature’s most healing food but also because I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ryan and am able to spread the word about his company!

Entering is easy, just use the rafflecopter widget below to earn bonus points.

Please make sure you are subscribed to my blog because the winner will be announced via the Sunday night newsletter. No worries, I don’t spam or share your info. πŸ™‚

 

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This post is sponsored by Barebones Broth & Co. However, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in.

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Aside from being a wannabe backyard homesteader who wrangles chickens and free-range kids, Loriel is the owner/creator of the professional natural lifestyle blog Naturally Loriel, owner of the organic spice blend business Naturally Free, and freelance professional food photographer.


'The Importance of Bone Broth for Nursing Mothers + A Barebones Broth Giveaway' has 91 comments

  1. July 7, 2014 @ 1:58 pm Cassidy C.

    That last picture of the broth seriously made my mouth water. Liquid gold, indeed. πŸ˜›
    I usually make my own broth but never have bones for beef broth, so I hope I will be able to try it soon~!

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  2. July 7, 2014 @ 2:11 pm Kristin

    What a great idea… made-to-order broth! Congrats to your sister on the new baby!!

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  3. July 7, 2014 @ 3:03 pm Michelle

    I would love to win this broth, as I am a nursing mother as well, and don’t always have the time or patience to make my own broth.

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  4. July 7, 2014 @ 4:12 pm Danya

    I’m new to the bone broth ‘scene’. I wish I would have known about this a year ago after I had my baby.

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    • July 8, 2014 @ 7:29 pm Loriel

      There were many things I wish I would have known prior to pregnancy as well! At least now you have the tools and resources to help you move forward. πŸ™‚

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  5. July 7, 2014 @ 4:14 pm Lisa P

    I love the convenience of being able to buy bone broth! I try to always have some on hand, but sometimes life gets too busy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. July 7, 2014 @ 4:15 pm K

    I would love to try this!

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  7. July 7, 2014 @ 5:08 pm Hilary

    This sounds wonderful!!

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  8. July 7, 2014 @ 5:13 pm Monica

    I just had a baby 2 weeks ago and would love to get my hands of some high quality, ready to go broth!

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    • July 8, 2014 @ 7:30 pm Loriel

      Congratulations on your new baby!

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  9. July 7, 2014 @ 6:20 pm Tanya

    I love bone broth, I just don’t always find the bones from pastured animals. For that reason I dont always get to make some. Thats why I would love to win the barebones broth.

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  10. July 7, 2014 @ 8:34 pm Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    To nourish my family. Thank you!

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  11. July 7, 2014 @ 8:55 pm Jamie

    I would love to try bone broth. Am currently nursing my almost 8 month old. Always looking for something to help nourish myself and my family.

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  12. July 7, 2014 @ 9:25 pm Leela

    So convenient! Thanks.

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  13. July 7, 2014 @ 10:22 pm Cris

    We need more articles like this!

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  14. July 7, 2014 @ 10:46 pm Rebecca

    I’m a new mom and find myself going through my homemade bone broth SO quickly! Glad to know there is a good place to purchase backup supplies! Thank you!

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  15. July 8, 2014 @ 1:36 am Anna

    I have never heard of Bare Bones Broth, but I know my sister in New York City will really appreciate it!

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  16. July 8, 2014 @ 1:43 am Jen

    I would love to try this bone broth. I tried making chicken recently and it was a complete failure.

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    • July 8, 2014 @ 7:30 pm Loriel

      Aww, what happened? Is there anything I can help you troubleshoot?

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  17. July 8, 2014 @ 2:06 am Marcia

    This is awesome!

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  18. July 8, 2014 @ 2:10 am Beth

    I dislike the smell when I make bone broth, so I’m guessing this would help me get that nutrition without smelling up the house for days

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  19. July 8, 2014 @ 2:11 am Kaaryn

    I would love to win this. I too understand the benefits of bone broth. My husband is recovering from foot surgery and I am trying to push these natural healers. Thanks!

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  20. July 8, 2014 @ 2:29 am Roxana S.

    I’ve read it is great for healing the gut which both of the ladies in this household have :O) TY

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  21. July 8, 2014 @ 2:30 am Annette Knupp

    Bone broth is also good for anyone, especially people recovering from injury, illness or surgery. I try to make it when I have access to organic raised beef bones, or chicken parts.

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  22. July 8, 2014 @ 2:37 am Cheri

    I need some broth for these bones of mine.

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  23. July 8, 2014 @ 3:11 am Tara

    I love bone broth, but sometimes convenience wins. I love that you can now buy quality bone broth instead of that watered down junk on the grocery store shelves.

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    • July 8, 2014 @ 7:31 pm Loriel

      Isn’t it amazing? I love that I found Barebones Broth. What an amazing resources for us foodies to have.

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  24. July 8, 2014 @ 3:44 am Susan

    I would love to win this! I have tried making my own broth. My husband loves it, I have not been fond of it! Maybe someone else’s would taste better!

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  25. July 8, 2014 @ 4:38 am Jenny M

    You and your sister are so pretty! I would love to win this broth to make some homemade soup…when the weather cools down of course! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    • July 8, 2014 @ 7:31 pm Loriel

      Thank you so much, Jenny!

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  26. July 8, 2014 @ 8:51 am Jacqueline

    I actually used the last of my bone broth to make rice last night. Thank you for coming this week again, you’re a big part of my healing. I love you! Btw naturally loriel looks GREAT I’m so excited for you πŸ™‚

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    • July 8, 2014 @ 7:32 pm Loriel

      I love you Jacqueline! I wish we were closer. I miss you and Willow so much!

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  27. July 8, 2014 @ 9:31 am Alicia

    I have been living with my family since the last few months of my pregnancy and will until August. My son was born 6/11. I haven’t had the resources and now the time to make bone broth like I was when I was pregnant and living at home. winning this would be a healthy and wonderful jump start back into my usual routine!

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  28. July 8, 2014 @ 11:46 am Kim

    I’d love to win because try as I might I simply cannot get my broth to gel!

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  29. July 8, 2014 @ 3:45 pm Sara Shay

    GRASS-FED!

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  30. July 8, 2014 @ 5:19 pm Cortney

    Your sister’s baby is beautiful! Congrats! I love that you can buy quality bone broth that you can trust, and the convenience is wonderful…especially for busy mamas. Thank you!

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    • July 8, 2014 @ 7:33 pm Loriel

      Thank you! Willow is so precious!! The convenience of having high quality bone broth delivered to your door step is amazing for us foodies.

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  31. July 8, 2014 @ 6:55 pm Stephanie @ Naturally Mindful

    I’m due in a couple months so this would be perfect! Congrats auntie!

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    • July 8, 2014 @ 7:33 pm Loriel

      Thank you, Stephanie! I can’t wait to see your little one!

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  32. July 8, 2014 @ 7:05 pm Katie

    I’m 34 wks pregnant and looking forward to a healthier me after baby is born. Would love to win the bone broth to try out!

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  33. July 8, 2014 @ 9:17 pm Danielle Barlow

    Thank you so much for an awesome article and giveaway! I am nursing a 6 month old baby who came early and am trying to heal my gut as well. Great to know about this broth source as well!

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  34. July 8, 2014 @ 9:23 pm Jasmine Ward

    I’m excited to win because I’ve never tried real bone broth before!!

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  35. July 8, 2014 @ 10:39 pm Amy

    I have been reading a lot about bone broth lately but have never tried it! And as a breastfeeding counselor, I was very interested to read about the importance while nursing. Will be sharing this with my moms!

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    • July 9, 2014 @ 11:06 am Loriel

      Thank you for sharing, Amy!

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  36. July 9, 2014 @ 3:35 am Ashley Gallagher

    Great post! Any tips on how to get your toddler to drink it. He is 15 months and still nursing frequently. I’ve tried bone broths with him since he was 6 months and he has never been a fan πŸ™

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    • July 9, 2014 @ 11:03 am Loriel

      Hey Ashley. What if you tried making rice with broth in replacement of water? I always do that because I know that Andrew is really finicky about the straight up broth. Or, you can try and put already made rice IN the broth. So it’s like a soupy rice. I’ve also put it in popsicles but you’ve got to make sure you put fruits with a strong flavor to counteract the broth taste. I hope this helps and don’t ever stop trying!

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  37. July 9, 2014 @ 3:38 am bj

    I’ve never had bone broth before. I am new to the “real food” world. I’m currently nursing my six month old but have had serious gallbladder problems for half his life, making my diet very limited. I haven’t been able to go “real food” yet because of this. Does bone broth have any fat in it? I need a good source of nutrition but can’t handle any fats right now. How many grams per serving? (And what serving size) thank you!

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    • July 9, 2014 @ 11:05 am Loriel

      I’m not quite sure if broth has fat in it but I know that even on the most healing diets, broth is beneficial because your body doesn’t need to fight it. Have you heard of the GAPS diet? Here’s a link to the site: http://www.gapsdiet.com/. In this diet, it is very restricted but the consumption of bone broth is heavy to heal. I wish I had more info for you but will keep my eyes peeled.

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  38. July 9, 2014 @ 1:23 pm Larissa parker

    I’ve just started learning about the amazing benefits of bone broth. I would love to try this as I’m a nursing mom and need as much healthy nutrition as I can get!

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  39. July 9, 2014 @ 8:23 pm Jessica

    What a wonderful product…the convenience of *real* bone broth delivered to my door!?? Brilliant!

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  40. July 10, 2014 @ 2:00 am Mona

    I LOVE bone broth!!!

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  41. July 10, 2014 @ 3:24 am Kim Simon

    Fantastic giveaway! Thank you!

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  42. July 10, 2014 @ 4:24 am april

    I’m excited because sometimes I don’t have time to make my own!

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  43. July 10, 2014 @ 5:42 am Hannah Jurgelis

    So that I don’t have to make my own!

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  44. July 10, 2014 @ 11:00 am Monique

    Simply because I believe it’s so beneficial. I wish I knew all these things when my girls were little.

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  45. July 10, 2014 @ 1:33 pm Kristin

    I will be nursing again soon . I have tried to make bone broth before and failed so I would love to receive this prize.

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  46. July 10, 2014 @ 2:02 pm Talia B.

    Yummy! I never have the bones for beef broth so I usually avoid it. I would love some good broth made for me!

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  47. July 10, 2014 @ 7:47 pm jenene.renee.tucker@gmail.com

    I’m expecting my first baby in four weeks, so this would be such a blessing to not have to worry about!

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  48. July 10, 2014 @ 9:06 pm Wendy

    I have TWO daughters who are breastfeeding at the present time. I would love to share with them.

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  49. July 11, 2014 @ 4:11 am Cindy delavega

    Am nursing a 10week old, would love to win!

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  50. July 11, 2014 @ 1:07 pm Tracy

    What a great article! My little one just turned one and we are still nursing. So excited to add bone broth to my diet and give him everything he needs to grow up big and strong.

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  51. July 11, 2014 @ 1:19 pm Tracey

    I am trying to heal myself from “leaky gut” and I go through a lot of bone broth, it would be great to have extra on hand. Thanks for the post!

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  52. July 11, 2014 @ 3:23 pm arcelia castillo

    I would love to try it because I’ve never tried bone broth this would be a great opportunity! Thanks!

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  53. July 12, 2014 @ 11:30 pm Elizabeth G.

    I love bone broth! I’m excited for the opportunity to win this healing liquid!

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  54. July 14, 2014 @ 1:11 am kiley

    To share it with my neighbor

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  55. July 14, 2014 @ 2:13 am Amy

    I’m excited to win as I’m concerned about not taking good enough care of myself while breast feeding. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  56. July 14, 2014 @ 2:16 am Malka

    sounds good and THE EASIEST way to have bone broth πŸ™‚

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  57. July 14, 2014 @ 2:51 am Diana cote

    What a wonderful idea, I tried making my own broth but it didn’t come out very good. Must have been the chicken or something. My grands always made her own broths and gelatin, they were delicious. She also went through spurts of growing chickens, ducks, rabbits and unfortunately I saw her turn them to meat, I thought they were pets. Lol

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  58. July 14, 2014 @ 4:17 am Renee Bertola

    I am excited to try bone broth, I have never had it before but hear many wonderful things about it.

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  59. July 14, 2014 @ 4:35 am Tracy Spangler

    I am most excited about winning the bone broth because I have some very serious health issues, and am in constant pain. I am due to have a second brain surgery before the end of the year, and while I love cooking for my family, lately I have been too overwhelmed with exhaustion to get much of anything done. I’ve also learned my liver is very toxic, so I could use all the natural, healing health benefits as possibly right now. Thank you!

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    • July 16, 2014 @ 8:27 am Loriel

      Sending my love and healing vibes to you. <3333

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  60. July 14, 2014 @ 6:06 am Nathalie

    I am most excited about the beef broth. I have never made my own and would love to try it. I already know I will love the chicken broth!

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  61. July 14, 2014 @ 10:46 am Anela

    Thank you so much! I would love to try this, I have heard much and read much but have not made it myself as I dont have enough freezer space to keep bones until we have enough. I’m waiting to invest in a reefer.

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  62. July 14, 2014 @ 11:07 am Christine

    I love bone broth but don’t have a lot of luck in making it myself.

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    • July 16, 2014 @ 8:26 am Loriel

      What kind of problems are you having? Maybe I can help?

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  63. July 14, 2014 @ 9:12 am Kelly

    Would love to win some bone broth

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  64. July 14, 2014 @ 9:35 am Electra

    I am an ER nurse and 16 wks along with my first bundle of joy. I would be forever grateful for this help and blessing during this chaotic time in my life. Nursing is a priviledge and I would like to not only nourish myself the right way but my newborn as well!! πŸ™‚

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  65. July 14, 2014 @ 10:00 am Chris O

    I’m new to bone broth & have never had anyone’s but my own. It would be great to have something to compare it to to see if I’m doing it right. (It’s so different from regular broth.)

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  66. July 14, 2014 @ 10:16 am Sara

    Quite simply because I’ve only ever tasted the bone broth I’ve made and would like to see what others taste like.

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  67. July 14, 2014 @ 11:33 am Melissa

    I will probably freeze this and use it once my baby is here! Either way though, it’s too hot to make broth right now πŸ™‚ Who am I kidding, I’ll probably make some anyway soon.

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    • July 16, 2014 @ 8:25 am Loriel

      Haha, I feel like it’s never too hot to make broth. We use so much of it all the time!

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  68. July 14, 2014 @ 12:59 pm Jeannie

    Very interesting and informative. Thank you!

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  69. July 14, 2014 @ 1:07 pm Ayesha

    I love reading your newsletter and seeing the great photos; awesome recipes, too! Thanks!

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  70. July 14, 2014 @ 1:14 pm Kara

    It would definitely help if I won because I try to make bone broth as often as I can but i don’t get to make it as often as I need to!

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  71. July 14, 2014 @ 2:58 pm Corina

    I am so glad to have found out about this! I have had a heck of a time making my own on a regular basis and my crockpot died in a tragic stovetop melting episode πŸ™ Even if I don’t win, I need to order this ASAP!

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  72. July 14, 2014 @ 4:51 pm Christina S.

    Um…Yes please! Currently nursing baby #6 and this would be awesome! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  73. July 14, 2014 @ 7:30 pm Sandy B.

    I would like to win some bone broth.

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  74. October 12, 2017 @ 4:18 am Carmen

    I do not know if this website still exiists,well if it is still on line hello Loriel,I am a mother of 4 sons,thay are all grown up now ,the eldest two are married and I am a grandma of two adorable kids.Well my mum used to make beef broth for all the family(we were six kids)I am the eldest,she used to send me to the butcher to get beef bones to make broth,The bones varied in size but they all had marrow in them which made the broth delicous,I do not know if beef marrow has any fat in it ,I never tried to find out(but now I think I will)I used to give my babies bone broth too,I breast fed all my kids so it was good for me too cause I loved bone broth

    .Well regards and God bless you wherever you are
    Carmen

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