So, yesterday we talked about breastfeeding tips for lactating women. What we missed out was the breastfeeding diet. So, here it is.
Many people wanted to know the breastfeeding diet for a new mother. How a new mom can improve the quality and increase the quantity of milk production.
During the pre-delivery phase, a mother starts producing colostrum, which we’ve already talked about in our last blog. It is a syrupy material full of essential nutrients for a baby which a mother produces.
Hence, no such supplements or external foods are required for a baby. But, good quality colostrum in ample amount can be worrisome for a mother.
Therefore, we bring about this blog on breastfeeding diet for women.
When you’re not pregnant, you can do all sorts of things like keeping fasts and working hard throughout the day. But, when you’re pregnant, you have to keep a bull’s eye to the pregnancy diet. You have to understand that whatever you eat is not just for yourself now. It is also for the baby. Hence, a proper breastfeeding diet entirely depends what sort of pregnancy diet you’ve taken in the last five to nine months.
Nuts and seeds
No matter if you’re going through a pregnancy diet or a breastfeeding diet, a gynaecologist or even a nutritionist would recommend you to have handful of nuts and seeds everyday.
Nuts are rich in many proteins, calcium, iron, omega-3, antioxidants and vitamins. The best part about eating nuts and seeds are, that they’re completely unprocessed and the body doesn’t need to make extra efforts at digesting them.
Processed food items may provide less nutrition to the body than expected.
Halt on Alcohol
Alcohol shall not be taken by someone under the pregnancy diet. It not only makes people lose their mind, but also makes an impact on the child’s health.
We all know how alcohol has taken away the lives of people in drink and drive and other crimes. Hence, there must not be any debate that such a delicate new born life can’t have any impact of drinking milk from a mother who’s intoxicated.
A pro breastfeeding diet tip for those who are addicted to getting inebriated, then they can have their glass of drink right after their little one is done nursing.
Be a Fe-Male
A female is a strong, powerful and ardent individual. Meanwhile, a Fe-Male is someone who eats adequate amount of iron in her diet. For the development of a child’s brain, a mother must include iron rich foods in her breastfeeding diet.
Iron deficient brain can have problems recalling, memorizing and activeness. Therefore, in order to expect the child to have all these abilities, a mother must have fruits such as apple and veggies such as spinach.
It is also found in a study that due to little amount of iron present in the mother’s milk, it is difficult for a child to make its ends meet with iron demand. Hence, after four months of age, a child get is iron deficiency. Therefore, a mother must include some good quantity of iron in her breastfeeding diet.
Hydration is the key for a good breastfeeding diet
Milk or colostrum is nothing without the liquid. Liquid comes from various ways but mainly from water. Therefore, along with all the items in a breastfeeding diet, a woman must include 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.
In case of dehydration, a mother might face difficulty producing ample quantity of milk to breastfeed. Therefore, it is necessary to have water ready with you to convert it into the most powerful food for a newborn.
You need calcium
After a strenuous period of 6 months carrying an actual baby, your lower back knows the feel. As the baby grows further in the womb, it causes immense problems to a woman while executing her everyday tasks.
Various problems include sleep problems, dark circles, greying of hair, lower back pain and many more. So, in order to get rid of most of these issues, it is important for a mother to include calcium in her everyday pregnancy diet.
Don’t miss out on lean protein
Lean protein can provide you with strength and energy. The best part is that it is helpful for you and the sad part is that your body can’t produce it on its own. One more con of lean protein is that most of the sources are in non-vegetarian food. Hence, you might need to rely on some of the non vegetarian sources like eggs, chicken or fish. Or, there are some vegetarian sources like, cheese, yogurt, milk, soy or quinoa.
So, these were all the main highlights and food items to include in a breastfeeding diet by a new mother. If you think any new mother should read this blog, then share it with her and shower some love.
If you think that you have eaten something else in your pregnancy diet, then let us know about it and we’ll include it as well.