Whatever the mother consumes, it is passed on to the baby by way of breast milk. For first-time and even experienced mothers opting to breastfeed their babies, it is but required that they follow a good breastfeeding diet to ensure that not only do they get the nutrients they need but also to ensure that the whatever they pass on to their babies is healthy and beneficial.
Keep in mind that the nutrients the baby gets comes from the mother’s diet when breastfeeding.
What is the best diet for breastfeeding mothers?
A healthy breastfeeding diet requires specific food groups that need to be consumed, specifically galactagogues or in simple terms, foods that increase milk production. While breastfeeding mothers can consume almost anything, by anything, I mean by eating in moderation as bits of food and drink can sometimes pass through the breast.
There are certain food groups that breastfeeding women need to consume to ensure that their breasts produce adequate milk to their young ones.
You may want to include complex carbohydrates like starch and whole wheat bread, along with cereals and other high-fibre foods. Increasing your daily intake of fruits and vegetables should do the job in keeping your body healthier as naturally both contain vitamins and minerals. Protein should not be missed as this is essential for your muscles. You may want to consume eggs, lean meat and fish.
You may soon realize that you also need dairy in your system by adding low-fat yogurt and milk in your diet.
Just keep in mind when consuming milk as it contains a protein that could cause symptoms such as bloating, skin rashes, diarrhea, constipation and vomiting. It is therefore advisable to see your doctor regarding the inclusion of dairy in your diet when breastfeeding. Bear in mind as well that by eliminating dairy in your breastfeeding diet plan, you are also prone to loss of calcium, which is still essential for your body. You may want to resort to popping calcium supplements but it is still a must to ask your doctor.
Is there a need to consume more water and other fluids when breastfeeding?
Water as we all know is an essential fluid needed by the body. The amount of water you drink in a day does not affect your milk supply. However, it is still necessary for you to drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. The feeling of thirst comes from the hormone oxytocin, which is released by the body as part of the breastfeeding process.
Can I drink coffee when breastfeeding?
There is no safe amount of caffeine for breastfeeding moms. It is but logical to think that too much caffeine consumption does not only affect your sleeping pattern but also your baby’s, especially newborns. Having one to two mugs of tea or coffee a day won’t harm you and your baby.
To sum it all up, eat a balanced and healthy diet. You may want to consult your doctor and perhaps a nutritionist dietitian for advice on other galactagogues that you may include in your diet.