Breastfeeding Mother and Nutrition
Finally your nine months of pregnancy period are over and you are a beautiful mom with gorgeous baby! Breastfeeding is a natural, easy and cost effective way to nourish your baby. It is an Optimal way too. By taking proper nutrients, a nursing mother can produce a breast milk that greatly enhances her baby’s physical and mental development. Let’s see some basic guidelines for breastfeeding mothers.
- Continue to take all prenatal vitamins and any supplements prescribed by your doctor. Don’t self prescribe any vitamins or supplements, because large doses may be toxic and moreover it won’t replace real food.
- Follow a well-balanced, varied diet that contains nutrient-dense foods. Your baby will taste the foods you consume, so if you eat healthy , don’t be surprised if your baby develops a taste for nourishing peas, carrots and peaches.
- Consume about 500 extra calories per day.
- Do not DIET while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding itself will help you to drop few pounds.
- Avoid alcohol consumption as it may reach your baby through breast milk.
- Avoid smoking as it may increase the risk of SIDS, respiratory infections and other health problems.
- Do not take any over the counter medications unless prescribed by your doctor.
- Severely limit caffeine which passes into your breast milk and can agitate your baby.
- Drink 8 fluid ounces of water each time you breastfeed or at least 6-8 cups of water per day.
- Vegetarians and vegans should be able to meet all of their nutritional needs quite adequately, although certain supplements may be needed.
- Avoid certain common intolerant foods like garlic, onions, cabbage, cauliflower and spicy/acidic foods.
- Contact a lactation consultant if you are
d) Teenage nursing mothers
e) Mothers who have had breast surgery
f) Mothers nursing multiples or tandem nursing