Human breast milk is the perfect nutrition source for an infant. It strikes a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, water and nutrients. It’s easily digested and absorbed, and its composition naturally changes as a baby’s developmental needs change.
While nursing babies are unlikely to develop a food allergy from breastfeeding, some foods may not agree with the infant. Some are the foods that may cause an infant to be fussy during feeding.
Food Tips for a Nursing Mother:
Drink Water: As a nursing mother, you should consume about 16 cups per day from food, beverages and drinking water. You get some of this fluid from water in foods but need about 12 cups still.
Calories: Lactating women although should not think about reducing their diets, 500 more calories should be taken so as to recover and for feeding.
High proteinintake: Breastfeeding mothers need to opt for foods such as whole grains, cereals, pulses, dried fruits, fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and chicken is good for the mother.
Opt for Low Cholesterol Diet: Lactating mothers are advised to have oats as a part of their diet as it helps reduce cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. It’s also seen to increase the milk supply.
Go for Garlic: Adding garlic to your food not only increases the deliciousness of your dish but also increases the milk supply.
Opt for Fennel Seeds: Fennel seeds add flavor to many different foods, but fennel is also a vegetable that can be cooked or eaten raw. The bulb, stalk, and leaves of the fennel plant are edible, and you can add them to soups, stews, or other fennel recipes. The plant estrogens found in fennel may help nursing mothers make more breast milk.
Chickpeas are the best: Chickpeas are a nutritious food that is high in protein. They also contain plant estrogens that may be responsible for its use as a galactagogue.
Almonds: Nuts, especially raw almonds are healthy and full of protein and calcium. Many nursing mothers choose to eat almonds or drink almond milk to increase the creaminess, sweetness, and amount of their breast milk.
A healthy balanced diet is essential to ensure that the mother gets her extra 500 kcal from nutrient-rich sources and they are not empty calories.