Are you worried about your unhealthy food habits that may affect your baby because of the breastfeeding? Well, we won’t deny the fact. While breastfeeding, the moms should take special care of their eating habits as it positively affects the babies.
Since the baby is fully dependent on you for his/her nourishment, you must adopt a healthy diet. Food consumed by you will not only fulfill your nutritional needs but also helps in producing milk for your baby apart from taking care of your recovery after childbirth.
Here are some diet tips for the breastfeeding mothers:
- Drink more water: If you are nursing your baby, make sure you have enough water to fulfill your and your baby’s needs. A part of the water consumed by you goes directly to milk production. You must also try to avoid the consumption of aerated drinks because they have no nutrients. But, you can always opt for the healthy drinking choices like coconut water, buttermilk, fresh fruit or vegetable juices and lime water, etc.
- Consume around 2,500 calories every day: Since breastfeeding alone burns around 500 to 700 calories, you will require those many “extra calories” every day. Hence, you might require consuming around 2,500 calories to satisfy the needs of your baby and your body for rising to the need of the baby. But, make sure that you stick to a healthy diet and indulge less in junkies.
- Go for a balanced diet: If you are breastfeeding your baby, then you need to be on a healthy and balanced diet. Make sure you take plenty of protein, calcium, vitamins and iron in your diet. Whole grains and cereals, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables are ideal options for you during the breastfeeding period. Breastfeeding mothers are generally given dry fruit, ghee, jaggery, nuts etc. as it is healthy and provide energy to deal with the breastfeeding activity.
- Take medications after consulting your doctor: It is always better to consult your doctor and take his/her advice before having any kind of medication.
Hope, that you may keep these tips in your mind while nursing your little one. Ask your lactation consultant or your baby’s doctor for help if needed. If the breastfeeding procedure becomes painful for you or your baby isn’t putting on weight, consult your doctor for expert advice. You can also write to us for any advice or guidance from Cloudnine.
Happy World Breastfeeding Week to all the nursing mothers!