Balanced Nutrition For You And Your Baby
After having your newborn, the next step is making sure he or she receives the best nutrition.
Many new mums make the decision to breastfeed, which offers a number of advantages for both you and the baby.
Babies who are breastfed tend to have stronger immune systems than those who don’t and can tend to grow faster as well.
Of course, going with nature by breastfeeding is the way it’s meant to be.
For you, breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby and it can also help shed some of the weight that you’ve gained during your pregnancy.
Mum’s who breastfeed find they bounce back to their pre-pregnancy weight faster and more easily than those who don’t.
In order to breastfeed, it’s important that you keep your diet on track. What do you need during this time?
Here are some points to know.
Observe Your Baby
The very first thing to know about your breastfeeding diet is that you need to watch how your baby is responding to the milk that you are providing him or her.
If the baby starts becoming irritable or develops a rash or diarrhea, this could mean that they are allergic to something you are eating.
Start looking at the foods you are taking in and see if any common allergens are present.
Make sure that you are cutting out all cows milk first and foremost.
The everyday woman should not be consuming cows milk, so the breastfeeding mother should definitely steer clear.
Next, also consider eliminating eggs. This can cause some babies to react, so you may want to opt for other lean protein sources.
On top of this, be sure that you have also eliminated any wheat-containing foods.
Here again, these foods should not be part of your usual healthy diet but when breastfeeding, they can become especially problematic for your developing baby.
Fill Your Diet With Leafy Greens
What you do want to eat is plenty of leafy greens.
Leafy greens are rich in calcium content, so will help your baby get enough of this important mineral.
Additionally, they’re also very high in antioxidants, iron, and Vitamin C, all nutrients your baby is going to need.
Load Up On Smart Carbs
While you may be tempted to rush into diet mode soon after giving birth, avoid doing so.
While a slight calorie deficit is okay, you need to keep your calorie intake up.
Your body is going to be working hard to prepare your breast milk 24 hours a day and if you aren’t supporting this process with sufficient calories, it’s simply not going to happen.
Plus, you’ll also need your energy up to care for your young baby as well.
Carbs provide the energy you need. Just be sure to choose wisely, eating plenty of sweet potatoes, quinoa, wild rice, as well as fresh vegetables.
Plan To Eat Healthy Fats
In addition to keeping your carbohydrate quality in check, also be sure that you are bringing plenty of healthy fats into your diet.
If you aren’t eating good fats in your meal plan, this can really impact the composition of your breast milk.
Olive oil, avocado’s, coconut oil, and fatty varieties of low mercury wild caught fish are all excellent ways to bring your intake up.
Minimise Caffeine And Alcohol
Finally, make sure that you’re focusing on minimising caffeine and alcohol during this time as well.
Remember that while you may no longer be pregnant, consuming these substances will also add them to your breast milk, which can then impact your baby.
Avoid at all costs until you finish breastfeeding your baby.
So there you have some quick tips to know and remember about eating right during while breastfeeding.
Use these and you can feel confident you’re supporting your growing baby.