Foods for Lactating Mothers:
Very recently I am coming across lots of mothers who are in deep worry and doubts about breastfeeding. Many keep worrying a lot on “Is my baby getting enough milk? , Is my supply sufficient? My milk is not enough, Shall I introduce formula? “. These are very common queries which make a mother too worried. This is very common for every mother to worry or at the least doubt on if the baby is getting enough milk. There is nothing wrong in this thought.
All that you need to do for reducing this worry is to look for few signs in your baby and take the best care of yourself in every single means. There are many factors which contribute to a healthy supply(qualitative and quantitative) like a healthy body,a happy and peaceful mind, a positive approach to motherhood, nutrition etc. The first point I would like to highlight is a positive mind. And next would be a healthy body.
Pregnancy, baby care, post postpartum are very important phases in a woman’s life. Every woman might undergo these but each one’s experience is very unique. The journey is very beautiful that the mother totally forgets her self in nurturing the newborn. I wish I contribute a little information on the nutrition part of this lovely phase. Breastfeeding exclusively till 6 months is a must for every baby and every mother and until 1-year breastfeeding should be the major source of nutrition. Solids should only complement breastfeeding. You offer loads of nutrition as long as you breastfeed your baby. There is no compulsion to stop breastfeeding at any age.
A breastfeeding mother needs some 500 extra calories approximately. But this, in turn, depends on your individual body weight, food habits, baby’s expectations. Mothers milk is the most nutritious food a baby can have. The quality/nutritional value never deteriorates with any factor. Even when a nursing mother doesn’t eat well, the baby will get all nutrients 100%. The body takes all nutrients from the reserves of the mother even when she doesn’t take enough food. The more the mother’s reserves begin to reduce, it might affect the health of the mother. Hence it is important to take that “EXTRA CARE” on the food of a nursing mother.
I am not an expert honestly. I am just herewith few food options which will help a breastfeeding mother to improve/increase/maintain milk supply. These might work for you and not me and vice versa too. This is just an attempt to help you with whatever I have known and learnt. These are the results of my experiences, word of mouth from experienced mothers and friends, studies, doctor advice and personal knowledge. I hope and wish this helps you to some extent.
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