Nutrition for Nursing Mothers – Protecting Baby’s Health

    Nursing Mothers

    Lots of nursing mothers wonder what they should eat and what they shouldn’s eat for the baby to grow healthy and strong. First of all I advice you to carefully read the nutrition recommendations in the topics about allergy and brain development in babies. You should know that there are lots of items of food absolutely safe for both mother and child so try not to experiment. The less you eat citrus, cacao (chocolate), coffee, strawberries and other products that cause allergies, the better your baby will feel.

    You should also know that breast milk contains in different forms almost everything you eat. Avoid foods that can worsen the milk taste quality (salty, sour, spicy food) and smell (garlic). Some foods, such as beans and cabbage have a bad effect on the intestine of child sometimes causing diarrhea.

    The higher the fat content of milk, the more efforts baby’s body will require to digest it, the harder it will be for the baby to suck and for the mother to pump milk. Therefore, you don’t need to consciously raise milk fat by eating large amounts of fat (sour-cream, pork, butter, etc.). Vegetable fats (sunflower, corn and olive oil) are preferable in comparison with the animal ones.

    If you do not have any significant problems with your own weight, it is very useful to eat a plate of semolina in the evening. Various fruits and vegetables are necessary (at least 500 grams per day)preferably fresh but not canned. Generally, the less canned food a nursing mother eats, the better.

    Always watch the child’s reactions. If you doubt whether to eat or not to eat something – eat a little bit. If the baby’s all right – he has no rash, his sleep and poop haven’t changed – eat this as much as you want.

    The question whether a nursing mom should or shouldn’t drink much liquid still remains controversial. A huge number of scientists assure that the increase of fluids does not influence the amount of milk, but a huge number of mothers insist on the opposite point of view.

    Eventually, if you still have enough milk you don’t have to drink intentionally, unwillingly. But in a situation when the baby isn’t satisfied with the amount of milk, each feeding should end up with your baby falling asleep and you travelling into the kitchen where you drink 0.3 – 0.5 liters of liquid. By the way, night feedings should not be an exception, so it is desirable to prepare tea (compote) in a thermos so that you do not fuss sleepy in vain. Optimal beverages are:

    – Tea (green is better) with milk, sweet enough;
    – Compote of dried fruits (apricots, apples, raisins);
    – Juice (apple, grape, carrot), but in moderation;
    – Cow’s milk and dairy products. Milk must be necessarily boiled or baked.

    And remember:

    • steamed and boiled food is better than fried and smoked one;
    • it’s better to eat less than to overeat;
    • if you doubt whether to eat or not to eat something – better don’t eat;
    • do not eat much before sleep;
    • don’t eat much at all;
    • take complex of D and C vitamins;
    • wash your hands;
    • people gain weight not only because of the amount of food eaten but of the limitation of physical activity.

    There are many recommendations about products that increase the amount of milk (nuts, yeast, decoction of nettle, beer, etc.) as well as drugs that have the same effect (nicotinic and glutamic acid, apilak, Pyrroxanum). But you should not overestimate their importance in any case. A healthy baby and his mom who sleeps at night and is not nervous about the little things, significantly greater promote production of sufficient quantities of milk than all the food together.

    Dear moms, how do or did you promote the production of satisfying amount of breastmilk for your baby? Share your breastfeeding tips, stories, and questions!

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