Breastfeeding is such an important time for mother and baby, with the opportunity to bond more deeply while nursing, it is always encouraged where possible. At first it may seem like a hassle to be pulling your breasts out whenever baby is hungry, but with some funky maternity clothes it can be easier than you think. Maternity Sale has an awesome selection of maternity clothes that will help you to feel good about the process of breastfeeding.
While it might be nice to think that the restrictions are over after the pregnancy has finished, the fact is that whatever you put into your body, goes into the baby. Using this as a rule of thumb will help you to make healthy eating choices for you and your growing baby. The human body is an amazing machine and your breast milk will provide everything a baby needs, from whatever is available to it. This means that you will need to supplement your diet to accommodate the process, otherwise you will not be able to sustain it. Here are some tips to what you will need to have in your diet.
A breastfeeding mother needs to have at least two-to-three servings of protein a day. Protein is found in meat, eggs, cheese, milk and yoghurt, tofu and dried beans.
Calcium is a really important one. When you think about the baby’s growing body, it needs calcium for teeth and bones. During the pregnancy, the body is already drawing the calcium from the mother to build the tiny human body of the bub. If the mother is not getting enough calcium either during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, it may impact her own body and she may become deficient in calcium which means that her bones and teeth could suffer. The suggested daily intake of calcium for a breastfeeding mother is 1300 milligrams.
Iron is another important one, and a breastfeeding mother needs to have at least nine milligrams a day. Good sources of iron include meat, dried beans, dried fruit and egg yolks. Avoid shark, kind mackerel, swordfish and tilefish due to their high mercury content.
Vitamins and Minerals
While breastfeeding the mother will need more Vitamin C than she did during the pregnancy, so it’s important to ensure that there is enough of it in the daily diet. It is also a good idea to take a multivitamin to ensure that mother is getting the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of vitamins and minerals.
It is best to avoid caffeine completely during pregnancy as this too will go to the baby. Either limit caffeine intake or switch to a decaffeinated beverage of choice.
Avoid Alcohol and Nicotine
This goes without saying really, but like everything else, if you are drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes and breastfeeding then your baby will be too. Avoid alcohol and nicotine during breastfeeding. Try and swap tea and coffee with herbal tea instead.
While breast feeding it is imperative to keep liquids up, so make sure that you are drinking a glass of water every time you feed bub. A nursing mother should be having at least eight glasses of water a day.
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