Breastfeeding is the most organic and primitive method of mother-baby interactions, it also has numerous health benefits; for both, mother and baby. Breastfeeding has been related to lower ear infections, stronger bones and higher IQs in babies.
The right diet for Breastfeeding Mother
- An ideal diet for a breastfeeding mother is a well-balanced diet consisting of starchy foods, like bread, potato, pasta and rice.
- Along with starchy foods, dairy produce, like a yogurt or a glass of milk and protein, like lean meat, fish, eggs, or pulses.
- A breastfeeding mom needs 500 calories more than mothers who don’t.
- Your breastfeeding needs to have a total of 2,000 to 2,500 calories.
Here are some common food items for breastfeeding mothers with their calorific value –
|Item||Quantity||Calorific Value (approx.)|
|Bread slice with butter||1||90|
|Cooked rice/plain||1 Cup||120|
|Milk with sugar||1 Cup||75|
Foods that help to increase breastmilk
Some of the superfoods that help a breastfeeding mom to ensure a wholesome diet for their breastfed babies are:
- Most pediatricians recommend oatmeal to boost milk supply in breastfeeding moms.
- Oatmeal assists breastfeeding mothers to lower their cholesterol and promotes a healthy blood pressure.
- These properties of the oatmeal help mothers with several functions in the body including lactation.
- Oatmeal is said to be a comfort food. It helps the mother to relax, causing the body to release oxytocin – A hormone that is involved in milk production.
Read more about: How having oatmeal in the breakfast helps to increase milk supply in lactating mothers.
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Effect of alcohol and caffeine on breastfeeding mothers
Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding
- Along with this, new mothers need to understand that drinking alcohol and breastfeeding is never a good idea. While having drinks in moderate quantities (1-2 drinks per week) is permissible, one should always remember that the amount of alcohol that makes into your bloodstream is bound to make through your breast milk.
- Studies have shown that alcohol has visible effects on your baby’s sleeping and eating patterns. This is because a baby’s ability to digest alcohol is much less than that of a grown up adult. While the babies, who are breastfed after drinking, might become drowsy and sleep quickly; the naps are generally short.
- While the true effect of alcohol on breastfeeding infants remains unknown, it is safer to refrain from drinking while breastfeeding; at least for the first three months.
Along with alcohol, it is suggested that breastfeeding mothers keep a check on their caffeine intake.
Caffeine and breastfeeding
- While less than 1 percent of caffeine enters the breast milk, it is advised that caffeine should be avoided for the first three months as it is very hard for a baby’s digestive system to break down and get rid of coffee.
- According to experts, moderate intake of coffee (300 milligrams per day) is fine, however, drinking more than 3 cups might cause an issue. Your baby could become irritable, jittery or agitated along with some alterations in his sleeping pattern.
- Compared to its counterparts, green tea is, by far, the least affecting when it comes to breastfeeding. With the caffeine free variants available, green tea should be your ‘go-to’ option. Some of these being: white tea, chamomile tea, ginger tea, peppermint tea, dandelion and rose hips.
You may also want to know about drinking bottle gourd and amla juice daily while breastfeeding.
Staying fit while breastfeeding
While the urge of losing extra weight is understandable, it is advised that breastfeeding mothers don’t lose weight by dieting for at least two months. A reduced calorie diet would bring down your energy and diminish your milk supply.
The key to being on the road to fitness lies in being active, staying hydrated and listening to your body.
Got any more breastfeeding diet tips? Make sure to drop them down in the comments section!
Try putting them to sleep on their tummy… My baby would also wake up easily when sleeping on her back.. she slept fine for a month after birth then began to have disturbed sleep.. So i tried putting her to sleep on her tummy and it worked
Can i eat jackfruit and pineapple?i am breastfeeding my baby
Team Babygogo says
Yes, you can eat them. There should be no problems. But everything should be taken moderately and mothers can eat what ever they want. Just refrain from caffeine, alcohol and medications only under supervision.
Also please go through this article to get full coverage of all the issues related to breastfeeding- https://www.babygogo.in/breastfeeding-guide/
Sometimes I feel little low after breastfeeding by baby, It is because of that only, I as wondering or should I have a checkup with my doc.
Tanya Mutreja says
Hey, Maria. What do you mean by low exactly? Light or weak in health? If you feel weak you should start taking the nutritious diet. It’s neither good for your baby nor for you.
Bethel Madison says
The very best way to boost milk supply is letting your baby suckle as often and as long as s/he wants. No pump on earth can best a suckling babe.
Oatmeal (not the instant or quick varieties) and a tea boosting supplement healthy nursing tea. I had great support with these two things and continuous nursing.
Devhuti Desai says
Hi I am mother of 3 months old baby who was born at 32 weeks. So his adjusted age is 1 month. Since last few weeks he has started to wake up in 10-10 min after each feeding scared by his own hands or movements ..so in all he is taking 8-10 hrs sleep. So will this sleep deprivation affect his growth and brain development? ..is it normal? And when this scary waking up will stop?
Tanya Mutreja says
Hi, Devhuti. Since your baby is too young it cannot be determined that he is waking up because of something that scared. Probably a startle reflex to something touching or some noise. He needs to be fed and also changed if required whenever he wakes up. Sometimes babies just need comfort. So hold him for a while until he falls asleep again. Babies sleeping patterns change often in the first few months. Just make sure he is rested and fed well. And if he is active other times there is no need to be concerned.
We also have the same issue..he wakes up scared and takes feeding every 1 hour or 30minutes. I am guessing this will get minimized with time.
I hav same issue ..my baby is 2months old and he sleep harrdly 8 to 10 hrs /24 hrs…will it affect his brain developmnt??