If you have just recently become a new mom or have a bun in the oven, then these breastfeeding FAQs may be of help to you. Breastfeeding for new moms is an unexplored territory and it is often wise to ask the right questions to understand it better and how it benefits your baby and you. One of the biggest questions that new moms have includes what sort of diet you should follow when breastfeeding. Well, we are here to help!
Eating a Well Balanced Diet for Your Health
The most amazing thing about breast milk is that it provides the best nutrition for your baby even if you are not essentially eating a well-balanced meal. However, in the event, what you do eat does not achieve the required daily calorie amount, the quality of the milk may be diminished, therefore, it’s important that you eat a well balanced diet that promotes your health (which in turn will benefit your baby even more). Including a variety of food is always a good idea. However, take note of your baby when you eat foods items that may be allergic to some. Meal plans are a great way to make sure you do not reach for unhealthy food but having them ready.
Do not Count Calories
Once your baby is born, you may want to lose the baby weight. However, please make sure you do not resort to calorie counting. A nursing mother requires 500 calories more normal (that is about 2000 – 2500 calories per day). If you are feeling hungry, you should eat. Do not forget that the amount of calories you require will also depend on your weight, your activity/exercise levels, your metabolism and more. If you are looking to lose the baby weight, you should do it slowly and steadily lose weight with a well balance meal and exercising (once your doctor has given permission to proceed). You should also know the breastfeeding could help with weight loss too.
Take in Fluids
It is important to keep drinking water, however, you should avoid caffeine, and alcohol as it can affect your baby’s health. In the event you are planning to drink alcohol or caffeine, we highlight recommend you express breast milk using an electric breast pump to ensure your baby’s nutrition. If you have consumed either alcohol or caffeine, it is best to either wait 2 hours after consumption or pumping and dumping by expressing.
Keep Taking Your Vitamins
If you were on pre-natal vitamins, keep at them, as they will offer you many benefits, especially with Calcium, Vitamin D, and DHA!
Speak to a lactation specialist or a respected dietician that your doctor can refer you to ensure that you get the best possible nutrition to offer the best for your baby. In the event that breastfeeding is not an option, expressing your breast milk and storing it can help your baby (and you in a tough situation like a hospital stay). Speak to ILS Babycare about hiring the hospital grade electric breast pump on a weekly basis.