Your Diet When Breastfeeding

By feeding your baby breast milk you are giving him a varied diet because your diet affects both the flavour and nutritional composition of your milk. This will also help when you introduce solid foods during weaning. It is important that you eat a balanced, varied diet when breastfeeding. You need to eat foods from all the main food groups, providing all of the essential nutrients. Eat small, frequent meals and drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Try to get plenty of rest (easier said than done), especially if this is not your first baby. You may wish to increase the intake of certain vitamins and minerals while you are breastfeeding. Vitamin D supplementation of 10microgram per day is often recommended. For more information, ask your family doctor or state-registered dietician.

Your Diet When Breastfeeding

What you eat will directly affect the quality of your milk.
• Try to buy organic versions of the foods you eat most often.
• Eat plenty of foods rich in starch and fibre, such as bread, cereals, and potatoes.
• Eat a good mixture of five fresh fruits and vegetables a day — it's much easier to do than it may sound. A smoothie can be an easy way to eat two or three pieces of fresh fruit.
• Include milk and dairy produce in moderation.
• Eat some fresh meat and fish or alternatives, such as tofu.
• Use fats in your cooking and your food, but where possible, choose unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, and avocados, rather than saturated fats such as butter.
• Try to avoid sugary foods or drinks.
• Keep alcohol and caffeine intake to a minimum. and avoid them just before a feed.
The UK Department of Health recommends that you increase the intake of certain vitamins and minerals while you are breastfeeding; in particular vitamin D supplementation of 10pg is recommended. For more information see  my book "Healthy Eating For Pregnancy" (Mitchell Beazley).

Advantages and Disadvantages Of Breastfeeding For Mum

Breastfeeding is the feeding of an infants with breast milk directly from female human breasts. Breastfeeding provides the perfect nutrition babies need for healthy growth and development. However, breastfeeding doesn't come easy to every new mother.

Advantages Of Breastfeeding For Mum

When you breastfeed, your uterus will return to its pre-pregnancy state much faster than if you are not breastfeeding. Hormones are released &ring feeding which help you relax. Also, you may find it easier to get 'your shape back because the extra fat your body lays down in preparation for lactation will be used to feed your baby. Some mums believe that breastfeeding relieves long-term pre-menstrual tension.

Disadvantages Of Breastfeeding For Mum

I found the one disadvantage of breastfeeding occurred when it was time to return to work and I had to express more milk. There are many ways to cope with this, and the National Childbirth Trust or La Leche league provide excellent information. Some mums have said they find frustrating that they have to continue to watch what they are eating arc drinking, but it is important to eat a well-balanced and varied diet.