Breastfeeding Diet – Postpartum Diet
Breastfeeding diet for breastfeeding mother
- A breastfeeding diet is different than a normal diet as the mother’s food requirement increases after baby’s birth.
- There should be an increase in calorie intake as this is important for a breastfeeding mother. A well-fed mom can take better care of the feed of her baby.
- Your body is working round the clock to produce milk for the baby. As a breastfeeding mom you burn 300 calories a day. Eat in moderation in between your meals. Snacks and fruits can be taken in between the meals.
Recommended food for feeding mother
- As a feeding mother always try to eat balanced and healthy diet such as lean meat, egg, nuts, dairy products, fruit juices, salads.
- You should include protein foods in your diet 2-3 times in a day – lean meat, egg, nuts, fish, beans, dairy products are the best source of proteins.
- Eat 3 – 4 servings of dark green vegetables – spinach, broccoli, asparagus; and yellow vegetables – mango, pumpkin, apricots, cantaloupe, carrots in your diet.
- You should drink at least 12 glasses of fluid daily. You should have water, fruit juice or low fat milk after each feed.
Foods not to eat when breastfeeding
Avoid following foods while you are breastfeeding as these could cause discomfort, allergy, bloating and acidity to your baby.
- Avoid sword fish and tuna fish as these can have mercury.
- You should avoid fried and fatty foods such as tacos and pop tarts as these are high in trans and saturated fat.
- Avoid cabbage and cauliflower as these can cause bloating to your baby.
- You should avoid peanuts as the baby could be allergic to it.
- Avoid citric fruits such as lemon, oranges, and sweet lime as these can cause acidity.
- You should avoid spicy foods such as five-alarm chili, extra hot salsa, Cajun shrimp or Caribbean jerk chicken as these can cause acidity and can bring discomfort to your baby.
- Avoid shellfish such as lobsters, shrimp, crayfish, and crabs as these can cause allergy to your baby.
- You should avoid chocolates and coffee as these contain lots of caffeine and can cause bloating and discomfort to your baby.