by Udita Saklani
As a breastfeeding mom, you must take care of your nutritional needs. Here are a few healthy eating tips to follow!
Congrats on the arrival of your little bundle of joy. Well, the wait is finally over after nine long months of patience. Now that the little one is finally here, you can forget about morning sickness, expanding belly and hormonal acne breakouts on your skin. Welcome to motherhood. The next and the foremost important step to new mothers is breastfeeding. We all know the role of breastfeeding in the early months of an infant development and in mom-new born bonding. But while it is essential for the new-born, it is also important to take care of one’s own self if you are a breastfeeding mom. New moms often fail to express breast-milk sometimes as they are not taking the desired nutrients in their diet. We present to you our top nutrition tips for breastfeeding moms:
1. Keeping a snack box:
It is normal to feel hungry after short intervals if you are breastfeeding your baby. You should always keep a small handy box in your room so that you do not have to run to the kitchen if you are feeling hungry while feeding the baby. Keep these small little snacks within your reach in the room for easy access.
2. Staying hydrated:
Since your body is expressing breastmilk, you need to keep your water levels intact and not fall prey to dehydration at any point in our breastfeeding phase. Aerated drinks and alcohol should be avoided. Switch to healthier options like coconut water, lassi, and fruit juices. Also, one should drink at least 8-9 glasses of water in a day. Fluids are the most important source for increasing milk supply.
3. Dietary fibre:
Include a lot of dietary fibre like oatmeal in your diet. Oatmeal will make you feel fuller and will increase your milk supply. Oats are rich in iron, protein, and fibre. The healthiest options are non-instant varieties.
4. Continuing your prenatal vitamins:
Continue your daily dose of iron and vitamins, as recommended by your gynecologist. Many moms prefer taking these multivitamins the entire period, for which they are breastfeeding their baby.
Eating often and at the right interval is the key to maintaining the right supply as well as keeping oneself satiated while breastfeeding. Have small meals in the entire day instead of three heavy meals.
6. Avoid foods which might make the baby fussy:
Sometimes to get away from all the healthy nutrition, mothers tend to deviate from their regular eating schedule and indulge in something out of the league cravings. But it’s completely inadvisable. You never know the baby might get fussy or might even develop a gastric condition or a skin rash. Always keep a check on your baby’s behavior and the food which you have eaten.