A new mother’s relationship with food when nursing should be a healthy and cautious one. It’s important for us to remember that our children are also dependent on our nutrition.
Foods To Avoid
I admit that I look forward to being able to enjoy certain foods after being pregnant, but it’s still important to run these foods past a doctor if you are nursing. For example, when breastfeeding it’s still important to avoid fish with high levels of mercury content. Large amounts of caffeine should also be avoided. Some people will tell us that sushi is fine to eat, while others will maintain that raw fish is still suspect and therefore off the menu. When in doubt, take the question to an expert not the internet.
In addition to this, it isn’t safe just to assume that all herbs are safe to use while breastfeeding. This is not true for some herbs and can vary from patient to patient. Once again, when in doubt ask a professional.
Food To Increase Milk Production
I ate a lot of almonds when I was nursing my first child. Almonds and other nuts help to increase milk supply. It’s also important that a nursing mother drink plenty of water. Fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables are also supposed to be helpful in milk production. In addition to this, there are herbal teas that can help with the production of breast milk. Ask a certified herbalist or your doctor regarding these herbal remedies before trying them.
Nutrition Over Calorie Intake
When we breastfeed, we still are eating for two, actually even moreso because the baby is much bigger. However, this doesn’t mean that we get to eat our weight in junk food everyday. In fact, what we eat is more important that how much we eat. We should be eating things such as broccoli, beans, apples, and whole grain breads. We can put away the chips, french fries, and candy. They aren’t going to give us or our children the nutrition needed. Make sure to eat a healthy amount of food everyday in addition to choosing healthy options so both you and your baby will be well nourished.