I am Dr. Pratibha Gulati. I am a physical therapist, lactation counselor and postpartum counselor. I have 10 years of experience. I'm a CAPA certified childbirth educator since more than 6 years. I hold regular group, individual and even online sessions to help in the journey of pregnancy. I advise on exercises, breathing and relaxation, posture care, postnatal care,lactation and diet.
At 4.5 months you must still continue breastfeeding. You can start with semi-solid soft food like porridge, khichdi, etc. Ensure that the food has no spice and very little salt.
By this time breastfeed has reduced. You can give porridge, khichdi, mashed potatoes with butter and readymade baby food.
As a mother you must take nutritious food. Iron rich food like spinach helps. Also increase jeera intake.
Till baby is 2 years old. But gradually decrease the feed frequency. Practice feeding in the daytime along with tip feed. Before bed you can feed the baby bottle milk. This will ensure that baby has a full stomach and will sleep peacefully. It is important to exclusively breastfeed till 6 months. If you feed regularly then sufficient milk will be automatically produced. Take care of your food and health too.
New mothers often face this. But it's quite natural and not a problem. Body takes 2-3 days to increase milk. Keep feeding your baby. Eat nutritious diet and drink lots of water. You can also drink jeera water throughout the day. Feed every 45 minutes. Also maintain correct position during feeding.
Moringa leaves are the best. You should also drink warm jeera water. Drumsticks are good sources of vitamins A and B, magnesium and potassium. Veg or chicken soups are also a good choice. Eat iron rich vegetables, fruits and dry fruits. Also hydrate yourself.
Spicy and chilly food are an absolute no. Also avoid foods like black dal rajma, white chana or anything which an cause gas.
Yes it sometimes is necessary for working women. But you must educate yourself on storage methods, the temperature to be stored at and how long Ivan store it for.
Also read: Diet Recommendations For Breastfeeding Moms