The breastfeeding experience of a mother can be divided into two phases. The first phase begins with pregnancy and lasts up to 48 - 72 hours post birth. This is also known as the automatic phase because it is guided completely by the hormones. Once you enter into phase two, the amount of milk produced depends on the stimulation and works on the principles of demand and supply; which means the more your baby suckles effectively, the more milk a mom will make.
Breast milk production is not affected by the foods, a mother eats but it is important to have a balanced diet. Eat frequently and include all the food groups. If you avoid certain food groups, your body may be deficient on nutrients and this will affect your health in the long run.
Ensure that you intake adequate fluids. Drink to thirst is the recommendation. The major component of breast milk is water and to ensure an optimum supply the mom must consume adequate fluids daily.
Some foods are traditionally offered to breast feeding mothers as it is believed that they have the properties of galactagoges. There is no harm in consuming these in moderation. Some of these include methi (fenugreek), jeera (cumin seeds), green leafy vegetables, papaya and oatmeal.
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