8 Aug 2022 | 5 min Read
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According to the data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75% of new mothers breastfeed their babies initially. However, they stop breastfeeding the little ones due to the worry about insufficient milk production or they face some of the common challenges of breastfeeding.
Since breast milk is the only source of nutrition for babies in the initial years of life, it is essential to keep a check and ensure you provide healthy and safe breast milk for your baby. Read on to know more.
According to the USDA, vegetables like spinach, carrots, beetroots, pumpkins, tomatoes and red peppers are highly recommended to breastfeeding mums as these are rich in antioxidants.
Celebrity nutritionist, and founder of DietQueen App, Dr Kiran Rukadikar says, “Lactating mums should include flax and chia seeds in their diet as these are good sources of omega-3. For optimal milk production, the diet should also include sufficient amounts of high-quality protein (milk, cheese, paneer, curds, poultry, eggs, cereal pulse combinations, and nuts). The supply of milk volume decreases if the diet is low in protein and energy.“
“The calcium requirement should not be overlooked too. Lactating mums should consume at least 500 ml of milk or milk products per day, with the remaining needs being satisfied by other dietary items such as ragi, Bengal gramme (whole), soybean, amaranth, fenugreek leaves, radish leaves, sesame seeds, tamarind and fish,” he adds.
Dr Kiran Rukadikar suggests, “Lactating mums should consume eight glasses of water every day during breastfeeding. They should also drink a glass of water after each nursing session. Other healthy drinks besides water include juice, milk, broths, herbal teas, and soups.”
You can also use a double electric breast pump to increase the milk production as pumping after nursing indicates and signals your body to produce more milk.
The caffeine content in your breast milk might agitate your little one or interfere with your baby’s sleep. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid drinking more than two to three cups (16 to 24 ounces) of caffeinated drinks a day while breastfeeding.
Most seafood like swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish contain mercury and other contaminants and its exposure through breast milk can pose a risk to a baby’s developing nervous system.
There can be certain foods or drinks in your diet that can cause your baby to become irritable or have an allergic reaction. If your baby becomes fussy or develops a rash, diarrhoea or wheezing soon after feeding, it is advisable to consult a doctor right away.
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