After the long-awaited baby was born, the question arises of how and how to feed her baby to a young mother. Some choose different mixtures for their baby, while others are inclined to the best option - breastfeeding. With this method of feeding, it is very important to select a whole list of products for nursing mothers, as everything that the mother eats, through the milk gets and the baby in the first 6 months of her life. Mother’s milk consists of breast cells, which include nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, macro- and micronutrients, vitamins, fats) that enter the mother’s diet. Therefore, for healthy growth and development of the baby, nursing mothers need to adhere to a healthy diet.
What you can not eat a nursing mother
For a positive result, it is advisable to discuss the menu with a dietitian or with a pediatrician. The following foods should be excluded from the diet:
- sweets, because they cause allergies (chocolate, cocoa, honey or any purchased goodies, drinks with harmful additives, cakes and pastries, sweet water);
- spicy or canned foods (sauces, mayonnaise, ketchup, garlic, hot peppers, horseradish and products that add bitterness to milk, blue cheese, dark chocolate) ;
- products that can cause colic in a baby: legumes, cabbage, brown bread and sometimes dairy products.
Further, what a nursing mother cannot eat is some types of seafood: mackerel, tuna, crab, crab and other "exotic" high in salt (squid, octopus, cod, spicy herring). It is important to exclude fatty meat (pork, lamb, beef), lard, as well as products containing complex fatty acids for the child (nuts and eggs). It is generally necessary to refuse alcohol and smoking, and especially when breastfeeding a baby! Alcohol can disrupt the work of a child’s still weak liver, adversely affect the motor development of the child and healthy weight gain. Everyone knows about the toxic effects of cigarette smoke; cigarettes also adversely affect prolactin, the hormone of the mammary glands. Tea (a lot) and coffee are drinks that excite the baby’s nervous system, so they will have to be abandoned at the time of feeding.
What should a nursing mother not eat from vegetables or fruits?
Strawberries, raspberries, grapes, exotic, off-season fruits, celery, radishes, cucumbers and raw peppers - these products should be excluded from the diet for the period of feeding. Well, now let's move on to the most useful. What is there to eat, what kind of fruit can a nursing mother eat?
In food for young mothers, it is important to observe diversity. Products (with the exception of some) can be eaten, but in small quantities: eggs, berries (no more than 300 g), meat. It is advisable to eat fish 1-2 times a week in boiled form, as well as lean meat. If possible, replace cottage cheese or cheese with sour milk (fermented baked milk, yogurt, kefir) or use them in the form of cheesecakes, cottage cheese casseroles. Of sweet, only marshmallows are suitable, but even that is not recommended to eat kilograms. Include kiwi, bananas, wheat, oatmeal, buckwheat, some rice and pasta, turkey, rabbit, green peeled apples, zucchini and cauliflower in your diet. When feeding, it is also important to observe the correct drinking regimen (about a liter in addition to the usual volume).
We did not list all the products from the list of what a nursing mother should not eat. For a one hundred percent guarantee, you should contact a specialist. Health to you and your baby!