Nutrition while breastfeeding - truth and myths

Many women believe that once you are breastfeeding, you must always follow a strict diet. There is even the concept of a “nursing mother’s diet.” And while in Europe, doctors urge not to limit themselves, post-Soviet women continue to make lists of harmful products.

Of course, it is worthwhile to understand that nutrition during breastfeeding should be correct. Not for mom, but in general - for any person. Everyone knows that you can’t drink alcohol in large quantities, smoke, eat a lot of chips and drink a lot of Coca-Cola - but this is not recommended at the usual time, because it is harmful. Harmful to mom, harmful to baby - harmful!

As for all other products, here they must be treated wisely. There is a list of products that are usually ranked among those that are not present in the diet of a young mother.

It looks something like this -

Any canned food

Marinades and pickles




Semi-finished products

White cabbage

Beans, peas and other legumes

Mayonnaise, sauces, ketchups

Processed cheese

Grapes, Citrus

Carbonated drinks, coffee, tea ...

This list can be written and written. Only a young mother does not need to go and lick her lips, because practically nothing can be done! And this is against the background of fatigue and lack of sleep - the eternal companions of the first months of life with a small child.

In Europe, doctors say that nutrition during breastfeeding is not much different from your usual diet - you can eat everything (except for frank harm), you need to understand when and how much. For example, you can eat cabbage, but immediately after feeding and a little bit. Or have a coffee. Then for the next feeding you will not give the baby something that can affect him. Indeed, in most cases, we just want to feel the taste of a particular food, and not eat it to the dump.

Partly, there are explanations for these diets of nursing mothers - women are afraid that the child will have a stomach ache, colic will begin. In fairness, I note that 95% of children will have colic regardless of whether you breastfeed or mix it, eat well or eat canned food with cabbage. Nutrition during breastfeeding in most cases has nothing to do with it. A young mother can only be upset and think that she ate something "wrong."

However, some of the products on the list are well-deserved there - for example, grapes increase gas production and, with a high degree of probability, we can say that you can’t sleep peacefully at night if you eat grapes. From beans, as you know, there can also be gases. Although some people have no reaction to it. Whether or not some product is coming to your child, you can only find out by trial and error - try a little - if there is no reaction - you can. Another thing is that there are a lot of products, as long as you introduce them all slowly - the colic will pass.

It is very important to check with relatives in advance whether anyone in the family has allergies. If there is one, you should be extremely careful not to have strong allergens like citrus fruits, strawberries or chocolate. Nutrition during breastfeeding is an important issue that should be given great attention.

Do not forget that with the mother’s milk, the child receives vitamins and nutrients, so mom also needs to take this from somewhere. Limit yourself, sit on a strict diet, consisting of a piece of boiled beef and buckwheat - not worth it. Nutrition should be balanced during this period. Not eating for two, but eating for two is the golden rule of a nursing mother.

Diet while breastfeeding - whatever it may be, can have a detrimental effect on the amount of milk. Therefore, doctors in most developed countries say that until about the 8-9 first months of a child’s life, a mother should eat well and varied (!), And not go on a diet. Try to combine breastfeeding, nutrition and good mood!


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