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If you are a new mother, I am sure, a million thoughts must be running through your mind. What should you eat, what should your baby eat, how does what you eat affect the baby? And many more. First things first, what you should eat? The answer is easy, you should eat anything that is nutritive, healthy, and easy to digest, because when you are breastfeeding your child, whatever you eat reaches your baby through your milk. Many food items around the world are claimed to increase the breast milk, but there are no scientific researches to back these claims. But here is a list of few things that are beneficial to maintain a good health.
Water is one of the most important ingredients that a nursing mother should consume. Reason being, she loses the fluid in her body while feeding the baby and might get dehydrated if not taken care of. She either can consume regular water or can increase the fluid intake by adding other liquids like coconut water and fruit juices in her diet. To know more about coconut water and fruit juices, click here and here.
Oats and porridge contain a large amount of dietary fiber hence they improve the mother’s bowel movement. Besides they are also a great source of calcium, and Vitamin B. It is believed that oats relieve anxiety and depression thus these are great for postpartum depression or postnatal depression. To know more about oats and porridge, click here and here.
Dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, and cashew nuts are a good source of healthy energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals. They provide instant energy. Rumor is, they also help to increase the breast milk and thus should be included in lactating mothers’ diet. It can either be consumed in the form of snacks or can be powdered and added to the milk she consumes to not only enhance its nutritive value but also to enhance its flavors and taste. To know more about mixed nuts, click here.
Fenugreek seeds have been a part of the lactating mother of centuries now. Fenugreek seeds are a good source of many vitamins and nutrients like omega-3 fats. These fats are not only good for the mother, they are also very medicinal for the baby as they help in his/her brain development. You can add fenugreek seeds in the mother’s diet in any form i.e. by making a tea out of it, or even adding it to the food your prepare. To know more about fenugreek seeds, click here.
Fennel seeds we know are helpful to treat gas and digestive problems. When the baby feeds on mother’s breast milk, he/she drinks whatever the mother has consumed via her milk. Thus eating fennel seeds, not only aids the mother’s digestive system, it also helps the baby to digest his/her food. To know more, click here.
Garlic itself carries many nutritive values. It is very useful for preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases. It is a rich source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and manganese. It also helps to prevent and treat minor diseases like common cold and flu. To know more about garlic, click here.
Sesame seeds have high calcium content thus it should be consumed by lactating mothers who are lactose intolerant. Calcium is a very important nutrient for lactating mothers since it is important for your baby’s development as well as your good health. To know more about sesame seeds, click here.
Pulses are a great and healthy source of vegetarian protein, iron, fiber, all of which are important for the mother and her baby. Pulses and lentils are recommended to be included in the daily diet of lactating mother. Green gram or moong dal should be a part of lactating mothers’ diet because apart from being a rich source of proteins and iron, but it is also very easy to digest. Thus, the mother and baby are saved from gastric issues. To know more about pulses and lentils, click here.
Researches around the world have suggested that the baby should feed only on the mother’s breast milk as it is very beneficial for its overall growth and development. Babies fed on breast milk for first six months of their lives tend to have a stronger immunity and a better body and mind development.
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