Breastfeeding is the key to healthy development of the baby. With breast milk, the child learns the world and begins to adapt to life. Pediatricians from all over the world unanimously came to the conclusion that breast milk is the best food for babies from birth to one year. It contains not only valuable nutrients, but also a whole set of indispensable immunostimulants, which prevent many diseases. It is proved that children fed with breast milk have a strong immunity, are emotionally stable and less susceptible to cancer.
But there is also the negative side of breastfeeding – the mother’s body loses a huge amount of minerals and vitamins, giving them to the child. In order that the feeding does not cause discomfort to women especially in the coronavirus era, and the milk contained all the necessary substances, you must carefully monitor the diet and be sure to take vitamin and mineral complexes.
Nutrition for breastfeeding mother. Is there a need for special diets?
Young mothers still in maternity hospital are told that citrus, spicy, fried and smoked foods should be excluded from the diet during the period of breastfeeding. Unwanted products also include beans, carbonated drinks, sweets with aromatic and flavor additives, fast food. Alcohol and smoking are categorically contraindicated to pregnant and lactating women.
There are several reasons why young mothers are forced to limit their diet during breastfeeding:
- Allergic reactions or GIT problems in the baby.
- The desire to quickly get back to their previous figure.
- Psychological problems.
In the first case, a special diet is really able to have a positive effect on the child’s health. On the recommendation of a doctor, you can replace or exclude from the menu some products without affecting the body.
Let’s consider the second reason for the limited diet – the desire to lose weight. It is difficult to take a new figure, especially if before pregnancy you were thin as a reed. That’s why more than 30% of young mothers cut their menu a couple of months after delivery, leaving only dietary and low-calorie products. Think about what is more expensive – the health of your baby or your thin waist? Sports and balanced, not limited nutrition, will help to correct your figure. You can safely give up high-calorie sweets in favor of natural fresh and dry fruits, and meat and fish cooked in the oven or steamed – a great substitute for fatty fried dishes.
In no case do not starve yourself or arrange unloading days, if you breastfeed! This is fraught with weight loss in the baby and slow development. Eat healthy simple food and walk more with the crumb, so you will get rid of excess pounds and strengthen the health of the child!
Emotional instability is the third cause of malnutrition. You are already used to mood swings in 9 months, but not to sleepless nights and constant tension. Housewives also require attention. You lack 24 hours a day, taking care of crumb all the time, and you simply do not have time to eat. Snacks, night sandwiches and cookies during the day – this is often how a young mother’s diet looks like, but it is wrong! You should understand that the baby does not need a worn out nervous mother, but a healthy and happy Mama. Take your time, make yourself eat normally!