After giving birth, experts say that a well-balanced diet and proper nutrition is even more important than during your pregnancy. The food choices you make will greatly influence the quality of your breast milk, and how quickly your Healthy Body will rebound from the pregnancy.
You will want to include a high amount of complex carbohydrates, including:
– Whole Grains, such as brown rice, and rye or whole wheat bread,
– Fruits, such as apples, berries, peaches, and melons, and
– Vegetables, such as broccoli, squash, and bell peppers.
You should also ensure that you are obtaining the proper levels of calcium, protein, iron, and fat. Aim for three to five servings of fat per day and calcium-rich food.
Here are some additional nutrition tips:
– Increase your fluid intake by drinking at least one glass of water before you breastfeed, and aim for 3 Litres of fluids daily
– When choosing seafood options, opt for items that are higher in omega-3 fats, such as salmon, herring, trout, and pollock, and avoid items high in mercury such as shark, white tuna, and swordfish.
– Avoid alcohol, as it takes 2-3 hours to completely exit the breast milk stream.
Eating a wide variety of foods will also change the flavor of your breast milk. This will help introduce your baby to different tastes, which can help develop their palette at an early age.
Written by Ingrid Toombs