Nutrition is important for your health during breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding is more important than nutrition. Your diet affects your breast milk, but not as much as you might think. If you are eating poorly, your breast milk doesn’t really suffer, you do! Here’s how to keep your nutrition good while you provide the best nutrition for your baby.
Drink to thirst. Water is a great first choice, but tea, milk, freshly squeezed juice even soup counts as fluid. A myth of breastfeeding is you need to “drink milk to make milk” – busted. Water is the most important fluid. A good tip is to keep water where you breastfeed. Also, keep a water bottle with you throughout the day.
As a new mom, you may not have the inclination or time to have sit down meals with all four food groups. My suggestion is to snack, but snack well. Choose foods that provide the biggest bang for your buck. Nuts and seeds provide a great source of energy through healthy fats as well as many great nutrients. Fruit and veggies are good for hydration and extra nutrients but try to pair them with calorie dense foods like hummus dip or greek yogurt. Keeping snacks on hand and easily accessible will allow you to eat without a lot of effort and planning.
Utilize your supports
Rely on your partner, parents, friends who have offered help. Get them to cook meals or stock your freezer with easy and quick meals for your family. A great idea is to prep and freeze meals and foods in the last few weeks of pregnancy for this time of transition.
The main point is drink water, snack and accept help. If your nutrition goes to garbage in the first week after having a baby, don’t fret. Your breast milk is going to provide awesome nutrition no matter what.
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