ADVERTISEMENT
Parenting & Children's Health Data Verified

Nutrition for the Breastfeeding Mother

Published on May 25, 2022   -  4 min read

Abstract

A nutritious and balanced diet for breastfeeding mothers is essential for newborns. Read the article below to understand the basics of breastfeeding nutrition.

Contents

Introduction:

A nutritious and balanced diet keeps you energetic and helps you make an ample amount of milk for your baby. Nutrition while breastfeeding is as important as during pregnancy. The phase of breastfeeding is a difficult period for all breastfeeding mothers. There are many things that a mother needs to plan. It is necessary to avoid certain foods as they may lead to some allergic reactions in your baby. On the other hand, supplements are essential for mothers while breastfeeding.

How Can I Plan Healthy Eating While Breastfeeding?

A breastfeeding mother needs adequate nutrition to promote milk supply for her newborn's growth and development. A mother needs to make healthy food choices and regular physical activity to keep herself healthy while breastfeeding. You should choose food from all groups, like fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein.

You may try the following diet or could make a dietary plan that best suits your choice:

Good drinking water is essential for everyone, but it becomes crucial during pregnancy and breastfeeding. You need more fluids while breastfeeding, so make sure you are drinking enough water to support your baby's needs.

What Should I Eat?

If you are breastfeeding, you supply nutrients to your baby through breast milk to support their growth. It is worrisome for all mothers to plan a diet that could meet their needs appropriately.

Which Food Should I Avoid for the Well-Being of My Baby?

Similar to pregnancy, you need to be careful while eating or drinking as you need to avoid the intake of certain foods to keep your baby happy and healthy.

Can My Baby Get Affected by the Food I Eat?

Yes, you may affect your baby with the food you choose to eat for yourself. Babies get the different flavors in the milk from the food you eat, and usually, they love the flavors of foods that come through your milk. However, sometimes, a baby may be sensitive to something you eat, like eggs or dairy products such as milk and cheese. It indicates that your baby has an allergy or sensitivity to something you ate. In such a case, you can watch your baby for the following symptoms:

If you are experiencing any of these signs, it does not mean your baby is allergic to your milk but to only something you ate. You may need to stop eating that food or eat in less quantity for some time. You might be able to continue eating it after a few months with better results.

Conclusion:

Like your pregnancy, while breastfeeding, you also need a healthy diet and regular exercise, and certain precautions to support your baby’s nutritional needs for their growth. Your doctor may recommend some multivitamins and mineral supplements in your routine as it is beneficial to include all the essential nutrients in your diet.

ADVERTISEMENT

Last reviewed at:
25 May 2022  -  4 min read

RATING

15

Tags:

Related Questions & Answers


Please suggest medication for a breastfeeding mother with sore throat and mild fever.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old. I am a breastfeeding mother for 6 months baby. I have a sore throat from yesterday and feel difficulty in swallowing with light fever but not continuous. Today my right eye is slightly reddish and I had a cough again but not continuous. Currently, I am taking Azithrol...  Read Full »

Benefits of Breastfeeding and a Few Tips to New Mothers

Article Overview: There are many misconceptions about breastfeeding, so here are some tips for new mothers. Read the article and learn about the benefits of breastfeeding. Read Article


What Concerns Do Breastfeeding Mothers Usually Have? Breastfeeding is the most beautiful thing for the mother and the baby in humans, just as for all mammals. Below are a few common questions that every breastfeeding mother has: 1. Till When Should I Breastfeed My Baby? Kindly encourage exclusive br...  Read Article

Tongue-Tie - Complications, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Article Overview: Is your child having difficulty breastfeeding? Are you unaware of what is restricting your child? Here is the article which discusses tongue-tie and its complications. Read Article


Sneha Kannan
Sneha Kannan
Dentistry

Introduction: For the tongue to do all its functions, it should be able to reach every part of the mouth. This full range of motion helps you to speak by making different sounds. It also helps in swallowing and sweeping away the food particles sticking in the mouth and helps keep the mouth clean. In...  Read Article

Popular Articles Most Popular Articles

Do you have a question on Nutrition-for-the-breastfeeding-mother or ?

Ask an expert Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: Wellness medicine is not aimed to replace the services of your treating physician or allopathy medicines. Our site's information is to those who are willing to take responsibility for their health, being fully aware that the content published herein would not qualify as a prescription or specific medical advice. If users use the information and stop prescribed medication without their physician's consent, they bear full responsibility for their actions, and iCliniq-Wellness bears no responsibility for the same. Information on Wellness medicine should not be misinterpreted as a cure for any illness, as our body is complex and everyone reacts differently.
 

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.