After being pregnant for 10 months, the mother finally gave birth to the child. Postpartum mothers will start to restore their health, so what should we pay more attention to in terms of diet?
First, breastfeeding mothers need more calories. Mothers’ bodies need more calories and nutrients to produce breast milk. Breastfeeding mothers consume about 2,000 to 2,500 calories a day, about 500 calories more than non-breastfeeding mothers.
Next, a lactating mother needs to replenish water in time. Breastfeeding mothers can easily feel thirsty. On one hand, when the baby is feeding, it will stimulate the level of oxytocin in the mother’s body, and the mother will easily feel thirsty; On the other hand, breast milk consumes a lot of water, so the mother needs to replenish water.
In addition to water and calories, mothers need to pay attention to a variety of vitamins and minerals. Generally speaking, breastfeeding mothers need more nutrients than ordinary women, because mothers not only eat some nutrients for themselves, but also through breast milk to the baby. So mothers should eat a balanced diet during lactation.
On the contrary, as for dietary taboos, what foods should lactating mothers avoid eating?
First, alcohol is not recommended. While drinking alcohol during the lactation period is not recommended, it suppresses the lactation reflex, allows alcohol to enter the milk, and it takes your body two to three hours to eliminate the alcohol from a beer. But “not support” doesn’t mean “totally ban”, nursing mothers can drink a little if they really want to. For example, mothers can choose to breastfeed their babies before drinking, or squeeze some breastmilk in ziplock breastmilk storage bags and keep it in the fridge. After drinking a little, you should wait at least 2 hours to metabolize alcohol before feeding your baby.
Second, watch the coffee, tea and chocolate intake. Only 1 percent of the caffeine consumed by a breastfeeding mother enters her breast milk, which is a very small amount, so in general, two to three cups of coffee a day can be consumed without affecting her breast milk.
Third, for breastfeeding mothers, fish is actually a very good source of protein, but also low in calories, especially some fish are rich in DHA and EPA, which is also very good for the growth and development of babies. But on the other hand, there are some fish with high mercury content that are not suitable for lactating mothers.
Fourth, do not eat food that is too spicy or heavy in taste. The baby may be sensitive to the taste of food because it may also taste it through breast milk.
Fifth, mothers should not drink milk. About 2 to 6 percent of babies are allergic to the milk protein their mothers ingest, which can cause rashes, eczema, diarrhea, vomiting or colic. If this is the case, the mother should stop eating and drinking any foods and drinks containing milk protein for a month before trying to resume consuming milk protein.
Mothers pay more attention to diet, to give the baby healthy breast milk, but also to maintain their own health.