Breastfeeding mothers must continue to follow dietary rules during the festive season
– Instead of aerated drinks and alcohol (not acceptable), consume healthier options to stay hydrated such as fresh fruit juices, tender coconut, lassi and lime juice.
– Protein-packed foods, such as whole grains, cereals, pulses, dried fruits, fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and chicken, are good for the mother and baby.
– If you are planning to shed some kilos of pregnancy fat, switch over to fresh fruits, milk, yoghurt and juices.
– Also, nursing mothers should consume supplements like iron and calcium in the postpartum period for up to 3 months.
– Water is crucial in ensuring a regular supply of milk. An intake of 16-18 glasses of water a day is important as this helps in maintaining the consistency of milk.
– Lactating mothers are advised to have oats as part of their diet as it helps reduce cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.
– Adding garlic to your food not only enhances your cooking but also increases milk supply.
– Making carrots a part of your diet is important. Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, which is very beneficial for lactating mothers.
– Control your caffeine intake to one cup of coffee per day, also consuming too much caffeine can make the child cranky.
– Nursing mothers should avoid processed foods as they can deteriorate healthy nutrient consumption in both, mothers and babies, and lead to nutrient deficiency.