Infancy is a period of rapid growth. Plenty of energy and nutrients are needed for the new tissue development .Infants depend on mother’s milk and so for this reason mothers must have a sensible diet which should be rich in all nutrients.Mother should eat different foods because the milk they give to their infant will retain the flavor of the food they consume.
Diet has always been and will always be an important part of a person's life. During pregnancy a proper diet was crucial and continues on to be even during breastfeeding. Similar to how the mother's diet affects the fetus in her womb, her diet during breastfeeding still affects the child's development. Since every mother and child is different, there is no specific diet that you must follow. However, there are certain things that you must be aware of.
Things to avoid
During breastfeeding, you should try to avoid excessive fats, caffeine and alcoholic beverages. Even though excessive fats are discouraged, it is important that you eat some fat. Fat is a necessity that your infant needs in order to grow. A lack of fat could hinder your child's development. Caffeine is dangerous for your infant because a baby's body will not be able to get rid of the caffeine. Thus, if you are used to drinking tea or coffee in the morning, try drinking some juice or milk instead. Alcohol has detrimental effects on you and your child and should not be drunk at any cost while you are breastfeeding.
A Taste of Life
During breastfeeding, you must drink ten glasses of liquid, water preferably. Fruits and vegetables must be eaten and protein should also be part of your diet.
A varied diet is important for you as a mother. You should try to eat a mixture of different foods because the milk you give your infant will retain the flavor of the food you consume. Thus, by eating different types of foods, you will give your infant an opportunity to taste a variety of food. Each type of food will help give your infant the necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins and calcium he needs in order to grow. By introducing your child to a mixture of food from the beginning will help him get used to the types of food he will eat later on in his life.
After pregnancy every mother wants to try to lose weight. However, dieting during breastfeeding can be very detrimental to your child's development. After breastfeeding, you may start to diet sensibly, but before then be patient for your child's health. In fact, experts say that after a woman stops breastfeeding, she automatically begins to lose weight.