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World breast feeding week : foods to eat and avoid for mothers
27 Jan' 21

World breast feeding week : foods to eat and avoid for mothers

 
The World Breastfeeding Week is observed from August 1 to August 7 and it aims at spreading awareness about breastfeeding. The mother's health is important to ensure the health of the baby and when a woman steps into the phase of breastfeeding, a primary recommendation for safe breastfeeding is a healthy regulation of diet. Breast milk is considered to be the best food option for babies. While there usually is little or no restrictions on the diet, there are certain foods that must be avoided to ensure the mother's health.
 
Nuts: Include nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and pecans in your diet to get your daily dose of healthy fats and antioxidants. You can include this as a part of your breakfast or munch on it as snacks. To spice things up, you can roast them with some salt.
 
Chicken: This lean meat is low in calories and can help you get energy and provide your body with protein so you can focus on your health and the health of your baby without worrying about weight gain or excessive fat consumption.
 
Berries: A variety of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are an extremely nutritious and delicious addition to the diet. They are a rich source of dietary fibre and a source of flavonoids that can benefit cognitive health.
 
Breastfeeding  Foods to avoid
 
Here are some foods that you must limit during breastfeeding:
 
Alcohol : Be it during breastfeeding or pregnancy, alcohol consumption must be avoided to ensure the health of the baby. Unhealthy amounts of alcohol consumption can lead to disrupted sleep in women and long-term health effects on the baby. If you wish to drink, use a pump to express milk so you can later use it to feed the baby. Furthermore, try to limit your alcohol intake to 1 drink.
 
Caffeine : No, we're not just talking about coffee here. Beverages such as tea, coffee, energy drinks, and chocolate are a source of caffeine and must be avoided during breastfeeding. This is because the caffeine will end up in the breast milk in traces thereby affecting the baby. This can lead to irritability, fussiness, and sleep problems in the baby.
 
Fish with mercury : A baby's diet must be taken care of to ensure that it isn't exposed to any harmful substance through the diet. Some fishes and seafood such as swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, and sharks contain high amounts of mercury which can be toxic. Exposure to mercury in infants can lead to cognitive damage and hampered motor and speech skills.

 

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