Breastfeeding nutrition: “DOs” and “DON`Ts”

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Most future mothers have some idea about breastfeeding. Almost all of them are sure that a newly-made wet nurse should stick to a certain diet, otherwise, there will be no milk, and a baby will start suffering from imperishable allergic diseases or crying day and night because of pains in stomach

Most future mothers have some idea about
breastfeeding. Almost all of them are sure that a newly-made wet nurse should
stick to a certain diet, otherwise, there will be no milk, and a baby will
start suffering from imperishable allergic diseases or crying day and night
because of pains in stomach.
Every woman, who only starts breastfeeding her baby,
thinks about the fact that breastfeeding is great, but a baby`s menu should be
varied still. And no matter whether this is a first baby or third one, breastfeeding
mother worries about one question: to eat or not to eat?
Let`s try to
destroy the myth that a breastfeeding mom should restrict herself in food
A newborn baby`s enzymatic system is far from perfect,
and especially vulnerable during first three weeks after birth, that`s why it`s
very important to organize a breastfeeding mother`s diet according to a
principle “First, do no harm”.
Every product, coming to a maternal organism, is transferred
by this organism in a certain way. Cabbage and pea cannot “come to milk”, but
still there`s a certain reaction on some of these products observed in babies
it`s a fact. More simply - mother`s indigestion can become a reason of a
breastfed baby`s blahs. So all foods should be definitely fresh, without preservatives,
purified to the minimum and contain no carcinogens and chemical additives.
This will significantly relieve a mother`s and baby`s life.
During first three
of a baby`s life it`s more than preferable to exclude allergenic
foods from your diet - honey, condensed milk, citruses, chocolate, and reduce
consumption of dairy products to minimum, as they also can affect baby organism
negatively, causing rash and crusts on a baby`s skin.
Introduction of new foods and dishes should be gradual,
with observation of a baby`s reaction. It`s better to eat a small portion or
piece of a new product in the morning, and watch baby`s health closely. Why in
the morning? The matter is that, according to some data, gripes, caused by
mother`s consumption of some certain food, last up to 12 hours and dissapear by
themselves. I.e., if you eat a cabbage leave in the morning, you will get an
opportunity to have a relatively calm night`s sleep, even if a baby is troubled
with wind. Of course, only in case, if you didn`t eat something else, causing
during a day, and if a baby has no gastrointestinal tract
If a baby is
healthy and feels good, by 3 months
a mother should return to her usual diet already. No animal in the world
changes its food habits because of baby birth. But we are not animals, so we`ll
treat a question of mother`s and baby`s nutrition according to a practical
point of view. At about 3 months changes take place in a baby`s enzymatic
system and alimentary canal, gripes and swelling dissapear little by little
(some babies suffer from them until they are 6 months), so it becomes much
simpler for a mother to resolve her diet considering a baby`s health.
Well, general rules of breatsfeeding mother`s diet
any porridges, but if a baby suffers from
constipations - exclude boiled rice;
lean meat and fish - boiled, stewed, baked;
hard pressed cheese, cotton cheese, cheese curds and
yogurts without fruits;
boiled beet and carrot, with vegetable oil (it`s
better to mix beet with carrot - that`s tastier);
boiled potato, in principle, you can eat fried one,
but little;
any macaroni without spicy and fat sauces;
you can eat some poultry meat, but excluding broilers,
they are stuffed with hormones;
cutlets, rissoles, cheese cakes, fritters, pancakes with
meat and sweet;
eggs 3-4 times per week, better as omelet;
little boiled sausage and of the highest quality, if
you want too much;
some nuts.
baked apples and pears, 1 banana per day;
drink milk and dairy produce (only with 1% fat), dried
fruits compotes, mineral water (non-aerated), milk tea (green is especially
good, to cause milk flow, but green tea should not contain sugar), near beer
(same effect), apple and plum juices (swelling is also possible);
pickled cucumbers or fish, sometimes, to keep liquid
in organism;
vegetable pancakes of marrow, cabbage (if a baby
reacts ok to it);
any pastry, excluding buttery, and without fruits.
food colorings;
food concentrates;
spicy seasonings and sauces;
too fat food; 
allergens (for the time being);
fizzy drinks, especially sweet;
cabbage, pea, grapes, garden radish, cucumbers and
other vegetables and fruits, causing winds (but it`s more than preferable to
try all this little by little - some babies stand cabbage wonderfully, but complain
of a marrow a mother ate);
meat and fish nourishing broths;
refined carbohydrates -
creams, cakes, pastry;
during first 1-2 months
- red berries, vegetables and fruits;
smoked food.
If a baby has no sleep disorders and excessive excitability,
a mom can allow herself a cup of light coffee, better with milk, in the
morning. Black and green tea also have tonic effect, so you sould be as
cautious with them, as with drinks, containing caffeine.
By 6 months
and older a breastfeeding mother`s diet widens significantly, there`re only 1-2
products (for example, that cabbage), which cause acute baby`s reaction. After
1 year you can eat everything, but you
still should avoid preservatives and food colorings - this won`t bring use to
mother herself.
It`s easy to notice that these recommendations are a base
of healthy nutrition, and meant mostly for those, who are used to have a quick
snacks and allow themselves gluts. Those mothers, whose diet consisted not of
chips and Coca-Cola before childbirth, but included cereals, fresh vegetables
and fruits, boiled fish and meat, will hardly have to think about change of
their way of nutrition during breastfeeding too. But, unfortunately, there`re
few such moms.
Breastfeeding and
losing weight - is it possible?
Finally, we would like to mention a problem, worrying
many women. How to return pre-pregnancy shapes and make your body fit again, if
you`re breastfeeding? Is it possible to grow thin, when you are breastfeeding
baby? There`s an opinion, saying it`s not possible. Even to the contrary - one
should eat very well after each breastfeeding procedure, otherwise there will
be no milk.
In fact, lactation - is the only period in a woman`s
life, when fat is secreted from organism to milk naturally.  And it`s a mistake to suppose, that, eating
fat food, a woman can increase milk fat content to the better. Milk fat percent
is constant and increase of it is fraught with baby`s constipations, as his
organism is “attuned” to a certain maternal composition of milk. So, if you
want to breastfeed and lose weight, a full-value albuminous and carbohydrate
dish should present in your diet (of carbohydrates you should prefer vegetables
and porridges boiled on water, and of albumens - fish, cotton cheese and lean
meat), and eat less fat and prefer vegetable oils to animal. Thus, on the
background of breastfeeding you can lose overweight excellently and make your
body fit again. 

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