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Menu for breastfeeding mother

Nature gave each woman a unique opportunity to develop a harmonious relationship with their newborn baby through the visual, tactile, strong energy and close physical contact through breastfeeding. This is the most memorable and blessed period when the child so devotedly trusts his mother and gives her a sincere love. If a woman is properly organised the process of breastfeeding then during the first 6 months her baby does not need any solid food. Breast milk contains every element which is necessary for infant development. Prolonged lactation maintains a perfect balance of unique Mom-Child system and has a beneficial effect on mother’s and child’s physical and mental health. Ultimate nutrition is the best gift that for you and your child.

What should be included in the nursing mother's diet?

Breastfeeding process takes out a lot of energy. During nursing mother's needs for vitamins, minerals and proteins increase. If the demand of elements needed for healthy baby development is not met by a balanced diet, then lactation mechanisms will take required from the mother's body. For the ultimate breastfeeding, woman should eat fresh meat, fish and dairy products, and avoid taking a lot of canned goods and semi-finished goods. If you are a vegetarian then your everyday menu should contain nuts, beans, soy and dairy products. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables also very important for growth and development of your baby.

Rules for everyday

Make a list of required products and strictly stick to it when drawing up the menu. Make sure the list includes such products as fish, poultry, meat products (liver, tongue, heart, etc.), cheese and dairy products, eggs, whole grains, cereals, vegetables, fruits, fresh juices, vegetable and tallow oils. Try to avoid eating cakes from shops, pastries, waffles, muffins with strange filling and caramel. If you want to avoid overeating and decreasing of metabolic activity then eat 5-6 times a day, meanwhile reducing portions. At least for the period of breastfeeding try to switch to healthier cookery methods such as steaming, boiling, baking. This will save most of the vitamins and nutrients in the food. In addition, this way of nutrition puts the least amount of strain on the gastrointestinal tract, liver and other vital organs. Another important thing to remember is to drink lots of water.

All you need to know about the products

Remember the key rule - you can eat, but do not overeat! This rule applies to every single product. Nowadays experts believe that the introduction of allergens in small amounts in breast milk is the most effective way to prevent child’s allergic reactions as the infant grows and develops. Breast milk is the best way to adapt to these products. For this reason, there is no sense to stop nursing a potentially allergic child before he became acquainted with all the products that he will eat itself in the future.

What if there was an allergic reaction?

If a nursing mother identified that her child has an allergic reaction, she should take a baby to a competent and caring professional. Many doctors, unfortunately, carry their duties without taking into account individual characteristics of a child, imposing their narrow views and cliches on young breastfeeding mothers. Try to find a good specialist trusted by other nursing mothers, and follow the recommendation of that expert.