For the well being and health of your baby, it’s important to have a varied diet, a healthy lifestyle and drink plenty of water.
Breastfeeding And Eating Well
You're probably wondering how much food you should eat while breastfeeding. The important thing is to eat healthily, in reasonable quantities:
- Fruit and vegetables, preferably seasonal.
- Protein: meat, fish, eggs. Once a week, turn the menu towards fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and trout). Fish is excellent for contributing good fatty acids to your milk.
- Dairy, three servings a day is ideal to provide you with the calcium you need.
- Cereals, legumes and seeds.
- Fat in small quantities, preferably cold-pressed vegetable oils.
If you already ate well during your pregnancy, keep it up. Eat three meals a day, and give yourself a snack if you feel like it, after nursing.
And, contrary to what you might think, there are no forbidden foods when breastfeeding. Garlic, spices and cabbage, however may flavor your milk and could cause issues with your baby’s digestive system. Also remember to drink plenty of liquids – water, 100% juice or low fat or fat-free milk can all help keep your body hydrated, so you can produce more milk. It's also important for maintaining your general health.
More information about eating healthy while breastfeeding is on the Gerber site.