Best Foods For A New And Breastfeeding Mum

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Becoming a new mum takes a lot. You may feel like you don’t have time to eat well or eat at all regularly, but it is so important that you do. You need to look after yourself so you can look after someone else and that someone else will need and depend on all the extra food and nutrients you take in to help them grow and be strong.

As a breastfeeding mum, there isn’t a moment in the day that your body isn’t active­ly making milk for your little one. Many nursing mamas report feeling constantly hungry, and this comes from the number of calories used to make each ounce of milk. It’s vital to consume nutrient-dense foods that help refuel your body. Add these healthy breastfeeding superfoods to your diet to get the nutrients you need. Some may help increase breast milk supply!

The best foods needed for new mums and for the best milk supply for breastfeeding include:

• Oats
• Herbal Teas
• Fish
• Eggs
• Soups
• Lentils
• Fruit
• Vegetbles
• Ginger

The most important thing is to look after yourself as a new parent to keep yourself going. If you choose to breastfeed your baby you will need to take in extra nutrients to establish a good milk supply as well as:

• Eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fibre
• Add an extra 300-500 calories of healthy food a day in the first 6 months if breastfeeding exclusively
• Drink lots of fluids to replace what your baby drinks
• Limit caffeine and alcohol intake

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