If you’re breastfeeding your baby, the way you eat and especially what you eat is more important than ever. Just think that all you eat becomes your baby’s food, all the vitamins, all the strength and energy that you produce goes also to your child.
So let’s talk about diet after giving birth. In order to produce quality milk, your body uses about 100 to 150 additional calories per day; so, while breastfeeding a woman needs an additional 500 calories per day.
For example, if before giving birth, you needed 2000 calories to maintain your weight and health, now that you’re breastfeeding your baby, you will need 2700 calories
If before getting pregnant vitamins were necessary, after birthing, they are even more important. So you should pay extra attention to your vitamin intake. Focus on your vitamin B12, vitamin D, protein, calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6 and folate. If these vitamins are at their best level in your body, everything is going to be alright.
But, if their level is low, you will still be able to produce milk, but your body will suffer, as you no longer have all the energy your body needs during this important time of your life.
Being well-hydrated is a major problem. Many of us – pregnant or not – don’t drink enough liquids to keep our hydration at optimum level. So, if you’re breastfeeding, drinking plenty of liquids, water, tea, fresh juices, is extremely important. Try drinking at least 8 cups a day.
Of course, smoking, drinking, taking any kind of drugs is to be avoided. Anyway, if you need medication, you really should talk this with your doctor, because, remember, what you take ends up in your precious baby’s body. So stay healthy!