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WHAT SHOULD I EAT WHILE BREAST FEEDING?

Pregnancy and Lactation

WHAT SHOULD I EAT WHILE BREAST FEEDING?

Dt. Batul Slatewala 16 Aug 2019 437 Views

 

When a child is born, all the near and dear ones are rhapsodic! But the one person who feels over the top is the mother of the new born! If the child is the first one then it’s a different ball game altogether! The nine months of long trial a mother undergoes seems like a flash once she holds the new born in her arms! However, being a mother to a new born is huge responsibility.You have to be on alert all the time. The mother is not only responsible for the nourishment of the new born, but she also needs to take care of herself. She is at the weakest after giving birth and therefore she needs to be vigilant when it comes to taking care of herself as well as the baby.

While breast feeding, a mother needs to have the right kind of diet, as her body needs to heal and recover from pregnancy and childbirth. She also needs to make sure that the milk the baby gets, is filled with right nutrients.

REASONS FOR WEIGHT GAIN DURING LACTATION:

Meeting the needs of lactation requires a nutrient dense diet. Food is the only source of nutrients. But in India, traditionally lactating women are given foods laded with heavy portions of ghee. Intake of traditional food supplements along with their daily diet is a common practice. These traditional food supplement consists of dry fruits, sugars, clarified butter which are high in calorie and rich source of saturated fats.

 In ancient times, women used to spend nearly 6-7 hours a day in household chores, like cleaning, cooking, taking care of kids, and other activities, so extra calories were required. But now lifestyle has changed. Housework is done by maids. Lactating women are advised to eat more and take rest.Therefore, breast feeding is taken by mothers as a license to eat whatever they like.Hence, overindulgenceof high fat foods and having a sedentary lifestyle for 3-6 months postpartum may put the mothers at a high risk for obesity.

A “perfect” diet is not required for breast feeding mothers.In general, a wise move would be to switch over to fresh fruits, yoghurt, milk and veggies. You can include traditional food supplements also.However, these foods can be modified to increase its micronutrient quality and reduce the fat content. This will reduce the risk of obesity in mothers and benefit infant’sgrowth by enhancing lactation performance.

 Good nutrition is required by lactating mother to heal and recover her body from pregnancy and childbirth.The RDAs are generally based on allowances for the non-pregnant, non-lactating woman plus the amount secreted in milk.

Recommended dietary intake for the lactating women.

NUTRIENTS

RDIs

 

0-6months of lactation

6-12 months of lactation

ENERGY (Kcal)

+550

+400

PROTEIN (gm)

+25

+18

CALCIUM (mg)

1000

1000

IRON (mg)

30

30

Vitamin A/Retinol (mcg)

950

950

B-carotene

3800

3800

Thiamine (mcg)

+0.3

+0.2

Riboflavin (mcg)

+0.3

+0.2

Niacin (mcg)

+0.4

 

+0.3

Ascorbic acid (mcg)

80

80

Folic acid (mcg)

150

150

Vitamin B12(mcg)

15

15

 

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