Dr Christopher Chong, Ob-Gyn at Gleneagles Hospital has some advice: Get enough rest, keep yourself hydrated and eat a balanced diet. The good news is, you will feel hungrier than usual as your body will be burning about 300 to 500 more calories a day.
Food to avoid
- Diuretic food will affect the quality and quantity of milk supply like coffee, tea, parsley
- Food that will affect the supply of breast milk like peppermint, menthol, oregano
- Shellfish, swordfish, king mackerel, crustaceans because they may contain mercury and other contaminants
Food to eat
- Food that can increase breast milk supply like carrots, oatmeal, fenugreek
- Food high in calcium and protein good for child's bone, teeth and muscle development like dairy products, eggs
- Spinach is a good source of folic acid, a deficiency can give rise to anemia in babies.