Monday, 28 August 2017

Food that are good and bad for nursing

It goes without saying that your top priority is to stay healthy if you are breastfeeding.

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
  • Alcohol
  • 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
  • Salmon
  • Spinach is a good source of folic acid, a deficiency can give rise to anemia in babies.


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