Foods To Include In Your Breastfeeding Plan

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Wondering what to eat to make sure the baby you’re breastfeeding is getting all they need? Here are some foods that shouldn’t disappear from your diet.

Foods To Include In Your Breastfeeding Plan

If you’re a mother, or a husband that’s learning how to deal with a newborn baby, then you should know that breastfeeding is no joke and that it requires more than just cradling a baby and making sure they get to drink the milk.

You should know that a mom’s diet also plays a part in the process, which is why it’s important that said mom is getting all the nutrition that she needs. As such, these foods should never disappear from your breastfeeding diet:

  1. Whole Grains – Besides having calcium, fiber and iron, complex carbohydrates such as whole gains are also known to aid lactation by stimulating the breastfeeding hormone pitocin.
  2. Dairy – You’re eating for two now, which means that your blood’s supply of calcium is now going into the production of your child’s milk. As such, it’s important to make sure that you always replenish your calcium stores, something you can do through dairy products like cheese, curd and, of course, milk.
  3. Leafy Greens – Abundant in folate, iron, calcium and magnesium, leafy greens such as spinach, dill and fenugreek can help boost your immune system. A healthy mommy is a healthy baby, of course.
  4. Gourds – Easy on the stomach and the pocket, gourds such as bottle and ridge are known to assist lactation, all while making sure your body is hydrated by fluids that are vitamin-rich in nature.
  5. Fish – Fish like salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical for a baby’s development, as well as for lactating mothers.
  6. Nuts and Seeds – In order to help increase the breast milk supply, mothers should also stock up on nuts and seeds.
  7. Garlic – Although commonly used as a spice, garlic can actually help your breastfeeding diet because it can help maintain the digestive fire, increase your milk, prevent any infection and even detoxify the body.  How’s that for a cheap spice?

BreastfeedingMothers nurse their children during the “7th Mexican Breastfeeding Festival”, to mark the World Breastfeeding Week, at the Bonatic Garden of the Chapultepec Park in Mexico City on August 4, 2018. PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images