Diet Tips for Breastfeeding Moms & How Moms can enhance Lactation
“Breastfeeding is a journey of love, strength, and sacrifice, creating an unbreakable connection between mother and child.”
As we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. The heart of breastfeeding lies in the love of a mother for her child. It is an unparalleled experience of holding your baby close, providing them with sustenance, comfort, and a sense of security. Breastfeeding Week, celebrated annually in the first week of August, is dedicated to promoting breastfeeding and raising awareness about its importance.
YES Breastfeeding can at times be demanding, both physically and emotionally. In my view new Moms should prioritize self-care, rest, and support from family and friends.
Would like to hereby share certain Benefits of Breastfeeding with all loving Moms-
Breast milk is a rich source of essential nutrients, antibodies, and enzymes that aid in the healthy development of your baby’s immune system, brain, and overall growth. The antibodies in breast milk help protect the baby from various infections and illnesses, reducing the risk of allergies and chronic diseases later in life. Trust me, Breastfeeding fosters a profound emotional connection between the mother and her child, promoting feelings of warmth, love, and security. Breast milk is easily digestible so less digestive issues in new born.
Studies suggest that breastfeeding may lower the mother’s risk of certain cancers, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular diseases as well.
While breastfeeding is natural, it may not always come easily. Some mothers may face challenges that require patience and support from family members but at same time seeking guidance from a lactation consultant can be invaluable.
Since Ages, one of the challenges noticed of breastfeeding (especially in the early months) is sleep deprivation. Frequent night feedings can at times disrupt a mother’s sleep patterns thereby leading to fatigue.
Hormonal changes also play a significant role in the breastfeeding journey. The release of oxytocin during breastfeeding promotes feelings of relaxation and bonding, but it can also lead to mood swings and emotional vulnerability, known as the “baby blues”. Trust me, these emotional changes are usually temporary, but if they persist or intensify, it’s essential for the mother to seek support from healthcare physician (would recommend homeopathy).
Now would like to share few diet tips for Breastfeeding moms –
- Drink plenty of water (coconut water, vegetable soup as alternates) throughout the day to stay hydrated and support milk production.
- Nutritious Diet: A well-balanced diet like colorful Rainbow diet, rich in nutrients and fluids, is crucial for maintaining milk supply and ensuring the mother’s well-being.
- Incorporate sources of healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil, which are essential for brain development in the baby.
- Calcium: Dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified plant-based milk can help fulfil the calcium needs and support bone health.
- Iron-Rich Foods: Consume iron-rich foods like spinach, lentils, and lean meats to prevent anemia and maintain energy levels.
A caring mom can nurse baby at regular intervals to establish a consistent feeding routine. Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and during feedings enhances bonding and stimulates milk production. Adequate rest and sleep are very much required (whenever possible) to support your overall well-being and milk production with family support. New moms breastfeeding can also aid in shedding pregnancy weight as it burns those extra calories too.
I would like to recommend that you need to breastfeed babies for atleast 6 months and can be a part of daily diet upto 2yrs years of age as well. Few mothers do face difficulty in breast feeding due to infection (mastitis), sore nipple and pain, insufficient milk production. In such a scenario (and other related issues) Homeopathy can be helpful for a smooth breast feeding.
Homeopathy offers a range of remedies that may help improve breast milk production for nursing mothers. However, it is essential to consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner before using any medication.
Here are some commonly used homeopathic medicines for promoting lactation:
- Ricinus communis: This remedy may be beneficial for increasing milk supply in nursing mothers experiencing inadequate milk production.
- Asafoetida: Recommended for mothers facing challenges due to emotional disturbances or anxiety, which can sometimes interfere with milk production.
- Pulsatilla: Useful when there is a tendency for milk supply to decrease due to emotional factors, such as sensitivity or weepiness.
- Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is indicated for nursing mothers who feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or experience anxiety about caring for the baby.