How Much to Eat When You Are Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is a unique experience that creates a special bond between mothers and babies. It is also an anxious time as the age old question of ‘what should I eat or avoid during breastfeeding’ is on every new mummy’s mind. If you are breastfeeding, it is recommended that you increase your calorie intake by about 500. But a doctor’s consultation is advised because a lot depends on your weight, height and medical history.
Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding:
- Alcohol remains in your blood for over an hour. So limit alcohol consumption while you are breastfeeding or wait for at least a few hours after a drink before you feed your baby.
- Limit caffeine consumption to two cups of tea or coffee per day. If your baby seems restless, ensure that you lower your caffeine intake.
- Drink plenty of water as breastfeeding will dehydrate your body.
- Certain foods can change the color or your breast milk. For example, eating too many carrots can turn the milk orange! However, the quality of your milk will not be affected, and you can continue to breastfeed.
- Your breastfeeding diet should change as your child grows older. You should change your diet and include certain foods when you are breastfeeding a baby older than six months. It is important to work out a diet chart with the help of your nutritionist.
- Increase your calcium intake.
- If your baby has any allergies or is lactose intolerant, you should seek your doctor’s advice and change your diet accordingly.