Diet for Breastfeeding

Your diet for healthy breastfeeding

It goes without saying that it is important for the health of both mother and baby to eat responsibly when breastfeeding. Your diet and breast milk are connected to each other. If you are breastfeeding and not ingesting enough nutrients then this is mainly at the expense of you and your health. When you eat healthily you will recover quickly and soon be fit again.

Your baby gets used to taste

In general you can continue to eat and drink as usual during lactation. It may be that your baby responds a bit stronger to some things, but that will show on its own. If you are used to eating spicy food then you may also do so when breastfeeding, because your baby has already grown used to it during pregnancy and will not respond to it now.

Drinking

It is recommended to drink at least two litres a day. The recommended amount of milk is 450 ml. In addition you may also drink tea, water, soft drinks and fruit juice. When drinking caffeinated beverages it is recommended to limit yourself to a few cups a day, because the caffeine will end up in your breast milk making the baby restless.

A tip: While breastfeeding have a glass of water, tea or juice next to you. To keep you hydrated.

Additional nutrients

Breastfeeding costs extra energy which means a woman needs an additional 500 kilocalories a day. It is also advised to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. In addition you can supplement with extra vitamin C and try eating two to three servings of fruit a day.

What is discouraged?

Eating more than two portions of fatty fish is discouraged as well as eating predatory fish (fresh tuna and swordfish), because these fish may contain large amounts of dioxins. In addition, it is advisable to be careful with the use of alcohol.

Any questions?

Would you like to know more about breastfeeding? Please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask for our lactation consultant.