OB ABCs

Month 2

month_02Women who are breastfeeding should aim to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and calcium-rich foods.

During your pregnancy, your child depended on you to grow and develop. Now that your baby is here, your child will continue to depend on you to have his or her nutritional needs met through breastfeeding.

Women who are breastfeeding should aim to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and calcium-rich foods. In addition to eating a balanced diet, a physician might also recommend continuing a prenatal vitamin regimen to ensure both you and your child are getting all the vitamins you both need.

Staying hydrated is also an important component of producing breast milk. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and refill it as needed during the day.

What to Limit

Once your baby is born, you may want beverages you couldn’t have while pregnant, such as caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Having a cup of coffee with your breakfast is fine, but large amounts of caffeine in your breast milk can make your baby fussy or disrupt his or her sleep cycle.

The same goes for alcoholic beverages. If you are planning on having a glass of wine with dinner, wait two hours before nursing your child or nurse your child before drinking.

Could It Be Allergies?

While some foods, such as broccoli or cauliflower, can cause your little one to experience gas, there are a variety of foods that can cause a newborn to have an allergic reaction. These include:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and peanuts
  • Shellfish

If your baby is spitting up or vomiting after feedings or has bloody, loose or frequent bowel movements, talk with your physician and refrain from eating anything that has caused your child to have this reaction. Keeping a food diary might be helpful in identifying and eliminating troublesome foods. However, if your child experiences trouble breathing or has a swollen face, seek medical attention immediately.

TIPS

  • The average length of time for moms across the world to breastfeed is four years. Breastfeeding serves as an economical and efficient way for mothers to provide their children with needed nutrition and a healthy start.
  • The quantity and taste of breast milk can change; therefore, maintain a healthy diet with adequate fluids. And—get some rest!