breastfeeding mothers have to follow a strict diet?
The only diet needed during breastfeeding is a well-balanced
one. Food intake can be increased since nutritional
requirements are greater for protein, B vitamins, vitamins
A, D, E, and C, calcium, phosphorus and iron. Drinking to
satisfy the nursing motherís thirst helps to prevent
dehydration and supplies enough fluid to produce an adequate
milk supply. Caffeine and alcohol should be consumed in
small amounts, if any, since small traces are passed through
the milk to the infant. Some mothers may find that certain
foods upset their infants and thus may want to limit or
eliminate those foods from their diets.
If a nursing mother does not eat a well-balanced diet, it is
the motherís health than will be compromised. The milk will
still be nutritious and beneficial to the infant. If the
mother is truly malnourished the quality of her milk will
remain constant but the quantity will be less.
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