Post-partum brings with it a host of new challenges and changes in a woman’s body. In between trying to get ample sleep and feeding the baby, a mother tends to lose out on the right nutrition. Breastfeeding leads to calorie drain and choosing the right diet during this period is critical for both mother and child.
Being mindful about potential cravings and nutritional needs will help a mother sail through this period without losing or gaining weight. Here are some valuable tips to prepare yourself.
When you’re chronically tired from nursing (or bottle feeding) a newborn at all hours of the night, you’re going to be craving sugar and carbs. Your body will start to crave sugar when you’re tired because it’s what your body can use for energy most quickly.
When you mention bacteria, most people immediately think of harmful disease-causing germs. However our bodies are full of bacteria and they are integral to our bodily functions. These “good” or “helpful” bacteria are beneficial for your health and especially for the digestive system.
Breastfeeding is not only great for your baby, but for most women it also has the advantage of burning some extra calories, which can help to shed extra pounds gained during pregnancy. Breastfeeding burns an additional 300-500 calories per day and has been shown to reduce postpartum weight retention for most women, even without caloric restriction.
Storing breast milk is becoming a common practice. Your baby can have it anytime during the day or night. Pumping breast milk is also important to maintain milk supply. If you are a young working mother, you can store breast milk for your baby as it will let you continue nursing.
Mother’s milk is the most appropriate nutrition for newborn babies and young infants. New data show that breast milk plays a critical role in the metabolism and the immune system of the baby, especially by providing beneficial bacteria to the newborn´s immature gut. However, not all breast milks are the same. The composition and quality of breast milk depend heavily on maternal diet and lifestyle.
Nursing, nutrition and nerve supply are essential for healthy babies and children. Without these building blocks, your child’s health can be compromised and affect them for the rest of their life. With them, your infants and children will have the ability to grow and develop in a healthy way, adapt to their environment and express their full potential for a lifetime.