What Should You Eat While on a Breastfeeding Diet?

After giving birth, many moms are religiously trying to go back on a diet and lose the extra wait gained by pregnancy.

And after the first three months of not seeing tangible results, they often give up or lose hope.

But little do moms know, that the body goes into an automatic fat burning process three months after giving birth.

It’s like hitting the reset button when the body confronts itself and starts working properly.

Having said that, what you eat can have an effect on the overall process.

So let’s see what you should eat while breastfeeding your little one:

  • Oatmeal – for a breastfeeding diet, oatmeal is the healthiest way to stay full after breakfast. Besides, it’s known to help increase your milk supply.
  • Salmon – nothing can be better to help the baby’s nervoids system than salmon. It’s rich in protein and DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid. One of the best foods to eat as a breastfeeding mom, it doesn’t convert into body fat – a super healthy choice!
  • Beans – if you don’t get too gassy after eating beans, you shouldn’t worry about the baby. Passes through breast milk, beans don’t pass any gas issues to the baby. The important nutrients are iron and proteins!
  • Almonds – again, a little remark before we recommend almonds to all breastfeeding moms. Obviously for people with allergic reactions on almonds, this doesn’t work. Allergies aside, for any mom’s breastfeeding diet, almonds are great because they are rich in protein and calcium.
  • Yogurt – just like almonds, this product is packed with calcium and protein. Make sure to include yogurt into your breastfeeding diet.
  • Spinach – and any other green vegetable, like broccoli or Swiss chard should be on your plate every day, especially if you are a vegan breastfeeding mom. That’s because they are nutrient-dense and rich in calcium.
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Having a look at what you should eat, now you should focus on consuming products that will increase your breastmilk supply and make it stronger:

  • Brewer’s Yeast – if you like smoothies for breakfast, it’s easy to add some yeast to them. It’ll work as a great source of energy and give the body a signal to increase milk supply.
  • Fenugreek – this inexpensive product can be on your list for high milk supply when your supply goes really low. To start, you can take 3 capsules a day, and then reduced the dose a bit to continue taking this supplement throughout all your breastfeeding period.
  • Garlic – well, it’s true that your husband might not be happy to kiss you right after you eat garlic, but your milk supply will increase quite well if you add it to your food while breastfeeding.
  • Apricots – dried aprictos are fine too. They are rich in calcium and will help you increase milk production.

And last, but not least, here is what you should avoid while breastfeeding:

  • Alcohol – alcohol can go into the baby’s system with the breast milk. So keep this in mind before you decide to reach for a glass of wine.
  • Caffeine – consuming coffee in moderate amounts is okay, but just make sure you don’t reach for 3+ cups a day.
  • Peppermint – this herb is known to decrease the breast milk. Try to avoid it as much as possible.
  • Parsley – same as pepperming, it is a herb that decreases the breast milk, and you wouldn’t want that now, would  you.