New mommies often wonder which foods contain the best nutrition for their little ones. When breastfeeding, you want to be sure you're not only feeding to keep yourself strong and healthy, but feeding yourself well enough to pass on all the nutrients you can to your quickly growing little one.
Here is a list of five top tips for breastfeeding mommies.
1. Eat about 500 calories more per day than normal to provide adequate energy to produce breast milk. Make those calories count by including foods full of vitamins, minerals and healthy complex carbohydrates, protein and fats, not just junk full of empty calories. Try a NutriBlast with leafy greens, an array of colorful fruits and your favorite boost.
2. As your baby grows, your milk will change to meet your baby's needs and is the easiest milk of all for your baby to digest. Breast milk has just the right amount of protein carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals and contains antibodies and other immune factors that help protect against infections and disease – benefits that last a lifetime.
3. Breast-fed babies will need a Vitamin D supplement to help support bone development.
4. Avoid caffeine, smoking and drinking alcohol while breast feeding. Alcohol inhibits the production of oxytocin, a hormone that encourages the flow of breast milk.
5. Don’t go too long without a meal or snack. It is important to keep your energy up and this also prevents overindulging at the next meal. Eat every 3-4 hours. Have healthy snacks on hand that are also easy to grab with one hand!