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Before I knew it, it was time to head to the hospital as my daughter decided to make an early appearance. This, too, was rather smooth sailing, allowing me to focus on establishing a good start to breastfeeding.
During my pregnancy and while I was (and still am!) breastfeeding, I knew that it was important to maintain a well-balanced diet to meet both my nutritional needs and my baby’s. Along the way, I also realised that it was equally important to supplement my daily diet – either with multivitamins or a milk supplement – to ensure that I received all the essential nutrients in the right amount.
Check out the next few pages for the list of nutrients which I’ve found to be helpful during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
According to nutritionist Karin Graubard-Reiter, nourishing the delicate ecosystem in your baby’s gastrointestinal tract is one of the best ways to boost your baby’s health. This helps to ward off digestive difficulties such as allergies, bloating, gas, constipation, colic and reflux during the first few years.
Since babies’ gut bacteria will continue to develop after birth, mums should continue taking probiotics so that the benefits can be passed on through breastfeeding.
After pregnancy, continue to consume the recommended 400 mcg of folic acid daily when you’re breastfeeding. This helps to nourish your body to keep up with the demands of nursing your baby.
For this, it is recommended to have adequate ‘sun time’ to give your body access to the natural source of vitamin D. Breastfeeding mums should also get approximately 1,000 mg of calcium a day, either by taking a suitable calcium supplement or having 4 servings of dairy products such as yogurt and milk.
Studies have shown that DHA also helps to speed up post-partum delivery due to the anti-inflammatory properties.
As a new mum, you may want to look out for the signs that may indicate iron deficiency, such as feeling tired and having difficulty concentrating. So, do ensure that you are getting the adequate amount of iron through your food intake or by taking an iron supplement.
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