ENJOY YOUR BABY AND FORGET THE CALORIES: HERE ARE SOME IDEAL FOODS TO EAT WHILE BREASTFEEDING
First the good news: with breastfeeding, your baby receives all the vitamins and nutrients he or she needs from breast milk. The basic composition of breast milk does not depend on what you eat. If you eat a variety of healthy foods, you don't need a special food program during breastfeeding. But a little advice isn’t a bad idea.
Do you recognize yourself in this? As soon as your child begins to nurse, you get thirsty. You've probably learned quickly to keep something to drink nearby while breastfeeding. Ideally keep a bottle of water in the diaper bag or on the night stand. In addition to water and mineral water, herbal teas without sugar are excellent. At Lidl you'll find a large assortment.
Nutrition during pregnancy: eat by listening to your body
The best thing, as always, is to eat by listening to your body. During breast feeding you have a higher daily calorie requirement so you feel hungrier. And three months after giving birth you do not need to already be a supermodel. Of course not! Enjoy this miracle, that your body has made and is making, rather than think about calories.
This doesn't mean you should let yourself go and satisfy any craving you get. Every day you need about 500-600 more calories, exactly those contained in a chocolate bar. But that won’t satisfy your hunger. So: opt for healthy foods.
The rule is: keep eating lots of vitamins and minerals during breast feeding. At Lidl you’ll find all you need for a healthy diet while breastfeeding: fruits, vegetables, grains (fibre), potatoes, fish (sushi is allowed now), meat (now including cold cuts and liver) and dairy products (and raw milk? Of course, now you can!) and the least possible amount of sweets.
Vitamins while breastfeeding
For the baby vitamins K and D are important. Vitamin D is important for bone formation, even that of the baby. So it's worth paying attention to vitamin D when you eat. It’s contained, for example, in chicken eggs, champignon or chanterelle mushrooms. Vitamin K is especially important for blood clotting. This vital substance is also used by the body to better assimilate calcium. Exactly, ideal for bones.
Vitamin K is contained among other things also in these foods:
At Lidl you’ll always find a wide range of fresh products.
Food intolerance in the baby?
It can happen that certain foods, such as cabbage, sour fruit such as citrus fruit and strawberries or even chocolate, may cause discomfort or injuries to the baby’s bottom. But these are very individual reactions and not always linked to a food. You know your baby better than anyone else. Don't worry and don't be afraid to seek some good advice: you just have to find out what is good for your child. It won’t be long before you'll know exactly how to react.
A tip about alcohol and caffeine while breastfeeding
The advice for pregnancy is still more or less valid because alcohol and caffeine are transferred in breast milk. So, if you want a coffee, breastfeed first and then have a small cup. With coffee, the rule of moderation holds.
As far as wine, beer etc., you should know that alcohol and breastfeeding just do not go together at all. A few more months without alcohol won’t make a big difference.