Tips and food suggestions that may help enrich breast milk and help keep babies calm and happy.
Congratulations! You finally gave birth to your beautiful baby. The nurses in the hospital should have shown you how to breastfeed your baby and help you choose a position that is most comfortable for you. Most woman are able to breastfeed without complications. Although I have to admit it takes a few weeks for both you and your baby to be comfortable and figure out what and how it is best for both of you. One thing they don’t usually tell you in the hospital is what foods to eat to make the breast milk richer.
By now, I am sure you know that drinking coffee and eating chocolate is not good for your breast milk or your baby. In the very beginning many foods that you maybe used to eating may bother the baby. Foods like raw cabbage, peas, any kind of peppers, cucumbers, milk and some other foods may cause the baby to have gas or colic. It is definitely important to eat vegetables and fruits as your body is in great needs of vitamins and minerals which these foods contain. Unfortunately your baby’s little stomach will not be very happy with them, but there is away to eat the vegetables and keep the baby happy.
Here are some foods that I found are very good for the breast milk and keep the baby calm:
My number one food would have to be almonds: Almonds contain a lot of calcium which as a nursing mother you need the more the better. They are also very high in calories and do not cause irritability in children, but do wonders for your breast milk.
Avocado: This wonderful fruit is full of vitamins. Make an avocado salad for lunch or have it a snack. Avocados are high in fat, but that fat is not bad. This fat will help enrich your breast milk.
Soups: I have mentioned before that some vegetables may irritate your baby’s stomach. One way to introduce the vegetables is through soups. Cooked vegetables most of the time don’t cause gases in babies or at least not as bad as a raw vegetable. Soups are very satisfying and is a good way for you to get the vitamins that you so much need and to give them to your baby. I use frozen fresh vegetable mix for a quick soup. Chicken soup is also very good. It is high in fat and many other nutrient that greatly enrich your breast milk as well as help with the production of it.