It’s natural after your delivery for you to focus all your attention on your newborn baby. Traditions of what to eat and what not to vary from country to country and even from family to family. I’ve collated some of the best wisdom to help you with all nutrition you require for after the birth.
Eating well by paying attention to your diet is essential for a happy baby and a happy mom. Everything you eat will be transferred to your baby through your breast milk so its important to eat a balanced diet so that your baby will get the right nutrients for growth and development. First your baby gets colostrum, a high protein easy to digest liquid that is full of disease fighting immunoglobulins and after three days your milk comes in.
Keep you and your baby healthy with these food tips for after the birth:
- If you are breast feeding and think that a particular food is affecting your baby cut it out for a few days and see what happens.
- Sometimes it is best to avoid cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and onions, and cows milk, eggs and chocolate, or foods that are too hot and spicy.
- Include some foods to boost your vital energy: oats, rice, potato, sweet potato, mushrooms (shiitake and button), yam, basil clove, cinnamon, dill, fennel, fenugreek, ginger, nutmeg, rosemary, thyme and jasmine tea.
- Eat plenty of soups (fish, chicken, beef, lamb, oxtail, vegetable with ginger)
- Include nutritious snacks such as yogurt, eggs, hummus, nuts, seeds, chicken and vegetable pies or cooked seasonal fruits with cinnamon, cardamom or ginger between meals.
- Bone Stock; fish or meat soup, it is said, can help a new mum produce more breast milk.
- Include organic whole grains fresh fruits and vegetables as well as foods rich in calcium and adequate soluble and insoluble fiber.
- Oats and a good source of fibre, iron, calcium and protein. Add dried fruit , some cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom or other spices.
- Dried beans and lentils Rich in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals
- Lightly cooked foods are more nourishing
What foods to avoid for after the birth
Avoid cold food and drinks
Avoid uncooked food; banana, cabbage, cucumber, coconut
Avoid salty foods, too much salt can reduce breast milk
Avoid acidic foods; pineapple, mango, lemon and lime
Avoid heat producing foods; chilli, pepper, too many spices, spirits and medicine
Avoid windy foods; onions and pumpkin