Breastfeeding Week

August 1, 2024 – August 7, 2024 all-day

The advantages of breastfeeding are numerous.  Breast milk is ultimately the best source of nutrition for a new baby.  Many components in breast milk help protect your baby against infection and disease. Breastfeeding babies get carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, and hormones from their mother’s milk.  When a breastfeeding mom isn’t getting the needed nutrients from her diet, her body will provide them from its own stores.

In addition to taking lots of water which is the main ingredient in your breast milk, try to make these healthy foods a regular part of your diet.

  1. Avocados

When one is breastfeeding, they may constantly feel hungry. Avocados are nearly 80 percent fat and help maintain a feeling of fullness in addition to providing your body with heart-healthy fats. Avocados are also a good source of B vitamins, vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

  1. Chia seeds

Chia seeds are not only a rich source of fiber, protein, calci­um, and magnesium but also have a high omega-3 fatty acid content. Due to their high fiber and protein content as well as their favorable fatty acid concentration, chia seeds help you feel more satisfied and fuller longer after a meal. Chia oil is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and has a neutral and pleasant flavor.

  1. Beans and legumes

Beans and legumes are good sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, and phytoestrogens. Eating a variety of beans and legumes is good not only for your general health, but also for helping to ensure that you have a healthy milk supply. For instance, soybeans have the highest phytoestrogen content of all beans.

  1. Nuts

Nuts are high in essential minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc as well as vitamin K and B vitamins. They are also a healthy source of essential fatty acids and protein.

  1. Whole grains

Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including fiber, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate) and minerals (iron, magnesium and selenium). They include millet, whole wheat, rye and oats are good choices to incorporate into your diet.


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