Mother’s nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding period is very important because it particularly affects the health of both mother and the baby. Therefore, mothers should pay attention to their health, along with a scientific diet to have a quality milk source for children.
After giving birth, mothers will lost a lot of energy, blood and water. Therefore, without a full complement of nutrients with a scientific diet and proper resting regime, they will not be able to recover the health and take care of the child. In fact, in this period, many women have phenomena of fat excess but lacks of nutrients because the diet is not reasonable. They eat too much fat while limiting foods with high rate of calcium, iron and mineral. That the reason why the mother’s body is fat but they still suffer from back pain, dizziness, nausea.
In addition, many mothers mistakenly believe that obesity means their body is over nutrients, so they dare not to continue eat more nutrition, and this opinion will greatly affect the health of both mother and the child. To avoid this situation, mothers should have a scientific diet by eating sufficient nutrients and follow these regulations:
- Limit fried, sweet and fast food. Implement more foods high in protein but low in fat as well as using vegetable oils in food processing.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals to the body.
- Drink milk which is specialized for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to ensure sufficient nutrients without gaining weight. Mothers should choose milks with added FOS which is significantly good for the digestive system, helping increase the absorption capacity, because after giving birth, the mother’s digestive system is often weaker and more difficult to absorb nutrients, especially indigested substances like protein.
- Drink plenty of water daily (about 2 to 3 liters) because water is the main ingredient to make up milk for breastfeeding. Besides water, it is possible to drink milk or fruit juice.
- Avoid stimulants like coffee, wine or tobacco which have a negative impact on the baby’s health and nervous system.
- Limit some kinds of spices such as pepper, garlic and onions which can make the infant not to breastfeed.
A scientific diet also helps enrich the supply of nucleotides in the breast milk which is essential to enhance immunity system for babies because at this stage, their immune system’s development is incomplete.