Lactation needs adequate nutrition

Today, you already have an awareness of the need to maintain health during pregnancy, including the matter of nutrition. However, once the baby is born, you immediately restrict food.

The reason is, the nutritional needs of nursing ain't like pregnancy. If the quantity and quality of the food you consume are the same as the pregnancy, you fear, your body is stretched.

This is clearly not appropriate.

When the baby is born, you still have to meet the nutritional needs of two individuals, you yourself and your baby. It lasts at least in the first months of the baby's life. At that time, the only source of the baby's food is breast milk.

If you have to work harder to care for baby, family, and sometimes in the workplace but ain't matched with adequate food intake, your nutritional status can decrease.

Therefore, your daily breastfeeding diet should be maintained, so the body doesn't become thin. It's recommended not to abstain from food, although it's also not advisable to overeating.

The calculations are roughly like this. Averagely, 100 cc of milk contains an energy of 60 kcal, 1 g of protein, and 3 g of fat. By calculation, you can produce milk as much as 800 cc a day; the efficiency of the use of food is by 80 percent; the daily average energy needs 600 additional calories while the addition of protein is about 13 g.

It's estimated, 200 kcal of nursing meet is met from your fat stores, so it takes about 400 kcal. Usually, additional energy is generally recommended about 500 kcal per day. You also require fat as sources of energy and essential fatty acids (EFAs).

EFAs are including arachidonic and docosahexaenoic acids. Both are instrumental in maintaining acuity and visual, as well as neural development. Because the body can't form them, EFAs must be obtained from food.

Your need for EFAs is 3 percent of the total energy. In lactation, the additional needs are ranged about 4 percent of the total energy.

The composition of fatty acids in milk depends on the fat source in your daily diet, your stores, and the bioavailability of forming. Therefore, paying attention to fat intake in nursing becomes very important, so the optimal composition of fatty acids in breast milk can be achieved.

You also require calcium in sufficient quantities. When you can't drink milk as a source of calcium due to allergies, you'd get supplementation of 1 g of calcium per day. Don't forget, you need to consume a source of vitamins.

Generally, your diet has no effect on the baby. However, foods, such as chocolate, tomatoes, onions, and cabbage, can sometimes lead to bloating, and baby stools become soft or liquid. If it's so, you shouldn't consume these foods.

You'd drink water about 3 l per day. Oral drugs should also be avoided, unless absolutely necessary. The drug can affect the baby.

If taking antithyroid and anticancer drugs, lithium, isoniazid, and other specific drugs, you shouldn't breastfeed because the types will be carried into the milk. It's highly recommended to consult a doctor before taking the medication during breastfeeding.

Smoking and drinking alcohol should also be stopped because they can inhibit milk production.

Remember, your nutritional status in nursing needs to consider as one of the efforts to achieve successful breastfeeding in the early life of the baby. Nutrients in food also determine the success of child development early in life.

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