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A Diet for Better Breastfeeding

If you are breastfeeding, the nutrients you take in are the same ones your baby does as well. Follow these eight tips for a better breastfeeding diet for both of you.

1. Avoid foods that contain caffeine as they can upset a baby’s stomach.

2. Switch full-fat dairy for low-fat dairy products -- the extra fat is unnecessary.

3. To stay hydrated, drink plenty of water and avoid sugary sodas.

4. Spicy foods can upset a baby’s stomach, so avoid them when possible.

5. Consume low-mercury-containing fish, such as wild-caught salmon and rainbow trout, which are high in brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

6. Foods known to cause gas, such as cabbage, should be avoided, even if they do not cause gas in the mother.

7. Limit alcohol consumption and wait at least two hours to breastfeed after drinking alcohol.

8. Avoid added-sugar or fried foods, which can cause your baby to be fussy and offer little nutritional value.

“The best nutrition a woman can give her baby is breast milk,” says Susie Morrison, R.N.C.-O.B., lactation consultant at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “Women’s
bodies were made to provide this perfect form of nutrition that helps babies grow healthy and strong.”

Texas Health Cleburne offers lactation services and resources to new mothers, including education and breast pump sales. For more information, please call 817-556-5590 or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne. (Summer 2010)

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