|Breastfeeding makes me so hungry that I find it difficult
to eat a healthy diet – I just keep cramming food in
my mouth whenever I get a chance. How much will my eating
habits affect my baby?
In all likelihood you ate healthily during your pregnancy.
Most pregnant women do feel motivated to improve their diets.
Now that the baby has been born, whether you are breastfeeding
or not, it is vital that you carry these good habits through
with you into motherhood. The benefits for both you and
your baby of a well nourished mother are worth the effort
that it will take. There is real danger that during this
time you will put yourself at the end of the queue, behind
the baby, your husband and the millions of chores that demand
doing just to maintain a thin veneer of order in your life.
That fact of the matter is that a bad diet is going to
make it all seem much harder. Having said that you can probably
give yourself a bit more leeway than you did during pregnancy.
The exception is if you are breastfeeding and your baby
seems to be very sensitive to your diet. In this case, watching
your diet, figuring out which foods affect your baby and
then eliminating them from your diet, is easier than living
with an unhappy, niggling baby. If you have friends who
are willing to help you, it may be worth asking them to
stock up your fridge and cupboards with healthy snacks.
Then when those hunger pangs overwhelm you, you aren’t
reaching for the sweets and biscuits because it’s
a quick and easy way to get some sugar into yourself! If
this support is not forthcoming then you are going to have
to make the effort yourself. Just get into the habit of
stocking up on those nutritious alternatives when you are
going to the shops anyway.
It is unlikely that a poor diet will have a big effect
on your milk if you are breastfeeding. In all likelihood,
the nutrition that your baby needs will be taken from your
body if your diet does not supply it. So considering all
that your body has just been though with the pregnancy and
birth, you will not be doing yourself any favours if you
don’t eat wisely. Even in the case of women with severe
nutrition problems, their milk supply is surprisingly adequate,
but at severe cost to themselves. Your body has a lot of
recovering to do. Your baby and your family need to you
to cope as best you can at the moment. The demands on you
at this time will be very tough. All these are good reasons
to eat the most nourishing food that you can. You and your
family deserve it!
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