Giving birth to your child is one of the most memorable experiences in life. Breastfeeding your child and making sure that the best nutrition is given to the infant can be the most satisfying thing every imagined. Good nutrition that goes into the child should therefore come from a healthy body.
Good nutrition and diet after pregnancy and while breastfeeding is very important as continuously giving breast milk can dehydrate and exhaust the mother. The best way to stay healthy is to make sure that the right foods are taken and the quantities of fluids are increased.
There are old wives’ tales that say that new mothers should immediately take hot and nutrition rich soup or broth that is made from beef or chicken. This is to ensure that the milk supply does not dry up and that the proteins will make the body heal faster. This tale is based on truth and is actually still being practiced today and encouraged.
Having a good diet and taking in of a lot of fluids will ensure not only prevention of dehydration, but that the body can get back in shape quicker. The breast milk encourages the uterus to contract and expel the waste left inside. The contractions lead to gradual weight loss especially in the abdominal area and the woman will feel more active. Of course, the constant feeding and the schedule that go with it are exhausting, that is why frequent eating of proper foods is encouraged.
When breastfeeding, it is best to keep a thermos with water beside the bed. It is surprising how breastfeeding can produce so much sweat, even if the room is cool because of an air conditioner. The heat produced by the body encourages the weight loss also.
Mothers are encouraged to eat nutrition rich foods during breastfeeding, but most are resistant because of the false belief that the weight will only increase. There is absolutely no truth to this as has been proven time and time again that women who breastfeed and eat good food not only lost the weight earlier, but actually fed their children milk for a long time, without having to resort to cow’s milk.