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Ideal Diet for Breastfeeding Mother

Ideal Diet for Breastfeeding Mother

by: Dt. Sandhya Gugnani
Consultant- Dietetics

Lactating mothers pass on the nutrients to their baby, to promote his or her growth and health, through breast feeding, thus, it is important to focus on making healthy choices to stimulate increase of milk production. Eating a variety of foods while lactating will change the flavor of your breast milk which would expose your baby to different tastes. This might later help him or her to accept solid foods more easily.

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Diet Tips:

  • Opt for protein-rich foods, such as lean chicken, eggs, milk & milk products, lentils.
  • Choose a variety of whole grains as well as fruits and vegetables.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables to reduce exposure to pesticide residue.
  • DrinkFennel (saunf) / Carrom (ajwain) seed water
  • Include spices like Sesame (til), fenugreek (methi) seeds, black pepper (kali mirch), turmeric(haldi).
  • Munch on well cooked vegetables & grated salads.
  • Take Garlic and onion chutneyalong with snacks.
  • Opt for small, frequent and easy to digest meals.

Foods to be Included:

  • Milk and milk products
  • Badam (Almond)/ Groundnut kheer
  • Carrot kheer / halwa
  • Fruit custard
  • Soups + Rasams
  • Palak(Spinach)/ methi (fenugreek)/ paneer (cottage cheese) chapatti
  • Sesame (Til) with jaggery (gur) / gurkipatti(jaggery bar)/ panjiri
  • Veg poha, dalia, upma, idli
  • Green moong dal chila / roti / steamed sprouts
  • Dals with garlic or hingtadka
  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, raisins, pistachio
  • Tender coconut water
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • In case of non veg. – eggs, fish & chicken

Foods to be Avoided:

  • Beans and lentils such as chana, rajma, choley, peas andsabuturad dal
  • Vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, radish and peas
  • Fried and spicy foods

You may follow this prepared sample menu for reference:

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