How does food affect breast milk?

It is well known that the mother’s diet during pregnancy has a direct impact on her baby’s development. But how do the mother’s eating habits affect the child during the period of breastfeeding?

The female body needs about 500 kcal of energy from the mother’s diet to produce one liter of breast milk. So it is clear that breastfeeding is a strenuous activity. A varied, high quality and well-balanced diet is therefore recommended during breastfeeding.

After pregnancy

The composition of breast milk always remains the same, so a special diet is not mandatory during breastfeeding. However, eating certain foods regularly can change the concentration of important milk ingredients.

Food and its positive effects on breast milk

Certain foods even promote the development of children. For example, a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids can have a positive impact on development of a baby’s brain. Regular consumption of nuts, fish and vegetable oils is therefore advisable. Foods with a high vitamin C content such as berries, citrus fruits and sea buckthorn can also support the health of the infant.

Iodine is important for the development of the thyroid glands. Many people in Central Europe suffer from a slight iodine deficiency, so eating fish or using iodized salt during breastfeeding is recommended.

Diet and the taste of breast milk

Many people do not realize that eating certain foods changes the taste of breast milk. Food with a high concentration of essential oils, such as garlic, onions or asparagus, can change the taste. This can mean that the baby suddenly starts to reject breast milk.

Do you have any questions about your diet during pregnancy or breastfeeding? Then contact the Medgate Tele Clinic. Our doctors and medical specialists will give you comprehensive and expert advice on your concerns.

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