Super-foods every new mom should eat


You’ve just given birth, your baby takes up most of your time and you’re wondering where you’ll get the energy to not only look after your newborn but to also start work on losing all those pounds you gained while being pregnant.

Experts say that certain foods give you the energy that you so crucially need at this stage in your life. Here are some superfoods that should be a part of your diet.

Salmon is packed with a type of fat called DHA, which is very important for the development of a baby’s nervous system. While DHA is present in breast milk, its levels are higher in women who get more DHA from what they eat. However, limit the salmon portions in your diet because experts recommend just two servings a week.

Dairy products
Healthy breastfeeding takes place when your own intake of dairy products is adequate. Lactating mothers are encouraged to have cheese, yogurt and milk in their diet. Milk contains vitamin D, essential for healthy bones. Dairy products comprise protein, vitamin B and calcium — all essential nutrients for your growing baby.

Black beans and kidney beans are packed with iron — which make them an excellent breastfeeding food.

Fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, so experts suggest having fruit on a daily basis. Blueberries are filled with vitamins and minerals as well as carbohydrates that keep your energy levels high.

Brown rice
Once in a while it’s okay to eat carbs in spite of trying to lose your pregnancy weight. Whole-grain carbs like brown rice will ensure that your energy levels stay up. And the calories that they provide help you improve the quality of your breast milk.

Breastfeeding mums need more vitamin C than pregnant women and should include citrus fruits like oranges in their diet. Even orange juice is a great option to have on a regular basis.

Eggs contain protein, which your body requires on a daily basis. Whether you have them scrambled, fried or hard-boiled, eggs are a must for every breastfeeding mum.

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