Does your diet affect breastfeeding? Lately we have seen an increase in ad campaigns that market the message “your child eats what you eat”. How true is this statement? Are there going to be negative repercussions to your baby if you eat that cheeseburger or splurge on dessert?

Stay positive

La Leche League says no.  In fact, they state that these ad campaigns can do more harm than good to nursing mothers. While eating nutrient packed healthy meals is obviously recommended, mothers should not feel bad if they don’t eat a perfect meal every time.

In the article “Breastfeeding Photos Shame Moms About What They Eat” Jennifer O’Neill writes that research shows that shaming doesn’t turn people to better behaviors and the message in this case is not even accurate.  It’s important that nursing mothers don’t feel so shamed that they want to give up on breastfeeding entirely. You do not have to have a picture perfect diet in order to provide nutritious breast milk to your baby. Your body is an amazing thing and many don’t realize that your mammary glands already help regulate how much of what you consume gets produced into milk.

Eating a wide variety of foods will change the flavor of your breast milk. Some research indicates that this may help your child be more accepting of new foods at a later age. The following protein rich foods can help increase your milk supply: lean meat, eggs, dairy, beans, lentils and seafood low in mercury.

What to avoid

Le Leche recommends that nursing mothers avoid alcohol, large quantities of caffeine, and fish containing high concentrations of mercury. Another thing to keep in mind is how many calories you consume a day. You may need to eat more than usual to make up for all the calories burned just from breastfeeding. Mayo Clinic suggests making up those extra calories by eating peanut butter, a banana or apple, or yogurt.

Pump milk for extra supply

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Our Breastpump Specialists will work directly with your insurance provider and physician to determine your breast pump coverage and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your pump options and shipment date.

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