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Breastfeeding: what to eat

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During pregnancy and postpartum many questions arise, certainly some related to food: what diet should I follow if I am breastfeeding ?, What foods are best for my baby?

Indeed, are stages in which a woman’s body changes and it is important to take care of food, the fundamental basis? lead a balanced and healthy diet. And is that, in breastfeeding, the baby is fed through the mother, so that the food you eat will directly affect him. That is, it is not about eating more or less, but about eating well.

WHAT FOOD TO EAT IN BREASTFEEDING

During pregnancy, your body prepares for breastfeeding, which will facilitate the feeding of your baby with breast milk, a natural food source recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) during the first 6 months of pregnancy. life of the child. From then on, it is recommended to continue breastfeeding until at least 2 years of age, properly supplemented with other foods.

In breastfeeding, your body undergoes a series of changes on many levels: from the immune system, endocrine, nervous and also emotional. By being aware of these changes and understanding them, you can compensate for them with good nutrition.

Alimentacion en la lactancia: qué comer

To ensure that your baby receives everything he needs, the diet must increase its caloric intake, giving special prominence to foods that are a source of energy, vitamins, minerals and calcium. Don’t forget either how important it is that you stay well hydrated, and even more so in the summer!

At the same time, and not least, keep in mind that there will be certain types of foods and habits, such as smoking, that you should avoid. 

In the following video, Carlos Leno, a pharmacist and expert in nutrition and sports, explains what foods it is advisable to eat daily to ensure these needs are met.

If through diet it is not possible to ensure proper coverage of the nutrients required by the baby and a good balance of macro and micronutrients, there are specific dietary supplements for breastfeeding. Check with your trusted pharmacy and always follow your pharmacist's advice.