Breastfeeding is the most complete way to feed a newborn. However, as his digestive system is still fragile, baby may squirm and cry after each feeding. This is why it is very important for the young mother to pay attention to her diet to preserve her baby’s digestive peace. So what are the foods to avoid? What foods are good for baby? We’ll help you find the right balance for you and your baby.
Breastfeeding, the best milk for baby
Breast milk is the most natural food you can give your newborn. It contains all the nutrients your baby needs for proper development and growth. Moreover, if you choose to feed your baby exclusively with breast milk, you will allow him to benefit from all the nutritional goodness that breast milk contains: vitamins, minerals, proteins, sugars, fats and trace elements. Even if commercial industrial baby milks are nutritious for the newborn, they will never replace the natural milk of the young mother. By feeding your baby exclusively with breast milk, you are helping your baby to build up his or her immune system very quickly. Breastfeeding has the ability to protect the baby from infections, such as ear infections, gastroenteritis or respiratory infections, for up to three months after stopping breastfeeding. This does not mean total protection, but it does help them get sick less often.
A unique bond between mother and child
Breastfeeding promotes interaction between mother and child. As you breastfeed, your baby becomes familiar with and recognizes the smell of you and your milk. This creates a bond between the two. Breastfeeding also builds the baby’s confidence in his mother, but also the mother’s confidence in her competence as a young mother.
The young mother’s diet
You have just given birth and you have chosen to breastfeed your baby. You will hear a lot of advice from people around you, such as that you should eat for two so that your milk will be very nourishing for your offspring. At the risk of displeasing you, this kind of advice is completely unfounded. Sure, you don’t have to go on a drastic diet, but you do have to eat sensibly. Yes, you need to eat properly so that your baby can get all the nutritional benefits of breast milk. You can even indulge in a little sweetness from time to time, baby will appreciate it as much as mom. Varying your diet as much as possible will flavor your milk, and baby will enjoy tasting all the different food flavors. As a young breastfeeding mother, it is also very important to drink a lot, at least a liter and a half.
Foods to eat in moderation
If there are no dietary restrictions during breastfeeding, it is recommended to limit certain foods that tend to give an unpleasant taste: raw garlic, raw onion, asparagus, very strong spices, cabbage, bitter vegetables. Seafood should be eaten occasionally if you really can’t do without it. Seafood tends to cause some allergies. Coffee and tea can be consumed, but in moderation since they are responsible for colic in newborns.
How to soothe baby’s colic?
Several factors are responsible for baby’s colic. This is why it is important to pay attention to your diet, but also to your medication. Indeed, concerning the latter, there is the iron-based treatment, Tardyferon, which is known to cause this kind of discomfort. Carbonated drinks and dairy products should be strongly limited, as they also cause severe colic.