The #Breastfeeding Diet: A Hoax?
Throughout my breast feeding experience, I have heard questionable - to out-right-horrible - breastfeeding advice. The one that takes the cake is the "breastfeeding diet". The breastfeeding diet is the belief that breast feeding moms must eat a perfect balance of healthy foods in order to produce “good” milk. This concept espouses that lactating women have “special nutritional needs”.
“A poor diet for you will probably mean you won’t make enough milk for your baby to grow properly. If you do not eat enough, you may not make enough milk.” - Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems
While a good diet can add to the nutritional value of breast milk, it’s vital to understand that a “bad diet” cannot deduct from it.
“Over the years of experience with breastfeeding mothers all over the world, LLL Leaders have seen that the best diet for a breastfeeding mother is neither complicated nor expensive. It doesn’t require lengthy preparation, the sacrifice of favorite foods, or any need to eat unusual or strange foods in large quantities. It can also vary with an individual’s own preferences.”“In recent years, research has confirmed that even if some nutrients are missing in a woman’s daily diet, she will still produce milk that will help her child grow. There is very little difference in the milk of healthy mothers and mothers who are severely malnourished. For example, if a mother’s diet is lacking in calories, her body makes up the deficit, drawing on the reserves laid down during pregnancy or before. Unless there is a physical reason for low milk production, a woman who breastfeeds on cue will be able to produce enough milk for her baby, regardless of what she eats.” – Read More - LLLI