Being a new mum can be overwhelming. Everything seems to change. Even something as basic as what to eat suddenly feels complicated. However, how a mother nourishes her body in the postpartum period is important for her own health and even more importantly, if she is breastfeeding, for her baby’s growth and development.
A healthy eating plan in the postpartum can speed up recovery from the pregnancy and delivery, and support the stamina and energy a new mum needs to nourish her baby. A nutrient-dense diet together with adequate hydration promotes milk production.
An average woman burns about 500 calories each day to make breastmilk.
A dietitian specialized in postnatal nutrition can help a new mum to optimise her diet so that she can:
Simplify her meal planning routine
Meet nutritional requirements during breastfeeding
Boost post-birth healing with nutrient-dense foods
Lose weight after giving birth
Improve energy levels