What the mother should eat while breastfeeding?

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Professor at the medical school of the University of Brasilia (UNB) gives tips on what to eat in the breastfeeding period
Since the early days of confirmation of pregnancy, the mother will know the importance of breastfeeding for the health of your baby. The exclusive food of the child in the first half, and nourish it, strengthens your immunity, reduces the stress of the mother, regulates your body and prevents colic in infants.
José Alfredo Lacerda, a professor at the medical school of the University of Brasilia (UNB), explains that the woman who is breastfeeding need to have a balanced diet with carbohydrates, fats and proteins. “In fact, it should consume even a little more to cover the reserves, as it will expend more energy to produce milk,” adds Lacerda.
“Listen, for example, that the mother can not eat orange in the breastfeeding period because it goes to the milk and the child can not receive very well. Food usually do not harm the child. The mother should eat everything, especially fruits and vegetables. only if the baby responds poorly is that the mother should be attentive to anything in particular, “he adds.
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Lacerda recommends avoiding excess milk, red meat and dyes. “Sometimes the mother drinks a lot of cow’s milk and this can cause a problem in children, such as cramps. Then, the recommended consumption of milk is no more than two cups a day. It also exchange it for another type of protein, “he says.” The ideal in breastfeeding, is consuming more white meat like fish and chicken. ”
Hydration is important and the mother has to remember to drink plenty of water. “If the recommendation is that people drink two liters of water a day, the nursing mother should drink at least two liters and a half,” concludes the professor.

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