Right nutrition for breastfeeding mothers

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Right nutrition for breastfeeding mothers

Puja Sharma Vasisht, Nutrition Expert


Jan 22, 2016 | 11 : 00 AM to 12 : 30 PM

How does a mother’s diet affect her milk? Are there any foods that need to be avoided? Join us for a live chat with a nutrition expert to get all the answers around what you should and should not be eating while breastfeeding and get tips on diet for a healthy breastfeeding mom.
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My baby is 45 days old and I have been asked not to eat anything mentioned below from my day 1 of mo....

My baby is 45 days old and I have been asked not to eat anything mentioned below from my day 1 of motherhood and continue the same till 3 momths. List of foods not to be eaten or avoided. 1. Tomato based food, 2. Besan , 3. kadi, 4. curd , 5. bengal gram, 6. peas, 7. Toor dal , 8. rice should be restricted . 9. Also avoid green leafy vegetables likes spinach, spring onion. 10. Any water Based fruits like watermelon, melon, papaya, kiwi , grapes. Please let me know why is that so..?

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Kirti, none of the foods which you have mentioned should be avoided as there is no medical research/study to support it. 2016-01-22 11:02:00
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You should avoid only those foods which give you any gastric or other digestive problem. 2016-01-22 11:02:58
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You should focus on a balanced diet comprising of cereals,pulses, vegetables, fruits, milk products, egg/fish/poultry (if non-vegetarian food habits),nuts and seeds. 2016-01-22 11:06:12
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My son has completed 05 months and we have started with his liquid diet . Iam a working female and....

My son has completed 05 months and we have started with his liquid diet . Iam a working female and express my milk but also we are giving him formula feed. Iam taking Amway's multivitamin, calcium and iron Tablets . Since iam breast feeding can i take tablets for weight reduction and what all foods should i avoid .

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Deepika, you should avoid taking any weight reduction tablets as they may have some harmful side effects both on you and your baby. 2016-01-22 11:08:50
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It is always better to go for weight loss in a natural way, that is through diet control and exercises. 2016-01-22 11:09:45
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If you are breastfeeding your baby it is better to lose weight gradually only. 2016-01-22 11:11:14
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Avoid strict dieting (too low energy diet)as it would affect lactation. 2016-01-22 11:11:59
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Exercises should also be light and not too strenuous as it would alter the taste of the milk. 2016-01-22 11:12:46
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You can always feed your baby and then do any exercises. 2016-01-22 11:13:17
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For a weight loss diet plan you can wait for another month when your baby is 6 months. 2016-01-22 11:17:03
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I have gallstones . So doctor restricted to eat any food which cause acidity. Please suggest good fo....

I have gallstones . So doctor restricted to eat any food which cause acidity. Please suggest good food for more brest milk. My son is 2 months old

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Vrushali, for gall stones you need to have restricted fat diet and avoid fried and highly spiced foods. 2016-01-22 11:22:07
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Include soluble fibre diet pulses/sprouts/dals, vegetables, fruits and oilseeds like flaxseeds and methi seeds to help you both in lactation and gall stones(relieving symptoms). 2016-01-22 11:25:13
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Puja Vasisht
Use dalia, oats, bajra, ragi for staples. You can have thin dals. 2016-01-22 11:27:09
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You can have skimmed milk, paneer, lean meats, fish, egg white but in limited amounts only. 2016-01-22 11:27:53
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For cooking you may use little amounts of butter, olive oil or coconut oil. 2016-01-22 11:28:47
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Do you still have any discomfort or pain? 2016-01-22 11:30:12
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how to increase the breast milk with high nutrition?

how to increase the breast milk with high nutrition?

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Hi Sujatha, you need to both relax and take care of diet to help in lactation. This because the more you are relaxed and stress free, the more hormones favoring lactation would be produced. 2016-01-22 11:35:12
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now i am 9 months..as i have bp doctor is going to do c section before 2 weeks...bp will affect the breast milk after delivery 2016-01-22 11:35:52
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Puja Vasisht
a high blood pressure may not affect lactation but taking stress may reduce lactation. So please don't worry and relax. It would help both you and your baby. 2016-01-22 11:37:24
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i am working and my working hours is from 10 am to 7.30 am ...how to feed baby as i will be returning back to work after 3 months...what to do madam...is there any alternative step 2016-01-22 11:38:17
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it is 7.30pm 2016-01-22 11:38:46
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Puja Vasisht
Relax, you will be getting 3 months maternity leave. Focus on rest and your diet as of now. 2016-01-22 11:39:36
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how many months should i breast feed 2016-01-22 11:40:07
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For later, you can always express your milk and the baby can be fed that, while you are at office. 2016-01-22 11:40:35
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You may breastfeed her as long as you wish, minimum for 2 years. 2016-01-22 11:41:18
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ok madam...thankyou 2016-01-22 11:42:19
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Take care and please don't worry. 2016-01-22 11:42:42
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ok madam...any suggestion madam to reduce bp... 2016-01-22 11:43:38
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You need to restrict your salt intake. 2016-01-22 11:44:16
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ok madam...thank you 2016-01-22 11:45:02
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And focus on a well balanced diet. 2016-01-22 11:45:42
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Should cold storage foods like chicken nuggets and sausages be avoided during breastfeeding?

Should cold storage foods like chicken nuggets and sausages be avoided during breastfeeding?

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Shwetta, packaged foods and especially meats may contain preservatives and exposed to treatments which are not exactly healthy. 2016-01-22 11:48:08
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It is better to avoid these. 2016-01-22 11:48:42
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Use freshly procured and cut meats for better nutrition. 2016-01-22 11:49:14
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I'm mother of 31 days old baby.Please suggest what needs to be taken to increase lactation.

I'm mother of 31 days old baby.Please suggest what needs to be taken to increase lactation.

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Devi, you need to both relax and take care of diet to help you in lactation. 2016-01-22 11:54:14
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take a balanced diet of cereals (esp dalia, bajra), green leafy vegetables (esp methi, mustard leaves), dals & legumes (masoor. black channa, soybean), fruits, milk products, eggs fish & poultry. 2016-01-22 11:54:51
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Do take almonds, cashew, walnuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, dates, raisins, cumin seeds, methi seeds, ajwain, dried ginger, gaund, jaggery etc., as these foods may help in lactation. 2016-01-22 11:55:32
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Hi Mam,yes I do also as Dr suggested I take meat fish,galact also lactre tablets .I'm seeing gradual increase. 2016-01-22 11:55:47
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Since I have less quantity Dr suggested to substitute with Nan pro 1 formula.Does that help baby in increasing weight? 2016-01-22 11:57:28
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Puja Vasisht
lactation would increase gradually. The more you feed your baby, the more milk would be produced. 2016-01-22 11:57:30
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You should also take ample fluids in the form of lukewarm water, zeera water, soups, buttermilk, egg nog, milk etc. 2016-01-22 11:57:45
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Since your lactation or milk produced is not sufficient at this stage, the doctor has suggested this top feed. 2016-01-22 11:58:45
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This would take care of baby's nutritional requirement and eventually would lead to weight gain. 2016-01-22 11:59:43
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Ok Mam sure will try to add this to my diet. 2016-01-22 12:00:04
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Is it good to give syrup after giving milk or there should be any intervals? 2016-01-22 12:01:17
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Puja Vasisht
Which type of syrup? 2016-01-22 12:01:41
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Iron syrup with folic acid 2016-01-22 12:02:34
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You may give that at the time prescribed by your doctor or after milk. Few minutes after the child has been well burped. 2016-01-22 12:03:50
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Ok mam thanks for your answers. 2016-01-22 12:04:22
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Puja Vasisht
Take care 2016-01-22 12:04:42
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Hi my baby is 8 months old n she strated getting teeth...the thing is she gets cold fr each teeth.......

Hi my baby is 8 months old n she strated getting teeth...the thing is she gets cold fr each teeth...hw can I help her thru breastfeesing

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Sowmya, can you please clarify your question. Do you mean she is getting frequent cold? 2016-01-22 12:06:55
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When ever she gets new teeth she is affected by cold 2016-01-22 12:07:19
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You can also take advice of your doctor on this. To increase her immunity, you can include green leafy soup, fresh fruit juice both in your and her diet. 2016-01-22 12:09:06
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Even after giving medicines her cold did not subside... 2016-01-22 12:09:53
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Cold comes down nly after the teeth comes out fr gums 2016-01-22 12:10:28
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What type of fruits juice I can give to her 2016-01-22 12:11:18
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During cold 2016-01-22 12:11:49
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Puja Vasisht
If this is always the pattern, then don't worry much. You can give some apple or pomegranate juice.You can also give some fruits like cooked apple/pear, mashed papaya, sapota/cheeku. 2016-01-22 12:13:07
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Oh thank you 2016-01-22 12:13:35
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Puja Vasisht
Fruits provide vitamin C that help build immunity. 2016-01-22 12:14:00
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Doctors say that her weight is in border what foods can I give to increase her weight 2016-01-22 12:14:12
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Ok 2016-01-22 12:14:39
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Puja Vasisht
You take care of your diet too. You may give her banana,boiled & mashed potato boiled sweet potato with a little butter. 2016-01-22 12:16:46
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Egg yolk semi boiled, added to her khichdi, or soup. 2016-01-22 12:17:34
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Can I start egg yolk at this month itself 2016-01-22 12:18:00
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Puja Vasisht
Dal-roti mash, dalia dal khichdi,add extra spoon of ghee/butter/oil to her dishes. 2016-01-22 12:18:20
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Yes you can start with egg yolk now. 2016-01-22 12:18:34
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She is liking the taste of ghee...hw to practice her 2016-01-22 12:19:01
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Ghee can be added to her meals, but don't give too much of it. 2016-01-22 12:19:40
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Just 2 to 3 drops is enough??? 2016-01-22 12:20:11
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Puja Vasisht
You can add to her porridge, khichdi, dal-rice, whatever cereals you are giving her 2016-01-22 12:20:21
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One teaspoon can be added. 2016-01-22 12:20:36
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Hw to prepare khichadi 2016-01-22 12:20:54
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You need to boil pulse and rice/dalia in 1:2 ratio. 2016-01-22 12:21:34
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U mean green gram 2016-01-22 12:21:59
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You can also add veggies to it, while cooking. 2016-01-22 12:22:01
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Green gram to start with and gradually in few months you can introduce other pulses too, according to her tolerance. 2016-01-22 12:22:50
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Her afternoon lunch is dal rive with 3 types of veggies 2016-01-22 12:22:59
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At what time shall I give her kichadu 2016-01-22 12:23:15
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Puja Vasisht
You are already giving her khichdi in afternoon. 2016-01-22 12:23:54
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But I don't add pulse 2016-01-22 12:24:14
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Shall I add in that dal rice itself along with viggies 2016-01-22 12:24:35
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Puja Vasisht
Yes,you can do that now. 2016-01-22 12:25:07
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Ok mam 2016-01-22 12:25:21
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Hw many should I breast feed her 2016-01-22 12:25:33
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Months* 2016-01-22 12:25:46
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Puja Vasisht
You can breastfeed her as long as you wish and minimum for two years. 2016-01-22 12:26:16
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Thank you man for clarifying my queries 2016-01-22 12:27:38
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Puja Vasisht
Take care. 2016-01-22 12:27:51
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Mam a last query 2016-01-22 12:29:07
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She is 8 months and she can't sit by her own still 2016-01-22 12:29:46
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Puja Vasisht
You can take advice of your paediatrician on this. 2016-01-22 12:30:13

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