Breastfeeding Nutrition

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What you eat will determine the nutritional content of your baby’s milk, so continuing to follow a healthy diet is essential. It is vital that you drink plenty of fluids – at least 1.5 litres per day, plus one or two cups of herbal tea and glasses of diluted fruit juices. Your diet should be based on:


  • Wholegrains
  • Protein
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Essential fats
  • Calcium


Key nutrients:


  • Vitamin A to aid the development of your baby’s hearing, vision, sense of taste and to boost her or his immune system
  • B vitamins to help prevent fluctuations in blood sugar levels and improve your milk flow
  • Vitamin C for absorption of iron, making blood vessels, connective tissues, collagen and improving the immune system
  • Vitamin D to boost absorption of calcium and building and maintaining healthy bones
  • Vitamin E for brain and nerve development
  • Vitamin K which is needed by your baby for blood clotting
  • Calcium to replenish the calcium that your baby takes from your breast milk
  • Iron for you and your baby to manufacture haemoglobin
  • Zinc needed for the healing of tissue, production of hormones and to help prevent postnatal depression
  • Omega 3/DHA – an essential fatty acid crucial to the development of your baby’s brain

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