Six Best Foods for Nursing Moms

Not just during pregnancy, a healthy diet after childbirth is also essential for new mothers. Having nutritious food helps nursing mothers regain strength while being extremely beneficial for the health of the newborn. In a post on Instagram, nutritionist Lovneet Batra mentioned the importance of these foods and shared some of those foods that can be incorporated into a new mother’s diet for optimal nutrition.

“Nursing mothers need to fuel their bodies with the best nutrient rich foods for the baby to grow stronger, smarter and healthier,” she said.

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She listed some foods that can help.

Papaya

Papaya is good for your immune system. (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

Papaya contains very useful vitamins for nursing mothers. It is a “super food” that can increase the quantity and quality of breast milk. Regular consumption of papaya can do wonders for the digestive system. It also helps prevent the development of cellulite.

Dalia

Dalia is packed with many health benefits. Made with broken wheat, dalia is easy to digest and packed with nutrition. It is high in fiber and is considered one of the best foods for boosting energy levels.

Banana

Bananas contain healthy carbohydrates and B vitamins. Rich in pectin, this super-energizing fruit helps moderate blood sugar and aids in gut health. It is a prebiotic that provides food for the good bacteria in the colon. The magnesium in it helps fight postpartum depression and also improves mood.

Amaranth

It’s the ultimate all-in-one nutritional formula for new mothers. It can help fight hair loss post-delivery. It is a good source of iron, manganese, selenium, phosphorus and copper which helps to regain strength.

Soaked nuts

nuts Eat soaked almonds in the morning or cashews or peanuts in the middle of the meal. (Source: getty images)

Another engine of nutrition, nuts are rich in essential minerals such as iron, calcium and zinc as well as vitamins K and B. They are also a healthy source of essential fatty acids and protein. Beyond their phenomenal nutritional composition, nuts are also considered lactogenic.

Milk

Drinking milk while breastfeeding is an excellent choice, provided neither the mother nor the baby are allergic. It contains eight grams of protein, 50% of your daily vitamin B12 needs, 25% of your daily needs calcium requirements and 15% of your daily potassium and vitamin D requirements.

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