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Can I Eat That?

Yes, you can!

It is not necessary to maintain a strict diet in order to produce healthy breast milk for your baby. A diet of your favorite healthy foods will make you feel better and give you more energy to handle the stresses and joys of being a new mother. Research has shown that a “less than ideal” diet will not affect breast milk’s supply or quality. So take a relaxed, common sense approach to eating while nursing. Eat when you are hungry and drink when you are thirsty. It is a good rule of thumb to have a healthy snack or beverage when you sit down to nurse.

Just as it is recommended for all of us: fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, and foods rich in calcium and protein should be part of a nursing mother’s diet. Eating a varied diet can be an advantage to the breastfed baby. Some foods can mildly affect the flavor of your milk, giving your baby early exposure to tastes that prepare her for table foods when she is older.

Develop Her Palate

Eating a varied diet can enhance the flavor of your milk, giving your baby an early exposure to tastes that prepare her for table foods when she is older. Take a look at the Food Facts for more information.

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