Breastfeeding is the most natural means of feeding newborns.
Breast milk is much easier to digest for babies, as when contrasted with artificial infant formulas. Breastfeeding also greatly minimizes the potent risk factors of infants developing food allergies, challenges, infections and even constipation. At the same time, breastfed babies have also been shown to be more intelligent than those who feed on infant formulas. The polyunsaturated fatty acids richly present in breast milk, especially those known as DHA, greatly enhance neural development in newborns. Babies who are breastfed are also less likely to contract asthma, wheezing or any other respiratory challenges.
Additionally, breastfeeding your child will do away with clostridium difficile. This, for those who might be in the dark, is a gut bacteria, which triggers inflammation and diarrhea. When you make the wise decision to nurse your baby, the exact breastfeeding diet you integrate can profoundly influence your child’s health and wellbeing. Making a smart selection of the organic foods to eat at this phase of your baby’s life, equates to a significant boost in essential nutrients for both you and your child. Such a regular diet will also naturally require much more caloric intake than when you were expectant. Well, here then is a review of the top organic foods to promote the health of your newborn- and yours as well.
Top 5 Organic Foods for Healthy Breastfeeding
This leafy vegetable is highly noted for been in a good position of providing numerous micronutrients that are essential for nursing mothers and their babies.
• Broccoli comes naturally packed with vitamin A, which is extremely beneficial to newborns’ overall health and wellbeing. Vitamin A has also been revealed to minimize the risks of infant death by as much as 15%.
• This food is highly acclaimed for possessing exceptional anti-cancer properties and can even prevent stomach upsets.
• Broccoli also has to potential to effectively treat a wide variety of stomach infections.
2. Fresh and unfrozen wild salmon
Wild salmon is loaded with plenty of the earlier mentioned polyunsaturated fatty acids, including DHA and omega 3 fatty acids.
• As you may still remember, DHA in particular, has been comprehensively proven to significantly assist in appropriate brain development in babies.
• It can also greatly enhance eyesight and even promote the formation of stronger nerves.
• All in all, foods that are rich in DHA have now come to be regarded as a very healthy addition to virtually any kind of diet including a breastfeeding one.
• Wild salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12 as well, an essential nutrient that is extremely beneficial to lactating women and their babies.
• Finally, this fish offers quality lean protein and also has the lowest mercury content among seafood.
3. Leafy green vegetables (kale and spinach)
Leafy green vegetables come packed with a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals.
• In the particular case of kale, it is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium to name but a few.
• Kale is also very loaded with potent antioxidants such as carotenoids and even flavonoids, which are very necessary for a healthy breastfeeding diet.
• It is also packed with phytoestrogens that are known to promote healthy and appropriate breast tissue formation.
Fruits such as cranberries can also make for excellent additions in supplementing your regular organic foods breastfeeding diet.
• They are rich in vitamin C, which plays a major role in enabling the body to suitably absorb other nutrients.
• Cranberries also possess remarkable antibacterial properties. They can also substantially minimize the likelihood of your newborn baby contracting stomach cancer.
5. Romaine lettuce
Romaine lettuce has been exhaustively shown to be one of the best organic sources for vitamin K. Vitamin K is an essential nutrient that is required for clotting of blood.
• Older kids, as well as adults, usually obtain vitamin K from certain bacteria found in the gut or through the food they eat.
• On the other hand, newborns always have a sharp deficiency in vitamin K and have to be given injection shots right after birth. This is until their guts start to produce this essential nutrient.
• It is very important to note that sharp deficiencies for vitamin K lead to babies been susceptible to severe bleeding, which in some cases, occurs in the brain. In extreme cases, this bleeding can trigger considerable brain damage.
• So, integrating romaine lettuce and other vitamin K rich organic foods into your regular diet as a breastfeeding mother helps produce breast milk loaded with this nutrient.
Sometimes you can’t breastfeed your child in the traditional manner for one reason or the other. So you can always consider the breastfed-friendly bottles currently in the market.
About our Guest Writer:
Susy Richards is a lovely mother of 3 girls (3 years, 4 years and 5) and a simple woman. She is ready to share her priceless experience with other mommies around the world. She is an Advanced Practice Provider who passed birth doula and postpartum doula courses at Childbirth International in 2013. Susy is passionate about providing holistic care. She is involved in pregnancy research currently publishing her articles concerning pregnancy on site rocketparents.com
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