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Diet During Breast Feeding

Diet During Breast Feeding

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Diet During Breastfeeding
Infancy is a period of rapid growth. Plenty of energy and nutrients are needed for the new tissuedevelopment .Infants depend on mother’s milk and so for this reason mothers must have asensible diet which should be rich in all nutrients.Mother should eat different foods because themilk they give to their infant will retain the flavor of the food they consume.
Diet has always been and will always be an important part of a person's life.
During pregnancy
aproper diet was crucial and continues on to be even during
breastfeeding
. Similar to how the mother'sdiet affects the fetus in her womb, her diet during breastfeeding still affects the child's development.Since every
mother and child
is different, there is no specific diet that you must follow. However,there are certain things that you must be aware of.
Things to avoid 
During breastfeeding, you should try to avoid excessive fats, caffeine and alcoholic beverages. Eventhough excessive fats are discouraged, it is important that you eat some fat. Fat is a necessity that your infant needs in order to grow. A lack of fat could hinder your child's development. Caffeine is dangerousfor your infant because a baby's body will not be able to get rid of the caffeine. Thus, if you are used todrinking tea or coffee in the morning, try drinking some juice or milk instead. Alcohol has detrimentaleffects on
you and your child
and should not be drunk at any cost while you are breastfeeding.
A Taste of Life
 During breastfeeding, you must drink ten glasses of liquid, water preferably.
Fruits and vegetables
must be eaten and protein should also be part of your diet.A varied diet is important for you as a mother. You should try to eat a mixture of different foods becausethe milk you give your infant will retain the flavor of the food you consume. Thus, by eating different typesof foods, you will give your infant an opportunity to taste a variety of food. Each type of food will help giveyour infant the necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins and calcium he needs in order to grow. Byintroducing your child to a mixture of food from the beginning will help him get used to the types of foodhe will eat later on in his life.After pregnancy every mother wants to try to lose weight. However, dieting during breastfeeding can bevery detrimental to your child's development. After breastfeeding, you may start to diet sensibly, butbefore then be patient for your child's health. In fact, experts say that after a woman stops breastfeeding,she automatically begins to lose weight.
Burping the Baby
Most of the time parents understand the reason for baby’s crying ,but sometimes this may not beso.A baby may be feeling discomfort , because the air trapped in her system.Burping the babyafter every feed will ease the baby and expel swallowed air.Some precautions should be taken toprevent the baby from swallowing air.Read on.Why is my
baby crying
, is she hungry 
 
Most of 
the time
that
the baby
is crying, it is because of hunger. Some parents begin to recognize thecry of hunger at a very early age. It has been observed that the feeling of a full stomach gives a baby themost comfort. - not the act of feeding, swallowing or being held. However, it is important that you shouldburp the baby (take out excess air) after every feed, because the air trapped in her system may cause her a lot of discomfort. Another possible explanation for your baby's discomfort may lie in her diet.Occasionally, allergy or sensitivity to something in the formula or breast milk may lead to crying, but this isusually accompanied by other symptoms.
How do I burp my baby 
Babies often feel uncomfortable because they have swallowed air. Burp the baby regularly during feeds inorder to expel swallowed air. Applying light pressure to the baby's abdomen (by laying her across your lap, tummy down, or upright against your shoulder) while patting or rubbing her back has also beenknown to be effective. When you are breastfeeding your baby, you can hold the baby against your shoulder for 30 seconds to one minute before offering her the second breast. 
Ho
w can I prevent my baby from swallowing air  Parents can take a few precautionary measures to prevent the baby from swallowing air. Babies willswallow less air if you keep them upright as much as possible during feeding and burping. The right-sizeteat hole on a bottle will also reduce air intake. If you are breastfeeding the baby, you should positionthem in a semi-upright position.
Feed and Burp the Baby
Parents often understand the reasons of baby's crying. However, sometimes one can not find thereason of crying. The reason could be due to swallowed air, which can be corrected by burpingthe baby. Know how to burp the baby.Check her diet - Is she hungry or allergic to certain foods 
Most of 
the time
that
the baby
is crying, it is because of hunger. Some parents begin to recognize thecry of hunger at a very early age. It has been observed that the feeling of a full stomach gives a baby themost comfort. - not the act of feeding, swallowing or being held. Another possible explanation for your baby's discomfort may lie in her diet. Occasionally, allergy or sensitivity to something in the formula or breast milk may lead to crying, but this is usually accompanied by other symptoms.
Burp the baby 
Babies often feel uncomfortable because they have swallowed air. Parents can take a few precautionarymeasures to prevent this happening. Babies will swallow less air if you keep them upright as much aspossible during feeding and burping. The right-size teat hole on a bottle will also reduce air intake. Burpthe baby regularly during feeds in order to expel swallowed air. Applying light pressure to the baby'sabdomen (by laying her across your lap, tummy down, or upright against your shoulder) while patting or rubbing her back has also been known to be effective.
 
Thumb-sucking
Thumb sucking is very common in babies. Babies suck their thumbs as they find comfort in it andfeel secure. Thumb sucking can be a signal for hunger. Thumb sucking can become a habit if notprevented early. Here's a guide on thumb sucking.Introduction
 Some
babies
suck their thumbs more than others, but the fact remains that all babies do. This
doesnot
seem much of a consolation for anxious
parents
who worry that their baby has formed a nasty
habit
that will make her the butt of jokes and may even result in displaced or damaged
teeth
. Theseparents should remember that thumb-sucking comes naturally to
a baby
whether it is because she ishungry, seeking comfort, or just exploring her body.
Do not 
pull your baby's thumb out of her mouthevery 
time
she puts it into her mouth
. This is definitely not the way to deal with thumb-sucking. Thisapproach could backfire and actually result in the development of a thumb-sucking habit. Parents shouldkeep in mind that thumb-sucking is a habit that disappears of its own volition, gradually petering outbetween the ages of three and six. 
Hunger and thumb-sucking
 One rationale behind thumb-sucking is that when a baby has not had its fill of sucking at the breast or bottle, it instinctively turns towards its
thumb
. Dr. David Levy found that babies who were fed every threehours did not suck their thumbs as avidly as those who were fed every four hours.However, some babies do not display this habit irrespective of their feeding schedule. On the other hand,some babies have been observed to suck their thumbs in the delivery room. Others start right from their days
in the womb
and may even be born with sucking blisters on their arms and hands.Thumb-sucking need not be cause for concern if your baby just sucks her thumb for a few minutes beforemealtimes. It is because she is hungry. However, if 
the baby
reaches for her thumb immediately after feeding or snacks on her thumb constantly between meals, it is a sign that you need to distract her fromthumb-sucking. Let her have a surfeit of sucking at the breast, bottle or a pacifier. Remember that it isimportant that thumb-sucking be controlled right at the beginning, not after it has become a well-entrenched habit. 
Thumb-sucking and breastfeeding
 It has been observed that generally breastfed babies are less likely to suck their thumbs. This is becausebreastfeeding usually satisfies the baby's need to suck. It is the baby who decides when she is ready tolet go of the nipple. The mother cannot tell when her breasts are empty.Ordinarily, a baby sucks most of the milk from the mother's breast in a space of 5 or 6 minutes. Suckingbeyond this point is just to satisfy the craving to suck. If a breastfed baby sucks her thumb, allow her tonurse for a longer period of time. If a baby suckles at both the breasts while feeding and still sucks her thumb, the mother could try feeding her from only one breast the next time, allowing her to nurse to her heart's content. If this does not work, increase the duration for which the baby sucks at the first breast and

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