Your diet during breastfeeding
Nutrition during pregnancy is a very important matter and stays that way when you begin breastfeeding; mums must follow a proper diet in order to obtain essential nutrients and to increase levels of breast milk.
Mothers who breastfeed tend to feel hungrier, something completely normal, since the body is working day and night to produce milk.
In general, most women who breastfeed need about 500 more calories than mothers who don’t. The feeling of hunger is a sort of guide, you don’t need to count the calories.
This depends on a number of personal factors such as weight, amount of exercise, metabolism and the frequency of feeding.
Variety and balance are key for a healthy diet. A balanced diet with protein, carbohydrates and good fats is essential and helps maintain a feeling of satiation for longer at the same time as supplying the nutrients your body needs.
Carbohydrates such as cereal and fresh fruits and vegetables not only provide more nutrients than processed starches and sugars, but they also provide long-lasting energy. It is important to ingest foods from all groups in order to get the vitamins needed by both mum and baby.
The reserves of accumulated fat from the weight gained during pregnancy are used to produce milk, so by following a balanced diet, the body will return to its original state prior to gestation.
But nutrition isn’t the only thing to be considered, because hydration is as important, or even more so, and you must control it correctly.
Solán de Cabras water is perfect for this, due to its balanced composition, free of contaminating agents. Furthermore, the new smart bracelet SOMUM helps control your hydration during the entire gestation through health and nutritional advice, weight control alerts, indicators of when to hydrate, and other recommendations that ensure you have a perfect pregnancy and lactation.