Nutrition for the breastfeeding mum

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Your milk will always be perfect for your baby, but you should follow the normal guidelines for a healthy well balanced diet and ensure that you take in enough fluids to keep yourself nourished.

These include:

  • Having at least 5 portions of fruit and veg
  • Eat starchy foods such as wholemeal bread or pasta, brown rice and potatoes
  • Have plenty of fibre.  After giving birth you may experience bowel problems such as constipation, fibre will help tackle this.  Good sources of fibre include fruit and veg, cereals, brown rice and pulses or beans
  • Protein such as lean meat and fish should be part of your healthy diet
  • Include some dairy such as milk and yoghurts



You may find that you are more thirsty when breastfeeding so its always good to have a drink nearby. Some mum's may find that having too much caffine can have an affect on the baby. If you find this is an issue in you case, you can try try cutting down or speak to yur Health Care Professional. 




Cheshire East Residents only:

Cherubs Helpline     (9am - 5pm Mon - Fri):  03001234579

Leighton Hospital Crewe: 01270 612287

Macclesfield District General Hospital: 01625 661153



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