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Does eating less affect breastfeeding?

 About breastfeeding 

Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time for a mom to get used to, but once you master it, the mom will find it the easiest and most satisfying way to feed her baby. Breast milk is rich in vitamins and minerals and always available, provides protection from some infections and helps improve your baby’s health in the long run. Breastfeeding helps reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, childhood diabetes and leukaemia.


Does lack of food and nutrition affect breastfeeding? 

The mother’s body during breastfeeding needs more calories and nutrients to maintain her health and nourish her baby, lack of food and not eating enough calories or foods rich in nutrients, may negatively affect the quality of breast milk and breastfeeding in general, and this can be It is also harmful to the mother’s health, and it is important to eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods that are important for breastfeeding mothers, limit processed foods, avoid excessive caffeine intake, and stick to the recommended amounts to keep your baby healthy while breastfeeding. [2]

Signs of low breast milk

Baby is very sleepy or lethargic: Babies who don't get enough milk will have low energy, and the baby regularly sleeps 4 or more hours at a time.
  • Baby takes too little or too much time to feed: A baby who is not feeding may sleep well soon after the start of a feeding, or it may take more than 30-40 minutes per feeding.
  • The baby has not regained birth weight at 10-14 days old or is gaining weight slower than expected 155-240 grams or 5.5-8.5 ounces per week is normal.
  • The baby does not poo much (should have 3-4 stools a day by four days of age), the baby's urine is not pale, and/or you may see a reddish-brown colour in the nappy.

Signs of a baby being full of natural milk

Your baby feeds at least 8 to 16 times in 24 hours, or every two to three hours. At these times, he wants to feed a lot for several hours before he seems full. This is called feeding. cluster.
Your baby wets at least 6 or 5 nappies and has at least one bowel movement in 24 hours.
You can hear your baby swallowing milk while feeding, or you may feel your baby swallowing by gently touching his throat.
Your baby gains 155 to 250 grams a week after the first week, and you may notice it in his clothes.
Your baby has regained his birth weight within 10 to 14 days after birth.

Reasons for not producing milk after childbirth

Your baby feeds less than 8 to 16 times in 24 hours, as milk production is affected by how well the breast drains.
  • Your baby has very poor sucking or an improper latch.
  • Giving bottles of formula or water after feeding Most babies are bottle-fed after feeding This means that they need to suck and it does not mean that they are still hungry Babies cry or fuss for many reasons, such as tiredness, boredom, wetness, heat or cold.
  • Giving solid foods too early and/or before feeding Most babies don't need solid foods for the first six months if they're feeding 8 to 16 times a day.
  • Smoking can cause decreased milk production and interfere with the lethargy reflex. 
  • Starting birth control pills too early can reduce milk supply Wait at least 6 weeks before taking birth control pills If your milk supply continues to decrease, talk to your doctor about other birth control options. Some other medications may also affect the milk supply. 

Breastfeeding tips for milk production 

You can increase milk production by following some of the following tips:

  • If your baby is not breastfeeding, use a good quality double electric breast pump to increase milk production. Pumping after breastfeeding indicates that your body is producing more milk.
  • Breastfeed your baby for at least 15 minutes on each breast. Don't challenge the feeding time. If your baby sleeps after one breast, wake him up and offer him the second breast. Switching breasts several times during feeding has been shown to increase milk supply.
  • Gently massage the breast before and during feeding.
  • Try to compress the breast while feeding to help the breast drain.
  • Sleep or relax when your baby sleeps.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that includes protein-rich foods, and foods to eat while breastfeeding.
  • Drink when you're thirsty until your urine is a pale yellow, as both excessive and excessive hydration can reduce your milk supply.
  • Take an iron supplement if your health care provider says you have anaemia. [3]

Forbidden foods for nursing mothers

Some foods should be avoided while breastfeeding, which has a direct effect on your baby during breastfeeding, and they include:


The caffeine in coffee, tea, soft drinks, and even chocolate may make your child restless and sleepy. To avoid the negative effects of caffeine, try decaffeinated coffee or decaffeinated tea, and you can switch to white chocolate or milk chocolate that contains less caffeine.

carbonated foods

Some foods may make the baby suffer from gas and colic. Common types are some vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts), starchy foods (such as corn, potatoes, pasta, and rice), and some fruits (such as dried fruits, figs, dates, and apples) if you still want to. Eat it, try to eat it in the morning or afternoon while the child is active, and you should avoid eating soft foods before bedtime.

spicy food

Some spicy foods like hot peppers and jalapenos can lead to bloating and excessive gas in your baby, and some other foods can change the taste of milk that the baby may not like. Stay away from onions, garlic, cinnamon and curry.

citrus fruits 

Citrus fruits can upset stomachs in children and may also cause a rash. Fruits that are forbidden to nursing mothers to watch include oranges, grapefruits, lemons, tangerines, kiwis and strawberries. Cherries and peaches can have a laxative effect on the baby.

Allergenic foods

If you have a family history of food allergens, you should avoid eating nuts and nut-containing products while breastfeeding, however, you can eat nuts while checking for any reaction from the baby, another common allergen is cow's milk, and many have reported breastfeeding mothers report a positive change in their babies once milk is removed from their diets. [4]


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