This may be a silly question, but i really wasnt sure!
When i gave birth to my first baby, due to areas of my diet not being fantastic i had to give my daughter baby vitamins if i was going to breasfeed her. They always tell you that breast feeding is the best option for your child! Is this still the case if you know that you dont eat a healthy diet? I mean i dont eat junk food, but im a really fussy eater and i dont eat any fruit and only about 6 or 7 veggies at all. I also don't eat a lot of red meat just because i dont like the taste and i am usually low on iron and vitamin D. Also my dairy intake is minimum due to being lactose intolerant!! So would it still be good for my baby to have my breast milk or would i be stopping him for getting the nutrients he needs?
My daughter used to vomit up everything she drank when we gave her the baby vitamins, she hated me! i am worried that its going to be the same this time! Are you able to provide me some information about breast feeding and diet!
But I just wonder if it would be worthwhile if you spoke with a dietician about your dietary restrictions. Your breast milk will be fine for your baby, it’s only in really severe nutritional deficiencies that a mothers breast milk does not contain sufficient nutrients for her baby to grow. It’s not so much that she’ll miss out, but you. I understand you don’t like particular foods but it’s really important that you have a healthy balanced diet to ensure your own body isn’t doing without.
You can still have dairy foods but make sure they are lactose free. Investigate your soy options, particularly those which are fortified with calcium. Almonds, tofu, nuts and seeds constitute real powerhouses of nutrients, as do lentils, baked beans, eggs and fish.
From your email I’m sussing you are still pregnant, in which case you may be able to see a dietician at the maternity hospital you are booked into. Make some inquiries. Otherwise, an email to Leanne, the dietician on the Huggies expert panel may be useful.