How to eat well when breastfeeding

Breast milk does a whole lot more than just keeping your baby fed. There are amazing health benefits associated with breast milk, and many ways that you can increase the amount and quality of your produced milk with some simple tips and tricks.

Breastmilk helps build your baby’s immunity

While breast milk is the fuel that helps your baby grows, it also helps support and develop your baby’s immune system.  When you become exposed to a particular type of germ, your breast milk develops special antibodies, that are passed on your little one, thus protecting your baby and you at the same time.

Your baby can taste what you eat

When you breastfeed, your baby eats what you eat, and not just the nutrients and antibodies, but the flavours too. While babies gravitate towards sweet flavours, your breast milk can allow them to experience a wide range of flavours, broadening their palette and leading to less mealtime tantrums later in life.

Increase milk supply with a good diet, not a specific one

While a quick search may lead you to believe that there are an array of foods that could potentially improve your milk supply while breastfeeding, there are no scientific facts to back them. The reality is that there is no guaranteed way to boost your milk levels, aside from taking care of yourself, eating regularly and looking after your nutrition. Don’t miss meals and keep your energy levels up with nutritious foods like veggies, proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates.

Hydrate for two

Breast milk is 88% water, so you’ll definitely find yourself feeling thirstier than usual while you’re nursing.  Don’t force yourself to drink more water than you’re comfortable with though, just make sure you listen to your body and drink as and when you need it. Keep water readily accessible in the places where you nurse, so you can take regular sips to quench your thirst and replace the water you lose while breastfeeding.


Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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