When breastfeeding, you need to watch what you eat and eat healthy. Not just for the baby, but for yourself too. Eating the right food will help you shed the pregnancy weight. Nutritionist, Priya Kathpal lists some foods that you must include in your diet after delivering your baby.
Blueberries: Blueberries are rich in Vitamin C and help you get the necessary dose of antioxidants. If not blueberries, you can opt for other Vitamin C rich foods like Amla, strawberries, orange juice, etc.
Citrus foods: Nursing mothers need more Vitamin C, as it helps in absorbing iron from food sources, and hence, adding fruits like lemon juice, oranges, and sweet lime will is a great option.
Legumes: In case you follow a vegetarian diet, adding legumes is a great way to meet protein requirements and getting the extra dose of fiber, which helps keep the digestive tract healthy.
Nuts: Snacking on nuts is always a healthy option, even during pregnancy. They are an excellent and compact source of energy and provide loads of nutrients in just a handful. Choose wisely and opt of healthy nuts like almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds. Stay away from cashews, salted pistachios.
Protein-rich foods: Fish, chicken, eggs. This not only helps nourish your breastmilk with all the right nutrients but also helps you burn extra calories as they have high thermogenic value. Besides fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids helping your baby's brain development.
Low-fat dairy products: Dairy products are imperative since you are breastfeeding. It increases calcium the calcium content in breastmilk. Make sure you drink loads of healthy fluids like buttermilk and plain water to stay hydrated. They help you beat fatigue and lose extra fat quickly.