Susan K. Schulman MD Author of "Understanding Your Child's Health" talks about what breast feeding mother should eat.
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Healthy Diet for Breastfeeding Mothers Male: I have this philosophy, healthy diet equals healthy life. A breastfeeding mother should need a healthy diet. What would be the healthy diet for a breastfeeding mother? Dr. Schulman: The breastfeeding mother has to eat a normal diet. She has to be satisfied, eat three meals a day, eat snacks the way she normally would. But a breastfeeding mother cannot go on a low fat diet. Even if the mother has been used to eating a low fat diet all the time including the pregnancy, her milk will not be a good quality if she hasn’t eat some fats at each meal. And that means avocado, olive oil, canola oil, nuts. Fats of all different kinds, all the milk fats are okay. If you don’t have some fats in a diet, the baby is not going to get a rich enough milk. So we encourage the mothers who are trying to lose weight which they can while they're breastfeeding to reduce their carbs a little bit but not to reduce their fats. They need to be careful of that. Male: Is there any foods they should avoid? Dr Schulman: Most mothers can eat anything while their breastfeeding. But if the babies are very fussy, sometimes, some of the foods have to be a little eliminated from the diet. Male: What is the most common foods that could cause a little fuzziness? Dr Schulman: Onions of any sort, cabbage, cooked or raw, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and green pepper. That garlic is fine and most of the things like tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, and regular salad vegetables are all fine. Beans are fine and the things that make people gassy don’t necessarily make the gassy. It’s just those other vegetables that I mentioned.