By now, you know all about pregnancy food restrictions and are unlikely to see any moms-to-be downing shots of tequila or tucking into a platter of sushi. But what happens once the baby arrives and you’re ready to start breastfeeding? You’re still eating for two in a way, and it isn’t like you’re about to forego more than nine months of careful eating for a diet of junk food. But it can be tricky to know which foods are the best choices for both mom and baby during this time. Fortunately, a good breastfeeding meal plan may help you produce more milk and give you the energy to feed your baby, even on days when all you want is another hour or two of shut-eye.
The usual foundations of any healthy diet, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, adequate protein, and lots of calcium are all advised, but breastfeeding moms also need foods that help keep the milk flowing. Yes, some of these foods may act as natural galactogogues, or substances that help boost your milk production. In other words, they are superfoods for both you and your baby. To find out which foods are a good bet for new moms, and which are best avoided at this time, read on.