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9 Superfoods every breastfeeding mother should consume

If you are a nursing mom, add these healthy superfoods to your diet to attain essential nutrients that you and your baby need.

India TV Lifestyle Desk India TV Lifestyle Desk
New Delhi Published on: July 04, 2019 19:16 IST
9 superfoods every breastfeeding mother should consume
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9 superfoods every breastfeeding mother should consume

Breastfeeding has a huge number of benefits for both mother and baby. As a lactating mother, your body is in the process of making milk 24 hours a day. There is not even a single moment in the day when your body is not actively producing milk for the little one. It is a common sight that breastfeeding mother feels hungry every now and then as this hunger comes from the number of calories the body consumes for making each ounce of milk.

Breastfeeding mothers should consume a proper diet and should fuel their bodies with these 9 superfoods suggested by celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar who is also India's leading nutrition and exercise science expert. 

1. Goond/ edible gum 

India Tv - Goond is a mixture of ghee, sugar, raisins, and chunks of nuts. It helps in meeting extra calorie requirement 

Goond is a mixture of ghee, sugar, raisins, and chunks of nuts. It helps in meeting extra calorie requirement 

This high on calories laddoo is made with the mixture of desi ghee, sugar, raisins, and chunks of nuts and dry food helps in meeting extra calories required by breastfeeding mothers to attain proper nutrients.

2. Ajwain/ Carom seeds 

India Tv - Ajwain seeds contain anesthetic properties for internal healing purpose

Ajwain seeds contain anesthetic properties for internal healing purpose

Ajwain or Carom seeds have lots of benefits for a breastfeeding mother. Ajwain seeds contain anesthetic properties that improve back pain. It also increases milk production in lactating mothers. Ajwain also heals the body internally post-delivery.

3. Mamra Badam/ Almonds 

India Tv - Almonds are rich source of protein which helps in growing 

Almonds are rich source of protein which helps in growing 

Raw almonds are high in protein and calcium which is essential for growth. Many nursing mothers opt for almonds to increase breast milk and sweetness.

4. Bajra/ Pearl millet 

India Tv - Bajra helps in increasing lactation 

Bajra helps in increasing lactation 

Bajra is full of calcium, iron, and fiber which is essential for both baby and nursing mother. Bajra also increases lactation.

5. Saung/ Fennel 

India Tv - Saung increases milk supply

Saung increases milk supply

Fennel or saung is considered as an herbal treatment to help mothers who breastfeed. Fennel is believed to be a galactagogue that brings more breast milk and increases the milk supply.

6. Til/ Sesame

India Tv -  Sesame has a high content of calcium

 Sesame has a high content of calcium

 Sesame has a high content of calcium and estrogen-like plant properties. You can eat sesame by seasoning your salad with it or mixed with nuts and dry fruits.

7. Aliv/ Garden cress

India Tv - Aliv or garden cress is a good source of fat, iron and calcium

Aliv or garden cress is a good source of fat, iron and calcium

 It is a tiny reddish-brown seed that is a good source of protein, fat, iron, calcium and phosphorous which is essential for both mother and baby. It supplies a huge amount of iron to mothers. It can be cooked along with jaggery/ Gud and whole grain.

8. Coconut 

India Tv - Coconut acts as a natural moisturizer and helps preventing stretch marks

Coconut acts as a natural moisturizer and helps preventing stretch marks

Coconut oil is a great therapy to retain the moisture content of the skin, it acts as a natural moisturizer and nourishes skin without the risk of irritating it. Coconut oil can also be used to prevent and repair stretch marks.

9. Methi/ Fenugreek 

India Tv - Methi or fenugreek is a rich source of fiber, iron and calcium

Methi or fenugreek is a rich source of fiber, iron and calcium

It is the most common item used for increasing milk supply in breastfeeding mothers. Fenugreek is a rich source of fiber, iron, and calcium. Methi Parantha is a rich source of fiber and iron and is widely used in countries for decades.

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