Pregnancy Nutrition: Preparing for Breastfeeding
Many doctors believe breastfeeding is the best thing you can do for your baby's health. In order to prepare for breastfeeding, it is important that you drink at least 10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day while pregnant. Once you are breastfeeding, you should continue to drink this amount and more, as your body must replenish what you are taking out. Inadequate intake of fluids by the mother is one of the most common causes of failure in breastfeeding. That could lead to dehydration of the baby, jaundice and frustration for the mother and the baby.
A healthy diet that supports good pregnancy nutrition is also imperative. You want to eat foods with complex carbohydrates (think whole grains) that are high in all vitamins and minerals, especially iron and calcium, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. Talk with your health care practitioner about tips for eating a well-balanced diet that will support nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Eating well throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding is a great way to ensure breastfeeding success.