As a new parent the thought of being responsible for a whole new life can be overwhelming. It is completely normal to be worried about making mistakes or doing something wrong.
Why does the baby cry so much? How do I make it sleep? Does the baby develope as it should? Remember that it usually works out, and your baby grows up healthy.
And luckily, most people don`t have to worry about what to feed their baby. Nature has already provided you with the optimal food for the newborn – breast milk. This is why it is important to make sure that you eat what you need when you are breastfeeding.
According to The Directorate of Health, the nutritional content of breast milk is influenced by what the mother eats. Your diet should be well composed, providing enough energy for milk production and contain the nutrients that both mother and child need while you are breastfeeding. The advice for a healthy diet is almost the same for those who are breastfeeding as for the rest of the population – with some exceptions.
A nutrient you should pay special attention to when you breastfeed is Omega-3. Omega-3 contains the fatty acid DHA, which contributes to optimal brain and eye development. The brain and eyes are going through a tremendous development the first year, and it is of greatest importance that your baby get enough of this fatty acid. Just think of all the things your little heartbreaker will learn, and look at for the first time.
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The main source of vitamin D is fat fish, but it is challenging to get enough fish in a normal diet. This is why The Directorate of Health recommends a regular intake of fish oil, to increase the content of vitamin D in breast milk. Möller`s cod liver oil also contains the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which is also recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Becoming a parent is miraculous, but also brings with it a whole new world of worries. So remember that 99% of your worries never happens, and that the important thing is to use common sense, and give your child lots and lots of love.
Source: The Directorate of Health