A Breastfeeding Diet
When Having Twins
A breastfeeding diet is to ensure you and your twins get all that you need to stay strong and healthy.
When breastfeeding your body’s priority is to produce milk for
your twins then you get whatever nutrients are left. For this reason it
is important to eat well whilst breastfeeding not only for your babies
but also for you.
Your best guide is you, eat healthy foods when you’re hungry and
don’t forget to have breakfast, after all it’s the most important meal
of the day. Have things in your cupboard like tinned fruit, vegetables
and soups, soups are especially great for a quick meal. Dried fruit and
sunflower seeds are awesome snacks.
It's important to include all food groups; often your doctor or
midwife will advise you to include some type of nutritional shake to
boost your intake of nutrients and vitamins. I would make a shake for
breakfast and include things like banana, yogurt, and berries, but you
can add in whatever you like.
Drinking plenty of water is
very important for the production of breast milk. Always have a water
bottle with you. If you just have a sip here and there, you will be
surprised how fast you will need to refill you bottle.
Super Foods for a Breastfeeding Diet:
- Peanut Butter
- Unprocessed Red Meat
- Raspberries, Strawberries Blueberries and Cranberries
- Spinach, Beans, Green Pepper, Broccoli and Carrots
- Mozzarella Cheese and Yogurt
- Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Whole Grain Breads and Cereals
- Nuts like Almonds, Walnuts and Hazelnuts
- Seeds like Sunflower, Sesame and Flax Seeds
- A little Dark Chocolate
A Breastfeeding Diet
Things to avoid when nursing twins:
Fish containing mercury like Shark
- Foods that can cause you babies to have gas like, Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts
- Chocolate can give baby’s an upset tummy
- Foods containing lots of additives
- Excessively spicy, salty and sugary foods can irritate your baby’s tummy
- Cut down on caffeinated drinks especially
if you notice your babies becoming irritable on a day you have had lots
of coffees (teas, some soft drinks)
- You babies will let you know
if you have eaten something that doesn’t agree with them. When I was
breastfeeding our twins, I would occasionally cook food with very mild
spices which gave my girls a sore tummy. It did take a couple of times
for me to realize that it was the spices affecting them. I cut the
spices out completely and all was good again with the girls.
- Alcohol should be avoided as it can affect the growth and development of your twins
- Recreational drugs should be completely avoided
- Any type of medication even over the counter unless advised by your doctor
with your healthcare provider with any questions about vitamins and
other supplements, and any other concerns you may have regarding your
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