Welcome to our Child Health blog

Your reliable resource for current topics related to your child’s health and development – plus lots of tips for new (and experienced) parents.

We are open 7 days a week with daily walk-in sick kids' clinic.

Open 7 days a week

Breastfeeding power foods

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Breastmilk is produced from the mammary glands in your breasts, not directly from the foods you eat. These glands use the nutrients and calories from the food you eat to create breastmilk and that breastmilk gets first priority. If your diet contains insufficient calories or nutrients for both you and your baby, your breastmilk will take the best of what’s available leaving you to rely on whatever might be left.

Woman buying healthy foods
A less-than-ideal diet will probably not affect your breastfeeding child but it may leave your body at nutritional risk. Breastfeeding moms need to pay careful attention to their nutrition and hydration.

More quality calories and water

It’s true, breastfeeding moms need more calories - 500 more calories each day in fact. You should also pay careful attention to how much water you drink. It is easy to become dehydrated while breastfeeding and that can directly affect your milk supply. Dehydration can also make you feel rundown, making it harder to take care of yourself and your baby.

Those extra calories should come from foods that are high in antioxidants, protein and key nutrients that will support your needs and your baby’s development needs.
Tip: Prenatal vitamins aren’t just for pregnancy. Continue taking them while breastfeeding to make sure you’re getting essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Recommended foods for breastfeeding moms

Fresh produce at grocery storeAt the most basic level, a normal, healthy diet is all it really takes for a breastfeeding mother to maintain her milk supply and sustain both her baby’s and her own health. There are however, choices you can make that help your body produce better milk. Foods high in calcium, vitamin D, iron, protein and folic acid are excellent choices for breastfeeding moms. Try to work these foods into your regular diet - they are great for all women but we consider them to be breastfeeding power foods:
  • Berries esp blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
  • Oats/oatmeal
  • Flax/flaxseed
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and almonds
Get more healthy breastfeeding diet tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Breastfeeding 101

Our FREE breastfeeding class is offered once a month at our Noblesville location. This class reviews the basics of breastfeeding: how to get through the first few weeks, latching and positioning, how often and how much for feedings, how to know if it’s going well, pumping and going back to work.

Interested? Learn how to register.

NorthpointPeds Checklist BFS
Baby girl with pony tail in white