Have you been told that a new mum should start dieting immediately in order to quickly shed the pregnancy weight?
The fact is, post-natal mothers should consume plenty of fluids and a balanced diet for nutrition, says Dr Wong Boh Boi, senior parentcraft consultant and founder of ParentCraft by Dr Wong Boh Boi.
Ideally, they should not diet at all, because their body needs extra nutrients at this stage to produce enough breast milk for her baby, she says.
A woman’s metabolic rate usually increases by 25 per cent during this period.
Breastfeeding mothers burn about 500 more calories per day, and would need to consume three main meals and two snacks daily.
Her diet should preferably be light and include fish, chicken or pork.
She should also choose whole grains, instead of starchy grains, to obtain the necessary energy required for breastfeeding, Dr Wong adds.
The amount of fluid intake depends on the mother’s needs – she can take extra fluids as long as she feels thirsty.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.
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