Breastfeeding mothers need three healthy meals a day, plus healthy snacks and plenty of fluids. Drink when you’re thirsty. Stress and tiredness can affect your milk supply, so rest and relax when you can.
Spicy or gas-producing foods eaten by breastfeeding mothers don’t bother most babies. Unless your baby becomes unsettled or colicky every time you eat a certain food, you don’t need to avoid any particular foods.
When vegetarian women eat a well balanced diet, they are probably eating well enough for their own and their baby’s health.
Women who eat a vegan or macrobiotic diet may need supplements of vitamin B12. If you’re vegetarian, discuss your diet with your midwife or Plunket nurse, or a dietician, to be certain that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals.