• Mother's nutrition.

    Breastfeeding mother should be sure that her food has enough of all the elements necessary for the child. In breast milk contains a lot of calcium, which contributes to the rapid growth of the baby's bones. If the mother receives too little calcium from the food, the mammary glands extract calcium from her bones. It used to be believed that calcium is extracted from the mother's teeth, but it probably is not. The mother should drink as much milk as the child takes, plus a little more for her own needs, in whatever form she likes, in cereals, soups, puddings or in the form of cheese.

    Her daily diet should include the following( even if she has to limit herself so as not to gain excess weight). Milk - not less than a liter a day, preferably one and a half. It can be ordinary fresh, concentrated, powdered or removed and used in any form. Fruits and vegetables - 6 times a day( it may seem that it is too much, but the juice of two oranges, lettuce, green or yellow vegetables and twice potatoes and make up just six dishes a day).To have enough vitamin C, two of the vegetable dishes should be moist and at least twice a day should eat an orange, grapefruit, tomato, some raw cabbage or berries. For the sake of vitamin A you need to eat once a dark green vegetables and once a dark yellow. Potatoes are valuable not only for their calorie content. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, canned, frozen or dry.

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    Meat, poultry, fish - not less than one large portion, preferably two. Especially valuable is the liver, it should be included in the diet from time to time. Eggs - one per day. Porridge and bread - three times a day, from wholemeal flour or fortified grain( with vitamin B content). Oil and vitaminized margarine - because of vitamin A. If the weight does not allow you this, eat more green and yellow vegetables. Vitamin D is prescribed by a doctor to make up for a lack of calcium in the diet.

    If the nursing mother is gaining weight, she can drink skimmed milk, limit the amount of oil, reduce portions of cereal and bread( but use products from wholemeal flour to ensure the intake of vitamin B), severely restrict or completely eliminate such high-calorie foods as sweets, cakes, biscuits, muffins, pies and soft drinks.(Unfortunately, caloric sweets are popular with those who are inclined to fatness.) But you can not reduce the consumption of milk, vegetables, fruits, meat and vitamin D.