As a new parent the thought of being responsible for a whole new life can be overwhelming. It’s completely normal to be worried about making mistakes or doing something wrong.
Why does baby cry so much? How do I make her sleep? Is she developing as she should? These are questions every parent asks themselves. Remember that it all usually works out and your baby grows up healthy.
Luckily, most people don`t have to worry about what to feed their baby. Nature has already provided you with the optimal food for your newborn – breast milk.
The nutritional content of your breast milk is influenced by what you eat. This is why it’s important to make sure you eat what you need when you are breastfeeding.
Your diet should be nutritionally balanced to provide enough energy for milk production and should contain nutrients that both you and your baby need while you are breastfeeding. The dietary advice for a breastfeeding mum is almost the same as for the rest of the population – with some exceptions.
A nutrient you should pay special attention to during breastfeeding is Omega-3. Omega-3 contains the fatty acid DHA, which contributes to optimal brain and eye development. The brain and eyes go through a tremendous amount of development in the first year of a baby’s life and it is vital that your baby gets enough of this fatty acid.
The best source of omega-3 fatty acids is oily fish but it is challenging to get enough fish in a normal diet. An easy way to give you and your baby the required omega-3 intake is to take cod liver oil every day. Möller’s Cod Liver Oil also contains vitamin D, which is recommended by the NHS for breastfeeding babies.
Becoming a parent is miraculous, but it also brings a new world of worries. It helps to remember that 99% of what you worry about never happens. The important thing is to use common sense, and give your child lots and lots of love.