Caring for Newborn and ‘New’ Mother

The birth of a child is a life changing event for a mother. It is a “worthy investment” but proper care should be taken of the newborn and the new mother. The little baby will take a lot out of your body and you need to ensure that you are in the pink of health during these stressful times.

Remember that diet and proper nutrition is important not only for the child but also for the new mother. The mother needs energy as she will be producing larger quantities of breast milk as your child grows. The baby usually needs a pint of milk at the start and that increases to quart as he/she grows.

During this phase the mother needs to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet for the baby as he needs all the essential nutrients. If this diet is not given to the baby then this will be taken out from the mother which is not at all a healthy sign.

The future health of the bones and organs are in real jeopardy. The emphasis should be to provide all the necessary nutrients through the diet only. The main nutrients necessary for the growth of the baby are Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium, B6 and Folic Acid.

These nutrients are all essential for the mothers as they need huge amounts of calcium during this period. If the calcium supply is not optimal, the women will take the necessary calcium from their own bones which will lead to osteoporosis in the later stages of life.

Now let us turn our attention to the breastfeeding mother. The mother needs to have food from all the food groups and take in calcium rich foods and dairy products. She also needs vitamin D but that is secondary. Calcium is all important.

Among other foods she must take meat for protein, green leafy vegetables, whole cooked grains, fresh fruits and vegetable juices. Water and tea should be part of the daily diet. It is better that she stays away from caffeinated drinks. And lastly plenty of rest and light exercise is compulsory.

People should understand that when a baby is born extra care is given for the child but in the whole event sometimes the mother gets neglected. This is not a healthy sign. The onus should be on taking equal care for both mother and child.

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