After birth, mothers need more energy and nutrients than at any other time
Women need a lot of nutrients to produce milk, replenish their nutrient stores and support wellbeing after pregnancy. Sleep deprivation, pain from delivery, the demands of breastfeeding and care of newborns are all-consuming. Most new mothers don’t prioritise their own nutrition or meal preparation. A healthy and varied diet after pregnancy ensures adequate maternal nutrition.
Breastfeeding can be difficult, but the food choices mothers make can help
Feeding a new baby isn’t easy; whether it is your first or your fifth time. Barriers to breastfeeding include breastfeeding problems, poor community acceptability of breastfeeding, need to return to work, intention to breastfeed and inconvenience. Breastfeeding duration increases when mothers consume more fruit and vegetables. Longer breastfeeding is associated with better brain development in babies. Higher maternal vegetable consumption and longer breastfeeding duration together lead to children eating more vegetables. Importantly, other factors such as a woman's intention to breastfeed have a significant impact on breastfeeding duration. Let’s work together to help new mums get access to the support they need, including quality food, so they can provide everything their babies need and give them the best start to life.
We must build a village for all new mothers
The statistics for postpartum depression and anxiety are shocking: 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men in Australia experience antenatal depression and or anxiety. All the women at eat for baby experienced some form of postpartum depression. We are all constantly working to maintain our mental health, as we do our physical health. Let’s talk about it so we can all help each other through the journey.
The consequences of postpartum depression and anxiety can be self-harm, inadequate caregiving and reduced breastfeeding. Long-term consequences include chronic maternal depression, and cognitive behavioural problems in children. Good nutrition is critical for the prevention of mental health problems. After birth, women are more susceptible to nutrient deficiencies because of depletion of their nutrient stores during pregnancy and lactation. Low levels of nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, selenium and omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to postpartum depression and anxiety. A healthy diet pattern is associated with a reduced risk of postnatal anxiety and depression.
We love the idea of a new mothers script: sleep, eat, feed, bond. We also live in the real world and know it's rarely that easy. eat for baby offers foods that are convenient and packed with the nutrients new mothers need to help them recover from pregnancy, support lactation, maintain overall wellbeing and all the other things we mothers do. Shop now.
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