We all know that it is extremely important to take good care of the body to recover from the birthing process. Besides, taking a proper diet may help new mommies produce enough milk for their newborns.
There are some things that even new mommies know they should not be doing—for both their health and the baby’s well-being.
1. Rest is essential, but so is nutrition
Women who are breastfeeding should eat a healthy, balanced diet. However, they should only eat the food they want—not whatever is served at a restaurant; this may cause problems.
One of the best ways to ensure your baby & yourself get proper nutrition and stay healthy is to pack good snacks: fresh vegetables like carrots and celery with some tasty dip (like hummus), a piece of fresh fruit, whole-grain or sprouted bread with nut butter and crackers, or a small container of plain unsweetened yogurt.
If these healthy snacks are on hand while traveling, you will have no excuse for stopping at a fast-food restaurant—sadly the “healthy” alternatives there do not exist.
2. Aim for 3 balanced meals per day, plus healthy snacks
Eating the right types of food is also essential after giving birth.
A postpartum diet rich in calcium and protein helps prevent rapid weight loss resulting from breastfeeding—which you don’t want!
It’s helpful to choose lean meats, eggs, beans, and yogurt to get enough protein in your diet.
You can also eat high-quality fish several times per week (like wild salmon, mackerel, or fresh tuna) to take advantage of the good fats it contains.
3. Do not excessively diet after giving birth
Excessive restrictive diets just make you feel bad. It’s better to maintain a normal weight by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and breastfeeding your baby.
Children can enjoy the same types of food as their parents, but should not have heavy or fried foods—such as French fries or Fried Rice (炒饭).
Not only does this hurt the child’s physical health, but also their mental well-being— who wants to eat healthy when you’re constantly being told not to?
4. Choose healthy food, take your time while eating
Many Chinese women are known for rushing through meals to accomplish more during the day—which is fine under normal circumstances.
After giving birth, however, this habit can be deadly.
It’s important to slow down and enjoy your food while you eat—especially if it’s nutritious!
5. Do not warm up or keep leftover food in the fridge for more than 3 days
When a dish is prepared with meat, it should be eaten right away. When the dish is vegetarian, however, it can be kept for up to 3 days in the fridge—but not longer.
The same applies to cooked rice and vegetables: once prepared, these foods are only good for one or two days.
Chinese people of all ages tend to eat more and more take-out or package food. It’s easy to save a serving of rice, noodles, or vegetables in the fridge for several days – which quickly becomes dangerous.
When reheating these leftovers, they should be cooked all the way through — causing the bacteria to die off that can cause illness.