I am sitting in Chef Adam’s kitchen as I write this. A certain young man by the name of Shiloh was born July 1, and now I am “Nana”. I have traveled to Seattle just to meet him.
Due to some unplanned medical incidents it has only been a couple of weeks that the 3 of them have been on their own. But I am marveling at how quickly this couple has transitioned into a family. Sleepless nights run into sleepless days. Routines get established to include feedings, baths, diaper-changes, feedings, diaper-changes, and feedings. It all takes me back to memories of when I was a new mom with a newborn, plus one and then two other children.
My daughter-in-law seems to be taking this all in stride but she still thinks that she needs to be all things to all people. All Moms need to take care of themselves first in order to be able to care for the ones that they love.
Adequate nutritional intake is important for nursing and formula-feeding moms alike. Your body has gone through a lot in the previous nine months and eating well will help you to recover.
Even though most of the pregnancy weight gain was to store calories to be able to nurse your infant, you still need an extra 200 calories daily to support breastfeeding. And yes, you will lose weight. Your newborn will eat 400-500 calories, increasing almost daily, until he consumes 1000 calories daily around his first birthday. Your healthy prenatal diet should be continued through weaning to bottle or cup.
Along with energy, nursing moms need plenty of fluids. Get in the habit of having a tall drink of water while you are feeding the baby. Extra fluids are important in producing the increasing volume of breastmilk that your infant soon will demand.
It is also recommended that you continue to take your prenatal vitamin. This daily supplement will provide all of the nutrients that your baby will require for his continued growth and development until he begins solid food. Your prenatal supplement will also ensure that you receive the micronutrients you need for your recovery when you are too tired to eat.