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If you recently gave birth, first off, congratulations! You probably followed your doctor’s instructions and ate a very healthy diet while you were pregnant, but do you know that you still need to continue that even after your baby is born? In order for your body to recover quickly from pregnancy and labor, you need to supply it with super foods every day.
If you are breastfeeding, this is even more important! Your baby will get all of his or her nutrition from you, and if your body isn’t being fed properly, your baby isn’t getting everything he or she needs for proper growth and development. A healthy diet will also stimulate your body to produce sufficient amounts of breast milk and replenish the nutrients that you lose.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months; however, the American Association of Pediatrics suggests a minimum of one year. Either way, your body is going to need some super nutrition for quite a bit longer, so you might as well start looking at all the best foods available.
To make certain that you and your precious new little one get all the nutrients that both of you need, be sure to add plenty of the following 15 super foods in your diet each week.
Keep reading so you can pick up more of your favorite super foods on your next shopping trip.
Newborns keep you busy, and finding time to cook is not always easy. Be sure to keep plenty of easy-to-reach-for foods in your kitchen so that you can replenish your body, even if you don’t have time to cook. Fruit is always a great choice when you are hungry and need a quick pick-me-up. Pears are loaded with fiber and natural sugars that will give you a burst of energy without the crash later on that junk foods cause. The high fiber in pears will keep your digestive system moving so you don’t become constipated. They are always a quick, easy choice and are loaded with nutrition. Always choose organic so that you don’t pass on any pesticide or herbicide residue to your baby.
You can’t beat eggs when it comes to high quality protein and the perfect balance of amino acids. Eggs will give you the strength and stamina to take care of both your baby and yourself. Egg yolks are one of the few foods that contain vitamin D, which is vital to the growth of your baby’s bones, as well as keeping your own bones and teeth strong. Eggs also contain choline, which builds the memory center of your little one’s brain. If baby’s schedule is keeping you out of the sunshine, eat two eggs each day. Hard-boiling eggs in advance is a great way to make egg salad, or simply slice them and eat them with a pinch of salt.
3. Drink, Drink, and Then Drink Some More!
In the first few weeks after giving birth, you will feel sleepy and become easily fatigued. This is completely normal, but if you are dehydrated, it will only amplify those feelings. This is the time to drink water like there is no tomorrow! This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to keep your energy levels high and your milk flowing. You might need as much as 13 eight-ounce glasses of water each day, so put a bottle in the diaper bag, in the baby’s room, in your bedroom, and keep plenty on hand in the fridge.
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