After birth, mothers need more energy and nutrients than at any other time in their life
Imagine (or remember) this. You’ve successfully conceived a baby (which we know is no easy feat), cradled it in your growing belly for the better part of a year and if that wasn’t enough responsibility for one person, you’ve then taken a deep dive to transition it earth side! Just writing that is tiring enough; it’s the most massive job anyone will ever undertake.
Understandably, mothers need increased nutrients to produce milk, replenish their stores and support wellbeing after pregnancy. Sleep deprivation, pain from delivery, the demands of breastfeeding and care of newborns are temporary situations that feel never ending. By their very nature, they are depleting and given most new mothers don’t prioritise their own nutrition or meal preparation, we end up getting ourselves into a bit of a pickle. Sound familiar?
A healthy and varied diet after pregnancy, eating the foods that were just as nutritious for you both before and during your pregnancy, ensures you get enough of the good stuff right when you (and baby) need it most.
Breastfeeding can be difficult, but good food choices can help
Feeding a new baby isn’t easy; whether it’s your first or fifth time. You may experience problems establishing a breastfeeding routine or feel rushed to return to work. If your community doesn’t accept and support breastfeeding it can act as a barrier and sometimes it can just feel downright inconvenient and tiresome.
What we know for a fact is that breastfeeding duration increases when mothers consume more fruit and vegetables. But wait, the story gets better.
Longer breastfeeding is also associated with better brain development in babies.
Now let’s put those two things together.
When mums eat more vegetables AND breastfeed for longer the research suggests that their children eat more vegetables. Boom! Do you need to read that again, just to make sure we weren’t making it up? A pretty motivating fact to increase your veggie intake, if you ask us.
The moral of the story? Let’s work together to help new mums get access to the support they need, including quality food, so they can offer their babies 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 or ante natal depression. We are all constantly working to maintain our mental health, as we do our physical health. Let’s raise it to the surface in our conversations, so we can all help each other through the journey.
The consequences of postpartum depression and anxiety are dire.
Symptoms such as self-harm, inadequate caregiving and reduced breastfeeding are common. Long-term consequences include chronic maternal depression and cognitive behavioural problems in children. This may not be obvious to everyone but we are here to tell you that good nutrition is critical for the prevention of mental health problems.
After birth, women are more susceptible to nutrient deficiencies due to depletion of their stores during pregnancy and lactation. Low levels of specific nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, selenium and omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to postpartum depression and anxiety.
Eat for You offers foods that are packed with all these nutrients and more. We offer the perfect solution for new mothers to help them recover from pregnancy, support lactation and maintain overall wellbeing.