Quoting Morbid Moni:" you feed your baby what you eat. If you dont eat healthy, they will not be."
Although a good diet is obviously better for your health this isn't really accurate.
Do I need to maintain a perfect diet while breastfeeding?
The short answer to this question is NO
Ė you do not need to maintain a perfect diet in order to provide quality milk for your baby. In fact, research tells us that the quality of a motherís diet has little influence on her milk. Nature is very forgiving Ė motherís milk is designed to provide for and protect baby even in times of hardship and famine. A poor diet is more likely to affect the mother than her breastfed baby.
Itís common to hear women say that they want to wean (or not breastfeed at all) because they miss drinking coffee, or want to have an occasional glass of wine, or donít like worrying constantly about everything they eat. Guess what? You can drink caffeinated beverages (in moderation), have an occasional drink, eat what you want and still
provide your baby with the absolute best nutrition and immunological protection Ė motherís own milk.
According to Katherine A. Dettwyler, Ph.D.
, breastfeeding researcher and anthropologist, women throughout the world make ample amounts of quality milk while eating diets composed almost entirely of rice (or millet or sorghum) with a tiny amount of vegetables and occasional meat.
Are healthy eating habits recommended for mom? Absolutely! You will be healthier and feel better if you eat well. It is best for anyone to eat a variety of foods, in close to their naturally-occurring state
, but this is not necessary for providing quality milk or for maintaining milk supply. Although it is certainly not recommended, a breastfeeding mother could live on a diet of junk food Ė mom would not thrive on that diet, but her milk would still meet her babyís needs.