Do I need to eat anything special to help me breastfeed?
A healthy diet with a mix of proteins, fruits, vegetables, and starches along with enough calories, vitamins, and minerals gives mothers the best chance for good health and the energy to look after her baby. If a mother is healthy, her milk will meet all of her baby’s needs. That said, there is no strong association between a mother’s diet and her milk quality. Mothers still have excellent milk even if they eat processed (junk) food. Some cultures have specific foods they believe increase the quality and quantity of breast milk. There is little evidence they make any difference in healthy mothers, but if they make mothers feel better and are nutritious, that’s a good reason to eat them. Foods that are safe for the mother to eat usually pose no risk to the baby.