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5 Benefits of Chia Seeds to Breastfeeding MomsThis superfood benefits not just you but your baby, too.by Lou Velle Mariano .
Breastfeeding is essential to your newborn, and to provide your child with the best nutrition, you need to be in the best of health, too, mom! Aside from including fruits and vegetables in your diet, did you know that there are certain foods that are packed with nutrients and are considered as super foods for breastfeeding moms?
Chia seeds, for instance, are known as a nutritional powerhouse. They contain high amounts of nutrients such as protein, calcium, and fatty acids.
How chia seeds benefit you and your baby
1. Boosts breastmilk production
This organic seed is an excellent source of nutrients for lactating mothers and is known to boost milk production. Since it is a natural plant food, it is safe even for breastfeeding moms.
2. Provides energy
In the old times, people consumed chia seeds for energy, especially before going on long trips and during the war. As a breastfeeding mom, you constantly need energy, and including chia seeds in your meals could improve your stamina.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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3. Builds baby's bones and brain
Packed with calcium and protein Calcium and protein are essential not only to you as a nursing mom but most especially to your baby. Calcium helps build stronger bones and teeth, while protein aids their brain development.
4. It’s rich in essential fatty acids
If you are a vegetarian nursing mom, it’s likely that you lack Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Aside from helping in the development of your baby’s nervous and immune systems, consuming chia seeds helps you lose some of your pregnancy weight.
5. Aids digestion
Our bodies need fiber for better digestion, and adding a few teaspoons of chia seeds in your food or drink will take care of that. Bloating and constipation, which are common during and after pregnancy, can be avoided with the help of chia seeds.
Adding chia seeds in your meals does not change the taste of your food or drink. However, you should remember that super foods do not replace a balanced diet. Of course, if you notice any allergic reactions to seeds or nuts, discontinue use.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
H/T: Mom Junction