After bringing a baby into the world, then comes nourishing it to grow and survive. The period of lactation is brief and it is special in a woman's lifetime. It can be measured as additional thing for pride. This phase requires breastfeeding mother to take extra care to ensure that she can produce and provide abundant high quality milk for her infant.
Human milk is the ideal food for infants. The mother should focus on the diet she will consume in order to produce nutritious milk for infant's consumption. Sometimes, the adequacy of diet is the measure to produce substantive quality milk. It does not take expensive foods to say that an adequate diet for lactating mother is attained. There are numerous plants around that are good source of substantive diet. Poorly nourished mothers can produce less milk. The right amount of milk should be the major consideration of proper nutrition.
A nursing mother produces an average of 23 to 27 ounces of milk a day. Per quart, it contains 330 milligrams of calcium. At least 500 calories per day is required extra energy expenditure. Therefore, good nutrition is equally important for both you and the baby. The breast milk quality can be affected in extreme cases of food deprivation. These are experienced by lactating mothers in Africa and in some countries of Asia where food is scarce and poverty is rampant.
At present, the World Health Organization (WHO) is undertaking measures to combat malnutrition and famine. With government and non-government organizations, they are encouraging famished countries for massive cultivation of Moringa Oleifera or malunggay. This plant is a good source of nutrition.
Lactating mothers are advised to eat young Moringa Oleifera leaves to enhance milk production. The leaves have the capacity to bring comfort to digestion, constipation, hysteria and stomach spasms. An extract from the leaf can be applied to the abdomen and is taken to get rid of intestinal worms. The extract mixed with honey is use to heal sore eyes and bruises.
Moringa Oleifera is a tree that has small droplets of leaves. It grows to the height of 8 meters. The droplet-like leaves of malunggay is good source of needed breast milk quality. Malunggay contains more calcium and Vitamin A, B, and C as other leafy vegetables. Nutritionist says that a 200 milligram of fresh malunggay leaves is equal to the nutrition of four eggs and two grams of milk. Seventy five calories of food energy, 60 grams of protein, and 13 grams of carbohydrates and 353 milligrams of calcium is what a hundred grams of Moringa Oleifera can produce. Minerals such as niacin, thiamine, phosphorous and ascorbic acid are more on malunggay than any other vegetables. It has iron compound, too, that can prevent anemia.
Increase your daily nutritional intakes that may deem helpful for you and your baby's daily needs. You can eat more malunggay in a day and be the recipient of a good and quality lactating mother's capacity. It is everywhere and it costs less. Grab some for a healthy you and the baby!