Striking the right nutritional balance when you are breastfeeding is really important for both you and your baby. Although your milk supply may not be affected by what you eat, your body will always put your baby first; it will take the nutrients it needs for your baby’s milk from its own stores, and this can affect your energy levels, general health and wellbeing if you are not getting the nutrients you need from your diet.
Antenatal clinics offer pregnant women and new mothers plenty of advice on breastfeeding, but there is a dearth of information for those who cannot breastfeed or who choose not to. Only 17% of mothers breastfeed exclusively at three months, and at 6 months that figure drops to less than 1%. This leaves a huge proportion of new mothers without the support needed to assist them in their choice of feeding method.