There is no better food for a newborn human than breast milk from a mother eating a nutrient-dense diet.
What foods the mother is consuming will have a profound effect on the quality and nutritional density of the milk she is supplying.
Ideally, an expectant mother (and father) would be consuming a nourishing, nutrient-dense diet (like this one) long before she even conceives her child. This preps her body for extreme nutritional demands she and the baby will require.
A diet with a balance of good fats (including saturated fats and cholesterol – pivotal for brain growth and function), proteins, and carbs, as well as high in micronutrients like vitamins and minerals will help set the stage for optimal baby growth, as well as nourishing the mother during a very demanding period.
Once conception has occurred, it is also critical that mom be eating a nutrient-dense diet as much as reasonably possible.
I understand the plight a mother goes through that often makes this task difficult. Nausea, sometimes extreme, can make anything but a few sips of water nearly impossible to stomach.
Often, the foods that are most nutrient-dense (eggs, meat, broth, organ meats like liver for Folate and B Vitamins, etc.) will make an expectant mother gag at simply the thought of them.
If this is the case, a mother should do what she must do in order get essential nutrients into her system. Unfortunately, in extreme cases this sometimes involves going to the hospital to get IV’s.
At the very least, hopefully moms going through a tough pregnancy can at least stomach whole-food based supplements to get some nutrients into her and her baby’s system.
Once baby is born, mothers are then (hopefully) able to nourish their children with breast milk.
Again, proactivity by the mother is essential. Consuming a nutrient-dense diet long before baby is born is important. Lactation typically begins in the second trimester of pregnancy. Prepping the mother’s system with optimal nutrition long before, and during pregnancy can help ensure an optimal breast feeding experience.
Numerous studies have shown how a mother’s diet significantly impacts the nutritional characteristics and quality of breast milk, as well as the diversity of beneficial bacteria present in the milk.
Other factors affecting milk include medication, antibiotic exposure, and mycotoxins present in the food mother is/was eating.
Mycotoxins are found in grains, spices, seeds, tree nuts, fruits, beverages, animals that are fed conventional diets (see photos below) and can have many negative health effects. It’s always best to try to minimize their presence in our diets, especially a mother producing breast milk, as they will then get passed on to baby.
In summary, the significance of a mother’s diet on the quality of their breast milk can NOT be understated.
Please watch this short, but fascinating documentary on a diet’s effect on pregnancy: Nourished – Nutritional Wisdom For A Healthy Pregnancy | Mini Documentary
Always consult with a physician to ensure you are getting optimal nutrition during pregnancy.