Mothers often ask about what they should or shouldn't eat during breastfeeding.
Many are puzzled about dairy and lactose often cut dairy out of their diet, but this often does not solve the problem, as dairy may not be the cause of the problems.
Mothers who do not have an adequate intake of good fats in their daily diet can make a direct contribution to the intensity of lactose overload symptoms, resulting in lower fat and higher lactose levels in breastmilk.
What is Lactose
Lactose is disaccharide, which means it is a combination of two the sugars found in milk and milk bi-products. All mammalian milk contains lactose.
A disaccharide on its own is too large to be absorbed by the body, so it needs to be broken down into glucose and galactose, which are monosaccarides. These are broken down by the lactase, a digestive, which enables glucose and galactose to be absorbed into the blood stream and used by the body.
Why do we need Lactose
It is important part of our daily diet as it assists the body absorb calcium and phosphorus and supports the growth of friendly bacteria within the body. Glactose is essential to a healthy brain and nervous system.
In a baby it is the major source of energy, it is essential for growth and cell development. Without glucose in their daily diet, the baby’s body uses the stored body fat as their source of energy and thus they lose weight.
What is Lactose overload
An overload of lactose occurs when a baby's digestive system is unable to produce a satisfactory amount of lactase to break down all of the lactose received.
Approximately 2/3 of breastfeed babies do experience lactose overload in the early months. Sometimes this is due to an imbalance of foremilk-hindmilk. This generally occurs when the mother has an oversupply of breastmilk and changes sides too soon. As a result the baby receives large doses of foremilk, which is lower in fat that is unequal to the amount of hindmilk received.
Avocado, Olives, Eggs (high in DHA)
Fish : salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines
Oils : olive, canola, sunflower, safflower, corn, soybean
Seeds: seasame, sunflower, pumpkin, flaxseed
Nuts: walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pecans & pistachios