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Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

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Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007

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Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

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Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

When counseling a healthy woman about what to eat during breastfeeding, the best advice is:

  1. a. Eat and drink whatever you want; it doesn’t change the milk composition or hurt the baby as long as you take a multivitamin.
  2. b. Eat a variety of foods, following a healthy eating pattern for moms.
  3. c. Avoid chocolate, mint, tomatoes, onions, and cabbage because they cause colic in the baby.
  4. d. Avoid wheat, milk, eggs, and nuts to prevent allergies in the infant.

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Nutritional assessment for a breast feeding woman is a must as she needs to cater to her own needs as well as the needs of the growing infant. If the mother is healthy she can take better care of the infant as well as herself and for this she must consume food that helps in the overall nourishment of the infant’s body and herself. The infant directly feeding on the mother’s milk can receive all the required nutrients through the milk that is reflected in the physiological and psychological developments of the infant.

Explanation

Reasons for the correct statement:

Option b. is given as “Eat a variety of foods, following a healthy eating pattern for moms”.

A regular and a healthy diet is a must for a breastfeeding mothers. The high nutrient value of the food is more beneficial and it is to the growing infant as it is reflected in the quality of the milk received by the baby. The infant becomes visibly cheerful and is less prone to infections.

Therefore, option b. is correct

Reasons for the incorrect statement:

Option a. is given as “Eat and drink whatever you want; it does not change the milk composition or hurt the baby as long as you take a multivitamin”. It is an incorrect statement as diet during breastfeeding should be consumed with care as it affects the composition of the milk...

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