Mothers require a healthy and varied diet. In the case of illness or nutritional problems the doctor may need to prescribe some supplements.
The food that is eaten goes directly to the mother´s milk and can alter the smell and the taste. These changes help the baby to become familiar with different flavours and thus allows the child to accept the complementary feeding. An excess of coffee, cola beverages, tea or chocolate should be avoided.
There is no proof that certain types of food help to stimulate milk production. Medicinal plants are often regarded as harmless but many of these contain substances that may be toxic to the child. The majority of commonly used drugs and medications are compatible with breastfeeding and in few cases is it necessary to stop treatment. Information at www.e-lactancia.org.