Source: The Indian Express
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an integral part of a lactating woman’s diet. While breastfeeding, moms may wonder whether they can eat citrus fruits like oranges, sweet lime, amla or not. There are various myths saying that consumption of citrus food or fruit can curdle the mother’s milk, while the acidic nature of citrus fruit will cause acidity to the baby or give the milk a tangy flavour.
Citrus fruits are a rich source of Vitamin C, flavonoids and fibre, and eating them can instantly uplift mood, make moms feel refreshed and also provide essential nutrients. Vitamin C plays an important role in wound healing, improving gastrointestinal function and energy. The body does not make vitamin C by itself, so daily intake is compulsory.
With respect to a lactating mother it is recommended to eat three to four fruits per day, out of which two should be citrus fruits to gain the benefits of such fruits. But Moms should also keep in mind that excess amounts of any food will irritate the baby, so the portion size should be controlled.