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Healthy breastfeeding depends primarily on proper nutrition. Fruits and vegetables, as well as herbs will help saturate your body with vitamins and minerals.
Sorrel has a unique vitamin composition, it will help saturate the body of a nursing woman with useful components that are so important in the postpartum period.
Consider in the article whether it is possible for nursing mothers to eat sorrel, what are the contraindications and norms for its use, as well as other nuances.
Can a nursing mother eat a plant?
Sorrel is one of the earliest spring herbs. Greens are unusually rich in vitamin and mineral composition, therefore they are very useful. But doctors have an ambiguous opinion about the use of sorrel in the food of a nursing mother. There is an assumption that greens can cause a disruption in the functioning of the kidneys in both the mother and the baby, but there is no scientific confirmation of this, since no official research has been carried out in this regard.
The overwhelming majority of doctors allow the use of sorrel during lactation, but in moderate doses, no more than 2 times a week, in order to get only benefits from its use, and no harm!
Can a nursing mother eat sorrel in the first month after giving birth? Highly it is important to start introducing sorrel into the diet no earlier than 4 months after childbirth... The body, the digestive system of a newborn in the first month and already a little grown baby in the next 2-3 months adapts, adjusts to the world around him, to the mother's nutrition. At 4-5 months of age, problems with the gastrointestinal tract are mostly behind. But in order to avoid negative consequences, such as: individual intolerance to the product, disorder, allergic reaction - the product must be introduced into the diet gradually, with small doses and must be thermally processed.
It is very important to introduce into the diet one new product every three days. In the morning, but not on an empty stomach, eat one small sorrel leaf (3-5 grams) and during the day, carefully observe the child's reaction to the new product.
If there is no negative reaction, try again the next day., and so on for three days. After that, you can gradually increase the dose of greens. If you see any manifestations of allergies in the child: rashes or redness on the body, sneezing, tearing, coughing, he has constipation or diarrhea, the child is capricious, the use of the product should be postponed for a month, and then try again.
Is there a benefit in HS and how does this herb affect lactation?
Sorrel, like any other greens, contains a great variety of vitamins, micro- and macroelements, so necessary in the spring for nursing mothers.
Sorrel content in 100 grams:
|Organic acids||0.8 g|
Sorrel vitamin composition:
|Beta Carotene (Vitamin A)||2.4 mcg|
|B1 (thiamine)||0.07 mg|
|B2 (riboflavin)||0.15 mg|
|Niacin (B3 or PP)||0.6 mg|
|H (biotin)||0.5 μg|
|K (phylloquinone)||0.7 mg|
|E (tocopherol)||1.8 mg|
|C (ascorbic acid)||47 mg|
|B6 (pyridoxine)||0.3 mg|
|B5 (pantothenic acid)||0.27 mg|
|B9 (folic acid)||36 mcg|
Macro and microelements:
|Potassium (K)||363 mg|
|Calcium (Ca)||52 mg|
|Magnesium (Mg)||43 mg|
|Sodium (Na)||5 mg|
|Sulfur (S)||19 μg|
|Phosphorus (P)||70 mg|
|Chlorine (Cl)||71 mg|
|Iron (Fe)||2,5 mg|
|Iodine (I)||3 μg|
|Manganese (Mn)||0.36 μg|
|Copper (Cu)||0.3 mg|
|Zinc (Zn)||0,4 mg|
|Fluorine (F)||71 μg|
Due to its composition, sorrel is useful not only during breastfeeding:
- effective in combating colds;
- helps to cope with bronchitis and whooping cough;
- is an analgesic, antitoxic and wound healing agent;
- helps soothe itching and redness of the skin with allergies;
- helps to increase hemoglobin;
- gives elasticity to blood vessels and promotes their cleansing;
- strengthens the cardiovascular system;
- helps in removing free radicals from the body;
- strengthens the nervous system;
- maintains muscle tone;
- lowers blood cholesterol levels;
- normalizes fat metabolism;
- saturates the body with iron, is useful for anemia.
Sorrel very well compensates for the lack of vitamins in the mother's body during lactation. Regular consumption of sorrel in food will not only give you strength, but also give your hair a natural shine and strength, the skin will become more elastic, and the nails will be strong. This is especially important in the postpartum period.
Possible harm and contraindications
Despite all the beneficial properties and rich vitamin composition, not everyone can eat sorrel. The main contraindications include:
- individual intolerance to the product;
- the presence of an allergy to this product;
- peptic ulcer of the stomach, as well as duodenal ulcer (especially during an exacerbation);
- diseases of the genitourinary system;
- gastritis (with increased acidity);
- urolithiasis disease;
- disorders of water-salt metabolism;
- inflammatory kidney disease.
Sorrel interferes with calcium absorption, subsequently leading to osteoporosis. Oxalic acid contained in the composition, in excess, can lead to problems in the functioning of the kidneys, and promotes the appearance of stones (oxalates).
In order for the greens of sorrel not to become the cause of an exacerbation of this or that disease for you, be sure to adhere to the norms of consumption, and eat dishes containing sorrel no more than once a week. To neutralize the acidity of this green, use fermented milk products: yogurt, sour cream, kefir. Fill salads with these products and do not spare sour cream for sorrel soups.
Choose your greens carefully, young leaves contain much less oxalic acid than mature ones, so choose a young sorrel, and if you grow it yourself in the garden, try to pluck the greens more often, without giving them time to ripen completely, this will bring less harvest, but much more benefit.
Sorrel, the so-called "king of greens", with proper, regular use, will help you cope with insomnia, strengthen the nervous system, immunity, cope with problems in the digestive system, and also preserve the health of your blood vessels.
For your information... Only ten leaves will satisfy the daily human need for vitamins C and A.
What to combine with for greater benefit?
To get more benefits for the body of a nursing mother, sorrel is recommended to be consumed with a complex of other productsthat make up a complete, healthy diet of a woman during breastfeeding. One of these dishes is green cabbage soup with veal.
We will need:
- 2 liters of water;
- 350 grams of meat (veal, beef);
- 200 grams of sorrel;
- 3 pieces of potatoes;
- 6 boiled eggs;
- sour cream to taste.
- Prepare all foods.
- Boil the broth from the meat, chop the meat.
- Add chopped potatoes to the broth, add sorrel and one egg after 15 minutes.
- Continue to heat until the potatoes are tender.
- Before serving, decorate the cabbage soup with an egg and sour cream. Enjoy your meal!
The lactation period is a period of self-control. But you should not limit yourself to healthy and tasty products, because a healthy and happy mother is a healthy and happy baby. Subject to all the rules and norms of use, even a product that causes an ambiguous opinion of doctors will bring you invaluable benefits!