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Avocados linked to more nutritious breast milk

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Avocados offer a range of beneficial nutrients that can make a substantial contribution to a nutrient-rich diet when offered as a staple food for the breastfeeding mom.

That’s the conclusion of recent research published by the Journal of Nutrients.

The researchers note that avocados are unique among fruits and vegetables in that, by weight, they contain much higher amounts of the key nutrients folate and potassium, which are normally under-consumed in maternal diets.

Avocados also contain higher amounts of several non-essential compounds, such as fiber, monounsaturated fats, and lipid-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improvements in maternal health, birth outcomes and  breast milk quality.

Did you know that avocados contain high amounts of folate, potassium, fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin A and Oleic acid - an essential omega 3 fatty acid?

Maternal diet affects every major aspect of reproduction from the early peri-conceptional period to the postnatal stages. It influences the entire range of maternal functions, including the production of adequate and nutritious breast milk.

The researchers recommend that avocados be considered for inclusion in future dietary recommendations for expecting and new mothers.

Source: The Role of Avocados in Maternal Diets during the Periconceptional Period, Pregnancy, and Lactation by Kevin B. Comerford (University of California), Keith T. Ayoob (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Robert D. Murray (Ohio State University) and Stephanie A. Atkinson (McMaster University).

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding has many benefits for your baby. Breast milk is rich in nutrients. It contains antibodies, which help protect your baby against infections. And it helps to prevent babies from developing allergies as they grow.

Breastfeeding also has benefits for mothers.

It is clean and simple as you don't have to wash bottles or mix formula. It is cheaper than using formula. It helps the uterus contract back to normal size after having been stretched during pregnancy. It delays the return of periods (although you shouldn't count on it to prevent pregnancy). And it helps make time for you to be close to your baby.