Monkeypox Outbreak: Diet tips for the safety of breastfeeding mothers and their babies

Here are some dietary recommendations for the wellbeing of breastfeeding mothers and their infants.

Updated on Aug 08, 2022 11:47 AM IST  |  46.3K
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Monkeypox Outbreak: Diet tips for the safety of breastfeeding mothers and their babies

Monkey pox outbreak is talk of the town after covid. So, what is monkeypox? It is an illness caused by monkeypox virus and it can spread from animal to human and human to human, explains Prachi Shah, Clinical Dietitian and Nutritionist. The symptoms may vary according to the person’s health this means that the symptoms may be severe for someone who is immunocompromised. This includes people with diseases, pregnant women and children.

People experience fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes. This is followed or accompanied by the development of a rash which can last for two to three weeks. Symptoms typically last two to three weeks and usually go away on their own or with supportive care, such as medication for pain or fever.

Does monkeypox spread to the baby while breastfeeding? After assessing the risk and severity of the symptoms health care advisor will help you with solutions. You might have to avoid close contact, cover your lesions or even wear a mask while nursing but whether or not the virus is spread via breastmilk is still unknown. In most cases it’s considered safe but a lot of research still needs to be done.

Here are few tips on nutrition for mothers out there who are lactating-

Protein- Eggs, Dairy, Dals and pulses, chicken

Complex carbohydrates- Whole grains, beans

Vitamin C- Amla, guavas, oranges, cherries, lemon

Vitamin E- Almonds, peanuts, pumpkin

Vitamin A- Green leafy vegetables, red- and yellow-coloured vegetables

Following balanced diet and combating the symptoms is the way out. Include a lot of local and seasonal food items which will not only bring the variety to diet but also would be varied in nutrients. It is important for a mother to recover well. After all happy and healthy mother means healthy child.

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