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Why Energy Rice Bar Is Important To Postpartum Mothers?

WHY CHOOSE ENERGY RICE BAR?

Do you know? According to Malaysia RNI 2017, a lactating/ nursing mother requires an addition of approximately 500kcal daily during the lactation period. In other words, without adequate energy and nutrients intake, breastmilk production will be affected in terms of quality and quantity.

Thus, in order for mothers to achieve this extra energy intake daily, try consuming lactation cookies, because they are packed with energy as well as nutrients! Let us discuss a little bit more on the benefits of the ingredients for a nursing mother.  

 

BROWN BUBBLE/ PUFFED RICE

Thanks to the array of antioxidants, minerals and nutrients, puffed rice is an option to boost the immune system. Mother’s body gets stronger to fight against infections, whilst antioxidants playing the role to enhance milk quality, therefore improving baby’s health!

 

Also, packed with fibre, puffed rice is pivotal for relieving constipation. It prevents the faeces from sticking to the intestinal walls and thereby allowing smooth faecal passage through peristalsis movement.

 

PEANUT

Peanuts are reportedly used in Africa and Asia as a galactagogue. Peanuts provide energy and healthy fat for lactating mothers, which helps in promoting production of breastmilk. 

 

*Note: the early introduction of peanut in high risk infants is current the measure of allergy prevention supported by the strongest evidence, and it has been proposed as a public health measure

 

 

SESAME

Calcium intake is essential for lactating moms for the bone health of the mother and baby. 

In Mexico, there are breastfeeding mothers consume sesame seed in the form of cakes to increase their milk production. Here you go with our energy rice bars! These seeds are rich in calcium, which may explain some of their effects on breast milk.

 

 

 

 

Article written by:
Christabelle Chong
Dietitian
Registered Member of Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA)

 

𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐫: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐛𝐲 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐍𝐮𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭 & 𝐃𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧. 𝐀𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬.

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