PREGNANCY & BIRTH: Why dates and walnuts are great for breastfeeding

As an older breastfeeding mum, I was on the receiving end of a lot of dietary advice and support from the in-laws in Persia. I knew I needed to consume about 500 extra calories to maintain my health and milk production, but I wasn’t really sure what I should eat for the best.

The in-laws suggested I try to eat three to four walnuts and dates every morning with my cup of tea. Now this wasn’t something complicated to prepare and it wasn’t expensive either, it was what you could call a quick health fix and it gave me a natural energy boost too.

I was determined that I wasn’t going to be a fatigued midlife mum with all the sleepless nights, so I thought I’d give the dates and walnuts a go.

Dates are a calcium-rich food which help increase your milk supply when breastfeeding. They’re high-fibre and also naturally sweet too. They are also believed to contain elements that help combat depression in new mums and enrich the breast-milk with the right elements needed to make the baby healthy.

While I’d eaten walnuts on a daily basis throughout my pregnancy as I knew they were good for my baby’s brain and eye development, I continued to eat them after Cyrus arrived to help maintain my milk supply. It’s fair to say they are one of the best foods for all-day energy!

Dates are filled with natural sugars, including fructose, sucrose and glucose, and they also proved the perfect snack. The fibre in them meant I kept my energy levels up without the crash I might have experienced from a bar of chocolate.

And I’m still eating them today!


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