7 Nutrition Tips For Breastfeeding Moms

BY UMA M SRIDHAR MS, RD, CDE

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Determining what and how to eat properly after the baby comes can be difficult! We asked a nutritionist and registered dietician with over 13 years experience working with pre and post natal women for her top tips below! 

  1. Breastfeeding requires more calories (up to 400 more calories per day), protein, vitamins, and minerals than you needed before pregnancy. The exact number of calories you need is determined by how much you are nursing. The more you nurse, the higher your calorie needs.
  2. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will give your body what it needs and it will help you to produce quality breast milk for your baby.
  3. Consume a wide variety of food from all the food groups.
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4. Extra calories should be from nutritious foods, such as lean meats, low-fat or nonfat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals.

5. If you feel that your baby is bothered by a certain food that you eat, stop eating that food for at least 3 days and try it again when your baby is older.

 

 

6. Drink approximately 12 (8-fluid ounce) caffeine-free beverages per day, according to thirst.

7. Drinking a beverage each time you nurse your baby can help you get the fluids you need.

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The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of your physician or licensed health care provider. You should consult your physician or licensed health care provider before engaging in any exercise activity described in this article to determine if it is right for your needs.