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Breastfeeding Diet

Thursday, January 14, 2010

This will be my new diet. No calorie counting just trying to reach the recommended servings below. I took this from the WhatToExpect website.

What to eat. Like eating well during pregnancy, eating well while breastfeeding entails getting the right balance of good (and good for you) food.

Try to get the following each day:

Protein: three servings

Calcium: five servings (that's an increase from your pregnancy requirement of four)

Iron-rich foods: one or more servings

Vitamin C: two servings

Green leafy and yellow vegetables, yellow fruits: three to four servings

Other fruits and veggies: one or more servings

Whole-grain and other concentrated complex carbohydrates: three or more servings

High-fat foods: small amounts — you don't need as much as you did during pregnancy

Eight cups of water, juice, or other noncaffeinated, nonalcoholic beverages

DHA-rich foods to promote baby's brain growth (look for it in wild salmon and sardines, walnuts, as well as DHA-enriched eggs)

Prenatal vitamin daily
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  • EPPIE7294
    Good job for breastfeeding and eating healthy! It is such a gift you are giving your child and yourself. For me, my body likes to hold on to an extra 10lbs while nursing (I am still nursing an 18 month old with no interest in ever weaning, could still be nursing when he goes to college).

    Remember that you have to eat enough calories and drink enough to produce milk. This takes calories (kellymom.com) recommends an additional 300-500 calories a day (which is more than when pregnant)! That is like a killer workout in itself!

    Keep up the good work!
    3643 days ago
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