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Your Nutrition Plan for Extended Breastfeeding

Customize your Nutrition Program


Your body's nutrient needs will change along with your calories. Our programs automatically track your post-pregnancy nutrient requirements. You don't have to track all of your nutrients all the time, so if you would like to change, add or omit nutrients, here's how:

From the Start page, click on the Nutrition Tracker. Next to the title "My Nutrition" is a pink button that says Change My Nutrition Goals. Click that button, then either remove nutrients by clicking on the pink "Remove" button or add or adjust nutrients by clicking the purple button "Add Another Nutrient to Track." There are 75 nutrients, vitamins and minerals you can track. (From the main page of the Nutrition Tracker, scroll down to see the nutrients you have selected to track.)
NUTRIENT Formula Feeding Nursing
Calcium 1,000 milligrams 1,200 milligrams
Folate 400 micrograms 500 micrograms
Iron 18 milligrams 27 milligrams
Protein 50 grams 70 grams
Zinc 8 milligrams 25 milligrams
(gradually increase if consuming less than recommended)
25 grams 28 grams

Nursing: Losing 1/2 pound per week is OK--as long as you're eating healthy and not restricting calories so much that your milk supply decreases. Weight loss should result from exercise and nursing--not dieting. Be sure to follow the calorie guidelines above. Remember, your body needs plenty of calories for recovery, energy, building strength, and milk production.

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