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If you are
breast-feeding, your doctor may suggest that you eat more calories each
day than otherwise recommended for a person of your height and weight.
Be sure to ask your doctor about how much and what to eat if you:
Eating a variety of foods can help you get all the nutrients you need. Your body needs protein, carbohydrate, and fats for energy. Good sources of nutrients are:
Eating healthy foods when you are breast-feeding is good for your overall health and for the health of your baby. You may already have a healthy diet, or you may need to make some changes to eat healthier.
It's also important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. These not only give you necessary nutrients but also help you get fiber. Planning your meals can help you add healthy foods to your diet.
It's also important to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet, such as:
Some health professionals recommend a prenatal vitamin supplement to breast-feeding women, especially for those who:
Talk to a registered dietitian or
to your doctor about a safe and healthy diet. For more information,
see the topic Healthy Eating.
Anything you put in your body can be passed to your baby in breast milk.
Most foods you eat probably won't cause colicky
symptoms in your baby. But some infants develop a sensitivity to the protein in
cow's milk. If this occurs, you may need to stop eating milk and dairy
Here are some things to think about:
If you have questions about what to eat or drink and what to avoid, talk with your doctor or midwife.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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