Dieting to lose those extra pregnancy pounds is not recommended. You may be robbing your newborn of much needed nutrients. Breast-feeding alone burns up to 900 additional calories per day. To shed those extra pounds, try light exercise and an ounce of patience. Vigorous exercise while nursing can change the taste of your breast milk, so keep it light.
You can expect to keep a few extra pounds on while breast-feeding because of the weight and size of lactating breasts.
A well-balanced diet during nursing need not be vastly different from that suggested during pregnancy. An extra glass of milk, some citrus fruit, and some additional carbohydrates (cereal or bread) can provide the extra calories and nutrients needed. Calcium and vitamin C are particularly important to the growing infant.
Extra fluids may help stimulate milk production. Water, juice, milk and soups are good sources of liquids. While it is not necessary to drink milk to produce milk, milk is a convenient and good source of calcium, protein and liquid.
There are some foods that your baby may be sensitive to and may react to. See Food Sensitivities.
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Nutrition While Breastfeeding