Monday, August 2, 2010

What to eat when Breastfeeding?

Monroe County (Michigan) Health Department offers excellent information about Nutrition during Breastfeeding. According to their website, a nursing mom will need to consume and extra 300 to 500 extra calories each day. Here are some specific reminders to insure an adequate supply of nutritious milk for your newborn:

1. Calcium, iron, vitamins and folic acid are important in pregnancy and during the time of breastfeeding.
2. Limit caffeine to 2 or less servings a day. Be careful to monitor as caffeine is not only in pop and coffee but some food items such as chocolate.
3. Drink water - 8 to 10 glasses a day. You can even drink it while breastfeeding your baby, just keep a water bottle nearby.
4. Eat healthy snacks such as bagels, fruit smoothies, tuna, and raw vegetables.

See more nutritional tips at - Monroe County Community Health

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