When breastfeeding, your body needs more nutrients than normal. This is because of the milk you are producing and the amount of nutrients that needs to go into it for your baby.

Knowing that your baby is getting what they need is a good piece of mind, but it is crucial you don’t forget that you need to look after yourself as well.

When breastfeeding, it is recommended to maintain a diet that includes all 5 of the food groups, this is a great lifestyle habit to have as normal though it is particularly important you are getting all the nutrients you need particularly during this time.

The food groups and your serving suggestions are as follows.

Food Group Serving
VEGGIES 7.5 SERVES PER DAY
FRUIT 2 SERVES PER DAY
GRAINS 9 SERVES PER DAY
PROTEIN 2.5 SERVES PER DAY
CALCIUM-ENRICHED PRODUCTS 2.5 SERVES PER DAY

 

Breastfeeding burns a lot of calories, and thus energy, in the body. This is why a lot of women experience fatigue or consistent weight loss after birth.

Ensuring your body is adequate fuelled will make sure that you are able to maintain your optimum health. This is important for your well-being as well as the well-being of your child.

What foods did you eat when you were breastfeeding? And did this differ from your regular lifestyle diet?

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