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If you are breastfeeding, your doctor may suggest that you eat more calories each day than otherwise recommended for a person of your height and weight.
Breastfeeding helps build the bond between you and your baby. It gives your baby excellent health benefits.
A healthy diet includes eating a variety of foods from the food groups: vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Eating well during breastfeeding will ensure that you stay healthy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Go to Canada's Food Guide at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/basics-base/quantit-eng.php to learn how many food guide servings you should aim for each day. Most women who are breastfeeding will need to add 2 or 3 extra servings to their diet. If you are a young (teen) mother or are the mother of twins or more, your nutritional needs are even greater. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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