When a woman breastfeeds her baby, she needs more nutrients to keep herself healthy and to make the baby's milk.
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 and your baby grows and develops normally.
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.
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: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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