What things are enough for a bf mom to get all the calories and still try and eat fit.? I feel since I am the main source of food for my baby I don't know how to eat as far as what portion size or just what? Kind ve lost and I don't want to eat too much.

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Ail - posted on 09/10/2012

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It's been a long time since I BF, but I remember that I ate really well, never letting myself be hungry, but still lost weight. That baby is sucking a minimum of 500 calories a day, so don't deprive yourself, just eat quality food. I also remember feeling the contractions as she sucked, and my stomach went down so fast from BFing. Enjoy! This is the time when you can eat more than "normal" and still lose. Just don't forget that when you ween, you have to lower your food intake or balance it with additional exercise!

Ruth - posted on 08/27/2012

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I have a snack mix I keep around for when I'm hungry and up with the baby in the middle of the night--1 par raisins, 1 part peanuts, 1 part chocolate chips of m&ms, and about 4 parts cheerios. As the baby gets bigger and eats more, your calorie intake will need to go up, but just make sure you eat a fairly balanced diet--plenty of fruits and veggies, protein, and preferably whole-grain carbohydrates. As far as portion sizes go, if you're hungry, eat more.

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You don't really need to eat all that much more, I honestly eat the same portion size as pre-pregnancy. Focus on fish (especially salmon) and egg yolks for protein since one has the omega 3's and the other has DHA. Make sure that you get lots of calcium. B vitamins are another big one, like with pregnancy focus on B6 and B12.

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