diets for breastfeeding moms?

Stephanie - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i am about to have my first baby anyday now. i no that everyone says that breastfeeding helps you lose weight but i would like to know if there is a specific diet that would be helpful for me and also healthy for the baby any ideas?

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Christine - posted on 03/10/2010

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Don't drink alcohol. Other than that, just eat properly and you will be fine. The baby will let you know if there is something that you are eating that is affecting the milk.

LaCi - posted on 03/10/2010

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Any reasonable diet should be fine. The essential nutrients are going to be leeched from your body for the breastmilk regardless of whether you're eating 5000 or 1000 calories, as long as you're eating healthy foods, taking your vitamins, and not starving yourself. When you're in the hospital talk to the breastfeeding consultants and they can tell you specific things you need to be careful about.

Peggy - posted on 03/09/2010

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Check out the Weston Price Foundation. Can google it. I began eating this way and greatly improved my health and lost weight. I wish had known about this way of eating when I was pregnant with my son. This website has info about eating the way people have for thousands of years. I eat more fat now and naturally raised meat and my cholesterol is great and my health has improved. It takes work but real food does. There is also a book called "Nourishing Traditions". Both the book and the website also have recipes and info about nurtitious food for babies and toddlers when they begin to eat.

Tracy - posted on 03/09/2010

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The best thing you can do for your baby while breastfeeding is to drink lots of water! If you don't drink enough water, you can't make enough milk! This is no time to "diet." Your weight will come off if you are exercising and eating right. The energy required to produce milk is about 500 calories over and above the normal amount of calories you eat in a day. So, veggies, lean meats and fish, some fruits, good fats like avocado, nuts, olive oil, and whole grain breads or cereals, and dairy are what you need to eat, plus continue your prenatal vitamins until your doctor tells you it's OK to stop. Your baby's food (your breastmilk) needs to be healthy too for good development, so your skimping on good foods, means baby skimps too.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/09/2010

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Best diet is to just eat super duper healthy! No junk, lots of salads, protein, fruits, veggies, grains (my favorite is the go lean kashi cereal, and fiber one bars) and lots of water. You may need to eat small meals...I am due in 5 weeks and have gained a ridiculous amount of weight. This is how I lost the weight with my first child..so I hope it works this time too! I made plenty of breast milk...and I felt really healthy about my food choices. They are going to drink what you eat, that should help put the good stuff in! Don't forget to keep on your prenatal vitamins too!

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