What to Know when Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is an intimate learning experience for both mother and baby, and requires the utmost patience and stamina from both individuals! 

It is essential for new mothers to take in more nutritionally dense foods and plenty of water to create nourishment for her infant. 

At the beginning of the postpartum period, breastfeeding will assist in using stored calories from the pregnancy period. If you have already lost most of the baby weight from your pregnancy, it is important to take in an extra 500 calories to supplement the lactation process. 

Choosing water over juice for hydration will assist in keeping sugar levels low in both your and baby's diet. Leafy green vegetables and plenty of protein will fuel healthful milk production. Your physician may recommend continuing your routine of a daily prenatal vitamin as well. 

Below are two links for more information on diet and nutrition during this most precious time for you and baby! 

Children's Hospital of Philadephia diet for Breastfeeding Mothers guidelines

Mayo Clinic Tips for Moms on Breast-feeding Nutrition