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Breastfeeding and your Diet

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a healthy diet while breastfeeding?

A healthy diet is a meal plan that provides the amount of calories and nutrients you need while you are breastfeeding. Your body needs extra calories and nutrients to keep you healthy and support milk production.

What are some guidelines I should follow while I am breastfeeding?

Do the foods I eat affect my baby?

The food you eat usually will not affect your baby. Most women find they can eat any type of food without causing a problem for their baby. If you think something you ate affected your baby, do not eat the food that may have caused the problem. Talk to your baby's healthcare provider if you think your baby has a food allergy or sensitivity. If your baby does have a food allergy, you can still breastfeed.

What should I avoid or limit while I am breastfeeding?

Can I try to lose weight while I am breastfeeding?

You may lose weight naturally by following a healthy diet while you are breastfeeding. This can happen because your body needs more calories while you are breastfeeding. This weight loss may not happen for all women. If you want to lose weight, do not cut down your calories too much or lose weight too quickly. This may cause you to decrease your milk supply or decrease your levels of certain nutrients. Most women can safely lose up to 2 pounds a week without affecting their milk supply or health.

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