Nutrition for Breastfeeding Mothers
Thursday, August 13, 2009

Good nutrition is important for a pregnant woman but, after she gives birth, it may be more important. Dr. Edward Hill explains why in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

After the birth of a child, good nutrition is still important for new mothers. It can make a difference in the quality of a motherís breast milk and affect how quickly a mother rebounds from childbirth.

While doctors once routinely recommended an additional 500 calories a day for breastfeeding moms, todayís experts say what you eat matters far more than your caloric intake.

Complex carbohydrates are among the best foods you can eat while breastfeeding. Also vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Itís also important to get adequate protein and fat in your diet. Aim for at least three to five servings of fat a day, in the form of vegetable oils, butter or mayonnaise.

Among the most important nutrients you need while breastfeeding is calcium -- a minimum of 1,000 milligrams daily is a must.

As long as you are eating a healthy, nutritious diet, neither you nor your baby is likely to fall short of any vitamins or minerals. You should also continue to take your prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.