April 13, 2007, Newsletter Issue #125: Best Diet for Breastfeeding Mothers

Tip of the Week

Breastfeeding mothers should choose a healthy and nutritional food to ensure good health. A mother can still successfully breast feed and have a not so healthy diet, but it is best for a breastfeeding mom to eat healthy.

The diet for a breastfeeding mother should include the following:

-Fresh fruits and vegetables, any types cooked the way you like them, but not fried.
-Whole grains, rice, wheat, corn, and barley. Whole grains are much healthier for everyone; not just nursing mothers.
-Lean proteins, chicken, turkey, dairy products and eggs.
-Limit fat intake

Foods for nursing mothers should be fresh, unprocessed and have little additives in them.

At one time, breastfeeding mothers were believed to need around 500 extra calories a day. However, this has recently been determined to be too much for some women. Therefore, it is important that all nursing mothers maintain a healthy diet and be aware of caloric intake throughout the day.

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